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Rev. Dr. Paul Detterman
Senior Pastor

Rev. Allison Lundeen
Parish Associate


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We are committed to each individual's spiritual formation and discipleship. God's ultimate goal for each one of us is that we become spiritually mature by becoming more and more like Christ in our thoughts, feelings, and actions. With worship as the center of our life, we learn, connect, and serve together in various ways.

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Small Groups: First Pres has numerous small groups that meet throughout the week in homes, at restaurants, and in the church. These groups of 6-10 adults meet to study, discuss and nurture relationships.

Adult Christian Education: Various classes are offered during Sunday services.

Read through the Bible in a year with M'Cheyne's Bible Reading Plan.

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Progressive Dinner 2019: Join us for the 7th Annual First Pres Progressive Dinner, one of the most popular events of the year! This year's Progressive Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 23.

Neighborhood Prayer: Each week on Wednesdays at 11:15 am, First Pres goes out into our community to pray with our neighbors. See where we are this week and join us as we pray.

Thirsty 30 (coffee/snack time): Between our two worship services all ages gather in the Social Hall. Come make a connection.

MOPS (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers) meets at First Pres two Fridays each month.\

Annual All-Church Retreat. This weekend retreat is an annual favoriate, and great way to connect and build relationships

Annual Women's Retreat. Renew, refres, and grow in faith together.

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Become a Kitchen Samaritan.

Thirsty Thirty needs snack volunteers!

Other Ways to Serve. There are many ways to use your gifts, time and energy in our life together.

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The Rick & Friends Concert will be coming back  this fall 2018!

Rick Sutton, our Facilities Director and regular on the praise team, had a vision for a pottery ministry. Artistic expression as a means to deepen faith and fellowship. Rick leads the Pottery Ministry here and has at other churches in the past as well as taught pottery classes for the Park District in Plainfield.

Rick & Friends concets provide fundraising for this ministry. His vision is to purchase another wheel and other materials to continue pottery classes here at First Pres. The classes will be an opportunity to experience a creative outlet that has easy connections to contemplating personal faith. Rick hopes to see this resource become a place of community and creativity. In the process of teaching the pottery-making, Rick draws on biblical texts and principles that relate to the Christian life. The major theme,of course, relates to God as "potter" and God's people as "clay" (Jeremiah 18; Romans 9:19-21). There are plenty of other illustrations that relate to the pottery-making such as what happens when the "wheel" is off-center, what happens when there are impurities in the "clay," etc. When the classes are set up there will be opportunities for wheel throwing as well as pinch pot and coil pot building.

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Visit Rick & Friends Facebook page.

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers)

Join other women in this season of life for relationships, spiritual growth, and "mom-time." This program is for any mom with kids ages 0-6 years old.

They meet the first and third Fridays at 9:00am (mid-September through early May) in our Social Hall.

Women's Bible Study

Join women from various congregations who delve into the Bible through weekly study and small group discussions.

They meet each Thursday at 9:00 am. The program is repeated each Thursday at 7:30 pm. Childcare is provided for the morning program only.

Men's Bible Study

Many from various congregations gather to study the Bible. Taught by someone from outside our congregation, the evening includes small group discussions.

They meet each Monday at 7:30pm (September through April) in Room 101. Contact Larry Williams for more information.


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