Connect Groups
During our Connect Group semesters, we gather weekly in small groups to help us connect with God and others. We take time to learn how to implement the truths of God’s Word into our everyday lives. This is where you can feel comfortable talking about the Bible, asking questions, and sharing prayer requests.

Connect Groups meet at different times and in various locations in our community.
See below for our list of current groups.


Leader: Ellie Short
Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Location:on HHI
Cost: $25 for workbook
Childcare: Yes
Starts: Sept. 12
• Do you feel that God is disappointed with you or that you always fall short of pleasing him?
• How common is fear, depression or loneliness in your life?
• Do you worry about being rejected and abandoned by God and others?
• Do you feel you are doing all the right “Christian stuff” and nothing changes in your life or family?
• Have you put a face on God that you received from your earthly father?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions, I would like to invite you to join me on a journey of opening our hearts to discover who our Father really is and His affection for us. The healing and love our hearts need is sourced in the tangible substance and revelation of God’s love being poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Most importantly, the Holy Spirit will identify and uncover the blockages that have disconnected us and caused us to see our Father through the distorted, colored lenses of our past. When our hearts are changed by His love, everything changes.


Leader: Jackie Ward
Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Location:on HHI
Cost: $17 for workbook; $13 for book
Childcare: Yes
Starts: Sept. 12
Every Christian has been sent and empowered by Jesus to heal the sick. The problem is that many of us don’t know how to practically release God’s healing power. We sometimes think that the healing ministry is only available to special leaders, or that God simply picks and chooses who He decides to heal.

In this study you will learn how to:
• Receive and share words of knowledge for healing
• Pray with authority to release God’s power
• Keep ministering to people when they don’t instantly get healed
• Step out, take risks and watch God do the miraculous
Discover the amazing truth about supernatural healing – that God wants to use you to release His miraculous power.


Leader: Jerry Ward
Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Location:Christian Renewal Church, HHI
Cost: $109 for materials
Childcare: Yes
Starts: Sept. 12
If you are tired of watching your bank account balances getting lower, all the while your credit card balances are on the rise, or you are constantly asking “where has all my money gone?” then this could be the course for you.

FPU is a proven program that will show you how to take control of your money.

During this study, you will learn how to:
• Budget your money no matter what your income level
• Save for emergencies
• Pay off debt
• Plan and invest in the future
• Be a giver in God’s Kingdom.
Thru videos by Dave Ramsey, instruction from a handbook and practical application you will find the motivation, the evidence and help you need to build a solid financial foundation. Everyone can benefit from this course, but it is great for married couples and those in their 20s, 30s and early 40s.

Individual financial counseling will also be available throughout this study.


Leader: Sue Otten
Time: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Location:in Bluffton
Cost: None; Bring your Bible
Childcare: No
Starts: Sept. 13
In this study, we will look at the principles found in the book of Romans that teach us how to overcome the challenges we all face in daily life. God’s desire is for us to experience a life of righteousness, peace and joy, regardless of our circumstances. If you, like so many other people, struggle with fear, anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger or unhealthy habits, then this study in the book of Romans can help.

The practical principles found in God’s Word will give you tools to confront the lies that keep you defeated. You will learn how to access the power that is already in you to help live a life of freedom. In addition to looking into God’s Word, we will take time to pray and encourage one another.


Leader: Jimmy Rollison & Bill Otten
Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 a.m.
Location:Old South Links Restaurant
Cost: $10 suggested book
Childcare: No
Starts: Sept. 18
WANTED: Brave Men who will accept the challenge to meet for 10 weeks and follow a four-step plan to strengthen their devotional life.
TIME AND PLACE: This will be a weekly breakfast fellowship at the Old South Golf Links restaurant every Tuesday morning from 7-8 am.
THE PLAN: Men who will for 10 weeks practice:
1. Spending at least 30 minutes a day in scripture meditation and prayer (We will use selected books of the New Testament).
2. Giving weekly service to God (This could include service to the church in ushering, greeting, worship, cleaning and landscape etc. or outside the church in outreach ministry).
3. Daily reaching out with one thoughtful act of kindness to others.
4. Meeting once a week for group fellowship (Sharing what we have gleaned from our weekly devotion and our experiences in reaching out to others).


Leader: Sandy Heilman
Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Christian Renewal Church, HHI
Cost: $10 for food, handouts
Childcare: Yes
Starts: Sept. 26
Extended Hands of Hope is an 8-week study that trains and equips individuals to provide practical and spiritual support to those who are walking through a season of illness. If your heart goes out to those impacted by illness and you believe God wants them to be filled with hope, or you currently find yourself being a caregiver of a family member or friend who is sick, then this group is for you. Although the class focuses on ministering to those with cancer, the material covered will assist you to come alongside anyone impacted by sickness and disease. Jesus said “when you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.” Come water the seeds of compassion in your heart for those impacted by sickness.