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These groups combine the 2 best things - food & friends! The age specific food & friends groups typically meet on a bi-monthly basis, but keep an eye out for possibly more frequent times.
You can check the weekly bulletin or the church calendar for updated information regarding each Food & Friends Gathering!


Iron Men is ministry for men with a vision that comes directly from Proverbs 27:17 (AMP).  “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion].” Friendships formed in Iron Men years ago are still strong today.  Men of all backgrounds, levels of Bible knowledge, and ages are welcome to come.  We meet each Monday night from 7:00-8:30 P.M. at Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea in Downtown Salem for a weekly study of the Bible.  We are utilizing CBS, or Community Bible Study, which is an interdenominational Bible study with over 40 years of experience.  We also meet once or twice a month outside of the coffee shop, simply for fellowship and fun.  All men are welcome whether you are able to attend the Bible study or not.

(see current bulletin or church events calendar for locations)

Food & Friends Women

This group is designed for women of all ages to be strengthened, challenged, and encouraged in your walk with God. As sisters in Christ, we come together for a refreshing time of seeking God and His Spirit, building friendships, genuine openness, living life together, and growing closer to Jesus and glorifying Him.

The heart of Food and Friends Women is from Titus 2:3-5.  

“The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things — that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be blasphemed.” Titus 2:3-5 (NKJV)

CLI Women meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday @7pm 

(see current bulletin or church events calendar for locations)


Senior Saints

Our Senior Saints ministry is a great place for fun, fellowship & ministry. They meet at varying times & places each month for fellowship & outreach. Times & locations are listed in the Bulletin.  Fellowship outings include picnics, an annual birthday lunch & day trips to various places.  Outreach activities include mailings to service men & women, college students & missionaries, as well as visits to our shut-ins (Unforgettables).

Mugs and Muffins

Mugs & Muffins is a place where moms of all ages and seasons are welcome! We desire Mugs & Muffins to be a safe, grace-filled place for all moms, So come as you are and bring a mom friend and a mug! 

M&M meets monthly on a rotating basis of Wednesday mornings, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings to accommodate moms of every season. Sometimes, children are welcome and at other times M&M provides childcare while we meet. You can find more details in the weekly bulletin, the church events calendar, or the CLI Moms Facebook page.

illustrated faith


A creative artistic expression of worship done within God's word that can be done directly onto the pages of your Bible. It can be done individually in response to a sermon or a devotion you have read or even in a group setting. It is a wonderful way to tell your special faith story and journey with God and leave a legacy of your life right onto the pages of your Bible. Come Bible Journal with us and let creativity ignite a new passion within you for God's Word. Illustrated Faith meets monthly, but you can find more details in the weekly bulletin, the church events calendar, or the CLI Illustrated Faith - Facebook page.

Symmetry (Young Adults Ministry)

Symmetry strives to build community among the 18-29 year old group of the CLI family. We specialize in creating opportunities for this group to come together and build each other up. Come join a small Bible Study group that loves each other and build you up. 

Symmetry gatherings happen every month. So, keep an eye out for upcoming events in the bulletin or on the event calendar of the church website. You can also find “Symmetry Young Adults” on Facebook. 


Learn More about our F&F ministry

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