GROW TOGETHER WEEKLY UPDATE | NOV 19, 2015

Hello again fabulous Grow Together Leaders,

I JUST WANT TO START THIS WEEK OFF BY SAYING THANK YOU!  

Thank-youWith Thanksgiving less than a week away, I have spent a fair amount of time  reflecting on all God has blessed me with in the last 12 months. Last Thanksgiving, I traveled to Decatur with my wife and kids to spend some quality time with my parents and sisters, eat inordinate amounts of food, and then meet with Pastor Wayne, Pastor Brian, and a couple elders to continue an interview process that would ultimately lead to a lot of change in our lives.

Someone recently told me that people don’t fear change, they fear loss.  I will admit, this move has included some loss.  However, as I think of all I have to be thankful for this year, I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness.  Among the things I am grateful for, is a group of remarkable leaders and teachers who give their time, resources, prayer, and passion to serve, shepherd, and guide the people of our congregation and help them grow to be more like Jesus.  Yes, I’m talking about you. Thank you for all you do and for making me and my family feel so welcome!

THE URAIMOV’S WOULD LOVE TO VISIT YOUR GROUP

Uraimov-familyPlease don’t forget that the Uraimov’s would love to come visit your class or small group in the next few weeks to share their story.  They will be leaving in the beginning of 2016, so if you would be interested in having them come, please email them at ravshanlisa@yahoo.com soon.

 

 

GROUP STUDIES

Please email me at jgrunden@firstdecatur.org if you would like help finding a new study for your group/class.  Or, check out last weeks’ post for some ideas.  I also wanted to remind you that we will have an all church study coming in January.  More details are coming on that soon.

THE HOLIDAYS AND YOUR GROUP

As Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years approach, here are a few ideas for your group or class:

 

 

 

 

  • Consider taking a break.  Consistency is incredibly important to relational discipleship.  It is easy to see how a group can fall apart when there is no consistency in meeting time.  However it is equally important to honor the natural rhythms of life.  For many people, the weeks surrounding the holidays are already very full and often stressful.  By taking a few weeks off, you allow people appropriate space, and that space creates increased enthusiasm to get going again in the New Year.  The key is knowing when you will start up again, and holding to that.
  • Serve Someone. Serving together as a group is one of the most powerful ways to deepen bonds between people and simultaneously help your group to grow.  Whether you serve at a local soup kitchen, purchase Christmas Presents for a family in need, or partner with a local or global ministry, there is power in serving together.  If you would like help coming up with an idea for your group, please email me at jgrunden@firstdecatur.org.
  • Celebrate Together. Designate time to celebrate with your group.  Eat together, laugh together, have fun together, and share stories of what God has done.

Thank you again for everything you do.  Have an awesome week! Please email me at jgrunden@firstdecatur.org with any questions or concerns.

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