Community GROUPS


If you want to become the person and do the things God wants you to do, you need to have intentional relationships with people who have the same goal and who want the same for you—and a Community Group is a great place for that to happen. In a Community Group, eight to twelve adults meet regularly to help each other love God, love people, and make disciples. You'll do this as you discover and apply God's truth from the Bible to your lives together. In a Community Group, you're both known and grown in the context of community. So which Community Group is right for you?



    MONDAYS  |  7-8:30 PM  |  September 11

    Facilitators: Nick and Kristi Ramig

    Location: The Ramigs' home

    Life stage: Married couples, 30s and up, with kids

    Child care: TBD

    The Ramig have been married for 19 years and have six children. They know it’s hard to budget and manage money. The group will go through the study “Simple Money, Rich Life” by Bob Lotich which will introduce a 21-day kickstart to stress-free money management that will help participants increase savings, earnings and giving. They will meet in a home in Gurnee and may share the cost of a babysitter.

    Registration is closed. Group is now full. 

  • Kriekard community group

    tuesdays | 6:30-8 pm | bEGINS SEPTEMBER 19 (MEETS TWICE A MONTH through december)

    Facilitators: Adrianne and Steve Kriekard

    Location: The Kriekards' home

    Life stage: Married couples with kids (elementary school and older)

    Child Care: Not available

     The Kriekards, parents of two boys, want to create a community for families to fellowship, build relationships and grow as they do life together. Discussions and studies will focus on marriage, family and parenting as Christians in the challenges of today’s world. Specific studies will be selected by the group.

    Click HERE to register.


    Facilitator: Carolyn Smith

    Location: Immanuel

    Life stage: Co-ed, high school students and adults

    Child care: Not available

    Carolyn is passionate about encouraging others to read the Bible regularly in order to grow closer to God. Each week participants will read select passages of Scripture from the previous week’s Bible Recap aloud together as a supplement to their daily reading. 

    Register or show up.


    WEDNESDAYS  | 1-2:30 PM  |  OCTOBER 4

    Facilitators: Rick and Sharon Westbrook

    Location: The Westbrooks' home

    Life stage:  Couples over 50 with grandchildren

    Child care: Not available

    Rick and Sharon are blessed with 13 grandchildren and desire deeper relationships with each one to make an earthly and eternal difference. The group will watch a video, Grace Based Grandparenting: Discovering the Secrets to Heart Connection by Tim Kimmel, followed by discussion and fellowship. 

    Click HERE to register.

  • Breakfast CLUB
    Wednesdays  |  8-9:15 am  beginning september 13

    Facilitator: Don Tremper

    Location: Bob & Anne's Restaurant, Waukegan, IL

    Life Stage: Multi-generational

    Child Care: Not available

    Don has retired from high school teaching, but not from teaching the Bible at Immanuel.  The "Breakfast Club" is a mid-sized group that meets for breakfast, fellowship and Bible-based teaching. The autumn discussion topic: is "God's Humble Heroes.” You can just show up, but if you would like to register, click HERE.

    From May 31 until September 13, the group will meet informally for breakfast at 9 AM. In September, they will return to the usual times (8 until 9:15 AM). 

    You can just show up for the group, but if you’d like to register, click HERE.


    WEDNESDAYS  7-8:30 PM Begins september 13

    Facilitators: Ryan and Heather Korah

    Location: The Korahs' home

    Life stage:  Married Couples or Singles in their 30's-40's with kids

    Child care: TBD

    Ryan and Heather Korah are parents of young children and desire to simply “do life” with others in the same stage of life. Their group will use the weekly Discussion Guide from Sundays to grow and challenge each other as they seek to better understand the Bible and how it relates to their lives. They will meet in a home in Gurnee and may share the cost of a babysitter.

    Click HERE to register. 

  • vantagepoint3 (vp3)

    VantagePoint3 (VP3) Groups take participants through a series of studies designed to help them discover who God is, who they are, and what God desires to do through them. The VP3 pathway spans three years in total and is organized as follows:

    Year 1 - The Journey

    • Click HERE for an overview of The Journey.
    • Click HERE for more information or to let an adult ministry team member know you’re interested in registering for The Journey

    Year 2 - A Way of Life
    • Click HERE for an overview of A Way of Life.
    • If you’ve already completed Year 1, click HERE for more information or to let an adult ministry team member know you’re interested in registering for A Way of Life.

    Year 3 - Walking With Others
    • Click HERE for an overview of Walking With Others.
    • If you’ve already completed Year 1 & 2, click HERE for more information or to let an adult ministry team member know you’re interested in registering for Walking With Others.





    Facilitators: Greg Friedrich and Carl 'Spark' Ball

    Location: Love INC of Lake County (339 Lakewood Ave, Waukegan)

    Life stage: Adult men, multi-generational

    Child care: Not available

    Greg and Spark welcome all men to join the group. They will support one another through prayer, studying scripture and encouraging each other to follow Jesus.

    Click HERE to register.

  • VanBogelen/brooks

    Wednesday Evening group

    Wednesdays 5:30-7 PM | BEGINS SEPTEMBER 13

    Facilitators:  Jim Brooks & Terry VanBogelen

    Location:  Brooks' Home

    Life Stage:  Adult men, multigenerational

    Child Care:  Not Available

    Jim and Terry have been around the block a few times --Jim more than Terry! They seek to please the Lord and grow in Him. They want to walk well and encourage other men to do the same. The group members discuss the Sunday messages using the Discussion Guides and applying them to daily life.

    Click HERE to register. 



    WEDNESDAYS | 6-7:30 AM  | Beginning september 13

    Facilitators: Jason Lind & George Bridges

    Location: On campus

    Life Stage: Adult men, multi-generational

    Child Care: Not available

    Jason and George are busy dads of teenagers and young adult children. They understand the many pressures of life and desire to give guys a place to grow in their faith journeys, using video series from RightNow Media. 

    Click HERE to register.

  • lewis

    wednesday evening group


    Facilitator: Mike Lewis

    Location: Culvers (Grand and Dilleys in Gurnee)

    Life stage: Adult men, multi-generational

    Child care: Not available

    The group is currently following along with the Immanuel family, studying with Tara Leigh Cobble and The Bible Recap. They read and discuss the Scripture passage of the day.

    Click HERE to register.

  • young adult men's group

    We know how important it is for young men to connect. More details to come. Please click the link below if you're interested. 

    Click here if interested. 

  • men's group

    For Men’s Groups focused on living a life of Integrity, click HERE to visit the “Care Groups” page.



    TUESDAYS | 7-8:30 PM | ongoing

    Facilitator: Sarah Indlecoffer

    Location: On campus

    Life Stage: Young Adult Women, ages 20-30

    Child Care: Not available

    Sarah has grown up at Immanuel and is passionate about deepening her relationship with Christ. She has a desire to build a strong biblical foundation and to help other young women do so as well. The group will begin by taking four weeks to walk through Proverbs 31.

    Click HERE to register.

  • Goodfellow community group

    tuesdays | 6:30-8:30 pm | begins september 12

    Facilitator: Cris Goodfellow

    Location: Cris’s home

    Life stage: Multi-generational, women in all stages of life

    Child care: Not available

    Cris has been married for 21 years; she and Andy have two young adult sons. She is a graduate student earning her degree in Mental Health Counseling and is passionate about meeting people where they are in their lives and walks with God. The group will watch Season One of The Chosen, along with the companion study, What Does It Mean to Be Chosen? 

    Registration is closed. Group is full. 


    WEDNESDAYS | 9-11 AM | Beginning september 13

    Facilitator: Katie Lind

    Location: Immanuel Church

    Life stage: Women, multi-generational

    Child care: Available

    Katie is married to Jason and mom to three kids, ages 14-20. She loves to walk alongside women as they grow in the Word together! The group will study The Power of a Woman's Words, How the Words You Speak Shape the Lives of Others, by Sharon Jaynes. Do you know that your words are shaping other people's lives? We will look at what God has to show us about the power of our words! There will be weekly reading and homework. 

    Link to buy both book and study guide (two separate books):

    Registration is closed.


    THURSDAYS | 6-8 PM | beginning september 14

    Facilitator: Pilar Landa

    Location: ZOOM conversation

    Life stage: Women, multi-generational

    Pilar is a financial consultant, with two adult sons and two “princess” granddaughters. She fell in love with Jesus through His Word and loves helping others to study it. This group will study Priscilla Shirer’s “The Armor of God” which will help women overcome the spiritual attacks and challenges they face.

    Study guide:

    Registration is closed.

  • Connect with other moms

    If you’re looking to connect with other moms at various stages of the parenting journey, click HERE to visit our “Groups for Moms”.