Welcome to our summer semester! We are excited to have some fun during this shorter cycle and watch God work through this ministry! We encourage everyone who is able, to participate in small groups. As followers of Christ, we are always growing…the sanctification process is life-long! One of the ways we pursue and live out gospel-centered community is through our small groups – this is an important part of the discipleship process!
To sign up for a group you have 3 easy choices:
1. Email Malea your selection
2. Indicate your choice on the tear off card on your bulletin on Sunday and drop it in the offering plate
3. Pick up a physical copy of the groups at church and complete the back page of the packet and turn it in to Malea
Once you have signed up, expect to receive confirmation from your leader/co-leader via email, including information about your first group meeting (directions, syllabus, etc.). There are only so many spots available per group, so we encourage you to sign up early to be sure that there is room in your preferred group.
*Important things to note: Each group will last approx. 8 weeks and will begin the week of June 10th. Some groups may have a small cost associated with them. Once you receive confirmation of your group – use the information provided in this packet to secure your materials. But please do not let cost be an issue in signing up for a group. If you need financial assistance in getting your materials, you can either let your group leader know when they contact you or send an email to Pastor Matt or Malea. Please note that childcare is available for several groups! We are looking forward to another great small group semester!
1. Not a Fan
Sundays @ 4:00 pm – Hesson home
Leaders: Kevin & Deb Hesson
If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly a follower or just a fan? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life. Join us for this RightNow Media series as we re-evaluate our relationship with Jesus to bring us to a stronger commitment of following Him.
Requirements: Each participant will need access to RightNow Media & need to purchase a workbook ($10): https://cityonahillstudio.com/product/not-a-fan-followers-journal/
2. Financial Peace University
Sundays @ 5:30 pm – BHC **childcare provided**
Leaders: Greg & Jennifer Svoboda
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! The kit that is required to take this class includes the classes, workbook, MP3 audio downloads, Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide To Money, video access and online budgeting tools. Scholarships are available. Come learn how to take control of your finances! Please note…if you have taken this class before, you do not need to purchase new materials.
Requirements: Each participant or couple will need to purchase a kit ($90) - available through the church
3. If (Biking Group)
Sundays @ 6:00 pm - Locations will change weekly
Leaders: Jim & Beth Mayhew
“If: Trading your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities” by Mark Batterson, a Right Now media video series based on Mark’s book of the same name. The study will help you explore “What If?” One little “if” can be the start of something amazing or can change the trajectory of your life. What’s your “What if?” What ideas has God planted within you; what possibilities has He provided you with? Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?!
Why bikes? Some of our best friendships have been born on two-wheels. There’s something about getting on a bicycle and meeting up with others to get a little exercise, explore some trails and get to know each other. This is open to adults of all skill/fitness levels, whether you know what a Strava segment is or if your bike spends more time hanging in the garage than it does on the road, we’d love to have you. Our goal is to get outside and enjoy each other’s company, while deepening our understanding of God’s possibilities in our lives.
Requirements: Each person will need a bicycle (preferably mountain bike style) & access to RightNow Media
4. Love & Respect (Marriage)
Sundays @ 6:30 pm – Kurth home **childcare provided**
Leaders: Tim & Shawna Kurth
This RightNow Media study is based upon Ephesians 5:33. With extensive biblical and psychological research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the power of unconditional love and unconditional respect and how husbands and wives can reap the benefits of marriage that God intended.
Requirements: Each couple will need access to RightNow Media & need to purchase a workbook ($14): https://store.loveandrespect.com/product/new-love-respect-conference-10-week-study-workbook/
5. Befriend (Running)
Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays @ 5:00 am - Location TBD
Leaders: Phillip Close & Bethany Gates
What are you willing to risk in order to grow stronger friendships centered on Jesus? In the world we live in, it’s hard to put ourselves out there for others to see how truly broken we are. In our churches, the practice of not putting yourself out there for others to see is all too common. In this 6-session series, Scott Sauls will address how we go from an isolated relationship with others to building long-lasting relationships that will not only help us to grow, but will also better our personal relationship with Jesus. Throughout the series, you will find yourself challenged to reach out to others in order to establish Christ-centered relationships.
This group includes a fun exercise component! Throughout the series, our discussions, prayers, and fellowship will take place while running and working through the couch to 5k program. This is a program that, over a nine-week period, takes even the biggest couch potato through the process of training for and completing a 5k. Anyone is welcome to join! Whether you have never run before, or run every day, this group is for you. We look forward to this great opportunity to dig deeper into God’s word while working on our physical health.
Requirements: Each person will need access to RightNow Media
Mondays @ 6:30 pm – Locations will change weekly
Leaders: Tracy Davis & Chad Christoph
A relational group meant to bring fathers & sons together in the great outdoors. We will share devotionals, testimonies, & prayer - all while participating in outdoor activities. This group will be for guys 7th grade and above. If any teen needs a ride or help getting to locations we can help. If there are any dads who don’t have sons or their sons are grown up, we’d welcome their participation too. The activities that involve shooting will be a mentoring experience, focused on learning safety. If anyone has their own equipment they may bring it, otherwise we will supply what is needed for fishing & shooting.
Optional items if you have them: Fishing gear, shooting gear, bows, hiking boots, bug spray
7. Praying Circles
Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – Hantz home
Leaders: Matt & Carrie Hantz
There is a surprising secret weapon to parenting: prayer. In this small group, we will be reading “Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children.” Using stories and experience, author Mark Batterson shares seven prayer circles that will help parents pray for their kids. In this book parents will learn how to:
-Create prayer lists unique to the their family
-Claim God-inspired promises for their children
-Turn their family circle into a prayer circle
-Discover their child's life themes
This group will focus heavily on prayer. So…we will be spending a good portion of time praying in the group. This is something we want you to know going in – but please don’t let it be a barrier in your participation. We will work to grow comfortable in prayer so that it does not become burdensome.
Requirements: Each participant will need their Bible & need to purchase Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children book ($10) https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Circles-Around-Lives-Children/dp/0310339731/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1525817332&sr=8-2&keywords=praying+circles+around+your+children+by+mark+batterson
8. IF: Gathering Throwback (Women’s)
Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – BHC **childcare available**
Leaders: Malea Lee & Jess Rich
Women of the church who enjoy IF:Gathering, love Jennie Allen studies (Restless, Proven, etc), or just want to grow deeper in their faith and connection to other women in the church this is for you! We will be watching some of the speakers from past IF:Gatherings (prior to our first IF:Local 2017 at BH) on RightNow Media. Speakers include some of our favorites: Bianca Olthoff, Christine Caine, Jill Briscoe, Jennie Allen, and a few new faces with amazing messages!
Requirements: Your Bible & access to RightNow Media via laptop or desktop computer - (these conference sessions are not available via the t.v. app)
9. Book of the Bible - TBD
Sundays from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm - BHC
Leaders: Mike Lutz & Robb Cromer
Requirements: Just your Bible