Beginning June 2, First Presbyterian Church will move to one Sunday worship service, at 11 a.m., which will be built around themes of Christian community written about by a martyred pastor in Nazi Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 

“During a season in which people are scattered through travel, camps and vacation, but also torn apart by politics, culture wars and matters of opinion, First Presbyterian Church is proposing an alternate way — an old way — through recommitting to the practice of authentic faith community; practices that have shaped spiritual growth in the church for millenia,” a church spokesman said.

The summer series will explore valuable practices of the Christian community. Sunday’s worship service will build in the themes in Bonhoeffer’s book, “Life Together.” Wednesday evening book study of “Life Together” will explore what Christian community is and how to practice it.

In his book, Bonhoeffer discusses the need for community with practical explorations and advice on spending the day with others, spending the day alone, ministry, confession and communion. Throughout June and July, pastors Rob Lohmeyer and Elaine Dreeben will explore these themes. 

“The summer is a great time to re-examine the kinds of routines and patterns that shape us, to recommit to the values that make for a good life,” said Dreeban, FPC associate pastor.

Bonhoeffer wrote “Life Together” out of his own experience of sustaining friendships he experienced during a challenging period of history and a difficult time to be the church. 

“We believe there is practical wisdom to be gained for how we grow as a community, within and beyond the church here, and we encourage as many people who hunger for this kind of belonging to be part of worship and/or the midweek study,” said Pastor Rob Lohmeyer. 

The congregation will worship at one service at 11 a.m. each Sunday during June and July, exploring themes from the book in conversation with scripture. From 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning June 5, participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the book to discuss and explore in more depth as a group, led by Lohmeyer and Dreeben in Ryan Hall, at 800 Jefferson St.

“Wherever you are on the journey of faith, you are welcome at First Presbyterian Church,” the church spokesman said. “FPC is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is building a community of disciples growing toward God-centered worship, Christ-centered service and Spirit-led lives through small group ministry, blended worship styles and a place in which there is room for all under the cross.”

To find out more about First Presbyterian Church or get involved with its summer series, visit www. or call 830-257-3310.

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