January 11, 2015

Sunday greetings church family,

Over and over again, I witness the impact of small groups on our faith journeys.

During Advent, we held a small group for high schoolers on Sunday mornings. We looked at Moses, his life with God, and how his life helps us understand God’s intentions with our lives today. There were consistently about 6-7 of us weekly; we had good conversations, prayers,
and sharing. We took a rest during Christmas, and now we will open two new small groups for high schoolers on Sundays at 10:30 AM and on Wednesdays at 6:45 PM (during the Inn Faith Formation time).

Actually, the Los Altos UMC is launching a few different small groups during our Wednesday night ministry at “Everyone’s Inn:”
• one for couples; and
• one for older elementary students.
   (details in this morning’s announcements guide).

Plus, we have heard strong interest for a men’s and a women’s small group! As we hear this yearning of the Holy Spirit for small group formation, I am responding by leading one myself (nothing like learning from hands-on experience!) as well as leading training for interested
small group leaders.

But, you may be rightly asking: “why on Earth would that busy Pastor Mama add something to her workload?” The answer is simple: over and over again, I witness the immense impact of small groups on our faith journeys. Over and over again, I see the body of Christ being built in and through the relationships that are formed in small group settings. While we gather together in Sunday worship to praise God together and to welcome new faces into our church family, we grow in relationship with one another and Christ through our small group gatherings. They are both essential parts of our faith journey!

Small group formation is on the rise here at Los Altos UMC. I am excited to witness our growth, and I do hope that you will consider participating or helping in this ministry as we together encourage, nurture and support our journeys with Christ. Please ask me questions or chat with me about your interest, and let’s see together where the Holy Spirit is guiding us all.

Your sister in Christ,

Pastor Melinda