Small Groups

Please know many of these classes take a break in the summer.

If you have any questions you can contact contact Calvary staff. To contact any of these leaders, reach out to one of the pastors for their contact information.

Sunday School Classes for Adults

Caritas Class 

Description: Caritas, in Latin, means "love of many people." This group holds on to the practices of caring for each other, holding one another in prayer, and learning together, whether celebrating or struggling, this group shows up for each other.  They have book discussions, study books of the Bible, and have done a series on world religions. All are welcome.

Teachers/Directors: Karen & Ken Pinkham, Daniel Schweissing, Carol Parsons 

Location: Room 146  

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Contact: Karen Pinkham & Daniel Schweissing


Explorers Class 

Description: The Explorers class studies an American Baptist Bible Study curriculum from Judson Press. This group looks at the historical/social background of the Bible, while bringing our understanding of its meaning in the modern world. We study passages from the Old and New Testaments, exploring the historic meaning and how it affects our modern lives. All are welcome. 

Curriculum: Journeys (Judson Press Bible study curriculum) 

Teachers/Directors: Larry Dávila, Judy Goldman 

Location: Room 136 

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Contact Email: Larry Dávila & Judy Goldman


Koinonia Class

Description: Koinonia, in Greek, has many meanings: community, communion, joint participation, sharing, and intimacy. We are a group of 20-25 people who enjoy studying and discussing together.  We study a Christian book or the Bible. We have interesting discussions and enjoy fellowship together. We have strong bonds of love and care for each other. We welcome visitors and new members anytime. All are welcome.

10 Things I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said by Joe E. Morris (Spring) 

Teachers/Directors: Jim Comstock, John Kron, Libby Johnson 

Location: Room 119  

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Contact: Libby Johnson, Jim Comstock, John Kron


Nuer Bible Study 

Description: This class is for Calvary’s congregants from South Sudan. Discussion is based on study of the Bible and fact finding.  

Curriculum: Selected Bible books/chapters from the New Testaments  

Teachers/Directors: Steven Wang, James Thurbil, Abraham Tuom 

Location: Room 306 

Time: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 

Contact: Steven Wang, James Thurbil, Abraham Tuom



Ribbons Class  

Description: Ribbons class seeks to create a place for community and contemplation. When they gather, folks experience listening, sharing, care, support, and encouragement. In addition to prayer and connection, the Ribbons class enjoys book discussions focusing on wholeness, spirituality, and wellbeing. Class discussions are facilitated by different members of the group. All are welcome.

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

Teachers/Directors: Linda Fischer, Margie Jonell 

Location: Room 134 & Zoom 

Time (in-person): 1st & 3rd Sundays – 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (bring brown bag lunch) 

Time (Zoom): 2nd Saturdays – 2:00 p.m. (MT) / 3:00 p.m. (CT) / 1:00 p.m. (PT)  

Contact: Linda Fischer, Margie Jonell



Voyagers Class 

Description: Voyagers is an age-independent class of 8-10 people each Sunday that studies a faith based book, a biblical text, or a historic figure of the bible. Topics are chosen by the group. All are welcome.

Teachers/Directors: Tom Waymire, Gordon Kieft 

Location: Room 138 

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. 

Contact Email: Tom Waymire, Gordon Kieft


Interest Groups for All Ages


Baptist Film Fanatics 

Description: BFFs (Baptist Film Fanatics) is a group of film buffs who gather monthly via zoom to talk about, what else - movies! We study Film Genres, such as Action/Adventure, Romantic Comedy, Musicals, Epics, etc. This year we will examine a different film genre each month, with recommended films. 

Topics: For the first meeting on September 12 the primary film is Goldfinger (1964) and the alternative films are The French Connection (1971), The Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Speed (1994) 

Group Leader(s): John Kron 

Location: Zoom  

Day/Time: 2nd Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. MT

Here is the tentative schedule for the year:

Date Genre

9/12/23 Action/Adventure

10/10/23 Westerns

11/14/23 Biopics

12/12/23 Musicals

1/9/24 Disaster

2/13/24 Romantic Comedy

3/12/24 Epics

4/9/24 Film Noir

5/14/24 Science Fiction

Book Group  

Description: Calvary Book Group reads one book a month and discusses it together. All are welcome. 

Books: The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Emerson Wood (September) 

List of Books for the Year on the Welcome Kiosk  

Group Leader(s): Judy Griswold, Gordon Kieft 

Location: Zoom  

Day/Time: 3rd Mondays, 7:00 p.m. MT Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. MT 


Craft Club 

Description: What creative outlet or craft project do you want to work on this fall? Bring your materials to Craft Club and let's be creative together. Whether you're working on a scrapbook or cards, making jewelry, coloring, knitting, or something else, join us! All are welcome. 

Group Leader(s): Deb Rohrer, Deanna Geldens 

Location: Board Room 

Day/Time: 3rd Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  


Mexican Train Dominoes 

Description: This group meets to have a fun day of competition, playing Mexican Train Dominos. Everyone brings a treat to share and a lunch. We have a lot of fun playing; all are welcome. If you don't know the game, we will be happy to teach you! 

Group Leader(s): Judy Goldman 

Location: Youth Lounge  

Day/Time: 1st Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   


Quilting Group 

Description: Quilting group is a time of fellowship where you can work on whatever quilting project you have. Bring your quilting project and a sack lunch and join us! All are welcome. 

Group Leader(s): Robyn Warren 

Location: Room 146  

Day/Time: Last Mondays of the month, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.     

Faith Formation Groups for Adults

Tuesday Bible Study  

Description: Tuesday Bible Study begins with prayer updates and praying for one another. Then we dive into studies on various books. In the past, we’ve studied Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler, Signs and Wonders by Amy Jill Levine, The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper, Wholehearted Faith by Jeff Chu and Rachel Held Evans, among others. This year we studied Sermon on the Mount by Amy Jill Levine, Womanist Midrash by Wilda Gafney, Light of the World by Amy Jill Levine, The Misunderstood Jew by Amy Jill Levine,and Romans for Normal People by J.R. Daniel Kirk. This is a hybrid group, so folks join in person and on Zoom. All are welcome. 

Curriculum: Study on the It Is Well theme texts (Spring) 

Teachers/Directors: Morgan Fletcher, Alice Horner Nelson, Christine Zeiler 

Location: Youth Lounge & Zoom  

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. MT 

Contact Email: (Morgan Fletcher) 



Tuesday Prayer & Study Group 

Description: Tuesday Prayer & Study Group begins with prayers for self, family and others and then proceeds into book/topic discussions to grow in faith development and to deepen personal relationships. In the fall we studied What Do We Do with Evil? The World, The Flesh, & The Devil by Richard Rohr. All are welcome.

Christ in Crisis? Reclaiming Jesus in a Time of Fear, Hate, and Violence by Jim Wallis

Teachers/Directors: Anne Scalfaro, Judy Griswold 

Location: Board Room & Zoom  

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. MT 

Contact: Judy Griswold


Fellowship Groups for All Ages

Lunch Bunch

Description: Lunch Bunch meets monthly at a restaurant; it offers a chance to connect or reconnect with friends who also have a connection to Calvary. All are welcome. There is no topic, just good conversations with friends. 

Group Leader(s): Nancy Hoffmaster, Ken Pinkham 

Location: Watch the Enews for monthly location 

Day/Time: Monthly on a weekday (watch the E-news for dates)  

Contact: Ken Pinkham, Nancy Hoffmaster


Men’s Group  

Description: Through fellowship and works, the Calvary Men’s Group endeavors to be a positive outlet for men of varied backgrounds and skill sets to offer their experience and their shared American Baptist heritage to benefit each other and create value in our community. We focus our efforts in three major areas: fellowship, education, missions. Men’s Group hosts educational programs that are open to all (not just men). Some months include field trips or excursions. 

Group Leader(s): Mick Davey, Jim Comstock, David Peterson 

Location: Fellowship Hall or offsite (watch E-news for location)  

Day/Time: Last Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch) 

Contact Email: Mick Davey, Jim Comstock, David Peterson




Description: Join us on the second and fourth Mondays for Calvary Pub where we eat, drink, fellowship and take a different journey each week from books, theological topics, movies, current events and beyond. It’s a safe space where all thoughts and opinions are welcome. Watch Calvary’s E-News for more information. 

Curriculum: Topics vary. In the past, we’ve looked at Colonialism, the idea of Heaven, Table Talk, Family Feud, T-shirts & Truth, Habitat for Humanity, Comedy, Joy, Gratitude, and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. We’ve also hosted large community events like a Panel of High School Students talking about their high school experience with lockdowns and gun violence safety measures, and hosted Meet the Mates, an interview with the Pastors’ husbands.  

Group Leader(s): Leigh Bessey 

Location: The New York Deli (7105 E. Hampden Ave.; 2 blocks east of CBC next to McDonalds) 

Day/Time: Mondays, dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:15 p.m. 

Contact: Leigh Bessey