Mature Ministries

2017-2018 Programs

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

First Thursday Writing Group

Join us for a Writing Group on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Vance Room. Limited to 15 people. Sign up with Rev. Rogers at NO charge!

Upcoming Special Trips

  • March 18 — Gathering at the home of Brad and Simone Taylor’s “Meet the Symphony” No charge when registering. 1 - 3 p.m. with Arie Lipsky and musicians from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
  • Spring (Date TBD) — The Royal Eagle restaurant on the grounds of St. Sabbas Russian Orthodox Monastery in Harper Woods. No charge when registering.

Mature Ministries Book Discussion

Lasting Happiness - can we find it? Gather with us on January 21, 3 - 4:30 p.m., at the home Mary Smith (Ann Arbor westside) for our next Mature Ministries Book Discussion led by Rev. Rogers. All adults are welcome and snacks are provided! We will read The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. If you’d like us to order the book for you, please submit $19 to First Pres by December 1. Sign up for the book and/or the group in the Church Office.


“Greatest Hits”: Our Ten Best Speakers from the Last 10 Years!
Generally the Second Thursday of the Month at Noon

January 11 (Thursday) - Scott Ellsworth

Dr. Scott Ellsworth, teaches courses on African American history, Southern literature, and crime and justice in contemporary U.S. society at University of Michigan. His new book, The Secret Game (Little, Brown), won a 2016 PEN Book Award. Lunch: $5

February 8 (Thursday) - Sheryl Kurze

Dr. Sheryl Kurze, MD, a board certified hospice and palliative care physician with 25 years of experience in primary and end-of-life care. Lunch: $5

March 8 (Thursday) - Jim Walsh (UM)

"And as romantic as it may sound, I think we are all called to try to leave the world a better place. The desire to better understand relationships, done with a clear eye on enhancing our well-being, animates nearly everything I do."

Jim Walsh is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Management and Organizations; Professor of Strategy.  Lunch $5

April 5 - Mark Heppner

Come to get a special preview of one of our upcoming 2018 outings—to Henry Ford’s Fair Lane Estate in Dearborn. On Thursday, June 28, we will visit Fair Lane, the final residence of Henry and Clara Ford. It is currently closed to the general public for a five year $62 million dollar renovation, but… our First Pres mature members have been invited to visit the home midway through its renovation and talk to the team responsible for its unparalleled transformation. Mark Heppner, Vice President for Historic Resources at the Historic Ford Estates, will be our featured speaker, sharing the story of the estate’s construction, residency by the Fords, post-Ford ownership by the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and recent transfer back to the Ford family, who have undertaken the current ambitious restoration. Mark is leading the team charged with breathing new life into this American treasure. Join us for a sneak peak into one of next year’s most exclusive—and exciting—opportunities. Lunch: $5

May 10 (Thursday) - Vic Strecher (UM)

University of Michigan — Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education. Lunch: $5

June 14 (Thursday) - Andrew Hoffman (UM)

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Andy also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. Lunch: $5

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.