Winter – Spring Schedule 2017


On-Going Series:

The Present WordHearthstone (led by Mary Hurlocker), 9:00 a.m. – Timothy Meeting Room, Lower Level
The Present Word engages participants in an experiential style of learning—connecting faith and life, and nurtures individual growth of the participants as children of God rooted in the Christian community, life in the Spirit and Christian hope. Discussion and activities encourage participants to live out their faith in their individual and congregational activities.


Darkwood Brew Video Series (led by Pastor Dan and Pastor Rhonda), 9:30 am – Gathering Space, Upper Level
Darkwood Brew explores The Unexpected Love of God in relevant, challenging and surprising ways. DB features world-class musicians, live interviews with renowned and emerging religious thinkers, and a variety of interactive media that allows you to participate in real-time. This is Christian practice for the converging faith of our world today. Though commonly understood as a place to be feared and avoided, the Dark Wood is the surest place to meet God. It is a place where you may feel uncertain, empty, lost, tempted, and alone. Yet these feelings—these gifts of the Dark Wood—can be your greatest assets on your journey because they invite you to probe, question, and discover. According to the ancients, you don’t need to be a saint or spiritual master to experience profound awakening. You don’t even have to be “above average”. All you really need to be is struggling. In this 9-part series (plus a bonus episode with Frank Schaeffer) Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D, author of Gifts of the Dark Wood, acts as a guide as we explore such “gifts” as Uncertainty, Emptiness, Lostness, and Failure. This series is for anyone who feels awkward in their search for God, who seeks to find holiness amid their holy mess.  Sunday mornings, 9:30 am – Gathering Space, January 8 – 15 – 22; February 5 – 12 – 19 – 26, March 12 


Ecumenical Lectionary Study – Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m., Timothy Meeting Room, Lower Level
Weekly study group looking at the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday.

Men’s Bible Study – Saturdays, 9:00 a.m., Esther Meeting Room, Lower Level
Weekly study group looking at the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday.



Book Club (meets monthly in various homes)
A specific book is read and discussed each month.
For future dates or more information, please contact Alison Creighton

Carter Circle (meets in various homes)
This year Carter Circle is using the study guide Just Women: Women of the New Testament:  Finding Their Voices.  Meetings are held in members’ homes or at church and are at various times and days (information is in the bulletin, FCC Courier, and the website).For directions or more information, please contact Karen Kandik 


Westminster Town Hall Forum:The Westminster Town Hall Forum engages the public in reflection and dialogue on the key issues of our day from an ethical perspective. Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox addressed the first forum thirty years ago, and since then, more than 200 distinguished speakers have explored issues in politics, public policy, journalism, arts, literature, religion, education, business, and more. Forums are held at noon (with occasional evening sessions) on select Tuesdays & Thursdays from September to May at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis. These are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit their website.

CoAm Life Enrichment Series: CoAM (Cooperative Adult Ministry) conducts a variety of courses to promote lifelong learning for older adults. These adventures in learning include humanities series, Bible and faith studies, local and world issues, travelogues, book reviews, and health topics. The Life Enrichment series are held three times a year at centrally located Bethel Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis. They are offered as follows: a 4-session series in February, a 7-session series in April-May, and a 7-session series in October-November. They are held on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 11:45. Each session offers participants a choice of five subjects from which they can choose two. Choosing becomes the most difficult part for most participants since leaders and speakers are so highly qualified and the topics so challenging and vital.  For more information, contact CoAM at 612-721-5786 or

Contact Dan Adolphson, Associate Minister.