2018-2019 Adult Classses


Passion Narratives

The “Passion Narratives” refer to the stories in the four gospels of Jesus’ arrest, trial, death, and burial. These stories are remarkably similar in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. For four Sundays in Lent, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Fellowship Hall, Micheal Newheart will lead a study of the Passion Narratives according to the following schedule:

March 17 The Gospel of Mark, chapters 14-15
March 24 The Gospel of Matthew, chapters 26-27
March 31 The Gospel of Luke, chapters 22-23
April 7 The Gospel of John, chapters 18-19

Outreach Presentations in February

Sunday February 3: Abbi Kruse, Executive Director of The Playing Field, will be speaking on early childhood education and development in our community and what The Playing Field is doing to address that need.

Sunday February 10: Grant Sovern, Board President of the Community Immigration Law Center, the second recipient of our Christmas Offering, will speak about the work of the Center and the challenges it faces in providing legal assistance to detained immigrants at risk of deportation.

Sunday February 17: A Plymouth United Church of Christ member will describe a mission team trip that left on January 16, 2019 to the Arizona-Mexico border area of Nogales.  Mario Garcia Sierra, President of the Board of Centro Hispano, will talk about immigrant concerns in Wisconsin, and the work of Centro Hispano and Voces de la Frontera in addressing those concerns.

Sunday February 24: Linda Ketcham, Madison Urban Ministry Director, has been invited to speak on the state of economic and social justice in the greater Madison Community.

Click here for more information on these presentations.

Sponsored by the Board of Outreach.


Hourglass Bible Study

Galatians: What is required of a Christian?

Join the Hourglass group to explore Paul’s letter to the Galatians starting February 10 during the Sunday School hour. This letter is one of Paul’s earliest writings, and it shows us Paul’s views on what it means and doesn’t mean to be a follower of Christ. This study will be facilitated by James Evans and Mary Ray. All are welcome, and no preparation is required.

Starting Feb. 10, 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room.


The Power of Civility

Postponed; check back for rescheduling this class.

Led by Tom Kersten. Room 302.

How do we talk with and treat those we disagree with… and is it worth the effort? Can we really break out of the insulated, self-perpetuating thinking that our modern world seems to push us toward? Do other people’s opinions even matter anymore, and if so, is there anything valuable we can learn from them? Where have society’s manners gone?

Drawing on 3 bestselling books, these are a few of the hard questions we can wrestle with while exploring the political, social, economic and moral implications of our fast-paced, money obsessed, media-driven modern world.


Discernment Conversations

Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25. Fellowship Hall.

A series of “Discernment Conversations” with the Discernment Committee about the future of First Baptist Church. Drawing upon the responses we have received to the recent survey and questionnaire, we invite you to participate and provide your input to these important discussions about the future of our church.


Nuclear Nonproliferation

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Led by Dr. Tara Drozdenko. Room 302.

This class will explore our history and personal connection to nuclear weapons. We will quickly review the history of nuclear weapons and how they work. We will also look at our own histories with nuclear weapons, social justice issues surrounding nuclear weapons, and the church’s response.


What is The Bible?

Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30. Led by Pastor Jason. Room 302.

What is the bible? Is it the “perfectly inspired word of God without error in the original manuscripts” or is it simply “a collection of stories and traditions passed down for thousands of years by a religious minority”? Or is it something in-between? Or all the above? This is a question that rarely gets discussed yet is at the heart of many of today’s thorniest theological and cultural issues.

So, let’s explore it together.

Over four weeks, Pastor Jason will lead us in an exploration of the Bible as a whole. This won’t be a normal Bible study, although we will look at some passages in depth. Instead it will be an exploration of what the Bible itself is, how we think about it, how we use it, and what we are to do with it.

Come, be a part of the conversation.


Do you have an idea for a class? Want to explore a topic with a group of your friends at First Baptist church? Talk to Carolyn Cross or Pastor Jason.