What a great day we had in church this past Sunday as we focused on the value of being connected to smaller Life Groups within the church community! We have had many of these groups in existence for years and were excited to introduce some new Life Groups that create additional opportunities for people in different seasons/circumstances of life to form friendships. These Life Groups are focused on: Spiritual Reflection - Relational Connections - Life Application
I want to encourage you to make a point of being a part of one of our Life Groups. You can find out more about them by going to the church’s web page: http://fpcl.us/life-groups-at-fpcl or you can contact Kim Salch [Coordinator of Connections Ministry] at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the new Life Groups starting this week are a Life Group for adults that will be meeting at Pastor Steve Harrington’s house on Monday nights studying Jesus’ parables, a women’s Life Group that Brie will lead for moms of preschool through elementary school kids that will meet Tuesday mornings at 9:00am at the church, and an adult Life Group that will meet Friday’s at noon at the church. Upcoming Life Groups will be a monthly group for parents that will meet monthly at Pastor Steve Wilde’s house [1st meeting is Sunday, May 6th from 6:30-8:30pm] and a Dad’s group that will meet monthly [1st meeting is Friday, May 11th – meet at the church at 7:00pm to walk downtown].
It is certainly an exciting time in the life of our church! I hope and pray you are finding ways to be engaged in how God is working in and through our church.
Grace and Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: Life Together
Sunday's Message: Renewing Our Minds!
Scripture [first text is the focus of the sermon.]:
Romans 12:1-2, 9-18
Questions for reflection:
- What helps you find insight and clarity when trying to make decisions? How does understanding God’s desires for your life factor in to that process?
- How do you find the world/our culture helping and how do you find it hindering your ability to see things the way God wants you to see things?
- What experiences of community and/or small groups have contributed to your ability to [as Romans 12:2 says] “discern what is the will of God?
Romans 12:1-2, 9-18
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’