“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

 Hebrews 10: 24-25

Faith Through Fellowship

There’s something special about being together as women – there is honest conversation, heart-felt encouragement, and laughter, even when we are in different life phases or stages. Best of all, there’s something special about women encouraging each other to know and experience the grace of Jesus Christ. That is our hope and prayer through our ministry with women at 1st Pres. If you are a woman, no matter your marital status, your work status, your age – you will find a place at 1st Pres to journey with each other as we come to know and experience the love of the Lord more.

See more about Discipleship at First Pres, here:  Discipleship Booklet

Upcoming Events

Women’s Retreat

January 31-February 2, 2020 (begins 8pm Friday; ends 11:30am Sunday)
Montreat, NC

Registration: Closes January 6!

Double/Triple:  $150*
Single:  $200
*Don’t let funds be a barrier.  If the price is an issue, contact Amy Carlan.

We know that it takes a lot of energy to create space to pull away from the ordinary routine of life. But we also know that it is worth the effort – many times we can hear the Lord more readily when we clear out the noise of the everyday. We trust that God has a good word that He wants to share with us, through teaching, worship, and community. We hope you will join us for Women’s Retreat in 2020!

Guest Speaker

Becky Lahna

Becky Lahna was ordained in ECO in 2013.  After 17 years of serving in college ministry in a variety of contexts throughout the U.S., she moved to Santa Barbara in June 2016 to plant Goodland Church, where she is the pastor.  Becky is a graduate of the University of Washington and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  She holds both a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology in Preaching. Most recently, Becky worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA as the divisional director of Northern New England. Becky sensed a call to church planting several years ago, which led her to planting an ECO church in Santa Barbara.  She likes to run and hike, is an avid Seahawks fan and loves to gather people, especially around a table.

Women’s Bible Study


The Women’s Bible Study exists for the purpose of bringing women to Christ and discipling them so that their lives glorify God. It is designed for women of all ages, in all stages, and at all places in the spiritual journey.  Women new to Bible Study are welcomed to join any Wed or Thursday.  We meet in the fall (Sept-Nov) and the winter/spring (Jan – April).  In fall 2019, we will be studying the book of Isaiah.  We are also delighted to add a new option to our Thursday mornings: a Downtown Working Women’s Discussion Group.  Registration for Wednesday and Thursday is below.  Contact Amy Carlan with any questions.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30pm  | Meet in A-211 | Fall Semester, September 11-December 4 (except November 28)
Large group teaching is followed by 30-40 minutes of small group.  The average participation is 15-20 women.

Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30am | Meet in Sanctuary | Fall Semester, September 12-December 5 (except November 29)
One hour of large group teaching and worship & one hour of discussion time. We begin our time together in the Sanctuary.  There are normally 80-130 women registered.  New this fall:  A Downtown Working Women’s Discussion Group.  Simply click that option on the registration form which is linked below

Wednesday Evening WBS 

Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30 pm | Room 211 |  WNL dinner at 5:30 (optional)

REGISTER for Wednesday Evening WBS

Thursday Morning WBS 

Thursdays | 9:30-11:30 | Sanctuary building

REGISTER for Thursday Morning WBS

Childcare is available from infant through PreK.  For registration questions, contact Christy Alley at uncalley@hotmail.com. Payment for class is optional and is $20 per person.

Women's Bible Study Audio

Lesson outlines (if available) can be accessed by clicking the cloud icon.