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Rev. Dr. Paul Detterman
Senior Pastor

Rev. Allison Lundeen
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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



optionsPreparing to Lead

from a Study Guide


If you are going to lead a small group discussion based on a published study guide, here's how to prepare:


1. Work through the study guide's questions on your own; write out your answers.

2. When done, write out the central truths of the text/theme in brief summary statements.

3. Reflect on these central truths, and compose the overarching idea in a single sentence.


1. If the study was based on a Bible text, what did the author of that text hope the readers would do as a result of reading it?

2. If the study was based on a theme or multiple texts, what did the author of the study guide hope the readers would do?

3. How do you sense God's Spirit leading you to respond?  Is it  to obey a command, follow an example, fulfill a condition, believe a promise, embrace a truth?  What attitude or action will be involved?


1. Aim: Write an aim based on the overarching idea and application (see above). The aim is to cause us to....

2. Background: Gather any necessary background data that members of the group will not have available to them in the study guide/text.  Keep it simple and usable.  Use only what is critical to achieving the aim.

3. Introduction:  Compose an introduction that relates something of the mood, context, or relevance of the text (not all three).  It should grab interest (form a question, role play, etc.).  Be imaginative.  (Sometimes the study guide will have ideas.)

4. Discussion Questions:  Select (and compose) the questions to be used in the group session:

  • Keep questions from the study guide that are in line with your aim
  • Delete questions that are not essential to the meaning of the text
  • Compose additional questions (particularly application) which lead to the implications of your aim

5. Epitome:  Decide how to close the group study time in a way so that participants leave with "one big thought" or "one concrete action."  Example question: "What is the main truth God has impressed upon you?"

Last Published: February 25, 2019 9:47 AM
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