Fellowship Groups


Friends N Faith Groups at St. John Lutheran are small groups within the congregation, formed each January, for the purpose of helping members get to know fellow members and develop friendships out of this community of faith. The groups are centered around various activities that define each group but all are meant to:

  • Help members know one another and foster friendships between members in Christian fellowship
  • Provide a specific group to whom each participant becomes a primary minister to fellow members of the group, caring for and encouraging one another in their faith journey
  • Provide the context for the group to provide service and ministry beyond the group

Current FNF Groups:

Below is a list of our current Friends ‘N Faith Groups, when they meet, and who to contact if you’re interested in attending:


Connections Group

Coordinated by Marissa Klein 210-393-4653, Tiffany Jureczki 830-328-3744, Andrea Riley 281-467-3494, and Kelsie Schneid 830-388-2829

Last Saturday or Sunday of the month for various group events

The purpose of this group is to connect St. John members and visitors who are “under the hill” – young adults/families. We want to provide a fellowship opportunity within and outside of the church. The group will meet the last Saturday or Sunday of each month and information can be found under the “Events” tab HERE.  The planned events may or may not include kids as we want opportunities for the adults to get to know each other and other opportunities where the kids can come and connect too.

We can provide the names of teenagers who work in the nursery if you need a babysitter at your home.   We also want to encourage a weekly devotional/Bible study on Sunday mornings as we see where the group wants to go and grow in their faith.  Please contact one of the coordinators listed above for more information.


Friends of Faith Dinner Club

Coordinated by Diann Wandrey ([email protected])

3rd Thursday of the month, 5:30pm, various restaurants

Once a month this social group gathers in fellowship at a nearby restaurant to sit, eat, and visit. The restaurant changes month to month and all are welcome. The hosts’ responsibility is to choose a restaurant and contact them to set up a space for 20-30 attendees.  We’ve met in Fredericksburg, Kerrville, San Antonio, Boerne.  We often have people ask to be added to the email list, and welcome, happily, any newcomers. Please reach out to Diann Wandrey at [email protected] if you’d like to be put on the email list!


Lunch Bunch Group

Coordinated by Henry Brune ([email protected])

2nd Thursday of the month, 11:30am, various restaurants

Once a month this group gathers for lunch at a nearby restaurant to enjoy fellowship. All are welcome. Please reach out to Henry Brune at [email protected] if you’d like to be put on the email list!



Contact: Jim Grier: 830-431-1880 or Art Humphries: 505-504-8500

Meeting times will vary

CLAYS for CHRIST is a new group that has formed at St. John Lutheran church for shotgun shooters, men and women 18 and over,. It’s the “Clays for Christ” (C4C) led by StJLC member Jim Grier. Whether beginner or experienced, whether a member of St. John or not, C4C is all about fellowship outdoors, using the opportunity to reinforce our Christianity and to act on our discipleship in Christ. To learn more, CLICK HERE to download a flyer or contact Jim Grier @ 830-431-1880, or Art Humphries @ 505-504-8500.


Lit ‘n Lunch

Contact person is Terry Hermann  (210-842-4606 or [email protected])

3rd Monday of the month, 12pm – 1pm, Rm 117

Lit ‘n Lunch is a book club here at St. John.  We read a wide variety of types of books – memoirs, historical novels, nonfiction, mysteries, biographies, novels, and any other type of book that our members would like to read.  We meet on the third Monday of each month at noon here at St. John. So, if you work close by, you can spend your lunch hour with us.  We only meet for 1 hour.  Members choose the books together, usually about 3-4 months at a time.  We are a small group and would love to grow our group to include you!


Canasta / Dominoes

Contact person is Jean Sheffy (210-845-2849)

1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of the month, 5pm

We share a potluck meal together at 5pm followed by the games which usually conclude by 8:30pm. If you would like to join our group, we would be very happy to have you. If you have never played Canasta, or as some say “it’s been awhile” well don’t let that stop you, we will teach you. Come and join us as we have so much fun and delicious food to share. Individuals and couples are welcome.  Contact Jean Sheffy via text (210-845-2849) for more information.


Quilting Group

Contact person is Doris Beath (210-698-2737)

1st and 2nd Monday of the month, 9am -12pm, Luther Hall

The Faithful Quilting Group has 7 to 10 quilters but would gladly welcome more. They make between 80 to 100 quilts a year and have given them to Sisters of Sanctuary, Battered Women, Hill County Daily Bread, and for Disaster Relief.


Grief Share Support Group

Contact Connie Harbers (512-779-5508), Barbara Rogers (210-373-9070), church office (830-249-3651)

For meeting times and more information refer to the information on the church website https://www.stjohnlutheran.com/get-connected/care-and-support-groups/

Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and have successfully rebuilt their lives.  We understand how you feel because we’ve been in the same place.  We will walk with you on the long path through grief toward healing and hope for the future. The 15-week program consists of encouraging, information-packed videos featuring leading grief recovery experts, small group discussion about the weekly video content, and a workbook for journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce the weekly session topics.  The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from grief.


Happy Hearts

Facilitated by Pastor Mariola Bergquist ([email protected])

2nd Monday of the month, 6pm, Family Life Center

Happy Hearts is a fun group for retirees or anyone nearing retirement age. We meet at 6pm in the Family Life Center for a potluck (bring food to share) and for fellowship.  Activities include presentations on various subjects by guest speakers, music and singing, game nights and outings.


Men’s Breakfast

Contact the church office for more information. 830-249-3651

This group meets every other Tuesday at 6:30am in the Small Dining Room.


Theology on Tap

Contact is Matt Olson ([email protected])

This group meets on the 2nd Sunday every other month at 6pm. Times and places vary.

Enjoy your drink of choice with friends and discuss faith.


Men’s Lunch

Contact person is Bart Graves (210-861-2416)

3rd Tuesday of each month, 11:30am at Mamacita’s


Men’s Basketball

Contact person is Matt Olson ([email protected])

1st, 3rd and 4th Monday of each month, 6:30pm in the Family Life Center.


Mental Illness/Health Support Group

Led by Robert and Crystal Martinez. Contact: Crystal Martinez, 512-788-0810 or email: [email protected]

2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm in Shepherd House

The mission of this group is to provide support and resources to caregivers, families and those struggling with mental health issues.

All meetings are open to persons 18 years and older. All meetings are confidential and designed to protect privacy.


Fabulous Folders

Contact Claudia Culvert at the church office at 830-249-3651.

Every Friday morning in Room 212 at 9am to fold bulletins.



Service Groups


Growing Hope Distribution

Contact person is Audrey Bearden ([email protected])

1st and 2nd Wednesdays of the month, 4:30 pm, Narthex and Parking Lot

The Growing Hope ministry provides an opportunity for you to ‘Make Jesus Known’ and share the gospel, through one-on-one mentoring, with families in our community. There is more information on the church website https://www.stjohnlutheran.com/growing-hope-ministry/



1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”