Church Life


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Discipleship Groups

First Presbyterian Church - Various Rooms
6:30 PM

Our Discipleship Groups (D Groups) meet during the school year throughout the church building. Simply put, D Groups are our church’s small group ministry, providing multi-generational discussion on Scripture, helpful books, or other relevant studies applicable to the Christian life. We cultivate a safe, intentionally small environment to help foster connection, develop friendships, and growth in grace.

We know that many people walk into this big church and feel lost. These groups provide a way to get to grow deeper in your faith, to know, and to be known.

To register for a D Group, please email If you are new to D Groups, let us know. We’ll find a spot for you that will encourage and challenge you!



First Presbyterian Church - Various Rooms
6:30 PM

Each quarter, we will offer different teaching “electives.” In reality, many of these have been happening on Wednesday nights without this designation for a long time. These Electives include topics from “depression” to “pre-marital counseling” to “parenting” and many others. Our electives will provide high quality biblical teaching on very practical and helpful subjects for all of us.

The following are descriptions of each of the electives offered for the Spring 2019 semester as well as contact information for each:

First Pres Forum // Third Quarter

Heaven & Hell
January 23 - March 6
led by Cory Brock
Miller Hall

First Pres Forum, originally a well-loved teaching series for our Young Adults Ministry, now available to all adults year round, has merged with the existing Prayer Meeting. In this time we come together to be nurtured by Scripture and prayer in order to know the God who is and go forth in love and service. Come join us as we explore and discuss the depths of our ancient faith, consider and tackle the questions that Christian faith poses, and prepare to give an answer for the hope that is within us. Open to all, each quarter we will explore new topics in the realm of theology and the Scriptures, from, for example, the foundational doctrine of God to the immediately relevant topic of gender, always with teaching and discussion. For more information, email Cory Brock.

All civilizations and all peoples have held tightly to some sense of an after-life. From the land of ancestral spirits to the Grey havens of Middle Earth, human beings create mythologies of life beyond death. But God has spoken about the true Home, the true destiny of every human being, divided between two realities: heaven or hell. What does the Bible offer us as we try to imagine what a true home with God might be like? Of what does the Bible warn when it speaks of hell? What is the relationship between heaven and the new heaven? What is the place of the mortal body in an immortal existence? We will explore these questions and more in the 3rd quarter of First Pres Forum. Come, and join us in Miller Hall.


First Pres Forum // Fourth Quarter

The Cross of Christ
March 20 - May 1
led by Dr. Mike McKelvey, RTS Associate Professor of Old Testament
Miller Hall

At the heart of Christianity stands an old wooden cross, one which bore the Son of God. What is the triumph in the midst of ultimate tragedy? What does God see and say when he looks at his only begotten Son hung upon this Roman cross? Why is this man lifted up on this cross, the center of world history? As Easter approaches, the cross and resurrection sit at the back of every mind that has ever heard the story of the passion of Christ. Come join Dr. Mike McKelvey in the 4th quarter as he leads us in reflecting on a theology of the cross of Christ, its history, its meaning and purpose, its details, and its power.


Chinese Bible Study // Third & Fourth Quarters

January 16 - May 1
led by Leo Yen
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Email Leo Yen for more info.


Compass–Finances God’s Way // Third Quarter

January 23 - April 3
led by Stuart Clarke
location to be determined

Compass teaches people of all ages how to handle money based on the principles in the Bible. With over 35 years of service, Compass brings awareness to the 2,350 verses of scripture dealing with money and possessions. We want to see everyone in our church faithfully living by God's financial principles. We also want to see everyone in our church equipped to faithfully apply God's financial principles so they may know Christ more intimately, be free to serve Him, and help fund the Great Commission.

Participants in the Compass elective will:

  • Read Your Money Counts, which teaches what the Bible says about money and possessions.
  • Memorize one scripture per week.
  • Pray for fellow participants each day.

Compass participants are invited to join the D Groups on January 16 to hear from David Felker.

To sign up, contact Stuart Clarke at (601) 953-4975.


Compass--Money & Marriage // Fourth Quarter

April 10 - May 22
led by Stuart Clarke
location to be determined

To sign up for this elective, contact Stuart Clarke at (601) 953-4975.


Engaged & Newly Married Study // Fourth Quarter

March 20 - May 1
WH 202

This study is intended for engaged couples trying to navigate all that is ahead and newly married couples who have likely already experienced both the joy and the sorrow of marriage. Topics will be those that are often included in premarital counseling (conflict, communication, intimacy, money, in-laws, etc.) and will be taught by a handful of gifted people, including pastors, counselors, and other professionals. Please register by emailing the Young Adults Department by March 1.


Evangelism Group // Third & Fourth Quarters

January 16 - May 1
Methodist Rehab

“He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’” - Mark 16:15

Each week a nurse pre-selects rooms for a visit of scriptural encouragement, prayer, and an opportunity to share the gospel. During an eight-week period, veteran trainers, each with 20-plus years of experience, will walk with you step-by-step as you learn scripture and a simple means for sharing the gospel. The blessing and encouragement is ours!

On January 16, this group will meet at First Presbyterian Church in WH 202A and then will meet at Methodist Rehab each week following.

Email Al Chestnut or call (601) 316-1577, or email David Bowling or call (601) 856-7749, or email Glen Bush or call (601) 842-6258.


Marriage Study // Third Quarter

Rooted: Cultivating a Healthy Marriage in Union with Christ
January 16 - March 6
Led by Ed and Emily Hartman
Patterson Hall

A marriage is like a garden. It takes skill, attention, time, and an enormous amount of work in order to bear fruit. Without a healthy root system, no plant and no marriage will thrive. As followers of Christ, our roots are in union with Him. Yet, the reality of our union with Christ doesn’t automatically transform our marriage–we’re changed as we learn to consciously and actively live within that reality. So whether you’ve been married 5 days or 50 years, there’s “gardening” to be done; because as long as we are east of Eden, we’ll deal with thorns, thistles, and weeds in our marriages. For 8 weeks, we’ll look at practical skills that grow out of this theological foundation for marriage, and learn together to cultivate healthy marriages in union with Christ.


Women’s Bible Study // Third Quarter

Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Who We Are in Christ
January 16 - March 6
WH 204

Who does the Bible tell me I am in Christ? As author and missionary Elizabeth Elliot expressed, “The fact that I am a woman doesn’t make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.” Our identity in Christ is a fixed anchor guiding us through the changing seasons and circumstances of our lives as women, and understanding who we are in Christ impacts every other area of our lives. Join us for this weekly small-group book study as we dig in and consider these life-changing truths. To register, email Lisa Oswalt or call 601-973-9115.