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Coming Together

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote to a small community of pastors in training: “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. ... Let him who is not in community beware of being alone.” We need each other and the joy of coming together. Solitude can be a gift, but alone is no...

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Encouraging Community

Posted by Tim McConnell on

I am so grateful for the encouraging notes and comments that come to me and to our staff after worship each week. It’s not always easy to lead worship. Chris Cullins and his team open up their hearts to lead us in genuine praise. Rod Gorby presents original pieces of music from his own...

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Tags: life groups, e-blast, humanize me

Life Groups Can Be a Lifeline

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We want to invite you to try Life Groups. There’s a saying floating around in church leadership: “We learn in lines, but we grow in circles.” I think there’s some truth to that. We learn sitting in worship and in large classes, but so much of our growth as a disciple...

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Life Groups: Pray For Each Other

Posted by Katie Fowler on

So, what exactly is a Life Group? I get that question a lot. Here’s how we talk about Life Groups: they are smaller communities where we are known by name, pray meaningfully for one another, trust one another enough to speak Scripture into each other’s lives and live...

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Tags: me to we, life groups, prayer, small groups

Life Groups: Known by Name

Posted by Katie Fowler on

You want to go where everybody knows your name. That’s what we want right? Well, maybe not everybody knows your name, but at least some people. I remember when I first moved to Colorado. I was in the grocery store and someone yelled, “Katie!” Of course, my instinct was to...

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A Chair at the Table

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

If there’s one thing churches are known for, it’s potlucks. Maybe we find it easier to focus on the Word with a full stomach, or maybe we receive love through the food that means so much to us. Whatever the reason, food is a universal signal to come together in friendship and...

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Tags: community, life groups

Conversation Matters

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It’s amazing what a conversation can do. I’m always moved by what can happen as people talk. Simple words—listening and responding—and God can do incredible things. I wonder what conversations you remember in your life as the most meaningful. Maybe there was a...

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Six-Week Small Group; Decades-Long Friendships

Posted by Mary Frieg on

Once upon a time my husband and I joined a church in northern Ohio. After the membership class we were encouraged to be part of a small group for 6 weeks. Not a long commitment—just 6 weeks—sort of an experiment in small group community. So as good new members we did just that. You...

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Tags: discipleship, life groups, small groups

Try a Life Group Experiment

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Some years back I was in a meeting with a group of leaders in our church. We were asked to tell the story of "when First Pres became home.” The mic was wide open. One by one, leaders came forward and the stories poured out. A few themes emerged, but at the top of the list was...

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Tags: e-blast, life groups, start, worship

The Difference a Life Group Makes

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Looking for a smaller community within First Pres? A new wave of Life Groups is starting soon. The guest post below was written by Bryan Frame, and gives a taste of the difference a life group can make in our whole experience of church.  Church Happens in Small Groups One of my favorite...

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Tags: discipleship, life groups, small groups

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