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Community Groups

What are they?  Day One Community groups are a natural opportunity to create and maintain faith-based friendships.  We know it’s hard to meet people.  You are busy.  Others are too.  But we know we need good friends.  And without each-other we simply cannot be the kind of loving church we want to be.      

There are 3 types of Community Groups: Serve Groups, Grow Groups and Live Groups. The simple idea is that people connect over shared interests. SERVE Groups do community-based projects. GROW Groups study Scripture and/or wellness classes to develop healthier habits (finance, diet and exercise). LIVE Groups meet new people and feel a part of the community. Whatever you like to do, we want you to connect to others!  Wherever you are at, we want to connect!

Check out each group below or on our Facebook page.

If you still want to start a group it’s not too late. Just email Chad Van Meter at cvanmeter@holycrossfw.org to start the discussion. 

SERVE (do)

  • Forest Park Food Bank

Holy Cross has a partnership with Forest Park United Methodist Church's Food Bank helping neighbors in need. The food pantry is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. serving primarily those living in the 46805 zip code. We will, however, serve anyone who is in need. It is not uncommon to provide food for 1,000 people per month. In addition to food, coats, hats, household items, etc. are available to those in need. Get connected by serving on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Contact Lowell Teska for more info at lteska@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page to stay updated on current group events.

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  • PACK (Planned Acts of Christian Kindness)

A group focused on showing Christian kindness and sharing the love of Jesus with others. Several events are planned for this year such as handing out coffee/hot chocolate & cookies at bus transfer station, giving out quarters at a laundromat, etc. Contact Judy Kiess at  jkiess@holycrossfw.org. Visit our Facebook page to stay updated on group events.

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  • Sons of a Carpenter

This is a volunteer community group focused on neighborhood home repair. Some projects require a skill like roofing or siding, but others like painting do not require much skill. The group meets on Tuesdays @ 8:00 a.m. at Sun Rise Cafe to have breakfast and prayer, then split up to work/serve. If you enjoy working with your hands and fixing things, please contact Doug Brenneke at intteghi@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page to see the next project. 

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  • Lewis A. King Community Outreach

This group meets weekly on Sundays @ 2 p.m. for Bible study and planning monthly community projects at King's Barbershop & Community Center (502 E. Pontiac). Contact Vicar Lewis A. King for more info at laking@holycrossfw.org. Visit our Facebook page to stay updated on current group events.

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  • Tuesday Crew

This group meets weekly on Tuesdays @ 9 a.m. to help HC Facility Driector, Dave Gross with projects at the church and school. This is a way to give back to Holy Cross in a tangible way. Contact Dave Gross at dgross@holycrossfw.org. Visit our Facebook page to learn more.

GROW (learn)

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  • The Small Catechism - Revisiting an Old Friend

Discover how a five century-old devotional classic holds surprisingly modern insights for living a satisfying life.  Pastor Ahlersmeyer leads this class on Tuesdays from 6:30—8:00 p.m. in the Chapel, starting on January 16th. Please contact Pastor at tahlersmeyer@holycrossfw.org or visit our Facebook page if you have questions. Child care is available.

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  • Men's Explore Group

Pastor Neubacher will be leading a study of different book and characters of the Bible. The first will be on David, a man after God’s own heart. Time for fellowship and impacts of current world events will be discussed. This group will meet on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month at Joanna’s Family Restaurant in Leo’s Crossing on Dupont Rd @ 8:15 a.m. beginning on January 13th. Please contact Pastor at mneubacher@holycrossfw.org or visit our Facebook page if you have questions.

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  • Moving, Armored in Faith

This group will link Bible study, fellowship and preparing for the AJ Arnett 5K run/walk in May.  Join us on Sundays @ 2:30 p.m. in the Aulick Center, starting on January 7th. This group is lead by Jami Barnes; for more info contact her at jamib72@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page to stay updated on current studies. 

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  • FPU (Financial Peace University) by Dave Ramsey

There's a way out of money stress: Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps. This 9 week study is designed to be followed one right after the other to lead you out of debt and stress and into a life of saving and giving. Millions have worked this proven plan. You can too!  This class is scheduled on Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. in the school library, starting January 23rd.  If you are interested, contact Dan & Arlene Wunderlin at arlenewunderlin@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page to stay updated on the class. The cost is $90 per family.

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  • Men's Bible Study - The Jimmies

A Men's bible study based on the book of James, lead by Scott Howard. This group usually meets every Monday @ 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Aulick Center living room, but are taking a winter break.  If interested, please contact Scott at scott@scloho.net. Visit our Facebook page updates on the study.

LIVE (be)

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LIVE (be)

  • Moms on the Move

A weekly gathering for moms with younger children to walk and talk. Meets on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. Check out the Moms on the Move Facebook page for the weekly location. Kids can play while moms talk and walk. This group is lead by Kelli Leighty; for more info contact her at leightys@gmail.com. Visit our  to stay updated on current group outings.

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  • Better Together

This group is living life with others with activities throughout the year that could include biking, sledding, hiking, camping, cookouts, etc. Please contact Nate or Laurie Carter at lauriecarter4@gmail.com to find out more about the next event coming up or visit our Facebook page.

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  • Comic Book Movie Goers

This group will go and see comic book movies (the weekend they are released) with an open end for events after. Meet about once a month Meet about once a month at the Dupont AMC Theater. The next movie is “Black Panther” on February 16th.Children are welcome if with parents. This group is lead by Ethan Kesar, contact if interested at ekesar@holycrossfw.org. Visit our Facebook page often to stay updated on current group events.

  • Co-ed Basketball & Fellowship

This group meets to have fun, fellowship and physical activity in a friendly environment. Basketball is open to all adults (18 & older) at the Holy Cross gym on Thursdays @ 8 p.m. For more info, please contact Erik Tom at eriktom92@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page to stay updated with the group.

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  • A Touch of Brush

Participants gather for fun and fellowship centered on creating a painting on canvas. Debbie Hesterman leads the way with her art and teaching skills. The first event  (only for 21+) is on February 16 @ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Bottle  & Bottega (2870 E Dupont Rd).  The cost is $20 which includes pizza, 12x12 canvas, brushes, and paints provided. Beer, wine and soft drinks sold separately. Contact Debbie at arthest45@frontier.com or Facebook page

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  • Game Night

This group meets to have fun, fellowship and play games/cards in a family & kid friendly environment. Contact Sara at schillace176@yahoo.com or Facebook page for the next Game Night.