Specialty Life Groups

In addition to our Life Groups, we have many specialty groups called Specialty Life Groups. These seasonal classes and groups have a specific topic/emphasis and seek to incorporate Life Group DNA.
Our Specialty Life Groups are open to everyone and are offered on a variety of days, places, and times, throughout the week and on the weekend. All provide an opportunity to help you deepen your understanding of God and your ability to walk with Him so you can more effectively love and serve others.
  • The calendar below shows Specialty Life Group classes currently scheduled (sign-ups may already be closed).
  • Specialty Life Groups currently open for sign-ups, if any, can be found below the calendar.

Note: If the calendar appears blank, advance to the next month
Fall Season Registrations
In this study you will learn how you can find balance & fulfillment in the critical areas of life that matter most. Facilitator: Sonja Anderson, Cyndi Hammer 
When: September 21 – November 16, 2017
Where: R-112, Redwood Campus
Cost: $18
Registration: Begins August 12 – Ends September 10 at 9pm
“The Way of the Master” Basic Training Course is specially formatted to train believers in a group setting to simply and confidently share the gospel with family, friends, and strangers. These lessons by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort will teach you to overcome your fears by using a proven, effective way to deliver the gospel. Weekly homework will inspire and motivate you as you learn, watch, and then do. Two options to choose from, both in homes.
Registration: Begins August 19 – Ends September 17 at 9pm
When: September 18 – November 13, 2017
Where: Home of Jon Clement – 1334 Sun Glo Drive, GP 
Cost: $3
When: September 13 – November 1, 2017
Where: Home of Kirt Metcalf – 5907 Cloverlawn Dr, GP 
Cost: Free
Even if the memories are distant and dulled by time, past wounds continue to inflict pain into adulthood – often spilling over into the lives of those we love. This class is an excellent resource for anyone wounded by childhood trauma or abuse…or for those who help with these issues. Facilitator: Sharon Lawler
When: September 12 – December 12, 2017
Where: R-112, Redwood Campus
Cost: $10
Registration: Begins August 12 – Ends September 12 at 9pm

For Life Group/Small Group Leaders, Lay-Helpers, Pastors, Class & Step-Group Facilitators. This is lay-counselor training but it helps ALL leaders learn how to listen better and guide those you serve to get the help they may need. Facilitator: Sandy Saunders & Lead Team

When: September 5 – December 19, 2017
Where: O-102, Downtown Campus
Cost: Free to audit or $165.00 for certificate
Registration: Begins August 1 – Ends September 5 at 9pm
Take Control of Your Money! Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson money class that teaches step-by-step how to create a budget, pay off debt, spend wisely, and save for the future. The first class is FREE, so come check it out. Registration is a 2-Step Process. Step 1: register here (free). Step 2: register at FPU and pay $109 + $4.99 shipping for class materials. Space is limited, so order your materials and reserve your spot today. Facilitator: Michelle Rutherford.
When: September 19 – November 14, 2017
Where: E-102, Downtown Campus
Cost: Registration is a 2-Step Process. Step 1: register online here (free). Step 2: register at FPU and pay $109 + $4.99 shipping for class materials. Instructions are provided on your registration confirmation receipt from River Valley.
Registration: Begins August 4 – Ends September 12 at 9pm
“Every storm is an opportunity to grow.” Alex Costanzo is totally blind and has cancer, yet she has learned to walk by her faith in God and not by sight…literally! If you, or someone you know, is struggling with cancer, come to the opening of this ground-breaking new group that focuses on GOD, cancer survivors, their families, and the fellowship of growth in spite of suffering. Facilitator: Mike & Carol Meyer, Rick & Kathi Brown
When: October 7, 2017 – May 19, 2018
Where: P-105, The Point (Downtown)
Cost: Free
Registration: Begins August 12 – Ends August 27 at 9pm
This in depth study of Women in the Bible will be covering Part One: ‘From Eden to the Promised Land’. Facilitator: Lynn Matti
When: September 14 – December 29, 2017
Where: R-116, Redwood Campus
Cost: $14.50
Registration: Begins August 12 – Ends September 10 at 9pm
This 12 week study’s purpose is to increase worship, understanding, anticipation, & respectful fear of God in willing hearts. Facilitator: Judy Riker, Jeannie Lehl, Kayla Kremer
When: September 14 – December 7, 2017
Where: E-102, Downtown Campus
Cost: $11
Registration: Begins August 12 – Ends September 10 at 9pm

Stepfamilies and single parent homes now outnumber all other kinds of families in America. If there was one word to describe stepfamilies it would be “complex.” While it may be difficult to be simple with this assignment, we can be smart. My wife Laurie and I would like to begin this move toward smart stepfamilies on Aug. 26-27. Facilitator: Doug & Laurie Higuera

When: Saturday, August 26th at 5pm or Sunday, August 27th at 8:50 or 11:30am
Where: E-107, Downtown Campus
Cost: Free
Registration: none, just show up
Lessons and sign-ups will be available in the Worship Auditorium lobby the weekends of August 20th and 27th or register online now. Call Sharon at 541-476-0700 with any questions. Facilitator: Sharon Goens
When: September 14 – November 16, 2017
Where: P-213, The Point 
Cost: $8, payment made directly to Sharon
Registration: Begins August 15 – Ends September 18 at 9pm
Do you feel tangled in relationships in which you believe you must rescue and/or control others? Are you a people-pleaser? Easily manipulated? Unable to say “no”? There’s a way out! Facilitator: Susie Ashbridge, Rich Moore
When: September 12 – December 12, 2017
Where: Downtown Campus Worship Auditorium 
Cost: $20
Registration: Begins August 1 – Ends September 12 at 9pm