GT Update | Nov 30

Hey all, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  My family had a nice trip to Tennessee and we are glad to be back and running again.  There is a lot to cover today, so please set aside a few minutes to read the information below. 

We had a great Leader Huddle 2 weeks ago.  In fact, I am still processing many of the things we talked about and how they apply to my small group.  For those who were unable to attend the Huddle (or those who were there and want some reminders), I will include a recap in my update next week.  



As you know, the purpose of our groups and classes is to help the people in them become more like Christ.  There are three ways we accomplish that: Sharing Life, Pursuing God, and Investing in Others. In light of that, here are 2 opportunities to invest in others.


First, next Saturday (Nov. 9) we are looking for 10 people to come serve at Catholic Charities to help pack food for Children in our community.  We will be serving from 10 am – noon.  This food will be given to children in our community to help provide for them and their families during the holiday season.  If you, your group, or part of your group would be interested, please email me.  First come, first serve.


I’ve mentioned before that we have a group that serves monthly at Hickory Point Christian Village.  That group will be serving again on Wednesday Dec. 20 at 6 PM.  They have invited any group leader or group to join them to see what they do.  My family and I will be attending that night.  If you or your group would like to come, please email me and let me know.



Keeping up with your group can be tough during the month of December.  In fact, I know that many groups will only be meeting once or twice between now and Jan 1.  Having said that, here are two ideas for your group during this season.

An Invitation to Christmas.  If your group is meeting one time in December, I would highly recommend you watch this video together:  Not only is it a powerful teaching about the meaning of Christmas, but it lines up well with what we are talking about as a church over the next few weeks.


YouVersion Group Reading Plan.  This week, youversion ( released the ability to read a Bible Reading Plan as a group and discuss online.  In other words, you can subscribe to a reading plan as a group, read online individually and then discuss online.  For more information about how it works, check out this article.

If you are interested in giving it a try, I would suggest starting with a simple 5 Day plan like this one:


Next Friday (Dec. 8) is our “Preparing Your Heart and Home for Christmas” event.  I am really excited for this event and think it would be a great opportunity for the women in your group to attend together.  There will be a great speaker, delicious dessert, wonderful music and each person will take home a beautiful handmade item, provided by local artisans.  Tickets are $10, which includes the cost of the handmade item.    You can PURCHASE TICKETS HERE . Tickets are limited, so please purchase soon.

THANK YOU AGAIN.  Please check back next week for a recap of our Leader Huddle.

Thanks JG

GT Update Nov 16

Hey all, can you believe Thanksgiving is only a week away?  Amazing isn’t it.


Speaking of Thanksgiving, I wanted to remind you that we have a LEADER HUDDLE this Sunday at 6 PM in MOSAIC CAFE.  DINNER IS PROVIDED.  This time we are going to be talking about:


Just to be clear, this is NOT how to make your group larger.  It is how to help the people in your group/class become more like Christ.





If you are unable to make it, I will send a follow-up email the week after Thanksgiving.


I mentioned in my last post the possibility of a small group or class serving at Hickory Point Christian Village.  I realize that is a big step so I wanted to invite you join a group who is already serving there, so you can experience what it is like.  They will be serving again on Dec. 20.  If you would like to join them to see what it is like, please let me know.


I will be out of the office next week, so there will be no update, but I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am so grateful for each of you and the way you serve, lead and shepherd.  It is a blessing to serve with you.  I hope you enjoy a great day with family and friends.

Thank you, JG

GT Update | Nov 2

Hey Everyone, can you believe it’s November already?  Doesn’t it seem like we began the Tell Me MORE series just a couple of weeks ago?   Anyway, in our home, Nov 1 is the beginning of Christmas Music season.  I know some of you are cheering right now and others are trying to figure out how to tactfully express your disdain.  Please understand that I’m not trying to convert you to our holiday timeline, I just love Christmas music and don’t want to limit it to the 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Having said that, Thanksgiving is only a 3 weeks from today.  Being thankful is fundamental to what it means to be a Christ follower. With that in mind, I thought it would be cool if several group leaders shared ideas on how you could take time to be thankful as a small group or class?   In light of that, please share an idea in the comment section below.  That way everyone can see it and borrow it.


Speaking of Thanksgiving, I wanted to remind you that we have a LEADER HUDDLE on the Sunday before Thanksgiving (Nov 19) at 6 PM in MOSAIC CAFE.  DINNER IS PROVIDED.  This time we are going to be talking about:


Just to be clear, this is NOT how to make your group larger.  It is how to help the people in your group/class become more like Christ.






You may have heard me say before that the goal of our Grow Together Groups is to: 

  • Share Life
  • Pursue God
  • Invest in Others

Those first two are a little easier to do, but Investing in Others can often be challenging.  With that in mind, it is my goal to routinely bring ideas of how your group can Invest in Others.

As it turns out, right now we have a small group who serves at Hickory Point Christian Village one evening a month.  The group spends time talking with the people there, playing games, and building relationships.  That partnership has gone very well, and HPCV is asking if we might have other groups who would be interested in coming one night to serve.  The best options for them would be the 2nd or 4th Monday or Wednesday night of each month.  If you think your group would be interested in this opportunity please let me know and I would be happy to help you connect. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  I am here to help.

Thanks, JG