Small Groups

The goal of Doing Life Together, our Small Group Ministry, is to offer a place where every person can experience Christian community, grow in their relationship to God and grow in their ability to live out their faith every day. Jesus made us a promise that when we come into community we will experience His presence.

 ^Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them" - Matthew 18:20

Jesus also promised that when we are connected with each other and with His Word, He would strengthen our faith and empower us to live healthier and more productive lives. The result is joy and fulfillment. In community loves grows.

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” - John 8:31-32

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” - John 15:11

At Our Savior’s Way we offer a variety of small groups to meet different needs. Check out the six categories below and choose a group that is right for you (click to see the groups in the category):

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  |  Small Group calendar

Contact: Pastor Eric Peterson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday Morning Groups at 9:30 am

Pastor Peterson

Adult Bible Study

Beginning Nov. 3: An in-depth Bible study of the book of Hebrews, based on the notes of professor John W. Kleinig, a pastor in the Australian Lutheran Church. This study will help you connect the teachings of the Old Testament and New Testament, make clear God’s plan of salvation in Jesus as our high priest and will enhance your worship experience.

Who: All adults

Leader: Pastor Eric Peterson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where: Room #4

Pastor Peterson

exploreGod

This is a seven week class, continuing through October 20. The goal is to provide a safe environment where members can seek credible answers to the challenging spiritual questions, such as: Does life have a purpose? - Is there a God? and Why does God allow pain and suffering?

Who: Adults

Leaders: Jonathan Halls,
               Pastor Peterson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where: Great Room, continuing through Oct. 20

Schaffer

Adult Bible Study

In-depth Bible study so we can feed on God's Word to empower our faith, life, and love. This class will decide what book they will study.

Who: All adults

Leader: Louis Schaffer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where: Library

Caroline Broemmer

Lead like Jesus

Dr. John Townsend, psychologist, leadership expert, and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Boundaries, shows how we need the fuel of "Relational Nutrients" from others, and in turn, we can provide them to others. People Fuel outlines the twenty-two relational nutrients we all need to cultivate good relationships that provide energy, focus, and the support you need to succeed.

Who: All adults

Leader: Caroline Broemmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where: Classroom #5

Ben Scarboro Luanne Flom

Discussions in Family Life

We are reading Back to Basics: The ABCs of Christian Living by John MacArthur. This is a timeless six-week survey of the bedrock principles of Christianity—and how to anchor our life to them.

Who: All adults

Leaders: Ben Scarboro, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
               Luanne Flom, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where: Classroom #4b

Mike Delancy

Faith Connect

This is a six week membership class for those new to Our Savior's Way and for anyone who wishes to review the basic teachings of the Christian faith. Faith Connect will help you connect to God, to Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church, and to new friends.

When: beginning Sept. 29

Who: People seeking a church or to become members of OSWLC.

Leader: Pastor Mike Delancy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where: Room #3

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Mid-Week Groups

Pastor Mann

Pastor's Bible Study

A Bible study with Pastor Mann for both men and women.

Who: Adult Bible study

Leader: Pastor Mann, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: OSWLC

Pastor Peterson

Landsdowne Woods Bible Study

A Bible study for both men and women.

Who: All adults

Leader: Pastor Peterson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Thursdays, 2:00 pm

Where: Lansdowne Woods

Mike Delancy

Crossways

Ever wish you had a better grasp of the message of the Bible and how the message relates to you and your family? Crossways is a faith enriching, life-changing course that will offer you a road map for an unforgettable journey through the entire Bible. Crossways focuses on God’s clear message of salvation in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Students will have a chance to read the whole Bible, see how the different books are connected to God’s message of hope and salvation, and understand how Jesus fulfilled the scriptures and God’s plan to bless all generations with God’s redeeming love.

For more information, contact Pastor Mike Delancy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Who: All adults

Leader: Mike Delancy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Thursdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: OSWLC Library

Let the Children Come

A fellowship of parents with children who support each other spiritually and help each other raise their children in the Christian faith.

Who: Parents and children

Leader: Kristen Harris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: 2nd and 4th Fridays at 6:30 pm

Where: OSWLC Library

Matt and Melissa Mitchell

Intergenerational Fellowship

Residents of eastern Loudoun County and the Reston/Herndon areas of Fairfax County, both couples and singles, who gather together for fellowship to study the Bible and to encourage each other to live out their faith in Jesus Christ.

Who: Everyone

Leaders: Matt and Melissa Mitchell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: 1st and 3rd Saturdays

Where: In the Reston area

 

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Men's Groups

Monday 4-1-1 group

4-1-1 Men's Group (Monday)

Iron sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another. Men encouraging each other to live out their faith in their daily lives.

Who: Open to all men

Leader: Pastor Peterson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Mondays, 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: Panera Bread on Shellhorn Road in Ashburn

Thursday 4-1-1 group

4-1-1 Men's Group (Thursday)

Iron sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another. Men encouraging each other to live out their faith in their daily lives.

Who: Open to all men

Leader: Mike Meese, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Thursdays 6:30 am

Where: Panera Bread in Ashburn

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Women's Groups

Pastor Mann

Women's Bible Study

A weekly Bible study for women led by Pastor Mann.

Who: For all women

Leader: Pastor Mann, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Where: OSWLC Library

Ramona Meese

Women's Tuesday Evening Bible Study

A women's weekly Bible study group that uses the Beth Moore Bible studies and DVDs.

Who: Open to all women

Leader: Ramona Meese, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: OSWLC Library

Roxie Sullivan

Golden Girls for God

A fellowship of mature women who care and share with one another, study God's Word, serve the church and reach out to others.

Who: Mature Women

Leader: Roxie Sullivan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:30am to 12:00 noon

Where: OSWLC Library

Roxie Sullivan

Defiant Joy

Find inspiration and support for being joyful not only when things are going great, but even when troubles and trials hit. This video study with Candace Payne - aka The Chewbacca Mom - reminds us that “Joy is closer than you think because God is better than you may believe," because true joy springs from Christ.

Who: Open to all women

Leader: Barb Yarbrough, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Wednesdays, 1:30 pm

Where: OSWLC Library

Bobbie Peterson

Morning Glories

Women who meet for breakfast and fellowship to study the Word of God and to encourage each other to live out their faith.

Who: Women of all ages

Leader: Bobbie Peterson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Thursdays, 8:00 am

Where: Wegman's in Sterling, VA

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Care and Service Groups

Cooking with Spirit

Cooking With Spirit

A Christian fellowship group focused on serving others through providing meals for those in need and spending time eating and exploring Loudoun County (and beyond) attractions together.

Who: People who like cooking and helping others

Leader: Ed and Delaine Hollandsworth, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: 2nd and 4th Friday evenings, 7:00pm to 9:00 pm

Where: At OSWLC (2nd Friday) and in homes (4th Friday)

Jeffrey Barnes Robert Tamaro

Financial Peace

A life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right decisions with your money. This is a nine week course. You can register by Jeffrey or Rob by email.

Who: Are you interested in being debt free, establish a family budget, plan for your retirement? This course is the perfect first step to financial freedom!

Leaders: Jeffrey Barnes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
               Rob Tamaro, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Mondays 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm starting on Jan. 13, 2020

Where: OSWLC

Beth Anton

GriefShare

This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. More info at the GriefShare website.

Who: Those looking for help and healing for hurt of losing a loved one

Leader: Beth Anton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 703-470-8821

When: Monday offered twice at 9:30 am to11:00 am and 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Where: OSWLC Library

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DLT Groups

 

 

 

 

 

Purcellville area DLT

Leader: Jonathan and Sharon Halls, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: The day and time have yet to be determined.

When: Thursdays, every other Thursday

Where: people's homes

Kristi Newton

Youth Parent DLT

 

Leader: Kristi Newton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: 4:30 pm Sundays

Where: Starbucks at Broadlands Center Plaza

Kristi Newton, the mother of two middle schoolers in Confirmation is eager to help parents connect with each other for mutual growth and support.

Daney Carlin

Multi-generational Group in Ashburn

Leader: Daney Carlin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Where: Starbucks at Broadlands Center Plaza

A multi-generational group that will meet for dinner and authentic, real conversations about life. Daney is a young adult who is beginning her second year as an elementary school teacher. She is excited to grow alongside others in her group.

Emily Sonstroem

Multi-generational Group in Ashburn

Leader: Emily Sonstroem, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Where: Ashburn

Emily is in her late 20’s and works as the Minister to Youth and Young Adults at OSWLC for five years now. She’s excited to lead and participate in a multi-generational group where everyone can learn from one another’s life experiences and form real, transparent relationships with people both from church and the community.

Gilbert and Cecila Kajuna

Sterling Area

Leader: Gilbert and Cecila Kajuna, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: First and third Saturdays 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Sterling, VA

The group will be engaging in Bible fellowship, active profession of faith, praising God and prayer activities. The Kajunas, with their son Davis, have a strong passion to glorify Jesus. They have many years of experience with Bible fellowships and evangelism groups under the Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

Ray Dubert

Brambleton Area

Leader: Ray and Emily Dubert, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Fridays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: At the Dubert home

Come join the pizza party at the Dubert house on Friday nights! Join Quin(7), Judah(3), Cora(2) for dinner, followed by an hour of small group discussion. They plan on sharing where Jesus is working in their lives, how He is growing us as His followers, and by supporting one another in prayer.

Jim Burgess

Gainesville Area

Leader: Jim Burgess and his wife, Nancy Rector, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Tuesday evenings

Where: Gainesville, VA

Nancy has been a member of OSWLC for over 8 years and Jim for 3 years. Both of us are retired. Jim works part time as a realtor. The group is hoping to meet with others who live in or near Prince William County for Christian fellowship, to grow in faith and for mutual support.

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Small Group FAQs

Why are small groups important for me and for our congregation?

Small groups follow the pattern that Jesus established with his disciples. He lived with them and helped them apply their faith in God to their daily lives. At Our Savior's Way, our desire is to help people make friends and feel connected to our community. Small groups allow us to grow larger as a worshiping community while still maintaining the intimacy of a small congregation. Small groups help connect us to God and to each other.

What is a small group?

It is a group of 5 to 15 people who decide to meet regularly to grow in their faith in Christ and to apply their faith to their lives.

Is a small group a Bible study?

Small groups have a variety of formats that express the desires and interests of the group members. Small groups have five components:

  • Worship
  • Fellowship
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Service
  • Outreach

Each group may choose to emphasize one of these components more than the others. Some groups may focus on studying the Bible, some on fellowship, others on serving.

How do I know which group is right for me?

See which group matches your passion, needs, interests, and learning style. Pray about it and then choose the group that fits you.

How can I learn more about the small groups that are being offered at OSW?

Look over the list of groups on this page, see what groups interest you, then contact the group leader. You might ask the leader if you could attend one of the group sessions to see if this group is a fit for you.

Who will be leading the group?

The groups are led by committed Christians who have been trained to lead a small group. All our leaders have a heart to serve the Lord and have a love for people.

Do you have to be a member of OSW to participate in a small group? What if I have a friend who would like to attend a small group with me?

By all means, bring your friend. All small groups are open to anyone in the congregation or community. Our desire at OSW is to provide a community for everyone to grow in their faith in Christ. Each small group has an empty chair which symbolizes its openness to share the Gospel with those who do not know Christ.

Will I be embarrassed because I do not know about the Bible or know the answers to questions about the faith?

No! Small groups provide a safe and caring environment for everyone to grow in their faith in Christ. Small group leaders are trained to care for people and help participants feel welcome.

How can I become a small group leader?

One way is to join a small group and volunteer to help the group leader. Or take the small group leadership training when it is offered.

What are DLT groups?

These groups are different from those that are based on one topic or a Bible study, which are likely to come to an end after a series is over. Instead, DLT Groups are focused on forming relationships and giving people the opportunity to be fully known by one another in a Christian community just as God intended when He created us. DLT groups are structured in a way to allow people to meet together where everyone is comfortable, including friends who don’t attend church. As a group gets larger, after at least a year of developing close relationships, it will intentionally split to form new groups so each individual can continue to feel heard and cared for, which is difficult with a larger group.

All DLT groups will discuss the sermon each week and use the same set of questions to focus on our mission statement: “At Our Savior’s Way, we glorify God and make disciples for Jesus by: Forming Relationships, Experiencing Jesus Together, and Sharing God’s Love.”

How can I learn more?

If you are interested in learning more about these groups or becoming a leader of one of these groups, please contact Pastor Eric Peterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Emily Sonstroem at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Daney Carlin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Ray Dubert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Contact Information

43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, VA 20148
Phone: 703-858-9254
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Sunday Worship Services

8:00 AM – traditional
9:30 AM – traditional (1st, 3rd Sundays)
9:30 AM – contemporary (2nd, 4th Sundays)
11:00 AM – contemporary

Holy Communion celebrated at all services
Nursery available 7:45AM — noon

9:30 AM – Bible study and Sunday School
11:00 AM - Bible study

Our Mission

At Our Savior's Way, we glorify God and make disciples for Jesus by: Forming relationships, Experiencing Jesus together, and Sharing God's love.