Monthly Archives: February 2017

Feb 23 Grow Together Update

Hello awesome Grow Together Leaders, I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Grow Together Huddle this Sunday.  If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please email me by Saturday.  In light of the Huddle, this week’s update is going to be a little shorter than normal.

MATTHEW WEEK 3

jesus-according-to-matthew-test-4Thank you again to those of you who have shared feedback on the studies so far.  I deeply appreciate it.  Please keep it coming. Having said that, below is the study for next week.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

HERE IS THE STUDY FOR NEXT WEEK (FEB 26 – MAR 4)

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Please feel free to share this link with your group. Copies will also be available at the Welcome Center.

Have a great weekend, and I will see you Sunday night at 6 pm in Mosaic Cafe.

Thanks JG

Grow Together Update | Feb 16

Hello Grow Together Leaders, I wanted to remind you that a week from Sunday is our Winter Leader Huddle…

GROW TOGETHER HUDDLE – FEB 26

GT Invite.001Next weekend,  Sunday Feb. 26 at 6-7 pm is our winter Grow Together Leader Huddle. I would love to see at least one leader from each class or small group at the huddle.  We will be doing an evaluation of the ministry and talk about next steps for groups and classes.  This is also a great opportunity to connect with other leaders in our ministry and to eat some delicious desserts.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO EMAIL ME YOUR RSVP.

MATTHEW WEEK 2

jesus-according-to-matthew-test-4I heard some good and very helpful feedback from many of you on the Week 1 Matthew study, and I would encourage you to keep that coming.  It is my goal to make these studies work well for your group/class.

As a reminder, for at least the first six weeks of this study, we will be providing resources for you and your small group or class to use following the sermon.

HERE IS THE STUDY FOR NEXT WEEK (FEB 19-25)

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IF YOUR GROUP/CLASS IS USING THIS STUDY

  • Please download this document and share it with your group (after the weekend), or stop by the Welcome Center this weekend and pick up a copy.

IF YOUR GROUP MEETS EVERY OTHER WEEK

  • While the studies will come out weekly, their formats will follow a similar style each week.  I would encourage you to take both studies from the weeks between your meetings and choose a few questions from each week.

IF YOUR GROUP/CLASS IS NOT USING THIS STUDY

  • Please encourage the people in your group to use this study on their own.  We will be texting a link to the study (the same document as above) out on Sunday afternoon. If the people in your group don’t receive those texts, they can simply text FIRSTDECATUR to 24587 or click here to sign up for emails.
  • Even if your group is doing a different study, consider taking a few minutes of your group time to ask your group members what they took away from the series each week.  That way, you can encourage them to build on what is being taught each weekend.

Thank you again, JG

FEB 9 | GROW TOGETHER UPDATE

Hello fantastic Grow Together leaders, week 1 of the Matthew series has arrived.  We are so excited to see what God is going to do in our church, each of our lives, and your groups and classes though this long slow walk through the book of Matthew.

JESUS ACCORDING TO MATTHEW – WEEK 1

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As I promised the last several weeks, for at least the first six weeks of this study, we will be providing resources for you and your small group or class to use following the sermon.

HERE IS THE STUDY FOR NEXT WEEK (FEB 12-18)

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IF YOUR GROUP/CLASS IS USING THIS STUDY

  • Please download this document and share it with your group (after the weekend), or stop by the Welcome Center this weekend and pick up a copy.
  • One of the questions included is “What questions do you hope to have answered throughout this series (about Jesus, about how his words apply to a specific topic, about a specific aspect of following him)?” Please have your group answer this question and share the answers with me.  I would love to pass those along to the preaching team as they shape the weeks to come.

IF YOUR GROUP MEETS EVERY OTHER WEEK

  • While the studies will come out weekly, their formats will follow a similar style each week.  I would encourage you to take both studies from the weeks between your meetings and choose a few questions from each week.

IF YOUR GROUP/CLASS IS NOT USING THIS STUDY

  • Please encourage the people in your group to use this study on their own.  We will be texting a link to the study (the same document as above) out on Sunday afternoon. If the people in your group don’t receive those texts, they can simply text FIRSTDECATUR to 24587 or click here to sign up for emails.
  • Even if your group is doing a different study, consider taking a few minutes of your group time to ask your group members what they took away from the series each week.  That way, you can encourage them to build on what is being taught each weekend.

PRAYER

16425857_10154092222221541_4186501823278482763_nThank you to those of you who were able to join us this week for our “Week of Prayer”.  As a reminder there are still opportunities tomorrow (Friday February 10) at 7 am, Noon, and 6 pm. 

While our “Week of Prayer” is wrapping up, our ministry of prayer together remains.  One of the ways you can continue to be involved in praying together is by joining our Weekend Prayer team. Each weekend we have a team of people praying for our services, our volunteers and staff, and events and initiatives taking place in the life of the church. If you would like to be involved in this team please email me at jgrunden@firstdecatur.org.

YOUR GROUP PRAYING FOR THE CHURCH

Not only would this be a great way for individuals in your group/class to serve, but it could be a great way for your group to serve together.  I would like to ask you to talk to your group or class about choosing a weekend to come and pray for our church.  If you let me know what weekend and time work of your group, I will let you know where to meet and make sure you have everything you need.

Thank you again,

JG

 

 

FEB 2 GROW TOGETHER UPDATE

Hello awesome Grow Together Leaders, it truly is a blessing to serve with each of you.  Thank you for the way you lead and shepherd the people in your groups and classes, so that together we can become more like Jesus.

MATTHEW SMALL GROUP STUDIES

jesus-according-to-matthew-test-4Next weekend (Feb 11/12) we begin our 30-week “Jesus According to Matthew” series.  As I’ve mentioned previously for the first 6 weeks of this series we will be creating small group material designed to follow each weekend’s sermon. Starting next week we will have Week 1’s study available on this page, and I will leave copies at the welcome center as well.  We would love it if your group or class would join us for these 6 weeks. 

RIGHT NOW MEDIA

rightnowmediaI wanted to take a minute to remind you that one of the tools you have available to you as a small group leader or teacher is our church subscription to Rightnow Media.  Not only can you find studies for your group, there are a lot of great studies and training sessions you can use for your personal study and development. If you don’t currently have an account, you can get a free one by using this link: https://www.rightnow.org/Account/Invite/firstdecatur.  Please also share that link with anyone in your group or class who would like an account.

THIS WEEKEND

devoted-together-memeThis weekend is the first opportunity for our congregation to commit or re-commit to the Devoted Together Covenant.  We will also be encouraging everyone, including those who are not ready to make that commitment, to use that form to update their contact information.  One of the questions we are asking is for people to let us know if they are in a “Grow Together Ministry”.  To help us have the most accurate records, would you please encourage the people in your group or class to check that box “yes”, and write your name when it asks for their leader’s name.

PRAYER WEEK NEXT WEEK

PrayI also wanted to remind you that next week (Feb 6-10) is our prayer week.  Each day will be different, but each day will have 3 identical opportunities to pray (7 am, Noon, and 6 pm).  Please encourage your small group or class to join us each day as we pray for God’s direction for our church and his provision for what he has called us to. 

THANK YOU – JG