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 (first steps - "GS"): You are exploring your relationship with Christ. You desire to establish healthy spiritual patterns which will bring you closer to Jesus and to grow in talking about your faith with others and serving those around you.
Going Deeper (intermediate steps - "GD"): You are growing in closeness to Christ. You desire to better understand God’s call on your life and to be equipped to share Christ’s love with others more effectively.
Journeying Onward (advanced steps - "JO"): You are close to Christ, you know your gifts and you are involved in ministry. You naturally share Christ’s love with others. You desire to be challenged to take faith risks and to be held accountable to go deeper.
All Stages ("AS"): These offerings are easily entered into no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.
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.
Fall 2017 Classes
1 Peter (Session 1 & 2, 10 weeks) (gd)
The first century church lived in a culture that did not love their God and did not hold their values. Christians were marginalized and persecuted. Yet, surrounded by such a culture, Christians thrived and the church grew. We live in a culture that is quite similar to that of the early church. This course will offer participants the opportunity to delve deeply into I Peter. We will discover that this very ancient epistle puts forth a spiritual and practical pattern for how to thrive as Christians in just such a culture. Come join us and thrive.
Led by Pat Hartsock Register
Brass Ensemble (4:30 – 6:00 p.m., 10 weeks) (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.
Building Intergenerational Relationships (Session 2, 10 weeks) (gd)
First Pres is called ‘To prepare all generations to impact lives for Christ’. Yet the average age of a member of First Pres is decades older than the average age in Colorado Springs. How do we become a congregation that welcomes the next generation to follow Jesus alongside us? In this class we will learn and apply principles from the research of the Fuller Youth Institute (Sticky Faith and Growing Young) and Haydn Shaw's Generational IQ. If you're looking for an opportunity to build Christ-centered relationships with people of all ages, this class is for you!
Led by Maddie du Breuil, Chuck Fowler, and Junior McGarrahan Register
Craft Works I (Session 2, Five weeks) (as)
Come join fellow crafters to learn new skills or practice old ones. In Craft Works I we’ll hone our crochet skills, from basic techniques to larger projects. We’ll begin with basic techniques, progressing to making a hat, then on to two different squares to make a blanket. Sessions will include fellowship time with other crafters. For a list of materials required, contact Lindsay Fox at .
Led by Lindsay Fox Register
Craft Works II (Session 2, Five weeks starting October 4) (as)
In Craft Works II we will explore different projects including string art, fall wreath making and cookie decorating. We will also look at how fellow crafters have used the gifts God has given them in crafting to share the love of Christ. This will be a fun opportunity to build community and fellowship while putting crafting passion to work.
Led by Lindsay Fox Register
Discipleship: Following Jesus in the Day to Day (Session 2, 10 weeks) (jo)
Jesus says follow me...Be where I am...Do what I am doing. How do we live as disciples—apprentices of Jesus? What are the habits, practices, and postures of disciples? How do we grow in community? How do we actually make disciples? Join us for this interactive course, which includes teaching, conversation, interactive experiences, and dialogue, as we train in the way of Jesus. Cost is $10.
Led by Katie Fowler Register
Divorce Recovery Workshop (Session 2, Seven weeks starting Sept. 6) (as)
This course is focused on issues facing people as they go through divorce or the end of a serious relationship. The format includes presentations to the whole group followed by discussion in small groups facilitated by trained leaders. Registration is open for the first two sessions only. Cost is $20.
Led by Scott Heinz and Butch Baker Register
Doorways Membership Class (Session 2, 5 weeks) (gs)
Have you been attending First Pres for a while, and do you now 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 distinctives of First Pres and learn how to connect into the life of the church. Small group leaders will guide you throughout the sessions. Becoming a Covenant Partner will enable you to live out your faith in intentional community and mission. or call Sue at 719-884-6140. For more information call Mary at 719-884-6189.
Led by Jennifer Holz and other First Pres ministers Register
Ephesians (Session 1, 10 weeks) (gd)
What does Paul have to say to a good church filled with faithful followers of Jesus Christ? Ephesians, unlike many other letters, was not written to correct an error. It was written to strengthen and encourage believers as they joined in God’s call to proclaim the gospel in every aspect of their lives—even the most stressful ones. Join us as we seek to learn what it means to live a life “worthy of our calling.”
Led by Junior McGarrahan Register
Evidence of Jesus (Session 2, 10 weeks) (gd)
Evidence from science, history, Scripture, culture, scholarship, analysis, prophecy and even skepticism confirm our faith. Working from the assumption that faith and science are not only compatible but also mutually supportive, this class will help you understand how to defend the faith and to evaluate the attacks from new atheists like Richard Dawkins and many academics.
Led by Bob Foote Register
Faith In Film (Session 1 & 2, 10 weeks) (gd)
In this engaging course, we will consider mainstream films and TV and discuss how they intersect with our culture and compare the worldviews of these works with the truth of Scripture. Some of the films we will discuss are Arrival, Simon Birch (based on the John Irving novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany) and Hacksaw Ridge.
Led by Matt Fox Register
Financial Peace University (Session 2, Nine weeks) (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 solid principles to everything from building an emergency fund to retirement, and everything in between. You can register and buy your membership kits online at www.fpu.com/1043281.
Led by Louise Carlson Register
Finding I Am Bible Study (Session 2, Six weeks) (gs)
What is the deep cry of your heart? That ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Cost is $20.
Led by Janine Robertson Register
“Go There” (Session 2, 10 weeks) (gd)
How do we enter into honest conversations with our kids on difficult topics? Can we create a safe space in our homes to be open to discussions about social media, mental health, sex, friendships and bullying (just to name a few)? Parents should not be afraid to “go there,” with their kids so each week we will explore a different topic as we watch and read together from select resources. Connect with other parents, share thoughts and ideas and support one another as we navigate the complexities of parenting our next generation. We will also hear from guest speakers as we prepare and equip ourselves to be our children’s primary advocate and source of information.
Led by Kathy Dobyns Register
Gospel of Mark (Session 2, 5 weeks starting October 4) (gs)
This class is a natural follow-on to our Doorways Class. In these five weeks, learn what it is like to explore Scripture with others and learn more about who Jesus is by delving into the short but powerful Gospel of Mark.
Led Jennifer Holz Register
Healing Developmental Trauma (Session 1 & 2, Seven weeks) (as)
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 Register
Healing Prayer Ministry (Session 2, 10 weeks) (jo)
Does God still heal through the miraculous? Have you ever wondered if you have the gift of healing? These and other questions will be considered through videos (Francis and Judith MacNutt of Christian Healing Ministries), discussion and prayer. Join us if you are drawn toward ministry to those in need of healing. The optional School of Healing Prayer manual is available for $30 at christianhealingmin.org/bookstore.
Led by Steve Hood and Carol Galambos Register
Moms Empowered (Session 2, nine weeks starting September 6) (gs)
Whether you are the mom of a newborn, a preschooler, a “tween,” a teen or an adult child, no doubt you need a community of other moms who can support you in the midst of the season you’re in and help prepare you for the seasons yet to come! In Moms Empowered, we gather as a multigenerational group of moms and share our lives and our stories. We study God’s Word together and glean wisdom from the Scriptures and from various speakers.
Led by Ruth Zschoche Register
Old Testament Survey (Session 1 & 2, 10 weeks) (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 (Fall GTW Old Testament Survey and Spring GTW New Testament Survey) 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 Pastor David Freehling Register
Parenting The Love and Logic Way (Session 2, Six weeks) (as)
Easy to use techniques that will help you raise responsible children who are fun to be around! Cost is $30.
Led by David and Susan Strehlow Register
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 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 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. Register
Songwriters’ Workshop (Session 2, 10 weeks) (as)
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 and Ted Martin Register