Small groups are a gathering of people who meet regularly, with common interests, to develop closer relationships and to strengthen their faith in Christ. Each group is unique in offering a way for individuals to connect by sharing stories of life together, growing together in Christ, and finding ways to serve one another.
Small groups make it possible for us to connect with others, making a special place by creating strong bonds of friendship, and sharing our faith life together. Christians grow spiritually when we regularly encounter God’s grace through conversation and shared life’s stories that can’t be accomplished in larger settings. Group participants help one another grow through encouragement and trusting God completely.
Be devoted to one another in love.Romans 12:10
Honor one another above yourselves.
The groups listed below are active and open to everyone. Check the weekly announcements for new group postings.
Bagel Bunch for Men
The Bagel Bunch is a group of men that meet Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00 am at Java Jive, across from the church. Meet for an hour of fellowship and conversation -- tell stories, share concerns, and joke around! All men are welcome, come when you can.
CONTACT: Lyle Malotky
The idea is for our college crew to keep rooted in faith, connected to RLC, and continue with that next step on the path that God has put before you. Whether you are in town or out, join us to connect. Check our Instagram for current offerings @rlc_college_crew.
CONTACT: Jenny Piontek
Emmaus Way - Walking and Talking
Time for couples and individuals of all ages to connect with one another through gentle exercise and fellowship. The group will make plans for a rich variety of events and activities they can do together to support one another.
CONTACT: Lyle Malotky
First Wednesday Luncheon for Ladies
Meets at 11:30 am at O'Charley's, 101 Ashville Avenue, Cary.
CONTACT: Melinda Stephani
H.E.R.O.E.S | Military and Veterans
This group supports veterans and active military at RLC.
CONTACT: Faith Shaw
RLC’s Men’s Ministry meets weekly on Mondays at 7:00 pm in Room 240 for a faith-based video, small table discussion, and fellowship. Monthly breakfasts are usually held on the 2nd Saturday of the month (September-May) in the Fellowship Hall from 8:00-9:30 am.
CONTACT: Tom Gebbia or
This Bible study offers a time to share everyday life issues and let Scripture shed light on you and your pathway. Prayer support is part of this gathering that meets on Mondays from 7:00-8:00 pm in Room 151 of the Family Life Center (September-May).
CONTACT: Jamee Thieme
Blessing of the Quilts for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
The weekend of October 8-9, 2022 at all of our worship services, we will be celebrating the Blessing of the Quilts. Come see the hand-tied quilts The Piecemakers, RLC's quilting group, put together this year. The quilts will be blessed, then shipped to Lutheran World Relief (LWR).
Quilts are valuable tools in LWR’s relief work to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering. To recipients, they are a symbol of God’s love and compassion. Quilts can be used as warm bedding, room dividers, simple tents, or floor coverings. In 2020, Lutheran congregations across the nation made over 330,000 quilts which were sent all over the world. The 89 quilts made by our quilters were sent to South America.
If you are interested in sewing a quilt top, there are simple quilt kits available in the church office or feel free to join The Piecemakers every Tuesday at 1:00 pm in Room 151, Family Life Center!
Journey of the Quilt
We enjoyed a wonderful Zoom meeting with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 to discuss their efforts in both Ukraine and Poland helping refugees. The group listened to the story of the “Journey of the Quilt” from the point of local pick-up to final destinations and distribution around the world. The need for quilts is escalating for families displaced in Ukraine and Poland, especially with the approaching winter months. In case you missed it, the meeting was recorded - Audio Only or Video Recording.
CONTACT: Linda Merrill
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Make shawls to give to people in need of comfort. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner who would like to learn, all are welcome. Join us on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 4:00-5:30 pm in Room 240, Family Life Center for fun, fellowship, and crafting!
Interested, but don’t know how to knit or crochet? We will teach you! We have yarn and patterns, knitting needles and crochet hooks that you can borrow.
We donate items to WakeMed (mostly baby hats and blankets, but take all sizes, larger ones go to the cancer unit), Neighbor to Neighbor (hats, scarves, and cowls of all sizes), and Christmas at Sea (hats, scarves, cowls, and ditty bags for adults, both men and women).
Do you know someone who would benefit from being wrapped in God’s love? We can meet, so that you can select a shawl for them.
CONTACT: Betsy Moll
Veterans Lunch Crew
Share your first-hand experiences regarding service, benefits, healthcare, or anything else of mutual interest. It will bond us together and build each other up to pray for and help other Veterans. We meet for fellowship, encouragement, and support the second Wednesday of each month at the IHOP on Kildaire Farm Road, Cary.
CONTACT: Martin Stephani
Visual Faith incorporates a multitude of practices for all ages that include visual prayer and Bible journaling. It considers prayer as the foundation and umbrella for all time spent in God’s Word. They also send cards to members who need encouragement and support. Sharing personal notes is a special way to reach out and share the love of Jesus.
CONTACT: Jamee Thieme
Women’s Book Club - Sunday
Sunday book club meets year-round at RLC on 4th Sunday at 6:30 pm. Small group of 12 members, all of whom have young adult (20’s) children. Members discuss Christian, inspirational, fiction, and non-fiction books, many of which are available through the public library.
CONTACT: Terri Nance