Adult Education

Kili Wenburg, Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation


Adult Sunday School

Two on-going adult Sunday School classes are available:  Heirs Apparent and The Forum.


Heirs Apparent Class

The “Heirs Apparent” class is a small group characterized by intimacy and warmth born through many years of study together.  The class is led by Curtis Reimer and features relaxed, pressure-free discussions that have attracted over the years a mix of ages and backgrounds.  The group utilizes mostly DVD-based studies on various biblical topics and how they apply to life and current times.  Currently, the group is enjoying a DVD-based Bible study called John: The Gospel of Light and Life based on the book of the same name by Adam Hamilton.  Newcomers are welcomed anytime!  Find this group in the Anderson Conference Room, 9:15-10:15, Sunday mornings.   

The Forum

“The Forum” features a wide variety of topics and presenters.  The group make-up varies widely from week to week, and newcomers are always welcome to check it out!  Each Sunday’s class is self-contained, so participants can pick and choose from the class selections, the collection of which provide a balanced offering of topics that are action-oriented, Bible-focused, contemplative, and/or discussion-rich.

Use blue buttons to the right to access video of past Forum classes.


Weekday Bible Study

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[email protected] is a welcoming group featuring provocative topics, engaging discussions, and insightful participants.  Meeting on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in the Parlor, the group participants take turns providing breakfast, creating an atmosphere of hospitality conducive to spiritual/intellectual growth.  This fall, the group is discussing the book Living the Questions:  The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity by David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy, who provide a primer to a church movement that encourages every Christian to “live the questions” instead of “forcing the answers.”  Order your copy from your favorite book seller, or contact Kili for assistance.  

Wednesday Night Bible Study 

Meeting every other Wednesday, February 8 – April 19, Joe Black is leading participants in a study entitled “Grace and Gratitude,” an exploration of the freeing power of God’s grace and the importance and power of saying “thank you.”  This study is held in the Kessler Room, 5:15-6:45 p.m. every other Wednesday evening for six sessions.  Study participants can enjoy a night off from cooking, as a communal meal is part of the fun!  ($2 suggested donation)  Participant books are complimentary.  All levels of biblical knowledge are welcome in this study, and please feel free to arrive as you are able (latecomers are welcome!).  


Other Adult Opportunities

Soup Group

Lunch, fellowship, learning, and fun!  Join the Soup Group every other Friday, noon-1:00, in the Fellowship Hall.  Each gathering will include a healthy lunch of soup and bread, followed by a presentation on a parenting-related topic, and concluding with prayer for our children and the children of our community.  

January 13: “It’s all connected” (Presentation by Laurie Lofquist on the interplay between brain development, physical movement, and psychological health)

January 27: “Are these confusing actions stemming from behavioral issues or sensory issues?” (Stephanie Adam, occupational therapist)

February 10: “Getting picky eaters to eat real food” (Emily Johnson, speech-language pathologist, will address strategies for helping kids develop new habits—especially those who are resistant for biological reasons; and Stephanie Ourada and Heather Baack, moms of picky eaters, will share recipes, real life experiences, and strategies.)

February 24: “Part 2″ (of the presentation begun on January 27)  (Stephanie Adam, occupational therapist)

March 10No Meeting (Hastings Public Schools has a no school day.)

March 24: “Technology and how it affects the brain” (Jody Lieske, licensed pediatric mental health therapist, will address concerns about and offer suggestions for children’s screen time.)

Happy Hour Book Club

Mix friends, books, and a favorite beverage for a HAPPY combination!  This group is for anyone (not just Presbyterians, so bring a friend!).  We will be reading Enrique’s Journey (non-fiction) by Sonia Nazario.  Please purchase the book from your favorite book seller.  The first half of the book will be discussed at 5:30 p.m., March 9, at WineStyles.  The second half of the book will be discussed at 5:30 p.m., April 13, at Perkins.  

“Enrique’s Journey recounts the quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, 11 years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the U.S..  Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. ”

Contemplative Prayer Retreat

Learning to listen….  Resting in silence….  First Presbyterian members and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the Contemplative Prayer retreat at the St. Benedict Center near Schuyler, NE, March 10-12.  “Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart–our whole being–to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions.  This retreat, involving breath practice, is for beginners on the contemplative way, as well as for those who have some experience with it” (St. Benedict Center newsletter).  The retreat will be led by Father Thomas Leitner, OSB, administrator of St. Benedict Center.  This is a popular retreat, which will fill quickly.  First Presbyterian has a few spots reserved; contact Kili if you are interested in learning more or reserving a spot.

Presbyterian Women

All women gather on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45 in the Fellowship Hall for lunch and program.  On the third Wednesday of each month, small groups (“circles”) meet for Bible study.  This year’s study is entitled Who is Jesus?:  What a Difference a Lens Makes.”  Learn more about the Presbyterian Women’s gatherings and projects at the “Presbyterian Women” link on our “Ministries” page.

Informal Book Discussion

Wednesday evenings, all are invited to meet in the library 6:45-7:30 p.m. to share what you’re reading and learn about what others are finding interesting as well.  No assigned readings; very casual; stop in anytime!  September – May

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction sessions with Spiritual Director Kili Wenburg are available by appointment at no cost to church members.  These 45-minute sessions provide one-on-one support for spiritual growth and can be helpful for individuals at any point in the spiritual journey.

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Join the “Learn, Grow, Serve” email group to receive weekly updates about educational, missional, and spiritual opportunities for adults through our church and/or community.  Simply email Kili ([email protected]) to request being added to the group.