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Connect Groups

Connect Groups are a great way to build friendships and grow in your walk with the Lord.  We have several groups that meet throughout the month, all with great leaders who welcome you to visit!  Each group operates with an open door policy – feel free to check them out, and if you feel they’re not for you there’s no obligation to stay!  Check out the groups available, or if you have an idea for another one, let us know!


A Caring Connection for Single Moms… This group provides a time of encouragement, friendship and practical tips for everyday life.  Childcare will be provided!

Where: Cafe
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. (currently on summer break)


Open to anyone, high school age and up.  This group just likes doing fun stuff together — food, concerts, whatever.  Come by, kick off your shoes and hang out.  Bring along a snack or drink to share.

Hosted by: Kevin and Tara Deiter                                                                                                                                                                                  Where: Deiter’s home (50 Akron Rd., Ephrata)
When: Every other Saturday at 7pm                                                                                                                                                                            Email Kevin or Tara


Open to everyone — 2 opportunities each week to join with other believers and pray for needs of our church, our community, our nation and the world.

Hosted by: Lori Zimmerman (Monday), Johnny Pistone (Wednesday)
 Where: Sanctuary (Monday); cafe (Wednesday)
When: Monday’s at 7pm; Wednesday’s at 9am


REFIT® combines several elements of fitness into one power-packed hour for any and all ladies. While the focus is structured around CardioDance movements, toning and flexibility, strength training and stretching are also incorporated into the REFIT workout. The workout formula is easy to follow and will both challenge fitness enthusiasts and welcome beginners.  The first class is free,… then acquire a 10-class punch card for $10 or pay $2 per class

See “REFIT EPHRATA” on Facebook for updates and to invite friends!

Hosted by: Ashley Brown
Where: Lower level
When: Monday’s from 6:00pm – 7:00pm and Thursday’s from 5:15-6:15 (REV + FLOW) and 6:30pm – 7:30pm          Email Ashley


This is a family-friendly group that gathers twice a month for a study and a time of fellowship (usually involving some food). The overarching goal of this group is to partner with you to enrich marriages and strengthen families.

Hosted by: Rod and Cindy Bard
Email Rod and Cindy
Where: Cafe
When: 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 6:00 p.m.


The Connection is a group of friends who gather to have fellowship and to help each other apply biblical principles to life’s daily challenges. They study and discuss Christian materials which provide guidance for tapping into the resources God provides for walking the walk of faith. Food is also part of each gathering as often everyone brings a dish to share.

Hosted by: Tim and Margaret Ryan
Contact Tim and Margaret: 738-3144
Email Tim and Margaret
Where: Tim and Margaret’s home (1313 Marie Ave., Ephrata)
When: 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5:30 p.m.


Would you like to learn more about the word of God while connecting with other women who feel the same? Then this is the group for you!  Each participant will need a book and workbook for the first study topic, “Twelve Extraordinary Women of the Bible”. The total cost for the books is $20.

Hosted by: Dotty Rudy
Contact Dotty: 717-733-6583                                                                                                                                                                                           Where: cafe
2nd and 4th Thursday’s at 10am (currently on summer break)


This is a fun group for anyone aged 50 or above who enjoys going out for breakfast. We meet every third Saturday of the month (location and exact time vary month to month) to try out different restaurants and enjoy a time of fellowship. On occasion, we plan out-of-town events (i.e. Longwood Gardens) or in-town events that involve more than breakfast (museums, etc.). Come join the group and make some friends. We’d love to have you!

Hosted by: Gloria Dougherty
Contact Gloria: 859-2502
Email Gloria
Where: Location varies (area restaurants) – Check events tab for this week’s venue.
When: 3rd Saturday morning of every month at 8:30am


This group provides an opportunity for you to take your creative skills and combine them with your faith in God.  With lots of scrapbooking supplies on hand and examples to draw ideas from, this group of ladies has a great time hanging out together while working on individual projects. To get some project ideas, go to

Hosted by: Wendy Haldeman
Contact Wendy:
Where: cafe
When: 1st and 3rd Friday nights at 6:00pm (currently on summer break)


This group is for all single ladies aged 50+ and provides an excellent way to make some friends and have someone to do fun things with. In addition to the monthly lunch, they sometimes take day trips to local places of interest.

Group Leader: Sonya Burkholder
Contact: 733-2628 (Evangel church office)
Where: Location varies (check events tab for this month’s venue)
When: Lunch on the 2nd Saturday of the month; usually meet at church at 11:30am to car pool