“Groups” are Freedom Center Church’s small group environments. The goal of these groups is to love God, love people, love serving, and to help others do the same. Whether it is an interest group, discipleship group, or learning group, check out the roster below and join a group!
2019 Groups RosteR
Register by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.
Directed by Chuck and Pam Cova, Interest Groups are small groups that are based on common bonds. It is people coming together through common interests to enjoy each other and enjoy Christ. Whether it is new memories or a common goal, an Interest Group is a great opportunity to build community with others.
Tuesday Interest Groups:
Women’s Group | Women Welcome | Martine Emmons | Fenton, 11:30 am | Starts 1/22/19
Come join us for a safe place to share about our lives, challenges, beautiful memories, or whatever is on your heart. We will be making friends, learning, and studying messages and teachings from speakers such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, etc., in a warm, cozy home. Bring a dish to share and have lunch. No childcare. No cost. Pets in home: 1 small, friendly dog.
Thursday Interest Groups:
Freezer Meals | Everyone Welcome | Pam Cova and Stephanie Coleman | FCC Kitchen | Every other Thursday, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/24/19
We will get together every other week to talk about freezer meal cooking and take time to work together to assemble meals for your own freezer as well as meals for Clara's Hope sponsored families. No childcare. Cost will be that of your own meals as well as a contribution for Clara’s Hope meals. No Pets.
Friday interest groups:
Home Organization | Women Welcome | Keri Lay | Fenton, Every Other Friday at 10 am | Starts 1/25/19
This group is for all who are interested in bringing organization to their lives. If you are gifted in this area, or you just need more of it in your life, this group is for you! We will discuss things like meal planning or taking care of the house as well as take organization action steps together. The specific needs of each group member will lead us on our organization journeys. Childcare is not available. No cost. No pets in home.
Varying Times/Days Interest Groups:
Singles Activities | Singles Welcome | Chenoa Phillips and Jason Gibbs | Location Varies, Time Varies | Starts 1/20/19
Party of one together! Have you wanted to meet other singles over 30 in the church but don't know how? Our singles activity group is the group for you. We will be doing everything from game nights to sporting events. If you are over 30 and single, come join us! We will have 2 activities a month, mostly on weekends. Cost will depend on the activity.
Families with Young Children | Familes with Young Children Welcome | Stephen & Nicole Guiles | Linden, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/26/19
Come join us as we seek to connect and build deep relationships with other families that have younger children. No childcare but children are welcome. No cost unless attending an activity in the community that has a cost. Pets in home: 1 large dog. Meeting monthly usually the last Saturday of the month but this varies.
Mom’s Group | Mothers Welcome | Sadie Miller | Location Varies, Time Varies | Starts 2/4/19
Calling ALL MOMS! Come join us once a month, as we gather at local places to chat while we watch our children play. What a great time for sowing into one another and lifting one another up, using the Word as a guide. Children are welcome. No cost. No pets. Dates and location to be determined.
*GROUP IS FULL* Craft Breakaway | Women Welcome | Kim Withers and Deborah Gillespie | Fenton/Flint, 3rd Saturday of Month at Noon | Starts 2/16/19
Ladies, come join us for a time to get together and be creative. Each person will be responsible for the cost of their own materials. No childcare. Pets in home: At Kim’s – 2 cats and 2 dogs; at Debbie’s – 2 dogs.
Directed by Dan and Kelly Abel, Discipleship Groups are another network of small groups under the Groups umbrella. These groups are deliberately focused on creating opportunities to learn more about God and put that knowledge into action.
Sunday Discipleship Groups:
Love13 | Young Adult Dating, Engaged, and Married Couples Welcome | Kyle & Sarah Harmer | Flushing, Every Other Sunday at 5:30 pm | Starts 1/6/19
We are creating community and supporting young adult dating/engaged/married couples through good food, the Good Word, and good conversation. No childcare but children are welcome. No cost. Pets in home: 3 cats.
Growing in Community | Everyone Welcome | Rocky & Suzy Geraty | Linden, 6:30 pm
We are a group of people who love each other and our community. If you are removed from your family or looking for a place to call home, please come check us out. No childcare but children are welcome. No cost. Pets in home: 2 small dogs.
Monday Discipleship Groups:
Contemporary Christian Questions | Everyone Welcome | Dave & Martha Kemp | Fenton, 7 pm (not on first Monday of month) | Starts 1/14/19
We focus on building community, loving God, loving people, loving to serve, and answering questions which the group has. Typically, we do this by having people optionally join us for potluck dinner from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and then teaching/group discussion from 7:00 pm to 8:00/8:30 pm on a topic which is of concern to the group. We often use video in our teaching. Presently, our topic is how to effectively share the "Good News" of Jesus Christ to non-Christians. The video we will be using is "The Way of the Master" by Ray Comfort and Kurt Cameron. No childcare. No cost. Pets in home: 1 small dog.
Tuesday Discipleship Groups:
Equip | Young Adults Welcome | Angelo & Taylor Idoni | Fenton, Every other Tuesday at 7 pm | Starts 1/15/19
Equip gives college students an opportunity to learn how to be a Christian on a secular campus. We will discuss different topics on this and have a time to work on homework- no excuses! No childcare, but children are welcome. No cost. No pets in home.
Wednesday Discipleship Groups:
Men’s Sermon Notes Group | Men Welcome | Aaron Stengel | Fenton, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/16/19
As your schedule allows, come join us for a great time of fellowship in an environment that will support, encourage, and challenge you in your walk with God. Can't come every week? That's OK. Come when you can. Can't join us for the whole meeting? That's OK. Come as you can. Can't join us at all in-person? That's OK. You can still join us in our ongoing GroupMe chats between meetings to stay connected with the rest of your brothers in our church family. Arrivals: 6:30 PM-7:00 PM. Group Time: 7:00 PM-8:15 PM. Bring your Bible. No childcare. No cost. Pets in home: 1 cat.
Men’s and Women’s Discipleship | Everyone Welcome | Dan & Kelly Abel | FCC, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/30/19 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
This class is a Bible study. This study is for you if you are a new believer or if you want to revisit the basic principles of what every believer should build their foundation on. We are all called to be disciples, and disciple means "learner." You are a learner for life. Our goal is to encourage you to grow and develop as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Every week, you will be sent home with a new packet to work on which then will be discussed the following week in class. This class involves more than us just teaching you the "what's next" or the "now what." It will help keep you accountable to being in the Word every day; you will memorize scripture, you'll be sharpened by discussion, you will be among community, and you'll learn what the Bible says, what it means, and how it should change you. This class is open to everyone! Childcare is available upon registration at the Connect Center or online. Cost is $5 per person.
*GROUP IS FULL* Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians | Everyone Welcome | Chuck & Kelly Russell | South Howell, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/16/19
Please feel free to join us as we take a closer look at Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians. Our group leans toward the 45-65 year old range with couples and a few singles. Rock solid group of church leaders and volunteers. We start with dinner. Bring your Bible and come break bread with us. No childcare. No cost. Pets in home: None.
Thursday Discipleship Groups:
*GROUP IS FULL* Sermon Notes | Everyone Welcome | Jim & Debbi Gillespie | Flint, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/10/19
We are so excited to open up our home to be able to discuss our church home! All are welcome to join us on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm as we discuss the Sunday morning message from the week before. We normally walk out of services inspired, challenged, or questioning. Let’s talk together about how to live out those things daily. Hope you’ll join us! No childcare. No cost. Pets in home: 2 dogs.
Goliath Must Fall | Families Welcome | Jim & Ya Bemman | Holly, 6:45 pm
We are a family oriented group with kids and teens who are encouraged to participate in the group. Elementary grade children sometimes choose to play in the basement. No childcare, but children are welcome. No cost. Pets in home: 1 small, hypoallergenic dog.
*GROUP IS FULL* Heart for Jesus | Everyone Welcome | Kevin & Irene Beebe | Holly, 7 pm
We are a group that is looking to grow in our understanding of God and at the same time connect with others to help on that journey. We are very welcoming to all adult age groups, married or single. No childcare. No cost. Pets: 2 small dogs who are caged during group.
Her Heart | Young Adult Women Welcome | Heather Miller and Meara Miller | Swartz Creek, 8 pm | Starts 1/10/19
We come together to encourage each other as women to learn from God’s Word what our true purpose is and to see that God created our hearts so beautifully! We are intricate, breathtaking, and created in the image of God. There is a unique part of His heart only we can portray. He knows our heart, and it’s time we start unveiling it together! Join us as a community of young women where we can share life experiences and learn about God’s intentions for creating us! Welcome to Her Heart. No cost. No childcare. Pets in home: None.
Directed by Mary Cunningham, Learning Groups are another network under the Groups umbrella at Freedom Center Church. Learning Groups are the classroom setting of small groups. Our Knowledgeable teachers help to create the chance to build community using the mind and intellect that God has given to each of us.
*Click the link in the bios below to pre-register for Learning Groups held at the church building*
Sunday Learning Groups:
Relationship with Jesus! Now What?! | New Believers Welcome | Aaron & Tara Stengel | FCC, 11:30am | Class meets in the Children’s Lobby behind the registration desk.
Starting your walk with Jesus can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. Come share your thoughts, ask questions, and be encouraged as you work toward a better understanding of where you are now in Christ and what your next steps may be. Please register at the Connect Center 1 week in advance.
Pre-Marriage Class | Dating and Engaged Couples Welcome | Court & Kerry Downs | FCC, 6:30pm | Class meets in the Hope Center | Starts 1/27/19 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Second only to choosing Jesus as your Savior for eternity is choosing who you will be spending the rest of your life with. God created marriage to join two of His creations to become one to advance the kingdom. During this time, we will be learning the fundamentals of marriage based on strong communication and commitment to the Lord and each other. We look forward to joining you as you prepare for lifelong love! This class is a prerequisite to marriage at the Freedom Center. Couples will receive a pre-marriage materials bundle, including: one Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts book, one workbook for women, one workbook for men, and access to an online pre-marriage assessment and report. Cost is $65 per couple, and class runs 12 weeks. Session 1 Starts 1/27/19 and meets weekly through May 5th (no class 2/3, 2/24 or 4/21).
Wednesday Learning Groups:
Suffering Well by Rick Thomas | Everyone Welcome | Jason Gibbs | FCC, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/30/19 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
What do you do and how do you respond when the thing you fear has come upon you? We'll be reading the book Suffering Well by Biblical counselor Rick Thomas, who examines the story of Job and his own life and how they each demonstrate God’s goodness. Rick invites us to enter into a place for “mature audiences” as he recounts the darkest time in his life and how, through his journey of intense suffering, he discovered that the book of Job was not really about Job, the most famous sufferer of all time, but about God, and in particular, about learning to trust God in all our circumstances. This book is rich with biblical references to support his conclusions on why we are “called” to suffer. 1 Peter 2:21, Romans 5:3-4. Childcare is available upon registration at the Connect Center or online. Cost is $5 per person.
Resources for Addicts and Loved Ones of Addicts | Everyone Welcome | Tony Brown | FCC, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/30/19 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
There are many people that have loved ones who are in the reality of addiction. Drugs, alcohol, sex, food, etc. are given the top priority in the lives of too many people. There are programs and courses to help the addict, but this class will focus on giving resources to the friends and family of people with addictions. We have a great lineup of professional Christian counselors coming in each week to speak and give resources. Whether you are an addict or the loved one of an addict, come get what you need here. Childcare is available upon registration at the Connect Center or online. Registration fee is $5 per person.
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp | Parents Welcome | Faye Jones | FCC, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/30/19 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
This group is for parents who are looking for ways to grow in parenting. In this 10 week class, we will be reading a book, Shepherding a Child's Heart. Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child's Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing. You will be asked to read two or three chapters weekly. Childcare is available upon registration at the Connect Center or online. Cost: Purchase your copy of the book plus registration fee is $5 per person.
Mysteries Revealed on Speaking in Tongues | Everyone Welcome | Tina Jackson | FCC, 6:30 pm | 2/13/19 and 2/20/19 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
This is a two week class that will catapult you to a new level with the Lord as you learn about why God ordained tongues (His language) as being one of THE most powerful ways to pray. Tongues is for every Believer, young or seasoned. There are many facets to praying in tongues. Tina gives real life testimonies as well as scriptures to prove how beautiful this gift is. If you don’t work in tongues and want to, we can pray and you will be activated. If you already work in tongues, learn more about it and how to baptize others in tongues so we can “Take this land back for our Lord Jesus Christ.” Childcare is available upon registration at the Connect Center or online. Cost is $5 per person.
Shifting Atmospheres by Dawna DeSilva | Everyone Welcome | Mary Cunningham | FCC, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/30/19 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
There is a very real spirit world all around us. Just beyond the veil of what we can see with natural eyes, there is a realm that’s even more real than what we can experience with our senses. We as Christians should not be ignorant of this realm. It’s a realm where angels and demons dwell, and this realm lives among us. For many believers, this world of the spirit remains invisible to the natural senses. Some are given opportunities to catch glimpses of how this unseen realm operates. For most, it remains invisible, but just because it’s invisible doesn’t mean it doesn’t have influence and impact. Childcare is available upon registration at the Connect Center or online. Cost is $5 per person.
Becoming a Godly Wife | Women Welcome | Sadie Miller | FCC, 6:30 pm | Starts 1/30/19 | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Does God really expect me to submit to my husband when… He’s not following God? I’ve been alone so long, it’s my nature to lead? I’m better at making decisions? I don’t trust my husband? Yes. I believe God is asking you to do just that. God desires to bless your marriage. He desires that you walk in unity with your husband, not against him. And God desires that your husband be the leader of your home. Let’s discover exactly what God means when He tells us to submit to our husbands, as unto the Lord (Eph. 5:22). Be encouraged and inspired in your marriage and know that your husband can learn to lead and you can learn to follow his lead, without becoming a “yes” woman. Childcare is available upon registration at the Connect Center or online. Cost is $5 per person.
Thursday Learning Groups:
God with the Single Mother: 8 Weeks of Love by Lois Breit | Single Mothers Welcome | Kimberly Bundy & Cheryl Cowdrey | Fenton, 7 pm | Starts 1/17/19
God with the Single Mother: Being a single mom can be overwhelming and sometimes extremely lonely. We feel at times abandoned and even ill equipped for this life as a single mom. We invite you to come out to learn how to embrace our gift of being a single mom and recognize how we are not alone in this journey. Joshua 1:9 says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Childcare is provided with advance notice, please. No cost. Pets in home: 2 cats and 1 small dog.
Friday Learning Groups:
Topical Potpourri | Women Welcome | Mary Cunningham | Gaines, 10 am | Starts 2/1/19
We will pick topics in the Bible we want a deeper understanding of and we will study them out together. Come ready to learn and grow. There is no childcare available. No cost. 2 dogs and 1 parrot in home.
You’ve Already Got It by Andrew Wommack | Women Welcome | Tina Jackson | Fenton, 10:30 am | Starts 2/1/19
Have you ever thought, I'm doing everything I know to do; what's wrong with me? What's it going to take to get God to move on my behalf? If you have, you're not alone. It's a question most Christians ask and yet remain frustrated with the answers they receive. This is a book filled with the good news that God's response isn't based on the things you must do; it's based on what Jesus did. As we study, you'll gain the knowledge to trust God. It's only the truth you know that will set you free! (There will also be light food, snacks and beverages for morning fellowship. If schools are closed due to weather, no meeting.) No childcare. No cost. Pets in home: 2 cats and 1 small dog. Group will be starting 2/1/19 and will continue for 10 weeks.
Foundation Youth D-Teams (Discipleship Teams) | Wednesday from 6:00-8:30pm starting 1/9/19
*Must fill out permission slip in advance*
11th & 12th Grade D-Team: Pastor Josh & Lauren Wiegand and Natalie Halstead
Small Group breaking down Sunday night's message to go in depth with a group relating the word to practical everyday use. Pets in home: 1 bulldog – kept upstairs.
9th and 10th Grade D-Team - J.D. Wiegand, Marissa Hathon, and David & Meagan Martinez
Small Group breaking down Sunday night's message to go in depth with a group relating the word to practical everyday use. Pets in home: 2 dogs.
6th-8th Grade Girls D-Team - Mary Merwin, Brittney Taylor, and Chyenne Alvarado
Small Group breaking down Sunday night's message to go in depth with a group relating the word to practical everyday use. Pets in home: 2 dogs and a cat.
6th-8th Boys D-Teams - Tom Houle, Joshua Iid, and Tylor Desjardins
Small Group breaking down Sunday night's message to go in depth with a group relating the word to practical everyday use. Pets in home: 2 dogs