June is Missions Month at First Free, which means an emphasis on missions in our Sunday services, the annual Trip Around the World (watch for details!), and classes that will help children, students, and adults explore misions. These classes will meet through the month of June, unless specified otherwise below.
Preschool Exploring Missions — 9 & 10:45 am
Preschoolers will stay in their current classrooms to explore missions through interactive stations that reveal God’s work in the book of Acts. They will meet Paul and some of his partners in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Elementary Exploring Missions — 9 am
Shine! Room 202 | **Registration required**
Our current K-4th grade classes will combine to explore how the church fulfills her mission in the world. Through engaging activities, they will pray for different regions, hear stories of past missionaries, meet current mission partners, and experience different cultures. To help us plan for teachers and space, registration is required.
Welcome to the World of Missions! — 9 am
Middle school students through adults are invited to join us as we look at missions from several angles! Over these five weeks, we will revisit the past through the stories of famous missionaries, present an overview of some of our local mission partners, hear about our Chinese Church and their Vancouver Mission trip, invite our own Mission Committee to share their important role at First Free, and finally hear personally from two of our mission partners.
Core Values in Missions — 10:45 am (Meets June 2 through July 28)
Room B3 | Teacher: Doug Schaible
Doug Schaible, First Free mission partner with Ethnos360, will share the non-negotiable core values and principles that guide their work in bringing indigenous churches to maturity. We’ll see that these values aren’t just a good idea for them, but values that all Christians can use as guidance for God-honoring work.
Other Adult Summer Classes
In addition to classes for Missions Month, adults can chose from these options for classes this summer. These classes will all meet June 2 through July 28.
Elementary and student classes will not meet in July.
Preschool will continue to meet in their current classrooms through July 28.
Isaiah: The Hope of the Gospel, Part 2 — 7:45am
Room B3 | Teacher: Dick High
Rise early, join in our opening time of fellowship and prayer, and then participate in our interactive time of study as we continue in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah contains one of the clearest expressions of the gospel in all of the Old Testament. However, the context for that proclamation is a significant focus on God’s judgment of his people for their meaningless worship and corporate injustices. This focus serves to remind us of our need to perpetually preach the gospel to ourselves as “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53:6)
If God Is Good — 9 am
Room A2 | Teachers: Dave Netherton and others
This is a multi-generational class whose purpose is to encourage each other in our relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this through the study of God’s Word, praying for one another, and sharing what God is doing in our lives. This summer we continue our discussion from Randy Alcorn’s book If God is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil.
Engaging Scripture — 9 am
Room B10 | Facilitators: David and Julie Sutton
Engaging Scripture is a fellowship of believers who gather to grow in knowing God through engaging with his Word through a chronological reading plan. New students can join at any time.
Psalms — 9 am
Room B3 | Teachers: Various
Join us this summer as we look at a selected psalm each week from Israel’s hymnbook, the Book of Psalms. The psalms were written to be sung to aid Israel’s public worship supplying not only theological instruction but words of praise, prayer, and petition as they came before God. For us today the psalms give us food for the soul to challenge, to convict, to encourage, and to pray.
Survey of Church History: The Nineteenth Century — 9 am
Room B4 | Facilitators: Cary Lavender, Pat Moyer, Paul Lindstrom
This summer we will continue with the fifth in the Ligonier Ministries Survey of Church History DVD series. The videos cover the nineteenth century (1800-1900). Among the topics to be discussed are the Second Great Awakening, Charles Finney, the rise of cults in America, Christianity during the Civil War period, and Christianity and Science, including two sessions on the Church in Europe.
A Conversation on Creation — 10:45 am
Room B4 | Teacher: Roy Baker
Join our discussions from the book Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels where fifteen PhD scientists explain evolution’s fatal flaws in areas claimed to be its greatest strengths.