Happy Thursday! I hope your week has been well. I’m sure many of you have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this post since I missed writing last week. OK, probably not. Moving on. 🙂
As hard as it is to believe, next Thursday is Thanksgiving. In the spirit of thankfulness, I want you to know that I am deeply thankful for each of you. I know how powerful relational-discipleship has been in my life, both as a member of groups and a leader. I also know how much time and energy it takes to lead, care for and shepherd the people in your groups and classes. Thank you stepping into the mess of people’s lives and helping them grow to be more like Jesus.
Thank you to those of you who have taken me up on the offer to connect over coffee. I absolutely love hearing how your groups are going and what God is doing. If you haven’t replied yet, I would still love to connect some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please click here to email me to set up a time.
Over the last several weeks, many of you have asked me for ideas about what your group could study next. I am always happy to help you find the right study for your group, but one I would recommend to any group is the Guardrails study by Andy Stanley. Here is a short trailer about the study
If you would be interested in doing this study with your group or class, please check it out on Rightnow Media here: https://www.rightnow.org/Content/Series/218
Starting next weekend, we will be focusing on Advent for the four weekends leading up to Christmas. As a part of this series, each person in our congregation will receive a candle and a once-a-week Advent reflection they can use on their own, with family or friends. However, as I was writing these reflections I thought they might also work well for our small groups and classes. I would encourage you to talk to your small group about possibly including these reflections as a part of your group time throughout December.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this! Have a wonderful weekend!
God Bless, JG