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Phone: (719) 884-6100


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About GTW

Believers need to be equipped to be light and life for the city. GTW offers classes and dinner to help people grow in community with others and to sharpen our sense of mission. GTW classes are for everyone, and we hope all of First Pres finds a place to grow. Dinner is catered each week by local restaurants in our community, including Raising Cane's, Cracker Barrel and Chick-fil-A—a different restaurant each week. 

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Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
January 8 through February 19  and Tuesday, February 25 at Café 225
The casual 8 week sessions include a free meal, a talk on an aspect of faith from a Christian perspective, and open small group discussion that gives you a chance to ask questions, disagree, and grow. Come to connect, relax and share life on a deeper level at Cafe 225.

Christian Faith in Dark Times: A Study of the Barmen Declaration

Wednesdays at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
As Hitler came to power, the church in Germany was faced with a crucial challenge: how would it respond to a political system that promised prosperity and glory but which demanded allegiance to the state rather than to Jesus Christ? As we study “The Barmen Declaration,” we will explore this critical time in church history. In the midst of our own cultural, social and political chaos, to whom or what will we be faithful? Led by Dave Freehling.

The Doctrine of Vocation: The Undiscovered Country

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
Do you see your life as a whole with various parts or do you see it as many different, almost unrelated pieces? Do you see God in charge of some of those parts or all of the parts? The Doctrine of Vocation gives practical guidance, helps us integrate our faith with our life, and reveals the spirituality of everyday life. Led by Deborah Jenkins.

Financial Peace University

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
Make a plan for your future, one step at a time—whether you’re 18 or 70, single or married—using biblical financial principles to manage money. We’ll apply these principles to customize your plan, from an emergency fund to retirement and everything in between. You can register and buy your membership kits online atfpu.com/1105142. Led by Louise Carlson and Mike Reid.

Genesis-The Book of the Beginnings, Part 2

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
Genesis is the first book of the Bible and, by giving the origin of all things, is the foundation for the rest of the Bible. No other book of the Bible is quoted or referenced as often in other books of the Bible as Genesis. We will study the content of Genesis, and also consider internal and external evidence for the truth of God’s Word. Along the way we will learn principles of interpretation and useful Bible study methods.  The goals of this study are to bolster both our confidence in God’s Word and our confidence to enter into conversations regarding the authority of God’s Word as we seek to bring “Light and Life for the City.” Led by Lloyd Herman.

God. Gifts. You.

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
Come discover more about your calling, listen to what God might be saying to you about your purpose in this season of your life, and find more meaning in your outside-of-church life. Guided by a workbook and accompanying teaching videos, you will dive deeply into Scripture, exploring many stories of calling, response and giftedness. You will take a spiritual gifts inventory and learn what your results mean. In a small group setting you will help each other gain clarity on motivations, interests, gifts and commitments. Weekly homework will help you go deeper in each area. The workbook by Shirley Giles Davis is available on Amazon. Led by Rochelle Bruhn.

Grounded and Growing in Grace: A study of the book of Ephesians

Wednesdays at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
Our class will be studying the “Queen of the Epistles,” the “Crown of St. Paul’s writings,” the Epistle to the Ephesians. We will exposit the first three chapters, a theological gold mine, displaying God’s power, purposes and promises for the church. We will apply the final three chapters as a real-world, hands-on application of those theological truths in our everyday lives. We will explore the New Life we have in Christ, the New Society that God has planted in our world, the New Standards by which we are to live and the New Relationships God intends for us. We will break down the first three chapters of theological light and then the final three chapters of practical life, within this well-known epistle, in order to more fully equip us to be “Light and Life for the City.” Led by Pat Hartsock.

Healing Developmental Trauma

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
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, unhelpful behaviors. Led by Christie Lee, Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.

Jesus, Be the Center: A Bible study based on the "French Confession"

Wednesdays at 3:45 and 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
Based on the book written by Junior McGarrahan, we will explore how the articles of the “French Confession” help us understand how Jesus is at the center of our lives. “Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in ‘Creation and Fall,’ asks why the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree with the forbidden fruit, should be placed in the center of the Garden of Eden. The reason, he concludes, is that this is where God belongs in our lives.” (Marguerite Shuster) During this study we will dive into the Bible and into the “French Confession” in order that we might grow in our understanding of the God who seeks to be at the center of our lives. The book is optional but costs $5 and will be available in class. Led by Junior McGarrahan.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 12
This course provides easy-to-use techniques that help parents raise responsible children. We will offer tools and teaching on the importance of choices, a five-step problem-solving technique, fighting words versus thinking words, listening skills, chores, responsibility, allowances and much more. Join us in the fun of raising children! Led by David and Susan Strehlow.

The Quest by Beth Moore

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
This study—with video—explores questions and responses from the Bible. Learn to read and respond to Scripture. Whatever season you find yourself in, join with other women in this joy-filled experience as we study God’s Word together. The “Quest Study Journal” accompanying this study is available for purchase through Amazon or LifeWay. Please complete lesson one before the first class. Led by Gael Wallace and Georgeann Hughes.

Songwriters' Workshop

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
Join us to learn and practice writing songs for worship. We will learn about what worship music is and the added impact of raising up that music from our own community. If you have been thinking about writing a song, this is where you need to be. This workshop will help you find your voice and use your gifts to glorify God. It will encourage you as you work on completing at least one of the songs you have already begun. All ages are welcome. Led by Steve Alvarez.

Women Empowered

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8 through February 19
We’re a multigenerational group of women who share our lives and our stories. It doesn’t matter where you are in life; if you are a woman looking for support through friendship and studying God’s Word together, this is the place for you. Each week, we will be discussing the Scripture passage from the Sunday sermon series and the book “God in My Everything” by Ken Shigamatsu. Join us for joy-filled fellowship. Led by Ruth Zschoche.

Brass Ensemble

Wednesdays at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
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 for further information.

Sanctuary Choir

Wednesdays at 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 Worship and 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.

Jesus: Prophet, Priest and King

March 4, 11, and 18
Dinner: 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Teaching: 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 

After Ash Wednesday we will gather for three weeks for a single class taught by Lead Pastor Tim McConnell. Tim will help us explore who Jesus is, what He does and how we are to live for Him. Join us as this special Lenten program prepares us for Holy Week and Easter. This plenary session will be held in the Worship Center following dinner. Children’s programs, childcare and middle school youth group will occur as usual.

Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
January 8, 15 and 22
Do 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 Jennifer Holz.


Class Schedule

Jan. 8 to Feb. 19: GTW 7-week Winter Session
      Session 1: 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. 
      Dinner: 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. $8 for adults and $4 for children (11 and under)
      Session 2: 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.
      GTW Kids: 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. Please pick up children by 8 p.m.

Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

March 4, 11 and 18: Jesus: Prophet, Priest and King taught by Lead Pastor Tim McConnell in the Worship Center.

GTW Dinner Menu


For Your Kids & Students

Infants through kindergartners can enjoy our fun, safe nursery rooms and loving caregivers every Wednesday at 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Questions? Call 719-884-6139.
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Preschool through elementary kids meet on Wednesdays at 6:15–7:45 p.m. for Bible exploration, Scripture memorization, musical expression and play are on hand for preschoolers and elementary students. A special concert will be given at the end of the semester to showcase all we have learned together. Potty-trained 3-5-year-olds meet in Room S203 across the hall from the 2nd floor nursery. Kindergarten through 5th grade meets in the gym on the 3rd floor. Questions? Contact Bethany Hanson at 719-884-6122 or contact
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6th through 8th graders meet on Wednesdays nights at 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. in the Weber Street Center. (Continues when GTW is not in session.) Questions? Contact Nathan Richards at 719-884-6216 or

9th through 12th graders meet on Sundays at 10:05 a.m.in the Weber Street Center and Sunday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Café 225. Eat good food, hang out with great people and discuss questions about life and God.


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Jennifer Holz

Executive Pastor

Office: 719-884-6214

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Eunice McGarrahan

Pastor for Adult Education

Office: 719-884-6110

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Ina Meyer

Program Manager for Discipleship and Executive Assistant to Jennifer Holz

Office: 719-884-6117