We encourage our adult members at St. John's to actively participate in a weekly small group. Why? To provide another opportunity for community.
2023/2024 ADULT SMALL GROUP INFORMATION
SUNDAY MORNINGS 9:15a-10:15a
PLEASE NOTE: OUR SMALL GROUPS WILL NOT MEET ON SUNDAY, MARCH 10th.
WE ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO ATTEND THE CHURCH FORUMN & VOTE BETWEEN SERVICES (Sanctuary).
PASTOR’S CLASS—DISCIPLE-MAKING 101 - Leader: Pastor Dan (Fellowship Hall). If we’re disciples who are to be “making disciples” (Matt. 28), how is this done within my family? At school? In my neighborhood? How can I identify where my talents and personality can make an impact? This class will examine biblical texts that identify the rhythms and practices of discipleship as well as the grace and power to live them out. (Feb 11…)
RAISING TEENS IN A CONTRARY CULTURE – Leader: Pastor Pete (2nd floor Music Room West School). Understanding the influences a teen must deal with today calls for a new way of parental engagement and a shift in parenting styles. This 9-week parenting class is for parents of teens and preteens. We will be.using Mark Gregston authentic relational model to enlighten parents with creative and successful ways to deal with today's topics and develop deeper relationships with your family. Sample Sessions: Challenges Facing Parents of Teens, Understanding Your Teen's Behavior, Put Down the Phone; Pick Up the Conversation. Questions contact Pastor Pete Imlah Pete.Imlah@stjohnslombard.org. (Feb 11…)
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: FIND MARGIN IN MY LIFE! Leader: Tiffany O. (Church Finance Room) After the busyness of the holidays, we all want to slow down. And with the start of the new year, our thoughts often turn to self-reflection and establishing goals for the coming year. When you think about your daily life, if you feel pressured, overloaded, and overwhelmed, we want to help you find breathing room. Tiffany will be leading the group which will help you learn how to reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and see where your identity really comes from. The benefits of this study can be improved mental, emotional, physical and even financial health, more fulfilling relationships, and most of all - availability for God's purpose. The only thing you need to bring is the book "Margin" by Richard Swenson and something to take notes with. (Feb 11…)
NAVIGATING THE HALLWAYS!! High School Small Group. Leaders: MaKenzie B. & Ali V. (9:45a - 10:15a West School 8th Grade Room). Join other High School age members to discuss Christian topics of interest to Teenagers. We will discuss topics like peer pressure, time pressure, SERVICE & Recharging! Please come and bring a friend. (Feb 11 thru May 19)
THE DUST OF THE RABBI – LEARNING TO LIVE AS JESUS LIVED (video series by Ray Vander Laan) - Leader: Vern K. (Stephen Ministry Room – Downstairs). Do you ever feel like you are a follower of Jesus, but from a distance? Just as God miraculously blessed the early disciple’s desire and commitment to become like him, God desires the same of us. So let’s walk in the footsteps of ancient disciples for a while. Let’s explore the communities and culture in which they lived. Let’s examine the practices of the first century rabbis and their disciples. As we discover the world in which discipleship was born and practiced, we will better understand Jesus call to be his disciples. Come, discover how you can get dusty and be closer to your Rabbi, Jesus, by doing what he does. (Feb 18 …)
MATURING IN FAITH - Young Adults (age 18 -25). Leaders: Sean N., Ali B. & Nicholas L. PLEASE NOTE: THIS GROUP WILL NOW MEET EVERY SUNDAY BETWEEN SERVICES (West School Library). Looking for a place to meet on Sunday morning and talk with other Christian young adults about common concerns & experiences?? Join our "Gen Z" Small Group. This Group will be part fellowship and part discussion of a Christian topic or two. This group is currently discussing King Solomon’s problem with having too much of Everything in the book of Ecclesiastes!! Please come and bring a friend! (Feb 11 every Sunday…)
THE REVELATION OF JOHN – Join this Small Group as we discuss how to make this difficult book more Understandable. We will study and try to understand why the book was written, to whom it was written and most importantly, what does it mean for us today, living in the End Times. This Group will be led by Harvey Halstead and Sherwood Kraemer. This group meets at 9:15a to 10:15a in the Church Library. Bring your own Bible if you have one. (Feb.11….)
SMALL GROUPS DURING THE WEEK
THURSDAYS- MEN'S FRATERNITY - Leader: Pastor Pete (6:00a Fellowship Hall). “Advancement: Moving in Authority and Confidence”. In Advancement, we will have the chance to look closely at Acts chapters 3 and 4 and get a picture of how a community, filled with the Holy Spirit of Jesus, acts. Jesus said in Matthew 16 that He was going to build a church that would prevail against the gates of hell. Never for an instant was He intending to build a church that would walk timidly and fearfully in the world, shrinking back from opposition. He was going to build a church that would be filled with the power of God to forcefully advance against demonic strongholds and the afflictions of a broken world. In this study, we will get the chance to see how believers in Jesus can move confidently, with authority, to claim territory amongst the broken and the lost, against the opposition and within the church. Questions contact Pastor Pete at email@example.com. (All year!)
THURSDAYS - WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY - Leader: Karrie V. (8:10a in the Church Stephen Ministry Room). The Thursday morning ladies fellowship Group is set to start a new study on the book of James. Summary highlights from the back of the study guide: “We don’t work to be saved, we work because we are saved. Faith keeps us humble rather than proud, directs our tongues to bless rather than curse, and causes us to show mercy rather than judgment. This is the essential message of James…..Faith works!!! We anticipate taking the rest of the of the school year to work this this study. (Jan. 25 - TBD)
THURSDAYS - SENIORS BIBLE STUDY - Leader: John B. (9:30a fellowship; 10:00a study begins -East School Ministry- handicapped accessible). As we continue on January 11th in this year's theme of "Connected", let's look to where God's connectedness with His creation began: Genesis. This six-week study of the Book of Genesis by Joshua Grauman will show us how this book gives us the foundation for understanding the rest of the Bible. It also explains the world we live in, the God who made it and His reasons for making us and placing us on His earth. (Jan. 11…)
SATURDAYS – MEN’S FELLOWSHIP – (7:30a Church Library). Our Topic for most of this winter will be based on a book titled “The Gifts of the Jews” by Thomas Cahill. The author makes the opening premise that it is the Jewish people and their beliefs that have had an enormous and timeless Impact on civilizations since the time of Abraham. He uses various moments in Jewish History to support his opening argument about the importance of the Jews. After all, without the Jewish nation, there is no Christian nation and no Lutheran church!! This group meets every other Saturday morning in the Church Library. Members switch off leading the discussion (Feb 17, March 2, 16…)