Christian Formation and Discipleship


Christian Formation and Discipleship (CFD) is a ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Everett. The purpose of CFD is to encourage and facilitate our congregation’s transformation into the image of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be liberated to testify in words and deeds to the Mission and Reign of God in the world. I am in agony until Christ is formed in you (Apostle Paul: Gal. 4:9)

We have developed three sets of strategic principles of Christian Formation through which we seek God’s power to establish, sustain, and renew our faithful identity as God’s people:


Evangelical Principles

CHURCH PRINCIPLE: We don’t go to church; we are the church!

MISSION PRINCIPLE: We don’t have a mission program; we are a people in mission! (i.e. We don’t exist for ourselves but for the world God loves!)


Embodiment Principles

STORY PRINCIPLE: We order our life together according to God’s Story (Church year and Lectionary)!

SPECIAL EVENTS PRINCIPLE: We celebrate our unique identity together in seven annual inter-generational events (Advent Event→Christmas, Ash Wednesday→Lent, Holy Week, Pentecost Event, Vacation Bible School, All Church Retreat, Mission-Tide Series)!

CORE PRACTICES PRINCIPLE: Congregational life consists of six interdependent core practices (worship, listening, learning, fellowship, service and advocacy) that together express our collective redeemed humanity!


Empowerment Principles

REFORMED PRINCIPLE: We are a work in progress (the church reformed and always being reformed by the Word of God), called to life-long repentance!

HOLY SPIRIT PRINCIPLE: We seek empowerment by the Holy Spirit, learning to trust the “logic of the Spirit” (affirmation, crucifixion, transformation) in all we think, feel, and do!




Birds, Bees, and Butterflies in Flight

Potluck at 6pm, Movie at 7:00pm Followed by Discussion

Room(s): Westminster Hall/Calvin Lounge


Description: Our 40th series consists of a unique blending of two five-star documentaries and four premier dramas that in one way or another expose us to the wonder of birds, bees, and butterflies in the natural world. These creatures play essential parts in the symphony of our natural ecosystem that must not be disrupted. But they also teach us something about human existence, like living parables calling us to reflect on our communal existence in light of their own.


 Potluck Meal at 6:00pm

Movie at 7:00pm

in Calvin Lounge

Discussion following the movie.


PARISH the Thought

By Dr. Dana Wright

Director  of CFD

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018



Earth Care Unit 2018

“Birds, Butterflies, and Bees”

Fri. April 6–Sun. Apr. 22


Description: Almost weekly there are worrisome stories about disrupted migration patterns in birds and butterflies, unexplained devastation to bee populations, and multiple species dying off. Why should we care? This series helps us understand the wonder of three special creatures—birds, butterflies, and bees—and how essential they are to creation. Along with an assortment of documentaries and one drama, this series features three successive Sunday morning presentations by scientists in our area who are doing important research on bees, butterflies, and moths. Bee prepared to bee amazed!


Fri. Apr. 6: March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, 2005). An incredible account of the annual migration of Emperor penguins across the Antarctic. These birds have so much to teach us about community, accountability, and care. Morgan Freeman narrates.


Sun. Apr. 8: David Droppers: “Landscaping Your Yard to Benefit Butterfly Pollinators.” David Droppers has degrees in Environmental Science from the UW and WWU in Environmental Education, and has worked with the Seattle Zoo and the National Parks Service


Wed. Apr. 11: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2003). Mark Bittner, a homeless man, is the self-appointed caretaker of San Francisco’s flock of wild Cherry Headed Conures! He’s really for the birds!


Fri. Apr. 13: The Secret Life of Bees (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2008). Lily Owens has lost her mother and is alienated from her father. She finds solace in the world of beekeeping and in the company of the independent Boatwright sisters. Stars Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alison Keys, and Dakota Fanning. Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd.


Sun. Apr. 15: Third Sunday Challenge: Claire Rusch: “Un-Bee-lievable Insects: What Bees can Tell Us about Cognition. Claire Rusch is a Ph.D. candidate at the UW, working at the frontiers of biology, psychology, and computer science. She is from France.


Wed. Apr. 18: Winged Migration (Jacques Perrin, 2003) Five film crews follow migrating birds over 40 counties in all seven continents using gliders, balloons, planes, and helicopters to get “up close and personal.” 


Fri. Apr. 20: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies (Nick de Pencier, 2009). This acclaimed NOVA documentary charts one of the most incredible migrations in the animal kingdom, the monarch butterfly’s odyssey across North America.


Sun. Apr. 22 (EARTH DAY): Jeremy Chan: “Making Scents of Things: Pollinator Moths at Vantage”: Jeremy is a PhD student in Biology at the UW. He is currently doing research at Vantage, Washington, investigating the effects of climate change on pollination. He is from Singapore.



April 15: EARTH CARE SERIES: BIRDS, BEES, AND BUTTERFLIES: “The March of the Penguins” (John 13:1-20)

May 20: PENTECOST: I AM the True Vine (John 15:1)

June 17: CFD Sunday: Reflections: What have we learned this year?

July 15: The History and Community of Campbell Farms

Aug. 18: Preparation for Mission to Campbell Farms