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 or 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. 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. Check below for the different specialty group options.


AWANA is a mid-week ministry for children where they will memorize verses, play games, sing worship songs, and hear a short message from the Bible. Cubbies (3-4 years), Sparks (K-2nd), Truth & Training (3rd-6th). Infant/toddler care is also available for those attending the Thursday evening service or participating in a Life Group at that time.

When: Thursdays @ 6-7:30pm

Where: River Valley Downtown Campus

Cost: $30 (covers all dues, vest/shirt, and book - scholarships available) Infants/Toddlers are free.

Beauty For Ashes (Women’s Group)

God desires to take the broken places in your heart and make them into something beautiful. Join us as we grow deeper into God's healing love.

When: 6:30-8pm Wednesdays - Sept 18-Nov 20

Where: Donna Potter’s Home

Cost: Free

Broken Children, Grown-up Pain

Have you been rejected, abandoned, or betrayed? Learn how these create arrested development and cause a reactive lifestyle that hinders you from fully becoming the man or woman of God that you are intended to be.

When: Tuesdays - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Sept 10th-Dec 3rd

Where: Redwood R-112

Cost: $10

cancer support group

"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 join us in this ground-breaking group that focuses on support, information, and GOD’S presence, while ministering to cancer survivors, their loved-ones, care-givers, and more. 

When: Sun 2:30-4:30pm

Where: O-101, Downtown Campus

Registration: Join anytime

Common Questions For Christians:

(Answers for Atheists; Security for Saints)

What happens to those who have never heard the gospel? Is Jesus really the only way to God? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? 1Peter 3:15 says "and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you, with gentleness and fear." Join us as we seek to sufficiently and Scripturally find answers to some of the most difficult questions asked of the Christian faith.

When: 6:30-8pm Tuesdays Downtown

Where: Room 0-101

Cost: Free

Chronic & Invisible Illness Support Group 

“We are Strong”…’Our Mission Statement’ To be heard. To be understood; To be accepted; To be equal; To be loved; …… “2 Corinthians, 1:3-4 NIV “… Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”. Open-ended, join anytime.

When: 5-6:30pm, 2nd and 4th Saturdays

Where: 0-101, Downtown Campus 

Registration: Join anytime


Griefshare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences. Built around a 13 week video curriculum, this Griefshare group will meet weekly to help you face challenges of grief and help you move from mourning to joy.

When: Wednesdays - 6:30-8pm Sept 11-Dec 4

Where: Off Campus

Cost: $15

heaven & the unseen world

A 9-week Bible Study on Heaven and the Unseen World for both men and women. We'll explore what the Bible has to say about angels, Satan, demons, heaven, hell, death, and other amazing things God has in store for us. Online sign-ups available. Lessons will also be available to purchase in the church lobby the weekends of Aug 24/25 and Aug 31/Sep 1. Beginning Sep 3 they will be available in the church office. Any questions, call Sharon Goens at 541-476-0700.

When: Thursdays 9:30-11am Sept 19th-Nov 21st

Where: Downtown Campus Auditorium (Under Alcove)

Cost: $15

Kindred moms

A place of grace, hospitality, and encouragement. Where Mom’s can flourish as they connect in intentional relationships with Jesus and one another.  We meet the last Saturday of every month. Child Care offered for ages 1-6 by request to kindredmomsrivervalley@gmail.com

When: Sat 10-11:30am, Mar 30 – Dec 26, 2020 

Where: E-204, Downtown Campus

Registration: Join anytime


LAMBS is a women’s group (stands for Ladies A.M. Bible Study) which will be studying the Life of Christ.

When: Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am - September 12th-May 28th

Where: Redwood Campus Rm R-112

Cost: $10

Life After Loss - Grieving With Hope

A 12 week bereavement support group with facilitators who are experienced in dealing with loss and loss through suicide.

When: Thursdays, 6-7:30pm Sept 12-Dec 5

Where: E-102 Downtown Campus

Cost: Free

Messy Grace

Has your family member or friend recently come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or asexual? Do you want to be better prepared to enter into conversations with them? Join us at Messy Grace where you will find a safe place to process and ask questions. Email Adam or Renee Meyer at messygracelife@gmail.com with questions.

When: Mondays, 6-8pm - Sept 16th-Oct 14th

Where: Rm O-102

Cost: Free

Next Steps

Tools for going deeper and further in Christ, regardless of where you are right now.

When: 11:30am-12:30pm Sundays -Sept 15-Nov 24

Where: Downtown Campus Rm 0-101

Cost: Free

Nurturing Parenting

Your lives as individuals and as a family will improve dramatically for the better. You will notice that family members are getting along better. There will be more laughter, more cooperation, and stronger feelings of attachment and closeness. All this won’t happen without hard work and a commitment to positive change. There will be the usual bumps in the road with moments of frustration and doubt. But nothing ever worth working for ever came easy.

This is a 12-week parenting class. We meet weekly for 60 minutes of fun, interactive, and intense instruction.

When: Two Options: Sundays, 10:30-11:30am - Sept 15th-Dec 1st in Redwood Campus, R116 Library OR Thursdays, 6-7:30pm - Sept 19th-Dec 19th at the Downtown Campus Rm. 0-101

Cost: Free

our covenant god

Do you know God as a Covenant keeping God? The language of covenant; identity, oneness, cost, commitment, friendship is throughout the Bible and the motive behind covenant is love. Knowing God as a covenant keeping God will revolutionize your daily walk with Him.

When: Two options > Sundays 8:30a-9:45a OR 10a-11:10a

Sept 15th-Dec 8th

When: Downtown Rm E-102

Cost: Free

prayer for our nation

1 Timothy 2:1-3 tells us to pray for those in authority so that we may live peaceful lives for our Lord. Come join our small gathering to intercede for our nation and our state. Ongoing group, join us anytime.

When: Saturdays at 4-5pm, Join anytime

Where: O-102, Downtown Campus

Registration: Join anytime 


Are you wondering how to follow Jesus and experience fellowship in the Church while experiencing ongoing same sex attraction? Have you longed for a safe place to discuss topics of sexuality and identity, but have found the Church to not be a very safe place for you to ask questions? Do you identify as LGBT+ but want to explore more about relationship with Jesus and gender identity issues?

Cost: Free

Registration: Call Beth Plymale at 503-896-4786 or email messygracelife@gmail.com.

Storying the Gospel

The stories in the Gospels are powerful and encouraging. In this life group we will orally memorize, discuss, and apply 10 stories from Jesus' life. After each session, you will be able to easily share the Biblical story with anyone you meet in an easy, non-threatening way.

When: Mondays 6:30-8:30pm - Sept 16th-Nov 25th

Where: Downtown Campus Rm. 0-101

Cost: Free

The Truth Project

The Truth Project is a small group curriculum on the Biblical worldview. This 13-week DVD series is designed to help you look at life through a biblical perspective.

When: 6:30-8pm Thursdays - Sept 12th-December 5th

Where: Off Campus

Cost: Free

Untangling Relation-ships

(Christian Perspective on Co-Dependency)

Are you driven to be a people pleaser at the risk of damaging yourself emotionally? Do you seem to find yourself in relationships that lead to intense hurt, anger, guilt, and loneliness? Untangling Relationships is a specialty life group that will help you identify the painful effects of codependency and the compulsion to help everyone and fix everything.

When: 6:30-8pm Mondays Sept 9-Dec 2

Where: Downtown Rm E-1026:30-8pm

Cost: $20

W.H.O (Women Hanging Out)

W.H.O. is for women who want to spend time in fellowship together on the second Friday of every month. All women are invited! There will be a potluck meal, games, jewelry making, crafts, etc. Please bring a dish to share.

When: 4:30-9pm, every second Friday of the month

Where: E-102, Downtown Campus

Cost: FREE

Women's Bible Study: Beloved Disciple

Explore the life of the apostle John with video teaching by Beth Moore and group discussion of the homework.

When: Thursdays - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM -Sept 12th - Nov 21st

Where: Downtown Rm. 0-101

Cost: $18

Registration: Aug 29 until Sep 15