Small Groups are spiritual communities where people share their thoughts, feelings, struggles, and joys, while applying Biblical principles in their lives. Small Groups grow in trusting relationships, and participants agree what is shared will remain confidential and differences of opinions are respected. Small Groups are spiritual communities where life transformation occurs through the love and Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, in relationships with His people.

“Challenging Lifestyles”A dynamic Sunday morning experience for those wishing to learn, experience the lifestyle
of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century “challenging lifestyles.” A Biblical, prayerful, spiritual, nurturing, and supportive fellowship. Sundays,
10:15 am in The Upper Room.
Small Group Discussion
Contact Larry Goolsby:
301-946-6479 or
 “THRIVE” for women seeking
in-depth Bible study, fellowship, fun, outreach ministries: is on fall break and will post new meeting schedule soon.
Contact Sanna Solem at:

301-571-0050 or


 “Men’s Master Builders”

mensmin4A few years ago, CELC had a growing and active men’s small group/bible study.  Several men  of CELC have lost their men’s small group – are there a few guys out there who are interested in facilitating/participating in a “men’s small group”? If so, please talk with Larry Goolsby. If you do not connect with Larry, please


“PrayerLife Ministry”— prayer, study, discussion, fellowship.

PrayerLife outreach includes Prayer Services and prayer study. Contact Larry Goolsby (301-946-6479), or Dave Lambert (301-983-5034)

 Martha Circle

“Martha Circle,” a Bible study and fellowship based on material provided by the Women of the ELCA, meets at 10:00 am on the third Tuesday of each month. Contact Wilma Christ, 301-530-5023 for details. 

“Rachel Circle,” a Bible study based on material provided by the Women of the ELCA, meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Contact Alice Daniel


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Reasons to Join a Small Group:
  • You will understand the Bible better in a small group.
  • You will begin to really feel like part of God’s family.
  • Prayer will become more meaningful to you.
  • You will be able to handle times of crisis, change, and stress better.
  • You will have a natural way to share Christ with friends, relatives, and work associates.
  • You will develop leadership skills you never knew you had!
  • You will deepen your understanding of worship.
  • You will have fellowship, laughter, and fun.
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