five practices book coverComing this fall – we are asking you to JOIN US for 5 weeks of focus on

 

“Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”. “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations” describes practices that shape and sustain congregations. Vibrant, growing, fruitful congregations repeat and deepen certain fundamental activities, seeking to perform them with excellence: Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. This is a coordinated event – 5 weeks of daily devotions, involvement in a small group, and worship focus. And not only for Lord of Life, but for many other Lutheran Churches in our area – this focus in encouraged, and crafted in part, by our Bishop – Bishop Mike Reinhart.

As part of a small group, you will have the opportunity to get to know one another – form connections with other Christians who support one another as you go deeper in your spiritual life and in pursuit of discipleship. As followers of Christ, we believe that God is with us when we are with each other in authentic and meaningful ways—when we are in community. We need community to help us develop as human beings, into spiritual awareness and mature relationships with God. We need communities that let us be ourselves as well as challenge us to grow and learn and change. We need communities that will show us Christ and help us find Christ in ourselves. May this small group be such a community for you.

Please consider joining with us. Sign-ups will begin in September.

small groups7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN A SMALL GROUP 

(from John Palmieri)

Relationships: A small group gives you the opportunity to get to know people at a more intimate level.  Sunday mornings are an awesome time to worship with the whole family of God, hear a sermon, engage in corporate vision, but a small group gives you a chance to build deeper friendships.

Learning the Word of God: Sunday’s sermon is a great time to get a broad teaching of the Word of God. However, small groups provide time for one on one discussion. Your group can provide a time to clarify answers to questions from Sunday’s sermon.

Opportunity to Serve Others: One of the greatest joys of being in a small group is the chance to bear others burdens, serve their needs, and step out beyond your own issues.

Place to invite friends: A small group is a natural place to invite friends and family. Sometimes people are more comfortable going to a small group then attending a Sunday morning service.

Place to Pray and Share your needs: A gathering of a few people is a natural environment for prayer. A big part of prayer is conservation with God and small groups provide the perfect environment for communing with God.

Engage in worship: Gathering in a small group allows you to experience worship at a very intimate level.

Follow the New Testament pattern: Acts 2:42-47 gives us a blueprint of what the early church was passionately committed to. The early Christ Followers gathered in homes, shared meals, read the Word, prayed, and worshipped. When you participate in a small group you are following the New Testament pattern.

Read what Audrey DeRidder, a high school student and member of Lord of Life, says about being a member of a Lord of Life small group:

My family lives in Texas, hundreds of miles away from our relatives in Minnesota and Belgium. It has forced us to form close relationships with people in our community, out of which has come a core of families from our church small group.  About once a month, we all get together at someone’s house to share a meal. There is no designated kid table or segregation of men and women. We turn up the music, crowd into the kitchen, then squeeze enough chairs around the table. The conversation ranges from education to travel, politics to religion. The group is quick to offer up anything from sympathy and prayers to laughter and perspective. We use the good plates and real silverware, substituting the glow of tall candles instead of harsh fluorescents. Some might view it as just another dinner party. But over meals, the group has become an extension of family.

 

Please consider this opportunity to become a member of a small group – sign up today! (in the Fellowship Hall or on-line)