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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.

      HOW DO I LEAD A LIFE GROUP?

      To learn more about leading a Life Group at Living Hope Church, please get in touch with Teresa Bakke at bakkefam4@gmail.com or by calling 253-341-6262. You can also click here to complete the Life Group Leadership form Life Group Leader Interest.

      Join a Life Group

      Name Meets On Time Type Location
      LHC Men's Ministry Varies Ministry
      LHC Men's Ministry  
      Leader: Rick Cochran
      Ministry
      Varies
      Life Group: Christ's Calling Sunday Afternoon Life Group Merrillville Campus
      Life Group: Christ's Calling
      Leader: Bruce Johnson

      Christ's Calling is a community of people who desire to become more equipped in God's word, going back to the basics, working through Jesus' commands, learning about his strengths and power, and standing on God's promises for our lives.

      Leaders: Bruce and Debbie Johnson
      dandb3031@sbcglobal.net

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Sunday
      Afternoon
      Life Group: Gun Club Saturday 8:30am Life Group Merrillville
      Life Group: Gun Club
      Leader: Mike Chasko

      This group is for those who love to shoot guns. You will meet for breakfast at 8:30 am and then go to the gun range to shoot from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

      Everyone is responsible for their meal and range fees.

      For more information on connecting with this group, please contact Mike Chasko at
      219-688-3957 or email chasko1@gmail.com.

      Merrillville (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Saturday
      8:30am
      Life Group: Emergency Prayer Responders Varies Varies Ministry
      Life Group: Emergency Prayer Responders
      Leader: Rick Cochran

      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: Freedom and Deliverance Thursday 6:30pm Life Group Merrillville Campus
      Life Group: Freedom and Deliverance

      This group provides a practical application in learning to find freedom in yourself and ministering freedom to others. Find freedom from bondage and or hang-ups that you can't seem to overcome.

      Leader: Sharon Wachowiak
      Email: sjwshareon@hotmail.com

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Thursday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Girls Night Out Varies Life Group
      Life Group: Girls Night Out
      Leader: Carrie Brown

      Portage women, let's have some fun! This group is for women to get away twice a month for various events to enjoy conversation, support one another, and share our spiritual lives.

      For more information or to get connected, please contact Carrie Brown at 219-616-1907 or email carrie.brown36@gmail.com.

      Life Group
      Varies
      Life Group: Grief Share Wednesday 6:30pm Life Group Merrillville Campus
      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.

      Cost: $20.00 for the workbook

      For more information or to register for Grief Share, contact Cheryl Owens at 219-381-5660 or cowens50@sbcglobal.net

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Wednesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Heart of Worship Wednesday 6:30pm Life Group Merrillville Campus
      Life Group: Heart of Worship  
      Leader: Monica Evans

      Believers are called to be a 'living sacrifice.' Take a walk through the bible and learn how to worship our God better.

      For more information or to register for this group, contact Monica Evans at butleratdetroit@yahoo.com.

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Wednesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Just Among Moms Tuesday 10:00am Life Group
      Life Group: Just Among Moms  
      Leader: Laura Unsworth

      Build community with this group for seasoned and new moms alike. We all have something to learn from each other's experiences. We will read the book 'Desperate, A Hope for Moms who need to Breath."

      We will focus on relationship building as we encourage one another through the highs and lows of parenting. This group is open to both the Merrillville and Portage Campuses.

      The cost of the book is $16.00. Childcare will be provided over the course of 6 weeks for a cost of $10.00.

      A meal will be shared pot-luck style.

      Advanced registration is required and can be completed by contacting Laura at 219-314-1075 or laura.katona@live.com.

      Life Group
      Tuesday
      10:00am
      Life Group: Kingdom Women's Study Wednesday 6:30pm Life Group Merrillville Campus
      Life Group: Kingdom Women's Study
      Leader: Shronda Swindle

      Join Kingdom Women as we study the book of Isaiah. We will learn to rest in God's promises, trust God for who He is, and discover peace in God's commands, character, and comfort.

      We will read through the book 'Isaiah' by Melissa Spoelstra. The cost of the book is $22.00.

      For more information or to register for the bible study, please email Shronda Swindle at shrondaswindle@gmail.com.

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Wednesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Learning to Sign (ASL) Tuesday 6:30pm Life Group Merrillville Campus
      Life Group: Learning to Sign (ASL)  
      Leader: Moriah Clark

      This group will teach you how to communicate to the deaf and hard of hearing by using American Sign Language (ASL). You will learn how to sign the alphabet, numbers, words, phrases, and ASL grammar.

      For more information or to register for this group, contact Moriah Clark at 219-802-4439 or mclarks5192@gmail.com.

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Tuesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Living a Life of Balance Tuesday 6:30pm Life Group Merrillville Campus
      Life Group: Living a Life of Balance
      Leader: Teresa Bakke

      This women's group will go through the book by Marilyn Meberg called "Living a Life of Balance." We will review what we are so busy with and receive guidance, hope, and rest as we achieve life balance.

      The cost of the book is $10.00

      For more information or to register for this group, please get in touch with Teresa Bakke at 253-341-6262.

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Tuesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: MANCAVE Monday 6:30pm Life Group Merrillville Campus
      Life Group: MANCAVE
      Leader: Dave DeSalle

      Mancave is a Life Group for men. This is a time to hang out and discuss various topics such as sports, cars, and other manly topics.

      Leaders:
      Dave DeSalle | 219-808-0803
      Ron Miller | 219-669-5110
      Joe Gifford

      Meeting: First Monday of every month | 6:30pm | LHC Cafe

      Merrillville Campus (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

      This group brings support and fellowship to women who have lost their husbands through death or divorce. Meetings are once a month and will involve various activities.

      For more information or to connect with this group, contact Debbie Ramsey at 219-805-8158 or email ramsey325@att.net.

      Life Group
      Varies
      Varies
      Life Group: Sharing Your Faith and Testimony Tuesday 6:30pm Life Group Merrillville
      Life Group: Sharing Your Faith and Testimony
      Leader: Debra Watson

      Do you need to overcome the fear of sharing your faith? Learn how to share the gospel and your testimony with boldness! See how your personal story is impactful in the lives of others.

      For more information or to register for this group, please contact Debra Watson by texting 219-798-7605 or email debrawatson4425@gmail.com.

      Merrillville (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Tuesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group: Stay Married - Portage Campus Thursday 6:30pm Life Group Valparaiso
      Life Group: Stay Married - Portage Campus  
      Leader: Doug Sheehy

      Marriage requires commitment, no matter what or how long you've been married. Join Pastor Doug and Cindy Sheehy as they walk through the devotional ' Stay Married' by Michelle Petersen.

      Childcare and snacks will be provided.

      For more information or to connect with this group, please get in touch with Pastor Doug at doug.sheehy@lhcweb.org.

      Valparaiso (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Thursday
      6:30pm
      Childcare Available
      Life Group: Young Adults Varies Life Group
      Life Group: Young Adults
      Leader: Johnny Martinez

      The LHC Young Adults (18-30) is a group of men and women who are passionate about Jesus, building one another up, and love to have fun.

      We host monthly Bible studies, prayer meetings, and social events. We do life together!

      For more information or to get connected, contact Johnny Martinez by texting 219-688-8186 or emai jjmartinez3dm@gmail.com.

      Life Group
      Varies
      Life Group: Young Married Couples Saturday 6:00pm Life Group Valparaiso
      Life Group: Young Married Couples
      Leader: Corey Thomas

      This group is designed to bring together couples who have been married for less than ten years to discuss life and marriage in a fun environment. Children are welcome, and we will serve food pot-luck style.

      For more information or to register for this group, please text Corey and Tami Thomas
      at 708-334-1324.

      Valparaiso (Living Hope Church)
      Life Group
      Saturday
      6:00pm
      Life Group:Divorce Care Tuesday 6:30pm Ministry Merrillville Campus
      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.
      There is a $20.00 fee for the Divorce Care workbook.

      Leaders:
      Shronda Swindle | Donna Rees | James Williams

      For more information or to register for Divorce Care, please contact Shronda Swindle at 219-742-7610 or email shrondaswindle@gmail.com.

      Meeting: Tuesdays - 6:30pm-8:30pm | Conference Room B

      September 13 - November 15, 2022

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Ministry
      Tuesday
      6:30pm
      Life Group:Portage - Merrillville Family Dinner Sunday 12:00pm Life Group
      Life Group:Portage - Merrillville Family Dinner
      Leader: Dena Yetsko

      This group allows members from the Portage and Merrillville campuses to get to know one another. You will meet for lunch at a local restaurant after the Sunday service and get acquainted with each other as you discuss the sermon notes.

      Restaurant locations may vary, and each family is responsible for the cost of their meal.

      For more information or to RSVP for the Family Dinner, contact Dena Yetsko at 219-510-3606 or email dena.yetsko@outlook.com.

      Life Group
      Sunday
      12:00pm
      Prayer Team Varies Varies Ministry Merrillville Campus
      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

      Merrillville Campus (Living Hope Church)
      Ministry
      Varies
      Varies