WHY Living Savior GROUPS?
As Living Savior has grown in numbers and locations, we have experienced how necessary it is to stay connected with one another. It is impossible for any individual to have a meaningful connection with every other person. However, it’s important for everyone to develop meaningful connections with at least some people in our church family.
Why? The New Testament includes more than 35 “one another” passages. God urges Christians, for example, to love one another, accept one another, forgive one another, submit to one another, encourage one another, instruct one another, and serve one another. These actions don’t merely exist for the sake of mindless function. Rather, God prescribes these connections because he, better than anyone, knows that we need them.
Living Savior Groups are intended to bring the members of our church family together to do those very things. They give members an opportunity to share each other’s joys and burdens, help each other in time of need, and support each other in their spiritual lives.
WHAT ARE LIVING SAVIOR GROUPS?
Living Savior Groups are any group of people within our congregation who regularly get together to achieve this connection. Some groups might bring people together around a common interest or activity (connect). Some groups bring people together to grow in God’s Word (growth). Some groups bring people together to serve others in our church or community (service). Some groups might do a combination of or all of the above!
HOW DO LIVING SAVIOR GROUPS FIT WITHIN OUR OVERALL MISSION?
Our mission is “to share the gospel – the living Savior in Word and Sacrament – with all people.” We carry out that mission with three strategies: to worship, grow, and to serve. Living Savior Groups function to create deeper connections when we worship, to provide avenues for further growth in study, and to grow in relationship with one another, as well as serving our community. Therefore, groups are a clear avenue for our mission and strategy.
- Grief Share – Someone close and dear has died. The promises of resurrection and our Savior’s guidance have been read, heard, and believed. Yet loneliness, deep loss and grief persist. We are not alone in such feelings.
Now we have a new and meaningful way to help those who are grieving. Here’s how . . .
- Help us launch a new ministry at Living Savior called GriefShare, a Christ-centered support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one.
- Encourage people you know who are grieving to sign up and attend our GriefShare sessions. All are welcome, members and non-members!
- Consider whether you might like to become part of the Living Savior team that conducts the GriefShare sessions.
The first GriefShare gathering begins on Thursday, April 8, and runs for 13 consecutive Thursdays. Each session runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at AVL. You may learn more online at griefshare.org.
- Foundations of Faith — Foundations is for everyone. It is for people interested in becoming members, for those looking to build their faith, and for the curious observer who wants to study the Bible without feeling obligated to join a church. This study is Bible-based, and discussion centered. Classes are arranged to fit personal schedules. To get plugged in or to request more information, contact either pastor.
- “My Anchor Holds!” – This Growth Group will gather around the Epistle to the Hebrews, one of the Holy Spirit’s great tools for directing our faith to our better-than-anything Priest, Sacrifice, Tabernacle, and Messiah. Some participants may do additional reading before or after each session; others will simply enjoy this time in the Word. Led by Pastor Zell, these Wednesday Bible readings will get underway on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30 pm. Each session is 45 minutes. Participants may gather in-person at our HVL location or join us via Zoom.