GROW IN FAITH

At First Pres, we want to help you follow Jesus. We do that through Sunday-morning Bible Fellowship Groups, small groups throughout the week and other opportunities.

Bible Fellowship Groups

Sunday morning groups are held between worship services, from 10:15-11 a.m.

Parents of Young Children [Nursery] Parents of young children brings together parents who want to have Bible study and fellowship while keeping an eye on nursery-age children in the church’s nursery. The group discusses the day’s sermon discussion questions, share prayer concerns and discuss parenting young children. Facilitator: Caitlin Berkey.

The Gospel of Matthew [Room 200 & Zoom] This class is doing an exegetical study of the Gospel of Matthew. The group also is immersed in prayer each week, and a log of prayer requests is maintained or all attendees. Prayer time is also joined with a hymn each week as we seek to worship and study. Teacher: Jim Dye.

Church History – The Church in the Middle Ages [Room 201] This class will be using the monumental video teaching series by Dr. W. Robert Godfrey. Continuing with Part 2 during the winter quarter, the class will cover the period between 500 and 1500 AD. Class time will be evenly divided between video presentation and class discussion. Facilitators: Jeff Jordan and Lyle Jacobsen.

The Heidelberg Catechism [Room 202] Beginning in January we will spend our Sunday school class time looking at the Heidelberg Catechism. Each week we will discuss two questions from the catechism, study the scripture and work our way through important doctrines  and topics such as the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed and everything in between! Facilitator: Scott Dove.

B.F. Wilson Class [Room 206] The B.F. Wilson Bible Study class invites men of all ages to study The Ten Commandments (a video series and lively discussion with Pastor Albert Tate). Facilitator: Alex Banks.

Nehemiah [Romans 208] Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome lays out what we believe about God’s salvation through Jesus and how we respond. This group will study this important book of the Bible. Facilitator: Frank Sprinkel.

Small Groups

Young Professionals Group – Join us on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. for our small-group Bible study. Want to know more? Contact Bob Augst, an elder with First Pres working with young adults.

College Brunch and Bible Study – Brunch in Showker Hall at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays between our two worship services. Held during the fall and spring semesters. Includes fellowship over a meal and a Bible study. Contact Billy Craig.

Small Groups – If you are interested in sharing life and connecting with others, applying the Scriptures to everyday life and having fun, check out our sermon-based small groups. They are made up of couples and individuals of all ages and always welcome new people. For more info contact Pastor Scott

Women’s Groups

The Book of Books – The weekly ladies’ Bible study is going through the entire Bible this year to understand the grand sweep of scripture. Bring your Bible and a lunch if you’d like. Meets in Room 205. Contact Lila Gardner.

Mothers of Young Children This group furthers their understanding and love for God’s Word through scripture-based studies and topic-based studies such as godly parenting and Christian living. The group is doing the Encounter God study. Childcare is provided for preschool-aged children and younger. Meets Wednesdays from 9:15-11:15 a.m. at the church. Contact Rachel Lemn.

Psalms What does it mean to be blessed? The Psalms help us learn to communicate with God, to be honest, open and to put our focus on who He is. One might also say that many of the Psalms teach us the way of blessing. The Psalter begins by saying “How blessed is the man …” in Psalm 1 and that theme continues throughout the book. What does it mean to be blessed? Who is blessed? How? Can you be blessed when you are broken? What is God’s purpose in blessing? Good questions that we will explore as we continue our journey to sample the Psalms this fall. Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Sept. 29-Nov. 3 via Zoom. For more information or to request a zoom link contact Mary Duryea.

Men’s Groups

We have a variety of men’s groups that meet throughout the week. Contact Russell Lee for more information or to get connected to a group.

Knowing God

Join Commissioned Lay Pastor Patrick Werner weekly on Facebook for Open the Book, a 15- to 20-minute online Bible study. Goes live at 7 p.m. every Tuesday on our Facebook channel. You can also watch archived editions at our YouTube channel.

Weekly Prayer Group

Join us on Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon, as we lift up the needs of our church, community, nation and world. If you want to pray, join us, as we are always open to newcomers. Contact Lila Gardner.