Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Quick Small Group Announcements

Hi, POPS. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this great weather. Rachel has been sick with a flu like illness the last couple of days, so we're only halfway enjoying it. I am leaving for Wisconsin on Friday and would appreciate prayers for the flu like illness staying away from me so I can go up, just if you think about it. And of course you can pray for Kevin as he is here with the kids by himself. Thanks!

Announcement 1: Kevin and I are wanting to compile brief testimonies from most of you if you would like to participate that would be given to all the nursery teachers, Emilie, and Jennifer. What we're looking for is a few sentences or a paragraph sharing what you have learned or how you've grown by being able to attend a small group on Sunday morning. Without our nursery workers, we wouldn't be able to meet, so we want to encourage them by allowing them to hear of the fruit that is being born out of attending a small group. To be able to keep all of our kids an extra 1.5 hours each week means extra workers most weeks, so we just wanted to help them all know that what they are doing and the time they invest with our kids is reaping benefits they don't know about. So just email your testimony to Kevin by Wednesday March 25. Then we'll take care of the rest. Thanks!

Announcement 2: This will be the last week we would like to gather the small group surveys. So if you have one you'd like to turn in, bring it or email it to Kevin by this Sunday.

Announcement 3: We mentioned on Sunday that we are going to start up with Care Groups soon. So we need you to be praying about whether God may be leading you to be a Care Group leader. We'll probably need 3 or 4 couples to start off with. This would entail having 2 families that you cared for. Some examples of what a leader may do is:
  • If someone hasn't come in a couple of weeks, emailing them to make sure they are okay or if they need anything (like if a child's been sick you could run an errand for them if needed or something)
  • Arranging a monthly social for the 3 families. Since our group is kind of big now, we'd like for the 3 families to meet monthly, and this would take the place of the monthly small group social. (We may periodically still get together with all of us, but it will not be often.) You could eat out, play at a playground, whatever your group wants to do. But that will be a good way to get to know some people outside of class. Also it would be great if once in a while you got together without kids so you can actually talk a little better or see a movie, play a game, etc.
  • As other needs come up with people, just being aware of what they are and loving on your group members. It doesn't need to take a lot of time, but it can make a big impact.
  • So again, email Kevin or me if you feel led to lead in this capacity. We'd like to set the care groups up in the next few weeks.
We love you guys and look forward to God continuing to grow our group in Him. Blessings!


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