GROUPS @ LIVING STONES

God never intended for us to live the Christian life alone. The Book of Acts gives us a great picture of the early church - where group members engaged in life together spending time eating, learning, celebrating, proclaiming the Good News and supporting each other. It was a place where people loved, forgave, served, bore burdens, encouraged, prayed, equipped, spoke truth in love and treated each other as a precious member of one body. At LSC we want our GROUPS to follow those same ideas as we gather together on a weekly basis outside of our normal Sunday worship. And we want each of our Living Stoners to experience the spiritual growth, connections and friendships that can happen in community ... in GROUPS. 


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  • MARK & AMY OSTERHOUT - 2 host homes in the 46614

    FAMILIES RAISING KIDS | WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30 PM

    This small group is welcoming families who are still raising kids in the home. Children are welcome to attend and play while parents take time to enjoy discussions pertaining to the parenting life, while they build friendships and support and encourage each other in their daily lives. Mark and Amy have been married 11 years and have an 8 year old daughter, Anna. Mark is an Elementary Music Teacher and a transplanted New Englander! You might recognize him from the worship team as he plays numerous instruments. Amy is a Guidance Counselor and coaches middle school cheer. As a family they love to travel, go to live theater events, watch movies, and play games. (*limited space for this group)

  • LOWELL KOSAK - 818 Hidden Creek Drive, South Bend, 46614

    GROUP FOR MEN & WOMEN | WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30 PM

    Lowell’s small group is a multi- generational group welcoming couples and singles of all ages. They are a group that embraces community, prayer and service. This session they will be holding open conversation about Sunday’s sermon. (If you missed out on the message, you can listen to it prior to the group meeting on the podcast.) Lowell and Katie have been married 27 years and have 2 adult sons, Daniel and Noah. Lowell’s been in ministry all his life, and currently leads Impact Campus Ministries in South Bend reaching area college campuses. Lowell and Katie love small group ministry, especially their group that reaches people from all different stages of life.


  • Sarah has been a GROUP leader off and on for many years at LSC (fun fact, Sarah was born and raised in this church building)! This session Sarah will lead discussions from a video series, “Resolved” by Lina Aujamra. This series might just challenge you to make some radical decisions about your life and future as you’ll be reminded of who God is and what He has done for you … and it might just blow your mind! Sarah and her husband Paul have been married 22 years and have two teen kids, Jalen, 16 and Gwen, 13. Sarah works as a Test Coordinator at Elkhart Christian Academy where she enjoys torturing students with state and national assessments. In her spare time she enjoys watching cute cat videos with her cats. She loves spending time with family and friends, tolerates jogging and hiking, and loves to laugh! 

  • JON BACKSTROM - LSC, Community Room

    GROUP FOR MEN & WOMEN | THURSDAYS @ 6:30PM

    Financial HOPE 2018 is a group for those who might need help with steps and tools needed to reach their financial goals in 2018. This group will address all things money - from keeping the lights on, to where am I going to get money to eat, how do I deal with debt collectors, how will I send my kids to college, find a new job, buy a house, eliminate debt, retire with dignity and more! Jon is an adopted south sider through and through. Since moving to South Bend in 1993 Jon lives, works, plays and worships on the south side! He loves attending live sporting events - NFL and MLB - but will always be loyal to his Minnesota teams! He has a passion for helping people finding solutions to their money concerns and has connections to people that can help most everyone with their personal financial concern or crisis. **Any personal info shared in this group will remain confidential and up to the individual as what they choose to share.

  • TINA RUTH - 58206 Pam Drive. South Bend, 46619

    GROUP FOR WOMEN & MEN | MONDAYS @ 6:45 PM

    Tina has a heart for prayer and will lead group members to explore what the Bible says about prayer. It’s not a “how-to” lesson and nobody will be required to pray out load. But through the study and discussion the group will see from Genesis to Revelation how scripture reveals God’s view and response to those who called on Him. Tina leads a full and busy life outside of working full-time in HR at the Lighthouse Autism Center. She loves to read, play the piano, study the Bible, pray and help people see the Lord in a way they may never have before. Some of her most favorite things include little kids, horses, sky watching and of course, her husband, Jim!

  • STEVE & SARA BOLEN - 1629 Hilltop Dr, South Bend 46614

    GROUP FOR MEN & WOMEN | FRIDAYS @ 6:30PM

    Steve and Sara Bolen are inviting adults (couples and singles) into their home to read and discuss the book“Falling Free”by Shannan Martin. This book takes a convicting look at falling free from the “American Dream” to what life can look like if we are living like heaven really is our prize. It is written in a fun and engaging way that makes it a page turner that you won’t want to put down. Leaders, Steve and Sara, “pray that this group will lead to authentic, life giving conversations and transformation in our hearts.” Steve and Sara are pretty much the epitome of opposites attract, but have been balancing each other for 19 years of marriage. They have three children and as a family they love to hike, camp, and marvel at God’s creation together.

  • JEFF & DEB GRITTON - 4825 Selkirk Drive, South Bend 46614

    GROUP FOR MEN & WOMEN | SUNDAYS @ 6:00 PM

    The Gritton group will work through a Max Lucado study, “Anxious for Nothing, Finding Calm in a Chaotic World.” This is an opportunity for group members to re-frame the way they face fears and win the war on worry. The goal is to be anxious for nothing and experience the peace of God! Jeff and his wife, Deb, have been married for 40 years!! Over half of those years have been devoted to opening their home to small groups. They love to think of their home as a safe place for men and women to join in community whether their lives are thriving, spiraling out of control, hurting or just plain broken. Jeff and Deb love coming alongside of fellow Living Stoners to offer encouragement, hope and love. encouragement, hope and love. 

  • JOE & KRISTIN JAMISON - 1906 Cross Creek Dr, SB, 46628

    GROUP FOR MEN & WOMEN, 20'S & 30'S | MONDAYS @ 7PM

    Joe and Kristin are calling on those LSCers in their 20s/30s to join the Jamison’s in their home as they use the Sunday message as their spring board to interpreting how to live as a disciple of Christ, while living in a time of seeing the call for social justice issues. Joe and Kristin have been married 5 years, both Purdue grads ... Boiler Up! Joe works as a mechanical engineer and loves the auctocross racing sport. Kristin is a family nurse practitioner and loves sand volleyball and baking. They both enjoy meeting new people and look forward to discussing, building relationships and growing as a group this session. 


  • CLIVE NEAL - LSC, LITTLE THEATRE

    GROUP FOR MEN |TUESDAYS @ 6:30 PM

    Join Clive in a bible study tailored for men. Each week the group will study extracts from Paul’s letters in 2 Corinthians and through group discussion will consider how to apply the biblical principles to every day living. Clive was born and raised in England. He later married an Aussie, Denise! They have three children and 9 grandchildren. Clive has worked at the University of Notre Dame for over 25 years and has been leading men’s groups for over 10 years. He has a passion for helping men progress in their Christian walk. Clive considers himself a “Christian-in-training” but is always looking for the opportunity to build up new leaders. 

  • LOWELL & KATIE KOSAK - 850 Lincolnway E, Mish, 46544

    GROUP FOR COLLEGE AGED | MONDAYS @ 6:30 PM

    The Kosak’s love hosting in their home and invite college aged/young adults to experience “Dinner and Discussion” on Monday evenings. Not only will you enjoy community and connection with others, but you’ll also get some “home-cooking” to go along with it. Kosak’s home is also residence to many area college students who call the “campus house” home. Lowell’s passion for this life-stage is evident by how he spends his 9-5 job ... leading and training others within Impact Campus Ministries, reaching area college students and beyond. 

  • DENISE NEAL - LSC, COMMUNITY ROOM

    GROUP FOR WOMEN | TUESDAYS @ 6:30 PM

    Denise loves God, loves her family and loves getting to know and encourage women of all ages in walking the walk and talking the talk. Denise leads women in learning how to hear God’s voice, move more in the Spirit, and have a personal relationship with Jesus on a daily basis. This winter the group will use videos from author, Priscilla Shirer as a starting point for each weekly discussion. Denise is a gardener who also loves to knit and read and has a passion for animals. She’s a married lady, to Clive, with grown children and quite a few grandchildren that keep her busy.