January and February mark the 20th anniversary of the men’s group at First Church!

In January of 1999, men of First Church met to organize what would become the men’s ministry at First Church.  The first meeting of the men’s ministry took place the following month.  We’ve been meeting twice a month ever since, focusing on the study of God’s word, fellowship, and prayer.  (Acts 2:42, speaking of the early church:  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”)

February 2019 Meetings

The men’s group this month meets on Saturday, February 2 and February 16.  Our sessions run from 7:30 – 9 a.m. in Trumbull House, with a continental breakfast served. All men of the church, guests, and visitors are encouraged to attend.

New Study:  Ecclesiastes

Bob Albretsen continues to lead us in our new study on the book of Ecclesiastes.  We’ll be using the study guide, Ecclesiastes, from the NavPress.  From the publisher:

“We want our lives to have meaning, so we try to find significance through worldly pursuits. We may even feel satisfied for a time. But when those moments fade—and they always do—the emptiness returns. As long as we view life from a human perspective, nothing really matters. That’s why it’s easy to relate to the author of Ecclesiastes when he declares everything to be meaningless. His journey is our journey.

“The book of Ecclesiastes will teach you how to live in an unjust world dedicated to the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, and power. You’ll see that trying to find satisfaction through pleasure, work, or intellect is fruitless—but that life with God at the center is fulfilling. By examining the text’s meanings and interpretations, you will discover that Ecclesiastes points us toward Jesus, the ultimate answer to the emptiness we all experience.”

Steve Robey has additional copies available at a price of $10.  More information about the book can be found at: https://www.navpress.com/p/ecclesiastes/9781615217359

This month, we’ll focus on Lesson Three, “Discovering Evil.” The scripture reading is Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16. If you don’t have the book, come anyway, and please review the scripture.  Here’s a link:


March 2019 meetings:  March 2 and 16

April meetings:  April 6 and 20

May meetings:  May 4 and 18