First Pres Winter Guide


The 2024 Winter Guide will help you learn more about the upcoming programs and events at the church.

Learn more below

Children’s Ministry

First Pres children’s ministry is excited about the continued  opportunities this Winter. We love to see God at work in kids’ lives through Sunday morning worship programs and Spark.

Kids' Church

Nursery (0-2 years old): The nursery shows our youngest kids God’s love and care that starts from birth. We sing, play, and love our little ones adapting to your child’s developmental stage. Learn more.

Kids’ Church (Age 2.5-K): During the 8:45am and 10:30am service, kids’ love to discover God loves them, made them, and has a plan for them. They hear an exciting story from the Bible, sing high energy songs with big motions, do fun activities, and circle up for prayer time. And of course, Kids’ Church wouldn’t be complete without snack and a little play time squeezed in! Learn more.

Kids’ Church (1st-5th): During the 8:45am and 10:30am service, Kids Church of 1st -5th is an upbeat worship experience where kids learn to live out their faith. Children start the morning in a group led by volunteers. They participate in energetic music, intentional teaching, and small groups for fun activities, prayer, and discussion. Learn more.

Questions? Contact Associate Director of Children’s Ministries Kristen Symons.

Spark “ibelieve”

Spark is a fun after-school program that takes place on Wednesdays 3:45-5:30pm from January 10 through middle of March. Below are some important Spark dates.

  • Spark Starts | January 10
  • Spark Sunday | February 11
  • Last Day of Spark | March 13

Student Ministry

This winter in student ministries there will be lots of opportunities for fun, and spiritual growth. Students love our weekly gatherings (TNT and FPGE Youth Ministry), Confirmation, and the Winter Retreats.

High School Winter Retreat (FPGEY)

February 16-18

Don’t miss out on a weekend of Xtreme winter fun at camp Timber-lee! Broomball, snow tubing and zip lining are just a few of the fun activities planned for this weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to grow in faith and build community with friends.
The cost is $250 until December 16th – $265 thereafter. Scholarships are always available. Space is limited – so grab your spot now! Contact Courtney Osterholm with questions Register here today!


This Winter adults of all ages can fill their calendars with fun, engaging activities within the First Pres community.

Equipped Classes

The teaching ministry of the church, “Equipped”, is vital for a dynamic and growing life in Christ. Our classes for adults are designed to help deepen your faith, engage your heart and mind, and encourage you to love and serve God and each other. Click here for class information.

Small Groups

Being a part of a small group provides the environment which allows God to work in our lives through relationships and learning. Click here for more information.

Faith Builders for Women

Wednesday Faith Builders
7-9pm | Parlor

Thursday Faith Builders
9:15-11am | Parlor

Faith Builders welcomes women of all ages and stages of faith. Invite a friend to join you!

Wednesday Night: Faith Has Come: A Study of Galatians by Beth Moore and Melissa Moore. Come for a deep dive into Paul’s captivating letter to the Galatians. View video and then engage in discussion and prayer. Weekly study (six sessions) begins Wednesday January 10 in the Parlor.

Wednesday Night Faith Builders 
Register Here!

Thursday Morning: Heaven-Who Goes There? is Faith Builders’ January study. Come for a thought-provoking 3-week video study by Andy Stanley. View video in large group and then enjoy small group for discussion and prayer. Weekly Study begins Thursday January 11 in the Parlor. Next study: When You Pray – A Study of Six Prayers in the Bible will begin February 1.

Thursday Morning Faith Builders
Register Here!


Sunday, April 14 | 11:30am-12:30pm | Parlor

Are you interested in taking the next step to finding your place at First Pres? DISCOVER First Pres provides an informative introduction to First Pres – What does First Pres offer? – What is the Membership process? – Who are/what is the role of staff? Join us Sunday April 14, 11:30am-12:30pm in the Parlor. Questions: contact Cinda Siligmueller.  Register here today! 

Adult Ministries Events

God can uniquely work in our lives through relationships. We know everyone craves close, meaningful connection, and we believe in the impact these relationships can have on faith.

Women’s Morning Apart

Saturday, March 2 | 8:45am-12pm | Gathering Place

“When I Look in the Mirror”

Lisa Sprenkle-Jones, Executive Advisor and Consultant, is our guest speaker for Morning Apart. Lisa will speak on the topic of Myers-Briggs, and how it impacts our family, friends, and professional relationships. You will identify your Personality Type by completing the MBTI assessment. A link to take the assessment online will be sent to you after you register for Morning Apart. Enjoy a fun and informative morning, invite family/friends to join you! Registration $30 ($25 before February 22)  includes catered brunch. Stay tuned for more information.


We are asking everyone to join us and go ALL IN for the new vision God has for our church. Learn more at our upcoming participation and information sessions this Winter.

Sanctuary Renovation

The Sanctuary Renovation team is continuing its progress as we move toward the commencement of the project next year. Stay tuned for more updates on the ALL IN Website ( 

Refugee Mission Project

Learn more about the Refugee Mission Ministry Project by watching this recap video from the Information and Participation Session held on 10/15.

Identifiable Communities

The Identifiable Communities team is continuing its progress. Stay tuned for more updates on the ALL IN Website ( 

Residential Internship

Stay tuned for more updates!


There are many annual traditions at First Pres,  and we invite you to join us for these events.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14
7pm | Sanctuary

These services mark the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period of reflection before Easter. Administration of ashes, and the themes of repentance and surrender will be the focus. All people are welcome!

Westminster Preschool

Westminster Preschool is excited to continue education this Winter. Stay on the lookout for updates and upcoming events.

Westminster Parent Open House

Tuesday, January 9 & January 23 | 7-8pm

Parents interested in enrolling at Westminster Preschool for the 2024-2025 school year are invited to choose an evening to visit. Tuesday January 9 or Tuesday January 23 from 7-8 p.m. RSVP requested:

Worship Ministry

We take joy in gathering together to worship the God of the universe. Each worship experience is an opportunity to experience God in a new way.

Worship Schedule

Sunday December 31: One Worship | Sanctuary 10am

Regular Sunday Worship Resumes: January 7, Regular Sunday Worship Resumes

8:45am | Classic Worship

10:30am | Modern Worship

Cultivating Christian Community

In May of 2023, the US Surgeon General released a new Surgeon GeneralAdvisory calling attention to the public health crisis of lonelinessisolation, and lack of relational connection in our country. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately half of U.S. adults reported experiencing measurable levels of loneliness. Research has found that disconnection fundamentally affects our mental, physical, and societal health. In fact, loneliness and isolation increase the risk for individuals to develop mental health challenges in their lives, and lacking connection can increase the risk for premature death to levels comparable to smoking daily. As the New Testament describes the Christian community, it portrays deep and caring relationships amongst believers, that stand in stark contrast to what has increasingly become the norm in our society. This winter we will be invited to take stock of what our personal community looks like, discover what the Bible describes as healthy community, and learn how we can take steps to cultivate that kind of a community in our lives. It is critically important that we learn how to create this kind of community for ourselves, and to share this kind of community with our neighbors, friends, and nation.

More Than Sunday Podcast

God’s love for us impacts and inspires every part of our lives—our relationships, families, day-to-day experiences, and more. On the More than Sunday podcast, we will encourage, challenge, love, and listen to one another as we learn what Jesus wants for us. Come to study, connect, laugh, hope, and be inspired. Listen today on AppleGoogleSpotify, or the First Pres wesbite.


At First Pres, we live our faith through service. We love and serve in response to Christ’s call and the needs around us.

My Brother’s Kitchen

Meets once a month

My Brother’s Kitchen meets once a month for Saturday Brunch. They offer meaningful fellowship and serve 100+ meals to the YMEN community in Chicago. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Bonnie and Steve. The next few service opportunities are 1/6, 2/3, 3/2, 4/6.