Easter Pancake breakfast 2012After Worship on Sunday there are opportunities for education, conversation and engagement.  We call the hour from noon to 1 pm. “Sunday Nurtures.”  On the first Sunday of the month we often have a Community Potluck lunch.  There is no program, just a time for food and fellowship.  On other Sundays there may be what we call a “sermon talk-back” where the preacher sits down with people to engage in conversation about the sermon and the challenges it presents.  Sometimes there are questions asking for more information, sometimes people speak up about how the sermon connected with their life. Sometimes there are efforts to think strategically about how action might flow from the words and challenges embedded in the sermon.

Adult Education Sunday Nurture sessions are created and sponsored by various commissions in the church.  They may deal with personal faith and sharing (especially during Advent and Lent), or provide important information about justice issues and policy concerns of interest to the members of the congregation (e.g. gun control, affordable housing, death and dying, climate change, war and peace, interfaith relations).  We are nurtured by these things. We say that God is still speaking.  In our Sunday Nurture programs we listen to each other, to the wider community and to the Holy Spirit.

The two LISTS below show information about upcoming SUNDAY NURTURES (left) and recent SUNDAY NURTURES (right)

Adult Nurture: October 29500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  On Sunday, October 29, First Church will commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with the special worship service, “Faith Not Fear,” and an Adult Nurture session following worship. The Nurture will focus on the UCC resource A Study Guide for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and the historian Martin E Marty’s October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World. Read more...
Adult Nurture on October 15: Climate ActionThe federal government may be stocked with those who deny climate change, but the scientific consensus has become rock solid and the effects of climate change are appearing now in increased heat, melting ice, desertification, extreme storms, sea level rise, wildfires, ocean acidification, coral destruction, and many other consequences.  What can be done collectively and individually?  What does God call each of to do? Our guest at this nurture will be Vicki Arroyo, an internationally respected law and policy expert and Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center. http://www.georgetownclimate.org.Read more...
The Future of Christian Unity, May 14Sunday, May 14 at 12:00 PM. We are delighted to welcome Father John Crossin, OSFS, lead a discussion about the significance of ecumenism and interfaith partnerships in the 21st century. Father Crossin is a trained moral theologian and ethicist, who has become an international leader on ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. He most recently served as executive director of the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in 2011.Read more...
Special Guest Preacher/Speaker on May 7Rev. Marvin Ellison.  On May 7 we will be joined by the Rev. Marvin Ellison, member of First Congregational Church, UCC in South Portland, Maine, who will share his church's recent experience with conversations about white privilege.  Marvin is a leading Christian ethicist, former professor of ethics at Bangor Seminary, and current director of Alumni Relations at Union Theological Seminary.  He will be our guest preacher that day.  The Anti-Racism working group is sponsoring a nurture following worship to discuss the anti-racism strategy, led by Rev. Ellison. Read more...
Affordable Housing Nurture, April 30affordable housing Two Housing Professionals in Our Congregation Share Their Expertise.  Please join us for this nurture as we learn about current efforts to confront the affordable housing crisis in Washington, recognized as one of the least affordable cities to live in the nation.  Many First Church members are nationally-recognized leaders in their fields.  Join us to learn from two of those leaders about their groundbreaking work in the difficult field of affordable housing, particularly their work in DC.Read more...
A Deeper Conversation About Hospice, April 9Hospice How Do We as a Community Support One Another in End of Life Decisions? 12 PM.  This is an important follow-up conversation to the nurture on Hospice in November.  The goal is to identify practical ways that we as a community of faith can support one another during the end of our lives. We will be reviewing advance directives and living wills and outlining the legal protocols regarding the power of attorney.  We will also be brainstorming ways that we, as a church community, can provide family-type support to church members as they approach the end of their life.Read more...
Stories of Colombia, March 12, 12:00 PMPazWe welcome you to this full conversation about how the story of Colombia is so interwoven with the life of our church.  We are so fortunate to learn from Luis Murillo, whose story and family story has been a witness to the darkest periods of Colombia’s Civil War and it’s current movement toward peace; and Rev. Barbara Gerlach, who helped lead the church to faithfully respond to how to be a witness for justice and peace for refugees from the civil wars of Latin America.  Please contact Rev. Sam at 202-294-5437 or mcferran.sam@gmail.com if you have any questions.Read more...
Confirmation Journey 2017confirmationParents’ Gathering, Sunday, November 13, 12 PM – 1 PM, Living Room.  In January, a remarkable group of junior and high school students will begin the confirmation journey.  To prepare for this journey, we are inviting parents for an important conversation about hopes and expectations.  In the past 12 months, it’s been wonderful to see this group grow in faith through Sunday school, community service, an urban ministry retreat, and taking leadership roles in worship.Read more...