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Find a place to take a deeper dive into the Word of God.


There's nothing better than spending time with friends!

A Place to Learn, Worship, and Thrive

Adult Education

We invite you to take advantage of the rich array of choices in adult education at First Pres. Throughout the year, First Pres offers a variety of Sunday education opportunities that will help you grow closer to God.

Bible Studies At First Pres

Join a group to study the Word of God in order to learn who God is, to know Him better, and to recognize His voice. Paul the Apostle says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Thursdays, September through May
9:00 am and 7:30 pm
Children’s program available at 9:00 am

First Pres is host to WBS each Thursday from September through May. WBS is a Bible-based study open to women of all faiths and ages. No experience necessary. Do you have young children or grandchildren with you during the day? There is a program for them, too! 

Come on Thursday and check it out; no commitment required! Find out how it fits before you register. Visit their website to learn what WBS is studying this year.

See the WBS website for more information and to register.

Men’s Community Bible Study
Mondays, September through May
7:00 pm

First Pres is host to a Men’s Bible Study Monday evening from September through May. Open to men of all faiths and ages. No experience necessary.
Email the Men’s Community Bible Study to learn what they are studying this year!

6:00 am or 8:00 pm

The Men of IMPACT (Imperfect men Pursuing a Christ-Like Transformation) is a group of Christian men who meet weekly to study the Bible and encourage one another.
For more information, contact Karl Kochendorfer.
We are reading through the entire Bible chronologically in 2022! Don’t worry if you have to miss a few weeks, we are focusing on the big picture in this study!
Contact Maggie Downs for more information and a link!

Social Events at First Pres

First Pres offers a variety of fellowship events. You are sure to find an event that works for you!

Visit our Events page to see what is coming up!

The Progressive Dinner is a traveling dinner party for First Pres adult members and attendees. The evening begins all together with cocktails and appetizers, where attendees learn with whom they will be sharing dinner. Guests then travel to their host’s home for dinner, and everyone gathers at the church for coffee and dessert.
This is one of the most popular events of our year!

Each spring, the women of First Pres gather for a retreat to be refreshed in the Lord and with each other. Feed your spirit and take time just for you!

This year’s Women’s Retreat is themed for our pandemic-weary lives, “Presence and Peace.” Come for a day of quiet reflection and time of experiencing God’s presence at the beautiful campus of St. Mary’s in Mundelein. All women are welcome, invite a friend to join you!

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, IL
COST: $25 per person, which includes the retreat and buffet lunch. There will be an optional fellowship dinner for anyone interested at a nearby restaurant.

Join us on this tranquil, 930-acre campus this spring to let go of the distractions of everyday life and enjoy quiet serenity with God and each other.

Fall Carnival is a First Pres block party! Each year, First Pres family and friends gather for an afternoon of food, games, music, and fun. All are welcome! Invite your friends and join First Pres for an afternoon for the entire family!

This time away from the everyday! The retreat starts Friday evening, and continues through Sunday noon at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. This is a great opportunity for relaxing with family and friends, both new and old. We welcome all ages and stages of life and especially encourage newer First Pres folks to attend as it is a wonderful environment to build new relationships.

The 2022 Men’s Retreat is Saturday, March 19, from 9:00 am—12:00 pm, in the Maxwell Room. Join us for a morning of fellowship and reflection. Our retreat features Brian Becker, author of “Tender Lions: Building the Vital Relationship between Father and Son.”

About the book: Tender Lions is for anyone looking to strengthen their father-son relationship. Written by a father and son team, this book rips off the band-aid for a glimpse at what it’s like when love and trust is destroyed—and what it can look like from the other side.

First and third Fridays of the month, September through May
9:00 am

First Pres is happy to be called home base for MOPS OPRF. MOPS is a Christ-centered international program that has been instrumental in leading mothers and their children to Jesus through friendships, creativity, hospitality, and leadership training.

The local chapter of MOPS meets twice monthly here at First Pres and provides ministry to mothers and their young children ages 0-6 years. Each meeting always involves small group discussions and a speaker or a craft, all in a welcoming and friendly setting. It provides essential mom-time to learn something new and to have valuable adult social time – a rare thing during the young-children season! At the same time, children attend a specially designed educational program.

Service-Volunteer Opportunity:  The local chapter is run by the moms who attend. There are volunteer opportunities on the steering committee and for events. Do you have a talent or desire to help? Email MOPS and let them know!


While we are apart, we are not alone!


We have compiled some ideas of things to do while sheltering-in-place. We hope this list is helpful and inspires you to think creatively in this time. If you have activities that are working for you, let us know (at so we can add to this list! 
Check back often! We will keep working to help our community of faith as we navigate this unique time.

Free core yoga classes from Core Power Yoga On Demand

  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • The Mighty
  • Moody Theological Seminary Counseling Center
  • Health Connection Hub services for individuals and families, including: senior and youth services, developmental disabilities, medical health care, behavioral/mental health services, and other social supports.
  • Thrive Counseling Center has just launched a free phone support line. If you need to talk, Thrive’s professional therapists are can provide support for any emotional issues you may be experiencing. Please call the Thrive Check-In line at 708-383-7500, ext. 888, Monday – Friday  between 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Sarah’s Inn for Domestic Violence – 24/7 Crisis Line: 708-386-4225 | 24/7 Text Line: 708-792-3120
  • Support4U for youth – an anonymous, confidential texting service available 24/7 to middle and high school students. Support4U connects students with a licensed clinician, where they can text about issues like depression, anxiety, substance use, etc. Text 844-670-5838. OPRF students: text CARE and Roosevelt students text SAFE. District 97 students text HOPE

Ask for prayer, or pray for others from First Pres – Prayer Requests

Crossway 0f Days of Gratitude Prayer Guide  – 30 Days of Gratitude Prayer Guide

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 24/7 prayer line: (888) 388-2683

Art Medication Coloring Pages for Adults by The Spruce Crafts

Open Culture offers free culture and educational media online.

Coursera offers online professional development from leading universities and companies.

Google Arts and Culture allows you to visit museums, and other places around the world.

Visit our First Pres Kids page, or FRiST Youth page for more ideas of things to do together with kids and teens!

Two Spotify playlists to consider: