Small Groups

Chancel Choir

When: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm

Contact: David Zmudka

Our Chancel Choir meets on Tuesday evenings and has a short warm-up on Sunday mornings before worship service. In addition to the Sunday anthems and other special music, the choir prepares a Christmas cantata for the congregation every year. The choir would welcome any new singers–the only qualification is a voice willing to sing to the praise of God!

Resumes on Sept 5, 2017


Ruth Circle

When: 1st Thursday 10:00 am (Sept – May)

Ruth Circle meets at a members’ home for Bible discussion and a religious study. We also determine any pressing needs of the church and collaborate on service projects to benefit our community. Past projects have included the creation of toiletry kits for the Ronald McDonald House and a vintage jewelry sale to benefit Feeding America. The women have several social outings planned and are always on the lookout for new members.

Ruth Circle Book Club

When: 3rd Thursday at 9:30 am  (Sept – May)

We pick a wide variety of books that extend our horizons and challenge our minds.  Each year we include one classic and have read A Tale of Two Cities, The Pearl, Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby.  Our reading list for 2017-2018 can be found here:


Men’s Breakfast

When: Every Thursday at 8:15 am

What began as a way for the men of Eastminster to get to know each other better has become a deeply engrained tradition that continues today. The group varies in size, but typically 10-15 guys can be found enjoying each other’s company each Thursday morning. Bring a friend. All are welcome.

Russ’ Restaurant
2750 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI


TOPS – Take Off The Pounds

When: Mondays at 6:30 pm

Contact: Tammy Hansen

GR Local Chapter of TOPS meets weekly in The Gathering Place.


When: 1st Wednesday at noon (Oct – May)

Elderberries are a group of senior citizens that meet to share lunch and to hear insights from an inspiring speaker. Everyone is welcome, even if you are not a senior citizen!

Recent speakers have included:

  • Tom Rademacher, local writer and published author.
  • Redda Thabet, from the Synod of the Nile and Egypt, who visited Eastminster through the Synod of the Covenant’s Mission to the USA program.
  • Sister Colleen Nagle of the Franciscan Life Process Center.
  • Ed Dee, who spoke about his military experience
  • Christie Wiersma, who spoke about her experience in Israel and Palestine as part of the Mosaic of Peace.

Table Talk

During the time of the ReformationMartin Luther, the German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation, would gather around a table with his students and colleagues to eat, drink, and talk. The notes recorded during these “table talks” reveal the authentic, real, and down to earth manner in which the church is called to share our lives together.

Members of Eastminster gather for “table talk” dinners in their homes. Hosts provide the main dish, beverages, and table service.  Guests bring side dishes and dessert. Eastminster’s Congregational Life Committee coordinates these gatherings.

The Green Team

Our Green Team was formed to address ways for our congregation to become better stewards of God’s creation. We led the congregation in creating a new landscape beddings surrounding the church which the Team maintains. We added bins for recycled plastics and garden debris. We’ve championed the use of ceramic ware and not styrofoam for use during church gatherings. Anyone is welcome to join the Green Team in this enjoyable and meaningful Earth ministry.

Prayer Group

When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1-2:30 pm

We gather together on Tuesday afternoons in the Hospitality Room at Eastminster. All are welcome and an ongoing commitment isn’t necessary – Come when you can!


DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 7-8:30 pm 

Contact: Catie Heynen at 616.458.7503

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has a wonderful chapter that meets at Eastminster with a focus is on self-help. They are peer-led, safe and accepting, confidential, meet regularly, and are free of charge. The primary participants in a support group meeting are persons diagnosed with a mood disorder and those who believe they may have a mood disorder. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend, learn, and participate.

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