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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

Compassion For People With Pain

Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, August 17, 2018

     There aren’t too many things that I’m impressed by at the age of 70. However, when looking at some of you who are over 80 and still able to swing those clubs and rackets, I am impressed! When I was younger it didn’t take much to impress me.

     People at my age and older are grateful to have a pain free day or week. I never dreamed that having a pain free day would be something that I would ever hope for but this is the reality for many of us today. 

     I developed arthritis in my left foot after a fall while caring for one of my sisters who had to have brain surgery after a fall. There’s not a day goes by that I ‘m not reminded of that incident. Having a day that is pain free is fantastic; whenever it happens! 

     As I was growing up, I would hear these “Old People” talking about their arthritis and I would ask myself, “What the heck is arthritis?” Well, surely, I have arrived at becoming an old person. Today I don’t have to ponder about that question because “Art” has a new residence in my left foot. and I can’t give him an eviction notice to relocate to another city! 

     Life is a great teacher, as we see what happens to others we realize, this can also happen to us!. I have been taught to have compassion for others in a way that will never be forgotten, especially as I have to bear the same or similar infirmities. Each day that I see someone being physically challenged my heart goes out to them and I say a little prayer for their health. 

     Someone’s infirmity today can be yours tomorrow so, take each day that you are given and appreciate the abilities you have whether full or partial. Let’s be a blessing to each other. “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:11 NIV

      Please join us as we persevere for the blessing at the Villages Community Chapel in the Cribari Auditorium each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 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 You can hear previous and current Sunday Sermons.