Small Groups are an easy and enjoyable way to share similar
interests with others and to grow in one’s service to God and
understanding of the faith. Small group ministry encourages groups
of 5–12 persons to meet regularly for prayer, study, fellowship, and
service; each group, led by one or more shepherds, derives its
unique character by emphasizing one or more of these components.
You are invited and welcome to participate whether you are a new
disciple at Advent, a long timer here, or a friend of the
congregation. Come and enjoy the camaraderie, learning and fun! For
the most up to date information, please check the bulletin and
newsletter and contact the group shepherd. Our current small group
ministries include the following
Special Interest Small Groups focus on fellowship and the sharing of
a common interest.
Walking/Jogging/Running – Interested in
getting some exercise while enjoying some Christian fellowship? Come
to the Walking/Jogging/Running Group! While most participants walk
through the neighborhood, there is opportunity to up the pace
according to your comfort level. The group meets every Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. in the Parish Nurse’s room located on the 2nd floor across
from Fellowship Hall.
Biking – Enjoy being out-of-doors and
biking for exercise? The Biking Group is for you! It meets monthly
from April to October and through the bike phone chain, the group
takes advantage of nice days in between.
Movie Group – Love to watch movies?
Ever wonder what the spiritual themes are of the movies you watch –
especially when God is never directly mentioned? Combine your
spiritual sleuthing skills with your love of movies through
discussion, the discernment of spiritual themes, and reflection.
Scrapbooking – Want to organize your
pictures and mementos? Planning to make a memory or legacy book?
Come to the Scrapbooking Group. No previous experience is necessary
and all ideas are welcome! Accomplish your project and enjoy
fellowship too. The group meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at
7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall located on the second floor.
Service Groups enjoy helping those in the church and community.
Prayers ‘N Stitches –
This group makes prayer shawls by knitting, crocheting, or sewing
them. As they are made, participants pray over their work. Once
completed, the group prays over the shawl and for its recipient.
This ministry meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in
the parlor, located on the first floor across from the office on
Shepherd’s Walk. Shawl directions, patterns, and lessons are
available upon request. Prayers and donations of money or yarn are
also gratefully received.
Hunger - Shepherded by
Rosie Inners, this service group seeks to increase hunger
awareness, education, relief, and advocacy as needed locally,
nationally, and internationally. Ongoing projects include the
promotion of fair trade coffees, teas, and snacks. Semi-annual
events have included the receiving of baby shower items for
struggling families, the encouraging of the purchase of
international crafts to aid artisans in developing countries, and
promoting financial support through computer links.
Support Groups emphasize caring for one another.
Domestic Violence -
Meetings of this support group are strictly confidential and are
scheduled according to the safety needs of participants. Anyone
touched by domestic violence is invited to receive education,
counsel, resources, strategies, and spiritual guidance.
Discipleship Groups focus on prayer and Bible Study to encourage
growth in the faith.
Reclaiming the "L" Word
- This group highlights what it means to be a Lutheran Christian.
Based on the book of the same title by Kelly Fryer this group
studies five guiding principles of Lutheranism in an
easy-to-understand, enriching, and often humorous style. “There is
help here, not only for new Lutheran Christians, but for long-time
members who need a fresh transfusion of excitement”. This ministry helps Christians consider “how to
live out their convictions in the weekday structures of family,
work, and community” and how to
reach out to their neighbors so that they “meet the God who loves
them”. This group meets at a time and
place convenient to its participants.
Joy in the Morning –
This women’s group meets every other Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. in
a home setting for prayer, study, and a discussion of Biblical
Circle of Love – This
women’s group meets every other Monday afternoon from 1:00 – 2:30
p.m. in a home setting for prayer, study, and a discussion of
Prayer Team – To grow
in daily prayer and in faith, the Prayer Team prays together weekly
for the Church, the community, and those who are in need. The group
meets with Pastor Brenda Ritterpusch every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in
the parlor located on the first floor across from the office on
Bible Reading Group -
Using a plan developed by Arlina Yates, the Bible reading group
promotes the individual, systematic, and devotional reading of
Scripture. This process encourages the participant to travel through
the Bible via a chapter a day reading cycle. Completion of the Bible
is expected in 3 ½ years. Participants receive informal support from
fellow readers and from weekly devotional thoughts and
encouragements based on the week’s lessons. Periodic opportunities
for group discussion and reflection will be offered. You are invited
to go to
to find out more
about this program or to join Advent's reading group online.
While participants may use any Bible in their
reading, the Life Application Study Bible
is suggested and referenced. If this expense creates undue hardship
for folks, the church will provide a reader with a Bible.