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About Venture

As a church family, we want to be sure everyone has an opportunity to grow in their faith and create great friendships – beyond just Sunday mornings. So, building on the success of the adult discipleship portion of our SOS program, we are excited to announce that we are expanding our offerings, adding some new features, and opening the doors to the entire church to come and participate. And we’ve given it a great new name – Venture! In keeping with our core value #3: “We will venture together on a hopeful journey into healing, overflowing life through Christ.” Venture is an unique, special time to connect with others, worship the Lord, and go deeper in your walk with God.

WHEN

Venture meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays this fall – Sept. 12 & 26; Oct. 10 & 24; Nov. 14 & 28; Dec. 12 (one meeting only in Dec.) for a total of seven sessions. To facilitate planning, we are asking for everyone to sign up in advance for the entire season. But you are welcome to sign up for only the parts you want, so you can elect to:

  • Go only to your class,
  • Go only to the meal and worship time,
  • Go to your class AND the meal and worship time!

SCHEDULE

4:00pm – 5:30pm – Afternoon Book Study

5:30pm – 6:15ish pm – Dinner (A catered meal served buffet style with kid-friendly options. Dinner time can spill over into worship time.)

6:15pm – 6:45pm – Worship (You can stay seated and finish your meal as we all sing together and enter into the worship of our Lord.)

6:45pm – 8:00pm – Evening Studies

 

AVAILABLE STUDIES

Afternoon Book Study (4:00pm – 5:30pm)

The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules by Carolyn Curtis James. A new and fresh look at the Book of Ruth which is not the usual beautiful love story but an in-depth study of how three lives (Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz) converge in a powerful alliance that transforms their lives and changes the world. If you have always loved the Book of Ruth, you will really enjoy this enhanced study. Participants can stay for dinner and worship afterwards. Open to everyone. Led by Carolyn Fish & Linda Lemkau. Meets upstairs in the Hunter Building.

LOVE1st 101 (6:45pm – 8:00pm)

Open to anyone interested in finding out more about 1stPres, our mission, history and vision for the future – and how you can become a part of it! This is a great way to become more engaged with the life of the church, and is a must if you’re seeking membership. Led by Pastor Craig. Meets in the Conference Room.

The Good and Beautiful Life (6:45pm – 8:00pm)

We will meet with other adults in a small group to discuss James Bryan Smith’s wonderful study about how falling in love with the God that Jesus knows changes us, and transforms us into children of God. Open to everyone. Led by Keith & Laura Taylor. Meets upstairs in the Hunter Building.

Stepping Up – A Call to Courageous Manhood (6:45pm – 8:00pm)

A short-term, evening men’s group that will be 7 sessions of intense learning, growth, sharing, encouragement, accountability, prayer, and fellowship. We will be studying the book Stepping Up by Dennis Rainey, and discovering our call to be courageous men of God in every aspect of our lives. Open to all men. Led by Steve Balas. Meets at the Innovation Den.

 

YOUTH & CHILDREN

Youth and children are welcome to attend!

Middle Schoolers can participate in the meal and worship time, then will have their own special program afterwards.

High Schoolers will have service opportunities available to them or they can join a book study.

Potty-Trained thru Elementary Schoolers will have child care available to them for the evening studies only. There is no cost, but prior registration is required.

  

 

COST

To facilitate planning, we are asking for everyone to sign up in advance for the entire seven session season. But you are welcome to sign up for only the parts you want, so you can elect to:

  • Go only to your class,
  • Go only to the meal and worship time,
  • Go to your class AND the meal and worship time!

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Classes – Cost to register for a class is $20 for materials. Couples registering together may elect to share materials.

MealsThe meals will be catered by local restaurants, so it is important for us to have an accurate head count and payment in advance. The cost for all seven meals will be $50 per person (that’s about $7.14 per meal). Kids middle school and under eat for free, and there is a family maximum of $150 for those with older children.

Guests – Guests are very welcome, but if they are going to participate in meal time, they need to be registered by the Sunday prior so we can ensure food is ordered for them. The cost is $7.50 per adult.

 

REGISTRATION

Register here. Registration is required to participate in the meals, classes or children’s programs.

 

CONTACT

Contact Carolyn Fish, chair of the Adult Discipleship committee at: ckfish3474@gmail.com or call the church office (208) 667-8446 if you have questions.