First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


Tuesday Morning Discussions (Formerly Bible Study)

“Who & What is the Holy Spirit?” August 3rd @ 10am (in-person & Zoom)

Tues. August 3 – Ezekiel 36:24-28, Acts 2:1-21 – What does Ezekiel add to our emerging understanding of the Spirit? – What kinds of experiences tend to soften a “heart of stone?” – The Pentecost event describes people speaking in languages other than their own. For what purpose did that happen? (vs. 11) How does that differ from the    … Read More »


“Who & What is the Holy Spirit?” July 27th @ 10am (Zoom & in-person)

Tues. July 27 – John 14:15-20 & 26-27, John 16:5-15, Acts 1:8 – Why do you suppose Jesus uses the word “Counselor” here?        (Some other translations use “’advocate” or “friend.”) – What will this counselor do? What are some of His/Her functions? – In what ways could it be for our “good” that Jesus goes away and the      … Read More »


Wanted: Followers NOT Fans! July 13, 2021 @ 10am (In-person & Zoom)

Tuesday, July 13 – Passages: Matthew 14:22-33 & I John 2:3-6             Questions:  What do you remember being taught about this moment when Peter steps out of the boat to join Jesus in walking on the water?                         According to I John 2:6, is Peter more of a follower or a fan? What about the other 11 disciples on the… Read More »


Wanted: Followers NOT Fans- July 6, 2021 at 10am (in-person only)

Tuesday, July 6 – Passages: Matthew 6:6-15 & Romans 12:1-2, I Thess 5:16-18             Questions:  What might it look like for God’s will to be done on earth in so far as you and your life are concerned?                         How do Romans 12 and I Thess 5 help us do God’s will on earth??                                     What do they lead us… Read More »


Wanted: Followers NOT Fans- A Look at Christian Discipleship Tuesday 06/29 @ 10 am

Tuesday, June 29 – Passages: Philippians 3:7-11 & I John 4:7-12             Questions: What is the difference between knowing about God and knowing God? Which are most of us better at? Why?                         From Phil 3:10-11, how is it that we come to “know Christ?”                         From I John 4:7-12, how is that we “know God?”                         How can we… Read More »


Better than Back to Normal- Tuesday 06/22 @ 10am

Tuesday, June 22 – Passages: Mark 12:28-31 & Luke 10:25-37            Questions: Of all the stories Jesus could have told to illustrate how to love                   one’s neighbor, why do you think he told this one?                Why would Jesus use a priest and a Levite as examples of what NOT to do? What is he getting at here?               … Read More »


Better Than Back To Normal- June 15th @ 10:00am

Tuesday, Jun 15 – Passages: Psalm 46:10 & Luke 10:38-42            Questions:                 1.One of the top responses people gave when asked about the good things the Covid pandemic brought was a slower pace to life and each day. Did you experience that? How?                 2.In… Read More »


Better Than Back To Normal- June 8th at 10:00 am

Tuesday, June 8 @ 10:00 am– Passages: Psalm 8 & Job 12:7-10              Questions: What is it about the outdoors that most sustains/enlivens you?                  Did Covid affect your feelings about being outdoors? How? Why?                  What, if anything, do Psalm 8 and the Job passage have in common?                 Have you had any experience with animals “teaching”… Read More »


Better Than Back to Normal: Living More Fully After Covid-19 – June 1st at 10am

 Better than Back to Normal: Living More Fully After Covid 19 Tuesday, June 1 – Passages: Romans 1:7-14 & Hebrews 10:24-25             Questions:                   What was the hardest thing for you when you couldn’t get together with the people you most love and care about during Covid?                  Now that you can get… Read More »


Parable of the Prodigal (Lost) Son May 25 @ 10am

  May 25 – Parable of the Prodigal (Lost) Son – Luke 15:11-32     Questions to Consider:       Which son do you most relate to and why? How will that affect your experience of and feelings about the parable?       Have you ever been in a situation like the father in this parable?       In what sense is this parable… Read More »