Summer 2019 Grill-Out Groups

Summer 2019 Grill-Out Groups

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, such as Matthew, Zacchaeus, the Samaritan woman, and many others. We richly bless others, and are blessed ourselves, through missional hospitality!

Summer is coming and it’s that time of year again where you have an opportunity to be a part of a Grill-Out Group.  Each summer about 300 people at Crossview join a Grill-Out Group to get to know others at church in a smaller context. Our vision at Crossview is to connect people to Jesus so that their life and world is transformed.  "Grill-Out" groups are a perfect opportunity to invite your neighbors and friends to get connected in a comfortable and safe environment.  Simply sign up to be in a “Grill-Out” Group, and we’ll connect you with 6-8 other adults. Groups will meet at least 3 times over the summer (June - September). The food doesn’t have to be fancy, so don’t stress out about it…the goal is to simply create opportunities to get to know one another, share food and have fun doing so. Groups will be compiled first Monday in June.

Regardless if you are new to Crossview or have been coming to Crossview for awhile, these “Grill-Out” Groups are for you!  For more details or sign-up, contact Community Life Pastor Aaron Thompson.

Young Adults @ Crossview (Sundays at 9:15am)

Young Adults @ Crossview (Sundays at 9:15am)

Leaders: Jason & Carrie Miller and Andrew Jelken

This group will be doing a study on "The Book of James" with Francis Chen. This is found on Crossview’s free Christian Netflix called RightNow Media (free sign-up here).

When: This is an ongoing group, which meets every Sunday from 9:15-10:30am. You are welcome to join at anytime.

Where: At Crossview in classroom 1

Who: Ages 18-29 years old


Friendship Builders (Once a month)

Friendship Builders (Once a month)

Leader: Eleanor Kottke
About once a month this group takes an adventure together to explore the world that God has created. Previous events have included: dinner theatre, mystery trips, Saint Lucia Smörgåsbord, Springwood gardens, the Arboretum, Stillwater river boat, and more. This is a great group to get to know other seniors at Crossview. Events do have a variable cost.

Where & When: The group generally meets at Crossview and takes the church bus together to various events and trips. Information will be sent out each month. This is an ongoing group, feel free to come when you can.

Who: Seniors

For more information about Friendship Builders please contact Eleanor Kottke.

Caregiver Support Group @ Crossview (1st Thursday of every month at 6:30pm)

Caregiver Support Group @ Crossview (1st Thursday of every month at 6:30pm)

Leaders: Ann Cesafsky, Christine Nessler and Kim Alinder


This group is for those who are giving care to those who are suffering from memory loss.  You may be a friend, a family member, spouse, neighbor, or co-worker. A session generally begins with prayer and devotional along with group discussion to support one another.  This is an ongoing group and there is no need to sign-up, you can just show up. This support group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Where & When: At Crossview in Classroom 3—The 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30-8:00pm (This is an ongoing group, feel free to come when you can).


Who: Those caring for those who suffering from memory loss.

Men's Group @ Mankato (Every other Monday at 8:30pm)

Men's Group @ Mankato (Every other Monday at 8:30pm)

Leader: Adam Putrah

This group will be taking a look at the book of Galatians with Kyle Idleman (a series available on RightNow Media. Sign-up for free by clicking here).

Where & When: At the Putrah’s home in Mankato—every other Monday night starting April 29 (8:30-10:00pm).

Who: Generally men ages 20-50.

Hope for Hurting Parents @ Crossview (Thursdays at 9:00am)

Hope for Hurting Parents @ Crossview (Thursdays at 9:00am)

Leader: Amy Deike & Karen Herwig

Are you a hurting parent and need support? Parenting is easily the most difficult job we will ever have. Even though we do our best sometimes the outcome doesn’t come in the way we expected. Our children make choices, experience depression, severe mental illness, addictions, deal with abuse, or go to jail. These things may take them down dangerous and destructive paths, but there is hope.

This group is not lead by professional counselors, but by parents who have experienced the guilt, fear, isolation and heartache along their parenting journey.

Where & When: At Crossview in classroom 1—Thursdays (9:00-10:30am).

Who: Parents of all ages.