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Life Groups

Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are at least two ways in which we grow together as followers in Christ.  The first is by taking classes (like many of the ones previously listed). These are often meaningful and intense studies that have a clear start and finish line – and they play an important part in our life with God.  But the other way we grow together is in groups.  At CMC, we call these groups Life Groups, i.e. groups of people that you “do life with.” The time and place and topic of the group may change, but the members are mostly consistent  (hopefully with a few new faces here and there). These groups exist because the best things in life are meant to be shared.  And even when things are not so awesome, life is still better when lived together because a load shared is a load halved. And so we seek and we form Life Groups.

Life Groups come in all shapes and sizes. Your Life Group might be the group you sit with after church or the group that gathers at your house on Friday night. Together you laugh and cry, care and share, confide and confess, challenge and support, study and grow, pray and serve. Whatever the specifics, your Life Group is the group with whom you eat cake in the good times and the ones with whom you holds hands when times are not so good.

Take a look at the following pages to see a sampling of Life Groups that already exist at CMC – Connection Groups, Growth Communities, and small groups. If you don’t already have one, then find one or seek help in starting one because life is better when lived together!

 

Connection Groups

Connection Groups are a sub-type of Life Groups that gather around a specific purpose or mission. This mission may be caring for hurting people, promoting the well being of our planet, or even engaging cultural conversations through a Christian lens. These groups are meant to be “one of a kind” – meeting the needs of people and participants. Groups meet weekly, monthly, or as often as best serves their purposes. Feel free to visit or join any of the groups listed below.

Chemo Caps

Thursday afternoons (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
Meets weekly April – May / September – November,
and twice a month during the summer
This group will begin meeting again in April 2018.
Contacts:  Linda Carlson
Room 165 / 166

This group meets together on a regular basis to sew and distribute comfortable head coverings for cancer patients.

Earthkeepers

Monthly, Second Monday (7:00 – 8:30 PM) ▪ Just show up!
Contact: Al VerSchure or Jeanne Nyhuis
Room 166

Because the Lord treasures all of His creation, Earthkeepers is committed to its responsible care and restoration, both in our community and beyond.

Knitters / Hat Looming Group

Monday evenings (6:30 – 8:30 PM) ▪ Just show up!
Contact: Brenda TerHorst
Fireside Café

This group meets together on a regular basis to knit / loom hats for children and adults in need.

Mosaic CMC

Monthly, or as special events come up in the church, our families, or the local community
Meets year-round
Contact: Jenny Jongsma

MOSAIC exists to empower those stepping into the lives of foster, adoptive and vulnerable children through authentic community, mentoring, education, wrap-around support and encouragement. If you are a foster or adoptive family or if you want to ‘be the village’ for one of these families, this group is for you.

 

 

No More Barriers

Meets Monthly
Contact: Jodi Geelings

This group exists to work towards eliminating barriers so that people of all abilities are welcomed and loved well at Christ Memorial. Contact Jodi at 616.796.3350 or jodig@christmemorial.org to join the team.

Piecemakers Quilting Group

Tuesday mornings (9:00 – 11:30 AM)
Meets year-round ▪ Just show up!
Contact: Debbie Sanderson
Room 165 / 166

In this group, women gather together for fellowship as they  hand-stitch quilts that they have been asked to complete. Proceeds from their work are donated to help women and children of the Holland area. Newcomers are welcome!

Serendipity Women’s Christian Fiction Book Club

Monthly, Second Monday (2:00 – 3:30 PM)
Begins again in April.
Contact: Karen Watson
Room 160 / 161

Learning to be like Jesus through stories written by authors who know The Author.  Come join us!

Growth Communities

Growth Communities are another sub-type of Life Groups that are larger and more formally established.  These are groups of 15-50 people who meet weekly for Bible study, discussion, fellowship, prayer, and service projects.  Each one is a recurring adventure into community, faith, and life. Most groups meet regularly through the school year and less regularly and more informally through the summer.  All groups are open to new members.

For more information or for help getting plugged in, contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

Sunday Morning Groups

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends one of the Sunday MORNING groups.

Friends in Christ

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Meets December 3 & 10, then in recess until January 7 ▪ Just show up!
Meets weekly through April
Contact:  Judie Zylman
Room 167

Friends in Christ is not age specific and is made up of both couples and singles. This group is highly devoted to studying God’s Word through weekly Bible study. (Bring your Bible when you come!) They also enjoy times of fellowship in addition to their regular study time.

On January 14, this group will begin Bruce Wilkinson’s DVD study, A Life God Rewards – Why Everything You Do Today Matters Forever.  Come and discover a fresh view of the eternal existence you’re investing in right now – showing why it’s worth it (at a thousand percent return on your investment) to serve God with all your heart for all your life!

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

GAP (Gradually Aging People)

Sunday mornings (10:30/10:45 – 11:30 AM)
Begins January  7 ▪ Just show up!
Meets weekly through April
Contact:  Laurie Boer
Green Room

This close-knit group includes couples and singles from 50-60 something. They enjoy lively Bible study discussions as well as food and fellowship.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Open Hearts, Open Hands (OHOH)

Sunday mornings (10:15/10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Begins January 7 ▪ Just show up!
Meets weekly through April
Contact: Alice Leonard
Room 164

Despite differences in age, gender, marital status, life experiences, and length of membership at Christ Memorial, this group is dedicated to living humble lives of service. OHOH uses Scripture, the preached Word, and each other’s wise counsel to strengthen their walk with our Lord. Their trust, vulnerability, and genuine care for one another give this group a family feel.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

This is Us ~ Adventures in Family

Sunday mornings (9:00 – 10:00 or 10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Meeting December 3, 10 & 17, then in recess until January 7 ▪ Just show up!
Meets weekly through April
Contacts:  Doug & Jane Finn, Ron & Sue Hemmeke, Jay & Jeanne Lindell,
Paul & Conni VandeBunte
9:00 AM – Room 168
10:30 AM – Room 162 / 163

This group (same content both hours) is offered twice on Sunday mornings. Both groups come together for shared social and serve events.

This group thinks, loves, and serves together. Thinking – learning to apply God’s Word, His love, His grace in our families. Loving – each other, our families, our neighbors; fun, social events, and caring for one another through the joys and challenges of life. Serving – together in our community and our church.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Walking in Faith

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Meets December 3 & 10, then in recess until January 7 ▪ Just show up!
Meets weekly through April
Contact:  Shelly Arnold
Room 168

This is a loving, supportive group eager to study God’s Word, laugh, and weather life’s storms together. Discussions are often lively and insightful. For the next five weeks (beginning October 29) this group will be viewing and discussing Ray VanderLaan’s DVD A Clash of Kingdoms.  Come ready for a “trip” to the Holy Land with conversation around the Scriptures that really bring them to life.  Always open to new folk!

On Sunday, January 7, Tom Smith will kick off a new twelve-session study, The REAL Lord’s Prayer. The prayer we call The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray.  The prayer Jesus really prayed is the High Priestly prayer of John 17.  What can we learn from the prayer of our Lord?  This will be an energetic, curious and faith-filled exploration of a beautiful and powerful passage.  Can we learn to pray like Jesus too?

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Sunday Evening Groups

Faith in Action

Sunday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meeting December 3 & 10, then in recess until January 7 ▪ Just show up!
Meeting weekly through April
Contacts:  Rich Herbig & Ron & Sherrie Wolthuis
Room 169

This group’s main purpose is trying to put their faith, based on the study of Scripture, into action – both in their daily lives as individuals and as members of the church, our community, nation, and world. The group members are a mix of ages, couples, and singles. They enjoy fun, food, and fellowship during meetings and social events.

T2 (Transitioning Together)

Sunday evenings (5:45 – 7:00 PM)
Fall session remaining dates: Meets December 3 & 17 ▪ Just show up!
Winter session:  Meets twice a month through April on the Second and Fourth Sundays
(January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 11 & 25, and April 8 & 22)
Contact:  Claire Boersma
Room 167

A lively group of singles and couples who enjoy fellowship  and  food.  At the center of the group is spiritual growth and walking the journey of life together. Round table discussions lead to deeper understanding of Scripture and each other.

Prime Time

Sunday evenings (5:45 – 7:00 PM)
Meeting December 3 – Christmas Potluck (Bring a dish to share.)
Begins again on January 7 ▪ Just show up!
Meeting weekly through April
Contact:  Nancy Vryhof
Room 165 / 166

A fun group of believers in Christ who study and pray together. This group supports each other in both good and bad times as they grow together in Christ’s love.  The group often sits at gender specific tables so it does not matter if you single or married.  This group is vibrant and joyful.  Expect good food and good fellowship!

Beginning January 7, Prime Time will spend time viewing and discussing Philip Yancey’s DVD study, Prayer – Does It Make Any Difference?  Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. As a fellow pilgrim, in this DVD study, Philip Yancey probes such questions as: Is God listening? Why should God care about me? If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? How can I make prayer more satisfying? Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic.

Wednesday Evening Groups

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends one of the Wednesday EVENING groups.

People of Purpose

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meeting November 29, December 6 & 13 ▪ Just show up!
Begins again on January 10
Meeting weekly through March
Contacts:  Andy & Katie Prins
Room 167

This is a continuously open group of young adults and young parents committed to laughing often, loving well, and to thinking “Christianly” about life in God’s world. This group is always welcoming to new people and meets on Wednesday nights when children’s programming is available.

Beginning on January 10, this group will be viewing and discussing Ray VanderLaan’s DVD, The Mission of Jesus. The material is rich and engaging, as will be the community and the small group discussions that take place each week.  Bring your Bible!

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Diners Club

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins September 13 ▪ Just show up!
Meeting weekly through March
Contacts:  Dot Holleman & Ruth Hofmeyer
Room 168

Diner’s Club meets for dinner and a time of fellowship before Bible study / discussion. The group participants represent various ages and backgrounds. Diner’s Club meets until 6:45 to honor their members who have choir rehearsal.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

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