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 Rev. Rogers at

LUNCH & LEARN, Next Program TBA

Mature Ministries Lunch & Learns:

First Pres Mature Ministries is On the Road again!

With thanks to God for making all things possible, FPC Mature Ministries is delighted to announce a line-up of adventures for seniors beginning in August.

Five exciting outings have been planned from August-November.  Remember our new guidelines when you sign up:

  • A $10.00 deposit is required to save your space on a trip
  • Balance in full must be paid at least 30 days before the trip date
  • Refunds only up to 72 hours before the trip AND if someone else can be found to take your place
  • 10% of spaces are available to non-First Pres members (our buses hold 55 people)
  • Reserve through Rev. Rogers or the Church Office.  You may also sign up using this link to reserve your spot:

And here we go!

August 19 - Carlyle Grill/Manchester Blooms (Local Visit—No Bus)

Before cutting flowers, we will begin the outing by having lunch locally at the Carlyle Grill at 12:00 p.m. - with loads of your best flower picking friends!

     Menu:  Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Carlyle Salad, Choice of Chicken Avocado Club or Reuben Sandwich, Shoestring Fries, and Cheesecake with Topping

Afterwards, we will visit Manchester Blooms, a U Pick Flower Farm off Bethel Church Rd. in Manchester.  Wander through acres of flowers and cut a bouquet or two to take home with you.  You’ll be provided with scissors and a watering can to hold the flowers you pick.  The watering can will hold enough for 1-2 bouquets at home.  If you would like a larger container (a bucket) that would hold flowers for 3-4 bouquets, you can make up the difference on your own at the site for an additional $7.50. 

Price for lunch and flowers:  $40.00

August 26 - Edsel & Eleanor Ford House (Transportation Provided)

Tour the historic Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe.  The tour includes lunch at their new restaurant, “The Continental,” which features a hot buffet enjoyed in a private room with lakeside view.  Expect a personal welcome at lunch from Ford House Director Mark J. Heppner.

     Menu:  Caesar Salad, Beef Tips, Rice Pilaf, Cherry Crisp

Depart:  8:45 a.m., Return:  3:30 p.m.

Price for admission, lunch, and bus: $60.00

September 23 - Tour of Little Caesars Arena/Cass Community Social Services (Transportation Provided)

A day in Detroit.  A morning behind-the-scenes tour of Little Caesars Arena followed with a lunch of pizza, soup, and salad at the Arena.  NOT CONFIRMED.

Afternoon with Rev. Faith Fowler at Cass Community Social Services learning about their ongoing mission, viewing the Little Houses project, and touring renovation work currently in progress.  CONFIRMED.

Depart:  8:45 a.m.  Return:  3:30 p.m.

Price includes tour, lunch, and bus: Not yet priced

October 28 - Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum (Transportation Provided)

Visit to the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum in Saginaw.  Fredericks was a Detroit-based commercial sculptor, best known locally for the “Spirit of Detroit” outside Detroit City Hall, the large Eagle inside the Michigan Stadium, and the largest cross in the U.S. in Indian River, MI.  The museum visit includes the artist’s studio, his archives, and a number of plaster casts and finished works, all of which were placed in the museum by Fredericks himself. 

     Menu:  Lunch following the museum visit at Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth.  Their family style chicken dinners will include appetizers, soup, salads, fall vegetables, potatoes, noodles, stuffing, and waves of famous Frankenmuth chicken.

Depart:  8:00 a.m.  Return:  4:00-4:30 p.m.

Price includes lunch and bus: $50 (Museum admission is free; on site donations welcome)


November 4  - Immersive Van Gogh/Detroit Athletic Club (Transportation Provided)

Note - this even is fully booked and is currently waitlisted.

Immersive Van Gogh and the Detroit Athletic Club.  A visit to the internationally renowned exhibit that allows you to virtually walk your way through oversized digital projections of Van Gogh paintings.  Don’t just look at the art—become a part of the painting itself.  Lunch at the renowned Detroit Athletic Club.  

Depart:  8:30 a.m.  Return:  3:30 p.m.

     Menu:  Hot Buffet including Traditional DAC House Salad, Marinated Beet and Feta Salad/Farro Salad, Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken/Rushing Waters Trout, Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Roast Yukon Gold Potatoes, 

Price includes lunch, DAC room rental, and bus:  $60.00. (Immersive Van Gogh tickets are a gift to Mature Ministries)