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Stephen Ministry   

Importance of Small Groups

The following was presented by Mike Falarski at the Chapel Sunday worship service on Sunday 4/22/18 as the Invocation. We are repeating this on the web site because of the importance of Small Groups to the future of the Chapel. We encourage you to seek out Pastor Bill, any member of the Chapel Board, or any member of the small group that Mike belongs to:

                              Mike and Judi Falarski

                              Sherry Benz and Dennis Cullen

                              Brooks and Cindy Fuller

                              Katharine and Brian Dombrowski

                              Don and Joyce Kludt

Pentecost, the day the Spirit descended onto the Apostles, is on May 20 this year. Pentecost is generally recognized as the birthday of the Church. People tend to think of church as a place. In actual fact, ‘Church’ is the name given to people who follow Jesus, who meet together to worship God and learn to do what God asks of them.  The very first churches were formed by communities of people who met in each other’s homes. These early Churches had four primary characteristics: They devoted themselves to the Apostles teachings, to fellowship, to the “breaking of bread and to prayer.

So why mention this today? Because, I feel like I am in the midst of a new church. It is called a ‘small group’ which we helped form a couple of months ago. It consists of 5 couples that have joined together to grow closer to the Lord and each other. We pray together, we study the bible together, we support each other in troubled times. Does that sound familiar? I just think it must not be much different than the early churches. It certainly is transforming my sense of being a Christian and bring me closer to the Lord. I am beginning to understand the feeling of the Spirit being with me. I can’t help but want to share this with everyone.

I have been advocating small groups for years but never pulled the trigger to form one myself. I guess I always worried about being rejected, was just too busy, or was not Christian enough.  Pastor Bill asked me at dinner one evening when I was going to form a small group. I could not come up with any good excuse why not so our group was born. It turned out to be the easiest and best thing I have done in a long, long time. I love being able to share my thoughts and concerns with a group of friends and fellow Christians. We are a Church!! I anticipate sometime in the future our group will spin off into more groups just like the original Church.

I encourage you all seriously to get involved in a small group. You may be able to join an existing one but, if not, start one of your own. I am happy to offer my help. Don’t wait for Pastor Bill to ask you why you aren’t in a small group.

Welcome to the Villlages Community Chapel

The Villages Community Chapel is a multi denominational Christian Church serving those who live the Villages Golf and Country Club and the nearby Assisted Living Facilities in San Jose, CA.  Our weekly worship service is held at 10AM Sundays in the Cribari Auditorium in the Villages.

A Word From The Pastor

Discipline and Accountability

Author: 
Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019

     There was a statement that my mother would often make, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” As children, after we failed to complete a task a certain way, our mother would display her displeasure.

     Who wanted to get on their hands and knees to pull weeds or clean up behind the dogs? After all, they were her dogs, even though we all enjoyed playing with them. The problem was that we didn’t want to do it because we had other things we wanted to do.

     Looking in retrospect, she was teaching us one of life’s lessons, 'Discipline'. Some people cringe at the thought of disciple because to them it's viewed as losing their freedom, especially when they would rather do as they please. It’s interesting how people react when they are asked to exercise discipline in a certain area in life; Will they welcome it or rebel? Training can sometimes be encouraging when a person desires to stay focused to achieve specific goals and be held accountable

     The doctor may tell us what we need to do to manage and maintain our quality of life, but we resist because it is easier not to change. Discipline helps to develop a person’s character, which makes a good student, athlete, mate, employee or overall just an excellent, dependable person.

     We need people in our lives after we have made decisions, to hold us accountable, because too few of us can achieve our goals without support from others. Ecclesiastes 4:10 NKJV “For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”Let’s get the support we need for a New Year.

     Please join us this Sunday at the Villages Community Chapel in Cribari Auditorium 10a.m. to be encouraged over the Word, a cup of coffee and cookies. The chapel is a place for needs to be met, faith to be affirmed and people to love.  We would love to meet you. To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel visit our website at http://www.villagescommunitychapel.org/