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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 Villages Community Chapel

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

Contentment

Author: 
Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Happy Father’s Day to the past and present Fathers. After all that you’ve contributed to our world, you deserve Your Day!

     One of the major challenges in life is to capture that illusive spirit called contentment. Life is ever changing as one day is overtaken by the next. Is it really possible to believe that we can find and capture contentment? Some would say that you are fickle to believe that anyone can achieve a state of contentment.

     People believe that if they had a certain amount of money and no bills, they would be content. After they have purchased and accomplished all the things they had hoped to acquire with financial security, they suddenly discover that they have a major health problem.

     Contentment comes out of gratitude, especially when you know that everything is going to work out for your good. There are things that happen in life that, by all appearances, seem to be in question as to how “good” can result from a “major setback.”

     Contentment doesn’t mean that you are in control and you can make things happen in your favor. Conversely, contentment is knowing that God surrounds you with His love even when storms and tragedy occur in life. People who have lost everything in floods, fires, and storms have survived with strong resolve that things will work for their good.

     Hold on to this thought from Romans 8:28 NKJV, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Therefore, contentment and Godliness is great gain!

     Come join us this Sunday at the Cribari Auditorium 10 a.m. to be encouraged over the Word, from the fellowship, and 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.com/rejoiceinthelord