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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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PrincipListening Earles of Hearing Answers

Facilitating discussion is a crucial skill for healthy and engaging group dynamics.  Here are some guidelines:

1. After asking a question, be silent.  Allow participants to think.  Ten seconds is not too much time, even though you might feel like it is an eternity.  Silence means people are thinking (90% of the time); otherwise people are confused (restate the question), or people are sleeping (not a good sign).

2. Avoid repeating or rephrasing all the answers.  This can squelch discussion because you remain the expert.  An exception to this is when acoustics hinder everyone from hearing what was said, or when some group members are not catching the significance of a great thought that has been expressed by another participant.

3. Provide verbal and non-verbal feedback.  Help the person know they've been heard.

4. If a person's comment is not clear, you could ask them: "Could you explain what you mean?"  For an inadequate answer, you could ask: "Have you considered...?"  But do this second option as a last resort, avoid being cast as the expert.

5. Encourage discussion among the group.  Ask them to interact with each other directly, instead of all conversations happening between each of them and you.


Last Published: February 25, 2019 9:47 AM
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