Have you ever walked through your neighborhood and met someone from church who you didn’t even know lived nearby? Perhaps you recognize them but don’t know their name. You share a casual greeting and then go on. It’s times like this when the size of our congregation becomes apparent. It is next to impossible to know everyone who worships at Holy Trinity. Yet, wouldn’t it be nice to connect with those from the congregation who live in our own neighborhoods? To be neighborly, to care for each other, to share a cup of coffee or just some time? It is our oneness in Christ that is the core of our relationship with each other and it is the Spirit who brings us together. We are a gift to each other by being the image of God to each other.
In a world where loneliness challenges the emotional health of many people, the church community can bring a breath of life. Jesus’ words enrich our life when we follow his command. After washing the disciple’s feet, he gave them a new command saying, “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34b). The Gospel of love that Jesus lived and commended to his followers, then and now, is a gift for us to live and share with all people. It brings life, to us and to others. We can be life-givers to each other in our neighborhoods.
You are invited to get to know your neighbors from Holy Trinity by joining a neighborhood small group. This group would be composed of about four households or so, who are members of Holy Trinity and live in your neighborhood. One household will be the facilitator household. The facilitator will contact the group members at least four times a year. Perhaps it’s to gather for a meal, Saturday coffee, or Sunday brunch after church; whatever seems to be of interest to your group. Maybe it’s as simple as an email in the dead of winter to check on each other and see how each person is doing. Maybe it’s to prepare a meal for the couple that just had a new baby in your neighborhood group. Perhaps it’s a card or contact after a hospitalization. The purpose of the group is to share God’s love with each other through care and compassion and may be expressed differently depending on your groups desire.
The facilitators will meet with Pastor Pam to identify potential group members and discuss how to get started. Would you be interested in being a facilitator for your neighborhood group? If so, go to the website to sign-up. We plan to start with about a dozen small groups this fall.
CS Lewis said, “(F)riendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” Discover the blessings of a neighborhood group. In Christ, Pastor Pam Schroeder