Wherever you find yourself on life’s journey there is a place for you at South. We invite you to become involved in a Bible study, a care group or an event where friendships are born, laughter is shared, heartaches are carried and lives are shaped by God’s life-changing grace.



Bible Studies at South




Our studies have resumed with options to study in person at the church or online via zoom. Class sizes may be limited due to distancing restrictions. If a class you have registered for has reached capacity you will be contacted and put on a waitlist or given the option to join another study.

Zoom Studies: These groups will connect through a zoom app where groups will discuss the lessons together. This option is great for those who are at risk, are unable to wear a mask or those who have a schedule that works better with a study they can do from home.

Church Studies:  In-person studies allow groups to connect and encourage one another. As of now, it is likely that all in-person studies at the church will be structured to ensure social distancing and the wearing of a face covering. We will strive to make our time together safe and as comfortable as possible during this difficult time. If you have health concerns or are unable to wear a face-covering we encourage you to choose one of our zoom studies. ***By registering and/or attending a study whose location is at church you agree to follow the guidelines which have set in place by the South Church medical team.

Register Here for Bible Studies by April 1 to reserve a workbook.
Late registrations are welcome however there may be a delay in ordering a book for your use.

*** Books will be available for pre-registered students at your first class session.

Monday Evenings at 6:30 pm: Begins April 12
Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus
(Lisa Harper)
This is a ZOOM study

Hebrews was a sermon for a specific people and culture in the midst of martyrdom and persecution, but is also so relevant for us today, reminding us to continue walking toward Jesus regardless of our culture or our circumstances.

Join Lisa as she journeys through this bridge between the Old and New Testaments to get to the heart of the matter: Jesus is our accessible King. He is not a faraway God, but an up-close Redeemer who draws near to us. Hebrews helps women make the connection between God the Father and God the Son and reminds us that Jesus is supreme, but He is also compassionate, empathetic, and loving to no end. 

Facilitated by Terri Bettinger . Workbooks, $16.00, are available to those who pre-register by April 1.  Register Here

Tuesday Afternoons: Begins March 28 
Inductive Bible Study on Kings and Prophets part 1: “A Divided Heart…A Divided Nation” – Tuesdays 12 – 2pm.  Room 111 or by zoom. Facilitated by Marilyn Wagner, Pat Schiable and Jan Zanetti. Workbook $18.00.

Due to space limitations please contact Marilyn Wagner (517-322-2000; mwagner@southlife.org) directly to check on options for in-person or zoom attendance.


Wednesdays at 6:30 pm: Begins April 14
“Jonah” Navigating a Life Interrupted
(Priscilla Shirer)
 Interruptions. They’re aggravating. Sometimes infuriating. But how we handle interruptions actually tell us more about ourselves. What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God’s invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city. Facilitated by Amber Sattler . Workbooks, $16.00, are available to those who pre-register. Register Here


This Study has been postponed until a later time.
“Son of David” (Nancy Guthrie)

What kind of king and what kind of kingdom are we asking for when we pray this prayer Jesus taught us to pray? A study of the Old Testament Historical Books—Joshua through Esther—enables us to see the kingdom of God not only as it once was, but also as it is now, and as it will be one day. Study the history of the people of God from the time they entered the Promised Land through a series of failed kings, exile, and finally their return to await the true King. Readers will see Jesus as: The greater Joshua who leads his people into rest; the greater Boaz who has done all that is necessary to redeem; the greater King who will sit on David’s throne forever; and the greater Restorer who is building his church from ruined stones.

Gain a fresh perspective on Israel’s history and God’s kingdom, a broader understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of Scripture, and much more when you join with Nancy on this incredible journey to see Jesus in the Old Testament!

Tuesday Evenings: Begins January 12
Refresh for Moms of Infants and Preschool Age Children.
“In His Image” (Jen Wilkin).

Sometimes we ask What is God’s will for my life? when we should really be asking Who should I be? The Bible has an answer: Be like the very image of God.

By exploring ten characteristics of who God is―holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise―this book helps us understand who God intends for us to be. Through Christ, the perfect reflection of the image of God, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow his will and are conformed to his image.

Facilitated by Tami Harrison at 7:30 pm in the Student Ministry Center (childcare is not available).  Workbook $10.00, are available to those who pre-register by January 4th. Late registrations are accepted but there may be a delay in receiving a workbook. Register Here

Saturday Mornings, Begins January 16
The Village is a group for moms of young children and meets at the home of Joy Shantz in East Lansing the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.

“None Like Him” (Jen Wilkin). Human beings were created to reflect the image of God–but only to a limited extent. Although we share important attributes with God (love, mercy, compassion, etc.), there are other qualities that only God possesses, such as unlimited power, knowledge, and authority. At the root of all sin is our rebellious desire to be like God in such ways–a desire that first manifested itself in the garden of Eden. In None Like Him, Jen Wilkin leads us on a journey to discover ten ways God is different from us–and why that’s a good thing. In the process, she highlights the joy of seeing our limited selves in relation to a limitless God, and how such a realization frees us from striving to be more than we were created to be.  Please contact Joy directly to register at: joykshantz@gmail.com



 Pursuing Christ Together Conference
April 17, 2021  (see schedule below)
Join us for this conference live from Nashville on the big screen in the chapel. This is a day filled with practical Bible teaching where women just like you–unapologetic and unshakeable in their pursuit of Christ–can come together to know him more.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Cost $10.00

Attendees must adhere to current mask and distancing guidelines of South Church (See below).

Lisa HarperA master storyteller and sought-after Bible teacher and author known for her authenticity, Lisa Harper’s writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible and modern life. She combines sound scriptural exposition with relatable anecdotes and comedic wit. Lisa is a mother to Missy, who she adopted from Haiti. 
Jackie Hill Perry  is a Bible teacher, writer, and artist. She is the author of Jude: Contending for the Faith in Today’s CultureGay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been, and the forthcoming Holier Than Thou: How God’s Holiness Helps Us Trust Him. At home she is known as wife to Preston and mommy to Eden, Autumn, and Sage.
Kelly Minter –  is an author, speaker, songwriter, and singer. She is passionate about women discovering Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. Whether through song, study, or spoken word, Kelly desires to authentically express Christ to the women in a culture where so many are hurting and broken. She is driven to share the healing and strength of Christ through the Bible’s truth. 
Ruth Chou Simons –  shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and paintbrush. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys—their greatest adventure.
Jamie Iveyenjoys teaching God’s word. Her style is engaging, funny, heart-felt, vulnerable, and full of honesty. She believes in women and wants big things for them. She wants them to know and believe their worth in this world and to the Father.
Music by:
Point of Grace – the women of Point Of Grace have provided a soundtrack to our lives for over two decades. With faith filled, and passionate lyrics, their memorable melodies and soaring harmonies have inspired generations to live boldly and keep Gods love as the foundation of their lives.


9:00 am      Check-in
9:30 am      Event Begins with Worship

9:45 am      Session One
9:20 am      Session Two
11:00 am    15 Minute Break
11:15 am    Session Three
11:55 am    Session Four
12:45 am    Lunch Break
1:45 pm      Special Feature
2:10 pm      Session Five
3:55 pm      Session Six
4:05 pm      15 Minute Break
4:40 pm      Session Seven
5:30 pm     Event Concludes

Attendees must adhere to current mask and distancing guidelines of South Church.

  • Upon your arrival, wear a face covering.  Select restrooms are available, with distancing markers in place. If you are unable to wear a face covering we encourage you to stream this event from your home.
  • You will find seating has been arranged to allow for proper distancing. As you are seated, keep 6 feet of distance between you and others unless you reside in the same household.  
  • Be assured that volunteers and staff are working to sanitize the facility on a continual basis.  
'I Will Survive' is a support group for women with cancer and cancer survivors where you can openly share your cancer journey in a warm, confidential, and loving atmosphere.

Women in various stages of cancer attend; some recently diagnosed, those who are undergoing treatment, as well as cancer survivors. This is a community-wide outreach.

Women are encouraged and supported through God’s word, articles of interest, current cancer information, sharing and prayer. It is an environment in which laughter, love and tears abound. The group typically meets on the first Monday of each month, in the Fireside Room at 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. and is facilitated by Sheila Rynbrandt. For questions and/or confirmation of meetings, call 517 646-0380.

Philippians 4.13—I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

We have joined together to support widowed women as they struggle to handle the grief, pain, and loneliness of their loss. We offer fellowship, sharing, and hope with those who have walked this path in earlier days and have experienced God's healing grace.

Every third Thursday of each month, widows meet for lunch at various restaurants throughout the city.  We meet to get to know one another, support one another and to just enjoy being with people who understand the journey we are on.  We would love to have anyone who is on this journey join us.  If you would like to know more about the Never Alone ministry, please call Carol Senard at 517/256-1122.  If you would like to join us for a monthly lunch please contact Carol by Wednesday to RSVP as we need to reserve enough tables to accommodate everyone who will be attending.

In the midst of being a busy mom (or mom-to-be), you need time to sit back and be refreshed. 

Refresh is a place where you can kick back, take off your shoes, and just be your genuine self! Grab your coffee cup and join other mothers of infants and/or preschoolers every Tuesday morning at South Church for some amazing conversation, digging into God’s word, helpful discussions on parenting, and fun activities! This is a refreshing opportunity for young mothers to network and refuel for the rest of their busy week.

Refresh meets Tuesday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am at South Church in the Commons during the school year. The Winter Session begins on Tuesday, January 16 - March 27. Childcare is available for infants through preschool age children. There is a small fee ($25) which covers the cost of your study materials, activities, and childcare for the winter session.

*Please note: Do you remember what it was like to be a young mom who longed for a morning out with other moms? You can help us continue this great ministry for our moms by helping look after their little ones while they are at Refresh. There is a great need for additional childcare helpers on Tuesday mornings! For more information please contact Ruth Hultquist at (517) 819-7751.

Contact Tami Harrison for more information at (517) 803-7452


Sister2Sister is a hands-on, practical exchange between women of all ages to encourage one another. We think it is important for the older women of our church to connect with the younger and the other way around as well, so this is an opportunity for women to share their skills and passions with each other. Often our times together involve a demonstration such as sewing, baking, preparing a holiday meal, gardening, painting, etc. We meet 3-4 times each year to share life as we laugh, learn, and build into one another.   

Coming Soon
'Human Trafficking' is an epidemic around the world and in our backyard. Join us as we learn more about this problem and how we can become actively involved in fighting against it both locally and with our partners in India.

'Shake it up, baby' - ever feel like you could use a session with a training coach? Katie Hubbard will help get you started with some great ways you can get in shape. (Be sure to wear comfortable workout clothing). 

'Meet Monet' - whether you have any artistic talent or not it's worth a fun night to give painting a try.  Join us for an interesting twist on this art form and come away with a piece of canvas art created from watercolor paints and markers.

Join us the 2nd Saturday of every month from (NEW TIME) 8:30-9:30 am in the Board Room as we come together to pray for the ministries of our church, our community, and our families. Coordinator: Kim Dalman

3rd Friday of every month – Join the “Knit Wits”
Sister2Sister has a monthly knitting and crochet group throughout the school year. This group meets the 3rd Friday of each month in the Fireside Room at 6:30 pm. Whether you want to learn the basics, get help on an existing project, see some new ideas, or share your own knitting and crochet skills with others – please join us!  For more information contact Marlene Osborn

There are two possible ways that married couples may be connected with a mentor couple. The best way is through one of the pastors. They are most concerned for the needs of the congregation and equipped to help. They will determine the best mentor for each situation. It is also possible to connect through the Marriage Mentor Ministry coordinator. He will carefully refer you to a mentor couple who will lovingly share their wisdom and experience. Communication with the pastors and the mentors will be kept in strict confidence.

Mentor couples are committed to keeping all conversations and information within their relationship. The mentor process is first and foremost warm, godly, and informal. The mentor married couple has struggled with many of the same issues the mentee couple is experiencing. The mentors are willing to share their experience and how they dealt with the issue. There is also an important dimension at work and that is the spiritual approach to the issue. Mentor couples bathe the couple’s needs in prayer and are deeply concerned for their success and happiness.

Built into the enrich side of the Marriage Mentor Ministry is a Prepare/Enrich Assessment. The assessment consists of the couple responding online to a series of statements indicating how they agree or disagree with a number of statements. A Couples Report is generated and reviewed by the mentor couple. This is designed to give the mentor couple insight regarding areas of agreement and disagreement. More importantly, it provides good insight on the couple’s strengths and growth areas. Usually, after a couple has met with their marriage mentor, they realize what a powerful and significant impact a mentor couple can have on their marriage. Below are some of the many potential benefits from this ministry.

• Increase chances of having a healthy, satisfying marriage together
• Learn vital skills in communication and conflict resolution
• Ask questions and share successes and struggles with another caring couple
• Build on relationship strengths and address problematic areas
• Strengthen support network
• Form a valuable bond with a couple who are modeling what a healthy marriage looks like

Contact the church office for more information, by e-mail or phone at 517-322-2000.

The women of South have a passion to serve women cross-culturally.  Each year we send a group of 8-12 women to encourage and facilitate biblical training of other women in Asia. Our next group will be traveling in the fall of 2019. If you would like more information on being a part of women serving women cross-culturally please contact us.

Equippers 2019 Resources – Ministering to Women

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2019 Visions of Christmas - Speaker: Melissa Gray

2018 Visions of Christmas - Speaker: Rhonda Franck
"Ruth: An Old Testament Christmas Story"

2017 Visions of Christmas - Speaker: Kelly Sites

2015 Visions of Christmas - Speaker: Shannon Delap
"An Extraordinary God Works in Extraordinary Ways, Through Ordinary People"

2014 Visions of Christmas - Dramatic narrative by Carol Felgenhour.
"In the Kitchen With Mary"

2013 Visions of Christmas - Speaker: Melissa Riley.
"Lessons I Learned From My Mother"

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Phone: (517) 322-2000
Staff Bios Here