Hey all, Happy November!
Let’s start today with important news. I’m not sure if you heard, but the CUBS WON THE WORLD SERIES!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would love to get coffee with each of you and hear about your group or class. That is still true. I am out of the office next week, but I would love to connect the week of November 14-17. Please click here to email me and let me know two times you would be available.
I mentioned this last week as well, but I met a young couple who is serving refugees in Turkey, and they would love to come chat with your small group or class about what they do. They shared with one of our classes a couple weekends ago and it went very well. Out of respect for what they do, and for their protection, and the protection of those they serve, I won’t give additional details here, but I would highly encourage you to have them come visit. Please email me if you are interested.
GROUP LIFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
As you’ve probably noticed, the “holidays” are upon us. The good news is that if you need to shop for leftover Halloween candy, Christmas deco, and Valentine’s day items all at the same time, most of our local retailers can help you out. 🙂
Holiday schedules have an impact on many things, including group life. As you plan for the remainder of 2016 here are some thoughts 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Thanks again, JG