Growing Together Wednesdays

Growing Together Wednesdays

GTW

Growing Together Wednesdays offers weekly formation classes for adults, kids and students. In the middle of our busy week, come together to share a meal, grow friendships, and keep growing. 

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Colossians

3:45p.m. and 6:15 p.m., January 12 through February 23

This class will delve deeply into Paul's letter to the Colossians, one of three letters he wrote while a prisoner in Rome. It will be my honor to dedicate this teaching session in memory of Bob Mitchell, former President of Young Life, instrumental in World Vision growth, teacher of First Pres Pathfinders, outstanding Dad and remarkable husband. As shared during Bob’s memorial, “drop in” dinner guests would join their family's pursuit of memorizing this exceptional book of the New Testament. Let’s study, do some memorizing, share and pray together in the quest of knowing and applying God’s life-changing Word. Led by Pastor Pat Hartsock.

Faith Driven Entrepreneurship

6:15 p.m., January 12 through February 23

Faith Driven Entrepreneur connects the entrepreneur or investor to the integration of their faith with the marketplace. We will be covering topics such as how God owns my business, being Faithful v. Willful and more. Each class opens with a video covering an inspiring story of an entrepreneur and a short message from Pastor J.D. Grear. Afterwards we discuss how this material applies within our own endeavors. If you’re looking for further equipping at the intersection of your faith and work this class may be for you. Led by Parker Samelson.

The Gospel of John, Part 2: Chapters 13-21, “The Book of Glory”

3:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., January 12 through February 23

In the first half of the study of John’s Gospel, we studied the public ministry of Jesus as God’s personal revelation of Himself to the world. Signs and wonders revealed God’s presence in Jesus, but he still met with significant rejection. In Chapter 13-21 of John’s Gospel we will see the ultimate glorification of Jesus as Savior and Lord in the events of Holy Week from the Triumphal Entry to the glorious Resurrection! The goal of this class will be to look deeply into the servant-heart of Christ, which calls one and all to believe and trust in the finished work of our salvation through the Cross, and compels us to deeper faith and action in the spreading of this great Good News. Participation in the first study of John’s Gospel (Chapters 1-12), while helpful, is not necessary. Led by Dave Freehling.

Romans: Part 2

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., January 12 through February 23

This class is a continuation of Pastor Michael Thornton’s class in the Fall 2021 GTW term. We will begin at Romans 6:15 and explore the treasures of our freedom in Christ, the grace of God, and the manner in which members of the Family of God live their lives. It is not necessary to have attended Romans Part 1 to be a part of this class. Led by Pastor Junior McGarrahan.

Healing From Traumas that Effect Relationships with Self, Others and God

6:15 p.m., January 12 through February 23

The class will explore how current stressors and developmental childhood trauma trigger issues in relationships with self, others and God. You’ll learn how to practice disciplines that continue your healing journey. Led by Pastor Christie Lee.

Membership Class

6:15 p.m., January 12, 19, and 26

TDo you feel ready to put down roots in our community of faith? Our pastoral staff will help you explore your personal faith in Christ, the mission of First Pres and how the two intersect. Elders lead small groups through the sessions, and sharing our faith stories with one another is a key component of the course, which culminates in participants becoming members of First Pres. Led by Executive Pastor Jennifer Holz.

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Growing Your Marriage Through Dating

6:15 p.m., January 12 through February 23

The path through the pandemic has given new challenges for marriages. Come find the space and time your marriage needs to flourish forward! This class will meet as a group every other week beginning January 12. On the off weeks, couples are encouraged to drop their kids at the church and go on a date together in the downtown area to practice what they are learning! For married couples or those soon-to-be married! Led by Pastor for Care and Engagement Matt Holtzman.

A Weekend to Remember Marriage Retreat

Friday, February 4 through Saturday, February 6
Friday at 7:00 p.m. – Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $175/person (includes a room at the Broadmoor Hotel)

Partnered with Family Life, First Pres is thrilled to offer a weekend getaway for married couples hosted at the Broadmoor Hotel. Marriage is a lifelong adventure of growing together through every age and stage of life. Over three days you’ll hear from expert couples teaching biblically centered principles and tools to help all relationships. Questions? Contact Pastor of Care and Engagement Matt Holtzman.

Songwriter’s Workshop

6:15 p.m., January 12 through February 23

A study of the past. Along with writing about what God has been showing us today, we will be looking at how God reached out to those in the past like Cowper, Pit, Wilberforce, and Newton. Showing this unlikely community a most Amazing Grace. Led by Steve Alvarez and Jim Ware.

Wisdom, the Path of Life: A Study in Proverbs

6:15 p.m., January 12 through February 23

What’s your impression of the book of Proverbs? The book urges its readers to pursue wisdom and to live wisely, so the book is often tagged as a pious version of Poor Richard’s Almanac. But in Proverbs, wisdom is not a way to achieve Ben Franklin’s conditions of being “healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Rather, wisdom is a complete way of life—the ultimate life—founded on reality: who God is, who we are, the world God created, our relationship with God, our relationships with each other, and God’s ultimate purposes. Wisdom is not merely a nice-to-have life skill. It is the whole life God intended for us. Led by John Conaway.

Sanctuary Choir

6:15 to 8 p.m., every Wednesday in the 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 Worship and Music, Jamal Sarikoki, this community of all ages enthusiastically prepares music and leads worship all the while gaining a depth of understanding of scripture through music. Led by Sanctuary Worship Lead Jamal Sarikoki.

Brass Ensemble

4:30 – 5:30 p.m., every Wednesday

The First Pres Brass Ensemble is open to experienced adult and advanced high school brass players. This group performs in worship and seasonal activities September through May. Contact Steve Hock at 719-488-9791 or stephenhock@comcast.net for further information

Each Wednesday, dinner is served in the Worship Center at 4:45-6:15 p.m.
$8 adults; $4 children (11 and under)

Kitchen provides salad items, all plastic ware and plates, lemonade or peach drink and gluten free options are available.

  • Jan. 12 Chick-fil-A: Chicken nuggets with dipping sauce, salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit, and ice cream bars
  • Jan. 19 Arby’s: Roast Beef or Turkey, rolls, cheese sauce, fries, salad, coleslaw, and cookies
  • Jan. 26 Mission Catering: Tacos, Spanish rice, chips and salsa, refried beans, and sopapillas
  • Feb. 2 Cracker Barrel: Sliced Turkey w/Stuffing and Green Beans, Mac N cheese, Salad, Corn Bread, and Pies
  • Feb. 9 Raising Cane’s: Chicken Fingers, Crinkle Cut Fries, Coleslaw, Texas toast, Salad, and Brownies
  • Feb. 16 Louie’s Pizza: Meat, veggie, or gluten free pizza, cheesy garlic sticks, wings, salad, and ice cream bars
  • Feb. 23 Mission Catering: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, asparagus, gravy, rolls, salad, and rice crispy treats

Lenten Lecture Series

Jesus, The Cross, and You


Wednesdays, March 9 through April 6 at 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Why did Jesus have to die? What does the cross mean for you today? How has the Church talked about the Cross of Christ through the centuries? Mark your calendars for this year’s Lenten Lecture Series: Jesus, the Cross, and You. Pastor Tim and Pastor Michael will take us deep into a Biblical understanding of what theologians call the atonement, the crucial moment in human history where Jesus of Nazareth, fully God and fully human, was crucified by the will of the Father at the hands of the Romans upon the insistence of the Jewish religious authorities.


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For Kids + Students

Infants through preschoolers enjoy our fun and safe Nursery rooms with loving caregivers from 6 - 8 p.m.

Kindergartners through 5th graders to focus on deepening their faith and relationship with God in a small group and discipleship-focused program from 6:16 - 7:45 p.m. in the 3rd floor gym.

Students experience Jesus together with intentional community and belonging from 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. in the Weber Street Center.

Recommended RightNow Media Studies

Own your faith by leading yourself and those close to you through a RightNow Media study. As an active participant of the First Pres community, you have full access to RightNow Media, an online and on-demand library of Bible studies and videos for kids, students, parents, married couples and more. Getting access to your own RightNow Media account is simple. Email your request to Ina Meyer at imeyer@firstprescos.org and you will receive an invitation email from RightNow Media within 24 hours to set up your own account.

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RightNow Media

Big Church with Andy Stanley

In 7 sessions, each video about 40-50 minutes in length. Andy Stanley explores what it means that the church is a movement in our world, describing the attitudes and orientations of followers of Jesus. Throughout history and continuing today, those disciples have made life-changing impacts. What part can and do we play in that mission?

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RightNow Media

Big Church with Andy Stanley

In 7 sessions, each video about 40-50 minutes in length. Andy Stanley explores what it means that the church is a movement in our world, describing the attitudes and orientations of followers of Jesus. Throughout history and continuing today, those disciples have made life-changing impacts. What part can and do we play in that mission?

Learn More
RightNow Media

Big Church with Andy Stanley

In 7 sessions, each video about 40-50 minutes in length. Andy Stanley explores what it means that the church is a movement in our world, describing the attitudes and orientations of followers of Jesus. Throughout history and continuing today, those disciples have made life-changing impacts. What part can and do we play in that mission?

Learn More