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Winter 2018 GTW Class Descriptions

11.30.17 | GTW, Growing Together Wednesdays | by Ina Meyer

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    GTW starts Wednesday, January 10, 2018.


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    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.

    Journeying Onward (“jo” - advanced steps): In the Christian journey, there is always more to experience of God, His character, and His purposes for us. Are you ready to journey onward? Look for the “jo” tags.

    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 2018 Classes

    Are You a Good Neighbor? (Session 2, seven weeks) (gs)
    This seven-week course is not about guilt, but rather an invitation to walk in healthy relationship with a friend or neighbor across socioeconomic lines. We will use videos, a workbook, discussion and personal interaction to learn how to take the first, simple steps to engage in personal, compassionate, two-way relationships with the materially poor. The course applies the ideas in the book When Helping Hurts. $5.00 for materials.
    Led by Susan Buenger  Register

    Brass Ensemble (4:30 – 5:30 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 a Family Ministry (Session 2, 10 weeks) (as)
    This class will provide an opportunity to get to know our new Pastor of Family Ministries and to consider what a solid Family Ministry looks like. As a participant, you will be encouraged to give input that will be foundational in designing and launching a new approach to ministering to families at First Pres and in our community. Each week we will discover together what the greatest needs of families are these days; we will consider Biblical sources for discipleship; and we will begin to build an approach to doing the best family ministry in Colorado Springs. If you have kids or if you love kids and want the best for families, you will want to be sure to be a part of this class.
    Led by Tom Pipkin  Register

    Craft Workshop (Session 2, 10 weeks) (as)
    Come and enjoy the fellowship of other crafters while you are working on your own craft. If you want to learn something new, bring your ideas to class and we will come up with a plan together. In previous classes, we have learned how to crochet, paint custom signs, create string art and decorate cookies. Questions? Contact Lindsay Fox:
    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 actually grow in community? And how do we help others in their journey with Jesus? How do we make disciples? Join us for this interactive course, which includes teaching, conversation, interactive experiences and dialogue, as we train in the way of Jesus. A link for materials with a $10 fee will be sent to you after registration.
    Led by Katie Fowler  Register

    Doorways Covenant Partners (Membership) Class (Session 2, 5 weeks) (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 distinctives 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 online or call Ina at 719-884-6117. For more information call Mary at 719-884-6189.
    Led by Jennifer Holz and other First Pres ministers  Register

    Training For Newly Elected Elders (Session 2, Six weeks starting January 31) (jo)
    For those coming on Session for 2018, this will be a time to prepare for your new leadership role.
    Led by Tim McConnell  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 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/1053621.
    Led by Louise Carlson

    Grace and Truth: Living in a Time of Chaos (Session 1 and 2, Five weeks starting February 21) (gs)
    Using readings from Scripture, C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers, we will consider how to live as hopeful followers of Jesus when there is division and despair in our world and disruption in our relationships.
    Led by Junior McGarrahan  Register

    Joshua (Session 1 and 2, 10 weeks) (gd)
    Joshua is a story of conquest and fulfillment for the people of God. Where Deuteronomy ends, the book of Joshua begins. Joshua (the same name in Greek as Jesus – “The Lord Saves”) was a man of deep trust in God in whom the very Spirit of God dwelt (Num. 27:18).  Joshua is a lesson book for how to enter new territory in one’s life, just as Israel entered the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. It is a biblical guidebook for trusting and obeying God as one moves through the transitions of life. We will (1) study how God spoke to and through Joshua; (2) examine deeply a biblically obedient lifestyle; (3) critique the success and failures of the people of Israel; and (4) analyze the resulting consequences of Israel’s life choices and apply them to our lives.
    Led by Pat Hartsock  Register

    New Testament Survey (Sessions 1 & 2, 10 weeks) (gd)
    Casket EMPTY is the second of a two-part course (Fall 2017 GTW Old Testament Survey and Winter GTW New Testament Survey) to help people know the Salvation story as it progresses through major redemptive periods, enabling them to locate key people, events, and biblical books in their context. It’s understood that the New Testament provides the substance for our understanding of God’s work of salvation, and that it establishes and informs the work of Christ on the Cross.  The acronym EMPTY explores the New Testament themes of Expectation, Messiah, Pentecost, Teaching, and Yet-to-come. A hand-held timeline chart will be an essential resource for the course at a cost of $10. Participation in the Fall 2017 GTW (Old Testament) Survey, while helpful, is not required.
    Led by Pastor David Freehling  Register

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way (Session 2, Five weeks) (as)
    Would you like to take the stress out of parenting and raise responsible adults? Parenting the Love and Logic Way offers easy, practical, and applicable parenting tools that allow children to learn responsibility through making good choices, problem-solving techniques, consequences, chores and more. “The Love and Logic approach to parenting is built around the science of crafting caring and respectful relationships. An authentic, loving connection between parents and their children is the root of a healthy, thriving relationship built on trust and understanding.” The “Love” in Love and Logic means that we love our kids so much that we are willing to set and enforce limits. This “Love” also means that we do so with sincere compassion and empathy.  Cost is $30 for materials (couples can share materials).
    Led by David and Susan Strehlow  Register

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way (Session 2, Five weeks starting February 21) (as)
    This is a repeat of the earlier class with the same title.  Cost is $30 for materials (couples can share materials).
    Led by David and Susan Strehlow  Register

    “Nap Fit” – Keeping the Sabbath as a Day of Rest (Session 2, five weeks) (gs)
    Why don’t we do what we know we should do? In a culture which measures our worth by our productiveness and makes more and more demands on our time, keeping the Sabbath as a day of rest can be challenging. In this class, we will explore the Scriptures in order to understand God’s true heart for the Sabbath, as well as offer practical suggestions for learning to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest.
    Led by Heather Bauman  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

    The Screwtape Letters 1-10 (Session 2, Five weeks) (gd)
    We will review, dissect, and explore this brilliant work by C.S. Lewis. Rather than using expert analyses or scholarly works, we will use just the Letters and our own brains to try to identify the powerful and significant insights to be gained enabling us to think deeply about how Satan might be present in this world, and the battle between good and evil in our lives.
    Led by Doug Landolfi  Register

    The Screwtape Letters 11-20 (Session 2, Five weeks starting February 21) (gd)
    We will review, dissect, and explore this brilliant work by C.S. Lewis. Rather than using expert analyses or scholarly works, we will use just the Letters and our own brains to try to identify the powerful and significant insights to be gained enabling us to think deeply about how Satan might be present in this world, and the battle between good and evil in our lives.
    Led by Doug Landolfi  Register

    Shelf Life: Beautiful Outlaw (Session 2, Five weeks) (gs)
    “Reading the Gospels without knowing the personality of Jesus is like watching the television with the sound turned off…. We need Jesus like we need oxygen and water… like the branch needs the vine…. A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness.” In Beautiful Outlaw, John Eldredge attempts to strip away the trappings that sometimes conceal Jesus, and help us experience His playful, disruptive, and extravagant personality. Workbooks will be provided; participants should purchase a copy of the book.
    Led by Kirk and Bonnie Cherry  Register

    Unmasking Your Soul—Understanding Your Temperament and Its Influence (Session 2, Six weeks) (as)
    In this 6-week course you will learn about the Biblical foundation of our temperament, its history, about the five temperament types and the complexities involved that make us fearfully and wonderfully made. We will dig further into understanding each temperament type’s needs, strengths and weaknesses and how these influence our thoughts, feelings and actions. Taught by Janine Robertson, Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor and Certified Temperament Counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association. Optional: Complete a 54-question survey and receive a report of your temperament. Cost for the survey is $37.
    Led by Janine Robertson  Register

    Women Empowered (Session 2, 10 weeks) (gs)
    No matter where you are in life—single or empty nester, a mom of young children, or a mom of older children—if you are a woman, you may be looking for friendship and support. Women Empowered is a community of women who can support you in the midst of the season you’re currently in and help prepare you for the seasons yet to come! In Women Empowered, we gather as a multigenerational group of women to share our lives and stories. We study God’s Word together and glean wisdom from the Scriptures. We do a mission project together each month and weekly enjoy one another’s company.
    Led by Ruth Zschoche  Register

    GTW starts Wednesday, January 10, 2018


    Register for Doorways
    Register for Financial Peace University
    Register for Nursery
    Register for children (preschool through 4th grade)