108 South Manitou Drive

Mankato MN 56001


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Connect Groups

Looking for a fresh opportunity to connect with others here at Hilltop? Whether you are still exploring this whole "Christianity thing" or are a long-time follower of Jesus, these ever-changing , relevant, short-term groups are a great way to connect with who we are at Hilltop. So dip your toes in the water, connect with other people, and discover what following Jesus is all about.

We encourage everyone at Hilltop to be a part of a Connect Group. Why? Because we believe that life is not meant to do alone. God designed us to be in community with others. Connect Groups are a great way to meet people, make friends, learn more about God and find real answers for life’s questions. Register for Spring Semester by February 23, 2020.

Spring Semester 2020

Path to the Cross

(begins Mar. 1 - 5 weeks)

Host: Nancy Mackenzie   

Location: Fireside Room

Day/Time: Sunday mornings 10:30-11:30 am

Cost: None

In the Christian faith, the 40 days of Lent is traditionally a time of repentance, prayer and fasting—a time to prepare our hearts for Jesus. As the lenten season begins we will be offering a five week video study by Ray Vander Laan that weaves together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts and reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers. Discover how the passionate faith of God’s  people prepares the way for Jesus and his ultimate act of obedience and sacrifice at the cross.

Unrecognized Women of the Bible 

(begins Mar. 2 - 6 weeks)

Host: Dee Mattox   

Location: West Classroom

Day/Time: Monday evenings 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost: None

Ever wonder who helped David when he was running from Saul? It was a woman, but what was her name? There  are 187 women named in the Bible and many more mentioned without names. Even those women who don’t easily come to mind had a part to play in God’s redemptive plan. Come learn about the pivotal role these diplomatic, intelligent, and strong women played in the history of our faith.        

Good Friday Cantata

(begins Mar. 4 - 6 sessions)

Host: Paulette Adams                   

Location: Sanctuary

Day/Time: Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:00 pm     

Cost: None

Add meaning to your Lenten and Easter journey by participating in a choral presentation of a Good Friday cantata. If you enjoy choral singing, this is a great opportunity to participate in a heartfelt worship experience. Rehearsal will take place during the Lenten season and will include singing at Sunday morning worship services as well as the evening of Good Friday (April 10th).

Evangelism for Non-Evangelists

(begins Mar. 4 - 6 sessions)

Host: Stacy Vanderwerf         

Location: Fellowship Hall

Day/Time: Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:00 pm

Cost: $14.00*

This video course, team-taught by Rev. Dr. Heather Lear and Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale, will introduce you to evangelism as a practice that helps you grow in your faith at the same time you develop the skills to share your faith with others. At the end of this course, you will be able to explain what you have authentically experienced as the goodness of God in your life and develop creative practices for sharing faith as an individual and as a congregation.

Financial Peace (begins Mar. 3 - 11 sessions)

Host: Mark Wright/Marcia Wahoske    

Location: West Classroom

Day/Time: Tuesday evenings 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Material: Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money Kit

Cost: $99.00 per family unit*

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! Through video teaching, weekly assignments or homework, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! Childcare provided.   

Already take Financial Peace, but need a refresher? You are welcome to attend at no charge if you already have the materials. We still ask that you register, just register as Financial Peace Refresher.