Growth and depth is found through study, commitment and honest relationships.
We encourage you to find a place to plug into a group or class and grow deeper in your faith.


Fall 2017 small groups and classes will begin meeting soon.
To view our full list of courses available for your Journey of faith, click here.

To sign up for any of these small groups, click here.

Things I Wish Jesus Never Said Small Groups

Following Jesus would be easier if we could pick and choose which of His words to live by! But that’s not how it works. In the Bible, Jesus gives us words of comfort, but even the hard things Jesus said are meant to teach us-they lead to life! This small group series will be tied to the sermon series at all services. All Things I Wish Jesus Never Said Small Groups will start meeting on the week of September 10th (unless otherwise noted) and will meet for 6 weeks. The cost of the workbooks for this small group study is $5.

Sundays
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Place: room 201
Leader: John Dilworth

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Place: room 206
Leader: Matt Ritzert

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Place: room 202
Leader: Chris & Melanie Ensley

Mondays
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place: room 203
Leader: Julia Fabich
20-Somethings Group

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Place: room 202
Leader: Dave Williams

Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Place: room 202
Leader: Nancy Pierson

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Place: room 203
Leader: Cindy Baltzer

Wednesdays
Time: 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Place: Jr. High & Sr. High rooms
Leaders: Jessica Getz & Robby Strock
Jr. High & Sr. High Groups

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm (starting September 20th)
Place: room 203
Leader: Rick Helm

Thursdays
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 am
Place: room 206
Leader: Pastor Bryan George
Mens Group

Time: 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Place: room 201
Leader: Rev. Gary George

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place: room 206
Leader: Pastor Jared Priset
Young Adult Group

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place: room 203
Leader: Jenny Gotschall & Amy Ropp
Creative Bible Journaling Group

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place: room 203
Leader: Matt Ropp
Young Mens Group


Additional Small Groups

From Here to There: Following Jesus
Dates: Sundays October 29th – December 3rd
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Place: room 203
Leader: John Dilworth & Pastor Jared Priset
Description: In order to be all that Jesus intends us to be it takes intentionality, to deepen and develop our faith in Jesus. This class offers our church’s vision on what it takes to “belong to the body of Christ, become more like Jesus, and join Jesus in ministry.”

Off-Site Bible Study
Dates: Mondays, ongoing
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Place: Sebia Crum’s home
Leader: Sebia Crum
Womens Group
Description: This group focuses on studying specific books of the Bible throughout the year. This fall, the focus will be 1st and 2nd Corinthians. For more information please contact Sebia Crum, 330-704-0286.

Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing up in Christ
Dates: Mondays, beginning September 11th
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Place: room 203
Leader: Pastor Jared Priset & Mardy DiGiacinto
Cost: $11 for book
Description: What does it mean to “grow up healthy in God and robust in love”? Come join in for a study on Ephesians. We will be diving into this incredible letter, written by the Apostle Paul, as we learn how to grow up to the “stature of Christ.” We will be using Eugene Peterson’s book entitled, “Practice Resurrection” as our guide in this study.

Gideon: Your Weakness – God’s Strength
Dates: Mondays, September 11th – October 23rd
Times: 1:00 – 2:30 pm or 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Place: room 206 (day), room 105 (evening)
Leader: Pastor Janet Zimmerman
Cost: $16 for the workbook
Womens Group
Description: Ever feel insufficient? Could it be that your weaknesses are the keys that unlock God’s strength? Through a look at the life of Gideon, you can discover that instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, you can see them as the gifts, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.

Financial Peace University
Dates: Wednesdays, September 20th – November 15th
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Place: room 201
Leader: Rev. Gary & Lorraine George
Cost: $100 for kit & lifetime membership – scholarships available
Description: Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely.

Balancing Life’s Demands: Biblical Priorities for a Busy Life
Dates: Wednesdays, September 20th – November 15th
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: room 102
Leader: Pastor Jared & Meredith Priset
Description: The frantic pace of life is wearing many of us out. But have we ever slowed down long enough to evaluate our priorities or even find out what God’s priorities are for our lives? This small group will provide you with tools to help you get a handle on your busy life and bring your priorities under the authority of God for His glory and your good.

Multiethnic Conversations: A Journey Towards Unity in Our Church
Dates: Wednesdays, October 4th – November 29th (November 22nd off)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Place: room 206
Leader: Pastor Bryan George
Cost: $13 for workbook
Description: Multiethnic Conversation seeks to build cross-cultural competence and relationships within the local church. Participants will be led through biblical truth, consider past and present realities where race, class, and culture are concerned, in order to build a strong united Church.

New Member Class
Dates: Sundays, September 10th – October 15th
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm ~ September 10th; 5:00 – 6:30 pm ~ remainder
Place: room 206
Leader: Pastor Bryan George
Description: For those who wish to become members of Church of the Lakes. These classes combine a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace with the time-tested practices of spiritual discipline expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. New members will be received on Sunday, October 22nd.

*Childcare is available for all small groups that meet at the church if requested beforehand.

To sign up for any of these small groups, click here.

If you are interested in joining a small group, or have additional questions please contact Pastor Jared Priset at 330-499-8972.