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Northwest Church 5415 North West Avenue Fresno, CA 93711 559.435.2200 www.nwc.org Email us at: smallgroups@nwc.org


New Quarterly Small Groups Are Forming! A Note from Pastor Will I encourage you to join a small group this quarter which begins the week of Sunday, April 8, 2012. Why? I believe that Small Groups are THE on-ramp for newcomers and members alike to grow, to connect with others, and to find their home here at Northwest Church. I believe that spiritual growth flows from a commitment to God and the Bible as well as a commitment to significant Christian relationships. To help develop these relationships, we’re focusing on Small Groups where people study God’s Word together and discuss the issues and challenges of life. Small groups provide a place for celebration in good times, and support and prayerful concern when life gets hard. I believe it’s God’s desire that every member of our church is involved in the Small Group experience.

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Join a small group on Sundays, March 25 or April 1, 2012

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Quarterly System

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Most small groups now run on a 8-10 week quarterly system in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, and take the Summer off!

together and had

Easy On and Off Ramps You’ll have two Sundays to sign-up for a group that is not yet full. You can sign up and attend a group during the first three weeks to decide if it’s a good fit for you. If it’s not, you can look for another group.

How Do I Sign Up? Go to the South Lawn between services on Sundays, March 25 or April 1, and CHOOSE YOUR GROUP by filling out and turning in the registration card. Then the leader of the group will get in touch with you. Page 2

believers were

everything in common.” Acts 2:42,44

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Notes Table of Contents Sermon-Based Small Groups These groups study the previous Sunday’s message in greater depth. You’ll roll up your sleeves and discuss how the message works in real life – in your life! Men .........................................................................................Page 4 Women...................................................................................Page 4 Married ..................................................................................Page 4 Mixed .....................................................................................Page 5

Special-Interest Small Groups These groups are either Bible, book, or video studies – on subjects such as marriage, parenting, support, men’s issues, women’s issues and more. College & Career ................................................................Page 7 Men .........................................................................................Page 8 Women...................................................................................Page 10 Married ..................................................................................Page 12 Mixed .....................................................................................Page 12

Please Note… Although our intent is to invite our members and guests to connect into a Small Group—the heart of Northwest Church—we’d also like you to know that this catalog represents less than one half of our Small Group ministry. The other half of our groups are already filled to capacity! So we can say with confidence that it is our desire to be a church of small groups.

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SermonSermon-Based

Small Groups

Our SERMON-BASED SMALL GROUPS are listed chronologically (Sunday through Saturday) within the following groupings: • Men Page 4 • Women Page 4 • Married Page 4 • Mixed Page 5

#1

MEN

#29 MIXED—Divorce Care

Mixed—Divorce Care Barbara Parker Monday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Friday @ 6:00AM

Maximum Enrollment: 8 Space Available: 1

#2

WOMEN

Mixed—Grief Share Maggie Ratliff Monday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Thursday @ 7:00PM

MARRIED

Monday @ 6:30PM

Northwest Support Ministry Space Is Available!

#31 MIXED

Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 6

#3

Space Is Available!

This weekly seminar and support group is conducted for people grieving the loss of someone close.

This multi-generational women’s group is full of wonderful women who are like family. Tina has been part of our Northwest family pretty much all her life. She has been a small group leader since 2004, sings in our Northwest Spirit Choir, and is the mother of Daniel who is 3 years old. Tina Wallis Women—Sermon-Based Thursday @ 7:00PM Area of town: 93722

Northwest Support Ministry

#30 MIXED—Grief Share

Bill retired from the dental profession and enjoys NASCAR racing and the LA Lakers. His unique sermon-based men's group benefits from additional in-depth homework each week. If you join this group, expect to be held accountable… because you matter. Bill Watters Men—Sermon-Based Friday @ 6:00AM Area of town: 93711

Monday @ 6:30PM

This weekly support group and seminar is conducted by people who understand what adults experience when they go through a divorce.

First Saturday @ 8:00AM

Join us for corporate prayer for our Northwest Church family. These prayer warriors walk the perimeter of our campus going into classrooms and offices praying for God’s Spirit to protect and give power in the name of Jesus as our church proclaims Him from the corner of West & Barstow. This group meets the first Saturday of each month. Barbara Parker Mixed—Gatekeepers First Saturday @ 8:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Space Is Available!

Sunday @ 6:00PM

Dave works as an area director for an international nonprofit ministry. He enjoys barbecuing, reading, writing and bicycling. Kerry works as a manager’s assistant for the government relations department of a public utilites company. She enjoys entertaining, social networking, and developing her vinyl lettering side business. Dave has two adult daughters and Kerry has two adult sons. Dave & Kerry Shackelford Married—Sermon-Based Sunday @ 6:00PM Area of town: Clovis

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Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 2

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Special Interest

Small Groups

#25 WOMEN

#4

Friday @ 9:30AM

This group called “Mending Hearts” is a place where young mothers, retired ladies and anyone in between become close friends and provide prayer support for one another. Child care is available upon request. Book cost is $8.00. Kathleen is a retired elementary school teacher who has been part of our Northwest Spirit Choir since 1996. Kathleen Stevens-Galpin Women—Live Relationally by Heitzig & Rose Friday @ 9:30AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 2

#26 MARRIED

Richard & Li Mann Married - Sermon-Based Sunday @ 5:15PM Area of town: 93711

Wednesday @ 6:30PM

Ed & Lori Davis Married—Mastering the Mysteries of Love Wednesday @ 6:30PM Area of town: 93711

Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 8

#27 MIXED

#28 MIXED

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Maximum Enrollment: 8 Space Available: 2

#6

Maximum Enrollment: 12 Space Available: 2

#7

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Wednesday @ 6:30PM

Gary & Leslie Catron Married - Sermon-Based Wednesday @ 6:30PM Area of town: 93704

Monday @ 12 noon

Space Is Available!

MARRIED

This group focuses on God’s Word, developing relationships, and prayer. Gary & Leslie have been part of Northwest Church for many years. Gary is a building contractor and a deacon at Northwest and Leslie is on the faculty of West Hills College and teaches in their RN Program.

MIXED

Wednesday @ 7:00PM

Steve & Colleen have been at Northwest since 2005. Steve is a land surveyor with Cal Trans and Colleen is a guidance counselor at Bullard High School. Steve enjoys golf, camping, hiking and fishing. They have two sons, one in high school and the other in college.

This prayer group meets every Monday at 12 noon to pray for our church family, city, state, nation, and world. Many come during their lunch hour to petition our Heavenly Father on behalf of others. Barbara, a retired nurse, is a prayer warrior with a heart to pray for others. Barbara Parker Mixed—Prayer Group Monday @ 12 noon Meets at Northwest Church

Monday @ 6:45PM

Ryan & Grace Ann McKinney Married—Sermon-Based Monday @ 6:45PM Area of town: 93722

Sunday @ 2:30PM—3rd & 5th

Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 7

MARRIED

Ryan and Grace Ann have been married since 1992 and have two sons in high school. Ryan is a contractor who enjoys golf and is our Northwest Church men’s small group facilitator trainer for Celebrate Recovery. Grace Ann is a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook. This group is made up of families with grade school-aged children.

This Broadcast Praise Singers group meets the 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month to visit retirement, assisted living and senior citizen facilities where they sing old church hymns and broadcast seed. Everyone sings along and enjoys the inspirational lyrics and melodies of these beautiful old hymns. Children are welcomed as seniors love them. David has been part of our music team at Northwest since 1981. David Wolrath Mixed—Singers 3rd & 5th Sunday @ 2:30PM Area of town: Various

Sunday @ 5:15PM

Maximum Enrollment: 6 Space Available: 2

#5

Ed & Lori have attended Northwest since 1988 and are very passionate about healthy marriages. They are certified marriage mentors and trained presenters of the Mastering the Mysteries of Love program which teaches 11 communication skills for couples. Their group will focus on these skills and how they relate to God’s Word. There is a $20.00 book fee per couple.

MARRIED

Richard and Li have been married 19 years and are both transplants: Richard from Southern California and Li from China. They both work in education. Richard enjoys history, philatelics (stamp collecting) and working around the house, while Li volunteers with the Fresno Philatelic Society. They have two children in the 7th and 9th grades. This group shares a simple meal each week and strives to connect with God and their families.

Steve & Colleen Kuehter Mixed - Sermon-Based Wednesday @ 7:00PM Area of town: 93704

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Maximum Enrollment: 8 Space Available: 3

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Notes #21 WOMEN

Wednesday @ 6:00PM

Monica works at SCCCD Madera Center as the coordinator of the Federal College Prep Program and recently completed her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at FSU. This small group is for working women ages 30-50 and will focus on bridging earthly priorities with heavenly perspectives in the workplace. We will be using the book Anointed for Business by Ed Silvoso. There is a book fee. Monica Nolasco Women Professional Women Wednesday @ 6:00PM Area of town: 93704

Maximum Enrollment: 7 Space Available: 2

#22 WOMEN

First Wednesday @ 7:30PM

This group meets at Evangel Home the first Wednesday of each month where we sing hymns, conduct a Bible study and share testimonies. We also celebrate monthly birthdays. Evangel Home is a shelter for homeless women and children in Fresno. Barbara has been at Northwest Church since 1975, is a retired nurse, and a prayer warrior. Barbara Parker Women—Evangel Home 1st Wednesday @ 7:30PM Area of town: 93701

Maximum Enrollment: 5 Space Available: 2

#23 WOMEN

Second Thursday @ 11:15AM

JoAnn was the assistant to the Chief Public Health Dental Officer on the Island of Guam and is currently a volunteer Chaplain’s Aid for Children’s Hospital Central California. This small group for widows offers a way to connect with each other in a safe environment while enjoying fellowship through social outings. JoAnn Miller Women—Widows Friendly Connections 2nd Thursday @ 11:15AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 25 Space Available: 3

#24 WOMEN

CELEBRATE RECOVERY WOMEN Thursday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Thursday @ 6:30PM

Celebrate Recovery - Learn to identify and share what’s really going on in your life – the stresses, insecurities, struggles, and hurts. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or bring your family – there’s something for everyone! Large Group 6:30PM: Worship through music, followed by a testimony or message. Small Group 7:30PM: Gender-specific and confidential, guidelines encourage productive and meaningful sharing. First-time visitors meet in G101. Women’s Small Groups: Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups; Codependency; Codependency & Abuse; Codependency & Anger; Substance Abuse. (For Men’s groups see #17) Space Is Available!

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Special Interest #17 MEN

CELEBRATE RECOVERY Men Thursday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Special Interest

Small Groups Thursday @ 6:30PM

Celebrate Recovery - Learn to identify and share what’s really going on in your life – the stresses, insecurities, struggles, and hurts. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or bring your family – there’s something for everyone! Large Group 6:30PM: Worship through music, followed by a testimony or message. Small Group 7:30PM: Gender-specific and confidential, guidelines encourage productive and meaningful sharing. First-time visitors meet in G101. Men’s Small Groups: Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups; Codependency; Purity; Substance Abuse. (For Women’s groups see #24) Space Is Available!

#18 MEN

Our SPECIAL-INTEREST SMALL GROUPS provide an alternative to sermon based studies. On the following pages you’ll find a variety of groups covering a broad range of topics. They are listed chronologically (Sunday through Saturday) within the following groupings: • College & Career Page 7 • Men Page 8 • Women Page 10 • Married Page 12 • Mixed Page 12

#8

Friday @ 6:00AM

Maximum Enrollment: 7 Space Available: 2

#19 WOMEN

COLLEGE & CAREER

Sundays @ 6:30PM

At College & Career we’ll seek God through reading the Bible, conversation and worship as we discover God’s exciting purpose for our lives. We’ll meet in a large group for worship and teaching, then break into small groups for discussion. Ryan is studying at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He loves to read the Bible and ask hard questions.

This Friday morning small group is made up of men with a recovery background who hold each other accountable. Mark has been at Northwest Church since 1996. One of his main focuses is raising healthy kids. Mark also enjoys camping.

Mark Ringer Men—Hebrews Friday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Small Groups

Ryan Mejia College—Mixed Sunday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Space Is Available!

Sunday @ 9:30AM

This group for all ages meets during the 9:30 hour on Sunday morning and is studying 40 Days of Prayer by Pastor Will Stoll. The purpose of this group is to know God better and trust Him completely. Sharon has taught many women’s classes since coming to Northwest in 1997. She is the grandmother of five wonderful grandchildren and loves the ocean. Sharon Soghmonian Women 40 Days of Prayer Sunday @ 9:30AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 20 Space Available: 7

#20 WOMEN

Tuesday @ 9:00AM—Bi-Weekly

This unique group is for any woman with the gift of visiting shut-ins who have asked for someone to come by their home or facility. Please consider joining this group if you want to bless other women who need attention and care. This group meets bi-weekly. Debbie Lindeman Women—Shut-In Visitation Tuesday @ 9:00AM Bi-Weekly Area of town: Various

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Maximum Enrollment: 18 Space Available: 9

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MEN

Joe Anderton Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 6 Space Available: 2

Maximum Enrollment: 6 Space Available: 2

The Huddle

#11 MEN

Doug Cusumano Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 9 Space Available: 3

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Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 2

Jim Westgate Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 13 Space Available: 3

#16 MEN

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Thursday @ 6:00AM

Jim has been at Northwest since 1992 and recently retired from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary where he taught “Practical Theology.” Jim is currently in charge of our Northwest Leadership Institute.

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Maximum Enrollment: 8 Space Available: 2

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Ryan Mejia Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

#15 MEN

Gerry has been at Northwest Church since 1998 and is supposed to be retired. This San Francisco Giants fan was formerly in the bathroom refinishing business and currently works for Stephens & Bean Funeral Chapel.

Gerry Hayes Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 9 Space Available: 2

Ryan is our newest Northwest Church Pastoral Intern. He has a B.A. in Marketing and is currently studying at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Ryan enjoys basketball, playing the drums, and video games when he finds time. He also loves to read the Bible and ask hard questions.

Tuesday @ 6:00AM

Doug is a self-employed civil engineer who has been at Northwest since 1976. He is a certified debt counselor and a Viet Nam veteran who loves all sports— especially March Madness!

#12 MEN

Tom Marsella Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

#14 MEN The Huddle

Rob Bausman Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Tom has been at Northwest since 1970 and is a registered investment advisor. He is a veteran and is currently active in the Senior Track & Field Olympics. Tom enjoys baseball and playing with his grandchildren.

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Rob serves in our Awana Program and on our parking crew. He is self-employed and has worked as a dental technician since 1974. Rob and his wife Sandy have made Northwest their church home since 1985.

The Huddle

The Huddle

#10 MEN

The Huddle

#13 MEN

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Joe has been attending Northwest since 1997 and enjoys target practice, bike rides and activities with his family. He has a construction and law enforcement background.

The Huddle

The Huddle

#9

Small Groups

Pastor Will’s 2012 church-wide theme, “Each One Reach One,” will equip us to reach others for Christ. In the Huddle, the men of Northwest Church will be using the New Believer’s Bible to first strengthen themselves, and then equip them to disciple a non-believer.

The Huddle

Special Interest

Men’s HUDDLE

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Lonnie is in construction and is part of our Northwest Church Counseling team. He’s been at Northwest since 1982, and is a semi-retired self-employed handyman.

Lonnie Yunker Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

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Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 2

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MEN

Joe Anderton Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 6 Space Available: 2

Maximum Enrollment: 6 Space Available: 2

The Huddle

#11 MEN

Doug Cusumano Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 9 Space Available: 3

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Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 2

Jim Westgate Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 13 Space Available: 3

#16 MEN

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Thursday @ 6:00AM

Jim has been at Northwest since 1992 and recently retired from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary where he taught “Practical Theology.” Jim is currently in charge of our Northwest Leadership Institute.

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Maximum Enrollment: 8 Space Available: 2

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Ryan Mejia Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

#15 MEN

Gerry has been at Northwest Church since 1998 and is supposed to be retired. This San Francisco Giants fan was formerly in the bathroom refinishing business and currently works for Stephens & Bean Funeral Chapel.

Gerry Hayes Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 9 Space Available: 2

Ryan is our newest Northwest Church Pastoral Intern. He has a B.A. in Marketing and is currently studying at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Ryan enjoys basketball, playing the drums, and video games when he finds time. He also loves to read the Bible and ask hard questions.

Tuesday @ 6:00AM

Doug is a self-employed civil engineer who has been at Northwest since 1976. He is a certified debt counselor and a Viet Nam veteran who loves all sports— especially March Madness!

#12 MEN

Tom Marsella Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

#14 MEN The Huddle

Rob Bausman Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Tom has been at Northwest since 1970 and is a registered investment advisor. He is a veteran and is currently active in the Senior Track & Field Olympics. Tom enjoys baseball and playing with his grandchildren.

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Rob serves in our Awana Program and on our parking crew. He is self-employed and has worked as a dental technician since 1974. Rob and his wife Sandy have made Northwest their church home since 1985.

The Huddle

The Huddle

#10 MEN

The Huddle

#13 MEN

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Joe has been attending Northwest since 1997 and enjoys target practice, bike rides and activities with his family. He has a construction and law enforcement background.

The Huddle

The Huddle

#9

Small Groups

Pastor Will’s 2012 church-wide theme, “Each One Reach One,” will equip us to reach others for Christ. In the Huddle, the men of Northwest Church will be using the New Believer’s Bible to first strengthen themselves, and then equip them to disciple a non-believer.

The Huddle

Special Interest

Men’s HUDDLE

Thursday @ 6:00AM

Lonnie is in construction and is part of our Northwest Church Counseling team. He’s been at Northwest since 1982, and is a semi-retired self-employed handyman.

Lonnie Yunker Men—THE HUDDLE One-To-One Discipleship Thursday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

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Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 2

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Special Interest #17 MEN

CELEBRATE RECOVERY Men Thursday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Special Interest

Small Groups Thursday @ 6:30PM

Celebrate Recovery - Learn to identify and share what’s really going on in your life – the stresses, insecurities, struggles, and hurts. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or bring your family – there’s something for everyone! Large Group 6:30PM: Worship through music, followed by a testimony or message. Small Group 7:30PM: Gender-specific and confidential, guidelines encourage productive and meaningful sharing. First-time visitors meet in G101. Men’s Small Groups: Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups; Codependency; Purity; Substance Abuse. (For Women’s groups see #24) Space Is Available!

#18 MEN

Our SPECIAL-INTEREST SMALL GROUPS provide an alternative to sermon based studies. On the following pages you’ll find a variety of groups covering a broad range of topics. They are listed chronologically (Sunday through Saturday) within the following groupings: • College & Career Page 7 • Men Page 8 • Women Page 10 • Married Page 12 • Mixed Page 12

#8

Friday @ 6:00AM

Maximum Enrollment: 7 Space Available: 2

#19 WOMEN

COLLEGE & CAREER

Sundays @ 6:30PM

At College & Career we’ll seek God through reading the Bible, conversation and worship as we discover God’s exciting purpose for our lives. We’ll meet in a large group for worship and teaching, then break into small groups for discussion. Ryan is studying at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He loves to read the Bible and ask hard questions.

This Friday morning small group is made up of men with a recovery background who hold each other accountable. Mark has been at Northwest Church since 1996. One of his main focuses is raising healthy kids. Mark also enjoys camping.

Mark Ringer Men—Hebrews Friday @ 6:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Small Groups

Ryan Mejia College—Mixed Sunday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Space Is Available!

Sunday @ 9:30AM

This group for all ages meets during the 9:30 hour on Sunday morning and is studying 40 Days of Prayer by Pastor Will Stoll. The purpose of this group is to know God better and trust Him completely. Sharon has taught many women’s classes since coming to Northwest in 1997. She is the grandmother of five wonderful grandchildren and loves the ocean. Sharon Soghmonian Women 40 Days of Prayer Sunday @ 9:30AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 20 Space Available: 7

#20 WOMEN

Tuesday @ 9:00AM—Bi-Weekly

This unique group is for any woman with the gift of visiting shut-ins who have asked for someone to come by their home or facility. Please consider joining this group if you want to bless other women who need attention and care. This group meets bi-weekly. Debbie Lindeman Women—Shut-In Visitation Tuesday @ 9:00AM Bi-Weekly Area of town: Various

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Maximum Enrollment: 18 Space Available: 9

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Notes #21 WOMEN

Wednesday @ 6:00PM

Monica works at SCCCD Madera Center as the coordinator of the Federal College Prep Program and recently completed her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at FSU. This small group is for working women ages 30-50 and will focus on bridging earthly priorities with heavenly perspectives in the workplace. We will be using the book Anointed for Business by Ed Silvoso. There is a book fee. Monica Nolasco Women Professional Women Wednesday @ 6:00PM Area of town: 93704

Maximum Enrollment: 7 Space Available: 2

#22 WOMEN

First Wednesday @ 7:30PM

This group meets at Evangel Home the first Wednesday of each month where we sing hymns, conduct a Bible study and share testimonies. We also celebrate monthly birthdays. Evangel Home is a shelter for homeless women and children in Fresno. Barbara has been at Northwest Church since 1975, is a retired nurse, and a prayer warrior. Barbara Parker Women—Evangel Home 1st Wednesday @ 7:30PM Area of town: 93701

Maximum Enrollment: 5 Space Available: 2

#23 WOMEN

Second Thursday @ 11:15AM

JoAnn was the assistant to the Chief Public Health Dental Officer on the Island of Guam and is currently a volunteer Chaplain’s Aid for Children’s Hospital Central California. This small group for widows offers a way to connect with each other in a safe environment while enjoying fellowship through social outings. JoAnn Miller Women—Widows Friendly Connections 2nd Thursday @ 11:15AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 25 Space Available: 3

#24 WOMEN

CELEBRATE RECOVERY WOMEN Thursday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Thursday @ 6:30PM

Celebrate Recovery - Learn to identify and share what’s really going on in your life – the stresses, insecurities, struggles, and hurts. Come by yourself, bring a friend, or bring your family – there’s something for everyone! Large Group 6:30PM: Worship through music, followed by a testimony or message. Small Group 7:30PM: Gender-specific and confidential, guidelines encourage productive and meaningful sharing. First-time visitors meet in G101. Women’s Small Groups: Hurts, Habits and Hang-ups; Codependency; Codependency & Abuse; Codependency & Anger; Substance Abuse. (For Men’s groups see #17) Space Is Available!

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Special Interest

Small Groups

#25 WOMEN

#4

Friday @ 9:30AM

This group called “Mending Hearts” is a place where young mothers, retired ladies and anyone in between become close friends and provide prayer support for one another. Child care is available upon request. Book cost is $8.00. Kathleen is a retired elementary school teacher who has been part of our Northwest Spirit Choir since 1996. Kathleen Stevens-Galpin Women—Live Relationally by Heitzig & Rose Friday @ 9:30AM Meets at Northwest Church

Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 2

#26 MARRIED

Richard & Li Mann Married - Sermon-Based Sunday @ 5:15PM Area of town: 93711

Wednesday @ 6:30PM

Ed & Lori Davis Married—Mastering the Mysteries of Love Wednesday @ 6:30PM Area of town: 93711

Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 8

#27 MIXED

#28 MIXED

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Maximum Enrollment: 8 Space Available: 2

#6

Maximum Enrollment: 12 Space Available: 2

#7

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Wednesday @ 6:30PM

Gary & Leslie Catron Married - Sermon-Based Wednesday @ 6:30PM Area of town: 93704

Monday @ 12 noon

Space Is Available!

MARRIED

This group focuses on God’s Word, developing relationships, and prayer. Gary & Leslie have been part of Northwest Church for many years. Gary is a building contractor and a deacon at Northwest and Leslie is on the faculty of West Hills College and teaches in their RN Program.

MIXED

Wednesday @ 7:00PM

Steve & Colleen have been at Northwest since 2005. Steve is a land surveyor with Cal Trans and Colleen is a guidance counselor at Bullard High School. Steve enjoys golf, camping, hiking and fishing. They have two sons, one in high school and the other in college.

This prayer group meets every Monday at 12 noon to pray for our church family, city, state, nation, and world. Many come during their lunch hour to petition our Heavenly Father on behalf of others. Barbara, a retired nurse, is a prayer warrior with a heart to pray for others. Barbara Parker Mixed—Prayer Group Monday @ 12 noon Meets at Northwest Church

Monday @ 6:45PM

Ryan & Grace Ann McKinney Married—Sermon-Based Monday @ 6:45PM Area of town: 93722

Sunday @ 2:30PM—3rd & 5th

Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 7

MARRIED

Ryan and Grace Ann have been married since 1992 and have two sons in high school. Ryan is a contractor who enjoys golf and is our Northwest Church men’s small group facilitator trainer for Celebrate Recovery. Grace Ann is a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook. This group is made up of families with grade school-aged children.

This Broadcast Praise Singers group meets the 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month to visit retirement, assisted living and senior citizen facilities where they sing old church hymns and broadcast seed. Everyone sings along and enjoys the inspirational lyrics and melodies of these beautiful old hymns. Children are welcomed as seniors love them. David has been part of our music team at Northwest since 1981. David Wolrath Mixed—Singers 3rd & 5th Sunday @ 2:30PM Area of town: Various

Sunday @ 5:15PM

Maximum Enrollment: 6 Space Available: 2

#5

Ed & Lori have attended Northwest since 1988 and are very passionate about healthy marriages. They are certified marriage mentors and trained presenters of the Mastering the Mysteries of Love program which teaches 11 communication skills for couples. Their group will focus on these skills and how they relate to God’s Word. There is a $20.00 book fee per couple.

MARRIED

Richard and Li have been married 19 years and are both transplants: Richard from Southern California and Li from China. They both work in education. Richard enjoys history, philatelics (stamp collecting) and working around the house, while Li volunteers with the Fresno Philatelic Society. They have two children in the 7th and 9th grades. This group shares a simple meal each week and strives to connect with God and their families.

Steve & Colleen Kuehter Mixed - Sermon-Based Wednesday @ 7:00PM Area of town: 93704

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Maximum Enrollment: 8 Space Available: 3

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SermonSermon-Based

Small Groups

Our SERMON-BASED SMALL GROUPS are listed chronologically (Sunday through Saturday) within the following groupings: • Men Page 4 • Women Page 4 • Married Page 4 • Mixed Page 5

#1

MEN

#29 MIXED—Divorce Care

Mixed—Divorce Care Barbara Parker Monday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Friday @ 6:00AM

Maximum Enrollment: 8 Space Available: 1

#2

WOMEN

Mixed—Grief Share Maggie Ratliff Monday @ 6:30PM Meets at Northwest Church

Thursday @ 7:00PM

MARRIED

Monday @ 6:30PM

Northwest Support Ministry Space Is Available!

#31 MIXED

Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 6

#3

Space Is Available!

This weekly seminar and support group is conducted for people grieving the loss of someone close.

This multi-generational women’s group is full of wonderful women who are like family. Tina has been part of our Northwest family pretty much all her life. She has been a small group leader since 2004, sings in our Northwest Spirit Choir, and is the mother of Daniel who is 3 years old. Tina Wallis Women—Sermon-Based Thursday @ 7:00PM Area of town: 93722

Northwest Support Ministry

#30 MIXED—Grief Share

Bill retired from the dental profession and enjoys NASCAR racing and the LA Lakers. His unique sermon-based men's group benefits from additional in-depth homework each week. If you join this group, expect to be held accountable… because you matter. Bill Watters Men—Sermon-Based Friday @ 6:00AM Area of town: 93711

Monday @ 6:30PM

This weekly support group and seminar is conducted by people who understand what adults experience when they go through a divorce.

First Saturday @ 8:00AM

Join us for corporate prayer for our Northwest Church family. These prayer warriors walk the perimeter of our campus going into classrooms and offices praying for God’s Spirit to protect and give power in the name of Jesus as our church proclaims Him from the corner of West & Barstow. This group meets the first Saturday of each month. Barbara Parker Mixed—Gatekeepers First Saturday @ 8:00AM Meets at Northwest Church

Space Is Available!

Sunday @ 6:00PM

Dave works as an area director for an international nonprofit ministry. He enjoys barbecuing, reading, writing and bicycling. Kerry works as a manager’s assistant for the government relations department of a public utilites company. She enjoys entertaining, social networking, and developing her vinyl lettering side business. Dave has two adult daughters and Kerry has two adult sons. Dave & Kerry Shackelford Married—Sermon-Based Sunday @ 6:00PM Area of town: Clovis

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Maximum Enrollment: 10 Space Available: 2

Spring Quarter 2012 | Small Group Catalog

Spring Quarter 2012 | Small Group Catalog

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Notes Table of Contents Sermon-Based Small Groups These groups study the previous Sunday’s message in greater depth. You’ll roll up your sleeves and discuss how the message works in real life – in your life! Men .........................................................................................Page 4 Women...................................................................................Page 4 Married ..................................................................................Page 4 Mixed .....................................................................................Page 5

Special-Interest Small Groups These groups are either Bible, book, or video studies – on subjects such as marriage, parenting, support, men’s issues, women’s issues and more. College & Career ................................................................Page 7 Men .........................................................................................Page 8 Women...................................................................................Page 10 Married ..................................................................................Page 12 Mixed .....................................................................................Page 12

Please Note… Although our intent is to invite our members and guests to connect into a Small Group—the heart of Northwest Church—we’d also like you to know that this catalog represents less than one half of our Small Group ministry. The other half of our groups are already filled to capacity! So we can say with confidence that it is our desire to be a church of small groups.

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Spring Quarter 2012 | Small Group Catalog

Spring Quarter 2012 | Small Group Catalog

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New Quarterly Small Groups Are Forming! A Note from Pastor Will I encourage you to join a small group this quarter which begins the week of Sunday, April 8, 2012. Why? I believe that Small Groups are THE on-ramp for newcomers and members alike to grow, to connect with others, and to find their home here at Northwest Church. I believe that spiritual growth flows from a commitment to God and the Bible as well as a commitment to significant Christian relationships. To help develop these relationships, we’re focusing on Small Groups where people study God’s Word together and discuss the issues and challenges of life. Small groups provide a place for celebration in good times, and support and prayerful concern when life gets hard. I believe it’s God’s desire that every member of our church is involved in the Small Group experience.

42They

devoted

themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the

Pastor Will

fellowship, to the

Join a small group on Sundays, March 25 or April 1, 2012

breaking of bread

Quarterly System

prayer...44All the

and to

Most small groups now run on a 8-10 week quarterly system in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, and take the Summer off!

together and had

Easy On and Off Ramps You’ll have two Sundays to sign-up for a group that is not yet full. You can sign up and attend a group during the first three weeks to decide if it’s a good fit for you. If it’s not, you can look for another group.

How Do I Sign Up? Go to the South Lawn between services on Sundays, March 25 or April 1, and CHOOSE YOUR GROUP by filling out and turning in the registration card. Then the leader of the group will get in touch with you. Page 2

believers were

everything in common.” Acts 2:42,44

Spring Quarter 2012 | Small Group Catalog

Spring Quarter 2012 | Small Group Catalog

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Northwest Church 5415 North West Avenue Fresno, CA 93711 559.435.2200 www.nwc.org Email us at: smallgroups@nwc.org

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