What is a Community Group?

 
A Community Group is an intentional community consisting of at least 6-8 people who meet regularly to pursue spiritual growth, friendship and support. It’s a safe place to study the Bible, share your life, and ask tough questions.
Community Groups meet 2 or more times a month. Groups gather at a variety of places such as member’s home, on the church campus, or even in a local restaurant.
 

How do I get connected?

 
Community Groups welcome newcomers throughout the year. Check out the Group List below and complete the form below to get the connection process started. Feel free to try a few groups to find the right fit for you.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Community Groups

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Forge Parents Community

Meeting regularly, we help parents connect to simply and purposefully serve with other families with children in grades 3-12. Contact Lori Laraia for the location of the next community gathering.
 

Men’s Community

This guys’ group spends time hanging out, finding “guy things” to do, and keeps each other in prayer. Contact John Matzke at 630-460-5112.
 

Women’s Community

Meeting on Thursday evenings, this group studies the scriptures on the variety of topics. This group also regularly finds time to hang out and serve in areas of interest to them. Contact Julie Wollenberg at 630-390-5613.
 

Dive Deep into Mark Group

Meeting on Tuesdays at Doug Frys, we help families connect to simply and purposefully serve with other families. This is a perfect community for folks ages 2-40 , yet open for all ages. Contact the church office for details as this group meets at Doug Fry’s Home.
 

Parents of Preschoolers

This group serves breakfast and coffee twice a month, creating a fun environment for parents during preschool drop-off times. Contact Cara Buono at 630-715-9777.
 

Women’s Community

Meeting on Thursday evenings, this group studies the scriptures on the variety of topics. This group also regularly finds time to hang out and serve in areas of interest to them. Contact Julie Wollenberg at 630-390-5613.

Sunday Morning (Re)Exploring the Faith

Meeting every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor, we (re)explore the foundations of following Jesus. Contact Pastor Bill Beckmann at 630-584.8638 or bill.beckmann@stmarkslife.org.
 

Sunday Morning Bible Study Group

Meeting every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Lower Level “Activities Room”, we will share our lives in Christ, grow in His Word, and serve specific needs as Christ leads us through prayer and sharing. Contact Judy Bugh at 630.747.5479.
 

Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study Group

This group meets at St. Mark’s and will join the Bible and Beyond Community Group. Contact Linda Schroeder at 630.879.5066 or schroede-l@sbcglobal.net .
 

Tuesday Evening 2 Samuel Group

Meeting every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. (offsite), we will study the scriptures, pray, and find ways to serve as we are able. Contact Don Cisek at 630-587-6832, doncis301@att.net or the church office for location.
 

Wednesday Morning Women’s Group

Meeting every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. (offsite), we will study the scriptures, pray, and find time to support and encourage one another. Contact Linda Burger at 630-584-1119, burgerla@msn.com for the location as this group moves from home to home.
 

Thursday Morning Mixed Bible Study Group

This group meets at St. Mark’s and will join the Bible and Beyond Community Group. Contact Linda Schroeder at 630.879.5066 or schroede-l@sbcglobal.net.
 

Helping Hands

Meeting regularly, we will serve basic needs in our community through the Northern Illinois Food Bank (hunger) and Habitat for Humanity (housing). In addition, we will help people with house projects for themselves or their neighbors. Contact Bob and Joan Bauer at 630-232-0423.
 

Book Club

Meeting twice a month, the group discovers and explores books that relate to history, philosophy, theology, and life. They then connect their learning to how they welcome, love, and lead people in their spheres of influence to Jesus. Contact Pastor Reueben Baerwald at 630-907-2126.
 

Bible Study and Beyond

The’ Bible Study and Beyond Group’ will begin the fall session with a study on the book of Revelation. The insights gained from this portion of scripture will enrich our understanding of God and His amazing love for us, and also guide us in some type of community outreach. We meet Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. and Mondays at 7:00 p.m (your choice!). Contact Linda Schroeder at 630-879-5066.
 

Women in Mission

Meeting regularly, we are women who play with a purpose of serving others. Contact Linda Whitlock at 630-443-8938 for details.
 

Bread and Wine

Meeting at least on the first Thursday of the month, we will have a theme of food and drink. We will discover together how that relates to our lives and Scripture in the community. We will intentionally serve in the area of food for the body and soul. This is currently a closed group. To launch a new, similar group, complete the form below.
 

Quilt & Craft

Meeting at least once a month to quilt and craft, we meet the needs and serving in our local neighborhoods. We provide handmade items for people in need both locally and around the world. Contact Margaret Studer at 630.207.4549.
 

Go Deeper and Respond Meeting once a month, we will share our lives in Christ, grow in His Word, and serve specific needs as Christ leads us through prayer and sharing. Contact Gene and Sylvia Hemmann at (630) 584-3359.

 
Don’t see a group that fits you? Let’s talk about starting a new one!
Complete the form below and someone will be in touch with you within 2-3 days.