Ongoing Adult Ministries
Wednesday Bible Study
Weekly Bible Study takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10:30am-12:00pm. Past studies have focused on “Understanding the Book of Revelation”, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and the Psalms. The Wednesday Morning Bible Study has grown into a lively group of men and women who come to listen, worship, speak up, pray and learn. Peter Mitchell and Lois James offer commentary and facilitate conversation. All are welcome. Childcare is available, if needed. Please contact the church office with your childcare needs.
Small Group Study
“Growing in our relationship with God and with others” is the mission of Small Groups at our church.
Small groups are how Christianity started. People meeting in their homes, sharing the Good News about Jesus Christ, transforming lives. What does a Small Group look like? Once a month, a small group of people meet at a host home for a lay led discussion for 90 minutes. It is available to all members and seekers in this church.
Small groups are not to be Bible study. Neither are they simply a coffee klatch.
It is twofold:
About learning and growing in Christ and about being a Christian
Fellowship and loving one another, caring and praying for them.
Group sessions will be constructed around a user-friendly list of questions simply based on the sermon from the previous Sunday – how do I apply God’s Word to my life?
We are committed to a vision which is deeply inclusive and, therefore, every member of this church would be invited to a particular small group. Obviously, no one must go. And in time, folk may want to migrate to other groups or start a new one which is how our church will grow. If you have a desire to be considered as a small group leader or host for one of these gatherings, please email me.
Training is provided. The main qualification is to care about people.
Small Groups are available in various locations, days and times and new groups are forming. If you are interested in being part of a Small Group, please speak to the Pastor or Erik Lindemann, the Discipleship Director.
Once a month, men from First Presbyterian gather together on a Saturday morning from 8:00-9:30am to join in fellowship, food, archaeological and biblical study, and discussion.
Walking With God In The Desert:
Experiencing Living Water When Life is Tough
- with Ray Vander Laan
Throughout the Bible, the desert functions as an image of discord, of loss of control, and of separation from the safety of society. Barren and deadly, the wasteland places of the text meant certain death without access to resources. Many times God led His people through the desert, where they learned that they would have depend on His provision for all of their needs. What are the difficult places in your life, the moments of loss and pain that can seem impossible to survive? Find God in your deserts as you travel through Sinai, Paran, Zin, the Negev, and the wilderness of Judea.
Our Next Meeting - June 1, 2019 | 8:00-9:30 am
Ears to Hear
Egypt was a culture for the eyes. Temples, palaces, histories, and statues of their gods were impressively created to dazzle the eyes of all who saw them. After delivering Israel from Egypt and "punishing" the gods of Egypt (Exodus 12), God didn't ask His people to begin building great monuments to His name. Instead, He led them into the desert, where they would learn to become a people of the ears, rather than the eyes. Israel's time in the desert was not time lost; God led them through the wilderness to teach them trust, obedience, and reverence for His words. In this lesson, join Israel as you, too, learn to listen for God's voice.
Since receiving his Master's of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1976, Ray Vander Laan has been actively involved in studying and teaching Jewish culture using the methods of Jewish education. He has continued graduate studies in Jewish Studies in the United States, Israel, Turkey and Egypt. He has been a teacher for 35 years and is an ordained minister with the Christian Reformed Church. He has also authored a book entitled Echoes of His Presence, published by Focus on the Family. Vander Laan founded That the World May Know Ministries in 1998. Ray has taken over 10,000 people with him on his study tours of Israel, Turkey and Egypt.