Monday Night and Friday Morning Studies

This week, I wanted to share with you about our studies that we offer both Monday night and Friday mornings. Both with be doing “Stepping Up” by Beth Moore, a study on the Psalms. Friday morning starts up September 6th, and goes from 9:00-11:00 am. It is led by Julie Overholt, and she has been leading this group for many years. This is a group of ladies that I have been able to lean on through very hard times. We share prayer requests, and after the video session, discuss the questions at our tables. Child care is provided at this study, and we take turns bringing in breakfast each week.

Our Monday night study is led by Amy Luebbehusen and April Brinckman. They have many years of experience leading this group as well. This is a group that you’ll be able to share prayer requests, and lean on each other in your struggles. They discuss the previous week before the video, and then have more discussion after the video as well. They have light snacks and coffee available each Monday.

I hope that gives you a little more information on these two Bible studies we offer, and we’d love to see you there!! Sign up here, if you are interested:

Time Out for Moms

This week, I wanted to share with you ladies about our Time Out for Moms group. This group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month starting September 5th, then ending on December 5th. They go from 9:30-11:30, and have childcare provided. I can’t say enough good things about the women who have provided childcare for the moms over the years. They are truly amazing, and I have trusted them with my own kids when I was in moms group. They taught my kids songs and verses, and took time to read to them, and just love on them. This year, our leaders are Amy Ellis, Allison Doyle, and Bonnie Mast. These ladies have been a part of our group, but God has called them to lead this year. They are organizing speakers on various topics that will appeal to mothers, and will help you grow in your faith, and in your parenting. If you’d like to sign up, or would like more information, please go to:

You can also email women@sugargrovechurch for any further questions on this or any other study/group in the Women’s Ministry.

Moms in Prayer

Hope you ladies are doing well, I know I am looking forward to getting back into the school year routine! I know it can be a busier season for a lot of us, but I love having more of a routine, and seeing everyone more often. I wanted to tell you about the next group we offer at Sugar Grove, Moms in Prayer.

Moms in Prayer is part of a larger organization, “Moms in Prayer International”. We have a small group of about 6-8 women who meet regularly on Monday mornings, in room 208 from 8:30-9:30, and we start on August 26th. This year, it will be led by myself and Laurie Ness. Our specific school we pray for is Elkhart Christian Academy, but many of our moms represent different schools. The focus is to pray for our children, and the schools they attend, as well as lifting each other up in prayer. We spend time in corporate prayer, and then split off into smaller groups, to share more personal requests, and to pray for our children. I can’t think of anything more important than spending concentrated time in prayer, especially as a group. There is so much power in prayer, and if this is something you are committed to, then this is definitely the group for you! Once again, if you have any questions about the group, please email me at To sign up for this group, or any other Bible studies we offer, please click here:

Things Coming Up

So, I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself to you ladies who may not know me, or even know that I have taken over as Women’s Ministry Director here at Sugar Grove.  We have so many new people, and that is so exciting, but that also means that there are a lot of women who may not know how to plug in!  

My name is Shannon Baad, and I am a stay at home mom.  My kids are Jacob (8) and Olivia (6), and both attend Middlebury Schools.  I am married to Jim, and we have been married for 17 years. We have been attending Sugar Grove for about 9 years.  We love our church family, and have seen a lot of changes since we’ve been here. I love women’s ministry, and have been to pretty much every women’s event I could attend since I started at Sugar Grove. Previous to serving as Women’s Director, I co-led our Time Out for Moms group for 4 years.  I still have a lot to learn, and I am still trying to get the hang of all that I am supposed to be doing, so I humbly ask for your patience as we move forward.

Each week, leading up to our Fall Bible Studies, I wanted to highlight the different studies and groups we offer.  I want to start with our Single Moms Bible Study, because they start first. They start meeting August 21st, along with the Awana schedule.  That way, if you need childcare, your child can join Awana, and you can learn and grow yourself! Our leaders for this group are Becky Bender and Val Bierlein.  These are two amazing women, who have been leading this group for several years. This year, they are doing a continuation of Lori Little’s study, “Hope and Help for the Single Mom”.  This study helps you learn 21 principles of being a healthy single mom. This group has really given a lot of support to our single moms over the years, and if you are a single mom, and looking for other women you can connect with, please sign up:

Please let me know if you ladies have any questions, and I’ll be highlighting another group next week, here on our Facebook page, so stay tuned!!  Feel free to check out our website at any time for all of the details of our Fall studies. You can contact me at