Attention, there is a Small Group Fair this weekend, September 7 & 8, just before and afternoon the worship services. This is a great chance to learn more about the small groups.
Small groups are a great way to learn the Bible, grow in faith, and develop a wonderful support system with friends who are experiencing life together and seeking to focus on Jesus. Groups are led by many different members of the congregation at different times and locations.
See list below of small groups with descriptions.
Click the following link to sign-up for small groups!
Care for the Caregiver
Lyn Ahearn, Chaplain Luther Oaks
Church Lounge October 7th 10:30am
Being a caregiver is hard work. Take time out of your day to nourish yourself as a caregiver. This class will assist you in connecting to spiritual practices such as prayer, music, art and movement which can sustain you in your role as a caregiver.
Context: A Discussion of the Application of the Bible and Christian Theology to Contemporary Social/Cultural/Religious Issues
Leader: Rev. Howard Daughenbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
The fourth Wednesday of each month ~ 1:00 pm ~ Church Lounge.
This group tackles thoughtful topics from both a contemporary and a historical perspective. Using select readings, we offer an opportunity to explore issues confronting us in our church and our society.
Diner’s Club Plus
Pam Bloom, Sue Hospelhorn, Mary Foster, email@example.com, 452-2479
Small groups of about 8 people are created, and each group plans the details of their monthly gathering. New this Fall: More Dining Options Plus Coffee Groups! Please sign up by Sept. 15th.
Dinner Out Group
Breanna Patten (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pastor Kathy (email@example.com)
20-30 Somethings Once a month, let’s get together for dinner. Bring your friends. Sept 15 5:30 Monicals, 2103 Veterans Parkway
Wed 6 to 7 Oct 16-Nov 20 Room 53
Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity by Adam Hamilton Money has great power in our lives. Used wisely, it is one key to accomplishing our goals, providing for our needs, and fulfilling our lives’ purposes. However finances can become a source of pain and problems, even for the most prudent and thoughtful people. This is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices.
Leader: Kathy Gossard 309-662-5745 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays ~ 9:15 AM ~ Room 53
FIT invites you to build strength, increase flexibility, and make some new friends.
Please join the fun once each week for exercise, fellowship and a light breakfast.
Heart to Heart
Leader: Thom Dunavin 309-530-8747, email@example.com
2nd and 4th Tuesday ~ 10am
Fellowship for retirees with various programs and a chance to visit. Always refreshments! “Enjoy the fellowship; fun to take time off to be with other people.”
Journaling & Doodling Bible Study for Preteen Girls (3rd, 4th & 5th grades)
Jill McNiff firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays 4 – 5 PM~ Coffee House ~ (Uptown Normal) ~Oct 1 – Nov 12 Each Tuesday afternoon, we will use washi tape, colorful pens and markers to journal and doodle what we are learning from scripture.
Men’s Small Groups
Brent Anderson email@example.com Wed | 6 PM & 7 PM (school year) Room 303
New members welcome! Get to know more men & their families. Read & discuss short chapters in a faith resource. No Bible or religious expertise is expected. When we share personal things, we keep it confidential. Laugh together, console each other, encourage & pray for each other. Our studies help us pay attention to our faith & living it.
Movie Meet & Eat
Leader(s)/Facilitator(s): Denny & Cindy Mohrman Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org 309-824-5802
Monthly, Days & times vary
Join us for our Movie Meet & Eat small group! We get together once a month during the week to see a movie and then eat a meal together at a nearby restaurant. Information is sent out by email during the month with the date and approximate time and then another email with the specific date, place and time.
Join facilitator Cris Stanek, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Credential in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
Wed. Sept 11, 18, 25 & Oct 2 from 6-7 Room 53
Here at Normal First, we strive to partner with parents because we know that the Church + Home = Greater impact. We understand parenting can be hard, lonely, and also full of joy and amazement! During this 4-week series, parents will join in a rich discussion centered around the following topics: Sept 11: Talking to kids about scary stuff in our world. Sept 18: Helping children with Anxiety Sept 25: Mindfulness and more healthy coping strategies Oct. 2: What about MY stress? (balance in parenting, downtime, boundaries, etc.)
Reckless Love: Jesus’ Call To Love Our Neighbor By Tom Berlin
Mary Foster email@example.com 309-452-2479
Six-Week Jan. 2020 Dates/Times TBD by group
How did Jesus teach the Greatest Commandment to His disciples? Author and Pastor Tom Berlin explores Jesus’ teachings and travels, and suggests that He taught them to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength by first teaching them how to love their neighbor as themselves. Reckless Love blends scripture, stories, and humor with practical steps toward a deeper love of God, others, and ourselves.
Beth Harris & Pastor Kathy
Sept 22, Oct 20 & Nov 17; 5:00-7:00 Fellowship Hall
Do you remember when phones were used for talking? When you had to wait for your favorite t.v. show to come on? New technology has changed the way we interact with the world around us. We will explore the impact on family life and encourage one another to use technology mindfully. Each of the three sessions will include a video and group discussion. Dinner provided. Childcare available with pre-registration.
Second Sunday Out Group
Panera’s on Greenbriar ~ 5:30 PM
We enjoy fellowship, support, and a meal together.
Slow and Steady Bible Study
Leader: PASTOR KENT firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAYS FROM 12:00-1:00 ~ ROOM 53 ~ CHURCH
Would you be interested in learning more about the Bible and how it might be relevant and helpful in the ups and downs of your everyday life? Could you use the support of a caring community? If you answered yes to either of these questions, come and join in. No homework or previous Bible study necessary.
Leader: Cindy Mohrman Cynthia.email@example.com 309-824-5802
One Monday each month anytime from 3-5 pm Church Library or Lounge
Bring your technology (smartphone, tablet, camera, computer) and questions to the church library once a month on Monday anytime between 3-5 to learn and share tips to use and be more productive with your devices. There is always something new to learn and different ways to use technology to make your life easier and more efficient!
TGIF (Today God is First)
Jan Mowery 309 827 6506 Women’s Study
Fri. 9:30 am ~ Various Homes
Bible Study or other studies on current issues of concern, sharing of joys and concerns. “I’ve developed a caring group of friends over the years.”
Women’s Small Group
Leader: Theresa Garrett 452-2096 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Weds 6:00-7:00 (school year) ~ Room 214
Fellowship, Bible Study, and growing in faith.