So, here's try number three to get this blog post to work right! The last two times have cut off after the first sentence for some reason. Evidently small groups aren't all that interesting...no, that can't be it. Regardless, I'm excited about our small groups. The group I'm part of has met twice now and it's been a great start. The Not a Fan material is challenging, the people are interesting and have great input as we discuss the material and the food has been really good. But I know that some of you have not chosen to be part of a small group, whether at our church or elsewhere, for many reasons, some of them valid, others excuses to avoid feeling uncomfortable or of "being put on the spot" by a small group leader, or something else altogether. I want to encourage you to give small groups a chance. God has wired us to be in community; doing life with others who understand us, care for us, pray for us, laugh and cry with us. Can that be scary and intimidating? Absolutely. But awesome at the same time. In a small group you get to move beyond the pleasantries exchanged on Sunday morning in the lobby of the church you attend and dig into the issues that you actually care about, are concerned about, scared or excited about, even if that's not on the agenda of the curriculum. You will form relationships that enable you to have those conversations before and after the actual study, or perhaps over coffee with a new friend that you have discovered who has Godly wisdom to share with you that will impact how your life is experienced. If you think I'm overselling, why don't you give a group a try and see what you think. I'm not saying this will be everyone's experience, because just like everything else in life, you get out what you put in, but it can and does happen like this. We have two groups with space available should you want to get plugged in; one at Kent and Dorothy Smith's on Sunday evenings, and one on Thursday nights at Jenny Steinkopf's. If you have questions about those groups, you can contact our church office for more details. Don't miss out on the joy of community by sitting at home and watching something on TV instead of going to a small group. After all, isn't that why DVRs were invented?! Have a great week and may God bless you with a wonderful small group community to do life with!