Deacons

The word “deacon” comes from the Greek word ”diakonos” which means servant. Serving as a deacon/deaconess is a “noble task.” (1 Timothy 3:1,8)

“Those who have served well as a deacon/deaconess will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 3:13)

Deacons and deaconesses are people who reflect Christ in their lifestyles, especially His servant's heart. They serve the body of believers through visitation, helping with baptisms and communion, and much more.  Click on the link below for a copy of our brochure that explains more about this ministry.  We are looking for more men and women to join our Deacon Team.  Also find below an application form that you can complete online or download and return to the church office.

Click on the job description and application form links below, fill it out and return to the church office or you may pick them up at the Adult Kiosk. Pastor Chuck Gaines oversees the ministry with the aid of the Deacon Leadership Team.

Small Groups

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... then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. - Philippians 2:2-4

Small Groups are formed to provide an environment where both new and current church attendees can pursue Christian maturity together while developing authentic relationships with one another. We hope all participants discover what it really means to live life together as the body of Christ.

Click the button below to search for open groups you can join. If you can't find one that fits, go ahead and click on any of the group links. On the next page, you will find an interest form you can fill out on the right sidebar. We'll make sure to contact you once a group opens up!

Find a Small Group! 

What To Expect

Our Small Groups meet in trimesters. During each trimester groups come together to discuss Biblically based topics, enjoy fellowship and pray for one another. We also encourage groups to deepen their relationships through enjoying meals and serving together in our church and in the local community. 

Why A Trimester System?

We're using a trimester system because it allows individuals an obvious on and off ramp for small group involvement. While we encourage groups to stay together, we also realize the ebb and flow of life may require a schedule change. The trimester system also works well with holiday and traditional school schedules, and allows leaders to take a break when necessary. You can easily enter small groups three times a year in January, April and September. We hope you join in as we begin our next trimester. Sign up in the Foyer January 4 and 11 or sign up on line in the weeks to come.

Staff Contact: Mike Harding 
mharding@fbceg.org | ext. 106

Staff Contact: Sharon Sorrentino
ssorrentino@fbceg.org | ext. 108

Support Groups

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Support Workshops

Are you going through a difficult time? One of our support groups may be just the right place for you to come and heal, grow, be encouraged, and find direction. Contact Claudia at ext. 100 or cpaige@fbceg.org for details.

Counseling Ministry Contact:

To sign-up or for details on any of the Support Workshops or for more information on our Counseling Program, leave a message at 685-4821 ext. 347 and someone will get back to you.


Available Support Workshops

Changes that Heal – A Small Group for Women
Thursdays @ 10am | February 20-April 10 in Rm. E-208
The goals of this group are to explore emotional and relational issues in a four-step program to healing and growth. Using Dr. Henry Cloud’s Changes that Heal book and workbook to explore how to: 1. Connect more deeply with others to form truly intimate relationships; 2. Develop healthy independence from those you’re connected to; 3. Understand the good and bad in yourself and others; 4. Grow emotionally and spiritually to fully feel like an adult. (Group will be capped at a 6 participant maximum.) Pre-registration is requested. This small group will be led by Carlen Mauch, MFT Intern. Materials Cost: $30

Register by contacting Carlene Mauch at 804-8240.

Blended Families: The Smart Step-Family
Tuesdays @ 7pm | February 25-April 15 in Rm. A-1
A 10-week small group to support the step-family or single parent family build a healthy family system. We will use materials from step-family expert, Ron L. Deal. Through engaging videos, discussion and support you will learn useable solutions for everyday living and glean valuable insight and practical tips for raising your step-family the smart, not hard, way. Taught by Michael Beckner and Lynette Beckner. Michael is our Counseling Center Coordinator, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a step-family survivor and thriver with wife Lynette. Childcare available for a nominal fee. Materials Cost: $40

Boundaries with Kids
Tuesdays @ 7pm | February 25-April 15 in Rm. E-210
The Boundaries with Kids small group will give you the tools you need for raising your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions. Working with Henry Cloud and John Townsend’s book, the small group will take you through the ins and outs of instilling the kind of character in your children that will help them lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. The group process will help you experience how the support of community can lead to new perspectives on effective ways to set limits and still be a loving parent. This 8-week course is led by Greg Hutchings, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee at FBC. Materials Cost: $40

Hold Me Tight
Marriage Enrichment Workshop
Friday, March 7 | 6-9pm AND Saturday, March 8 | 9am-6pm in Rm. E-202
This is a valuable workshop that is offered at other venues for $300-650/couple, but we are offering this class for $75. Whether your marriage is in a really good place or is struggling, this workshop is for you. Based on the book Hold Me Tight by Dr. Sue Johnson, you’ll learn through videos and private breakout sessions how to have a closer connection by having seven conversations that help break the cycles of confused communication, frustration, and even loneliness in your relationship. Make sense of your own and your partner’s emotions, create lasting trust and intimacy, and forgive injuries that destroy trust and safety. The workshop is led by FBC’s Annette Stringer, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and by Paige McAtee, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Materials Cost: $75 (book included)

GriefShare
Tuesdays @ 7pm | Begins February 18 in Rm. E-203
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. That’s the reason for GriefShare; a support group for people grieving the loss of someone close.

Get details by contacting Claudia Paige at cpaige@fbceg.org. Visit our GriefShare web page for more information.

Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Journey
A Working Guide for Healing by Friends in Recovery
1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 6:30pm in Rm. E-211
Has your life been affected by substance abuse, violence, or other obsessive behaviors? Join us as we continue this study that uses biblical principles and 12-step wisdom as our guide to recovery, wholeness and proper dependence on God. Materials Cost $15.50

Register by contacting Vincent Johnson at vjohnson26@hotmail.com or Todd Bellomy at tjbellomy@aol.com.

Financial Peace Coaching Services
Are you struggling with trying to implement a budget or even find agreement with your spouse about what should be in your budget? You are not alone. Vincent and Liz Johnson, in addition to being long-time Financial Peace University Facilitators here at FBC, have been trained by Financial Peace University as Financial Coaches to help couples and individuals gain or increase control over their budgets, spending, saving and/or giving. Vincent and Liz meet here at church on Monday evenings to help you set and achieve your personal financial goals. Coaching services are available with a free 60-minute consultation. They can be contacted at FinancialCoachEG@gmail.com or by phone (Liz @ 479-2659 or Vincent @ 947-1345). Contact them directly for more information.

Financial Peace University
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! The class meets for an hour and a half for 9-weeks. Cost: $99/family and payment plans are available.
Contact Sharon Sorrentino at ssorrentino@fbceg.org for details.

SCALES
Sanctioned Care for Afflicted Lives for Eternal Significance
Sundays @ 2pm in Rm. E-103
A bi-monthly confidential Christian support group for families and friends who are impacted by a loved one with mental illness. If you have any questions or just want to talk, contact Greg and Marti at westee4@sbcglobal.net.

Get details by contacting Pastor Bob Speizer at bspeizer@fbceg.org.