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: 01/20/2019
Location: E-102
For: Married couples aged mid-20s to early 30s
Leader: Shawn and Mary Yost
Leader Phone: 330-966-2800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Join other young married couples as we grow our marriages based on a healthy biblical foundation. We will discuss topics related to marriage and also incorporate Bible studies that strengthen our faith. This is a great opportunity to connect with other couples as we share and laugh together.

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Altitude

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/06/2019
Location: E-106
For: Adults ages 18-29
Leader: Jeff & Julie Goff
Leader Phone: 330-284-7092
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
This group is for young adults ages 18-29, college and career, and includes reflection and discussion of Scripture as we grow deeper in our relationship with God.

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Between Friends

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 01/06/2019
Location: L-3
For: Anyone
Leader: Chuck & Paula Engelhardt
Leader Phone: 330-699-5624
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Between Friends is a Sunday morning Connect Group that gathers together for the long term to build relationships. Our times together promote a personal relationship with Jesus through Bible Study and mutual encouragement focused on changing hearts. This winter we will be focusing on what God’s Word has to say about how Christians should treat one another as well as unbelievers as we aim to transfer the heart, the home, and the world through building relationships that encourage and edify.

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Celebrate Life

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 01/06/2019
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 grow in faith by studying God’s Word in the company of friendly people who want to live out Biblical truth and share it with others. Encouragement, prayer, and fellowship events are regular features. Various book and topical studies are taught by class members. We would love to have you join us!

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Couples of Promise

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/20/2019
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
This Winter join married couples of all ages and in any stage of life for Cherish study beginning January 20. In this 6-session, video study by Gary Thomas, learn simple practices that can reverse old habits of “going through the motions” and bring hope and life into your marriage as you learn what it means to cherish your spouse.

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Firm Foundation

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 01/06/2019
Location: E-102
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Ron Crock
Leader Phone: 330-284-5866
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
We are a group of all ages and faith backgrounds who love First Friends Church and love to delve into current topics of interest. We have fellowship together as we learn more about the love of God and how we are called to be a light in a dark world. Begins January 6 and is ongoing.

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First Love

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/20/2019
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 Winter beginning January 20, we will participate in the SHAPE class, led by Theresa Maxin. Then beginning March 10, we will dive into The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi by Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel. In this video study we will go beyond the typical Sunday School approach to Bible study and dig into the original languages and deeper meanings of Scripture while also exploring ancient landmarks and historical sites.

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Go Getters

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 01/06/2019
Location: L-2
For: Adults of all ages and marital status
Leader: Paul Johnson
Leader Phone: 330-232-2401
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
Adults of all ages and marital status are invited to join us as we navigate chapter-by-chapter through the book of Matthew (continuation from last semester), followed by the book of 1 Samuel.

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Growing Disciples

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 01/06/2019
Location: L-6
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Greg Roth
Leader Phone: 330-454-4100
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Illuminate: Winter 2019
Luke opens with the birth of Jesus. After his baptism by John, he is led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for a time of testing before beginning his public ministry. The 12 disciples lived with and ministered alongside Jesus as he healed the sick and showed them how to reach spiritually hungry people. In the last week of Jesus’ life during a time of escalating personal crisis, Jesus remained the Good Shepherd, seeking out the lost. Adults of all ages are invited to join us as we learn of a savior who broke with social norms and cultural expectations to fulfill God’s plan for salvation of all people through His son Jesus - salvation that is more than a promise for the future, but a salvation for here and now.

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Just Reach Up

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 03/10/2019
Location: L-1
For: Anyone
Leader: Sandy Stark
Leader Phone: 330-715-0905
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Just Reach Up booklet available for free at Welcome Center
Join this interactive group filled with discussion, demonstrations and visual aids as we seek to “Just Reach Up” to God in prayer. Using the Lord’s Prayer as a template and the booklet Just Reach Up as an outline for discussion, we will explore practical strategies for a more effective prayer life. Dynamic prayer is not only for the elite or exceptional, but for anyone who will Just Reach Up.

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My Father's House

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/20/2019
Location: L-2
For: Anyone
Leader: Roger and Laura Foote
Leader Phone: 330-966-2800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Generous Justice by Tim Keller ($12)
God calls His people to transformational world-changing generosity and justice. Come learn with us as we study what the Bible has to say about the link between God’s grace and social justice. We will read Tim Keller’s book Generous Justice and learn to put our faith into action.

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PRAY

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/20/2019
Location: L-3
For: Adults of all ages
Leader: Jerry & Tammy Ledgerwood
Leader Phone: 330-316-4793
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
The PRAY Sunday morning group is for anyone desiring an in-depth, interactive Bible study. This Winter we will study the three Epistles of John. David Malik states the purpose for which John wrote these epistles was to guide believers into a correct understanding and application of their relationship with God and to encourage fellowship with God and the saints so that the believer may have confidence and not shame when Christ returns. John’s stated purpose in 1 John 4 is that by writing these things our joy may be complete. These words would be our purpose for studying John’s epistles as well!

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

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 11:30 AM
Start Date: 01/20/2019
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 January 20, we will be studying Jesus IQ: Transformed By the Wisdom of God 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 on page 10.

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Parents of Teens

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/06/2019
Location: L-6
For: Parents of teens
Leader: Mark & Christy McGuire
Leader Phone: 330-904-7800
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible
This group for parents of middle school and high school aged children studies topics relevant to today’s culture as well as issues faced by today’s parents and teens and how to handle them in a godly, biblically informed manner. This winter we will study Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston.

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Practical Guide to Culture

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 10:30 AM
Start Date: 01/20/2019
Location: L-43
For: Parents and Grandparents
Leader: Ralph Elmerick, Scott Calhoun, Shawn Yost, Ben Croston, and Dan La Haie
Leader Phone:  330-354-1365
Childcare: Yes
Requirements: Bible, Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by John Stonestreet & Brett Kunkle ($15)
Cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our children and grandchildren. What was unacceptable and unthinkable ten years ago is now normal. Using the book Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World, we will learn how to bridge the generation gap to have intelligent, informed communication about the weighty issues of our times with our children. We will discover how to guide our children in a loving, biblical, Christ-centered way that enables them to find their identity in Jesus and influence the culture rather than the culture changing them.

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Sharpening Your Sword

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/20/2019
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. Two sessions of this 8-week course will be held January 20–March 10 and April 7–May 26.

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Singles With Purpose

Day: Sunday
Time of Day: 09:00 AM
Start Date: 01/06/2019
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 for study of God’s word. Our focus is on Christ and on caring for one another in good and bad 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 to follow Christ. We are always open to new participants. This Winter we will continue our study Journey of Faith 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: 01/06/2019
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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