Small Groups

Pastor Banks Swanson

Message Driven Small Group

This group meets each Sunday night at 6:30 pm at the church to discuss the main points of the message of that morning. We meet in the back of the sanctuary next to the kitchen where we have a time of fellowship, refreshments, discussion, encouragement and prayer. Many of the members participate in the discussions while others sit and listen. No one is required to comment at all. We do have a good time together and we want to encourage all to become involved in a small group sponsored by our church.
 

Mike & Sharon Savinsky

DivorceCare/Smart Stepfamilies: Because Marriage Ministry is NOT Enough

Smart Stepfamilies – Many people are surprised to hear us make the above statement, but over a decade of specializing in stepfamily ministry has taught us that it is the truth: typical marriage education programs and ministries are not sufficient for couples in stepfamilies. Since marriage in a stepfamily is a “package deal” you must minister to both the couple and “the package.” This means addressing dynamics related to ex-spouses and co-parenting, loss, stepparenting, spiritual shame, finances, and the expectations of both children and adults–just to name a few. To do anything less is grossly inadequate to prevent divorce. If you’re involved in a stepfamily and need help and encouragement this is a small group for you.
 
DivorceCare – 
 
The study at this time is DivorceCare and they meet on Wednesdays beginning May 31 6:00-8:00pm at Shenandoah Community Fellowship.
 
Please contact us as to when the next Smart Stepfamilies will be starting. 
 

Jim Robert 

2:7 Series

What is the significance of the name The 2:7 Series®? The name is based on the Scripture reference Colossians 2:7—the statement of the Apostle Paul to a New Testament church: “Rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” What the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, expresses in this passage clearly defines the specific goals of this training:

1.For a Christian to become built up in Christ and strengthened (or established) in his or her faith. This series of courses includes instruction in practical Bible study techniques, Scripture memory skills, how to have an exciting devotional life, and how to be more effective in evangelism.

2.For a Christian to learn to overflow with gratitude in everyday life. The series will help an individual learn to experience and enjoy a stable and consistent Christian walk.

3.For a Christian to be taught (or instructed). This implies that training needs to take place before believers develop into a follower of Christ whose life can significantly impact in the lives of people around them.
 

Wayne Berkemeyer

Verse-by-verse study of 1st & 2nd Peter

This Small Group meets every Wednesday at the home of Wayne and Faye Berkemeyer.  Our weekly meetings begin at 7pm with a time of believer’s fellowship.  Our Bible study generally lasts 30-40 minutes with participation and discussion encouraged.  We end our time in prayer, generally finishing around 8:30pm.  Light refreshments are enjoyed before and after the meeting to allow a time of social engagement.  This year, our Bible Study is comprised of a verse-by-verse study of 1st and 2nd Peter using a group study guide from John MacArthur.  Workbooks are available to those interested.

Peter was the most outspoken of Jesus’ disciples, and was the leader among the apostles.  And yet, after declaring he would die for Jesus, Peter felt his own shame from denying he knew his savior and friend three times during Jesus’ greatest hours of agony.  Nevertheless, God used Peter to set his world on fire, the impact of which is still felt today.  In this study, Peter writes two practical and encouraging letters to strengthen the hearts of believers who were living under the threat of increased persecution.  In his first letter, Peter reminds believers of the many blessings available to them because of their persecutions.  In his second letter, he warns these believers to discern and defeat the false teachers who were invading the church and teaching dangerous and deceptive doctrines.  Peter’s encouragement and warnings are just as important for believers today to hear and understand.  We invite you to join with us in this fascinating study and group discussion.

 

 

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