first Presbyterian Church

of Cumberland, Maryland
Bible Study
Sunday Morning Bible Study/Personalizing Bible Stories
Leader: Katie Ross/Josh Gilhart/Hans Killius
Location: Chapel at 9:45am from September to June
In this interactive class we will read and study many of the familiar Bible stories. We will look at them from a very human perspective. What do we think the main characters were thinking and feeling? What do we think that God was trying to tell them? What is God trying to tell us through these stories? There will also be time for sharing joys, concerns and Christian fellowship.
Resource: The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible by Kenneth Boa and John Alan Turner.     
Sunday Afternoon Book Study/Stamped from the Beginning
Leaders: Ann Kellermeyer
Day/Location: Sundays in the Chapel at 12:15pm 
As a part of our ongoing journey to learn more about systemic racism, we will be reading Stamped from the Beginning, The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (2015), winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction, a New York Times Bestseller, and named the Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post and the Boston Globe.  
Rev. Paul Roberts, President of Johnson C. Smith Seminary, the only historically black Presbyterian seminary in the U.S., has recommended Kendi’s book as a follow up to our earlier study of Waking Up White. The book addresses the question of how and why racism became part of the fabric of American thought.
Christianity 101
Leader: Rev. Caroline Kelly
Day/Location: Wednesday in Rev. Kelly's Office at 6:15pm
In response to a number of requests to learn more about what it means to be a Reformed Christian (a Presbyterian), we will use Dr. Shirley Guthrie's classic Christian Doctrine to explore questions like: Who is God? (the Doctrine of the Trinity); Who are We? (the Doctrine of Human Beings); Who is in Charge? (The Doctrine of the Resurrection) and others.  
A best-seller for more than 30 years, Christian Doctrine has introduced thousands of laity, students and theologians to the tenets of the Christian faith. Dr.    Guthrie taught theology at Columbia Theological Seminary for nearly 40 years. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Basel ((Switzerland), where he was a student of Karl Barth, often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the 20th century.