Small Groups

Small groups are an important part of First Pres. These unique gatherings are designed to help people connect with others over a shared experience or interest, and all groups are intended to assist in growing in our faith and sharing God's love. Some of these groups are growing and changing; others may be started as the need or interest arises. If you would like to join or lead a small group, or have questions, please contact Pastor Karol.

  • ALPHA is an acronym describing our small group: 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 from 5:30-7pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, September - May, at the church (or virtually). We have done service projects, Bible studies, book discussions, and video-led series; we take turns sharing leadership and bringing dessert. 

    Contact Becky Mentzer

  • The Freeman Small Group is made up of five retired couples. We used to meet twice a month for study but no longer do that. We do gather often for breakfast following the early Sunday church service. Several of our members are frequent ushers and we have occasionally served dinner at Safe Harbor. Some of our group help with the Hope Bags occasionally and we are frequent participants in the adult education events between services. Most of our group activities are social in nature. (Not accepting new members at this time.)

    Contact Bryan & Jo Ann Freeman

  • This group comes together to knit, crochet and fellowship with one another from 9:45-10:45 on the 3rd Sunday of the month, September - May, in the Chapel on the lower level. We create items of love and comfort such as prayer shawls, afghans, prayer squares, baby blankets, and winter items. Late in the year we sponsor an Artisan Sale where handmade items are sold, with proceeds going to a designated non-profit organization. 

    contact Becky Mentzer

  • This group of men gathers throughout the year to enjoy Bible study, prayer, fellowship, a sharing of joys and concerns, and to support each other. We normally meet every Monday morning at 8am for breakfast at the Original Pancake House. 

    Contact Rob Kelley

  • We recognize the joys and challenges of being busy moms. We meet occasionally for fellowship and dinner, though in the past we have had regular study gatherings with rotating leadership. 

    CONTACT melissa walles

    CONTACT caitlin wilcox

  • This women's small group focuses on being a new creation in Christ. We plan a study with discussion and share our joys and concerns. We meet Sept-May, 6:30pm-7:30pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays in the library. 

    Contact Barb Lemmon

  • We are a group of women who share a similar life stage. As recent empty nesters, most of us are moving into the "next chapter" of our children establishing independence and getting married, welcoming grandkids, and navigating retirement. We seek to study the Word, pray for each other’s joys and concerns, and enjoy fellowship with each other. We meet from 7-8:30pm twice a month on Tuesdays, September-May, in member's homes. (Not accepting new members at this time.)

    Contact Sabrina Smith

    contact Betsy Stout

  • Couples who became new parents in 2022-2023 gather for sharing stories and support on the parenting journey. We meet monthly on a Thursday at the church with childcare, and monthly on a Saturday for a social outing with our children. (Not accepting new members at this time.)

    Contact leslie walker

  • Formed in April 2024, this monthly discussion group is for those interested in the intersection of faith, arts, and creation.


    Contact Margaret Wolf

    Contact Rose Yahnig

  • Since 1999, this group has gathered to read books and articles and watch DVDs, mostly with a progressive Christian outlook. Leadership of discussions and material selection is shared by the group. We meet from 9-10:30am on Thursday mornings in the library. We will take a hiatus during the summer months.

    Joe Painter

    Becky Mentzer

  • This women's group gathers for fellowship, study, and various outreach activities. We meet from 1-2:30pm on the 1st Friday of the month, Sept-May for Bible study in the church library or on the patio. We support a teacher at a Sheridan Elementary School to supply her students with school supplies, treats, and field trip expenses.

    contact e'lane tufts