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Metro Small Group Catalog

Fall 2018

Begins the week of August 20-24

Welcome to Fall Small Groups! Small Groups offer a safe environment for spiritual seekers and growing Christ-followers to experience spiritual growth, relational support, and lasting life change! There is a large varity of topic options, as well as a wide range of locations and times to best fit your interest and schedule. Small Groups meet in homes and restaurants. These casual environments make Small Groups a great place to make friends. Please take some time and review all of the choices and then sign-up for the group that's best for you.

A few things to keep in mind...

  1. What can you expect...

    Small group studies are discussion-oriented, rather than lecture driven, with a life-application focus. No Bible knowledge is necessary. Our groups are desgined to be a safe place for spiritual seekers. You can ask questions, share your opinions and experiences, or just listen as others share. No one will call on you. All particiapation is voluntary.
  2. Resouces can be purchased at:

    Metro Recouce Center - before and after weekend services.
  3. Child Care is available at several of our Small Groups:

    Please see the column marked "Childcare" for options.
  4. Types of Groups:

  1. Map of the general location of each Small Group is at the bottom of the page.

    After you have signed up, your leader will contact you with the specific address.

Starting Point

New to small groups? Take a test drive

Weekend Message

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

These studies are based upon the weekend messages. They center on understanding biblical principles and practical ways to integrate them into daily living.

Free
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville Randy Stanfill Yes Sign Up

Mixed

Groups are open to all adults (married, single, men and women).

Weekend Message

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

These studies are based upon the weekend messages. They center on understanding biblical principles and practical ways to integrate them into daily living.

Free
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville W of Route 150, off E Franklin Ave Travis Pfeiffer Yes Sign Up
Monday's at 6:30 pm Glen Carbon S of I-270 & W of Old Troy Rd Jason Gilihan Yes CLOSED
Monday's at 7:00 pm Troy S of I-70, E of Staunton Rd Matthew Warren Yes CLOSED
Tuesday's at 6:30 am Edwardsville Sgt. Peppers Mark Mestemacher No Sign Up
Tuesday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville W of Route 159, N of Governors Pkwy Chris Wells Yes Sign Up
Tuesday's at 6:30 pm Glen Carbon E of Route 157, N of W Main St Bruce Rotter No Sign Up
(NEW) Tuesday's at 6:30 pm Troy W of Route 162 Brian Kirkley Yes Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville W of Route 159, N of Governors Pkwy Scott Weber No Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Glen Carbon N of I-270, W of Meridian Rd Steve Ziebka Yes Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville E of Route 157, S of Center Grove Rd Mark McWhorter No Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Collinsville W of Route 159 & N Keebler Ave John Carrico Yes Sign Up
Wednesday's at 11:45 am Edwardsville IMO's Gary Steffaniak No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 11:45 am Edwardsville Edwardsville Fred Francis No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 6:30 pm Troy N of Route 162, E of Old Troy Road Dan Riddle Yes CLOSED
Wednesday's at 6:30 pm Glen Carbon W of I-55, S of Mont Road Kevin Rinkel No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 6:30 pm Glen Carbon S of I-270, W of Troy Road Rich Goldman Yes Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville W of I-55, S of Moro Rd John Helmkamp Yes Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Granite City W of Route 111. N of Route 162 Marc Voegele Yes Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Glen Carbon E of Route 159, E of Old Troy Rd Jon Reader No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Worden S of Route 49, E of Brickyard Hill Rd Ryan Wedekind Yes Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Collinsville N of I-55, off Rex Dr Steve Thompson Yes Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville W of Route 159, N of Center Grove Greg Baumann No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Collinsville E of Route 159, S of I-55 Randy Prior No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville E Route 159 and S Timbermill Ln Matt Hohman Yes Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville S of Route 143 & E Lake Dr Rick Marteeny No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville S Peradotto Rd & Route 42 Eddie Lowry No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville E of 159 off Goshen Road Steve Akeman Yes Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm TBD Seth & Taylor Conerly Yes CLOSED
Thursday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville S of Glen Crossing Rd, W of Route 159 James Ford Yes Sign Up
Thursday's at 6:30 pm Bethalto N of rout 140, W of S Moreland Road Todd Shaw Yes Sign Up
Thursday's at 7:00 pm Glen Carbon Glen Carbon Dan Brynildsen Yes Sign Up
Thursday's at 7:00 pm Wood River N of Route 143 E of Rock Hill Rd Mark Pottorff Yes Sign Up

Crave

Groups are for college-age men and women ages 18-25.

CRAVE Messages

Mixed - Open to men and women

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

As a college aged young adult, life can be full of fear, uncertainty, anxiety and a host of other things that can STOP you dead in your tracks. You don’t know what to do, so you don’t do anything. You’re afraid of what will happen, so you play it safe. You don’t feel like you’re good enough so you don’t even try… What if that isn’t the story of your life? What if the next chapter of your life was defined not by fear, uncertainty and anxiety but by faith, certainty and BOLDness? Did you know you have a very BIG, powerful and loving God on your side? The book of Romans says that if God is for you, who can be against you? What this means is if you have complete faith in God, you are UNSTOPPABLE! Why? Because HE is unstoppable. This Fall at CRAVE, we’ll discover what a life lived completely devoted to God can look like and how through our faithfulness in Him we’ll be UNSTOPPABLE.

Free
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville SIUE Brett Norvell No Sign Up
Monday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville SIUE Savannah Miller/Alyssa Poorman No Sign Up
Monday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville SIUE Derrick Nichols No Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville SIUE Jack Grimm No Sign Up
(NEW) Thursday's at 4:30 pm Edwardsville SIUE Bri Liley No Sign Up
Thursday's at 8:30 pm Glen Carbon EDW Jordan Balota No Sign Up
Thursday's at 8:30 pm Edwardsville Edwardsville Kristina Taylor No Sign Up
Friday's at 12:00 pm Edwardsville SIUE Rona Vahle No Sign Up

20’s

Groups are for both singles and married in their 20's.

Weekend Message

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

These studies are based upon the weekend messages. They center on understanding biblical principles and practical ways to integrate them into daily living.

Free
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville E of Ridge View Road, W of I-55 Josh Busch Yes Sign Up
Monday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville W of 157 off Hillsboro Ave Andrew Ahlers/Brian Kirkley Yes Sign Up
(NEW) Tuesday's at 6:30 pm Troy W of Route 162 Brian Kirkley Yes Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville S of Route 143 off E Lake Dr Matt Goldman No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville N of Governors Pwky, W of Gerber Rd Ashlee Ayers/Lamar Bell No Sign Up

Men’s

Groups are for men only, all ages.

Weekend Message

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

These studies are based upon the weekend messages. They center on understanding biblical principles and practical ways to integrate them into daily living.

Free
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 6:30 am Edwardsville Artisan Bakery Craig Zitta Yes Sign Up
Monday's at 9:30 am North Main Street Artisan Bakery Mike Sonderegger No Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville W of I-55 N of Rt 140 Dale Tady No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:30 am Glen Carbon IHOP Glen Carbon John Sendejas No Sign Up
Friday's at 6:15 am Edwardsville Post Office-Downtown Edwardsville Rodney Winslow No Sign Up

Women’s

Women's groups are for women only, all ages.

Weekend Message

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

These studies are based upon the weekend messages. They center on understanding biblical principles and practical ways to integrate them into daily living.

Free
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 6:30 pm Glen Carbon S of I-270, E of Route 157 Linda Wolfe No Sign Up
Monday's at 6:30 pm Glen Carbon N of I-270, W of Route 159 Becky Niebruegge/Kristen Tanzyus No Sign Up
Tuesday's at 10:30 am Maryville E of Keebler Rd, W of N Center St Leslie Price No Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville W of I-55, S of Moro Rd Diane Savoca No Sign Up
Tuesday's at 7:00 pm Marine N of Route 143 W of N Duncan St Dawn Godare No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 10:00 am Edwardsville W of Route 157, E of Route 159 Carol Mestemacher No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 6:30 pm Pontoon Beach W of Route 111, E of Lake Dr Julie Mead/Sharon Morelan No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville W of Route 157 off Voga St Sandy Hosto No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Glen Carbon W of Route 159, SE of Glen Carbon Rd Marilyn Hasty No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville W of Route 159, N of Governors Pkwy Diana Voegele No Sign Up
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Maryville S of Route 162, W of N Center St Kim Thompson No Sign Up
Thursday's at 6:30 am Glen Carbon IHOP Debbie Britton No Sign Up
Thursday's at 9:30 am Glen Carbon N of I-270, W of Meridian Rd Donna Hagan No Sign Up
Thursday's at 11:30 am Edwardsville W of Route 157, N of Route 143 Darlene Tady No Sign Up
Thursday's at 6:00 pm Edwardsville Edwardsville Penny Kennedy No Sign Up
Friday's at 10:00 am Formosa Road Cracker Barrel Jennifer Loethen No Sign Up

Moms

Groups are for mothers with kids at school or at home.

Weekend Message

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

These studies are based upon the weekend messages. They center on understanding biblical principles and practical ways to integrate them into daily living.

Free
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 10:00 am Glen Carbon N of I-270, W of Meridian Rd Jenna Ford/Emileigh Ziebka Yes Sign Up
Tuesday's at 10:00 am Glen Carbon E of Old Troy Rd, S of Richmond Dr Erica Donoho Yes Sign Up
Friday's at 10:00 am Glen Carbon S of I-270, W of Route 159 Julie Kaufmann Yes Sign Up

Singles

Groups are for singles ages 20+.

Weekend Message

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

These studies are based upon the weekend messages. They center on understanding biblical principles and practical ways to integrate them into daily living.

Free
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Wednesday's at 7:00 pm Edwardsville N of Governors Pwky, W of Gerber Rd Ashlee Ayers/Lamar Bell No Sign Up

Support and Recovery

Groups are for those who need support and healing from hurts and/or habits. If you have questions, email pastor Gary at gary@metrocommunitychurch.com.

Celebrate Recovery: Overcoming Your Hurts, Hang-up & Habits

Mixed - Open to men and women

Homework: Moderate   |   Length: Semester

Are you struggling with alcohol, drugs or some other self-destructive habit? Do you want to break free? Are you ready to make a change? This Christ-centered 12 step group will provide you with the direction, resources and support you need to do the hard and necessary work to get healthy and happy. You will have weekly opportunities to share your experiences, be encouraged by the healthy steps others are taking, and discover the hope of freedom and wholeness that is found as you walk this journey of recovery with Christ.

$8
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville Metro Mark Hagemann (Men Only) Yes Sign Up
Monday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville Metro Sally Lindsay (Women Only) Yes Sign Up

This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen to Me: 10 Make-Or-Break Choices When Life Steals Your Dreams and Rocks Your World

Women Only

Homework: Moderate   |   Length: Semester

Have you taken a hit in life, overcome by the unexpected and unthinkable? Do you have an emotional hurt that continues to linger that you just can’t get over? Maybe it’s a result of something you did that you deeply regret. Maybe it’s a result of something someone did to you that has kept you in the prison of bitterness and unforgiveness. Maybe it’s something that just happened—no one is to blame, but you are left confused and afraid. Discover God’s pathway to wholeness, growth, happiness, and healing – one choice at a time.

$17
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville Metro Julie Kaufmann Yes Sign Up

Sexual Integrity: Preventing (And Recovering From) Sexual Sin

Men Only

Homework: Moderate   |   Length: Semester

If you’re a man – married or single – you understand the battle to keep your sexual appetite under control and properly expressed. It’s so easy to give in to the smorgasbord of temptations that surround us. Whether you are trying to escape a sexual trap, recover from a sexual misstep in the past, or continue honoring God with your sexuality by intentionally preventing a sexual fall … this group will provide a safe place to be honest, to be encouraged and to explore the spiritual keys and the practical answers you need to maintain a pure heart before God.

$25
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Monday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville Metro Brett Barron/JP Newcomer Yes Sign Up

When Sinners Say “I Do”

Women Only

Homework: None   |   Length: Semester

Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin, and simply saying “I do” doesn’t solve that problem, it magnified it times ten. Engaged people may wonder whether “I do” holds a magical power that charms us into selfless and instinctively caring people. Well, it doesn’t. But what does change us is understanding and applying the power of the gospel to our lives and our marriages. This study will show you how.

$13
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Tuesday's at 10:00 am Edwardsville E of Route 159, N off Goshen Rd Beth Steffaniak No Sign Up

Lord, Change My Attitude (Before It’s Too Late)

Mixed - Open to men and women

Homework: Moderate   |   Length: Semester

We’re very good at explaining why we’re unhappy: bad job, bad relationships, bad luck. But there’s probably a better reason: bad attitudes. Drawing from the experience of the Israelites who grumbled through the wilderness, this study will show how bad attitudes rob us of joy. Coveting, complaining, and being critical are not what our hearts were made for. They were made for thankfulness, contentment, and love. Is your heart straining under the weight of a bad attitude? If so, you can stop the flow of negativity that causes happiness to hemorrhage. Get ready for a serious, inside-out attitude adjustment that will radically change your life!

$14
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Wednesday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville S of Route 143, E of Route 159 Gary Steffaniak Yes Sign Up

Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above All Others

Women Only

Homework: Moderate   |   Length: Semester

What do you hear when you struggle with your weaknesses? Are you bombarded with negative thoughts? Do you hear the chatter of the overpowering lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and discouragement? When you know who you long to become, do you have thoughts and feelings about why you can’t do it? Inside your head and heart is a chatterbox. Its lies are keeping you from realizing your God-given potential. But what can you do about them? You can crash that chatterbox! It’s time to realize that God has given each of us who follow Christ the ability to choose the dialogue we believe and respond to. We can awaken to the reality that we can access the power of God’s promises to constantly crash the system of our broken beliefs. We can overpower the shouts of the Enemy by bending our ear to the whisper of God’s supernatural truths about our identity in Him and His strength in us. Because of Christ, we can silence the lies and embrace the freeing affirmation of God. Join us as we learn how to crash the chatterbox ... and hear God’s voice above all others.

$12
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Thursday's at 7:00 pm Collinsville E of I-55, S of Beltline Rd Becky Boerner Yes Sign Up

Unglued: Making Wise Choices In The Midst of Raw Emotions

Women Only

Homework: Moderate   |   Length: Semester

God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Sometimes we have experiences where others bump into our "happy" and we come emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? it is really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and this study, filled with gut-honest personal examples and biblical teaching, will equip you to : know with confidence how to resolve conflict in your important relationships; Find peace in your most difficult relationships as you learn to be honest but kind when offended; Identify what type of reactor you are and how to significantly improve your communication; Respond with no regrets by managing your tendencies to stuff, explode, or react somewhere in between; and gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control

$11
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Thursday's at 10:00 am Edwardsville E of 159, N off Goshen Rd Marlena Wisnasky No Sign Up

DivorceCare

Mixed - Open to men and women

Homework: Moderate   |   Length: Semester

Have you experienced the heartache of divorce? Each group experience will feature a video segment with an expert to help you navigate the difficult emotions that accompany divorce (like: anger, depression, loneliness, etc.), and focus on topics that are essential to your recovery (like: financial survival, kidcare, forgiveness, new relationships, etc.) After the video, you will join with others in a small group to discuss the video and share your own stories. You will also have a workbook for daily reading and journaling to do on your own.

$18
Day/Time City General Location Leader(s) Childcare
Friday's at 6:30 pm Edwardsville Metro Jen Crowell/Curt Baird Yes Sign Up