FirstPres Anderson

Our church continues to provide a variety of in-person, online, and hybrid opportunities for adults to engage in faith formation at times and places convenient for them. We offer regular, on-going small group studies as well as short-term interest groups by topic. As we resume safe in-person gatherings, additional offerings will be added. Be sure to visit frequently to see available options and what’s new.

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples…Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.”

Psalm 105:1, 3-4

recurring and upcoming events

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Men's fellowship dinner

Thursday May 26, 6:00 PM  |  1220 Brown Road
 
“Catch of the Day” fried up nice and hot with hush-puppies and all the trimmings.
 
Join us for a First Pres Men’s  Outdoor Fellowship and Meal, hosted by Andy Patrick, Pat Patrick, Eddie Kinsey, and Jake Crosson.
All men, high school aged and up are invited. Our fishermen are already at work and need a head count for supper.
 
Please email atedder@fpcandersonsc.com by Sunday, May 22 if you will be attending.
 
Bring a bag chair. Donations to cover part of the costs are appreciated. If you would like to help with this event, please contact one of the hosts. They could use a few extra hands on the night of the event.
 
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Jubilate!

Women’s Study (pre-registered) Meets the first Monday evening of every month through April 2022. We are making plans for Fall 2022 – so stay tuned!
 

Jubilate! seeks to encourage women of First Pres to bond through worship, faith development, fellowship, and fun. Featuring a large group worship/instruction time and small group discussions hosted by trained “table talk” leaders, women of all ages can joyfully connect, pray, experience in-depth group and individual bible study, and get to know each other better.

sunday shorts (short-term studies)

Adults not participating in an on-going Sunday morning class or small group may choose to try out something new…Sunday Shorts.

Choose a short-term option that interests you and participate on Sunday mornings during the Faith Formation hour (9:30 AM) as you are able. Options will change periodically and you may select another topic as it fits your schedule and your interests.

Watch for more Sunday Shorts coming this Spring and Summer.

How DO you talk to your senior parents about REALLY important things? This Sunday Short will offered in Sring 2022 was extremely popular and will be offered again.

In the meantime, this book is a wonderful resources. Start reading now, so you can bring your questions to the next time it is offered.

Our Sunday Short for Lent

Dr. Tedder and other guest teachers will help us think about how Jesus used the seven “I AM” sayings in John’s Gospel to proclaim his mission & his divinity. Meeting Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM in the Kirk.

March 13 – I AM the Good Shepherd and I am the Gate for the Sheep

March 20 – I AM the Resurrection and the Life

March 27 – I AM the Way the Truth and the Life

April 3 – I AM the True Vine

April 10 – I AM the Light of the World

our faith and our health

Didn’t get a chance to join us to explore the connections between our faith and our well-being at Wednesday Night Live or via live-stream on Friday morning? No worries! You can catch-up with every gathering  right here:

Daily devotional on your phone

Give the d365 devotional a try! Download the free app on your smartphone (links below) and check it each day for a new message. Each week’s theme has daily inspiration as we “pause, listen, think, pray, and go” forward through our day, guided by scripture.

Presbyterian heritage tour of Scotland

October 2022    •    REGISTRATION IS FULL   •  WAIT LIST AVAILABLE

If you could not join this trip, be looking for our next travel opportunity.

EDUCATIONAL MEETING SCHEDULE

Sundays at 3:00 PM in the Kirk

Sunday, January 30        Sunday, June 12 (Ireland Only)   

Sunday, March 27             Sunday, July 31

Sunday, May 15                   Sunday, September 11
 

Contact Anne Tedder atedder@fpcandersonsc.com or Alisa Gibson alisag@fpcandersonsc.com for more information.

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Men's fish fry - May 22

Men's fellowship dinner

Thursday May 26, 6:00 PM  |  1220 Brown Road
 
“Catch of the Day” fried up nice and hot with hush-puppies and all the trimmings.
 
Join us for a First Pres Men’s  Outdoor Fellowship and Meal, hosted by Andy Patrick, Pat Patrick, Eddie Kinsey, and Jake Crosson.
All men, high school -aged and up are invited. Our fishermen are already at work and need a head count for supper.
 
Please email atedder@fpcandersonsc.com by Sunday, May 22 if you will be attending.
 
Bring a bag chair. Donations to cover part of the costs are appreciated. If you would like to help with this event, please contact one of the hosts. They could use a few extra hands on the night of the event.
 
Fish Fry pic
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sunday offerings

Post-college to mid-30’s, forming new friendships as they explore matters of faith. Facilitators: Curry Ann & Chris Askew, Savannah & Jeffrey Cleveland.

Fall 2021: Living the Word

Meeting Sundays at 9:30 AM in the Family Life Center Lounge. Stay connected with the Gateway Facebook Page.

Designed for those interested in learning about the Bible’s message to original listeners and exploring what it may be saying to them today. Quarterly theme presented in a lecture format with rotating teachers.

Men meet Sundays at 9:30 AM in Gallant Chapel.

Women meet Sundays at 9:30 AM in Room 223.

In-depth Bible study for mature adults who enjoy approaching Scripture from a different point of view. Facilitator: Jane Terry

Meets Sundays at 9:30 AM in Room 122.

Lecture format in a casual setting, typically using contemporary studies based on a biblical book or theme. Facilitators: Scott Carothers, Brent Copeland, Bill Manson, & Henderson Wise.

Meets Sundays at 9:30 AM in Room 216.

Bible-based video and book studies designed for mature adult couples and singles who will contribute to the discussion to grow their faith and grow closer as a group. Facilitator: Mike Kay.

Meets Sundays at 9:30 AM in Room 214.

Deep, challenging give-and-take discussion with a small group of inquisitive minds, usually prompted by an academic lecture via DVD. Facilitators: Jean Mahaffey, Holt Ivey, & Jim Roser.

Meets Sundays at 9:00 AM with hybrid approach: In-person Room 212, and via Zoom.  Those interested in participating via Zoom, please contact the class facilitator(s) to get a link to the weekly meeting.

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Wednesday night live offerings

First Pres offers mid-week activities called, Wednesday Night Live (WNL), from September through November and January through March as a time for Bible study, choirs, and dinner together.

Busy moms, busy families, busy life! Why not unplug on Wednesday evenings while your kids are attending Wednesday Night Live programs? Recharge in a very casual atmosphere with a brief bible study, fellowship, and reflection that will help reboot for the remainder of the week. Facilitator: Catherine Ryan

Meeting Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in Room 214 when Wednesday Night Live is in session.

This Pastor-led study conveys various topics as chosen by our Pastors.

Bring your Bible and a notepad.

Meeting Wednesdays at 5:30 PM in the Chapel when Wednesday Night Live is in session.

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other weekday offerings

These men enjoy study, fellowship, and service. They select a book of the Bible or a faith topic, discuss the weekly reading, pray together, and provide care for our church family and the wider community through an extensive Prayer Card ministry. This group welcomes men who would enjoy these activities of faith and fellowship. Facilitators: John Brown and David Segers

Meets Wednesdays at noon in the Family Life Center.

Bible study with a twist!
Facilitator: Art Klugh
 
Meets First and Third Thursdays at 5:30 PM – in various locations in downtown Anderson. Updates sent via text. Contact Art Klugh or Dennis Tedder if you need to know location.

Biscuits and Bible Study

Facilitator: Dr. Dennis Tedder

Meets Second and Fourth Fridays at 7:30 AM in the Kirk

Young women enjoy coffee, conversation, and a devotional thought.

Hosted by Katie Beth Johnson

Meets Second and Fourth Wednesdays at 9:15 AM – the Beehive (510 N Main St)

This women’s bible study is shepherded by Lynn Cantrell and studies a variety of topics chosen by the group.

Meets Mondays at 1:00 PM in Room 212.

This organization of the PC(USA) meets in Circle groups to focus on bible study and contributing to PW mission. It offers large group programs for all women two times a year, usually in the fall and spring. PW is directed by a Coordinating Council of elected officers.

Daytime Circle meets second Monday of the month at 12:00 PM (noon) in the McDougald Room of the FLC.  Jane Terry is the facilitator for this group.

Anne Tedder

Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation
atedder@fpcandersonsc.com

Engaging adults in practices to strengthen their Christian faith for “real life” is the primary focus for Anne, who joined the transitional Faith Formation Team in December 2020 as the coordinator for adults. She has a long history of service with various non-profit agencies including Anderson YMCA, Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (the Easley and Clinton communities), Presbyterian College, and Thornwell Home and School for Children.

She has served on the staffs of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden (Children’s Ministry) and Government Street Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama (Young Adult Ministry). She has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union-PSCE) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.

Anne has been married to her husband, Dennis, for 38 years and is the mother of two grown sons. She likes to walk/talk with friends, workout at the Y, play all kinds of games (ask her to teach you one), read, bake bread, and travel. She is hoping to lead a church trip to Scotland to study the Reformation in Fall 2022.