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GTW Fall 2019 Class Descriptions

07.11.19 | Growing Together Wednesdays | by Ina Meyer

    GTW starts Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

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    Fall 2019 Classes

    The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis (6:15 p.m., August 28 through September 25 and an identical class October 2 through 30)
    C.S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man is a short but challenging book with an important message. Lewis lays out a case that value exists and that things of value command a proper response from humans. The cultivation of appropriate responses to worthy things is a proper goal of education. Yet the contrary notion (that value is mere preference) holds sway in culture. Lewis warns that this idea ultimately requires us to abandon our humanity. We will become acquainted with Lewis’ case through discussion, exposition, selected readings and reflection activities. Electronic copies are available free at www.fadedpage.com/showbook.php?pid=20150135.
    Led by Kirk Cherry

    (September 11 through October 30)
    Alpha is a series of sessions that explores life and faith, designed for those outside the Church. The atmosphere is laid-back and non-threatening, welcoming to all. If you’re already having meaningful conversations about faith with an unbelieving friend, invite them to come with you to Alpha.


    Brass Ensemble (4:30 – 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.


    Discover and Engage at First Pres

    If you’re new to First Pres, this three-workshop course is the perfect way to find your place in the life of the church. It is offered several times each year.

    Connect (6:15 p.m., August 28)
    This one-session workshop is an opportunity to connect with other new folks, hear what makes First Pres unique, find a small community within the larger church and explore opportunities to serve in First Pres ministries and with our Local and Global Mission Engagement partners. Led by Dianne Reitan

    What We Believe (6:15 p.m., September 4) CANCELLED
    Deep engagement with God’s Word animates who we are and what we do. Find out about First Pres core beliefs, our ECO Presbyterian denomination and how we live out our theology.
    Led by Jennifer Holz, Executive Pastor

    Membership (6:15 p.m., September 11, 18 and 25) 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


    Faith In Film (3:45 p.m., August 28 through October 30)
    The great film critic Roger Ebert once said, “If a movie is really working, you forget for two hours your Social Security number and where your car is parked. You are having a vicarious experience. You are identifying, in one way or another, with the people on the screen.” That’s the power of all well-told stories. Stephen King is a writer whose stories have compelled read- ers in recent years. We will dive into some of King’s memorable works, looking at these classic stories both in novel form and on film. Together, we’ll consider what they have to say about our world, our culture, ourselves and our faith, measuring it all against the truth of Scripture. Prepare by reading and watching ahead of time; view the syllabus at firstprescos.org/stephenking.
    Led by Junior McGarrahan and Matt Fox

    Faith In Film (6:15 p.m., August 28 through October 30)
    See description above. 

    Financial Peace University (6:15 p.m., August 28 through October 23)
    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 at fpu.com/1092601.
    Led by Louise Carlson
    (this is a correction of the print version)


    New this fall! FPU will also be offered for women only at 9 a.m. Tuesdays (led by Louise Carlson; register at fpu.com/1092600) and for men and women at 9:30 a.m. Sundays (led by Joe Archey and Mike Reid; register at fpu.com/1093258).


    The Fruit and Gifts of the Holy Spirit—An In-depth Biblical and Practical Study (3:45 p.m., August 28 through October 30)
    We will delve deeply into Scripture regarding the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our study will be biblical, practical and applicable, moving us from informational to transformational disciples of Jesus Christ as we discuss:

    Where does the fruit of the Spirit come from?

    What does each fruit look like in our lives?

    How do we practically prioritize and enact this fruit?

    What are the gifts of the Spirit? What are they for?

    What did the gifts of the Spirit look like in biblical times?

    What do they look like now?
    Led by Pat Hartsock


    Genesis—The Book of Beginnings, Part 1 (6:15 p.m., August 28 through October 30)
    Genesis—the first book of the Bible—gives the origin of all things. It explains who we are, where we came from, why we are here and why the world is the way it is. No other book of the Bible is quoted or referenced as often in other books of the Bible as Genesis. Therefore, knowledge of Genesis is essential for understanding the rest of the Bible. We will not only study the content of Genesis; we will consider internal and external evidence for the truth of God’s Word in Genesis. We will learn principles of interpretation and useful Bible study methods. We’ll 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


    The Healing Journey For Women (6 p.m., begins August 28 and continues beyond October 30.)
    The Healing Journey provides an opportunity to heal from mental, emotional or spiritual wounds. It is a 29- week comprehensive Bible study loaded with proven and effective tools to help you move toward a place of wholeness and freedom, regardless of whether your issues are mild and typical or horrendous and devastating. It is a place where anyone desiring to learn and experience God’s biblical principles for healing can move toward a more satisfying life. The cost is $65 to cover materials. More information is available at hishealinglight.org/healing-journey. Limited to 14 participants.
    Led by Linda Boyles and Nancy Barber

    The Holy Spirit-The Often Forgotten, Misunderstood and Mysterious Member of the Trinity (6:15 p.m., August 28 through October 30) 
    We will study and discover biblical truth and apply it in our everyday lives about:

         The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus

         The person and presence of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament

         The baptism with the indwelling reality of the Holy Spirit

         The Power and purposes of the Holy Spirit

         The Fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit

         The supernatural and sign gifts of the Holy Spirit

    This will be a very practical, understandable and applicable theological study of the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit.  Come, let's learn and grow together!
    Led by Pat Hartsock  

    Hymns for Christian Living (3:45 p.m., August 28 through October 30) SESSION 2 CANCELLED
    For centuries hymns have been a means for praising God, a depository for our doctrine and the source of comfort and joy for believers. In this class we will learn about the composers and authors and the circumstances under which the hymns were written. Bring a Bible and pen or pencil and be ready to sing.
    Led by Dale McClure

    Hymns for Christian Living
    (6:15 p.m., August 28 through October 30)
    See description above.


    Marriage Enrichment (6:15 p.m., August 28 through October 30)
    Whether it’s your first year of marriage or your 25th, there is always an opportunity to take  your relationship up a level, increasing intimacy, understanding and joy in a Christ-centered relationship. Using Scripture and Christian counseling resources, we will explore the calling of marriage and its value, while we learn practical skills for the challenges we encounter in marriage relationships.  View the list of speakers here.
    Led by the First Pres Counselor Coalition


    New Testament Survey, Part 2 of 2 (3:45 p.m., August 28 through October 30)
    The New Testament provides the substance for our under- standing of God’s work of salvation by giving context to the work of Christ on the cross. It is the focus of this, the second of a two-part Bible survey course using the acronym CASKET EMPTY to help people know the salvation story as it progress- es through major redemptive periods. EMPTY explores the New Testament themes of Expectation, Messiah, Pentecost, Teaching and Yet-to-come and enables participants to locate key people, events and biblical books in their context. A hand- held timeline chart will be an essential resource for the course at a cost of $10. Participation in the Winter 2019 Old Testament Survey class, while helpful, is not required.
    Led by Dave Freehling

    New Testament Survey
    part 2 of 2 (6:15 p.m.,August 28 through October 30)
    See description above.


    Parenting The Love and Logic Way (6:15 p.m., August 28 through September 25)
    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 vs. thinking words, listening skills, responsibility, chores, allowances and much more. Join us in the fun of raising children!
    Led by David and Susan Strehlow


    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 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.


    Sane Living in a Digital World (6:15 p.m., October 2 through 30)
    For anyone struggling with managing technology for themselves or their kids. We’ll talk about the challenges and the insights we can pull from data on media use. We’ll work together on discernment and boundaries that can work in our lives.
    Led by Adam Holz, Editor of PluggedIn.com, and Jennifer Holz


    Witness (6:15 p.m., August 28 through September 25 and an identical class October 2 through 30)
    What does it look like to walk with someone towards a relationship with Christ? Starting spiritual conversations can  be awkward, especially in our postmodern society. Together, we’ll explore barriers to faith and opportunities to build meaningful relationships. We will learn how to cooperate with the Spirit in leading spiritual conversations with confidence as we meaningfully engage the diversity of people to whom God draws us. We will pray, engage in active listening, be vulnerable and transparent, role-play, laugh and learn together. Prerequisites: 1) find three people who are willing to pray for you regularly while you are taking this class, and 2) come willing to learn.
    Led by Lydia Lockhart and Melinda Joy Mingo

    Women Empowered (6:15 p.m., August 28 through October 30)
    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