FALL 2016

September 7 - November 9, 2016


eat together
Building community remains a high value for First Pres, and one of the ways we build community is through the breaking of bread. More than just a time to eat, dinners at GTW are a place to build community. It is a time, during the middle of our busy week, to come together in fellowship and celebration, building relationships and expanding community.

As we have in the past, we will be enjoying meals provided by restaurants in our community, including KFC, Olive Garden and Chick-Fil-A, among others. Each week will be hosted by a new restaurant.

Please make our Wednesday dinners part of the plan for you and your family each week.

Dinner: 4:45 to 6:15 p.m.
Adults: $7
Children: $4


grow together
Classes meet from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., beginning September 7 unless otherwise noted. Children need to be picked up from their programs by 8 p.m. Please be on time.


Dear First Pres Family,

Our Fall GTW session is upon us. This is a rich time of fellowship and family, of learning and growing, and of fulfilling our mission as disciples of Christ. The Bible teaches us the model for discipleship as Christ-followers, and it begins with taking time to be with each other, digging into God’s Word.

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)

We lead busy lives. The demands of work, of family and of our connections often pull us in a number of different directions. It can be hard to find quiet, focused time to be in the Word and to be among the people of God. That’s why the rhythm of our life as a church is so important. On Sundays we come together in worship. It’s a time of learning, praise and refreshing our spirits.

Equally as important is the time we come together to grow in our faith and knowledge of God. These 10 Wednesday nights in the fall, and again in the winter/spring, are an important part of the rhythm of our discipleship as a body of believers. It’s a time when we come together, eat together and, most importantly, grow together.

I encourage you to make these 10 Wednesday nights at First Pres a priority as you set your schedule this fall.

In Christ,
Rev. Jennifer Holz

To register for the adult classes click on the title.  You can register for more than one class on the same form.

Bible Study

The Gospel of John, Part 1: Chapters 1-12 (Session 1 and 2, 10 weeks)
The Gospel of John is one of the most loved books in the Bible.  Unique in its approach to the story of Christ Jesus, John’s telling is direct, elegant, and profound.   The Book of Signs (Chapters 1-7) is the common title for the first seven chapters in John’s Gospel which present  Him as “Teacher,”  “Prophet,”  “Lamb of God,”  “Messiah,” and “Son of God.”  My goal for this class is to help us progress from observers, to believers, to disciples, gain a deeper understanding of the person of Jesus Christ and to increase understanding and appreciation of Biblical Theology.
Led by David Freehling

Romans 1-8 (Session 1 and 2, 10 weeks)
This fall we will study Paul’s epistle to the Romans (Chapters 1-8).  Romans has been one of the most important documents in both the history of the church and the world. We will delve deeply into Paul’s logic and theology and we will examine both the practical implications and personal applications of the truths contained in this Epistle. Finally, we will share discoveries, memorize verses, and enjoy God’s Word together.  We will conclude our study of Romans (Chapters 9-16) in the winter term.
Led by Pat Hartsock

"Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Abraham...?" (Session 1 and 2, 10 weeks)
The Patriarchs play a foundational role in the life of Israel, in the teachings of Jesus and in the early Christian community, but they seldom appear in today's church. We will immerse ourselves in Genesis 12-36, and trace the influence of the patriarchs throughout the rest of the Bible, discovering what the lives of these specially chosen leaders have to teach us about walking with God today. We will also do a brief compare and contrast concerning how Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are viewed within the Qur’an.
Led by Mateen Elass



Biblical Sexuality (Session 1 and 2, 5 weeks)
We live in a time of increasing confusion about sexuality, marriage and singleness.  As Christians, how are we both to think about and live faithfully in this powerful dimension of our lives?  In this class we will look at biblical and doctrinal aspects of sexuality.  Our discipleship goal will be to learn more fully how to live out our convictions in ways that demonstrate love of neighbor as we seek to be filled with grace and truth.  Suggested book:  Loving Your LGBT Neighbor, Glenn Stanton.
Led by Junior McGarrahan

Marked as Christ’s Own: A study in The Sacraments (Session 1 and 2, 5 weeks starting October 12)
How do the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper help us to understand who we are, what we have been called to do and how we grow in our relationship with Christ?  Our discipleship goal will be a greater understanding of how the regular practice of the sacraments shapes us personally and as a congregation.
Led by Junior McGarrahan


Discipleship and Christian Living

Doorways Membership Class (Session 2, 5 weeks)
Have you been attending First Pres and feel ready to put down roots in our community of faith?  Our pastoral staff will help you explore the essentials of the faith, affirm the scriptures as our foundation, discover the distinctives of First Pres and learn how to connect into the life of the church. Small group leaders will guide you throughout the sessions.  Becoming a Covenant Partner will enable you to live out your faith in intentional community and mission. Register online or call Sue at 719-884-6140. For more information call Mary at 719-884-6189.
Led by Jennifer Holz and other First Pres ministers

Parenting without Losing Your Soul  (Session 2, 5 weeks starting October 12)
This is not a class on parenting. This gathering is for parents who struggle to keep their own walk with Christ front and center while raising their kids. Unless we are each attending to our relationship with the Lord, our children will miss seeing our souls and we will parent “on empty.” This is a place of nurturing responsiveness to Christ and opening the door of relationship with Him in the midst of joyful chaos J.
Led by Adam and Jennifer Holz and Marvin and Christina Harrell

Moms Empowered (Session 2, 10 weeks)
Whether you are the mom of a newborn, a preschooler, a “tween”, a teen or an adult child, no doubt you need a community of other moms who can help support you in the midst of the season you’re in and help prepare you for the seasons yet to come! In Moms Empowered, we will gather together as a multigenerational group of moms and share our lives and our stories. We will study God’s Word together and glean wisdom from the scriptures and from various speakers.
Led by Ruth Zschoche

Mending Broken Hearts (Session 2, Seven weeks)
This course is focused on issues facing people as they go through divorce or the end of a serious relationship. The format includes presentations to the whole group followed by discussion in small groups facilitated by trained leaders. The cost is $10. Registration is open for the first two sessions only.
Led by Scott Heinz, Dee Martz, and Kendra Betts

Parenting with Love and Logic (Session 2, Eight weeks starting September 14)
Easy to use techniques that will help you raise responsible children who are fun to be around! The cost is $30 for materials.
Led by David and Susan Strehlow

Entrusted by Beth Moore (Session 2, six weeks starting October 5)
You have been entrusted with a great and mighty gift: the gospel of Jesus Christ. But it’s not enough to keep it to yourself. God has called each one of us to share this good news, and our effectiveness grows when our journeys overlap, our spiritual gifts converge, and we’re able to learn from and alongside one another. Because in moments of joy and hardship, we need each other to stay the course and live a life of faithfulness.  Cost is $20.
Led by Janine Robertson

The Sanctuary Choir (Every Wednesday, year around.  6:15 to 8 p.m., Adult Choir Room)
The Sanctuary choir welcomes all who love to sing and praise God through worship. We enjoy singing a wide variety of music, not only for weekly worship services, but also for concert settings during the special seasons of the year. Led by our Minister of Music, Jim DeJarnette, this community of all ages enthusiastically prepares music and leads worship all the while gaining a depth of understanding of scripture through music.

Financial Peace University (Session 2, Nine weeks)
Dave Ramsey breaks through the common financial jargon and explains how money really works in a simple, easy-to-understand style. You’ll actually have fun as you learn more about saving, budgeting, investing, insurance, and more! You can register and buy your membership kits online at
Led by Louise Carlson

H.O.P.E. — Hearts of Peace for Eternity:
A Bible Study for Recovering Women (Session 2, 10 weeks)
Jesus consistently offers hope and growth to those who seek Him! In this Bible study, women who struggle with alcohol and/or drug addiction will find warm support and Biblical teaching to offer hope and growth in their ongoing journey to wholeness. For more information, contact Kim Costello at 719-337-7572 or

Dealing with Trauma and Codependency Issues (Session 2, Seven weeks)
Trauma and day-to-day stress and distress can create survival patterns that inhibit healthy relationships with self, others and God.  Goals of this workshop include discovering how to identify patterns that interfere with accomplishing relationship goals and learning how to break free of old, outdated behaviors. 
Led by Christie Lee 


Art and Culture

Movies and Theology (Session 1 and 2, 10 weeks)
The writer Donald Miller said, “Narrative has an unbelievable ability to adjust your moral compass.” Films, like other art forms, are a reflection of the experiences, passions, and beliefs of their creators. They tell stories, yes, but they also, often, point to something larger. In this class we’ll look at a variety of Hollywood movies, made by a variety of filmmakers, and analyze the worldview presented in the film while comparing it to the truth of Scripture.
Led by Matt Fox

Alpha (Session 2, Eight weeks, 6:15-8:30pm)
This is a chance to explore the Christian Faith. Great for those who have questions and want to explore what Christianity is really about. We will share a meal together, have a series of talks, and will have time in small groups. All are welcome and any question is welcome.
Led by Katie Fowler

Developing Uncommon Friendships: Practical Tools for Everyday Peacemaking (Session 2, Five weeks)
We live in a complex world that paralyzes us with polarizing rhetoric and fear, especially of those who are “not like me.”  Such a divisive world is far away from the heart and call of Jesus.  Developing Uncommon Friendships is a five week course that helps us imagine a world where we move toward one another with the love of Jesus. We will work through critical questions and consider three practices to help us pursue the very best of our faith, leading to learning, restoration and transformation. Cost is $10 for materials.
Led by Susan Buenger and Yemi Mobalade

Overcoming (Session 1, Five weeks)
Join us for exploring fun, helpful tools to renew your spirit when struggling with chronic disease or limitations, mental illness, and the tough to get through times in life. We hope to create a space for hope, help and healing. We will start with a devotional and then experiment with a survival tool together. Some of the tools we will share are music, coloring, stretching, puzzles and journaling.
Led by Deborah Goodale and Emily Jones