Saturday, May 9, 2020

Community Groups Forming

If you watched Pastor Jeff’s Fireside Chat this week then you have already heard the good news/bad news. The good news is that we have a date on the calendar to reconvene corporate worship and Sunday School. The bad news is that the date is June 21st (still six weeks away). He also acknowledged the weariness many of us are feeling from the social distancing and isolation. We have an idea we hope will be a spiritual/relational lifeline for many of us. While we cannot yet gather in a large assembly, starting May 18th we will be allowed to gather in groups as large as 30. We would like to take advantage of this opportunity to begin to rekindle a sense of community together. In fact, we are calling these “Community Groups.” Think of Community Groups as miniature churches. Each week roughly 10-12 people will gather to read God’s word together, pray and fellowship together, and encourage one another in our walk with Jesus. Over time as we develop trust and risk vulnerability we will get to know each other at a deeper level and do life together, even after church services start up again. For the sake of simplicity and solidarity, we suggest that the groups read and study the Lectionary passages from the previous week (listed in the Friday News). We also encourage the groups to meet on Sunday evenings, if possible. This way, once our full schedule resumes, the groups can continue to meet with minimal scheduling conflicts. Beginning next week, each group is free to meet either in the church building or in someone’s home or back yard. If you are part of our online community, but live too far away to meet in person, please let us know. If there is enough interest, we will form an online group as well. If you are interested in joining a Community Group, please contact Pastor Darrell at beloved_ofGod@hotmail.com or call/text 785-212-9201. When you do, please answer the following questions: 1. Can you meet on Sunday evening? 2. How many family members wish to join the community group? 3. Do you have an interest in leading a group? Following Jesus was never intended to be done by ourselves. We need each other. We have always known that, but now we really feel it. We hope that Community Groups will help foster a sense of family as we journey through the next few months together. Grace and Peace to you, my friends. Pastor Darrell