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Share Thoughts on the Book, The Gift of Years
Facilitator: Mark Jones (563-332-9314; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Purpose: Joan Chittister is a highly regarded writer on spirituality. In this book, she presents 40 short essays addressed to
seniors (self-defined) or those wanting insights into the life of aging parents. While acknowledging the reality of aging bodies
and changing relationships, the author writes encouragingly about the responsibilities, opportunities and fulfillment that comes
with embracing this stage of life.
Time: Starting the week of October 1, day/time to be determined by group
Place: FPC Parlor
Book: The Gift of Years, Joan Chittister; $10 on Amazon
The plan is to have us read a short essay (4-5 pages) as a daily devotion,
meeting once a week as we progress through the
Watch Movies with a Christian Message
Facilitator: Small Group Task Force (563-324-1429; email@example.com
Purpose: To watch and discuss movies, both classic and contemporary that have faith as a
central component. Examples:
God’s Not Dead, O God, Fireproof, Heaven is for Real, Miracles from Heaven.
Following the movie, there will be a discussion about how the movie connects
with your faith. Bring your friends for fun and
Where: Von Maur Hall Cost: free Snacks?....of course. RSVP: Mark and Cindy Meinert (563-324-1429; dad-
Small groups can have a variety of different focus areas, but ultimately they
need to be based in
showing Christian love to one another. The focus of a small group can range from Spiritual
Development, Christian Education & Worship, Support Groups, Education & Training or sharing the
love of Christ through Fellowship activities. Small groups can be ongoing or have a finite existence ands
can be initiated and led by any church member. They can also be initiated by Staff, Session/Deacon or
other FPC committees.
HOW TO START A SMALL GROUP CONNECTION:
1. Develop the idea for a small group connection you would like to start. Pick up a form from the Small Group Connection
bulletin board or download the form and complete the information on the form:
Brief description of the group
Your name and contact information
Proposed time for the group to meet
Frequency of meetings, when group will start and length of duration of the group
Any materials needed by group members or cost
Additional details to describe the group’s purpose
2. Turn the form into the church office. It will then be posted on the bulletin board and on the church’s website.
3. Keep track of people who have contacted you with interest; feel free to reach out to folks to join the group.
4. Once you have your responses, finalize when and where you will meet.
If you intend to meet at the church, fill out and submit a Building Use Form
(BUF) to the church office to reserve a meeting
5. Enjoy your small group connection!