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Rev. Dr. Paul Detterman
Senior Pastor

Rev. Allison Lundeen
Parish Associate


Adult Ministries

We are committed to each individual's spiritual formation and discipleship. God's ultimate goal for each one of us is that we become spiritually mature by becoming more and more like Christ in our thoughts, feelings, and actions. With worship as the center of our life, we learn, connect, and serve together in various ways.

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Women's Bible Study (WBS)  First Pres hosts a weekly community women's bible study, WBS, on Thursdays from September through May. You may join anytime. Check the link for current study and dates, and to register.

Men's Bible Study: Men's Community Bible Study is at 7:00  pm in Room 101 (September - April). Join us!

Small Groups: First Pres has numerous small groups that meet throughout the week in homes, at restaurants, and in the church. These groups of 6-10 adults meet to study, discuss and nurture relationships.

Adult Christian Education: Various classes, including Bible Geeks.

Read through the Bible in a year with M'Cheyne's Bible Reading Plan.

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Progressive Dinner: February 2019 was our 7th Annual First Pres Progressive Dinner, one of the most popular events of the year! Join us next year!.

Neighborhood Prayer: Each week on Wednesdays at 11:30 am, First Pres goes out into our community to pray with our neighbors. See where we are this week and join us as we pray.

Thirsty 30 (coffee/snack time): Between our two worship services all ages gather in the Social Hall. Come make a connection.

MOPS: (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers) meets at First Pres two Fridays each month.

Annual All-Church Retreat: This weekend retreat is an annual favoriate, and great way to connect and build relationships.

Annual Women's Retreat: Renew, refresh, and grow in faith together.

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Become a Kitchen Samaritan.

Thirsty 30 needs snack volunteers!

Other Ways to Serve: There are many ways to use your gifts, time and energy in our life together.

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Bible Reading Plan

Small Group Resources

Comfort Scriptures



AWOL: A Work of LoveAWOL (A Work of Love) are annual Mission Trips by our people to serve others in practical and relational ways.  The first of these trips occurred in the 1980's.  In the past Adult AWOL trips have helped with church planting in Mexico and home building with Habitat for Humanity in the Chicago metro area.  Senior high youth AWOL trips have gone to Mississippi, San Francisco, Texas, and Mexico. 

We hold as a core value that all pf God's people are called to ministry.  These hands-on service helps us develop a passion for serving in God's name, shining the light of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

AWOL projects:

Summer:  Southern Mexico (for adults) -- Interested? Contact church office.

Summer:  Honduras (for families) -- Interested?  Contact Mike Jones -- View video of the 2012 trip.

Summer:  West Virginia (for teens) --  Interested?  Contact Marc Fillian

Fall:  Honduras (for adult men) -- Interested?  Contact Mike Jones

Scholarships may be available to help defray the cost of the trips.

Last Published: February 25, 2019 10:01 AM
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