I want to extend a simple invitation – “Explore a Journey Group”! This is the perfect time to connect with a group and grow deeper into a whole-hearted follower of Jesus. In my experience, I have found that these groups not only learn together, but become a community and care for one another. It’s simple, just reach out to one of the leaders.  Or contact me and I will help you find the perfect fit.

Deb Ellis, Journey Group Coordinator

Women’s Study – Namesake by Jessica LaGrone

Leader: Deb Ellis,, (618)581-3383 Namesake by Jessica LaGrone.

Every name tells a story. Names in Scripture were often given to tell the story of a person’s identity, upbringing, or character. When God transforms lives, He often brings more than we bargained for: new identities, new journeys, even new names.
Namesake is a six-week Bible study that explores the transformational power of God through the stories of biblical characters who met God and whose lives and names were changed forever. As you meet Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and the unnamed woman, you will discover that God wants to be just as intimately involved in your story, offering an identity that shines with the purpose for which you were created.

Leader: Deb Ellis, or 618/581-3383
Date: Mondays, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Meeting Place: Sanctuary

Young Adult Group – Invitation by Dr. Brian Russell

Leader: Clint Benesh,, (618)210-5493 (This group is designed for people for 18-30ish.)
If you are hungry to grow in your understanding of the Bible, we invite you to join us for “Invitation”. This 10-week Bible study is designed to deepen your “big picture” understanding of Scripture and is a great opportunity to have some of your foundational questions answered in a safe environment.

Discussion of Sunday’s Message

Leaders: Barb Buck,, and Julie Ford, Ever wanted to go deeper with the content of the Sunday Sermon? This group will do just that! All are welcome as we discuss the sermon and apply it to our lives. Sometimes we’ll meet as a large group, and other times we’ll break into small women/men only groups. This is an ongoing discussion group and all are welcome to join any week!


Leader: Jeff Johnson,, (618)979-1267 Thirty Years that Changed the World by Michael Green

While there are many studies and commentaries on the book of Acts, few focus on the amazing achievement of the people found within its narrative. The first Christians chronicled in Acts turned the world upside down in the space of a generation. In this book, Michael Green opens up the gripping story of Acts, highlighting the volcanic eruption of faith described there and comparing it to the often-half-hearted Christianity of the modern Western world. Green explores the life and faith of the Christians of Acts, answering such questions as What kind of people were they? How did they live? and How did they organize and practice as members of the new church? Besides unveiling the nature of life in the early church, Green discusses how we today can apply the first Christians' dynamic efforts at church planting, pastoral care, social concerns, gospel proclamation, and prayer.

Leader: Jeff Johnson, or 618/979-1267
Date: Sundays, 9:00am
Meeting Place: Room 241

Bible Study – The Gospel of John by Ben Witherington III

Leaders: Greg & Kim Alvis, Join us for this twelve-week study of the Gospel of John. Learn the original context in which the Gospel was written while discovering its relevance today. Through DVD viewing and a study guide, you will gain new perspective on common gospel stories and passages. All are welcome!

Bible Study – The Epic of Eden: Isaiah by Sandra L. Richter

Leader: Bruce Whitcomb,, (618)345-6608 Often named “the fifth gospel”, the book of the prophet Isaiah has more to say about Israel’s coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book. This DVD lead, eight-week study takes you back to the eighth century and explains Israel’s religion and economy, explores the definition and role of the prophets, and helps us to apply the message of this great champion of the faith to our lives today. All are welcome!

Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey

Leader: Kelly Perry, Fee: $109 per household – Sign up now using our unique class link -
What if you were following a plan for your money that you KNEW worked? Let Financial Expert Dave Ramsey show you in a nine-lesson, step-by-step class how to pay off debt, create a budget, spend wisely, build wealth and give like never before! Class will include a light lunch, DVD viewing and workbook.

Matters of Life & Faith

Leader: Rev. Kurt Stone,
This class led by Rev. Kurt Stone uses The Christian Century magazine for readings and conversations for “thinking critically and living faithfully”. This is an ongoing class and all are welcome to join any week!

Faith Links

Leader: Marlene Cummins, This class features the application of faith to major current events and life issues. It looks at background information and core Bible passages on the current topic, along with group activities and discussion questions. This is an ongoing class and all are welcome to join any week!