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Small groups are an important part of First Pres. These unique gatherings are geared to help people connect with others over a shared experience or interest and every group is geared towards growing in our love and faith in Christ. Small groups are always fluid and changing and more are being started. If you want more information, would like to join a small group or have other questions please email Pastor Matt. 

Alpha Small Group
ALPHA is an acronym describing our small group: accountability, learning/laughter, prayer/participation, honesty/humor, action in community. We have individuals and couples who come together to study and share our lives, including joys and concerns. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays during the program year 5:30-7pm. We have done service projects, Bible studies, book discussions, and video-led series; we take turns sharing leadership and bringing dessert.

Becky Mentzer
becky.mentzer@gmail.com

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Blessings Women's Ministry

BLESSINGS FIVE WEEK BIBLE STUDY
Getting to know God might seem daunting, but the truth is getting to know the God of the universe isn’t as out-of-reach as it might initially sound. In this study, we are going to look at some practical steps all of us can take to know God better. We are offering a morning class, 10-11am on Wednesdays on Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, and 20 in the library. The identical evening study will be on Monday nights, 6:30-7:30pm on Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, and 18 in the library. Sign up outside the library.

Poonam McAllister: poonam@dizzyil.com
Irene DenBesten: irenedenbesten@gmail.com 

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Freeman Small Group
The Freeman Small Group meets for 3-4 months each fall for a study of some sort. This group will meet in the church library on October 9, November 27th and December 11 of the remaining 2018 year. 

Bryan & Jo Ann Freeman
Freecarp@Frontier.com

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Knit Crochet Ministry
This group of women come together to knit, crochet and to fellowship with one another, meeting every third Sunday of the month, 9:45-10:45am in the Chapel downstairs during the program year. These ladies also come together to create items of love and comfort, such as prayer shawls, afghans, prayer squares, baby blankets, and winter items. Once a year they sponsor an Artisan Sale where handmade items are sold and proceeds go to a fundraiser of their choice.

Becky Mentzer
becky.mentzer@gmail.com

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Memoir Group
This group will resume in 2019, meeting the second Tuesday of the month, January through May, 1-3pm, in the church library. We enjoy fellowship with one another while discussing books and sharing creative writing. 

Sam Redd Sr.
samnlizredd@verizon.net

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Men’s Breakfast Group
This group of men gathers weekly throughout the year to enjoy breakfast (optional), Bible study, prayer, fellowship, a sharing of joys and concerns, and to support each other. All men are invited to join on a drop-in or regular basis. We meet every Monday morning at 8 a.m. at Bob Evans (1412 E. Empire, Bloomington).

Rob Kelley
rjkelley856@gmail.com

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Mom’s Group
We are a group of Mom’s that meet Sunday nights from 5:30pm to 7pm for bible study and fellowship. Our recent studies have centered on books by female Christian authors. We are a very casual group and rotate leadership, although expectations are not very high as we are all busy moms! We also try to be sure to schedule a dinner out periodically. Generally, we meet to share the joys and challenges of being busy moms.

Lisa Bathe
lbathe@yahoo.com

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Next Chapter
Next Chapter is a women’s small group. We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7pm in member’s homes. This group of women, most of which are recent empty nesters, seek to study the Word, pray for each other’s joys and concerns, and enjoy fellowship with each other. At least twice a year, the group participates in mission outreach opportunities as a way to serve others.

Sabrina Smith
tssmith3104@comcast.net

Betsy Stout
jbstout@comcast.net

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Thursday Morning Book Group
We have a progressive Christian outlook. We read books and articles and watch DVDs selected by the group, discussing the materials with leadership rotating among members. We meet in the library every Thursday.

Carol Schrantz
Kentdriv@aol.com

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Yadahs
This group is for women and they meet on the first Friday of the month for fellowship and various outreach activities. We often go out to lunch around noon on Fridays.

Marilea White
marileawhite@gmail.com

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Young Marrieds Group
Marriage is perhaps the most sacred ministry many of us are called to and one thing is certain, it's not easy! Marriage is filled with up's and down's and all the in-betweens. But what if God designed marriage to be about more than simply two people sharing life together?

This small group is for couples in their 20's or 30's who want to explore together what God's design for marriage is with other couples seeking the same thing. The group is led by Pastor Matt Wilcox. 

We meet every other Monday, from 6:30-8pm in the Senior High Room.

Matt Wilcox
mwilcox@firstpresnormal.org