Life Groups

LIFE GROUPS

Life Groups have one, simple purpose: to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in relationship with others and only then can we live the full life He intends for us. Sharing life through community is part of our design, but meaningful relationships aren’t always easy to find. That’s why Life Groups exist—to make these life-changing relationships relevant and accessible to you. We believe circles are better than rows.

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LEADING A SMALL GROUP

Leading a Small Group isn’t about being perfect; it’s about serving others by giving them a place to connect. HOSTing a group is simple, just ask yourself if you can do the following:
  • Heart for People
  • Open your Home
  • Serve a Snack
  • Turn on a Video
Seriously, it is that simple. We give you essential tools to make your Life Group successful through Leader Training and a directory where you can register your group so others can find it easily. Simply click the link below, select a time and location to meet with others and we will help you from there. We believe people’s lives are changed one season at a time by moving one step toward Christ, and as a Life Group leader, you get to play an important role in that process.

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Sisterhood

Sisterhood

The heart of sisterhood is to unite generations in the message that she is loved by her Creator and that God has a unique design and purpose for her life. We are one heart that is unswerving in our commission that every girl would know that she belongs. Sisterhood
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Champion Men

Our Champion Men’s leadership team exists to lead the charge in fighting life’s battles together! This group of men is committed to personal accountability and the mission of leading other men as we follow Jesus together. Through regular team meetings, leading small groups, retreats, and ongoing one-on-one meetings, we are committed to the mission of seeing men realizing their destiny in this generation.

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Tom Popelka
Life Group : Men's Friday Night Connection : 9PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Men GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: CR First – Coffee Shop MEETING TIME: 9:00 PM LEADER: Tom Popelka [email protected], 319-431-4143 Men, if you want to connect with other guys, be encouraged and challenged, the Friday night men’s group is for you. We learn to leverage life’s circumstances with the Word of God to win life’s battles together. Don’t do life alone.
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Daniel Batige
Life Group : Int'l French Ministry : Sunday 1:30PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults GROUP FOCUS: Bible Study/Prayer LOCATION: CR First-Room 200 MEETING TIME: 1:30 PM LEADER: Pastor Daniel Batige, [email protected], 319-693-0814 Join us for this International French speaking service. Connect with people from other countries. We worship and learn from the Word of God together.
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DeWayne Sturtz
Life Group : Singles 35+ : Sunday 5PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults, Singles 35+ LOCATION: Marion LEADER: DeWayne Sturtz & Jeanie Wickman [email protected], [email protected], 319-929-2080
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Maureen Smalley
Life Group : Seasoned Friends : Saturday 6:30 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Married Couples GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: CR First Coffee Shop MEETING TIME: 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 6:30 PM LEADER: Gary & Maureen Smalley [email protected], 319-360-6161 We are a married life/empty nesters group. We do short video studies, prayer times, games, snacks, etc.
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Linda Smith
Life Group : Growing Together : Sunday 10am
DEMOGRAPHIC: Senior Adult/Adults LOCATION: CR First-Rm 110 MEETING TIME: Sundays, 10am LEADER: Linda Smith [email protected], 319-540-4424 This is for the Forever Young age group. But all are welcome!
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Lois Slater
Life Group : Honor Him : Wedn 6:30PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: CR First – Rm 119 MEETING TIME: 6:30PM on Wednesdays LEADER: Lois Slater [email protected] This group will start October 6 and meet for 5 weeks.
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Amanda Thatcher
Life Group : Unleash - Thatcher : Mon 6:30PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 6:30PM, Mondays LEADER: Brad & Amanda Thatcher [email protected] This group will meet for 5 weeks, starting in October.
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Anne Carter
Life Group : Sisterhood Online : Sunday 6:30PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Women GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: Zoom MEETING TIME: 6:30PM, every Sunday LEADER: Anne Carter [email protected] Join other ladies on Zoom! Contact the leader for the link. Make connections with other sisters.
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Debbie Jackson
Life Group : Sisterhood Going Deeper : Wed 6:30 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Women GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: CR First Coffee Shop MEETING TIME: 6:30 PM LEADERS: Debbie Jackson & [email protected] Join us as we go deeper into God’s Word and in our relationships. This is a great place to connect with other sisters! Childcare is available for ages 5 & under for $2 per child. Space is limited to 7 kids.
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Dale Matheny
Life Group : Couples 867 : Sun 6:30 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Marriage/Family GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: SE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 6:30PM, every other Sunday LEADER: Dale & Raven Matheny [email protected], 319-329-1690
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Benjamin Rahn
Life Group : Men for Redemption : Tues 10:00AM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Men GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: Zoom MEETING TIME: 10AM, every Tuesday LEADER: Benji Rahn [email protected] Join other men on Zoom! Contact the leader for the link. Make connections with other guys.
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Cliff Mohling
Life Group : Flew the Coop : Sunday 5:30 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Empty Nesters or Near Empty Nesters GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: Urbana/Vinton/Independence MEETING TIME: 5:30 PM, 2nd & 4th Sundays LEADER: Cliff & Tina Mohling, Rick & Shelly Rustad [email protected], 319-361-7809 Our kids are grown and gone and we need each other. We love to discuss Scripture and the sermons.
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Jeanne Jellison
LG : Coffee, Quiche & Friends : Thur 10:00AM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults GROUP FOCUS: Bible Study/Prayer LOCATION: SW Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 10:00 AM LEADER: Jeanne Jellison [email protected], 319-365-5856 Let’s come together and pray for our kids of all ages.
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Dave Goedken
Life Group : Unleash on Thursdays : Thurs 6:30PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: Robins MEETING TIME: 6:30 PM, Thursdays LEADER: Dave & Shirley Goedken [email protected], 563-581-2786 This group will start on October 7 and meet for 5 weeks.
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Kevin Beltramea
Life Group : Bonfire Blessings : Saturday 7PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 7PM every other Saturday LEADER: Kevin & Wanda Beltramea [email protected], 224-828-0460 Let’s create a space around a bonfire to talk about life’s issues and grow in the Lord. This group will start Sept. 18
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Jonathan Lee-McElhenny
Life Group : Married Couples : Sunday 5:30 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Married Couples GROUP FOCUS: Marriage/Family LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 5:30 PM, every other Sunday LEADER: Pastor Jonathan & Laura McElhenny [email protected], 615-981-9823 We are passionate about helping families make connections that become life long friendships. We need one another to help navigate the raw and honest parts of life. Child care is available up to 12 kids.
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Elizabeth Jacobs
Life Group : Verge : Sunday 6PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults 24-30+ GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth GROUP LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids GROUP LEADERS: Elizabeth Jacobs, John & Sandi Stobb [email protected], [email protected] Are you looking for community and friendship with people in your age group? Join us as we get to know each other, do life together, and grow in our relationship with Jesus. We’re better together!
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Jeff Rambo
Life Group : Random Rambo's : Sunday 6 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 6PM, 2nd & 4th Sunday LEADER: Jeff and Leslee Rambo [email protected], 319-651-0546
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John Bugler
Life Group : Court Appointment : Tues 6 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 6 PM LEADER: John & Karin Bugler [email protected], 319-450-4258 We will be focusing on prayer.
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Joe Zimmerman
Life Group : Guys Gathering Together : Wed 6:30PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Men GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: CR First – Rm 125 MEETING TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 PM LEADER: Joe Zimmerman, Dale Matheny, Mark Knutsen [email protected], (319) 383-6339 A place where guys can gather and talk about life and faith. This group meets on an ongoing basis. Feel free to join us any week.
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Brenda May
Life Group : Freedom Group : Thursday 6:30PM
For 10-weeks, Freedom Groups gather weekly to discuss the Freedom Small Group curriculum, which is designed to equip you to live the victorious and abundant life Christ came to give you. Freedom Groups build on the foundation of your faith in Christ to help you embrace the truth of God’s Word as it relates to your worldview, your past, your sin, your personal value to God, and your purpose in His Kingdom. This group will help you remove every obstacle to intimacy with God and walk in true freedom. DAY TIME: Thursdays, 6:30PM LOCATION: CR First Coffee Shop LEADERS: Brenda May, Stacy West, Kathy Price [email protected]
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Nate Roeder
Life Group : Holy Hunters : Saturday 8AM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Men GROUP FOCUS: Discipleship LOCATION: CR First – Coffee Shop MEETING TIME: 8AM every other Saturday LEADER: Pastor Nate Roeder & Steve Jellison [email protected], 715-220-7382 If you like hunting and growing closer to God, you should join Holy Hunters Life Group. Come connect with guys as we discuss hunting, Jesus, and leadership.
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Kristi Pingel
Adults : Sisterhood Circles
Join us as we mingle and talk and get to know each other better. Bring a friend or two and let’s connect! LOCATION: CR First Coffee Shop MEETING TIME: 6:30PM, the last Monday of every month, except Nov/Dec LEADERS: Our Sisterhood leader team rotates planning & leading We meet the last Monday of every month for 10 months. We will not meet in November/December.
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Kristi Pingel
Life Group : Sisterhood Create : Friday 6 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Women GROUP FOCUS: Activity-Any Crafty thing LOCATION: CR First—Room 110 MEETING TIME: 1st Friday of every month @ 6 PM LEADERS: Kristi Pingel, Holly Vonderohe [email protected], 319-393-6353 Bring whatever you want to work on, or just come to socialize! We have a great time seeing how we’re all gifted in different areas.
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Dawn Stiefel
Life Group : Sewing Group : Saturday 10 AM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Women GROUP FOCUS: Sewing LOCATION: Shellsburg MEETING TIME: 2nd & 4th Saturday 10am – 2pm LEADER: Dawn Stiefel [email protected], 319-436-2202 Bring your sewing machine, supplies, and something to share for lunch.
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Paul Huber
Life Group : Bagels & Bible Study : Friday 6:30AM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Men GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: Panera, Collins Rd MEETING TIME: 6:30 AM LEADER: Paul Huber [email protected], 319-431-7285 This men’s group focuses on topics important to guys. Jump in any time as the topics change often, and every week is relevant even if we are in the middle of a series. From finding our calling, to the challenges of work, women, and life in general, this group is for any man willing to invest an hour on a Friday morning. Bagels optional.
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Raechelle Krawza
Life Group : Chi Alpha Girls Group : Thur 6:00PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Young Adult Women GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: Marion MEETING TIME: 6:00pm LEADERS: Raechelle Krawza & Cailey Barth [email protected], 701-212-7126 Chi Alpha is a Christian community in the Cedar Rapids area that is committed to seeing college students encounter God and grow with others.
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Eric Palmer
Life Group : The Chosen/Discipleship : Sunday 5 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Married Couples GROUP FOCUS: Marriage/Family LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 5:00 PM Sunday LEADER: Eric & Andrea Palmer [email protected], 319-329-4559 615-981-9823 We will watch an episode of The Chosen, a TV series depicting Jesus and the disciples on screen. We unpack the topics in each episode for an in-depth look at Jesus’ life and what it truly means to be a disciple of Christ.
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Keith Krawza
Life Group : Chi Alpha Guys Group : Tue 7PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Young Adult Men GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: Tuesday, 7PM LEADERS: Keith Krawza & Micah Rambo [email protected], 612-814-9493, 319-651-9662 Chi Alpha is a Christian community in the Cedar Rapids area that is committed to seeing college students encounter God and grow with others.
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Raechelle Krawza
Life Group : Chi Alpha Girls Group : Mon 6:00PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Young Adult Women GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: SW Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 6:00pm LEADERS: Linsey Ford, Rebecca Mbali, Kortney Drake [email protected], 701-212-7126 Chi Alpha is a Christian community in the Cedar Rapids area that is committed to seeing college students encounter God and grow with others.
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Raechelle Krawza
Life Group : Chi Alpha : Sunday 7PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Co-ed College/Young Adults GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth GROUP LOCATION: Marion MEETING TIME: 7PM, 3rd Sunday of every month GROUP LEADER: Raechelle & Keith Krawza, [email protected] This is our co-ed large group for college students and young adults. It’s a great time to worship together, hear a challenging word from our Campus Pastor, and have a time of fellowship afterwards. Come, bring a friend, see what we’re all about – you won’t regret it.
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Rick Gail
Life Group : Biblical Answers : Sunday 10 AM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Senior Adults LOCATION: CR First Room 125 LEADER: Pastor Rick Gail [email protected], 319-393-6353 Mostly senior adults attend this group, but all are welcome! This is a chance to get to know people. It is an opportunity to discuss issues and topics that come up in our every day lives and how the Word of God guides us through it all.
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Bobbi Jo Smiley
Life Group : The Chosen Sisters : Tuesday 1PM
We are a group of women all about the Word and relationships with one another. Tuesdays at 1:00pm Leader: Bobbi Jo Smiley Location: her house email her for more information – [email protected]
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Tony Pearson
Youth LG : Transit : Sunday 4 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Middle School, 6-8th Grade, Co-ed GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: CR First Coffee Shop MEETING TIME: 4-6 PM every other Sunday LEADERS: Steve Jellison, Emma Jellison, Kayla Johnson [email protected] This group offers students an opportunity to hangout with other students their age while eating some good food and growing closer to God through fellowship.
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Tony Pearson
Youth LG : Elevate : Thursday 6 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: High School, 9-12th Grade, Co-ed GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: Every other week 6-8 PM LEADERS: Joseph Bwalya & Grace Jellison, [email protected] This group will start September 16. This group offers students an opportunity to hangout with other students their age while eating some good food and growing closer to God through fellowship.
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Tony Pearson
Youth LG : Catalyst : Tuesday 6 PM
DEMOGRAPHIC: High School, 9-12th Grade, Co-ed GROUP FOCUS: Spiritual Growth LOCATION: NE Cedar Rapids MEETING TIME: 6-8PM, every other Tuesday LEADERS: Pastor Tony & Kellie Pearson, [email protected], 262-627-0129 This group will start September 7. This group offers students an opportunity to hangout with other students their age while eating some good food and growing closer to God through fellowship.
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Kevin Ridley
Life Group : African Fellowship : Sunday 8:30 AM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Adults LOCATION: CR First-Room 125 LEADER: Kevin Ridley [email protected] 319-453-7188
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Jo Dunmire
Life Group : Overcomers : Sunday 8:30AM
LEADER: Jo Dunmire [email protected] 319-363-9816 Meets at church on Sundays at 8:30AM in the Coffee Shop We learn from various video Bible studies. We would love to have you join us.
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Linda Smith
Life Group : Growing Together : Sunday 10am
DEMOGRAPHIC: Senior Adult/Adults LOCATION: CR First-Rm 110 MEETING TIME: Sundays, 10am LEADER: Linda Smith [email protected], 319-540-4424 This is for the Forever Young age group. But all are welcome!
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Denice Smith
Life Group : Zumba : Saturday 9:45 AM
DEMOGRAPHIC: Women GROUP FOCUS: Activity LOCATION: On Zoom for now MEETING TIME: 9:45 AM LEADERS: Denice Smith, Daphne Wheeler, Linda Howes 319-320-3242 [email protected] Let’s get moving! Our instructors are fun and engaging. They offer sign language interpreting and some people do chair Zumba. Anyone can do this! Contact Denice for the Zoom link.
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Red Jandik
Adults : Alcoholics Victorious : Monday 7 PM
We offer fellowship to alcohol addicted persons and/or their families. This is done in our weekly meetings where we share problems and victories with each other and by personal contact and/or phone calls throughout the week. Meetings are informative, uplifting and show ways Jesus can deliver you from your common, every day problems. This group meets on Mondays at 7 PM in Room 125.
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