Life Groups – Life is better Together

 

Why Life Groups?

The church is most the body of Christ when it gathers in small groups of Christ-followers who encourage and strengthen each other. This has been true from the very beginning of Christianity. The very first account of what the early Christ followers did is recorded in Acts 2:46-47:

They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day, the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Put in today’s terms, they talked about spiritual things, they loved on each other, they had a meal together and they prayed. They did life together!

Jesus lived life in a life group with his disciples. The 12 disciples journeyed with him, ate with him, went to the local synagogues with him, and learned from him. Jesus has set a very solid example for us to follow.

 

Sign-ups for Summer 2019 Life Groups Now Underway!

Life groups fall into four areas:

  • Study: The emphasis of these groups is on studying the Bible and prayer
  • Fellowship: The emphasis of these groups is  to have people connect around life, such as a dinner gathering, planned outings, or family days.
  • Activity: Such groups connect through activity, such as outdoor excursions, prayer groups or being on a worship team, and may be larger than other life groups.
  • Service: These groups are built around volunteerism in the community.

Life groups will run June through August on the designated day of the week unless otherwise noted. For additional information, contact Pastor Joni.

*If you cannot afford a required book for a class, please talk to Pastor Joni. It is important to us that nothing should stop you from participating in a life group.

 

SUNDAYS

  • NextGen/Kids Sunday School, Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Children’s Wing.
  • NextGen/Youth Sunday School, Sundays at 9:30 a.m., West Wing Youth Room.
  • Young Marrieds, Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Multipurpose Room.
  • Adult Sunday School, Sundays at 9:30 a.m., West Wing Room 203.
  • Chronic Pain Support Group, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9:30 a.m., Pastor Craig’s Office.
  • NextGen/Children’s Worship, Sundays at 11:00 a.m., Children’s Wing.

 

MONDAYS

  • Kicks for Christ (Karate), Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00-7:30 p.m., Church multipurpose room. Led by Dave Card.Join this family karate class – open to all ages! This program helps participants become the best they can be, and directs, guides, and builds skills to prepare each individual for the path God has chosen for them. It also helps to train up martial artists who can defend themselves efficiently and effectively, without causing unnecessary harm to themselves or others. Note that this class is twice a week. Kids who are not potty trained or cannot read must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Cost for uniforms is $30 and optional safety equipment is at additional cost. Fees: Generations Framily: $0 a month; Community: $25 individual/$50 Family a-month.
  • Summer Book Club, Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on June 17, July 8 and Aug. 12. Meets at The Living Room Coffee House, 1636 4th St., Marysville. Facilitated by Liz Tassie and Kelsie Martin. The first book is “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” by Kevin and Alex Malarkey. Book is required for the group. A movie night will round out the class on Aug. 26. Additional books will be determined by the speed the group reads. Reading plan will be distributed prior to the first meeting.

 

TUESDAYS

  • Service Opportunity: Feeding at the Salvation Army, Last Tuesdays of the month at 4:30 p.m.7227 44th Ave NE, Marysville. An opportunity to feed people and their souls at The Salvation Army. Contact Cristina Badger for details at 425-232-7823.
  • Gamblers Anonymous Support Group, Tuesdays at 6 p.m., West Wing Room 203.
  • Song and Prayer, First Tuesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This is an inter-generational group gathered to take steps, with God’s guidance, on how to bring prayer into all the groups and activities within Generations Community Church. The evening will include fellowship through singing. Meets at the home of Frank and Tami Monkman; call for details at 425-238-0726.

 

WEDNESDAYS

  • Men’s Breakfast, Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., Church Multipurpose Room.
  • Study: “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, and How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life” by Henry Cloud, Wednesdays at 9:00-10:30 a.m. Does your life feel like it’s out of control? Perhaps you feel like you have to say yes to everyone’s requests. Maybe you find yourself readily taking responsibility for others’ feelings and problems. Or perhaps you focus so much on being loving and unselfish that you’ve forgotten your own limits and limitations. Or maybe it’s all of the above. This group, led by Deborah Kukahiko, includes a brief video presentation and then discussion. Deborah holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed mental health care associate in Washington State. Her studies include pastoral care and counseling. Book required and costs ~$10 on Amazon.com.
  • Salvation Army Feeding the Homeless, 3rd Wednesday of  the month from 4:30-6 p.m.; meet at the Salvation Army, 7227 44th Ave. NE in Marysville. Contact Cristina Badger for details at 425-232-7823.
  • NextGen/Kids Family Nights (birth – Grade 5), Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30 p.m., Children’s Wing.
  • NextGen/Teens Family Nights (Grades 6-12), Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30 p.m., West Wing Youth Room.
  • Financial Peace University, Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., West Wing, Room 203. Led by Torrie RamosThis class will teach you how to take control of your personal finances, including dumping debt, building a monthly budget and saving for the future. More than 5 million people have taken this course and used the principles to manage their money. The Financial Peace University kit is required and is available for $129.99 at daveramsey.com.
  • Adult Bible Study, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Back of the Sanctuary. This group will continue meeting through June 19, then will break for the summer. Please join the group for two summer picnics on July 24 and Aug. 21. Call Pastor Dennis for details at 425-760-4520.
  • Worship Team Life Group, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary Stage and Back Stage. Led by Music Director Carl Martin. One of our core values at Generations Community Church is encounter God. We desire to equip our people to live a life ofworship, wherever they live, work, study, and play. Our worship ministry seeks to enhance that relationship by giving our people an opportunity to praise God together in a weekend worship environment. Another core value is connecting with others. Members of our worship ministry rehearse regularly. Team members serve on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. If you are interested, email Carl at carl@generationscommunity.org.

 

THURSDAYS

  • Prayer Group, Thursdays at 9 a.m., Church Sanctuary. Led by Sam Misquez. Join other believers in praying for the infirmed, our teams, our children, our church staff and other needs.
  • Kicks for Christ (Karate), Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00-7:30 p.m., Church multipurpose room. Led by Dave Card.Join this family karate class – open to all ages! This program helps participants become the best they can be, and directs, guides, and builds skills to prepare each individual for the path God has chosen for them. It also helps to train up martial artists who can defend themselves efficiently and effectively, without causing unnecessary harm to themselves or others. Note that this class is twice a week. Kids who are not potty trained or cannot read must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Cost for uniforms is $30 and optional safety equipment is at additional cost. Fees: Generations Framily: $0 a month; Community: $25 individual/$50 Family a-month.

 

FRIDAYS

  • Sermon Note Study, Fridays at 10 a.m., home of Bonnie and Charlie Cox in Snohomish; contact Bonnie Cox for details at 425-786-3080; space is limited.

 

VARIES

  • Cooking for Christ, Church Kitchen. Led by Anne Perkins. This group meets on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Then, it moves to a Wednesday evening schedule for July 10 and Aug. 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. It will help people of all ages build their cooking skills. Working together, we will cover cooking basics, as well as food preparation for groups of all sizes. Contact Anne Perkins for details at 360-651-0812 or anneperkins7211@gmail.com.
  • Family Friendly Walking Group, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:30 am. Hosted by Jennifer Shaw. Difficulty: Most walks are stroller approved, so bring the kiddos! Open to all ages. Location of our first walk: Centennial Trail – 20th Street and N. Machias Cut off in Lake Stevens. A schedule of future walks will be available prior to our first walk. Ideas and input welcome! Be sure to bring good walking shoes, a water bottle and possibly a light snack. Each walk will take approximately one hour.
  • Fellowship, Food and Fun, June 30, July 13, and Aug. 17 from 3-7 p.m. Facilitated by Jaimee and Aaron Spangler, and Pastors Joni and Ian Kirk at the Spangler Home (call for address: 425-239-8831). Join this fellowship life group for a monthly potluck, yard games, friendship and conversation. Bring a main dish to share. Limited to 20 people.
  • Handiwork Life Group led by Robert Miner. Call 425-315-6497 for details.  Are you handy with tools, paint brushes, or other trade-related techniques? This life group works together on projects around the church. Stay tuned for project announcements!
  • Jetsetters (Adults). Upcoming activities for all adults this summer include the following: June 21: Make your own pizza at church; Saturday, July 13: Hike with Mike Craig; and Thursday, Aug. 22: Leavenworth trip, including the production “Hello, Dolly!” Cost is $25; sign up by June 2. See the bulletin for details.
  • Joyful Saints (Senior Adults). Join other senior adults this summer for the following activities: Thursday, June 13, Potluck Lunch at noon at church; Sunday, June 30: 2 p.m. production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily” at the Driftwood Theatre in Edmonds; Thursday, July 11: Patriotic Potluck at noon at church; Friday, July 26: Plover ferry, lunch, and the APA museum at Semiahmoo; and Saturday, Aug. 10, picnic at 4 p.m. and bring a salad or dessert (chicken available for $1). August (Date TBD): Progressive lunch. See the bulletin for details.
  • Women’s Ministry. Led by Pastor Ashley Forsberg and Women’s Ministry Team. Join the women of the church in a quarterly activity. Details to be shared in the bulletin. Planned events during this life groups session include: June 18: Fro-Yo ; July 16: Fro-Yo; August 15: Fro-Yo; and Ladies Summer Hike TBD.

Want to Start a Life Group?

Contact Pastor Joni