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Thank You: Appreciation Kindles Hope in Jesus

February 14–March 27

Six weeks. Small groups. One practice. Two words. "Thank you." Let's share hope in Jesus Christ together this Lent by learning how to say "thank you" to the people around us. We can do that, can't we? Although it hardly seems like a very ambitious mission strategy, a small thing is better than nothing. And the truth is that it's often the small things that Jesus uses to break open a life with hope. And why not "thank you"? The Bible tells us it's God's will for us to say "thank you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). And the biblical language for thank you is the same language that the Bible uses for grace. What could be more strategic than speaking words to our neighbors that spring from the very heart of the good news of Jesus? Let's get into our groups so we can learn to get out and say with all that we are: grace, grace, grace. . . .

Watch the Sunday sermon online here.
You can also pick up a copy of the complete study guide at the Welcome Kiosk.



February 14

The Pleasure of Thank You: Using the Words | Luke 17:11-19

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February 21

The Practice of Thank You: Thank God | Psalm 30             

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February 28

The Justice of Thank You: Giving | 2 Samuel 12:1-15

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March 6

The Ministry of Thank You: Making Friends | Philippians 1:3-11

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March 13

The Power of Thank You: Listening | John 6:1-14

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March 20 | Palm Sunday

The Grace of Thank You: Boldness | Luke 7:36-50

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The guide is streamlined and easy to use. 
Daily devotionals are based on Psalms of Thanksgiving.
 
Dates:
February 10 - Ash Wednesday 
March 24 - Maundy Thursday 
March 27 - Easter  

How to post your group on University Presbyterian Church's online group finder.

 
How to update your group listing
Includes instructions on how to...
  • revise your group description and attributes
  • open your group to new members
  • close your group to new members because it is full
  • mark your group as inactive (no longer meeting)
  • add or remove people from your group roster


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To request a facilitator password, contact 206.524.7301 x205 or smallgroups@upc.org


Resources


Five Purposes of Life-Changing Groups

Facilitator Toolkit
Great information on starting and growing a healthy, vibrant small group. 
Topics include:
  • Five Purposes of Life-Changing Groups
  • Small Group Agreements
  • Engaging the Whole Group
  • Listening, Facilitating, and Prayer
  • Healthy Small Groups/Tough Situations
  • Family Small Groups with Children
  • Small Group Life Cycle
  • Bringing Service into the Life of Your Small Group
  • Celebrate!

Small Group Agreement - For Groups That Have Been Meeting Awhile.

Renewing or establishing an agreement together as a group, can reinvigorate your group life and relationships, and inspire you to take new steps together in your journey with Christ. It also helps organize your group, gets everyone on the same page, helps resolve conflicting expectations, gives everyone a role in the group, and helps the group focus on its purpose.

This is a great thing to do in the fall, if your group takes a break in summer. Set aside a meeting to read through and complete this as a group.  Add your own ideas and change it to fit the group. Review it periodically together (annually, or as needed).

How to Renew (or Establish) Your Small Group Agreement


UPC Small Group Facilitator Newsletter

UPC Small Groups sends out a monthly newsletter to all of our small group facilitators with the latest small group tips, news and events. To join the mailing list or send us your ideas for the newsletter, email smallgroups@upc.org or call x205.


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