Small Group Opportunities

Group of PeopleAs individuals, we have differences in our journeys and our places along the path.  Wherever you are, being in a supportive and purposeful small group will allow your relationship with God to grow.  It is the act of being connected that gives us strength. We work together for the understanding and living in God’s Word.

Find that comfortable place, settle in, and may you find many blessings as you take this journey in building your relationship with God and the faith community.  For more information, contact the church office (, 269-327-6643).

Sunday Morning Small Groups
Parenthood!  Hey Moms and Dads! We have a small group for you. Let's get together in fellowship, reflect on some scripture and talk about the joys and struggles of parenthood. In the choir room, during the Sunday school hour (10:15-11:15) during the school year September through May.  Summer schedule to be determined.  Please contact Greathen Derenne, with questions, all are welcome!

Summer Small Group Opportunity
"Racial Sobriety - Becoming the Change You Want to See",  By Clarence E. Williams, Jr.,CPPS, PhD.  "The nature of intervention in recovery from racism lies in its pursuit of racial sobriety in which the individual, the group and the culture are challenged to examine the false and sick beliefs of the racialized self," page 3.  June 25th, 9:00am Portage Chapel Hill.  Chapters 1,2,3,4.  July 16. After 10:30service. Time and Location: to be determined.  Chapters 5,6,7,8.  August 20th, After 10:30 service. Time and Location: to be determined.  Chapters 9,10,11, next steps.  

Group will be facilitated by Jorge and Marsha Costales.  Please feel free to contact Jorge or Marsha with questions  269-352-3154 (Jorge) 269-352-3152 (Marsha)

Bible Study and Book Groups
Amazing Women’s Fellowship
Ruth Stoddard, Coordinator, 269-375-1406,
Fourth Friday of the month in Ruth’s home, 9:00 - 11:30am.  Most months have a video-based Bible Study.  The group meets weekly as a location during all-church book reads.  There is always time for sharing what is going on in member lives and for prayer requests.

Sisters in Spirit
Jean Christie and Shirley Freeman, Coordinators, 269-327-3213, ; 269-381-8208,  Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30am in Jean’s home (wheelchair accessible).  This is a group of women that love books!  During the school year, books are read and discussed on topics of theology, spirituality, social justice and living in the world.  During the summer, members meet socially and share books being read.   All women are welcome. 

Mission Focus
Mission Quilters
Gayle Franklin, Coordinator, 269-217-6866,  Mission Quilters - returning for our 13+ season!!
If you can thread a needle and tie a knot, come join our fellowship starting Thursday, September 15th. We meet every Thursday, excluding holidays, from 6:30 to 8:30, Room #108.  Tied quilts are distributed to Parent to Parent, The Free Store at Sunnyside and YWCA Women’s shelter.  No experience is necessary.  Please contact Gayle Franklin at 269-217-6866 or email

Senior Ministries
Bob and Jean Christie, Coordinators, 269-327-3213,  Third Thursday of the month in Bob and Jean’s home at 7pm.  (wheelchair accessible)  This group coordinates meals for people following illness or surgery, transportation and/or much-needed assistance in times of difficulty.  A published directory is available listing where seniors may locate different forms of assistance in the community. 

Fun and Fellowship
Camera Club
Matt Kerr, Coordinator, 269-324-5664,  Events and time varies. This group focuses on learning more about photography and its many elements. Regardless of make and model of camera, whether it is film or digital, SLR, compact camera, smartphone with a camera app or just the desire to learn more about photography, there is a place for you! 

Co-Ed Volleyball
Russ Hankey, Coordinator, 269-324-7669,  Mondays at Portage Central Stable at 7pm. With two courts, there is the opportunity for a beginner game and an advanced game. All ages are welcome but at least 14 is recommended.  There is a small fee ($5 ) to the Portage Public Schools for the use of the gym and custodial staffing.  Financial arrangements can be made.

Genealogy with Doris
Dorris Mettler, Coordinator, 269-327-8272,  Third Tuesday in the Wesley Room (Rm # 218) from 10:00 to 11:30am.  Sessions will be discuss how to do research and searching on the Internet.  Any level of experience is welcome. 

Sewing Group
Jean Christie, Coordinator, 269-327-3213,, Tuesdays Sept – May in Jean’s home (wheelchair accessible) from 1 - 3pm.  If you enjoy crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch (any hand sewing) and like to do it with others, this group is for you!

Men’s Breakfast
John Mason, Coordinator, 269-329-2951,  Wednesdays at East Egg in Portage (near mall) at 7:30am.  Join the men of the church for an opportunity of fun and fellowship.  All ages are encouraged to attend.

Over the Chapel Hill Gang
Dorothy Harrington, Coordinator, 269-327-0303,  First Wednesday of month at various local restaurants at 11:45am.  This group is open to any retired, or close to retired friends from Chapel Hill.  All interested adults are welcome.  Personal care items for the Romence Road Food Pantry are collected each month.

LiFT (Ladies in Fellowship Together)
Kristen Lendzion and Sue Smith, Coordinators, 269-547-9964, or 269-352-7084 ,  Ladies in Fellowship Together welcomes all ladies no matter your age, marital status, or if you have children or not.  The purpose of this group is to form friendships, strengthen bonds, feel involved, be supported, have fun, and of course, eat!  Over the summer we have played games, exchanged books, done some crafts and had engaging conversations. Please join us the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30pm in the Upper Room at PCHUM for some talk, laughter, and snacks.  Hope to see you there – get LiFTed!