Marc's story

My childhood left scars that seemed they could never heal. Born to unwed teen parents, I experienced a difficult life. When I was 11, my father asked me to hand-deliver his suicide note to my mother. And though my teen years were relatively normal, the effects of my past and my choices as an adult would devastate my life. 

I met my wife Sharon and we had three boys. College and work strained our relationship and Sharon broke down. She needed me to be a husband and father. I quit school but became bitter and vowed to leave once the kids were old enough. Eight years later I decided that time had come. I had convinced myself that Sharon didn’t love me and neither did the boys, so I left my family and filed for divorce.

After I left, I began reading the Bible and going to church, looking for something to fill the hole in my life. I had no idea who God was until someone explained Him to me. Months of reading Scripture changed how I saw myself: I was a sinner. The life I had created for myself was not the life God intended for me to live. I began to understand how I could honor Him: forgive, love, obey, believe and follow Christ.

In July 2010, I prayed to God that I would live the rest of my life in service to Him. I lost everything, including my job and home, and I had to start over, but I was willing to sacrifice everything for Christ. In September, Sharon and I began to talk civilly and God began to redeem our marriage.

Sharon and I attended groups and classes offered at CCC, as well as Sunday worship. Through Relationships 101, DivorceCare, Love & Respect, Redemption, Men of Integrity and Theophostic Prayer Ministry, we grew spiritually and continue to grow in our relationships with our children, family members, friends, each other, and most importantly, with God.

–Marc Montanye

Renewal Groups



Tuesdays / 7 PM

Battling addictions to alcohol and other drugs can cause instability, guilt, and even shame in a person's life and the lives of those around them. Addictions can also cause men and women to put up walls around their hearts and emotions. Join others who have faced the same challenges in a non-judgmental environment to tear down the walls that keep us from living a life filled with forgiveness and freedom through the love of Christ Jesus.

For more info, contact Marc Montanye /

Tuesdays / 7 PM / Begins 4.18

A 12-week Connexus curriculum that offers a safe, interactive, and experiential approach to building joyful community, focusing strategically on improving group interactions and healing. Learn what it means to comfort and quiet yourself and others when in distress, build appreciation with others, and learn when to stop so that you don’t overwhelm others. Build capacity to hear God more clearly and learn to help others do the same. Discoveries in neuroscience help explain and resolve cravings and build our joy, so we can thrive in relationships with God and others.
Note: Belonging has a prerequisite. You need to have taken either Restarting, Forming, Joyful Journey Workshop, or Joy Starts Here.

Tuesdays / Begins 4.18 / 7 PM / Workbook costs $25 / For more info, contact Sue Sather / / Register at My CCC


Career Networking

Tuesdays / 7 PM

Looking for work or looking for quality candidates for a position?

For the unemployed/underemployed:

The Omaha Career Networking (OCN) group offers job hunting tips, free professional advice on how to sharpen job hunting skills, professional speakers, programs, encouragement, and other resources to its members. For more information, visit

For Employers:

OCN members are valuable individuals that wish to make a difference for their next employer.  That could be you. Submit available positions at

Conquering Codependency

Sundays / 10:30 AM / C220

Ongoing support group for men and women struggling with codependency. The workbook used is Conquering Codependency: A Christ Centered 12-Step Process, available for $18. Join anytime.

For more info, contact Dana Herr / / 402.250.5552


Tuesdays / 7 PM

Separation and divorce can be the most painful and stressful experiences you'll face. It's a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you've never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding.

For more info, contact Mary Lou Rodgers /

Dude's Group

Tuesdays / 7 PM

Do you have a logical understanding of God but have trouble feeling his presence in your heart? If so, this group is for you. Join Pastors James Connelly and Marc Montanye, and guest speakers to discuss family, friends, girlfriends, wives, children and other relational issues men face as they relate to faith and our understanding of God’s active presence in our lives.

For more info, contact Marc Montanye / 402.938.1577 /

Fresh Hope

Tuesdays / 7 PM / Ongoing

Fresh Hope provides a safe setting for people who have mood disorders, and family and friends. Share insights, progress and setbacks, exchange encouragement in a Christian context to find joy and purpose.

For more info, contact Melody Steinhauser /

Friends of Suicide Loss

Last Thursday of the month / 6:30 PM

Friends of Suicide Loss (FOSL) is a group for those recovering from losing a friend of family member to suicide. Sharing openly with others who have experienced a similar loss can help with the healing process.

Last Thursday of the month / 6:30–8PM / For teens, college-age students, and young adults / For more info, contact Cindy / 402.995.3118 /

If you need help or are in crisis, call 1.800.273.8255 or text TEEN to 839863 (7:30 AM–11:30 PM)


Tuesdays / 6:30 PM

If you have lost a loved one (recent or in the past), and have yet to complete your journey from mourning to joy, let the GriefShare team introduce you to compassionate ways of discovering your new normal and God's purpose beyond your loss. 

Tuesdays / 13 weeks / 6:30 PM / For more info, contact Deb Jones / 402.658.0767 /

Hannah's Prayer

Third Tuesday of the month / 7:30 PM

Community of married woman experiencing primary or secondary infertility who provide support and encouragement.

For more info, contact Diane /

Hope After Betrayal

Tuesdays / 7 PM 

When the dream of the ideal relationship, marriage, or family has been shattered, hope is needed to restore and become whole again.

Tuesdays / 7 PM / F254 / For more info, contact Nancy Hanson / / 308.631.1200

Sundays / 10:30 AM / Begins 5.7

Informed by brain research, this highly relational six-week training will foster your ability to recognize and experience God’s interactive presence.  Learn to reset your normal to joy and grow more securely attached to Immanuel, our God who is with always with us.   

Sundays / 10:30 AM / Begins 5.7 / D126 / $5 materials fee / For more info, contact Sue Sather / / Register at My CCC

Immanuel Lifestyle 1

Love and Respect

Sundays & Tuesdays / Winter 2017

A free,12-week course that people find surprisingly informative, non-threatening, funny, and helpful in understanding the opposite sex. Love and Respect has applications for marriage and great info for all relationships. Each session includes a 30–minute video lesson, followed by an encouraging discussion about the topic.

This is a free12-week class, nothing to purchase, couples or singles welcome. The class is facilitated by Bob and Sue VandenBrink. 

Sundays / Began 1.8 / 10:45 AM / Student Center East / Sunday Registration

Tuesdays / Began 1.10 / 7 PM / D126 / Tuesday Registration

Men of Integrity

Tuesdays / 7 PM

Men of Integrity helps men address lust in a safe, supportive, grace-filled environment that promotes honesty with self, others, and God. New arrivals are welcome any week.

For more info, visit or contact Marc Montanye /



The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family to Family Education program is a free 11-week course for family members of individuals with severe mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression, etc.). Sessions include current information about mental illness, medications, evidence-based effective treatments to promote recovery, community resources, and supportive strategies. Materials are free, but class size is limited and registration is required. 

For more info or to register, contact John and Karen / 402.932.7229.

Relationships 101

Thursdays / 7 PM

Helps men build and maintain healthy, life-giving relationships. Explore issues such as boundaries, self-esteem, communication, and healing. 

For more info, contact Marc Montanye /


Mondays / 12 PM

An entry point for men striving for sexual purity.

For more info, contact Marc Montanye /


First Monday of each month / 7 PM

Support and encouragement in a safe environment for those whose loved ones struggle with their sexual identity. This group draws on scripture and Jesus' ability to bring healing and wholeness. 

For more info, contact Sue Beed / 402.938.1570 /

Seeds of Hope

1st & 3rd Thursdays / 7 PM

Does your past include sexual abuse that continues to creep into present life and relationships? There is hope. This group for women is a safe place to explore the whats and whys, and how to find freedom from the past.

For more info and to sign up, contact Gloria / 402.968.0395 /

Stephen Minister Training

Do others find it easy to talk with you about life’s challenges? Do you have a heart for helping those who are walking through tough times? A Stephen Minister is a trained lay person who walks alongside those experiencing things like grief, job loss, financial difficulty, loneliness, or relationship issues. Stephen Ministry training begins annually in January.

For more information, contact any of the Stephen Ministry leaders.

Kurtis Kammerer / / 402.682.1088           
Sherri Esterling / / 402.332.7369
Lorraine Street / / 402.964.0841   
Paul Gedden / / 402.740.2532

Sign up to be a Stephen Minister