5 Ways To Maintain Community During Summer

It’s not just church… I’m noticing it everywhere I go!  The lady at the Customer Service Counter at Walmart said the peak crowd times in her store have completely changed.  My “Ripped” and “Spin” classes have gone from packed to sparse.  There was a whole different crowd at Mucho’s today at lunchtime.

Let’s face it.. Summer has arrived, and nearly everyone’s schedule has changed.  So, with schedules up in the air, and your friends and family in and out on vacation and other trips, how can you maintain community during the summer months?  Here are five ways you can do just that.

Lifegroup when you can
Our life groups have mostly rescheduled their meeting times, and although they aren’t meeting weekly at the same time, they ARE continuing to meet occasionally.  Be sure to stay in touch with your life group leader to know what they have planned.

Book Study: On Guard
Get together with others that are reading the same book as you, and have a lively discussion.  On Guard, by William Lane Craig is an introductory, yet challenging look at how to defend your faith well.  This study group begins on July 3 at the church conference room.  John only has 10 spots available, so email him to let him know if you’re coming!

Online Lifegroup!  
Study through several different Bible reading plans together and talk about them via Facebook.  You can join this one easily.  It’s not too late to get started with this one!

Serve Together
One of the BEST ways to have community is to serve alongside other friends.  There is something powerful about giving yourself away like Jesus did.  You can choose to serve at Seamless Summer, the July 4th celebration at the school, by giving our volunteers June Off, or at Vacation Bible School.

Cool Off Underground
It gets hot this time of year… But it is always 58 degrees underground.  Explore Pettijohn’s cave with us on Sunday, June 23.  You’ll make new friends and have a great time.  Detailed info is right here.

Of course, we are also having church services all summer long.  I have been very intentional to plan a preaching calendar so that messages each sort of stand alone… You don’t have to track along like you do when we’re studying through a book of the Bible.  Our current message series is called “Reel LIfe 2,” based on themes from summer movies.

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.   -Hebrews 10:25

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