There are rhythms and seasons in our lives. As July ends and August begins, the relaxing days of summer give way to busy schedules that come with the start of school and the Fall season. New seasons give us opportunities to begin new routines.
I want to personally invite each of you to include at least one of our Fall Discipleship small group offerings in your routine. We will begin Wednesday, August 16, with a great family kickoff that includes a wonderful meal, a fun celebration and time for fellowship. We will close our time together by celebrating Holy Communion.
We have a broad and varied offering of discipleship studies that are detailed in this edition of The Anchor. Descriptions and registration details are included. Small groups gather during
the week day, as well as, the evenings. Our broadest offering is on Wednesday evenings when we have something for everyone, no matter your age or stage of life. Families, there are groups for the parents, the students and the children!
As important as coming together as the body of Christ on Sunday is, it is equally important for us to gather during the week to celebrate where and how God is working in our lives and to
hear the same from others. Each of these small groups offer an opportunity to connect with God and with one another.
We will study the Word of God together, engage in robust dialogue and grow in our love of Christ. Small groups allow space for us to discover God’s truths through engaging with one another. These small groups feed our souls.
Small groups provide a place for old friendships to grow deeper and new friendships to form. We learn from others perspectives and experiences we share in our small groups. Our faith and our journeys with Christ are designed to be lived out in community.
Yes, I am writing to you as your Minister of Discipleship, but I am also writing to you as one whose life has been deeply enriched and profoundly changed through small group studies. I know schedules are busy, but we all have the opportunity to set our priorities. Make the One who gave it all for you, the priority for you and your family this Fall.
Blessed to be on this journey with you,
Rev. Liz Millar