Category Archives: Small Groups

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 11

WHAT’S NEXT???

Next week is week 11 of 13 in the Off the Shelf series. For those of you who have done the OTS study, your final discussions will be the week of Dec. 2 – 6. In light of that, here are some observations.

  1. I realize that one of the studies is on Thanksgiving week.  I know that may be tough for your group, so if you are unavailable that week, I would recommend combining it with week 13.
  2.  Due to parties, concerts, family obligations, and the like, many groups elect to take December off.  I would highly recommend that you consider taking a break during December, but if you do, here are a few ideas:
    1. Pick an evening to enjoy a meal together, no studies, and no big plans.  December is already very full for many people.  Make it a relaxed time for your group.
    2. Make sure you (and your group) know when you are starting up again in January.  Have everyone put that date on the calendar. Sometimes breaks get long when there is ambiguity about the restart.
    3. Consider doing a small service project together as a group.  The last couple of years, my group has partnered with my parent’s group and served at Hickory Point Christian Village for an evening. It was time well spent.
    4. Begin thinking now about what your group will study in January.  We will not be putting out a group guide each week, but I would be happy to help guide you as you think about this.  Please email me at any time if you would like help choosing a study.

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 11

Below are the video and small group guide for week 11 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 11

Here is the video for this week:

If you can’t see the video, please click here.


BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 11: Week 11 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

OFF THE SHELF WEEK 10

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 10

Below are the video and small group guide for week 10 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 10

Here is the video for this week:

Click here if you can’t see the video.


BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 10: Week 10 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

Off the Shelf Week 9

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 9

Below are the video and small group guide for week 9 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 9

Here is the video for this week:

Please click here if you can’t see the video.


BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 9: Week 9 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

OFF THE SHELF WEEK 8

Thank you to those of you who made it to the leader huddle last Sunday.  For those who were unable to make it, I am planning to send a summary of our meeting next week.

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 8

Below are the video and small group guide for week 8 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 8

Here is the video for this week:

If you are unable to see the video, please click here.


BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 8: Week 8 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

Off the Shelf Week 7

LEADER HUDDLE – THIS SUNDAY

Please join us for our Leader Huddle this Sunday, Oct. 20, from 6-7:30 in Mosaic Cafe.  Dinner is provided. This will be the 2nd of 4 huddles this school year.  I would love to see you there for training, prayer, and connection with other leaders.

 


OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 7

Below are the video and small group guide for week 7 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 7

Here is the video for this week:

Off the Shelf Small Group Video Week 7 from Jonathan Grunden on Vimeo.

If you can’t see the video, please click here.


BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 7: Week 7 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

Off the Shelf | Week 6

LEADER HUDDLE – 1 WEEK AWAY

Please join us for our next Leader Huddle on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 6-7:30 in Mosaic Cafe.  Dinner is provided. This will be the 2nd of 4 huddles this school year.  I would love to see you there for training, prayer, and connection with other leaders.

If you have not RSVP’d, please do so soon so we can prepare for the huddle. 


OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 6

Below are the video and small group guide for week 6 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 6

Here is the video for this week:

Click here if you can’t see the video.


BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 6: Week 6 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

OFF THE SHELF WEEK 5

NEXT LEADER HUDDLE

Please mark your calendar for our next Leader Huddle on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 6-7:30 in Mosaic Cafe.  Dinner is provided. This will be the 2nd of 4 huddles this school year.  I would love to see you there for training, prayer, and connection with other leaders.

 

 

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 5

Below are the video and small group guide for week 5 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 5

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THIS WEEK’S STUDY

The study has an element this week that is a bit out of the ordinary for us.  It’s not weird, it’s just not something we often do.  Please take a close look at the section following the video so you can be fully prepared to lead that portion.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Here is the video for this week:


Click here if you are unable to see the video.

BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 5: Week 5 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

OFF THE SHELF WEEK 4

Hello, awesome small group leaders, I hope your weeks and your groups are going well.

WHO’S IN YOUR GROUP?

Dawn Wendt, who is a small group leader and works in the front office, is graciously working on updating all of our group info in the church database.  THANK YOU DAWN!!!!  To help her, please send me an email with the names and contact info of the people currently in your group. CLICK HERE TO SEND ME AN EMAIL.  If you were at the August leader huddle and gave me a card, and nothing has changed, you get a pass.

NEXT LEADER HUDDLE

Please mark your calendar for our next Leader Huddle on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 6-7:30 in Mosaic Cafe.  Dinner is provided. This will be the 2nd of 4 huddles this school year.  I would love to see you there for training, prayer, and connection with other leaders.

 

 

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 4

Below are the video and small group guide for week 4 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 4

Here is the video for this week.

Week 4 Off the Shelf Small Group Video from Jonathan Grunden on Vimeo.

If you can’t see the video, please click here.

BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 3: Week 4 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

Off the Shelf Week 3

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 3

Below are the video and small group guide for week 3 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 3

Here is the video for this week.


If you are unable to see the video, please click here.

BIBLE READING PLAN

For those of you who are doing the weekly reading plan, here is week 3: Week 3 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, JG

Off the Shelf Week 2

OFF THE SHELF – WEEK 2

Below are the video and small group guide for week 2 of the Off the Shelf series. Please feel free to download the guide and share it digitally with your group members.  There will also be paper copies available at the Welcome Center if you would prefer to pick them up there.

Here is the study guide for this week: Off the Shelf – Study Guide Week 2

Here is the video for this week.

Off the Shelf Week 2 from Jonathan Grunden on Vimeo.

If you can’t see the video, please click here.

BIBLE READING PLAN

As I’ve mentioned in the last couple of weeks, we would love for your group to participate in one of two Bible reading plans throughout the Off the Shelf series.  For more information about that, please check out the week two reading plan here: Week 2 OTS Reading Plan. This plan will be emailed on Monday morning to those who subscribed to the “Off the Shelf” email.  Please share this link with anyone in your group who is not signed up: https://www.firstdecatur.org/offtheshelf/

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you, JG