Grateful

led by Pastor Chris

Barr Conference Room

Wednesdays

Sept. 19 - Nov. 14

10:30 A.M. - Noon


Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, by Diana Butler Bass

The root of our faith is grace and gratitude. Theologian Karl Barth said that “Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightning.” We experience the grace of God, and from that what happens in response to that grace is gratitude, a life shaped by thanksgiving. From the book jacket: “If gratitude is good, why is it so hard to do? In Grateful, Diana Butler Bass untangles our conflicting understandings of gratitude and sets the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks. We know that gratitude is good, but many of us find it hard to sustain a meaningful life of gratefulness. Four out of five Americans report feeling gratitude on a regular basis, but those private feelings seem disconnected from larger concerns of our public lives. Bass, a cultural observer and theologian, takes on this ‘gratitude gap’ and offers up surprising, relevant, and powerful insights to practice gratitude.” Each week, we will explore a chapter from the book and a relevant biblical text


Come join us. All are welcome to attend. The class begins at 10:30 in Room 211 Barr Conf. Room. Join for informal conversation and coffee in the parlor at 9:30 a.m.



Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women meet each month (September through May) for inspiration and fellowship through Bible study  and involvement in various types of service.


They meet on the second Tuesday of each month, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m., in the church parlor. Study leader is Nancy Faye Williams.


Contact

Betty Willoughby (615-794-1131)

Growth Groups

Growth Groups are small groups that meet in members' homes or at church. New groups form each fall and spring and meet for 10 weeks. The fall groups are meeting the week of September 9 through the week of November 11 and will read Becoming Curious by Casey Tygrett.


Growth Groups provide a time of connection with others and with God as we will spend time getting to know each other, discussing the book, and praying for one another each week. We hope you will prayerfully consider joining a group.


Contact

Anne Keener (akeener@fpcfranklin.org)

Men's Bible Study

The Men's Bible Study meets at  7:30 a.m. on Saturdays in the library.  The class was founded circa 2000 by Gail White.  Fisherman's Guide lesson plans are used and a Facilitator coordinates the lesson including matters of Theological or Historic interest concerning Bible books selected from the Old and New Testaments. 


Contact

Hugh Dupree (hughjdupree@gmail.com)

Duke Ellis (familyellisd@att.net)

Mom's book study

Join us for a Mom's Book Club.  Moms of all ages of children can discuss recent books.  Contact Kim Joiner kjoiner@fpcfranklin.org



Last Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. in the church parlor and at 7 p.m. in someone's home. Two opportunities for the same book.