Sunday, December 30, 2012

Spiritual Hunger Around the World

Spiritual Hunger is what propels us on toward connecting with God. It's that motivation that makes us step into church if we have been open our Bibles, to get down on our knees and pray AND to search the Internet to find Bible Studies. Did that last one surprise you? Well, in the analytics provided by this blog we found that our Bible Studies on Hydesville Life Groups are being picked up by individuals in other countries. Specifically, Russia, Germany, Slovenia, France, China, Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom and Latvia.  In fact the interest from Russia was about one-third that of the United States!  That is a lot of spiritual hunger from way across the world.

How we rejoice that brothers and sisters of Christ  - from all nationalities can share in our common faith and we can grow together in Christ.  Hydesville may be a little place, but God's Word is enormous in spectrum and the study of it worth our time and effort to satisfy that "spiritual hunger" and changed lives can help feed many!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Grief Share in the New Year

Just an "FYI" when we consider what we would like to do in the New Year.  We would like to offer a new group (and updated curriculum) of Grief Share at Hydesville Church.  Grief Share is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them.  If you are interested in either attending, or being a part of the team to present this on a weekly basis, please let Penny know - 768-3767. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Group Link Event!

Coming up after the New Year's celebration:  GroupLink!!  Our GroupLink event will take place January 13th after second service (around 12:15 PM).  We will enjoy lunch together and join this fun and unique way to join community Life Groups for the New Year!  If you are currently not connected into a Life Group, or you would like more people to join your Life Group, this is for you!  This is also for ALL Life Group leaders and facilitators!  Get your New Year's off to a great start! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Save the Date for GroupLink!

On Sunday, January 13th after the second service (12:15 PM) at Hydesville Church, we are putting together a Life Group connection time called GroupLink.  As we gather together for lunch we will watch a short video from Andy Stanley, get to know others in a comforable and casual atmosphere and then and establish some community groups to meet for the next eight weeks, and maybe even beyond.  Please join us!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Coming in the New Year: GroupLink!

GROUPLINK: Early in the New Year we will be having an event called GroupLink to launch new Life Groups. Initially, after the GroupLink event, new groups will meet for eight weeks. Then the group members can decide to continue on with their group, or dissolve to find another group.

WHY: Why consider a Life Group? Here’s a quote from Andy Stanley’s church that is said very well: “We believe that significant life change best takes place in the context of intentional relationships. Life groups are the place where real life and real issues are discussed. This is the environment to celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another in the tough and disappoing times. It’s a place to be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to group in our relationship with Jesus Christ.”

WHAT DOES A LIFE GROUP LOOK LIKE? Life Groups are small groups of approximately six married couples or six to eight individuals of the same gender.

WHY “SAME GENDER?” We have seen these “same gender” groups work well in both the Men’s and Women’s Ministries and Celebrate Recovery. Why? “The relational dynamics created by a mixed environment limit the accountability that’s possible or appropriate.” We have found that these same gender groups have a higher level of community and accountability that is not possible, nor appropriate in a mixed-gender single group.
Be looking for more information on the new GROUPLINK through the month of December in the bulletin and other church communications.