Fall Small Groups

We find that participating in a small group is one of the very best ways to get connected at Sanctuary. Check out the listing of fall small groups below.

Maybe this all feels intimidating. We get it! Here’s an easy step-by-step guide on how do to get involved…

1. Browse the descriptions and see which group(s) peak your interest.

2. Send an email to the leader/host/facilitator listed below with each group, expressing interest in their group.

3. Once you receive the group info, visit the group and see if it’s a good fit. You’re under no obligation to continue attending if you go once and decide it’s not for you.

Still have questions about small groups or want help figuring out which group might be a good fit? Email Beth Faga — she’s happy to help, beth@sanctuaryic.org


Sanctuary’s 2019 Fall Small Groups

Back 40+ Dinner Group

Food, fun and conversation for those over the age of 40

Meets once/month to share lunch or dinner

Host will contact group via email two weeks in advance with that month’s date

Contact Connie Prusha at csprusha@live.com to be added to the email list


“Birth of a White Nation” Book Study

Jacqueline Battalora’s, Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today begins with an exploration of the moment in time when "white people," as a separate and distinct group of humanity, were invented through legislation and the enactment of laws and demonstrates how the social construction and legal enactment of "white people" has ultimately compromised the humanity of those so labeled

We’ll read and discuss this book over the course of six gatherings

Meets Thurs evenings at 7:00pm. Contact Lori (below) for location.

Facilitated by Lori Smith, knucklez@mchsi.com


Bucket of Balls Before Church

Grab your clubs, hit a bucket of balls, or practice your chipping or putting at Brown Deer Golf Course before heading to church

Meet at the range Sunday mornings at 8:30am until it’s too cold

Contact Larry Meyer for email or text updates, larrypmeyer@gmail.com


Cedar Rapids Restaurants Group

Love to try new restaurants? Join us as we explore fun restaurants in the CR area, enjoy lively conversation and meet new friends.

We’ll be meeting at the following Cedar Rapids area restaurants:

Moniker 86 (brunch), Cappy's Pizzeria, Ced-Rel Supper Club, Lighthouse Inn, Phong Lan Restaurant, NaRa Thai Cuisine

Contact Vanessa McDonald to be added to email list, vanessamcdonald319@gmail


Eco Practices with Meditation

Eco Practices with Meditations, Adey Wassink, Erika Lauer & Lianna Cornally

We have been finding ourselves thinking a lot about eco friendly choices and practices. Adey has been thinking a lot about going zero waste; Erika is thinking about how to get more out of less; and Lianna is busy turning her goat's goat milk into soap and shampoo.

Whether you are new to the eco-friendly conversation or have been thinking about this for some time, we'd love for you to join our conversation.

You can expect a short meditation, a short but compelling presentation, and hopefully a robust and inspiring discussion.

Facilitated by Adey Wassink, Lianna and Erika, adeywassink@gmail.com


Fire Pit Hang Out

Come hang out, meet others from Sanctuary and enjoy time around the fire.

Friday evenings at Leman’s home in Iowa City

Hosted by AJ & Kim Leman, email for group time and address, kim.leman@gmail.com


“Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, & Loving the Bible Again” Book Study

We’ll read and discuss Rachel Held Evans’s book, “Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, & Loving the Bible Again”

Group will meet four Tuesday evenings in Cedar Rapids, Oct-Nov

Facilitated by Pam Larson, pam.larson412@gmail.com


LGBTQ Small Group

This group will create a space where LGBTQ+ individuals can build community with one another

Meets monthly for a social hour in the hosts' home, with future activities to be determined by the group

Hosted by Ashley Lindley and Paula Boback. Contact Ashley at ashekae@gmail.com for more information


Psalms: Readings for the Mind, Body & Soul - Women’s Bible Study

6-week study of The Psalms

Will meet Monday evenings at 7:30pm and Tuesday mornings at 9:30am, starting Oct 14th

The Psalmists take us from despair to elation, from desolation to majestic grandeur, from troubled to comforted -- much like our lives. There is so much imagery, so much beauty, comfort, and reassurance in the Psalms. Let’s read some together and see what is stirred within us (emotions, thoughts, questions, creativity).

You may choose to journal as you read, write a psalm or poem, draw or take a picture. There will be opportunities to share with the group or keep it all in your heart.

Led by Becky Schaffner, b.schaffner@mchsi.com


Undergrad Dinner Group

Once/month dinner group for undergrads

Share a meal with others and build community

To get upcoming dates and locations, contact host, Meghan Lindell at meghanlindell@gmail.com


Work & the Goodness of God

What does a healthy relationship with work/job/career look like in light of being present in the goodness of God? If being present is good enough, then what does it mean to work hard, be passionate about what you do and to truly have purpose in your career? How can we infuse Jesus into our daily work?

We don’t promise to answer these questions, but hope to have a great conversations surrounding these topics.

Will meet once/week for 5 weeks, Nov-mid Dec on Thurs evening to discuss how we might marry our work and the goodness of God.

Facilitated by Jeremy Negus and AJ Leman, jeremy.negus@gmail.com


Young Professionals Group

Meet and connect with other young professionals

Discuss relevant topics related to faith, work, and life

Meet three times for lunch at church right after the service on Oct 6, Nov 3, and Dec 8

Facilitated by Joseph Gates and David Borger Germann. Contact david@sanctuaryic.org, 319-333-2380


Prayer Groups

We all need others who will share in the load of doing life, people we can count on to walk alongside us.

Prayer groups consist of 3-4 individuals who meet on a regular basis to share in one another’s joys, sorrows and everything in between.

They celebrate, mourn and encourage one another, sometimes through prayer; always through listening and being present.

Contact Beth Faga at beth@sanctuaryic.org if you’re interested in joining a prayer group.