One of our founding members referred to small groups as the lifeblood of the church (read: they are really really important). While we believe that our Sunday services provide opportunities for spiritual growth and discipleship, small groups allow people to process their faith out loud, over time, with a diverse group of people, many of whom can very quickly become one’s most trusted allies, teachers, encouragers … and friends.
Our small groups follow the school calendar. We offer Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer “semesters.” The topics and approaches vary depending on interest and leader.
We know that joining a group can be viewed as a time commitment in your already busy schedule, but we cannot begin to describe the benefits. Get involved! You’ll thank us later.
We have talked about this for a while, but never been able to pull it off. This semester, we are giving it a go. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, the Havas’ will be hosting a drop-in, Sunday brunch from 10am-12pm. Not only will the food feature a combination of your favorite dishes from breakfast and lunch, but kids are welcome. (Finley would love to show the kids her kitchen set or her “trunk of dress up stuff.”)
No doubt, Brandon will have golf on the tv. And Nikki will not allow you to clean up (mainly because she loves to clean … I know, it’s weird). They are both lovely. Join them for some food and good conversation. If you’d like to bring some food or juice (or, who are we kidding, mimosas), they’d welcome it.
Lorenzo and Melissa Cropper are new small group leaders this semester, and we couldn’t be more excited. They will be opening up their home from 6-8pm for a potluck meal and conversation on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. As Melissa states, their goal is to welcome newcomers, build community, and to be present for folks through life’s challenges and joys. Kids are welcome. (Liam and Vivian, 8, are great hosts, and I’m sure they would love some company!)
Tuesday Morning Coffee
Tessa Stultz will continue to deprive herself of sleep and lead this early morning, women’s small group, which meets every Tuesday morning at 6:30am (yes, you read that right) at Rise Up Coffee Roasters on College Ave. If you’re an early riser or if you need a drink before heading off to work, drop in for some (really tasty) caffeine and personal connection. True, you may be offering the first words you will speak that day, but it’s a gracious group. And the breakfast … delicious.
Matt and Tara Custer are an awesome young couple. Because they have felt the value of a church family in their own lives, they are very passionate about making sure people find community at TRP. To that end, they will be leading a group that meets in their home every week at 7pm on Tuesdays.
Matt’s a science nerd. (Sorry, Matt. It’s true.) Tara is a knitting librarian. They aren’t loud and outgoing, but they are super sweet and caring (and really, that’s better isn’t it?). Super bonus, their dog Luna is cuddly and lovable (despite her growl/purr). They are hoping to create space for college and post-college singles and young couples. They’ll pastor you well, and they’ll have some food on the table for you.
Thursday Night Dinners
The Petersons are back hosting a group, though this semester, it’s a drop-in dinner from 5:30-7:30pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. This will be a great (low commitment) opportunity to meet some folks, invest in the community, and get fed. If you need to pop in, eat, and go … do it. Like Planet Fitness, there will be no judgment. If you are able to stay and mingle, we encourage it. The Peterson’s rental house is only a few blocks down the road from SU, so we hope to see some students, but families are also welcome. (There is a pretty sweet playroom off of the kitchen for the kids.)
Josh and Amanda Hill will be hosting a small group in their home on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 6pm. Their plan is to build community by gathering around the table, playing games, and having good conversation. I can attest that the Hill’s will care for you well.
Josh works in the social work field (sort of) and Amanda is a doctoral student and instructor at SU. Both are well-versed in all things tv and film and current events (if you dare to go there). Josh is also a certified fantasy sports guru, so if you need help fielding your fantasy baseball team, he can guide you. He’s fresh off another championship in his football keeper-league.
If you’d like more information or the addresses, send us an email.