Mature Ministries

The Mature Ministries Program has many interesting lectures, trips, and conversations that you are invited to join! Our monthly gathering is a lunch and learn that we call “Hilltoppers.” If you are 60 and up and are not getting our email news update, email Lisa Haddrill at


The mission of Mature Ministries is to address the spiritual and social needs of the mature members of First Pres and the community. Mature Ministries includes pastoral support and care, education and learning opportunities, fellowship and social activities, and facilitates service, mentoring, and mission outlets.

2016-2017 Programs


Have you ever yearned to do some spiritual writing, but you can’t seem to start, or to find time, or wonder if you should even try? Well, here’s your “start!” It will begin, in the early months, with a group leader’s spiritual writing “prompt,” followed by a 45 minute period for the members to write a response/reflection, and then a final 45 minute period for sharing, discussing, and critiquing our written responses. The group, led by member Meg Brown, will have it’s first meeting on Thursday, October 13. Starting in November, it will meet the first Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Sign up, please, with Rev. Rogers, Space is limited.

Mature Ministries Brochure 2016-2017

Meeting Dates

  • October 13 (One week later)
  • November 3
  • December 1
  • January 5
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4.


April Hilltoppers

Thursday, April 13 at Noon in the Social Hall - "Growth and Change in Southeast Michigan"
Xuan Liu, SEMCOG in Detroit (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) Xuan is the Data Center Manager and makes the predictions and estimates for growth in this region with a team of people who know much! We’ll also talk about transit and train plans for the region.

May Hilltoppers

Thursday, May 11 at Noon in the Social Hall - "The God-Pleasing Creative Life"
Dr. Lew Klatt, Professor of English Literature and Writing, Calvin College, and author of Sunshine Wound, Christian Poetry, and a new collection (prose and poems) called The Wilderness After Which will join us to talk about Christian poetry. Bonus Event: Lew will stay in Ann Arbor for a book reading Thursday evening at BookBound on Plymouth Road. Bring friends!

Mature Ministries in Motion
2016-17 Field Trips


We are heading west ... to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, home of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and its charismatic founder/curator, Dr. David Pilgrim. An extraordinary assemblage of hateful artifacts, the museum leverages hateful lessons from the past to teach tolerance and social justice in the modern world. Pilgrim will lead a small group of 25 through the exhibits and lead a conversation that is bound to transform participants.

Our itinerary will include a tour of the museum and discussion with Dr. Pilgrim and the museum staff over lunch at "The Rock," the campus cafeteria. First Pres will provide the bus for the day and participants will pay only for their lunch.

The day will be a long one—we'll start early (7:30 a.m.), and the drive will be long (3 hours to get to/from Big Rapids; home by 6:00 p.m.)—but the experience will be singular. This trip is limited to 25 people, so contact Rev. Rogers at or the church office soon to reserve your spot on what will be an extraordinary day.


Did you know that one of the Smithsonian museums is named after a businessman from Detroit? Learn about the life of Charles Lang Freer during a one-hour tour of his home, rarely visited by the general public. Freer collected Japanese art for himself, but was a major patron of contemporary American artists of his time, including James McNeill Whistler. Freer was one of the founders of the Detroit Institute of Arts. This tour will lift the curtain on yet another little known chapter from Detroit’s rich history.

Follow your tour with a relaxing but elegant high tea service with 40 of your favorite First Pres friends at Detroit’s renowned Whitney Restaurant, another of Detroit’s Victorian gems. We will travel by chartered bus (no cost to you.) Registration/Reservations to be announced at a later date.

Health and Wellness - Monthly Health Screening

For a Sunday blood pressure check, email or call the Parish Nurse, 662-4466, ext. 350, to schedule a visit. Our Parish Nurse, Sandy Talbott, also makes home visits.