Fall 2017 Growth Groups

All Groups will begin meeting the first week of October and end around the second week of December 

On Being Lutheran… Martin Luther and the Reformation, then and now…

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Sunday evenings at 5 pm

2017 is the 500th year anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing his Ninety-five Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, the event marking the beginning of the Reformation―and the end of unified Christianity. For Catholics, it was an unjustified rebellion by the heterodox. For Protestants, it was the release of true and purified Christianity from centuries-old enslavement to corruption, idolatry, and error. So what is the truth about the Reformation?

This small group will explore together what it means to be Lutheran and why it matters that we are Lutheran. We will take a brief journey into Martin Luther’s life and legacy to the Lutheran Church. We will explore some of our confessions such as apostles creed, and also explore the book “Reformation 500 years later; 12 things you need to know” by Benjamin Wiker. To mark this 500th anniversary, historian Benjamin Wiker gives us a straight-forward account of the world-changing event that rejects the common distortions of Catholic, Protestant, Marxist, Freudian, or secularist retellings.  

Discover the Bible – How to Read the Bible...

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Wednesday Evenings at 7 pm at WOL

Take a ten week journey with me to explore Rob Bell’s book “What is the Bible” and learn how to read and explore the Bible in new ways together and individually.

“I’ve been reading and studying and exploring and rereading and rethinking and giving sermons from the Bible for twenty-five years, and I find it more compelling and mysterious and interesting and dangerous and convicting and helpful and strange and personal and inspiring and divine and enjoyable than ever. 

Some people see the Bible as an outdated book of primitive, barbaric fairy tales that we have moved beyond. And then there are the folks who talk about how important and central and inspired the Bible is but then butcher it with their stilted literalism and stifling interpretations. But you, I want you to read the Bible in a whole new way.”

Rob Bell from What Is the Bible?

What Is the Bible? Provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of faith and guidance, showcasing a brand-new way of reading this sacred text. Bell takes us deep into actual passages, revealing not only the humanity behind the scriptures but the revelation that one cannot get to the holy without going through the human. When considering a passage, Bell explains the worst question we can ask of a text (“Why did God . . . ?”) and the best question to ask (“Why did people find this important to write down?”) to get at how scripture can best guide us today. In asking these questions, Bell goes beyond the one-dimensional question of “is it true?” to reveal the Bible’s surprisingly transformative power. What Is the Bible? Recaptures this ancient library’s subversive energy and reaffirms its enduring ability to inspire and shape our lives today.

Embrace – Finding and celebrating our uniqueness in today’s world as women


Tuesday Evenings 6 pm (Location in Lakeside)

 This Group will begin a journey to explore how we as women can learn to embrace ourselves as women, find our voices, support those who step out as women to lead us, and stop buying into all the things that continue this culture among ourselves and for our young ladies coming up behind us, and to empower our children. We will explore the inspiring book “Captivating” unveiling the mystery of a woman’s soul written by John and Stasi Eldridge, and the embrace movement and movie launch by Taryn Brumfitt. Taryn says, The culture of body loathing and body shaming has reached epic proportions worldwide.” We say no to all of that, and see through her work, how she went from a body hater to a body lover. From being devastated by her perceived ugliness, to proudly posing nude for the whole world to see.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” Psalm 139:14

As the shape of our lives emerge as women, we must embrace our human persona, as SHE the ultimate potter—sees us and delights in us, so we too must delight in what God has created.  It is powerful to think that the call to proclamation of the gospel and discipleship is not just for me as a pastor, but is for all of us as women. And the amazing and wonderful thing is that we get to tell the story as women! We affect change here in our faithful discipleship just because of who we are telling the story.

It is in empowering each other we become stronger as women and feel renewed by being able to openly share our thoughts and experiences together. We will then be able to say that, “Christ has now freed me to be more confident, feel more beautiful than broken, and appreciate my own image, sexuality, and uniqueness through new eyes, her eyes, the creator and maker of my human form and She delights in all that I am, in all the ways that I am uniquely “me”  




Thursday Mornings at Island Lake Inn and Thursday evenings at WOL (Times TBD)

This group will focus on how to deal with thousands of thoughts that people think every day and how to focus the mind the way God thinks. We will delve into anxieties, addictions, PTSD, depression, grief, and life changing transitions.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NRSV

Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger and feelings of condemnation: all these are attacks on the mind. We all suffer from negative thoughts, Let us take heart! We will explore how Joyce Meyer author and minister, unpacks for us how to change our lives by changing their minds. This group will focus on how to deal with thousands of thoughts that people think every day and how to focus the mind the way God thinks.

 For the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Cor 10:4-5

Battlefield of the Mind

Thursday Mornings at Island Lake Inn

Thursday evenings at WOL (Times TBD)

Life’s Transitions-Grandparenting


Life’s Transitions-Grandparenting

Day, Time, Location TBD


This group will explore together the transition and challenge of becoming a grandparent. It will help frame our shared experiences through the lens of our faith and what it means to raise grandchildren in today’s world.   

We will explore the book “Courageous Grandparenting” as it gives us a call as grandparents to rise above the conventional view of grandparenting to embrace radically courageous life that stands apart from the politically correct crowd. It's a call to intentionality -- not settling for simply being good parents and grandparents, but choosing to stand in the gap and live as conduits of grace and truth for the next generations. Cavin Harper appeals to the emerging masses of Boomer grandparents to create a movement of godly men and women resolved to not let another generation grow up on our watch that does not know the Lord or His amazing grace. There's too much at stake if we don't.






Parenting 101 

Day, Time, Location TBD

 This group will explore the ins and outs of parenting together. When we come together in community, we find strength in each other as we share our stories, and knowledge.  

 We will use the book “Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child's Heart with God's Extravagant Grace” by Jeannie Cunnion. Your kids aren't perfect. And you don't have to be either.Are you exhausted from the pressure to be a perfect parent raising perfect children in this imperfect world? Do you ever wonder, 'How did these precious children get stuck with a parent like me?' If so, let these grace-drenched pages saturate your heart with God's unfailing love while also equipping you to be a vessel of God's unconditional love to your children. With authenticity, conviction, and a lively sense of humor, Jeannie guides you on a transformative journey into raising wholehearted---not perfect---children, who live from the freedom found in being wholeheartedly loved (and liked!) by God. Parenting the Wholehearted Child equips you with biblical wisdom and practical ideas to teach your children that they are fully accepted by God, not because of anything they do or don't do but because of everything Jesus has already done for them. Woven throughout the book is the good news that it is God's extravagant grace---not your perfect performance---that transforms the hearts of children.