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Small groups are an important part of First Pres. These unique gatherings are geared to help people connect with others over a shared experience or interest and every group is geared towards growing in our love and faith in Christ. Small groups are always fluid and changing and more are being started. If you want more information, would like to join a small group, or have other questions please email Pastor Matt. 

 

Alpha Small Group
ALPHA began in 2001 and is an acronym for things we want our small group to be: accountability, learning/laughter, prayer/participation, honesty/humor, action in community. We have individuals and couples who come together to study and share our lives, including joys and concerns. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays during the program year 5:30-7pm. We have done service projects, Bible studies, book discussions, and video-led series; we take turns sharing leadership and bringing dessert.

Becky Mentzer
becky.mentzer@gmail.com

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Amazing Agape Group
This is a group comprised of singles and couples. We meet twice a month on Fridays (varying Fridays) from 6:30pm-8pm at Fred & Ann Lamkey’s home. During this time, we study Christian based DVD’s of various topics of interest.

Ann Lamkey
alamkey@firstpresnormal.org

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Blessings Small Group
We meet on the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30pm in the church lounge.

Carol Kashian: CKashian@yahoo.com
Shirley Redd: reddss@frontier.com

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Drop-In Study
Looking for a place where you can just talk with other folks from First Pres? Maybe you want something a little less formal than a class. The Drop-In group is for you! Each week the sermon text from that morning will be the starting place. From there, the group will let the conversation flow and develop. Drop in any Sunday morning (September 10-October 8, 9:45-10:45am, in the lower level kitchen).

Dana Sutton
dana.ksutton@comcast.net

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Freeman Small Group
The Freeman Small Group meets for 3-4 months each fall for a study of some sort. The group meets in the church library on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month during those months.

Bryan & Jo Ann Freeman
Freecarp@Frontier.com

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Jerry Parsons Support Group
This group is comprised of seven people. We have been together for years and have shared many significant moments in each other’s’ lives. We meet the second and fourth Sunday of each month in one of our homes. We spend one hour in fellowship with desserts and one hour in study of something pertaining to faith.

Jerry Parsons
jerparsons@aol.com

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Kindred Souls
This is a group for couples. We meet casually once a month on a Sunday at a restaurant. We serve Safe Harbor at least once or twice a year.

Margaret Wolf
wolfland1@comcast.net

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Knit Crochet Ministry
This group of women come together to knit, crochet and to fellowship with one another. This group meets every third Sunday of the month, 9:45am-10:45am in the Chapel downstairs. These ladies also come together to create items of love and comfort, such as prayer shawls, quilts, prayer squares, and baby blankets. Once a year, they host a church-wide sale that benefits an organization of their choice. During the rest of the year, they give items they make to local organizations and non-profits. 

Becky Mentzer
becky.mentzer@gmail.com

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Mom’s Group
We are a group of Mom’s that meet Sunday nights from 5:30pm to 7pm for bible study and fellowship. Our recent studies have centered on books by female Christian authors. We are a very casual group and rotate leadership, although expectations are not very high as we are all busy moms! We also try to be sure to schedule a dinner out periodically. Generally, we meet to share the joys and challenges of being busy moms.

Sheila Melzer
sheila.melzer.cytt@statefarm.com

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Next Chapter
Next Chapter is a women’s small group. We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in member’s homes. This group of women, most of which are recent empty nesters, seek to study the Word, pray for each other’s joys and concerns, and enjoy fellowship with each other. At least twice a year, the group participates in mission outreach opportunities as a way to serve others.

Sabrina Smith
tssmith3104@comcast.net

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Questions of a Parent
Every parent asks questions when it comes to raising their kids. This 5-week group (September 10-October 8) will explore five major questions and will seek out answers in many places. We'll discuss national research, hear real-life stories and interviews with parents, and help each other along in this unique journey that is parenting. (Held in the Library, 9:45-10:45am). 

Pastor Matt Wilcox
mwilcox@firstpresnormal.org

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Summer Sisters
We meet on Wednesdays during the months of June and July (2016), 5-6pm in the church library. Anyone is welcome to join us as we read through study books and fellowship.

Betsy Stout
jbstout@comcast.net

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The Welcoming Congregation
One of scripture’s top priorities is showing hospitality to strangers, seekers, and sojourners. This class will explore the many ways that we can welcome and befriend those who find their way to our church and community. God’s welcome includes new visitors in church, extended family, immigrants, and people who have mental or physical challenges. How can we truly share Christ’s all-embracing love with those in our personal sphere of influence? Each week we will have conversations around this topic. There is no book to be purchased. Brief articles will be shared weekly to guide and enrich our discussion. Pastor Larry will lead this class. Sundays, 9:45-10:45am, Sept. 10-Oct. 8, in the Great Hall.

Pastor Larry Gaylord
lgaylord@firstpresnormal.org

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Thursday Morning Book Group
We have a progressive Christian outlook. We read books and articles and watch DVDs selected by the group, discussing the materials with leadership rotating among members. We meet in the library every Thursday.

Carol Schrantz
Kentdriv@aol.com

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Young Marrieds Group
Marriage is perhaps the most sacred ministry many of us are called to and one thing is certain, it's not easy! Marriage is filled with up's and down's and all the in-betweens. But what if God designed marriage to be about more than simply two people sharing life together?

This small group is for couples in their 20's or 30's who want to explore together what God's design for marriage is with other couples seeking the same thing. The group is lead by Pastor Matt Wilcox. 

We meet every other Monday, from 6:30-8pm in the Senior High Room.

Matt Wilcox
mwilcox@firstpresnormal.org