Grow Together Update | May 18


Yesterday I had the privilege of walking through the Block with Pastor BJ and planting some fruit trees in his neighbors’ yards.   I’m a bit ashamed to admit that it was really my first time doing any sort of work in the Block neighborhood.  There have been many times my family and I have wanted to serve, but each time inevitably our calendar is full of various other activities and responsibilities.  I’m sure some of you know how that goes.

As we walked around I was overwhelmed by the sense of community in the Block.  BJ couldn’t take more than a few steps without a neighbor calling out to say hello.  Honestly, it was refreshing, and yet so very different than my neighborhood where people do their very best to keep to themselves.  As I arrived at home, I was reminded that I can’t allow myself to be content living such an isolated and busy life that I miss opportunities to connect with and bless others.

All that to say that I am so grateful to be a part of a church that cares for the people in our community.  I am so grateful that Pastor BJ and his family and so many others are ministering to and with the people living in the Block neighborhood.  But, I don’t want to sit back and watch it happen.  I want to be a part of it, even in small ways.  I would also love to encourage you to do the same.  


Pastor BJ and Amanda are still looking for small groups to provide lunch on July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, and November 4 and they are also having a block party on Friday, July 14 from 5:30-7.  If your group would be willing to take one of these dates, please email me and let me know soon.  

I know I mentioned this opportunity before and a few groups jumped on it, but I wanted to throw it out again because I think it is a great way for our groups to be outwardly focused and yet partner with the work of our church.  It is also an opportunity to stay connected with your group this summer.

I would love to see our groups cover all 6 of these dates.  If you have questions, please let me know.  Thanks, JG



Grow Together Update | May 11

Hello Grow Together Leaders, it was great to see many of you at the Serve Together Celebration on Monday evening.  Whether you were able to make it or not, I just want to take a minute to say thank you for the time and energy you have invested over the last year in leading your groups and classes.  I know that leading and teaching are often thankless jobs and I want you to know that I appreciate everything you do.



I realize that some groups will continue to meet throughout the summer while others will take a break.

For those taking a break, please be intentional about putting a date on the calendar now to “re-start” your group in fall.  That way everyone will have the same expectation.  Also, I would highly encourage you to try and gather with your group at least 3 times between now and Labor Day for the purpose of having fun together.  It is important to the health of your group for you to stay connected.   Also, please remember that people’s lives don’t stop.  Especially because you aren’t meeting regularly, please be intentional about staying in touch with each other’s lives and praying for one another.

For those continuing to meet, please find some time to take a brief break with your group.  Even a couple weeks off or a change up of rhythm can be important to keeping the group fresh and the experience meaningful.   Too much routine can be a bad thing.  If nothing else, take a break from leading/teaching for a couple weeks and have someone else do it.  Not only will it be good for your group, but they might appreciate you more. 🙂


As with the last 2 years, we will be doing a series right after Labor day along with other churches in the Decatur Area.  We are very excited about this again.  This series will include small group/class curriculum that we would love for your group to join us in.  In the coming weeks, I will be in contact about a summer huddle where we will talk about what all of this will look like.  Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions for this series.


Thanks again, JG