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Rev. Dr. Paul Detterman
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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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ingredients4 Ingredients of a Small Group


This aspect of small group life is usually the most consistently experienced by groups.  Admittedly, spiritual sustenance should be the foundation of our lives, individually and interpersonally.  But the best small groups integrate all four ingredients (Nurture, Community, Worship, and Mission) so that there is thematic unity, reinforcement of growth, and integrity.

Strategies:  Bible study, topical discussion, sermon reflection, video viewing, contemporary book study, someone giving a mini-lecture, testimonies, attending a conference together.


Interpersonal dynamics are perhaps the most desired and sometimes the most fleeting aspects of small group life.  Often we feel like we are not "heard" by the others in our group; or we are hesitant to share our fears, doubts, and questions.  The group together needs to learn how to encourage each other; how to take risks and allow others to do the same.

Strategies:  allowing chit-chat to occur without scheduling or structuring it, intentionally asking open-ended sharing questions, self-disclosure, active listening, encouragement, gift expression, fun and frolic, meeting one-on-one beyond group meeting, weekend retreat, telling one's story/journey, prayer partners.


This is perhaps the least developed or experienced aspect of small group life.  Yet it is fundamentally important that groups encounter the awesomeness of God the Father, appreciate the sacrificing grace of Jesus Christ, and experience the dynamic presence of the Holy Spirit.  We need to continue to learn what it means to encounter the living God, to respond with joy, and submit with obedience to God's reign in our lives.  Balanced small group worship will proceed from a vertical emphasis (God's being and actions) to a horizontal emphasis (how we are to respond).

Strategies:  praising God, supplication for group concerns, singing, confession before Christ, observance of the Lord's Supper (Communion), praying through a passage of scripture.  Caution:  Do not mistake warm-up singing or supplicationary prayer for worship -- they are only parts of worship.


Seeing the other members of your small group in a different setting will strengthen your bonds and maturity.  Developing a sense of outreach and mission will also protect the group from becoming ingrown or a clique.  The mission emphasis of the group can, on the one hand, be learning how to support and exhort each other in your various individual callings in life.  On the other hand, this mission emphasis can be a time and effort that you spend together in service.

Strategies:  monthly service projects, neighborhood or vocational evangelism, building relationships with newcomers to the congregation, assisting parents in the care of their children, building a vision & strategy for individual calling in work arenas, throwing a party for pre-Christians, prayer for a specific burden or strategy, drama team, film festival.

Last Published: February 25, 2019 9:48 AM
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