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GTW Winter 2019 Class Descriptions

12.06.18 | Growing Together Wednesdays | by Ina Meyer

    GTW starts Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
    (No GTW January 30 and March 6)

    GTW Menu


    Register for Doorways
    Register for Financial Peace University
    Register for Nursery
    Register for Children (preschool through 5th grade)

    Moving Along the Path Of Discipleship

    As you ask the Lord how He wants you to grow in this coming year, consider GTW a time to equip you on the journey of faith. What step is next for you on the path of discipleship? Each of the following classes is tagged with a description that can help you as you commit to your next steps.

    Getting Started (“gs” - first steps): Looking for a good place to begin? We’ve got you covered. As you explore your relationship with Christ, try these offerings.

    Going Deeper (“gd” - intermediate steps): You have been following Jesus for a little while, and you are ready for more.  As you grow closer to Christ, consider our “going deeper” offerings.

    All Stages (“as”): Wherever you are on the discipleship journey, these opportunities could be a great fit for you.

    These tags are provided simply to give more information about the content of the classes. Anyone is welcome to register for any class, unless otherwise specified. 

    Winter 2019 Classes

    A Creative Look at the Cross Journey (3:45 and 6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (as)
    Join us as we study the Stations of the Cross, read Scripture, and spend time looking at artwork, writings and music created on the theme of Jesus’ journey to Calvary and His resurrection. We will be creating our own interpretive pieces (visual art, written word or music) collaboratively or individually. Some supplies will be available, and you may also bring your own materials. (No oil paints please, because of the odors.) Art exercises will be suggested. All creatives (artists, musicians and authors), advanced adventurers and beginners, are welcome! Class size is limited to 16.
    Led by Pegi Ballenger and Ray Parry (3:45 p.m.); Billy Meazell and Val Purswell (6:15 p.m.)


    Alpha Training (6:15 p.m., February 20 to March 20) (gd)
    Do you have a passion for extending hospitality and welcoming those outside of the church and the faith? Do you want to help create space for those seeking to raise questions and enter into spiritual conversation? Consider joining the Alpha team. Our first night will be an information night where you can learn more about Alpha and how you might serve with the team. For those who feel led, we will continue in training and team formation for the rest of the course, in preparation for running an Alpha course in 2019. Questions? Email Ina at .
    Led by Katie Fowler

    Brass Ensemble (4:30 – 5:30 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (as)
    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.

    Doorways Covenant Partners (Membership) Class (6:15 p.m., January 9 to February 13) (gs)
    Do you 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 distinctive aspects of First Pres and learn how to connect to the life of the church. Small group leaders will guide you through the sessions. Becoming a Covenant Partner will enable you to live out your faith in intentional community and mission. Register at www.first-pres.org/membership or call Ina at 719-884-6117.
    Led by Jennifer Holz and other First Pres ministers


    Financial Peace University (6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (as)
    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 www.fpu.com/1076600.
    Led by Louise Carlson


    The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (gd)
    The Great Divorce is one of C.S. Lewis’ masterpieces. In this imaginative story, passengers on a bus are on a trip from Hell (Grey Town) to get a glimpse of Heaven and perhaps an opportunity to change their eternal residence. As you read this book, you will encounter different personalities and the choices they make, depending on whether they are turned in upon themselves or seeking a way out of the choices that have imprisoned them.
    Led by Doug Landolfi


    The Holy Spirit – The Often Forgotten, Misunderstood and Mysterious Member of The Trinity (3:45 and 6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (gd)
    We will study and discover biblical truths and application in our everyday lives about the person and presence of the Holy Spirit, the baptism with and indwelling reality of the Holy Spirit, the power and purposes of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. This will be a 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


    Light and Life for the City (3:45 and 6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (gd)
    Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14). Using Scripture and classic theological resources, we will explore First Pres’ new mission statement and what it means for each of us and all of us together as we seek to bear witness to Jesus.
    Led by Junior McGarrahan


    Old Testament Survey–Part 1 of 2 (6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (gd)
    The Old Testament is the foundation for our understanding of God’s work of salvation, and it establishes and informs the work of Christ on the Cross. But what are the “nuts and bolts” for understanding the Old Testament? Casket Empty (an acronym that will help you remember the scope of biblical history) is a two-part course to help you visualize how the Old Testament story progresses through six major redemptive periods, enabling you to locate key people, events and biblical books in the overall story of God’s redemptive work. A hand-held timeline chart is required. Cost is $10.
    Led by Dave Freehling


    Parenting The Love and Logic Way (6:15 p.m., January 9 to February 13) (as)
    This parenting course provides easy-to-use techniques that will help you to raise responsible children. We will provide 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 for the fun of raising children!
    Led by David and Susan Strehlow


    The Sanctuary Choir (Every Wednesday, year around. 6:15 to 8 p.m., Adult Choir Room) (as)
    The Sanctuary Choir welcomes all who love to sing and praise God through music. 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 while gaining a depth of understanding of Scripture through music.  Call the music department at 884-6172.


    Songwriters’ Workshop (6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (as)
    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


    Soul Search: Discovering Your Unique Temperament (6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (gs)
    Knowledge of the five temperament types will help you better understand your own needs and tendencies and will help you to see the soul needs of others. With the understanding gained through this clss and reliance upon God, we can move past barriers and grow in our daily connection with Christ, the source of Light within us, allowing that Light to shine outward to those around us. This class requires the A.P.S. temperament survey from the National Christian Counselors Association. The cost is $40, and you will receive a written report on your temperament.
    Led by Janine Robertson


    Training for Newly Elected Elders (6:15 p.m., February 6 to March 20)
    For those coming on Session for 2019, this will be a time to prepare for your new leadership role.
    Led by Tim McConnell

    Women Empowered (
    6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (gs)
    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. Join us for joy-filled fellowship.
    Led by Ruth Zschoche


    Write for Your Life (6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (as)
    Do you have a desire to share stories or your story with others through written words? This class will help you begin the journey of word crafting or take you further in your writing pursuits. Sessions will use examples from Scripture and touch on memoir, biography, devotions, poetry and fiction. Class size is limited.
    Led by Cindy Boyll


    I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (6:15 p.m., January 9 to March 20) (gs)
    Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Did He even exist? How can a loving God allow suffering? How do we know that the Bible is true? How can there be only one true religion? Is Christianity anti-science? Who made God? How could a loving God send people to hell? Have you (or your child or grandchild) ever asked these questions?  Through entertaining video presentations, brief lectures and group discussions we will explore answers to these difficult questions. Come join the conversation!
    Led by Kim Lee