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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

Healing Faith

Author: 
Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018

     I never thought that I would be distraught over sitting in a recliner chair at the movie theater. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I decided to see a movie and have dinner afterward. We purchased our tickets at the ticket booth and were grateful as well as excited about our seating arrangements. Like every moviegoer, we made that breathtaking stop to buy popcorn and a drink. We checked our tickets, went to our seats to view the upcoming movie trailers while waiting for the feature film. We noticed that our seats were recliners so we made several adjustments until we found the right comfort level. 

     The popcorn and drink hit the spot while we enjoyed the movie. After the 2 hour movie, we continue to sit there until most of the crowd had disbursed. We put back the recliners to the original seating position, and we stood to exit the room, to our amazement, we rose in pain. While standing there, we looked at each other asking, “What is going on?”   

     We stopped at the nearest restroom before limping to the car for our dinner date. We arrived at the restaurant, saw the crowd and decided to order take out to eat at home. My wife complained about the pain in her knee and hip where she had surgery.  The knee that I had had microscopic surgery on, due to a baseball accident I had in my twenties, was painful and swollen. Before retiring for the night, I found myself looking for a knee brace and a cane to go from room to room. 

     The recovery is slow but sure; each day gets a little better. My last 18 hole golf game sidelined me for six months for a full recovery, due to the twisting movement of my swing. I have faith that a full recovery will be soon. Hebrews 11:1 NIV “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

     Please join us at the Villages Community Chapel in the Cribari Auditorium each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Our 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://villagescommunitychapel.org/ You can hear previous and current Sunday Sermons.