"Launch Well" @ Mankato (Sundays at 7:00pm)

"Launch Well" @ Mankato (Sundays at 7:00pm)

Leaders: Marti & Meg Sievek

Topic: “Launch Well”
Life is better together. Faith is better together. Whether you're new to this small group thing or you've been part of a group before—welcome. From the very beginning of time, God designed us to be in community with Him and others. Our hope at Crossview is that this study launches you well and serves as a guide to discovering the personality and make-up of a small group at our church. We are passionate about cultivating three healthy biblical patterns in our small groups: GROW (changing to be like Jesus), CONNECT (connecting with one another), and SERVE (cultivating a heart for others). All you need to do is show up, join in on the conversation, and be open to experiencing your relationship with God in a whole new way. By the end of these six sessions, you'll experience first-hand that life really is better connected. Group meets: Oct. 29-Dec. 3.

Where & When: At the Sievek’s home in Mankato, Sundays, 7:00-9:00pm (Begins Oct. 29)
Who: All ages

"Finding I am"  @ Crossview  (Mondays at 6:30pm)

"Finding I am" @ Crossview (Mondays at 6:30pm)

Leader: Carrie Miller

Topic: “Finding I Am” (How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart) by Lysa TerKeurst
What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, 6 week, in-depth study we will be trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is like never before. Purchase your “Finding I am” workbook online, which runs between $15-$18 plus tax and shipping/handling.

Where & When: At Crossview Classroom 3--Mondays, 6:30pm-8:00pm (Begins Oct. 23)
Who: Women of all ages

 "Ten Questions Christians are Asking"@ Mankato (Sundays at 6:30pm)

"Ten Questions Christians are Asking"@ Mankato (Sundays at 6:30pm)

Leaders:  Myron and Laurie Erstad

Topic: "Ten Questions Christians are Asking" by Dr. David Jeremiah
In this group we will spend a lot of time prior to our studies, on personal discussions, mostly issues going on in our lives. We meet once per month on a Sunday evening at the Erstad home in Mankato.

Where & When: At the Erstad home in Mankato, Sundays 1x / month at 6:30-8:00pm (Begins Oct. 22)
 

Who: Empty Nesters

 

”Awakening. Honesty. Action.” @ North Mankato  (Sundays at 4:00pm)

”Awakening. Honesty. Action.” @ North Mankato (Sundays at 4:00pm)

Leaders: Andrew & Leah Garry

Topic: ”Awakening. Honesty. Action.”
We’ve all had “aha!” moments in our lives, times when a sudden revelation surprises us with insight. Awakening to the reality of our true spiritual condition, we see ourselves and our need for a Savior with renewed honesty. This realization leads to action, obeying God’s commands and following the example set by Christ. As we see in the transformation of the prodigal son, the result is a life-changing, destiny-altering collision — an AHA moment that leads us home to our loving Father. Each week we will meet together as adults only for the first hour while our children are being cared for by babysitters (small fee) and we will discuss the weekly Bible lesson. We will rejoin with our children for the last hour for dinner and fellowship. There is space for six couples.

Where & When: Andrew and Leah Garry’s home in North Mankato, Six Sunday evenings, 4:00-6:00pm (Begins Oct. 15)

Who: Young couples with children

"The Quest"  @ Crossview (Wednesdays at 9:30am)

"The Quest" @ Crossview (Wednesdays at 9:30am)

Leader: Kathy Woods

Topic: "The Quest" by Beth Moore
The Quest is a challenge to accept the invitation. In this six-week excursion with Jesus, Beth Moore uses questions from Scripture to lead you into intimacy with the One who knows you best. Learn to dig into the Word, to respond to the questions of God, and to bring your questions before Him. Let the crooked punctuation mark be the map that points you into a closer relationship with the Father. A study journal for $17.99 will need to be purchased.

Where & When: At Crossview, Classroom 1, Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00am (Begins Oct. 11)
Who: Women of all ages

Newcomers Dinner Group @ Mankato

Newcomers Dinner Group @ Mankato

Leader: Jeremy and Heather Olson

Topic: Newcomer Dinner Group

Have you ever considered how through the simple act of eating together, we practice hospitality, build community, and deepen relationships? Jesus commonly ate and drank with those He sought to engage, so we do the same thing! At Crossview, our hope is for every person to get connected in a smaller community, so this fall, we want to invite you to be part of what we’re calling a Dinner Group.  The Olsons are doing the cooking, all you need to do is sign-up and go. We hope the group will meet 2-3 times this semester.

Where & When: At the Olson’s home in Mankato—Date and time will be determined by the group once sign-up is complete.

Who: If you consider yourself a newcomer to Crossview then this is for you.

"Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus" @ Crossview (Wednesdays at 1:00pm)

"Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus" @ Crossview (Wednesdays at 1:00pm)

Leader:  Rich O’Brien

Topic:”Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” by Nabeel Qureshi
In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions. Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam & Christianity in one man’s heart—& the peace he eventually found in Jesus. Purchase your “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” book online, which runs between $5-$11 plus tax and shipping/handling.

Where & When: At Crossview, Classroom 3—Every Wednesday at 1:00pm (Begins Oct. 4)

"Open to Hope" @ Mankato (1st Sunday of every month at 6:30pm)

"Open to Hope" @ Mankato (1st Sunday of every month at 6:30pm)

Leader:  Pat Kaiser

Topic: “Open to Hope”

Losing a spouse is never an easy thing and doing it alone makes and already lonely time in life even lonelier.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  This group is a chance for widows and widowers to be in community together, to support one another, share stories and grow in faith.  Faith is often the thing that gets us through the darkest challenges, and Jesus can bring light into those times as well and maybe even make life a blessing once again. Meeting on:  Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3.

Where & When: At Pat’s house in Mankato, 1st Sunday of every month at 6:30pm (Starting Oct. 1)
Who: Widows and Widowers Group

"Launch Well" @ Mankato (Sundays at 6:00pm)

"Launch Well" @ Mankato (Sundays at 6:00pm)

Leader: Dana Schneider

Topic: “Launch Well”
Life is better together. Faith is better together. Whether you're new to this small group thing or you've been part of a group before—welcome. From the very beginning of time, God designed us to be in community with Him and others. Our hope at Crossview Covenant  Church is that this study launches you well and serves as a guide to discovering the personality and make-up of a small group at our church.  We are passionate about cultivating three healthy biblical patterns in our small groups: GROW (changing to be like Jesus), CONNECT

 (connecting with one another), and SERVE (cultivating a heart for others). All you need to do is show up, join in on the conversation, and be open to experiencing your relationship with God in a whole new way.  By the end of these six sessions, you'll experience first-hand that life really is better connected. Group meets: Oct. 1-Nov. 5.

Where & When: At Dana’s home in Mankato, Sunday evenings, 6:00-7:30pm (Begins Oct. 1)

Who: Singles & dating singles of all ages

Starting Point @ Crossview (Wednesdays at 6:00pm)

Starting Point @ Crossview (Wednesdays at 6:00pm)

Leader: Clarice Esslinger
For some of us, our faith journeys began in childhood as a set of beliefs handed to us by a parent, teacher, or pastor. Maybe you developed a framework of faith based on personal experience. Maybe you had no faith at all. Too often, a faith formed in childhood isn’t strong enough to withstand the pressures of adult life. What if you could find a new starting point for faith as an adult? Whether you are new to faith, curious about God, or coming back to church after some time away, Starting Point is a place where your opinions and beliefs are valued, and no question is off limits.

This is an opportunity for all of us to invite a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, a family member, and do life and faith with one another. This is a 8 session small group.

Where and when: At Crossview in Classroom 0, Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 29 (6:00-7:00pm).  The group will have breaks on Oct. 18 & Nov. 22.

Prayer + Coffee + Serving  @ The Neighborhood Thrift Store (every other Wednesday at 8:30am)

Prayer + Coffee + Serving @ The Neighborhood Thrift Store (every other Wednesday at 8:30am)

Leader: Ruth Koestler

Topic: Prayer + Coffee + Serving
God has designed for us to live in community with one another, but the purpose of community does not end with us just praying for one another and a good cup of coffee. We follow Jesus' example and fulfill the purpose of Christian community by cultivating a heart for others. This small group's focus is on serving with The Neighborhood Thrift Store (NTS) in mind. NTS is a ministry of Crossview Covenant Church. What could this group look like? It could be praying for one another and for those who serve and work at the thrift store; sharing a cup of coffee; reading a short Bible passage; helping at the thrift store; donating objects to the thrift store and encouraging others to do the same; and/or maybe even volunteering at Food for All by handing out food the 2nd Saturday of every month. It is a group to share life, faith and service together. We know the NTS isn't the only place one can serve, but it is a great place to start, especially when doing it with others. Group meets: Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, and Dec. 6.

Where & When: At The Neighborhood Thrift Store-- Every other Wednesday 8:30-9:30am, plus some serving opportunities (Begins Sept. 27)
Who: For those who want to serve.

Gospel of Mark  @ North Mankato (Tuesdays at 7:00pm)

Gospel of Mark @ North Mankato (Tuesdays at 7:00pm)

Leader: Kristin Pierson

Topic: Gospel of Mark
This group wants to establish a relationship with the group members and will be going through the school year.  We spend a few minutes studying a passage from Mark and then each share which verse stuck out to us, observations from the text, how it applies to our lives, and a prayer. This study method is called S.O.A.P.—Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer.

Where & When: At Kristin’s House in North Mankato—Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm (Begins Sept. 26)
Who: Women in their 20-30’s single or married

Starting Point @ The Fillin' Station (Tuesdays at 6pm)

Starting Point @ The Fillin' Station (Tuesdays at 6pm)

Leader: Aaron Thompson
For some of us, our faith journeys began in childhood as a set of beliefs handed to us by a parent, teacher, or pastor. Maybe you developed a framework of faith based on personal experience. Maybe you had no faith at all. Too often, a faith formed in childhood isn’t strong enough to withstand the pressures of adult life. What if you could find a new starting point for faith as an adult? Whether you are new to faith, curious about God, or coming back to church after some time away, Starting Point is a place where your opinions and beliefs are valued, and no question is off limits.

This is an opportunity for all of us to invite a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, a family member, and do life and faith with one another.

Where and when: At Fillin' Station, Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 14 (6:00-8:00pm)

Woman to Woman Mentoring @ Crossview (Kick-off Sept. 26 at 7:00pm)

Woman to Woman Mentoring @ Crossview (Kick-off Sept. 26 at 7:00pm)

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THIS GROUP

Leader: Margrethe Eidet

Topic: Woman to Woman Mentoring
For those who would like to connect with another woman for spiritual growth and friendship.  Pairs will meet at a time convenient for them.  To sign-up, a Profile Card will need to be completed by Sept. 17.  The commitment would be about four months, or longer if the two decide to continue. 

Where & When:  Crossview, Classroom 1, Orientation/Kick-off Night is Tuesday, Sept. 26 (7:00pm)
Who: Women

Financial Peace University @ Crossview (Mondays at 7:00pm)

Financial Peace University @ Crossview (Mondays at 7:00pm)

Leaders: Paul and Judy Johns

Do you wish you could dump your debt? Do you have some questions on how to make the right financial decisions for your family? Or maybe you just need a better plan to spend wisely and save for the future? Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine lesson, money-management course taught by Dave Ramsey that walks you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and more. Everyone can benefit from FPU, regardless of age (whether you are 21 or 61), income (whether you make $12,000 or $100,000 per year) and marital status. Classes will be held once per week (Sept. 25-Nov. 20, 2017). Each class session lasts approximately 90 minutes. For the first half, Dave Ramsey teaches on DVD, then class members come together for a small-group discussion and hands-on activities.

When you purchase a Financial Peace University (FPU) membership, you receive all class materials & access to the FPU online resources you need to succeed. You will learn about topics such as: Super Saving - Relating With Money - Cash Flow Planning - Dumping Debt- The Role of Insurance - Retirement and College Planning - Real Estate and Mortgages - and more! Your membership means that you can attend the FPU class as often as you like. Spouses & engaged couples can attend together with a single membership, and teens living at home are welcome to attend with parents.

FREE Preview Class: Monday, Sept. 11 (7:00-8:45pm) - all welcome to check it out
Class: Mondays, Sept. 25-Nov. 20 7:00-8:45pm At Crossview Classroom 1 & 2. 

Cost: $102 per household for Financial Peace University membership, which includes all class materials and access to FPU online resources.

Limited scholarships available contact Community Life Pastor Aaron Thompson

"Thriving in Babylon" @ Mankato (Mondays at 6:30pm)

"Thriving in Babylon" @ Mankato (Mondays at 6:30pm)

Leaders: Mark and Sarah Kane

Topic: "Thriving in Babylon" by Larry Osborne
These are confusing times for many Christians. Many of us wonder how can we spiritually survive in an increasingly spiritually hostile environment? And is there any hope for the next generation? In this series, Osborne introduces us to a man forced to live in a fast-changing and godless society. That man was Daniel, and with the power of hope, wisdom, and humility, he not only survived, but thrived. Each session includes real-life stories of people struggling to thrive in an ever-increasingly godless society. Though Daniel lived thousands of years ago, he has much to teach us today. 

Where and when: Kane's home in Mankato, 6:30-8:00pm Mondays. (Begins Sept. 25, Ongoing). 

Starting Point @ Crossview (Sundays at 10:30am)

Starting Point @ Crossview (Sundays at 10:30am)

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THIS GROUP

Leader:  Aaron Thompson

For some of us, our faith journeys began in childhood as a set of beliefs handed to us by a parent, teacher, or pastor. Maybe you developed a framework of faith based on personal experience. Maybe you had no faith at all. Too often, a faith formed in childhood isn’t strong enough to withstand the pressures of adult life. What if you could find a new starting point for faith as an adult? Whether you are new to faith, curious about God, or coming back to church after some time away, Starting Point is a place where your opinions and beliefs are valued, and no question is off limits.

This is an opportunity for all of us to invite a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, a family member, and do life and faith with one another.

Where and When: At Crossview: Sundays, Sept. 24-Nov. 12 (10:30-11:30am)

Work & Faith @ Online (every other Thursday at 9:00pm)

Work & Faith @ Online (every other Thursday at 9:00pm)

Leader: Erik Howe

Topic: Work & Faith (Online Group)
The vast majority of people are in the workplace. The vast majority of a person’s day is spent at work. We spend more time at work than any other activity. What is God’s design of work? Is there anything more to work than a paycheck and drudgery? How do I live out my faith at work? What is my current view of work? Why do we work? Let’s learn together. We will ask questions and have open discussion with the help of a video series and other resources. I do not have the answers and am wanting to learn myself. Yeah, we could each read a book and do this on our own, but it’s when we examine with other people that the Spirit often changes our heart and challenges us to action. *Note: School can fit in this topic category

Where & When: Google Hangout, every other Thursday 9:00-10:00pm (Begins Sept. 21)

(The idea is to have a convenient option for people with work and kids. There’s flexibility to change to an in-person meeting or a different time or weekly if the initial group desires. In-person is better if possible. Otherwise, the above is default)

Who: Any age and any gender who has answers or questions on this topic.

"The Great Adventure" @ Crossview  (Thursdays at 6:30pm)

"The Great Adventure" @ Crossview (Thursdays at 6:30pm)

Leader: Loren Ewert

Topic: "The Great Adventure" by Dr. Robert Lewis (Men’s Fraternity)
Life should be an adventure, but too often it seems tiring, even boring.  This study challenges you to break free and begin the unique adventure God has for you.  This fall semester we will cover the first 10 sessions and in the spring we will cover the last 10 sessions. A required component of this study is “Servants by Design,” an online personality assessment which gives you the strengths and environments you thrive in.  This inventory comes a cost.

Where & When: Crossview, Classroom 1—Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm (Begins Sept. 21)
Who: Men of all ages

Exploring Life’s Journey through Visual Art Journaling @ Crossview (1x/month, Thursdays at 6:00pm)

Exploring Life’s Journey through Visual Art Journaling @ Crossview (1x/month, Thursdays at 6:00pm)

Leaders: Ruthan Miller & Laurie Wilking

Topic: “Building Bridges to Carry Burdens”
Using the art of mixed media while journaling or scrapbooking, we will learn the value of tuning in to the inner reflections we sometimes ignore and finding the gifts God has given to each of us. This will be a safe & fun atmosphere to explore our life’s journey together, deepen our friendship with Jesus, and build greater trust and confidence in our relationships with others. Initial supplies and samples will be provided. The group will meet Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, and Dec 14. Sponsored by AVA (Advocacy for Victims of Abuse) through the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Where & When: At Crossview in Classroom 4, once a month Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm. (Begins Sept. 21)
Who:  Women of all ages

Exploring Life’s Journey through Visual Art Journaling