Pass the Baton by Pastor Ray Goolsby | Find out whatâ€™s new with Life Groups! Ministry & Relationships | Looking for a group to meet new friends or improve your current relationships? Find prayer and support for everyday life in these ministerial life groups. featured Groups Man Up | Step up and be a man with these featured menâ€™s groups. Activities | Get up and get going with these activity groups ranging from sushi to fitness! FEATURED Interview How Life Groups Changed My Life: The Morris Family | Learn how Life Groups changed the lives of an entire family. Teaching & Discussion | Dive deeper into the Word and seek a stronger relationship with God in these life-giving groups. Make the Connection by Pastor Dan Stallbaum | Connections are a vital part of life and the church! Youth: TNT & Identity Life Groups | Find out more about Life Groups designed for your middle school and high school-aged kids! From Your Life Group Team by Jonathan Walling & Stephanie Booth | Let us answer a few questions you may have about Life Groups! Young Adults: Mezzanine Life Groups | Life Groups catered specifically to young adults, ages 18 to 30.
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From Your Life Group pastor Pass the Baton I love people! My wife and I have five kids, seven (soon to be eight) grandkids, and a huge extended family. Some of the closest relationships I’ve made are with people I’ve met in Life Groups. Through the years, they’ve been known as small groups, cell groups, and home groups, and I’ve been blessed to be part of them for a long time. I’ve made friends who will pray with and for me, and I’ve been able to spend personal time getting to know people outside of a church setting. I’ve made both lifelong friends and friends who were sent for a specific season in my life. They are priceless relationships I might have missed had I not been part of a Life Group. When Pastor Dan asked me to help launch a new Life Group program a couple of years ago, I was excited, because I knew God had great plans in store for everyone. I’ve been thrilled to see some of you step out of your comfort zone to lead a group when you didn’t think you could, while others of you have opened your homes to host groups for leaders who didn’t have a place to meet. There are the stories of breakthrough when God used one of you to meet the needs of the other; of incredible prayer times as a group when you finally opened up to someone else; of laughed-till-you-cried game nights where you felt like you really belonged. This is what it means to do life together, and I’ve been blessed to share this with you. If you’ve been at East Coast for any length of time, you know that an integral part of our leadership structure is to duplicate ourselves. We are constantly training up those around us and developing the God-given gifts and talents in our team members. After much prayer and consideration, the time has now come to hand the reins over to another leader on our staff. I am pleased and honored to introduce Jonathan Walling as our new Life Group Director. I will be Jon’s supervisor in his new capacity and will work closely with him. This young man has served at East Coast for a long time and has been faithful in every task assigned, whether it was behind the scenes or on the stage. Most of you know him as the worship pastor at the Avenue Worship Center and Mezzanine Young Adult Church, but he is stepping into other areas of responsibility and doing a fantastic job. He has been working on Life Groups with us for several months, and is excited to be working now with all of you. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to serve as your Life Group Director. I know that Jon will take us to the next level as we continue, together, building a life-giving church that lasts.
Pastor Ray Goolsby
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M i n i s t r y & R e l at i o n s h i p s
Life is meant to be shared. Make new “couple friends” at a fun marriage group; get out into the community through outreach at local events like the Easter Surf Fest and Mardi Gras in Cocoa Village; find prayer and support for difficult family situations.
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Families of Inmates Families of those in prison share a unique set of circumstances, understood only by others in the same situation. Dave Musalo and Dorothy Follet invite you join them at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st Monday of every month to meet others walking in your shoes. Find the help, support, and resources needed to repair and strengthen relationships during this difficult time. Contact Dave at 288-3460. Open to families of those in prison. iDo The honeymoon is over…and reality has kicked in. Don’t let unspoken expectations frame your marriage. Join this group the 2nd and 4th Friday at 7:00 p.m. and learn how to build a rock-solid marriage right from the start with iMarriage, a new series from Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries. Led by Ken and Lisa Johnsen at 749-2278 or 720-6117. Open to newly-married couples. intercessory prayer “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12). Join Marie Defile and her team of payer warriors every Monday at 7:00 p.m. to pray for the pastors, services, and issues affecting the community. Let by Marie Defile at 537-4710. Open to everyone.
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Spark Being a mom is rewarding but a lot of work, and it can be hard if you are doing it alone. That’s why this group provides a place of help and hope for single mothers. Join them every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 6:30 p.m. as they study the Bible and provide companionship, support, and encouragement. Led by Maggie Quinn at 536-9338. Open to single moms. 21st Century marriage Difficult times come to every marriage, and there will come a time when, at least for awhile, you may not feel that emotional love. It’s in times like these that you have to fight to keep your love alive. Join Keith and Brenda Brown on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and learn how to keep your marriage alive even in the difficult times. Led by Keith and Brenda at 453-1624. Open to all married couples.
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What makes the measure of a man? Some say genetic make up. Society claims the measure of a man is found in his wealth, job status, or personal connections. As a Christ-follower, a man should know his true identity. God does not see the money, but how faithful a man is with his wealth. He sees the heart of a man and what makes it beat. What He values is integrity, love, and family. The measure of a man is found not in the world’s view, but instead within his morals, values, and his relationship with God. These Life Groups are specifically catered to men ranging from teens to in-betweens to the most mature. Each group provides discipleship, accountability, and friendship among men after God’s own heart. Men of BRevard The longest-running Life Group at East Coast Christian Center is still going strong! This is a great time of group Bible study followed by smaller break-out sessions dealing with issues from addictions to relationships, providing valuable fellowship and accountability. Meet at the Community Care Center every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Led by Al Wilson at 960-2719 or 537-9370. Open to men 18 and older. promise keepers Veteran leaders Chad Buell and John Eller are back with the mens only group on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. This is the place for you to get connected with other godly men, find a mentor or become a mentor for someone else, and learn how to reach those in your community. Led by Chad Buell and John Eller. Contact John at 412-7175. Open to men.
surf 88 Hey guys, grab you boards and your Bibles and hit the beach! This group meets every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at 8th Street in Cocoa Beach for great waves and even better devotions. Led by Steve Harf at 431-4544 and Bill Sapp at 698-4677. Open to men only. Wild at heart This men’s group for the 40+ crowd is anything but boring! Tom Woods leads this accountability-focused group geared towards mature single men. Join Tom for a time of friendship and Bible study every Friday at 7:00 p.m. Led by Tom Woods at 720-9858. Open to men 40 and older. The line - Mezzanine Huddle up! Young adult men meet every Monday at 7:30 p.m. for a time of fellowship, accountability, and relevant Bible study geared toward topics that impact men moving towards a new phase in life. Led by John Constantinide at 720-7411. Open to young adult men 18+. wild men - Mezzanine Join David Hughes for a guys-only breakfast Bible study at 10:00 every Saturday morning! Enjoy relevant teachings from the Word on topics pertaining specifically to young men. Led by David Hughes at 505-3393. Open to all young adult men 18+. vessel - TNT/Identity It’s that time of life when big decisions need to be made. Should I go to college? Should I get a job? What am I going to study? Where am I going to live? Join Corey Goolsby and Jordan Hall as they come alongside you to answer those big questions and help you spiritually along the way. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Led by Corey Goolsby at 302-2072 and Jordan Hall at 368-8487. Open to high school and college-age guys.
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Get up and get going! From surfing to cooking and motorcycles to Monopoly, these Life Groups have what it takes to get you off the couch and living life. Meet up with others who share your passion for the fun things, and make a new friend or two along the way.
ABUNDANT LIFE The Bible isn’t just for reading; it applies to your entire life! This group meets every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and explores how to apply the Bible to every aspect of your life. Experience times of discussion, prayer, exercise, and even healthy meals! Led by Robin Cusanelli at 636-7224. Open to everyone. BIKE ‘N ROLL Love cycling? Grab your bike on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. Meet for a time of devotions focusing on overcoming road blocks in life and then hit the road with others who love cycling as much as you do. Led by Laura Bendahou at 549-7532. Open to everyone. BOARD GAMES & CARDS Would you rather be the banker in Monopoly or the spinner in Twister? You are guaranteed to have a blast every first and third Saturday when you come out at 6:30 p.m. for a good ol’ fashioned game night. Led by Teresa Sawyer at 452-4511. Open to everyone 16 and older. C25K - COUCH TO 5K Ever wanted to run a 5K but needed someone to push you along? Fitness guru, Tonya McDuffie, is looking to bring out the inner runner in everyone! Join her and other 5K hopefuls every Sunday afternoon at Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village. Get off the couch and into training! Led by Tonya at 543-4575. Open to everyone. EAST COAST SCRAPPERS Grab that box of photos you’ve always meant to organize and bring them to this scrapbook group. Preserve old memories and make new ones! Led by Laura Pearsall at 525-9917. Contact Laura for meeting time and location. Open to everyone. EAST OF BROADWAY Have you always dreamed of seeing your name in the big lights? Meet Sam at his home every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 6:30 p.m. to review plays to produce and perform, and meet others who share your flare for the dramatic. Led by Sam Milburn at 459-0755. Open to everyone.
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F.I.T. - FAITH, INSPIRATION, & TESTIMONY It’s well past January. How are those workout resolutions holding up? F.I.T. is the perfect mid-year jumpstart to your exercise routine! Not only will you get into shape but you will also learn the tools to living a healthier lifestyle. This group meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday at 10 a.m. Childcare is provided. Led by Tonya McDuffie at 5434575. Open to everyone. GETTING SNIPPY Looking for a way to save money? Join Suzanne, Leah, and Cindy as they teach you the tricks of the trade in online savings, couponing, and wise choices when it comes to spending and saving. This group meets the 1st Saturday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at Suzanne’s house. Led by Suzanne Ellis at 638-3962. Open to everyone. HOME IMPROVEMENT Wish you didn’t have to call a repair man for every little problem in your house? Come to this group on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at 7:00 p.m. to learn how to fix those pesky little problems like a leaky faucet or a clogged drain. Led by Fred and Maggie Hillhouse at 794-6375. Open to everyone. social Looking for a way to connect with other ECCC members and grow spiritually in the process? This group, open to everyone, will be attending concerts, listening to guest speakers, and spending time in worship. Led by Sonny Thompson at 863-8645. Open to everyone. Stirring it up The Food Network might have Paula, but we’ve got Cindy, the leader of this group that meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Whether you live in the kitchen or use it only to access the microwave, you’ll have a great time making yummy food and new friends. Led by Cindy Smith at 794-9673. Open to women. sushi Sushi and fellowship are the heart of this group! Join professional sushi chef, Silvio Marino, for an evening of all-you-can-eat sushi and a time of connection with other ECCC members. The cost is $10 per person. Time and day to be announced. Led by Silvio Marino at 205-6430. Open to everyone.
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Recently, Life Group Director Jonathan Walling sat down to chat with the Morris family and get their take on life at East Coast. Tim, Laurie, Lauren, and Bradley have been part of ECCC since early 2009, and quickly discovered that Life Groups helped them feel at home in their new church. Amidst packets of soy sauce and plates of fried rice, this family of four shared how they’ve grown, individually and together, through the relationships they’ve built over just one year of Life Groups.
Which Life Groups do you currently attend? Tim - Laurie and I attend Pastor Ray Goolsby’s Getting Started group and it is awesome! Lauren - I co-lead a co-ed Bible study called G3, along with Russ Wood and Drew Cordes. On Saturday mornings, Amanda Johnson and I co-lead Mosaic, a Bible study for young women. Bradley – I attend Cassie Filardo’s TNT life group, Take Root.
What is the purpose of each of your groups? Tim – Pastor Ray intended for his group to be for fairly new believers, but it’s become more of an open forum. He hits on things like gifts of the Spirit and increasing your faith, which give you a good foundation. Lauren – At G3, we learn about God by taking a chapter of the Bible and studying it during the week. It’s brought me out of my box to where I’m more comfortable talking in front of people. Mosaic is for girls to get together and share life. We talk about issues we are dealing with and find answers in God’s Word. Bradley – The purpose of Take Root is pretty much to just hang out and to talk about what’s on your heart. Usually, Cassie will start off sharing and that will get others talking about their week.
How has being part of a Life Group affected the way co-workers and people you come in contact with on a daily basis?
Tim – Well, I have a lot of Christian co-workers right now but, interestingly enough, each one of them comes from a different denomination. It seems like the questions that arise in our Life Group will be the same ones that will come up at work. I try to be sensitive to differences between me and my co-workers, but it’s neat when somebody is going through hard times and not finding answers from their church and I’m able to say, “Hey, I learned about that this week, and maybe it will help you.” That’s happened quite a bit. Laurie – I have applied a lot of Pastor Ray’s teaching to my family life. I’ve learned a lot more scripture and, over the past year, I’ve tried to read my Bible all the way through. It’s encouraged me to dig deeper into the scriptures, to know why I believe what I believe about the Holy Spirit, and being baptized in the Holy Spirit. It’s really lit a fire in my life. Lauren – When I see people in trouble and they need advice, I’m able to share a scripture that we studied in our group or give an encouraging word that I learned there.
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How life groups changed my life | The Morris Family Bradley – Going to a Life Group has challenged me in learning how to connect with people, how to be led by the Spirit when talking to or counseling people, and how to be an encourager.
Since you’ve been attending Life Groups, have you made any new friendships? Tim – Life Groups give you opportunities to make friendships because you start to hear people’s needs. You’re aware, and all of a sudden something will come across your path where you can help them. Usually, just walking into the auditorium, you don’t hear someone’s individual prayer request or know what he or she needs. Lauren – Brad and I used to just go to Mezzanine and TNT and we were just the new people. Since we started going to Life Groups, we’ve gotten to know people on a different level. We’ve started developing strong relationships, not just seeing people in passing. Bradley – I’ve made some of the best friendships ever at Life Groups. As a matter of fact, I met my girlfriend at Life Group! I’ve also gotten to actually hang out with worship band members and people I go to church with, and have a deeper relationship with them outside of church rather than just in the services.
Has the way you view God, or your beliefs in who God is, changed since joining a Life Group? Tim – Oh, definitely. Pastor Ray has taught us so much about the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I actually received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in our Life Group. That was important to me, because I doubted my salvation at times and could not understand why things were going awry. Laurie – I have seen the power of God’s love through scripture taught at Pastor Ray’s Life Group. I have seen that He loves us unbelievably, so much that it makes me want to cry. It’s because we get so deep into the Word that God’s love just comes out. If there are any questions, Pastor Ray is so knowledgeable that he can clear up any misinterpretation. Lauren – My knowledge of God has grown since being part of Life Groups. Now that I’m co-leading two groups, I’ve learned a lot by setting aside time to read my Bible and study. As a person who was just going to a group and now is leading, Life Groups have changed my thoughts about witnessing to others. I just want to dive into the Word more and share with others. Bradley – I probably have been challenged the most in my faith, my knowledge of Christ, and my passion for seeing others have a passion for Him.
What are some specific ways your life has changed since joining a Life Group? Tim – Coming from a background other than what we believe at East Coast, I had never heard a lot of the things I’ve learned in Life Groups. Pastor Ray had said to listen to the Holy Spirit and I took it literally; I just listened. I had a lung problem from breathing some fumes at work, and they wanted to operate. Pastor Ray and Pastor Dan had been heavy on believing and having the faith not to just run to a doctor to have surgery. One night after Life Group, Pastor Ray was really burdened about my lung issue and was talking to me about it. Pastor Matt joined our conversation and said, point blank, “I got a word from God, and you are not to get operated on.” Laurie and I had already been to a second doctor and thought that removing a lung lobe was the way to go. Pastor Matt shared a personal testimony about his family believing God for something and doing it a different way than was recommended, and they received their healing. I took that literally, so that night I went home and prayed and God said, “No, don’t do that.” The next morning, I called my health care provider and said, “You know, as crazy as this is, I want a third opinion.” So they sent me to a doctor in Titusville, way out of our heath coverage area, who looked at me and said, “This is so simple; I
would never operate for something like this.” He gave me medication that he said should clear it up and, in three or four days, it was cleared up. If I had not gotten a word from Pastor Matt, which came up in Life Group, I would have gone into surgery – a surgery that wouldn’t have necessarily meant I was healed, just that I would have had a big incision. Laurie – I came from a background of death and destruction. When I started coming to a Life Group, what was brought out to me through scripture was that I am righteous and whole; I am loved and perfect in God’s eyes. I never viewed myself as that. I always viewed myself as scarred, sinful, filled with iniquity, and I don’t feel that way anymore. I am looking at life through God’s eyes now, instead of through the eyes of condemnation. I am fully righteous and acceptable and will always be. Lauren – A year ago, I did not know the people I know now. I have made a lot of lasting friendships, and I am excited to do the rest of my life knowing that I have met some of my lifelong friends through Life Groups. Bradley – Life Groups have propelled me to be more passionate about Christ. In my Life Group, there are a lot of us who are overflowing with joy and passion for God, and who are excited about ministry and knowing God. Seeing others live that way challenges me to want that desire for Christ.
Would you encourage other people to join a Life Group, and why? Tim – As the leader of this family, I would say that our advancement to having a healed, productive, and more Godly environment in our home is a 99 on a scale from 1 – 100. There has been massive improvement in our family this year. Laurie – Definitely go to a Life Group! You build friendships, you get to interact with leaders and ask questions in a way that you don’t get to in a church service. You get a lot more insight from other people. You get more relationships within the church as you get close to people. You’re able to minister to them if they have needs, and you can be ministered to, as well.
Lauren – I would encourage people to go – not just people who go to East Coast but also people who go to other churches or maybe don’t go to church at all. Come to Life Groups, because that’s where you connect. I believe we should be reaching out to our community and making sure that people off the street know they are welcome. It’s not just for church people. It can impact your life and change you and it’s fun! Bradley – You learn a lot in a different environment and a different style than you may be used to. You have Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday where you can go to church; you can come and commune with the Lord. Then you get an extra day out of your week to learn, fellowship, and worship. I would definitely encourage people to go to Life Groups.
I always viewed myself as scarred, sinful, filled with iniquity, and I don’t feel that way anymore.
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Teaching & Discussion
Dive deeper into the Word, and engage in lively debate and thought-provoking discussion with other Christ-followers seeking a stronger relationship with God. Tackle challenges like faith and fitness, and build new friendships in the process.
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eaST COAST WRITERS Join published author, Evelyn Miracle, and this friendly group of fellow writers at 6:30 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Soak in a creative environment where you’ll find inspiration, encouragement, and fun writing projects, as well as interesting workshops and tips on getting published. This group is open to novice and master writers alike. Led by Evelyn Miracle at 452-1817. Open to teens and adults. Faith Warriors The Bible is filled with accounts of people who acted out of obedience and faith to change the course of history. Meet with Alease Hinton and Ann Eller on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month to study these heroes and how their lives are relevant to ours. Pray for issues affecting your home and family relationships, and rejoice together as you see dramatic breakthrough in seemingly hopeless situations. Led by Alease Hinton at 455-9733 or 427-6325. Open to everyone. financial peace university Get the money thing under control! Get equipped to be a good administrator of your family’s resources and stop cringing at the sight of that bank statement. Meet every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and learn how a little tool called a budget is actually your key to financial freedom. Led by Bill and Jennifer Romanoff at 208-7167. Open to everyone.
beachside rewind Come on out for an evening at the beach and lively discussion of Pastor Dan’s weekend message. Led by Matt Walker, this group, meeting one Friday each month at 7:00 p.m., will give you an opportunity to connect with other ECCC members and look a little deeper into the sermon topics from the weekend. Led by Matt Walker at 622-5292. Open to everyone. deeper still Ever had a question in the middle of the weekend service, or wanted to get more insight on one of the verses? This group will discuss Pastor Dan’s weekend teachings, reviewing the notes and talking about various points in the message. They meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Led by Steve and Marcia Harf at 431-4544 or Steve and Becky Hoyle at 338-7084. Open to everyone.
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freedom dwellers Everyone is welcome at this discussion group led by Debbie Powell. Meeting every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., they will be studying Andrew Wommack’s “The Believer’s Authority.” Led by Debbie Powell at 610-7255. Open to everyone. getting started This group for new believers will be focusing on the foundations of the Christian faith. You’ll meet other Christ-followers who are new to the faith, and come away with a solid understanding of what you believe and why. Getting Started meets Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Led by Pastor Ray at 452-1060 ext. 103. Open to everyone. gifts from god Have you ever wondered what spiritual gift you have? Maybe you know what yours is, but you’re not sure where you can use it. Based on the book, “The 3 Colors of
Teaching & Discussion Ministry,” this group will help you both identify the work God is doing within you and show you how you can use it to bless those around you. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Led by Vera Biondi at 636-4594. Open to everyone. Healing for the whole person Looking for an upgrade? How about one for your spirit, soul, and body? Join Dr. Bob Bowers as he examines healing through teaching and experience – all based on Scripture. This group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Led by Dr. Bob Bowers at 453-6648. Open to everyone. thursday night ladies night On Sunday morning she’s behind a drum kit, but on Thursday night Terrell Watkins leads this refreshing midweek Bible study for women. Join her at the Avenue Worship Center every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. for an enriching time of live worship, refreshments, and DVD teaching by speakers like Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer. Led by Terrell at 271-2729. Childcare is available. Open to all women.
weekend message replay Join this group for a fun review and lively discussion of Pastor Dan’s weekend message (and get that fill-inthe-blank you missed while you were digging for a pen). They meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Led by Kevin and Lisa Radlein at 749-7234. Open to everyone. women of power Are you tired of days that start with morning shows and piles of laundry? Amy Brandes has something different for you to spice up your week, discussing relevant topics for women through teachings from the Bible and materials from noted authors like Andrew Wommack and Joyce Meyer. Childcare is provided, so bring the kids to the Community Care Center every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Led by Amy Brandes at 452-6879. Open to all women.
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Make the Connection Hundreds of men were interviewing for only two positions at the Colorado Division of Highways back in the ‘70’s. I got one. How? I had connections. My wife’s uncle, some of her cousins, and several family friends worked for that agency, and their influence made the difference between being just another name on the list and being the one chosen for the job. I decided to research the idea of connections. I found that Dictionary.com lists nearly twenty different meanings! When you read through the list, it is amazing how multifaceted this concept is, how many different meanings there are for just one word. Here are just a few: con.nec.tion: . the act or state of connecting . anything that connects; connecting part; link; bond: electrical connection . association; relationship . a circle of friends or associates . association with or development of something observed, imagined, discussed . a specific vehicle, airplane, ship, etc. boarded in making connections . a relative, esp. by marriage or distant blood relationship . slang. a person who sells drugs to addicts . a source of supply for goods, material, etc., that is scarce, difficult, or illegal to obtain . a group of persons connected by political or religious ties . associates, relations, acquaintances, or friends, esp. having some influence or power . a channel of communication: a bad telephone connection.
Connections can be casual, and connections can be lifesaving. I remember when I was in the hospital fighting for the life of my wife and unborn infant – a very intense situation. Right there beside me, praying, believing, and celebrating when deliverance came, was my friend Chuck Lortie. Chuck was someone with whom I had really connected at church. I remember miraculously getting on a connecting flight in India to get a very ill team member home. What a connection that was! How many times have we tried to get a car or mower started, and someone showed up with jumper cables and made the connection that enabled us to get started and keep going? Connections are a vital part of life and they are a vital part of the church. Jesus had the big connections, teaching thousands on hillsides and thousands in the temple. Crowds followed Him wherever He went. It seems, though, that His more intimate connections held the greatest value. Think of just the twelve disciples in boats
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on a stormy lake; Peter, James and John alone with Him on the Mount of Transfiguration; Mary discovering Him by the garden tomb after He had risen. When I think back to the job with the Colorado Division of Highways, I see connections that set the course of my life. I not only got the job, but also met the man who led me in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I met the family who started City on the Hill Ministries where I was ordained and am still ordained today. City on the Hill is where I started in ministry - first as a children’s pastor, then a youth pastor, followed by associate pastor and then senior pastor! These were incredible connections that God had arranged, going far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. That Division of Highways job ended up providing me with a ministry education: I was mainly a driver and could listen to teaching tapes and pray for most the day, and I did. What kind of connections is God trying to start in your life? Where is He trying to take you? What power is He trying to release? What communication is He trying to make with you? What bad connections is He trying to remove? A Life Group is the place to make God-based connections that could lead to more than you could ever ask or think. C’mon – get connected!
AGE SPECI F IC : Y o u t h Middle school and high school students, come hang out and have fun with other kids your age. You’ll never be bored! Both TNT High School Church and Identity Middle School Church meet on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. TNT meets in the Avenue Worship Center and Identity meets in the Community Care Center.
TNT & IDENTITY awesome How awesome is this? A co-ed Bible study just for high school students! With leaders like Andrew Cettina, Art and Bev Lucero, and Elizabeth Whitley, you’re sure to get some awesome teaching and awesome times! This awesome group meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Led by Andrew at 759-2375. Open to high school guys and girls.
take root Apples to Apples and Things tend to be the only games that get much play at this board game life group, so bring your favorite board games and share some laughs on TBA dates at Cassie’s house in Rockledge. Regular time in the Word followed by outrageous games is a sure way to liven up your week! Led by Cassie Filardo at 813-4825192. Open to high school guys and girls.
picture it Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, Picture It meets in various locations on TBA dates to take snapshots of our beautiful Florida sights or just anything that may be artistically stimulating to the eye! Led by Debbie DeMarzo at 213-4267. Open to high school guys and girls.
uncut These films may not be Oscar-worthy, but they do merit some laughs when shown at TNT! Uncut meets in various locations on TBA dates to make a collection of ridiculous videos to be aired at TNT! Led by Antonio DeMarzo at 213-4268. Open to high school guys and girls.
from Your life group team
by Jonathan Walling & Stephanie Booth
What is a Life Group? Life Groups are the very life source of
East Coast Christian Center. People get together to enjoy a hobby or sport, have a Bible study, or make new friends. Life Groups give both individuals and families an opportunity to meet others that call ECCC their church and build long-lasting relationships.
How do I get connected to a Life Group? We offer a wide
range of groups that get together to play cards and board games, scrapbook, meet with other married couples, study the Bible, or even talk about Pastor Dan’s weekend message. There really is something for everyone. All you have to do is look over this issue of the Life Group magazine, pick out a group or two that peak your interest, fill out your sign-up card, and turn it in either in the offering, the curved counter in either the Parkway or Avenue Worship Centers, or you can bring it by the church office. You can expect someone to contact you within 24-48 hours. It’s that easy.
What’s new in Life Groups this year? This launch is unlike any launch we have had thus far because we are launching over 50 different Life Groups. We have something for everyone!
How many of us made New Year’s Resolutions for 2010? Have you made a resolution to strengthen your marriage? Then we have a group for you: “21st Century Marriage.” Have you made a resolution to get in shape? Then one of our three new activity groups – “C25K,” “Bike ‘n Roll,” and “F.I.T” – may be just what you’re looking for. Want to grow in the Word this year? Sign up for a Teaching & Discussion Group like “Freedom Dwellers,” “Getting Started,” or “Wild at Heart.” This year, we also have three Life Groups that will be discussing Pastor Dan’s weekend messages: “Deeper Still,” “Weekend Message Replay,” and “Beachside Rewind.” There’s also scrapbooking, cooking, surfing, and so many more. Some groups fill up fast, so don’t wait! Sign up today! Visit www.eastcoastlifegroup.com for more info.
AGE SPECI F IC : Y o u n g a d u lt Are you a young adult looking for somewhere to get connected? You’re invited to plug into one of these awesome groups, exclusively for young adults, young couples, and young professionals. The Mezzanine meets Sunday nights at 7:00 pm in the Parkway Worship Center. Visit www.mz9.org for more information.
g3 Anyone between the ages of 18-30 is invited to this group! Join Russ Wood as he leads the Mezzanine’s co-ed Bible study. Spend time in the Word Friday nights at 7:00 and get to know other young adults your age. Led by Russ at 961-7685. Open to all young adults. Health & wellness Looking for a healthier lifestyle? Join this Mezzanine group to learn successful secrets of living a nutritional, healthy, and balanced life. Led by Jessika Holzberger at 213-5879. Times and locations will be texted to your phone. Open to all young adults. job - jump on board Love to hit the beach and the waves on the weekends? Make it part of your routine! Join other young adults for surfing and hanging out at the beach every other Saturday. Meeting times will texted to your phone. Led by Brandon Sewell at 208-1885. Open to all young adults.
communicating for a change Ever dreamed of becoming a public speaker? This group meets every Monday at 7:00 p.m. to study Andy Stanley’s book, “Communicating for a Change.” Learn how to improve your communication style and effectively impact those around you. Led by Shannon Cherry at 850-502-9700. Open to all young adults. fantasy football Calling all football enthusiasts! Make your picks and join this Mezzanine Life Group! Compete with other strategists, both men and women, throughout the entire football season to make your team the best in this league! Meeting times will be texted to your phone. Led by David Gammon at 960-3050. Open to all young adults. fishing Grab your gear and head out for a night of fishing! Join longtime fishing buddies David Gammon and Don Holzberger for fishing adventures of a lifetime throughout this semester. Times and meeting locations will be texted to your phone. Led by David at 960-3050 and Don at 848-5648. Open to all young adults.
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married & engaged Meet other couples your age who are also at this fun life stage of either planning the trip down the aisle or arguing over who left the dishes in the sink. This group is a great opportunity to make some couple friends. Led by David and Nancy Gammon at 960-3050. Open to all young adult married and engaged couples. mezzadisc Ultimate Frisbee is the hottest sport sweeping the collegiate scene. Whether you can barely catch or have perfected your hammer throw, Josh Adams invites you to grab your cleats and hit Stradley Field every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for fun and friendly competition. Led by Josh at 474-7513. Open to all young adults. mma Looking to shake up your workout routine? Check out this program of mixed martial arts also designed for fellowship and fitness. Led by Matt Dawley at 271-1284. Open to all young adults. mosaic Join Amanda Johnson and other women from the Mezzanine on Saturday mornings at 10:00. Spend time in the Word focusing on Scriptures and other teachings about drawing closer to God. Led by Amanda Johnson at 258-4557. Open to all young adult women.
rep the king Do you love to worship? How would you like to show that love to the surrounding community? This group’s goal is to musically represent the love of God in our area. So, grab your instruments and your sense of rhythm and show our neighbors what worship is all about. Led by KC at 427-3278. Open to all young adults. run the race Grab your running shoes and start your day off early with a brisk morning run! Meet up with Aprille and other runners at 6:45 every Sunday morning. Whether you’re a running fanatic or you’re just looking to stay in shape, this group will provide accountability and fellowship for anyone. Led by Aprille Roberts at 544-1503. Open to all young adults. salsa dancing Vamos a Bailar! Join John Constantinide every Thursday night at 7:30 to dance the night away! Hombres and chicas of all skill levels are welcome to come out and learn the art of Salsa! Led by John at 720-7411. Open to all young adults. servant h.e.a.r.t.s. Have fun, build new relationships, and change lives at the same time! This group focuses on community projects such as feeding the homeless, beach cleanup,
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and sending pack s to troops stationed overseas. Led by Aprille Roberts at 544-1503. Open to all young adults.
throwback sports Shake off a stressful week with basketball, football, softball, and other seasonal sports. Meet up with other guys for a great workout every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; sports and locations vary. Led by Don Holzberger at 848-5648. Open to all young adult men. Unveil With awesome devotions and exciting activities, this is, without a doubt, the hottest place to be on a Tuesday night. Ladies between the ages of 18 and 30 are invited to join Mary Hemmerle at 7:00 p.m. to dig for truths in God’s Word and fellowship with other young women through different fun activities. Led by Mary at 258-2661. Open to young adult women. upper room All young adults are invited to meet every Sunday before the Mezzanine upstairs in the main sanctuary building at 6:00 p.m. This time of worship and prayer focuses on that evening’s service as well as other issues affecting the young adult culture. Led by Jeremy Andress at 407791-2453. Open to all young adults.
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