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Our Summer LIFEgroups   

Summer LIFEgroups will meet around 4 or 5 times between the beginning of summer through July (in most cases). It's a short-term commitment! (Each group will arrange those dates differently, largely based on the availability of the people who sign up.)

Many of our summer groups will have discussions centered around our summer curriculum, "Shalom Statements". We are going to learn four statements that contain only three words. These statements, which roll off our tongue as a reflection of our heart, can bring about "Shalom", the Hebrew word for peace. When the Hebrew prophets used "Shalom" in their writings, it had this meaning: "the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation into justice, fulfillment, and delight." As we learn these Shalom Statements, we take steps to fulfill this great vision: more peace in the world and in our own lives! Groups will be following the Shalom Statements curriculum unless indicated otherwise in the "group details" section. 

Check out the list of groups available below. For more information about groups in general, or some personal assistance in finding the right group for you, email Lyle Castellaw.




Type: Open to everybody! (singles and couples)
Leaders: Gary and Pat Streed
Time: Alternating Sundays, 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Mission Viejo (Marguerite Pkwy and Trabuco)
Topic: Shalom Statements


Type: Open to everybody! (singles and couples)
Leaders: Jackie Jordan
Time: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Mission Viejo (La Paz and Muirlands)
Topic: A Life Worthy of the Gospel. Our group will be doing a verse-by-verse study on the book of Philippians. 


Type: College (ages 18-23)
Leaders: Mike Taylor & Ashley Neelands
Time: Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Lake Forest/Various locations
Topic: Summer Breakouts. Breaking down the message from the weekend together!

Type: Open to everybody! (singles and couples)
Leaders: John Reed, Steve & Lisa Castle (hosts)
Time: Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Laguna Hills (Osos and the 5 freeway)
Topic: Dinner group and Shalom Statements.  We'll eat a meal together, get to know each other, and discuss the 4 Shalom Statements.

Type: Open to everybody! (singles and couples)
Leaders: Kevin & Lisa Fagan, Jaycee & Nancy Williams
Time: Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Irvine (Jamboree and Portola Pkwy)
Topic: 21 Most Encouraging Promises from the Bible. We follow after a God who is a promise maker and a promise keeper! Our group will be exploring His promises to us this summer. 

Type: Men's Golf Group
Leaders: Tom Link and Tom Link Jr.
Time: Tuesday, 6:30-dusk (June 4, 12, 19, 26)
Where: Lake Forest Driving Range and Gold Course
Topic: Shalom Statements.
Details: Pros and learners are welcome! Our first night will be a meet and greet and go nine holes of gold. Our last night will feature a scramble tournament with bragging rights and some prizes on the line. Hit the links with the Links and learn ow to avoid the hazards, both on and off the course.

Type: Women's Walk and Talk
Leaders: Sheryl Daynes, Carol Ferguson
Time: Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Lake Forest Sports Park. Meet at the front entrance of the recreation center.
Details: Get some exercise with friends while we discuss "Shalom Statements". The groups will meet by the entrance of the recreational center and walk around the park and El Toro bike path (relaxed pace) followed by a discussion.


Type: Women's Bible Study
Leaders: Robin Crockett
Time: Wednesday, 9:00-10:30am (June 6, 13, 20, 27)
Where: The Hub / 7 Whitney (Bake Pkwy and Rockfield)
Topic:  Wrestling with God - A Study on Isaac, JacobFrom the story of how God creates mighty nations out of struggling families, participants will learn more about God and find encouragement in their journey. Childcare available

Type: Let's Ride! (Mountain Bike riding group)
Leaders: James Shamas, Daryl Teichrow
Time: Wednesday, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park (Portola Parkways and Glenn Ranch Road)
Topic: Summer Breakouts. To be discussed at Wahoo's at the conclusion of our ride.
Details: We park and meet up at the back parking lot 200 years west of Wahoo's against the 241 Toll road. Come "pedal out" the pressures of the workday as we connect and ride. 

Type: Men
Leaders: Ryan Fitzgerald
Time: Wednesday, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: The Hub / 7 Whatney (Bake Pkwy and Rockfield)
Topic: Shalom Statements. 


Type: Morning play group for mother's of little ones and their children in the infant-kindergarten stage
Leaders: Holly Lee, Joann Frederick
Time: Thursday, 10:00-11:45am
Where: Parks located in Irvine or Lake Forest areas
Details: Making connections with like-minded moms through thoughtful discussions as we play with our children. 

Type: Young Adults (singles and couples)
Leaders: Scott & Lindsay Simons
Time: Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm (starting June 21 and ending July 19)
Where: Lake Forest (Trabuco and Bake Pkwy)
Details: At each meeting we'll share a meal, have a conversation on a relevant faith and culture topic, and develop friendships with other young adults along the way. Homework (optional, but highly encouraged): Listening to a variety of podcasts (about 1 hour in length) that will serve as the catalyst for each week's discussion. 

Type: Young Families (singles, couples, and children)
Leaders: Rick & Brenda McKee
Time: Thursday, 6:30-8:15pm (June 7, 14, July 12, 26)
Where: The Hub / 7 Whatney (Bake Pkwy and Rockfield)
Topic: Shalom Statements.


Type: Let's Ride (Mountain Bike riding group)
Leaders: Sandy Boyd, Doug Cirbo
Time: Friday, 6:45-8:30am
Where: Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park (Portola Pkwy and Glenn Ranch Road)
Topic: Shalom Statements.
Details: We park and meet up at the back parking lot 200 yards west of Wahoo's against the 241 Toll Road. 

Type: Let's Cycle (Women's Road Bike group)
Leaders: Deanne McCarty
Time: Friday, 9:00-11:00am (1st ride on June 22)
Where: Roads and riding paths in select South County locations
Topic: Shalom Statements.                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Type: Men
Leaders: Kevin Kasper
Time: Saturday, 7:30-8:30am
Where: The Hub / 7 Whatey (Bake Pkwy and Rockfield)
Topic: Exploring the Old Testament. Hit the Hub every other Saturday morning to connect with guys and explore how the Old Testament applies to our lives.    

Type: Hiking Group (singles and couples)
Leaders: Lyle & Dana Castellaw
Time: Saturday, 8:00-9:30am (June 9, 16, 23, 30)
Where: Local South OC wilderness trails
Topic: Shalom Statements.
Details: No experience necessary for this 90 minute, 3 mile hike. Hiking venues include Whiting Ranch, Laguna Coast, Riley Park, and Oneil Park in RSM. Kids are welcome too! 

Type: World Cup Pick-Up (a "pick-up" soccer opportunity for adults)
Leaders: Raja Ammari, Bret Griffin
Time: Saturday, 8:00-9:30am (6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28)
Where: Lake Forest Sports Park (we will play on turf field B)
Details: A chance to play soccer for those not quite ready for the World Cup in Russia. No experience necessary. The goal here is fun exercise, no competitive integrity. We will also plan an optional family night out to support our local profession soccer team, OC Soccer Club, at the Great Park.

Type: Men's Basketball pickup group (ages 14 and up)
Leaders: Nick Schrunk
Time: Every Other Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm
Where: Lake Forest Sports Park Gym (Portola Pkwy and Rancho)
Details: Get out to the gym with us! We lace up and play full or half court, depending on size of group. While we hoop, we'll also get to connect, pray, and dive scriptures. You don't have to be a "baller" to join in, just someone who wants to enjoy the group and run up and down the court two Saturdays per month.    

Type: Single Parents
Leader: Jackie Jordan
Time: The 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, September at 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Mission Viejo (La Paz and Muirlands)
Topic: A Life Worthy of the Gospel. Our group will be doing a conversation study on the book of Philippians. 

Type: Sand Volleyball
Leader: J Steele
Time: Saturday, 9am
Where:  Portola Hills II Clubhouse
Details: Enjoy the best game on earth AND improve your skills in a fun, friendly environment. After a good workout on the court, you can enjoy the pool and jacuzzi at the clubhouse. All skill levels welcome!