Growing Together Wednesdays Online

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We're excited to bring this winter’s spiritual formation opportunities from our discipleship team to your home in online experiences! These growth opportunities begin Wednesday, January 6. Each week, you'll learn, grow and discuss with others in an online group setting. Together, let’s “Hold Fast” and “Keep Growing,” two of our seven values as a worshiping community.

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Check out the descriptions and find the registration links below. And visit here to get weekly content as the classes begin. 


In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lucy and Edmund return to Narnia to assist King Caspian in his search for some missing friends. On their quest we meet or reacquaint ourselves with a number of beloved characters: cousin Eustace, brave Reepicheep, noble Caspian, the dufflepuds, a banished star, a grumpy sea monster, and an Albatross. The adventurers face several perils that mirror aspects of the spiritual life. We will discuss and explore several of these themes, and see if we are helped, as Lewis intended, to know Aslan better for the time we’ve spent with Him in Narnia.

Teachers: Kirk and Bonnie Cherry
Class Length: January 20 – March 17
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Webex Online
Details: Please purchase your own copy of Voyage of the Dawn Treader to participate and come to the first class with the first few chapters read.

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This is an opportunity targeted especially for parents of school-aged kids, but is open to all. Join leaders from our Counseling Coalition in presentation and conversation on some of the primary challenges facing youth today—including anxiety, depression, fear and reduced access to healthy social environments. This is a unique chance to walk and grow together for the health of our families.

Weekly Topics:

  • Week 1: Helping children with anxiety and depression
  • Week 2: Helping children overcome their pandemic and academic fears
  • Week 3: Lack of socialization and how to mitigate it
  • Week 4: Children and resilience

Teacher: Counseling Coalition (click here to learn about the First Pres Counseling Coalition)
Class Length: February 24 – March 17
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: GoToMeeting
Details: Register for one, two or all weekly discussions and intentional Q&A

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Do you feel ready to put down roots in our community of faith? Membership is a great step to connect with the people and mission of First Pres. Join Executive Pastor Jennifer Holz for this three-week class which will help you explore your personal faith in Christ, the mission of First Pres, and how the two intersect. Each week before the designated online meeting time, you will watch video stories about First Pres, then come together with others to ask questions, share your faith story, and take next steps to get engaged. Elders will have separate conversations with people on their own time.

Led by: Executive Pastor Jennifer Holz
Class Length: January 13, 20 and 27 
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: GoToMeeting Online

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Few 20th-century theologians have left a global legacy to the Christian witness like that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Join us as we study the life, martyrdom and writing of a disciple who embodied so many of the highest ideals of true discipleship. A disciple knows that Christian grace is a costly grace. A disciple knows that the call of Christ includes sharp obedience. A disciple knows that to walk faithfully with Christ in the here and now—a world crippled by the fall—requires sacrificial action, sometimes sacrificial action unto death. A disciple knows that life with God is communal, not only with the tribune God, but also with God’s people within the context of the watching world. Bonhoeffer willingly and joyfully engaged in the dismantling of the Third Reich, including an assassination plot against Hitler. Throughout the final four weeks of this course, we will study what Bonhoeffer learned about Christian ethics.  

Teacher: Pastor Michael Thornton
Class Length: January 6 – March 17 (no class on February 17) 
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: GoToMeeting Online

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We are called to be “Light and Life for the City.” How do we go about that? What does it look like? The Ten Commandments were given by God to the people He had rescued from slavery and were supposed to give them an identity that would bear witness to the character of God and His people. This was the identity that would enable them to live out God’s promise that they would be “blessed to be a blessing.” Living according to these commands would bring light and life to those around them.

Teacher: Pastor Junior McGarrahan
Class Length: January 6 – March 17 (no class on February 17) 
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: GoToMeeting Online

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Parents are invited to join Executive Pastor Jennifer Holz for this one-time event as she hosts a conversation with Julie Batura around the topic of “Learning from Home.” Julie is an experienced home educator and is excited to pass along tips and tricks of the trade. Without question, learning from home has taken on a whole new meaning this past year. Know that you are not alone in facing this challenge and great encouragement awaits you during this insightful, fun and interactive Facebook Live event. Parents, you have what it takes to help your student(s) excel in learning from home!

Led by: Executive Pastor Jennifer Holz and Julie Batura
Date: Sunday, February 21
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
First Pres Facebook Live: Click Here
Details: Join the conversation on Facebook live with live discussion and Q&A. This event is free and can easily be shared with other parents from Facebook.

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