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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. Click to view a list of current positions need. Contact Lowell Teska for more info at lteska@gmail.com. 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. The first Planned Act of Christian Kindness will take place October 28 from 9-11 am, meet in the Aulick Center to assemble bags for our Fort Wayne Fire Department fire fighters.  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.

GROW (learn)
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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. Each week we will read a chapter and discuss the impact on our lives. It's a continuous study that repeats every five weeks through the 5 chapters of James, but will have different applications due to the lives impacted. This group will meet every Monday @ 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Aulick Center living room.  If interested, please contact Scott at scott@scloho.net. Visit our Facebook page updates on the study.

  • Ladies Bible Study - Entrusted by Beth Moore

We were never meant to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel, something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves. In this 6-session Bible study, Beth will encourage you to guard what God has entrusted to you, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and pour into future generations. This study will meet on Wednesdays @ 6:30–8:00 p.m. (October 4-November 8) in the school library. Please contact Jody Harkenrider at j81harken@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page to see updates. There is a $15 book fee.

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  • Wellness Revelation

The Wellness Revelation book will challenge you to get fit by seeking God first and foremost. God wants to free you from what weighs you down and keeps you from your marvelous purpose. In these pages, you will learn how to live well both physically and spiritually so that you are best equipped to love and serve others from a whole heart. This nine-week journey includes a teaching, weekly fitness training assignments, Bible study, 8-week workout calendar with video workouts, small-group questions, suggested food list, and more. Meet in the Aulick Center at 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Thursdays. This group is lead by Chelsea Merkle. Contacting Chelsea at chelsea.merkle@merkleav.com or visit our Facebook page to see updates on the study. There is a $20 book fee.

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  • Moving, Armored in Faith

This group will link Bible study, fitness and fellowship to grow your faith in Christ. It meets weekly on Sundays @ 2:30 p.m. in the Aulick Center. 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 Sundays @ 1:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center.  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.


LIVE (be)
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  • Moms on the Move

A weekly gathering for moms with younger children to walk and talk. Meets on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. Meet at different parks throughout the city or Glenbrook Mall (depending on weather). 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 Facebook page 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 and decide which theater to go to, starting with "Thor Ragnarock" on the weekend of Nov 3. 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.