Support Groups at Emmanuel

Divorce Care / Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

Divorce Care will resume weekly on Tuesday evenings, September 12 at 6 p.m.   DivorceCare is for people who are looking for support as they work through the issues related to separation and divorce.  A DivorceCare group will begin meeting on Tuesday, September 12th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Church Parlor. Led by Barbara Kirsch, the sessions include a video, group discussion and a personal workbook. This is a warm and caring environment. Everyone is Welcome. For more information please contact Barbara at 304/482-2942 / email:

Grief Share Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The GRIEFSHARE Support Group will resume weekly on Wednesday evenings, September 20 at 6 p.m.  Grief is defined as conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change to a familiar pattern of behavior. Generally, grief is connected to loss but there are many life events that can lead to grief: death of a loved one, loss of a job, change of residence, retirement, just to name a few.

Grief Share is a 13-week Bible based SUPPORT GROUP sponsored by Emmanuel Baptist Church and designed for those who are experiencing grief. During our time together we will discuss topics like “what is normal”, “what’s next”, challenges to grief, anger, guilt and being “stuck”. Gail Samolitis will be leading Grief Share and if you are interested in talking with Gail and/or attending Grief Share on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Please call (304)-588-7632 or (304)-485-5171/ email: Gail Samolitis at:

Breaking Free Recovery Thursday 6 pm

Breaking Free meets every Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Breaking Free is a Christ-centered 12 step support group that is for anyone who is dealing with addictive behavior that is controlling their life.  For more information, email Kim Mattheny at:

Single & Parenting / Wednesday 6 pm

As a single parent, you know there aren’t many people who truly understand the unique challenges you face. You deeply desire to do what’s best for your kids, and you worry that you aren’t. Sometimes, it even feels as if it’s all you can do to get from one day to the next. “Single and Parenting” is a special group that will bring hope, and refreshing, biblical teaching on topics important to your life. In this group, you will:     – Find practical help and hope.     – Watch excellent videos featuring both parenting experts and single-parents      – Take some quiet time to reflect on this information       – Have opportunities to briefly discuss topics in a confidential, small group,

This two-month long Course is held on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. It starts on September 13, 2017. Childcare is available with prior arrangements. The Course Leaders, Keith and Eileen Mayer, both have had experience as single parents themselves! For further information and to register, contact Dr. Eileen Mayer or Terri Fielder at (304) 485-5171 or ….. Email Dr. Eileen Mayer at:

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Alzheimer’s Support Groups

Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups & Workshops
First Monday of every month – 6:00 p.m.: Genesis – Marietta Center, 117 Barlett Street, Marietta, OH… For more information, contact Pam Parsons at (740)-373-1867 or or the Alzheimer’s Association at (800)-272-3900.

First Wednesday of every month – 1:00 p.m. First Lutheran Church, 1701–19th Street, Parkersburg, WV…  For more information, contact Joe Lantz, MSW, LCSW, at (304)-422-9293 or the Alzheimer’s Association at (800)-272-3900

Second Monday of every month – 1:00 p.m. Belpre Senior Center – 1614 Washington Avenue, Belpre, OH… For more niformation, contact Susie Casto at (304)-482-4602 or or the Alzheimer’s Association at (800)-272-3900.

Upcoming Workshop at Emmanuel Baptist Church:
September 12 at 1:00 p.m. – What’s New in Science… As the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world, the Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voice in the pursuit of effective treatment and prevention. Learn more about dynamic science and collaborative efforts happening around the globe to help us reach or vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

October 18 at 12:00 p.m. – Basics of Alzheimer’s… This workshop covers what you need to know about Alzheimer’s diseas and dementia, including information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.

November 16 at 11:00 a.m. – Know the 10 Signs… This workshoop aims to increase awareness of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, the benefits of early detection and diagnosis and it also addresses common myths about

December 15 at 10:00 a.m. – Effective Communication Strategies…. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Men’s Support Groups

A men’s support group meets at Emmanuel every first and third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

MOPS / Mother’s of Pre – Schoolers first and third Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

MOPS / Mothers of PreSchoolers meets one the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9 a.m. beginning September 19. Young moms often feel lonely and isolated and need the basic support and encouragement from other moms who are facing the same challenges. Childcare is provided for registered participants.  For more information or to register, contact Brittany Norby at: