The Marriage Course (Sundays 5:30pm)

The Marriage Course (Sundays 5:30pm)

Leaders: Paul & Judy Johns and Matt & Jeney Atwood

The Marriage Course is a series of seven sessions. Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of ”The Marriage Book,” developed The Marriage Course for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.

Topics include: Building strong foundations, the art of communication, resolving conflict, the power of forgiveness, the impact of family—past and present, good sex, and love in action.

Where & When: This course will be at Crossview—Sundays, March 17-May 12 (5:30-7:45pm). There will be a break on Easter, April 21. The 8th session will be a celebration gathering.

Who: Couples of all ages at any stage.

Cost: $45 / couple. Cost includes seven meals with dessert, and a participant guide for each person. Register by March 13.

Childcare will be organized for you at church for a cost. If you have questions please contact Community Life Pastor Aaron Thompson

In It Together Date Night @ Crossview

In It Together Date Night @ Crossview

In It Together Date Night

Join Matt and Suzie Kendziera (from and others from Crossview for a fun evening that includes: appetizers, beverages, music and a great presentation that is sure to strengthen your marriage! Attraction and intimacy are important parts of every marriage.  The temperature gauge tends to run hot early on in our relationships, but if we are not careful it will cool down over time.  Let’s get the conversation going about how we can turn up our marriage temperature!

Where & When: At Crossview—Saturday, March 2 (5:30-7:30pm). Appetizers & Mingle at 5:30pm. Presentation at 6pm.

Who: Couples of all ages at any stage.

Cost: $40 / couple. Register by February 27.

If you have questions please contact Community Life Pastor Aaron Thompson

Celebrate Recovery Step Study (Mondays @ Crossview at 6:00pm)

Celebrate Recovery Step Study (Mondays @ Crossview at 6:00pm)

Men Leaders/Co-Leaders: Mike Smith, Mark Kane, and Pastor Aaron Thompson

Women Leaders/Co-Leaders: Carolina Koopmans, Heather Olson, Sarah Kane, Cindy Jacobson and Martie Renville

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.  The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through 8 recovery principles (based on the Matthew 5) and Christ-centered 12 steps. We open the door to new life in Christ by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another as we become more willing to receive God’s grace in solving our life problems. By working in the Christ-centered steps and applying the Biblical principles found in the Beatitudes, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger relationship with God and others. As we progress through the principles and the steps, we discover the personal and forgiving power of Jesus Christ, our loving Savior and Redeemer, and experience hope, healing and freedom through Him. Celebrate Recovery is in over 30,000 churches worldwide, and now including Crossview.

Where & When: At Crossview in classrooms 3 & 4—Mondays starting February 18 (6:00-7:30pm). Break on March 4 and May 27.

Cost: $15 for materials. Scholarships available.

Who: Adult Men and Women (genders will be meeting in their own group). Groups are limited to 8-12 participants.

Have questions, need a scholarship please contact Community Life Pastor Aaron Thompson.

What Love Is @ Crossview (Tuesdays at 9:30am)

What Love Is @ Crossview (Tuesdays at 9:30am)

Leader: Kathy Woods and co-leader Diane Borth

This group will be going through Kelly Minter’s book of “What Love Is.” The material covers the letters of 1, 2, & 3 John as they were written to encourage followers of Jesus to remain faithful to the truth. Believers are challenged to look at contrasting themes such as walking in the light instead of darkness, truth versus lies and deception, loving God more than loving the world, and the meaning of true fellowship and community rather than shallowness. This study reveals not only the heart of John but also the heart of Jesus.

Where & When: Crossview in Classroom 1—Tuesdays starting February 12 (9:30-11:00am).

Who: Women of all ages.

Becoming a Great Youth Sports Parent @ Crossview (Monday, Feb 11 at 6:30-8:00pm)

Becoming a Great Youth Sports Parent @ Crossview (Monday, Feb 11 at 6:30-8:00pm)

Leader: Neil Fletcher

Do your kids play sports? Does your color-coded calendar look crazy with games and practices? Don’t remember the last time you were in church because of that calendar? This evening program is for you!

We have so many families here at Crossview who have kids involved in youth sports. This evening is for you. We will together tackle strategies to stay God-focused and sports-enjoying!

Where & When: At Crossview—Monday, Feb 11 6:30-8:00pm

Who: All ages.

Launch Well (Mondays at 6pm)

Launch Well (Mondays at 6pm)

Leader: Jeremiah and Jennifer Forster

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.

Where & When: At the Forster’s home in Madison Lake—Mondays starting February 11 (6:00-8:00pm)

Who: All ages. Childcare is provided, if they are joining you please include them when you register.

Movie Nights at Church (Friday Feb 8 & March 15)

Movie Nights at Church (Friday Feb 8 & March 15)

Winter is a good time to stay warm inside and watch a movie. But why do it alone? Come to church and enjoy a movie together. We will provide the popcorn and some drinks. This is a great event to invite others. After the movie we will have a brief discussion on how the film ties to our faith. We will watch two different movies during two different dates. You can come to one or the other or both. For licensing purposes we cannot state the movie titles online, but feel free to ask Community Life Pastor Aaron Thompson and he would be happy to tell you.

Where: At Crossview


  • Friday, February 8 (6:30-9:00pm)—a 2017 movie about trusting God.

  • Friday, March 15 (6:30-9:00pm)—a 2008 movie about redemption.

Who: Movies are PG-13

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.

Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) @ Crossview (1st & 3rd Thursdays every month at 6:00pm)

Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) @ Crossview (1st & 3rd Thursdays every month at 6:00pm)

Leaders: Rhonda Anderson and Heidi Sampson

Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) is a ministry of Crossview Covenant Church. AVA is focused on shining Christ’s light on the sin of domestic violence. AVA provides resources for victims of abuse and education on the issue of domestic violence. This group will provide a safe place for support for those who have or are dealing with domestic violence. For more information about AVA click here.

Where & When: At Crossview in classroom 1—starting in February 7 (1st and 3rd Thursday of every month until May 16) 6:00-7:30pm.

Who: Women and men of all ages.

Starting Point @ Fillin' Station (Wednesdays at 6:00pm)

Starting Point @ Fillin' Station (Wednesdays at 6:00pm)

Leader: Chuck Parsons

This next step class is for anyone who wants to hit the "restart" button with faith. For some of us, our faith journeys began in childhood as a set of beliefs handed to us by a parent, teacher, or pastor. 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 wanting to grow in your faith, coming back to church after some time away, curious about God, or new to faith, 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 The Fillin’ Station Coffeehouse (630 S Front St) in the back room Wednesdays starting February 6 -April 3 (6:00-8:00pm). There will be a break on Ash Wednesday, March 6.

Father/Son Winter Retreat @ Camp Shamineau  (Feb 1-3)

Father/Son Winter Retreat @ Camp Shamineau (Feb 1-3)

Father/Son Winter Retreat

Friday, Feb 1 (meet at church at 3:45pm)-Sunday, Feb 3 (back home before the big game)

Camp Shamineau near Motley, MN

This weekend gives fathers and sons the chance to strengthen their relationships and grow closer to God, while having a whole lot of fun. Chapel sessions combine fun, games, great worship times and messages from gifted speakers. Activities include: trail rides, high ropes course, indoor climbing wall, campfire donut making, playing games at the snack shop and more! Cost is $109/ person ages 13-adult, and $89/child ages 5-12. Scholarships available! for more info, contact Dan Englehorn. Click on the black button below to register on Camp Shamineau’s website.

Believing Jesus @ Crossview (Fridays at 10:00am)

Believing Jesus @ Crossview (Fridays at 10:00am)

Leader: Sharon Chatleain

Group study on Believing Jesus, Bible teacher and author Lisa Harper retraces the steps of the apostles in the book of Acts, while throwing in a few of her own crazy adventures along the way. The disciples didn’t have much of a road map after Jesus ascended to heaven, but God’s grace and spirit filled in the gaps as they moved forward. It required their willingness to risk everything to establish a new community that would change the future world.

Where & When: At Crossview in classroom 1—Fridays starting February 1 (10:00-11:30am). Feb 1 and March 8 the group will meet in Conference Room B in the Kid’s wing because of the emergency shelter.

Who: Women of all ages.

Everybody, Always @ Mankato (Every other Thursday at 7:00pm)

Everybody, Always @ Mankato (Every other Thursday at 7:00pm)

Leaders: Mike Brennan & Rich 0’Brien

This group will be taking a look at Bob Goff’s book titled, “Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People” (a follow-up to Goff’s book Love Does). “Everybody, Always” takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry. The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.

Driven by Bob’s trademark storytelling, “Everybody, Always” reveals the lessons Bob learned--often the hard way--about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, “Everybody, Always” points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. “Everybody, Always” reveals how we can do the same.

Where & When: At Metro Sales, 195 W Lind Ct, Mankato (behind McDonalds on 169 North)—Every other Thursday start date TBD (7:00pm)

Who: All ages.

Financial Peace University @ Crossview (Thursdays at 6:30pm)

Financial Peace University @ Crossview (Thursdays at 6:30pm)

Leader: Les Norman

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 (Jan. 31-March 28, 2019). 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! Spouses & engaged couples can attend together with a single membership, and teens living at home are welcome to attend with parents.


HAVE QUESTIONS about FPU? Meet FPU leader Les Norman in person at Crossview Sunday, Jan. 27 at 6pm during the Small Group Meet and Greet

Session Begins: Thursday, Jan. 31 (6:30-8:00pm) @ Crossview, Classroom K108

Cost: $109 for the FPU membership & all class materials. 

Questions? Contact Les Norman

Men's Fraternity @ Crossview (Thursdays at 6:30pm)

Men's Fraternity @ Crossview (Thursdays at 6:30pm)

Leader: Loren Ewert & Larry Kuyper

Join other men who want to learn about to be Christian leaders and family focused.

Where & When: At Crossview in Classroom 2 (except Jan 31 & March 7 when the shelter is at church then the group meets in the Kid’s Wing in K106)—Thursdays starting January 31 at 6:30pm.

Who: Men of all ages.

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 starting January 31 (9:00-10:30am).

Who: Parents of all ages.

Who Cares? We Care. @ Crossview (Wednesdays at 6:00pm)

Who Cares? We Care. @ Crossview (Wednesdays at 6:00pm)

Leader: Pastor Libby Englehorn

How do we care for one another at Crossview? Is it possible to be personal even though we are a large church? Absolutely, but only when we do it together. During this 5 session class we will learn how God created each of us with the ability to walk along side each other in times of joy and sorrow. If you want to fine tune your skills for caring and be better equipped to care for people God has put in your life, then this group is for you. This group will discuss listening, grief, prayer, local resources, confidentiality, and more. After the class there is an option to discuss being part of the Pastoral Care Team.

Where & When: At Crossview in the main Sanctuary—Wednesdays, begins January 30-February 27 (6:00-7:15pm).

Who: All ages.

Men's Group @ Hilltop HyVee (Wednesdays at 6:30am)

Men's Group @ Hilltop HyVee (Wednesdays at 6:30am)

Leader: Phil Perrizo

This group will be studying the book of James by using the S.O.A.P. method (Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer).

Where & When: Hilltop HyVee café—Wednesdays starting Jan 30 (6:30-7:30am).

Who: Men of all ages.

Small Group Meet & Greet (Sunday, Jan 27 6:00pm)

Small Group Meet & Greet (Sunday, Jan 27 6:00pm)

Small Group Meet & Greet Event
Sunday, Jan. 27 (6:00-7:00pm)

Want to find a small group after the new year? Come to the Small Group Meet & Greet, where you'll meet and connect with others at Crossview. It's a way for group seekers and group leaders to meet face-to-face! At the Meet & Greet you will hear Crossview’s heart for small groups, enjoy refreshments, and be introduced to the various small groups offered. Come as you are and get acquainted with small groups at our church.

Small group sign-up will be available online starting Sunday, Jan. 13. You can also sign-up for a group at the event.

Childcare nursery to 10 years old is provided. Please let us know when you register.

Here is a list of some of the groups that will be at the event:


  • Celebrate Recovery Small Group

  • Wednesday Morning Ongoing Group 

  • 50+ Men’s Group

  • Fridays Morning Ongoing Group


  • Celebrate Recovery Small Group

  • Evening Women’s Group

  • Women’s Day Group


  • Starting Point

  • Launch Well (a great group if you are “new” to small groups or Crossview)

  • Groups for Hurting Parents

  • Young Adult Small Group

  • Caregiver Support Group

  • The Mark Drama Small Group

  • The Marriage Course

  • The Micah Project Small Group (a Faith and Justice Group)

  • ”Who Cares? We Care”

Questions? Contact Community Life Pastor Aaron Thompson.

The Mark Drama Small Group

The Mark Drama Small Group

Leader: Rachael Winch

Experience the Gospel message in a new exciting way! Together we will work to study and perform a the Gospel of Mark in 90 minutes. The Mark Drama is used around the world as an evangelism tool to share about Jesus. To join the team the following things must be true of you: You like the idea of doing drama (whether you have experience or not). Your voice is loud enough for performing. You are willing to commit yourself to learning the order of events of the Gospel of Mark (with a helpful guide, of course)! And finally, you are available for all rehearsals and show dates. Curious about what we are doing? Check out The Mark Drama  or contact Rachael Winch.

Where & When: At Crossview the following days and rooms:

Learning the Mark Drama

Sunday, January 27  @ 6pm-7pm                          Info Meeting/Handouts at Crossview (click here to register for this event)

February 25 – March 3                                          Learn Section One (On Your Own)

March 4 – March 10                                                Learn Section Two (On Your Own)

Tuesday, March 12 @ 7pm-8pm                      Prayer/Quick Study from Section 1 or 2 Meet at Crossview

March 18 – March 24                                          Learn Section Three (On Your Own)

March 25 – March 31                                              Learn Section Four (On Your Own)

Tuesday, April 2 @ 7pm-8pm                           Prayer/Quick Study from Section 3 or 4 Meet at Crossview

April 8 – April 14                                                       Learn Section Five (On Your Own)

April 15 – April 21                                                     Learn Section Six (On Your Own)


Rehearsal & Performance Schedule:

Thursday April 25                                                             7:30pm – 10pm                First Rehearsal

Friday April 26                                                                 7:30pm – 10:15pm           Second Rehearsal

Saturday April 27                                                             9am – 4pm                         Third Rehearsal

Saturday April 27                                                             7:30pm                             First Performance

Sunday April 28                                                             7:30pm                             Second Performance

Who: Ages 15+