First Presbyterian is welcoming a new circle of friends to the Church building and grounds, beginning this Fall 2021. The Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning, associated with the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, will begin offering classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, at First Presbyterian. This popular program will bring many new faces from Columbia and surrounding areas to the First Presbyterian site.
Osher Institute offers stimulating educational programs for lifelong learners, bringing the resources of Johns Hopkins University to present a wide variety of classes. You can see their course offerings (and sign up for some!) at their website, https://advanced.jhu.edu/academics/lifelong-learning/osher-lifelong-learning-institute/.
Those of you who have been in the church building during the pandemic months have noticed a great deal of furniture in Lyle Buck Hall. This furniture was donated by Johns Hopkins to the church for the benefit of Osher. The Strengthening the Church ministry area has been sorting and deploying the furniture to good effect. At the end, any excess pieces will either be donated to community non-profits or discarded.
One of the foundational ideas in the Presbyterian Reformed tradition, expressed by John Calvin and by others, is that “The life of the mind is a service to God.” The Church celebrates our new Osher friends with excitement and anticipation!