Sunday Morning

Sunday morning Connect Groups are designed to complement corporate worship by building relationships and furthering your growth as a disciple of Jesus in a small group setting. By joining one of our year round Sunday morning Connect Groups you will have the opportunity to not only become refreshed, but also to become connected to God and His people.

A Love Story

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/16/2018
Location: E-102
For: Married couples aged mid-20s to early 30s
Leader: Shawn and Mary Yost
Leader Phone: 330-495-3429
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Art of Parenting Study Guide ($13)
Young married couples will go through The Art of Parenting, kicking off with a movie called Like Arrows that encourages parents to aim their child’s heart towards God. After the movie, this group will dive into the Art of Parenting 8-session video series that gives parent’s a simple vision and creative ways to make faith the core of their parenting. This series will focus on the goal of parenting, forming character, applying discipline, building relationships, nurturing identity, preparing for mission, and the power of family.

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Altitude

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: E-106
For: Adults ages 18-29
Leader: Melissa Millican
Leader Phone: 330-966-2800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
A group for young adults ages 18-29, college and career, includes reflection and discussion of Scripture as we grow deeper in our relationship with God. This Fall, guest leader Paul Johnson will teach Eschatology 101. In this fun, informative study, you will gain clarity about “end times” as written in Revelation, Ezekiel, Daniel and Matthew, including often misunderstood subjects like the Rapture, timing of events, current conditions, and how they fit into prophecy.

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Between Friends

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 10/07/2018
Location: L-3
For: Anyone
Leader: Chuck & Paula Engelhardt
Leader Phone: 330-699-5624
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Jesus extended an offer of a relationship – a relationship with the Father through Him – and it all begins with His one simple request: “Follow Me.” Beginning in October, we will be enjoying a video study by Pastor Andy Stanley entitled simply Follow. With Pastor Stanley’s help, we’ll explore what it means to follow Christ. Between Friends is a group of seasoned Christians who endeavor to follow Jesus in their daily lives through devotion to Him and application of His Word.

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Celebrate Life

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-41
For: Adults of all ages and marital status
Leader: Fran McHolm, Fred Merritt, and Randy Beck
Leader Phone: 330-966-4773
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
For adults of all ages who desire to be transformed by studying God’s Word, applying it to their daily walk, and sharing it with others.

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Couples of Promise

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-41
For: Married couples of all ages
Leader: Jeff & Julia Schumacher and Jason & Molly Yost
Leader Phone: 330-494-1058
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Gospel In Life Study Guide ($10)
This fall beginning September 9 we will study the Gospel in Life by Tim Keller. In this 8-week curriculum, we will study the Gospel and how to live it out in everyday life. In week 1 we will study the city, our home now, the world that is. Week 8 closes with the theme of the eternal city, our heavenly home, the world that is to come. In between we will learn how the gospel can change our hearts, our community, and how we live in this world.

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Financial Peace University

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-43
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Dave Williams
Leader Phone: 330-808-3905
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, FPU kit by Dave Ramsey (can be purchased online or at first class)
This 9-week, life-changing class by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated by First Friends stewardship ministry team will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. Be motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever.

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Firm Foundation

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: E-102
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Ron Crock
Leader Phone: 330-284-5866
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the many questions and issues that arise in today’s world? We have. Join us this Fall as we look at Christians in Today’s World and discuss the multitude of ways Christians can lovingly address today’s ever-changing culture. We will study biblical archaeology and ancient cultures to understand how they can prepare us to answer questions about our faith. All are welcome to bring their ideas, thoughts and questions. Be ready to learn!

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First Love

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: E-104
For: Women of all ages
Leader: Tara Beachy & Judy Piatt
Leader Phone: 614-266-8208
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
This class is for women of all ages and stages of life with a hunger for the Word of God. First Loves takes its name from Revelation Chapter 2 as a charge to always remember Jesus as our first love. This Fall beginning September 9, we will watch videos of various speakers from IF: Gathering 2017 and discuss how we can be unleashed to disciple others and give away our faith.

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Go Getters

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-2
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Paul Johnson
Leader Phone: 330-232-2401
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Adults of all ages are invited to join us as we navigate chapter- by-chapter through the book of Isaiah (continuation from last semester), followed by the book of Matthew. Begins September 9 and is ongoing.

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Growing Disciples

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 09/02/2018
Location: L-6
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Greg Roth
Leader Phone: 330-454-4100
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Illuminate: Genesis (Fall 2018)
Genesis has as its central concern the explanation of why things are the way they are. Each account we find in Genesis offers insights into our relationships with God, creation, and with one another. First, we read of two human beings made made for each other in the image of God. They lived in a paradise, a garden world in which they lived and moved and breathed in the presence of God. They enjoyed unmediated communion with God and with each other. But these two humans moved away from God – first by eating fruit and later by hiding among the trees. Then there was a murder, evidence that all is not right with our world. How did we get to this place?

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Honeymooners

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: E-112
For: Couples married 5 years or less
Leader: Phil & Mandi Johnson
Leader Phone: 330-232-1410
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Guardrails Study Guide by Andy Stanley
This group is for couples married 5 or less years, with or without children, and who desire to grow stronger in their faith journey, learn more about biblical intimacy, and develop skills for overcoming adversity in marriage. This fall we will use the video study Guardrails by Andy Stanley. Guardrails are everywhere, but don’t get much attention until you hit one. And then, they are often a lifesaver. This study challenges you to stop flirting with disaster and set personal guardrails in your friendships, marriage, and finances.

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My Father's House

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-2
For: Anyone
Leader: Roger and Laura Foote
Leader Phone: 330-966-2800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Spiritual Slavery to Spiritual Sonship by Jack Frost ($12)
“Welcome Home!” These are some of the most comforting words one could ever hear. Jesus came to earth to show the world that God our Father extravagantly loves us and invites us to join Him at His family table. Yet, in spite of this invitation, many struggle to understand what it means to be a fully-free, enjoyed, empowered child of God. Come join us as we examine what the scripture tells us about our walking in our true God-given identities.

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PRAY

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-3
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Jerry & Tammy Ledgerwood
Leader Phone: 330-316-4793
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, One Cry book by Byron Paulus and Bill Elliff ($8)
The PRAY Sunday morning group is for anyone desiring an in- depth, interactive Bible study. This Fall we will be studying the book One Cry: A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening by Byron Paulus and Bill Elliff. The book calls all followers of Jesus to revival beginning with our own hearts. Join us as we deepen our faith and learn to cry to God for revival!

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P.R.A.Y. Scripture- College Age Young Adults

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 11:30 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: E-104
For: College adults ages 18-23
Leader: Peter & Paula Guiler
Leader Phone: 330-412-1263
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, P.R.A.Y. Scripture by Stan Hinshaw ($10)
Beginning September 9, we will be studying Hebrews: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament using P.R.A.Y. Scripture. This group is open to post-high school young adults wanting time to study, discuss and better understand God’s Word. See a more in-depth description of P.R.A.Y. Scripture under the PRAY Scripture Connect Group category.

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Parents of Teens

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-6
For: Parents of teens
Leader: Mark & Christy McGuire and Bob & Amy Smith
Leader Phone: 330-904-7800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Raising Kids... Study Guide by Tim Kimmel ($8)
Parents of middle school and high school-aged children will study Raising Kids with a Faith that Lasts by Tim Kimmel. This video study introduces you to one of your greatest privileges – helping your child begin a relationship with God. You’ll see how everyday conversations, family fun, and purposeful projects build spiritual foundations your son or daughter can rely on for a lifetime – and beyond.

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S.H.A.P.E.

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-1
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Theresa Maxin
Leader Phone: 330-966-2800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible and S.H.A.P.E. book by Erik Rees (available in class for $10)
Discover your unique Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences! This study, including a personal assessment, will show you how to unlock your potential, find your spiritual goal, and explore God's plan for your life.

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Sharpening Your Sword

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: E-108
For: Anyone willing to meet the class requirements
Leader: Tom Williams
Leader Phone: 330-224-4314
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Attend all classes; pray for group each day; memorize two new verses per week; Quiet Times on verses being memorized; open to leading or co-leading a future group
If you are committed to winning the spiritual battles you face and building the foundation of your life upon God’s word, this is the class for you. You will develop skills to hide God’s word in your heart and to practically apply it to your life. You will memorize scripture relevant to your life and equip yourself to be victorious. Interested? Come to the Week 1 Informational Meeting to learn more and make your decision!

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Singles With Purpose

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: E-113
For: Single adults (age 40+)
Leader: Mike Miller and Cheryl Phillips
Leader Phone: 330-479-2068
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
We are a group of single adults (age 40+), who come together for prayer and study of God’s Word. Our focus is on Christ and on caring for one another at all times. We take comfort in Paul’s words that as singles we’re better able to focus on how we can serve Christ. Whether content with singleness or not, you’re welcome to join us as we seek Christ. This fall we will study Journey of Faith, a study based on Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

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Tuckered Out Marrieds

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 09/09/2018
Location: L-42
For: Married couples with children through elementary school
Leader: Tory & Jen Tucker
Leader Phone: 330-284-6849
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Tuckered Out Marrieds is a group of married couples with younger children who are striving to transform ourselves, marriages, and families into Christ-likeness. Please join us for discussion about the ups and downs of marriage, raising children, and managing our professional lives!

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