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Stephen Ministry   

Importance of Small Groups

The following was presented by Mike Falarski at the Chapel Sunday worship service on Sunday 4/22/18 as the Invocation. We are repeating this on the web site because of the importance of Small Groups to the future of the Chapel. We encourage you to seek out Pastor Bill, any member of the Chapel Board, or any member of the small group that Mike belongs to:

                              Mike and Judi Falarski

                              Sherry Benz and Dennis Cullen

                              Brooks and Cindy Fuller

                              Katharine and Brian Dombrowski

                              Don and Joyce Kludt

Pentecost, the day the Spirit descended onto the Apostles, is on May 20 this year. Pentecost is generally recognized as the birthday of the Church. People tend to think of church as a place. In actual fact, ‘Church’ is the name given to people who follow Jesus, who meet together to worship God and learn to do what God asks of them.  The very first churches were formed by communities of people who met in each other’s homes. These early Churches had four primary characteristics: They devoted themselves to the Apostles teachings, to fellowship, to the “breaking of bread and to prayer.

So why mention this today? Because, I feel like I am in the midst of a new church. It is called a ‘small group’ which we helped form a couple of months ago. It consists of 5 couples that have joined together to grow closer to the Lord and each other. We pray together, we study the bible together, we support each other in troubled times. Does that sound familiar? I just think it must not be much different than the early churches. It certainly is transforming my sense of being a Christian and bring me closer to the Lord. I am beginning to understand the feeling of the Spirit being with me. I can’t help but want to share this with everyone.

I have been advocating small groups for years but never pulled the trigger to form one myself. I guess I always worried about being rejected, was just too busy, or was not Christian enough.  Pastor Bill asked me at dinner one evening when I was going to form a small group. I could not come up with any good excuse why not so our group was born. It turned out to be the easiest and best thing I have done in a long, long time. I love being able to share my thoughts and concerns with a group of friends and fellow Christians. We are a Church!! I anticipate sometime in the future our group will spin off into more groups just like the original Church.

I encourage you all seriously to get involved in a small group. You may be able to join an existing one but, if not, start one of your own. I am happy to offer my help. Don’t wait for Pastor Bill to ask you why you aren’t in a small group.

Welcome to the Villlages Community Chapel

The Villages Community Chapel is a multi denominational Christian Church serving those who live the Villages Golf and Country Club and the nearby Assisted Living Facilities in San Jose, CA.  Our weekly worship service is held at 10AM Sundays in the Cribari Auditorium in the Villages.

A Word From The Pastor

Wisdom

Author: 
Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, December 14, 2018

     The one thing that I need, and everyone should desire, is Wisdom.

     There are so many issues confronting people who seek help in making the right decision, so as to avoid making a mistake. One hopes to have the wisdom to share and steer them in the right way.

     Sometimes you may not think things through properly because people are looking for quick solutions in order to move on to some other situation. Other people may be affected by whatever decision is made whether it is positive or negative.

     People who desire quick answers and immediate results to problems are impatient and do not consider the consequences before making a decision which can lead to colleterial damage all around. Being impatient and /or impulsive can lead to debt, accidents, conflicts, and broken relationships. People who are impulsive usually shoot themselves in the foot and continually have to go back to put things right or set the record straight.

     When my children were growing up, especially my son, I tried to reinforce the "Cause and Effect' of making impulsive decisions. I would draw illustrations on how one decision affects another and another, like the ripple effect. He wouldn’t wait or seek help when he encountered a problem; he would use his judgment which seldom worked to his favor.

     His Third Grade Teacher had to prevent him from attending a field trip unless he was accompanied by his own personal chaperone. He soon realized what the Ripple Effect meant. He was so disappointed in himself that he begged his sister, “Please stop me if you ever see me doing anything wrong.” His sister was to become his boundary setter which only lasted for a short period of time.

     Mature adults are expected to have learned boundaries and gained a certain level of wisdom from life experiences. If life lessons are not applied, an impulsive child can easily become an impulsive adult. Being impulsive can be managed if you follow this simple little rule: breathe deeply, ask yourself what if and think about the ripple effect of your response. This way you can avoid many regrets.

     You can have access to an infinite amount of Wisdom in the book of Proverbs if you desire to be a person of wisdom. James 1:5 NTL (New Living Translation) “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.”

     Please join us at the Villages Community Chapel in the Cribari Auditorium each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Our chapel is a place for Needs to be MetFaith to be Affirmed and People to LoveWe would love to meet you. Find us @ http://villagescommunitychapel.org/