Welcome to Adults ministries. We long for every person to be found in Christ and to live out Christ’s call. We do that by working together to seek Christ, experiencing His love, and growing in His grace.
Read. Pray. Connect. Grow.
Connect with others to explore the Bible and grow in your relationship with Christ in a Growth Group at FPC. Growth Groups are groups of 5-12 people that explore scripture, develop new connections with others, build community, pray together, and live out what they are learning.
New groups are being formed and existing House Churches or Bible studies can join in! We'll have men's groups, women's groups and co-ed groups. All are welcome who want to be committed to one another for at least a one-year period.
Each group will have a point person(s) who will be connected with the Growth Group leadership team for training, equipping and support. In preparation for each Sunday’s message, Growth Groups will study the scripture selected for the sermon. If your group is ready to get going, download the Growth Groups Study Guide to help guide your discussion, and reference the appropriate Scripture of the Week.
No matter what stage of life you are in, if you are new to faith or a lifelong believer, we are called to seek the Lord and engage with others as we live out our faith in community. We hope you will join in.
Let's get ready and set to grow!
At FPC we take Men seriously. Discipleship (D-Groups), fun "men-sized" fellowship (around a barbecue, a ballgame or a service project), mission trips and informal gatherings are just some of the ways we grow men into the image of The Man: Jesus. Experience what it means to be a real man. FPC Men, Better Together in Christ.
Monthly Men's Breakfast
Thursday, August 18 | 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. | FPC Fellowship Hall. Men, get together with other men, eat a hearty breakfast and hear from this month's speaker, our own Josh Gillispie who will be sharing his testimony. Doors open at 6:15 a.m. for this great breakfast and presentation. $5 suggested donation.
Men's Summer Bible Study
Wednesdays, July 20 - Aug 10 | 6:45-7:45 a.m. | The Hub. Men, start your day right as you dig into the Word with a group of men this Wednesday. This abbreviated 4 week study is a great chance to get a start on your day, dive into God's Word & meet some new FPC guys. Donuts and coffee will be provided. Pastor Gary Van Brocklin will lead us through Proverbs and Public Policy.
Men's Fall Dinner
Thursday August 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall. This is a "don't miss" Men's Ministry event as Paul Loeffler, sports broadcaster and founder of the Central Valley Honor Flight speaks on "God's Plan for You." Your $20 registration includes dinner, worship, speaker and fellowship. Register here by August 24 to secure your seat. Cost increases to $25 at the door.
Opportunity to Respond
Men, are you interested in a discipleship group, a small group Bible study or possibly a Mentor/Mentee relationship? Make your interest known here.
We're so glad you're checking into Women's Ministries at FPC. Whether you're interested in a weekly study, a women's conference, or a whole-church study, we aim to provide growth, fellowship and discipleship opportunities for all women.
Speak Your Personal Testimony with Confidence
Saturday | August 13 and 27 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm | The Hub. It’s not always easy to communicate your personal experience and relationship with Christ to others, whether it’s privately to one person or to a group. We may not know just what to say or how
to say it. With the goal of providing assistance and encouragement, the Women’s Leadership Board will be offering two workshops in August.
- August 13. “Tips on Writing Your Personal Testimony”
- August 27. “Speaking Your Personal Testimony With Confidence”
To register for either free event please contact Molly Sargent by August 10 for the first workshop and August 24 for the second. All women are welcome!
Women's Bible Studies
With the beginning of autumn comes new women's Bible studies. The topic of the study will be I Corinthians, which discusses the purpose and function of the church body and the conduct and practices of believers. This 12-week study will offer plenty of time for small group discussion as well as informative background of the early church. Come expecting inspiring biblical study and stimulating conversation! Let us know you're coming. Sign up today!
Choose between two days and times!
- Wednesdays, August 31 - November 16 | 6:30-8:00 pm | The Hub
- Thursdays, September 1 - November 17 | 9:00 brunch, 9:30 - 11:00 study
Friday - Sunday | October 21-23 | ECCO conference center. Women's Conference, WoCo, is a time for reflection and retreat. This year we will be meeting at the scenic ECCO conference center in Oakhurst. All FPC women are invited. It will be a time of personal reflection aided by the personal testimonies of several First Pres women that will bless your heart. Other activities include hiking, crafting, excellent meals, and downtime for quiet and solitude, as well as quality time with friends. The event will end with a special service Sunday morning and communion. Come to be refreshed spiritually and physically, spend time with friends, and meet new people. Registration opening soon!
GO Teams are to a particular people in real community with shared commitment for the purpose of growing disciples.
To a Particular People: This allows us to do the intentional work of building sustainable relationships with those outside our church.
In Real Community: We are better together. Jesus sent his disciples out 2 by 2 in Luke 10, Acts 4:32, Romans 12:3-8, Hebrews 10:24-25. We are better on mission together, better as disciples together.
With Shared Commitment: Teams function best when they are confident their teammates are fully committed, and when they know they can count on each one being present.
For Growing Disciples: This is a lifelong process of leading people to increasingly submit all of life to the empowering presence and lordship of Jesus Christ.
How do we GO?
Go Pray Together: Before we go, we preemptively pray together. There is an ever-present culture of prayer in and amongst a GO Team because we believe for anything to happen. It is up to God. We have a shared vision and trust that God's timing, direction, and divine ability to open doors are critical to ministry success.
Go Serve Together: We go with servant hearts. Teammates are looking outwards to the needs of others, prayerfully seeking practical ways to serve both those on their team as well as those in their mission field.
Go Disciple Together: There is an ever-present desire in all GO Team members to grow in submitting their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit and inviting others to do, likewise. Group members intentionally spend time helping each other grow in Christ and live according to their Gospel identity. GO Teams also focus on helping others come to faith in Jesus and grow as disciples of Jesus.
Eat Together: When we go, it makes us hungry. GO Team members share life together: sharing meals, studying the Word, celebrating joys, listening to each other’s stories, offering words of blessing and playing together, too. This is life in a GO Team in which each member from infant to centenarian is valued and vital.
To learn more about GO Teams or to discuss next steps for initiating an FPC GO Team, contact Mindy Franklin.
Expand your Biblical knowledge. Gain understanding. Build relationships. Grow with God.
Learn and reflect.
Search the Scriptures | 10:30 - 11:45am Sunday Morning | The Hub @FPC. Let's Search the Scriptures together! Join us each Sunday after Fill My Cup, as we study our way through the book of Genesis and engage in small group discussion around the teaching. Rev. Roger Minassian, Rev. Gary Van Brocklin, Dennis Du Pertuis and Marlene Van Brocklin take turns leading. Everyone is welcome!
For Use in Your Home. There are many online Bible studies available through RightNow Media that you and your family can utilize to grow together in God's Word.