Introducing Small Group #14

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As our Small Groups Sign-Up’s get started this winter, we wanted to tell you about a few of the options. Here are a few words from Kelley Shields about the small group she is hosting this winter with Amy Zapf (Small Group #14)

Meeting Where You Are

And we mean that in a lot of ways!

Some of us go through times when it is just impossible for us to physically go to a small group.  Maybe you’re struggling with a health challenge that doesn’t leave you with the energy to attend.  Maybe you’re in a travel-heavy season at work and won’t be in town enough to make small group meetings. There are lots of very real reasons that might have you saying “I just cannot make it right now.”

We care about this because we’ve both been there – and of course, the seasons when our situations made it too difficult to go to a small group were seasons when we both really could have used the community and support of a small group!

So, we’re trying something new.

This trimester we are launching a virtual small group!  We’ve both found that online video platforms can create a space that feels pretty much like you are talking to someone in person.  We’ll be conducting this group over Zoom – all you’ll need is a smartphone or computer (with a camera), and possibly an external microphone to make sure we can all hear each other.  (The earbuds that come with an iPhone and have a microphone on the cord work just fine.)

So, if you weren’t going to sign up for a small group because you just cannot make it right now, please join us on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM!  And please feel free to reach out to Amy (avzapf@aol.com) or Kelley (kashields@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Interested in joining this small group? Here is the link to sign up.

Introducing Small Group #20 – Ecclesiastes

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As our Small Groups Sign-Up’s get started this winter, we wanted to tell you about a few of the options. Here are a few words from Mike Holmes about the small group he is hosting this winter with John Remein (Small Group #20)

When we observe our own lives and the wider world, there is a lot that doesn’t seem to make any sense. The things we think should happen in our own lives often don’t. Hours or years of preparation for activities can appear fruitless. Chance and time may seem to overcome wisdom, discernment, strength, or skill. Even if our desires see fulfillment, discontentment may still plague us.

If we glance out to the wider world, we often see the wicked thriving unhindered, foolishness preferred over wisdom, and injustice reigning over justice. This could range anywhere from a despot oppressing the population of a country to a dishonest person climbing the ladder of career success. It’s not hard to look at our own lives and the world and come to a conclusion that life is hebel.

HebelHebel is the Hebrew term the Preacher in Ecclesiastes uses to describe the nature everything. While literally meaning vapor or smoke, it’s used over 30 times in the book of Ecclesiastes to describe life and its many facets as enigmatic, meaningless, vain, or fleeting. Whether we read these words in scripture as a breath of fresh air or with confusion, we still may wonder what we should do with them.

Ecclesiastes touches pretty much every area of life: work, time, relationship, pleasure, wisdom, politics, death, and purpose. This can give the book a feel of immediate relevance, but a closer look also reveals that it can be one of the most challenging and perplexing books to interpret and apply.

What do we do with all the talk of Hebel? How do we read Ecclesiastes alongside other books of wisdom, like the book of Proverbs? What do we do with the seemingly random encouragements to seize the day and enjoy life? How does sin factor in? How does the conclusion to fear God and keep his commandments fit in with the rest of the book?

Finally, how should we as Christians read this and apply it? These are many of the questions we want to explore in this trimester’s small group study of Ecclesiastes.

The group is open to men and women and will be led by Mike Holmes and John Remein. Hope to see you on Thursday nights at 7:30 PM!

Interested in joining this small group? Here is the link to sign up.

 

Introducing Small Group #15

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As our Small Groups Sign-Up’s get started this winter, we wanted to tell you about a few of the options. Here are a few words from Beth Tipps about the small group she is hosting this winter (Small Group #15)

Want to feast on the Word of God?

Join Beth Tipps on Wed PM at 7:30 PM in Falls Church for a Lectio Divina small group (Latin for “Divine Reading”). This ancient Benedictine practice of reading, meditating, praying and contemplating provides a valuable construct for communing with God.

Each week we will focus on a different Jesus encounter from the Gospel of Luke. We would love to have you join us!

Interested in joining this small group? Here is the link to sign up.

 

May all kings fall down before Him

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January 6, 2019 – David Hanke

Ephesians 3.7-13 : Psalm 72.1-11 : Matthew 2.1-6

Listen to the songs here.

The Big Reveal

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December 30, 2018 – Nathan Dickerson

Galatians 3.23-29 : Psalm 147.12-20 : John 1.1-14

Listen to the songs here.

More than you ask or imagine

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December 24, 2018 – Nathan Dickerson – 9pm

 

More than we can imagine

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December 24, 2018 – David Hanke – 5pm

 

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