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Why Life Groups?

LHC Life Groups have one, single purpose, to bring people together. We believe God created us to live in community with others and only then can we experience the full life He intended for us. Life Groups are the place where relationships are established, wounds are healed, and purpose is realized. It is our desire for you to get plugged into a group so you can add value to peoples’ lives and they can add value to yours!

    What is a Life Group?

    An LHC Life Group is made up of people who do life together. People gather for all sorts of reasons whether it is playing a sport, spending time at the park, having lunch during the work day, or studying the Bible. The point is not what you meet about, it’s that you are regularly meeting with people and living in community as God designed you to.

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      Name Meets On Time Type Location
      Guest 2021 Sunday Ministry
      Guest 2021
      Leader: Darlene Hamlin

      First, Second & Third Time Guests visiting in 2021

      Ministry
      Sunday
      KIDS: Child Dedication Sunday Morning
      KIDS: Child Dedication
      Leader: Darlene Hamlin
      Sunday
      Morning
      Life Group: Hurting Mom's Mending Hearts Wednesday 7:00pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Hurting Mom's Mending Hearts  

      Supporting hurting moms through scripture, sharing and listening so they can learn to surrender their children to God and receive the peace that only He can give in the midst of their struggles.

      Leader: Linda Norville-Moles
      Meeting: Wednesdays | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | February 24 - April 28
      Location: Conference Room B
      Contact: Linda Norville-Moles at 219-689-1128 or lindamarink@outlook.com

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Wednesday
      7:00pm
      Life Group: 70x7 - Finding Peace By Forgiving Monday 6:00pm Merrillville
      Life Group: 70x7 - Finding Peace By Forgiving  
      Leader: Janet Kilgore

      This group is a women's book study by Bruce Wilkinson. You will discover how to forgive others, including yourself.

      Leader: Janet Kilgore
      Meeting: Mondays | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | April 5 - May 24
      Location: Tom & Janet Kilgore's Home
      Cost: Study book
      Contact: Janet Kilgore at 480-528-0703 or iluvjesus4ever@live.com

      Merrillville (Living Hope Church)
      Monday
      6:00pm
      Life Group: Christ Calling Sunday 12:00pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Christ Calling
      Leader: Bruce Johnson

      This class is an open discussion Bible study that encourages growth in Jesus Christ and relationships with one another.

      Leaders: Bruce & Debbie Johnson
      Meeting: Sundays|12:00pm - 1:30pm| Fireside Room
      Dates: February 7| March 7, 21| April 11, 25| May 2, 16
      Contact: Bruce & Johnson at 219-775-6625 or dandb3031@sbcglobal.net.

      Feel free to bring your own snack.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Sunday
      12:00pm
      Life Group: Emergency Prayer Responders Varies Varies Ministry
      Life Group: Emergency Prayer Responders
      Leader: James Williams

      The Emergency Prayer Responders is a Life Group that makes visits and phone calls to people in hospitals, nursing homes or to those in need of a visit. There will be quarterly meetings.

      Ministry
      Varies
      Varies
      Life Group: Engaging the Holy Spirit Wednesday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Engaging the Holy Spirit

      Come and discover a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit. Learn how we connect and engage with the Spirit of God.
      Leader: Sharon Wachowiak
      Meeting: Wednesdays|6:30pm - 8:00pm|March 3 - April 17
      Location: Fireside Room
      Contact: Sharon Wachowiak at 219-682-7187 or sjwshareon@hotmail.com.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Wednesday
      6:30pm
      LIFE GROUP: FAMILY DINNER Sunday 12:30pm Life Group
      LIFE GROUP: FAMILY DINNER  
      Leader: Jim Bakke

      Spend five weeks having dinner after church with the same group of people to develop new relationships and share life.

      Meeting: Every other Sunday after church from 12:30pm - 2:30pm | February 21 | March 7, 21 | April 4, 18
      Location: Homes | Local Restaurants
      Contact: Jim & Teresa Bakke at 253-341-6262 or bakkefam4@gmail.com.

      Life Group
      Sunday
      12:30pm
      Life Group: Fight Like a Girl Friday 6:30pm Life Group Crown Point
      Life Group: Fight Like a Girl  
      Leader: Monica Evans

      This class encompasses mental, physical and spiritual practical application as it pertains to women in the Bible. Learn about your similarities to biblical women while obtaining tools to handle the mental and physical challenges we face in this time. (For women ages 12 and up).
      Leader: Monica Evans
      Meeting: 2 x monthly on Friday | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | February 12, 26 | March 12, 26 | April 16, 30 | May 14, 28
      Location: Tim & Monica Evan's Home
      Contact: Monica Evans at 253-415-4355 or butleratdetroit@yahoo.com

      Crown Point (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Friday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Grief Share Wednesday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Grief Share  
      Leader: Cheryl Owens

      Have you ever suffered the loss of a spouse, child, family member or friend? If so, you may have experienced that many people cannot understand your deep pain. Grief Share is a support group where you can discuss various subjects and hear from experts on grief recovery.

      Leader: Cheryl Owens
      Meeting: Wednesdays | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | March 3 - May 26
      Location: Conference Room C
      Cost: Workbook
      Contact: Cheryl Owens at 219-381-5660 or cowens50@sbcglobal.net

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Wednesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Gun Club Saturday 8:00am Life Group
      Life Group: Gun Club
      Leader: Mike Chasko

      This group is for those who love to shoot guns! You will meet for breakfast at 8:00am and then go to a gun range.

      Leader: Mike Chasko
      Meeting: Saturdays | 8:00am - 12:00pm | February 27 | March 27 | April 24 | May 22
      Location: Shoot Point Blank and other Ranges
      Contact: Mike Chasko at 219-688-3957 or chasko1@gmail.com

      Life Group
      Saturday
      8:00am
      Life Group: In Search of Wisdom Sunday 5:30pm Life Group St. John
      Life Group: In Search of Wisdom  
      Leader: Donna Rees

      This is a women's book study that takes you on a journey through the wisdom of Proverbs. This transforming experience will leave you prepared to face daily choices and challenges.

      Leaders: Donna Rees
      Meeting: Sundays | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | February 21 - May 23
      Location: Donna Rees Home
      Cost: Book
      Contact: Donna Reese at 219-670-128 or donna.rees29@yahoo.com

      St. John (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Sunday
      5:30pm
      Life Group: Kingdom Women's Study Saturday 10:00am Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Kingdom Women's Study
      Leader: Shronda Swindle

      Esther - It's Tough Being a Women! For ladies 18 years and older.

      Leader: Shronda Swindle
      Meeting: Saturday | 10:00am - 12:00pm | March 6,20 | April 10, 24 | May 1, 8
      Location: LHC Cafe
      Cost: $20.00 for the book
      Contact: Shronda Swindle at 219-742-7610 or shrondaswindle@gmail.com.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Saturday
      10:00am
      Life Group: MANCAVE Monday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: MANCAVE
      Leader: Doug Sheehy

      Mancave is a monthly meeting for men to join together and discuss monthly topics, enjoy food and hanging out with other men.

      Leader: Doug Sheehy
      Meeting: First Monday of every month | 6:30pm
      Location: LHC Cafe
      Contact: Doug Sheehy at 219-776-5556 or doug@lhcweb.org.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Monday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Marriage - For Better or For Worse Tuesday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Marriage - For Better or For Worse
      Leader: Corey Thomas

      Living out the marriage covenant through a deeper understanding and application of 1 John 4:19, 'We love each other because He first loved us.'

      Leader: Corey & Tami Thomas
      Meeting: Tuesday | 6:30pm - 8:00 pm | February 16 | March 2 , 16, 30 | April 13, 27 | May 11, 25
      Location: LHC Fireside Room
      Contact: Corey & Tami Thomas at 708-334-1340 or atthomas5@gmail.com.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Tuesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Men, Boys and RC Toys Saturday 10:00am Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Men, Boys and RC Toys
      Leader: Tom Kilgore

      This group is designed for all ages of boys and men to get together and discover the RC (remote control) hobby. Bring your own or learn from the instructor. Lunch will follow.

      Leader: Tom Kilgore
      Meeting: Saturdays | 10:00am - 12:00pm | April 10, 24 | May 8, 22
      Location: Living Hope Church Parking Lot and Fields
      Contact: Tom Kilgore at 219-528-0565 or tom30andout@hotmail.com.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Saturday
      10:00am
      Life Group: Overcomers Monday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Overcomers
      Leader: Michelle Silva

      Are you struggling with binding and destructive habits, hurts or hang-ups? This group will help you find freedom in Christ, in an atmosphere of fellowship and acceptance.

      Leaders: Michelle Silva | Arlen Rienstra
      Meeting: Mondays | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
      Location: LHC Fireside Room
      Contact: Arlen Rienstra | Michelle Silva at 219-246-7768

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Monday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: R.E.A.L. Varies Varies Life Group
      Life Group: R.E.A.L.
      Leader: Debbie Ramsey

      R.E.A.L. (Relationships, Encouragement, Accountability and Laughter) is a time of support and fellowship for women who have lost their husbands through death or divorce. Meetings are once a month around various activities.

      Leader: Debbie Ramsey
      Meeting: Once a month | March 20 | April 25 | May 15
      Location: Homes and various locations (contact Debbie Ramsey for details)
      Contact: Debbie Ramsey at 219-805-8158 or ramsey325@att.com

      Life Group
      Varies
      Varies
      Life Group: She Shed Wednesday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: She Shed

      This group is for women who enjoy hanging out, relaxing, and discussing topics that affect women today. Think girls night out!

      Leader: Courtney Olavarria
      Meeting: Second Wednesday of the month | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
      Location: LHC Cafe
      Contact: Courtney Olavarria at 219-776-1141 or c.olavarria@aol.com.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Wednesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: The Write Hook Tuesday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: The Write Hook  
      Leader: Steve Crain

      Supporting all writers in various genres of creative writing, plays, music and social media.

      Leader: Steve Crain
      Meeting: 2nd & 4th Tuesday | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | February 9, 24 | March 9, 23 | April 13, 27 | May 11, 25
      Location: Conference Room A
      Contact: Steve Crain at 219-757-1483 or crain657@gmail.com

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Tuesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Wiffle Ball Monday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group: Wiffle Ball  
      Leader: Doug Sheehy

      Whether you played wiffle ball as a kid or enjoy playing baseball, the LHC Wiffle Ball League is a fun distraction from the wintertime blues. Ages 12 and up welcome for fun nights of wiffle ball in the gym. .

      Leader: Doug Sheehy
      Meeting: All Monday except first Monday of each month | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | February 8, 15, 22 | March 8, 15, 22, 29
      Location: LHC Gymnasium
      Contact: Doug Sheehy at 219-776-5556 or doug@lhcweb.org.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Monday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Young Adults Varies 6:30pm Life Group Valparaiso
      Life Group: Young Adults
      Leader: Johnny Martinez

      The LHC Young Adults provide a fun time to hang out with other young adults and discuss living for God and life. The group will also have monthly events. Children are welcomed.

      Leader: Johnny Martinez
      Meeting: First Sunday of every month | 6:30pm with bonus outings each month | March 7 | April 11 | May 2
      Location: Doug & Cindy Sheehy's Home
      Contact: Johnny Martinez at 219-688-8186 or Doug Sheehy at doug@lhcweb.org

      Valparaiso (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Varies
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Young Married Couples Saturday 6:00pm Life Group Valparaiso
      Life Group: Young Married Couples
      Leader: Doug Sheehy

      This group is designed to bring together couples who have been married 10 years or less. The group joins together for a meal and discussions on marriage, family, life and fun. Children are welcomed.

      Leader: Doug & Cindy Sheehy
      Meeting: Third Saturday of every month | 6:00pm
      Location: Doug & Cindy Sheehy's Home
      Contact: Doug & Cindy Sheehy at 219-776-5556 or doug@lhcweb.org.

      Valparaiso (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Saturday
      6:00pm
      Life Group:Divorce Care Tuesday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Life Group:Divorce Care  
      Leader: Shronda Swindle

      Divorce Care Life Groups provide ongoing support and encouragement
      necessary for healing from divorce or separation. Through encouraging
      speakers and the foundational methods of God's living word, you will soon find
      yourself on the path of wholeness that God intends for his children.

      Leaders: Shronda Swindle, Pastor James Williams and Steve & Beth Novina.
      Meeting: Tuesdays - 6:30pm-8:30pm | Conference Room B | March 2 - May 25
      Contact: Shronda Swindle at 219-742-7610 or shrondaswindle@gmail.com.

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Tuesday
      6:30pm
      Prayer Team Varies Varies Ministry At the Church
      Prayer Team
      Leader: Cindy Sheehy

      Living Hope Church has several different prayer teams available to lift up your needs throughout the week.
      - Altar Prayer Team
      - Intercessory Prayer Team
      - Facebook & E-Mail Prayer Team
      - Emergency Prayer Chain

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Ministry
      Varies
      Varies
      Radical Racial Reconciliation Wednesday 6:30pm Life Group At the Church
      Radical Racial Reconciliation
      Leader: Vance Washington

      This class is designed to foster the spiritual practice of seeking loving, liberating, and life-giving relationships with God and with one another by teaching God's Word related to reconciliation, opening dialog, sharing perspectives, and praying with each other.

      Leaders: Jim Bakke & Vance Washington
      Meeting: 1st & 3rd Wednesday | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | February 17 | March 3, 17 | April 7, 21 | May 5
      Location: LHC Cafe
      Contact: Jim Bakke & Vance Washington at 253-347-8205 or bakkefam4@gmail.com

      At the Church (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Wednesday
      6:30pm