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Small Groups

The following was presented by Mike Falarski at a Chapel Sunday worship service 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 a small group.

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.

Currently, the following small groups are known to be active.

Wednesday Small Group
Status:  Currently Closed to New Members
Meets:  1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 6:30PM
Contact:  Mike Falarski
Description:  There are 4 couples in the group. We rotate the host and leader every meeting. We typically study a book of the bible although we may review other media. Our meeting starts with prayer followed by member requests for prayer and praise. We then discuss the lesson followed by social time. The meetings are typically 1.5 hours. The Group is now meeting at the homes of its members after a year of meeting via Zoom. 

Thursday Small Group
Status:  Open
Meets: Every two weeks, schedules willing, at 4PM on Thursdays
Contact:  Nick Yannaccone
Description:  There are currently 6 members in the group.  We are currently studying the Gospel of Luke.  Our meetings start with opening prayer followed by tthe study, requests for prayer, and closing prayer.

Light It Up
Status:  Open
Meets:  Weekly Thursday at 1PM on Zoom
Contact:  Pastor Bill Hayden
Description:  There are currently 9 members in the group.  We study using the Eye Witness Bible series.