The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its part are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one spirit into one body…Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. –1 Cor. 12:12-13; 27

Have you considered why God has gathered his people and placed them in community? While it would be possible for every individual to live a completely solitary existence, reading and following the Bible by themselves, such an arrangement would make it impossible to “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)

The richness of such close, meaningful relationships is cultivated in Life Groups. It is a struggle to really get to know nearly 1,500 people. It is far easier to do this in smaller settings. Even Jesus enjoyed closer fellowship with the twelve than the seventy-two, and closer still with three of the twelve. Such associations are life changing. Read some testimonials of those who have seen this in their lives:

“We love the Christian mentoring that is exhibited in our group. We have been in numerous Life Groups and have found wonderful friendships in each of them.  God truly has blessed our family with giving us His family on this Earth.” (Lindsey Melson)

“During med school, our Life Group on Wednesday nights challenged us to choose relationship with God and each other over knowledge, mutuality over status, and spiritual community over career. Through study and discussion, we  learned to value human dignity, see God’s image in each person, and see each other as a spiritual family, which continues even decades later. We made it through a physically and emotionally stressful time and found satisfaction and purpose in life as we journeyed together.” (Student via Linda Smith)

“Our Life Group (Walls/Bell), made up of those in the “silver hair” age group, has been together from the beginning of this PVCC ministry.  We have grown very close and openly share what is going on in our individual lives — from joy of the birth of a grandchild or great grandchild to an unfavorable doctor’s report about a serious health issue.   It is difficult to imagine life without the acceptance, comfort, concern and support we have from each other.  Our prayer time together is especially helpful as we praise God and seek his continuing favor.  Our meeting is one of the high points of my week.” (Pat Bell)

I have worshiped at PV for over 30 years and have participated in a number of small group dynamics.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the closeness, accountability, sharing of scriptures, and comfort provided to me from my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Since PV is a large congregation, the small groups have also provided the opportunity for me to meet and get to know members of our church family that I, otherwise, may not have ever interacted with on a personal meaningful level.  What a blessing these groups have been in my life! (Chi Ford)

“My church family is incredibly important to me and my Life Group family is like my ‘immediate church family’. Our Life Group has been through so many losses and triumphs together. We know each other’s struggles, and we are deeply concerned for each another. The close relationship has been forged because we regularly meet together, life happens and we share and support one another. I long for every member at Pleasant Valley to have the blessing of a long term relationship with a Life Group …which starts with going to the first meeting.” (Joyce Wilson)

Life Groups are the best way to get connected to the PV family. If you are not currently in a Life Group or wish to scout out a new group, come to the gym on Sunday, August 28, grab a donut and meet some fabulous people! You can come to the kickoff before or after class or after second service! Life is better in community!

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