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 “Lunch and Learn.” If you are 60 and up and are not getting our email news update, email Lisa Haddrill at

Please note: When a deposit is requested for any trip by First Pres, it is non-refundable. Thirty days before any trip takes place, all final owed monies are due. Refunds are only possible if it is 72 hours or more before the event AND if another member can be found to take your place.

Upcoming Special Trips

On the Road: A Trip to Meijer Gardens - August 22

Congregational Life and Mature Ministries invites all to: "On the Road" an intergenerational outing to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids on Thursday, August 22. Bring yourself and bring your family, too, if you’d like! Your day will start with a 45 minute narrated tram ride around the gardens, giving everyone an overview of what’s to be discovered. But we’ve left the day open other than that so that everyone can enjoy exploration on their own—walking the gardens, taking in the gallery exhibits, enjoying the butterfly garden, etc. Lunch on your own in the Garden Café at 12:30 with our group or bring a picnic lunch to eat on your own schedule. Families welcome—and encouraged—or just come to enjoy the day with your friends.

Thursday, August 22: Bus leaves First Pres at 8:00 a.m; returns at 5:00 p.m. Cost: $25.00 for adults; $10.00 for children under 18 yrs. Includes transportation by bus, park admission, and tram ride. Lunch on your own. Payment is required by Thursday, August 8 to complete your reservation. Cancellations before August 8 will receive a 50% refund. Please note: your spot is not reserved without full payment by August 8.

Sign up for the Meijer Gardens Outing

Save the Date for these other upcoming trips!

U-M Research Museums Center - September 19

Become one of the first to tour this brand new state of the art facility that holds millions of the university’s natural history collections. Another of our "behind the scenes" tours this year to a location unknown to most. Stunning to see. This is where all those dinosaur bones sleep at night! Night at the Museum was never like this. Lunch for everyone at Haab’s in Ypsilanti. More info coming in August.

Flint's Applewood Estate - October 17

A morning visit to Flint’s Applewood Estate, home to the Charles S. Mott (General Motors CEO) family, until just a few years ago. Our visit includes a tour of the house and gardens as well as the family’s heated and cork-floored barn. Lunch at the White Horse Inn in Metamora, center of Michigan’s horse country. A short tour of the 1850 era inn will follow dessert and is sure to leave a smile on your face.

Detroit Parade Company - November 12

Who doesn’t love a parade? Spend the morning touring the home of the Detroit Parade Company in Hamtramck as they finalize preparation for this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who knows? You might end up as an elf walking next to Santa in next year’s parade. Lunch at everybody’s favorite—the original Buddy’s Pizza in Detroit.

Lunch and Learn

Meets monthly, generally the second Thursday of the month at noon in the Social Hall. Lunch $5

Stay tuned for more info coming soon! Our "Lunch and Learn" will return this September.

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.