Bethalto Campus Fall 2017 Connection Groups

Starting Point

GROUP NAME: Starting Point
TIME: Will be determined by the group
WHERE: The Warren’s Home – Bethalto
CHILDCARE: Will be determined by the group’s needs
GROUP LIMIT: 10 people
DESCRIPTION: Find Your Place in the Story. Welcome to Starting Point — a journey of discovering the broad arch of God’s story and where you t into the narrative. Whether you are new to the Christian faith, simply curious about it, or reexamining it after time away from church, you’ll appreciate the accepting, conversational, small group environment. Come as you are, be who you are, and build enriching connections with fellow travelers as you explore who God is and what Christianity is really about.

Story Thru the Bible

GROUP NAME: Story Thru the Bible – An Interactive Way to Connect with God’s Word
FACILITATORS: Brian & Abby Barham
TIME: Wednesday Evenings 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Jim & Lori Berry’s Home – Wood River
CHILDCARE: Will be determined by the group’s needs
DESCRIPTION: Walk Thru the Bible communicates the truth of God’s Word in a way that makes it
easily accessible to everyone. The group is a good option for folks new to faith, seasoned bible
lovers, if you aren’t sure about this whole bible thing, and everyone in between.

Abby and I took this class and loved how it broke down the stories in a way that allowed everyone to
interact and learn, We both grew in our faith and with lasting friendships from the class. If you sign up
I can guarantee you will learn, laugh, have fun, and build new relationships with others. -Brian

Does God Exist

GROUP NAME: Does God Exist
TIME: 6-7pm
WHERE: Logan & Elaine Sims Home – East Alton/Rosewood Heights
CHILDCARE: Will be determined by the group’s needs
DESCRIPTION: Is it reasonable to believe in God? Hasn’t science proven that everything has come into existence by natural processes? This sessions will connect faith in God and the facts of real world science, showing that they are not only compatible, but complementary.

Friday Night Bonfire

GROUP NAME: Friday Night Bonfire
FACILITATORS: Geoff & Lauren Fester
TIME: Fridays @ 6:30 (Oct. 27 – Dec. 1)
WHERE: The Fester’s Home – East Alton/Rosewood Heights
CHILDCARE: You may bring your kids but there will not be a babysitter. Parents will be responsible for their own kiddos.
DESCRIPTION: This group will meet on Friday Nights at the Fester’s home. There will be soup, drinks and a bonfire! There is plenty of space for kids to play, but there will not be a babysitter and everyone will be responsible for their own kiddos. This will be a great time to connect with each other. All generations welcome! You may attend 1 night or all 6 nights!

O’Fallon Campus Fall 2017 Connection Groups


Leader: Matt Raspberry
Area: O’Fallon
Type: Open to all
Day/Time: Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Childcare: No

Yes…the everyday Christian can understand the book of Revelation! This clear, helpful study encourages readers to delve into this important scripture and, by studying it inductively, let the text speak for itself.

Financial Peace University

Leader: David & Jessica Morgan
Area: O’Fallon
Type: Open to all
Day/Time: Tuesday 6:00PM
Childcare: Yes

Learn to control your money and plan for the future. You will discover practical ways to create a budget, pay off debt, make wise spending choices, save for the future, and so much more. Broke is normal, be weird! The cost of taking this course is $100 per family group.

Seven Questions

Leader: David Zimmerman
Area: Skyline O’Fallon Campus
Type: Men
Day/Time: Sunday night (during FUEL)
Childcare: If in middle school or high school

Sometimes it seems as though everyone wants something from you–your wife, your kids, your boss, and maybe even God. The pressures of manhood can be enormous, and they’re only intensified by the mixed messages you receive from culture. Sometimes it seems as though everyone wants something from you. Does being a real man mean having a perfect family, a corner office, a luxury car, and a massive home? Or, is there something more to life, a source of deeper satisfaction. The Bible has some surprising and counterintuitive things to say about being a man.

Keeping Romance Alive

Leader: Mark & Teri Ahlvers
Area: Collinsville
Type: Parents with small children
Day/Time: Friday 6:30PM
Childcare: TBD

Children add a unique strain on a couple’s time and relationship, yet they desperately need parents who love each other. Discover the importance of parenting as a team and consistently pursuing and dating your spouse while your children are still young.

From Anger to Intimacy [sorry, group is FULL]

Leader: Mark & Denyse Anderson
Area: O’Fallon
Type: Married Couples
Day/Time: Thursday 7:00PM
Childcare: Yes, limited space

Group is full; please choose another group
It’s often the small, daily irritations experienced over a long period of time, and not dealt with in a healthy way, that have the power to strain a marriage and lead to estrangement. In the From Anger to Intimacy study guide and companion DVD, Dr. Gary Smalley and pastor Ted Cunningham invite you to go beyond the book and take a deeper look at the pain that lies at the heart of anger. Through six teaching and Bible study sessions, they show you how sharing that pain leads to deep intimacy and a marriage that will go the distance.

Season of Motherhood

Leader: Jaime Ranz
Area: O’Fallon
Type: Moms
Day/Time: Thursday (time TBD)
Childcare: Yes

Being a mom usually means being busy. Really busy. Whether you’re zipping from your children’s piano lessons to their next ballgame or nursing a baby while comforting a toddler, life is brimming with activities. Yet one encounter can help shape every moment: time in the Word with Jesus. In Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, you’ll learn how to nourish your own heart, mind, and soul with the wisdom you need to become the mother you long to be.

Starting Point

Leader: Tim Ranz
Area: New Baden
Type: Unbelievers, new/returning Christians
Day/Time: Thursday 6PM
Childcare: Yes

Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it’s one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same. It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always easy. But it’s a start. If you’re a new believer or someone with questions about Christianity, this group will provide the foundation for the Christian faith.


Leader: Linda Lowe
Area: O’Fallon
Type: Experienced with sewing, any level
Day/Time: Thursday 1PM
Childcare: No

The group is intended to be part of our Outreach Program and will focus on making quilts and dresses for Honduras as well as items for our Heritage Home residents.  Group members are encouraged to bring their outreach projects to the groups to share with others.  You do NOT have to bring a sewing machine.  Linda will have 2 available should you want to sew during group meetings.  All sewers are welcome regardless of experience level.

What you can expect during meetings: patterns to review, discuss and choose; fabric to choose (Linda has yardage and pieces); samples for guidance; DVD helpful hints to watch; sewing tips of the week to take home; help from more experienced sewers; prayerful discussion.

Projects of focus: laptop quilts for Heritage Home residents; dresses for Honduras; pillows for pre-mature babies; quilts for Honduras (baby thru adult)

Diving Deeper (for women)

Leader: Jenni Swartz
Area: O’Fallon
Type: Women
Day/Time: Tuesday 10:00AM
Childcare: Determined By Group

This is a great opportunity to take a different look at Pastor Lance’s messages each week. In these sermon based Connection Groups you will be able to dive a little deeper into the text, discuss the overarching points, and better apply them to your life.

Philippians [sorry, group is FULL]

Leader: Lance Johnson
Area: O’Fallon
Type: Adults Day/Time:
Wednesday 6:30PM
Childcare: Determined by Group

Group is full; please choose another group
Examine a few approaches to effective personal Bible study and apply them on our journey as we explore the book of Philippians.

Crazy Love (was Diving Deeper for 20-somethings)

Leader: Cameron Ahlvers
Area: Collinsville
Type: 20-Somethings
Day/Time: Wednesday 7:00PM
Childcare: No

GOD IS LOVE. crazy, relentless all powerful love

Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts — it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.