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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 Villages Community Chapel

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

Relating as Human Beings

Author: 
Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, May 18, 2018

     When we share the same last name with another person our first thought may be; I wonder if we could be related? It becomes even more interesting if the other person is famous. Sometimes if there is a resemblance and like mannerisms, we are prone to assume that there is a connection.  Perhaps an in-depth research could reveal whether or not that there is connection.

     You could have the same first and last name without being related to one another or have different names altogether and be related. In a broader sense, we are all related to one another by human experience. We all have thoughts, habits, emotions, conditions and limitations in life regardless of our nationality, race, religion or sex.

     There is a tendency to be drawn to people that we have things in common with on the surface and tend to withdraw from those that we have little or nothing in common with. Just because we did not grow up on the same side of the tracks doesn’t mean that we can’t relate to each other’s human experience. We are all related black, white, red, brown or yellow. For it is from the earth that we all have come from and it is the earth that we shall return.

     In all of my few days on this earth, I’ve never met a person who did not want to be loved, accepted and forgiven of something that they regretted doing in life. If you want to be loved, accepted and forgiven be quick to be the first person to pave the way. Life is too short to hold peoples’ transgressions against them in your heart. “For it is in loving that we understand how we are related and it is in the forgiveness that we reveal God to others.” Colossians 3:13-14 NIV “ Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you have a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

     Let’s welcome others to the extended family that keeps growing daily. You can start this Sunday by joining us at the Cribari Auditorium at 10 a.m. to be encouraged over the Word, a cup of coffee and cookies. The chapel is a place for needs to be met, faith to be affirmed and people to love.  We would love to meet you. To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel visit our website at Villages Community Chapel | Rejoice in the Lord!