Life Groups exist to create space outside of Sundays for authentic relationships and community.  We hope that you find a safe place to know and be known in your beauty and your brokenness.  They meet at different times all throughout the cities so find something that's near you, fits your schedule and jump in!

Need help finding a group? Contact Jane Burg - she’d love to help!

 
 

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KATIE LUNDQUIST - SAINT PAUL

Got a song, book quote, piece of art, or a movie scene that’s spoken to you in some way this month? This is a group where people get together in a friendly, open environment to talk about art, culture, and faith. Join us at 7:00 PM on the 2nd Saturday of the month in the gallery at Awaken.

Group Availability: Up to 15 people

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CORY & EMILY EHLEBRACHT – SAINT PAUL

Two Saturdays a month, this group meets for brunch at the Ehlebracht’s home near Awaken. The group desires to grow to be a supportive community of friends. The focus is on connecting Awaken attendees who live in or near West 7th. All are welcome, including families with children.

Group Availability: 8 more

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JOY & JOSHUA BERWALD - SAINT PAUL (Lake Phalen)

This group has a playroom for the kids, a professional DJ, and a hot meal every other Thursday, at 6:30 pm. They plan to eat, play some music and talk about whatever is on the minds of the folks in the group. They intend to be a laid-back place to relax and enjoy each other's company. All are welcome!

Group Availability: 13

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DOUG & NANCY PIPER and STEPHEN & SANDI FREED - SAINT PAUL & BLOOMINGTON

The group will be hosted in Lowertown St. Paul and Bloomington interchangeably from 6:30-8:30 on the first three Thursday s of each month. They are relatively new to the cities and Awaken so their welcome mat is out especially for those that are new. They look forward to gathering around the table, sharing life together with marrieds and singles of all ages. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to accommodate kids at this time. The group will determine what they will be discussing.

Group Availability: 12

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SARAH & PHIL CRAIG - HIGHLAND PARK (Starting January, 2020)

This group has a vision to build community with parents who are living in the mess and chaos, from barely hanging on to starting to get out from under it, to do life together. They welcome parents with young to middle school-aged children

Group Availability: 5 couples

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ALLIE & IAN STEWART - SAINT PAUL

This group is for young(ish) families looking to share lots of laughter and good conversation over a potluck meal. Ian and Allie have an almost-2-year-old, and kids are welcome to be a part of the group. As a family, the Stewarts enjoy good music, delicious food, and exploring fun events in the area. This group gathers every other Sunday from 4:30-6:30 in their Hamline-Midway home.

Group Availability: 4 young(ish) Families

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CHAD & CHRISTINE OSGOOD - ARDEN HILLS

This north metro group is open to any adult that is interested in a rhythm of contemplation and action. They gather around the table on the first Friday of each month for a simple meal and conversation, followed by a time of centering prayer. At least once a quarter, they will engage in action - tending to the needs of the world and embodying the teachings of Jesus. You need not be a mystic to join them. Christine will lead the time of prayer.

Group Availability: 12


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TOM & DONNA ALBINSON - WEST METRO

This group meets in Plymouth every other Thursday from 7-9 pm. We will be reading the book White Awake by Daniel Hill this fall. The Albinson’s have a rich history of international work and ministry. You will be cared for with warm hospitality and leaders that see you.

Group Availability: Room for 2 more!

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KATIE HOLMGREN & MARY COYLE

We are two women in mid-life who are longing to build connections with other women at Awaken. We envision a Life Group that offers: A safe space for sharing about the times when God has shown up in our lives and times when we feel God’s absence, a community of women that will walk alongside each other through the easy and the hard, and a place where pretenses fall away and we are allowed to bring our true selves into the room.

Group structure and content will be based on the desires of group members. Women aged 35+ are welcome.

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SARA ZAHN AND ELIZA HARLANDER - COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

This fun and studious group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Once at BlackStack Brewing for bible study and once at someone’s home for fun activities. The group makeup is 25 - 40 year old singles without kids. The aim is to build a support network of single people who want to do life together while pursuing Jesus. Baked goods, humor and spontaneity will be involved.

Group Availability: Room for 5 more

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TROY & SARA GROVES - SAINT PAUL

This is a group of people who are seeking to know & be known. A small gathering of Awaken-ites that see each other briefly at church but enjoy longer conversations around a table of good food & drink. They meet Sunday nights, once a month, at Art House North. They are young, old, married, single, with & without kids.  

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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DAVE & DEBBIE HEIM - MINNEAPOLIS

Dave and Debbie have three children – Jesse (13), Maria (11) and Willy (9).  On the second Saturday of each month, their Life Group meets in their home near Lake Nokomis.  Starting at 6pm, they eat a potluck dinner and do activities that are kid friendly and based on the interests of the group.  This group will feel like an extended family gathering where kids and adults form relationships and everyone feels welcomed. Their group is made up of singles and families with kids ranging 7-13 years old.

Group Availability: Room for 5 more!

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CHRIS & COURTNEY FERGUSON - SAINT PAUL

This group meets once a month at their home, three blocks from Awaken. They meet after the first gathering for a potluck lunch and fellowship.  The group is geared towards families with young children who need to work around nap and bedtimes, but still need deeper community.   They are grateful to make space for others in their stage of life, as chaotic as it is. 

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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TONY & TIFFANY DUPPONG - SAINT PAUL (AWAKEN)

This group meets in Tony and Tiffany's home every week - they have a discussion and exploration one week and then do an open door dinner and games night on the weeks in-between.

Group availability: Bummer, we’re full.

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MEGAN & DEVIN OVERSTREET- ST. LOUIS PARK

This group of young couples and singles, hangs out in St. Louis Park on Wednesday evenings. The group enjoys playing games and a potluck along with occasionally getting into the community for trivia or volunteer opportunities. Their topics of study are loosely defined and the possibilities are endless! In the end, the intention of this life group is to gather, walk together, grow, and learn about who Christ is and who he calls us to be. 

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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LAURIE & KEN HUBIN - WOODBURY

Our 2nd Half of Life group is always open! We are gathering at restaurants, parks, and other venues throughout the city. Anyone who wants to celebrate the 2nd half of life is welcome.

Group Availability: There are never too many!

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SPENCER & REBECCA MORSE - SAINT PAUL

Come share a meal and life with us! Our group is made up of those in their 20s-40s, single or married. We will accommodate children on a case by case basis. While we are officially only meeting every other Thursday night at 6:30, we expect unique opportunities to hangout together!

Group Availability: Bummer, we’re full!

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LUKE BUER & EVA RODELIUS - ROSEVILLE

This  group is made up of young couples without kids. They will be meeting once a month on a Saturday or Sunday.  Refreshments and fellowship are always on the agenda! 

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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SARA & JOHN GILBERTSON - BLOOMINGTON

Sara and Jon Gilbertson live in Bloomington with their 5 children. Their Life Group is best described as Community and Conversation around a Campfire. They gather the second Saturday of the month from 5:30 to 8. After a potluck meal, they break into adult conversation and their teens will help with any little ones that come. Anyone is welcomed.

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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APRIL & ELIJAH NEUMANN - SAINT PAUL

This group has come to be, a group of people entering new phases of many kinds. They meet at someone's home every other Thursday evening. They enjoy fellowship together over delicious food, interesting conversation, and sometimes they play games.  Their goal is to come together as the church outside of the church building - building relationships, encouraging one another, helping each other and doing life together.   

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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PAUL & PATTY JOHNSON - LAKEVILLE

Patty and Paul's group gathers every first Monday of the month. They discuss perhaps the sermon, perhaps God's work in their lives or they just enjoy being together. Both singles and couples are welcomed.   

Group Availability: Room for 2 more!

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NIC & REBECCA CULP - WEST SAINT PAUL

This group of young families meets once a month to encourage one another and build genuine friendships. 

Group Availability: Bummer, we’re full!

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GREGG SAPP - EAGAN

This group of men meets 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday evenings at a Caribou in Eagan. 1380 Duckwood drive. These men share life together and talk about a Christian book or Bible study.  And there is always coffee!   

Group Availability: There are never too many!

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BRUCE & MOLLY MORGAN - BLOOMINGTON

Bruce and Molly live in Bloomington with their dog, Watson. Their life group meets every other Monday from 7-9pm. The Morgans open their home to a potluck-style dinner so plates are full while conversation is flowing. We can accommodate children on a case by case basis, especially ones who enjoy sharing toys with a four-legged friend.

Group Availability: Room for 3 more

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STEVE & NANCY OATES - SAVAGE

Nancy and Steve lead a group that is Study/Discussion based. Over snacks and dessert you will also  hear each others' stories.  This group will  pray together and be committed to praying for each other. Adults of any age are welcome but they are unable to accommodate children or provide child-care in their home.  They meet the 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm. 

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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DANE & JULIA PEDERSEN - SAINT PAUL

This young adult group meets Tuesdays from 6 to 8pm for food, laughter and good conversation.  Now and then there may be Taco Tuesdays! In Julia and Dane's home and group, two important values are prayer and seeking spiritual growth. Thomas Merton will come up in the conversation! If you have children, please contact about accommodations. 

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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RACHEL & AARON JARVINEN - LAKEVILLE

These ten adults have some much welcomed and interesting conversation over dinner, while their twelve children play. They meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full! 

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TIM & SUSAN KEPHART - WEST SAINT PAUL

This group meets every second Sunday of the month. They all eat together from 5-6 and then a babysitter hired by the parents cares for the kids from 6-7. When needed, this group has cleaned a condemned house, volunteered for a triathlon, raked leaves together and watched someone's children.   

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full! 

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KEN & JANE BURG - SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS

The Burg Bungalow hosts a life group that likes to listen to people's stories, ask interesting and challenging questions, laugh and eat, sometimes healthy snacks. The group is made up of those in their 20s to those in their 60s, married and not. They gather one Sunday and one Thursday night a month. 

Group Availability: Bummer, we're full!

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BRYAN & JES SMITH - SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS

Our group formed out of mutual friends wanting to meet more friends and have intentional time together set aside each month. We meet at our apartment in South Minneapolis and do any number of things - game night, taco bar, bonfire in the backyard, ice cream at Lake Harriet. Our group is made up of 20-30 somethings, married and single. Unfortunately, due to the size of our apartment we aren’t able to welcome families with kids at this time. We meet the first Sunday evening of every month.

Group Availability: Room for 4-6 more!

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