Nearer to God - and Each Other Sun City Bible Study Groups Offer Three Different Approaches to Theology, and a Place to Make Friends

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Nearer to God - and Each Other Sun City Bible Study Groups Offer Three Different Approaches to Theology, and a Place to Make Friends


Leis, Joanne, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Joanne Leis Daily Herald Correspondent

It can be lonely at first for people who move to Sun City and leave behind their friends, neighborhoods and church families.

But joining one of the community's Bible study groups can help Sun Citians make the transition and build new relationships in a Christian setting.

Sun City has non-denominational Bible study groups solely for men or women, while others gather in a mixed-sex meeting.

Some groups study the Bible exclusively, and others use outside resources. The goal for all of them, however, is for people to grow closer to each other and to God.

God's Girls

God's Girls was started three years ago by Sandra Galassi and Andrea Paetsch, who thought there was a need for a Bible study group that addressed women's issues. The group meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at MidAmerica Bank (formerly EFS Bank), on Route 47 next to Culver's. About 25 women are members of God's Girls.

"It can be kind of lonely when you first move to Sun City," Galassi said. "We all are away from our doctors, beauticians and church families. This is a nice forum for women to come together as a sisterhood."

God's Girls uses videos and workbooks in its study, and has often used teacher Beth Moore's works. This spring, members have turned to Moore for a study entitled "Believing God - Experiencing a Fresh Explosion of Faith."

"Believing God is about a personal relationship with our Lord," Galassi explained. "It is not enough to have a generic relationship as a Christian. We will study Scripture, keep a faith journal, and look at 'God Stops.' God Stops are when we know the Lord is moving in our lives."

Moore's workbooks and videos are geared to women and are a favorite of the God's Girls members. "Believing God" is being studied through June 27.

"When you have a sisterhood of believers, really nice things happen," Galassi said. "Sometimes you learn more in a group than you would by yourself."

For information about God's Girls, contact Galassi at (224) 569- 6440.

Sonshine Boys

While God's Girls is exclusively for women, the Sonshine Boys was formed to give men a place to study the Bible with other men.

"There were a couple of ladies' studies in the afternoons," said Don Brown, one of the founders of Sonshine Boys.

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