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What is a Small Group?


A Small Group is 5-22 people who build a caring community seeking spiritual transformation as they get to know and care about one another and serve God.  Small group members come together to:
  • BELONG in a caring group of people where you are known and have the chance to build authentic spiritual friendships.
  • BECOME more like Christ by pursuing spiritual growth through prayer, Bible study, and other personal and group spiritual practices.
  • BLESS by serving with others using gifts and callings.  Demonstrate Christ's love for the world, and and help form new groups to benefit others.
     
How can I become involved?
If you enjoy the fellowship and worship of Sunday morning, but would feel more comfortable asking questions or sharing personal experiences in a more intimate group of friends, a small group is a good way to go.  You will meet new people, have opportunities to grow in faith, and share your faith, and also serve your church and community.

To get started, email our Small Group Coordinators, Becky White (beckywhite2@gmail.com) or Nina Clippard (ninaclippard@comcast.net) with the following information:  your name, phone number and address, group preference (age grouping you would prefer, or mixed aged -- gender specific or mixed -- singles, couples, or mixed) and days/evenings you are available to meet.   Most groups meet in member homes, although some groups meet in local restaurants, at church, or in other locations.  You will be contacted to be matched with a small group to visit.  If you enjoy your experience, you can join that group.  Otherwise, other opportunities will be identified.

If you are interested in serving in leadership in our small group ministry, contact Pastor Tom Campbell-Schmitt at standrewspdx@qwestoffice.net.  Training opportunities are available throughout the year.

The Opportunity
Community. 
God created us to live in relationships, with each other and with God.  Authentic community involves sharing life together and connecting on many levels with others in a group setting.
Group Development.  Every group goes through various stages as members get to know each other, come to care about each other, bond and mature together.  The process is like the human life cycle in many ways.
Bible Study.  God provided the Bible as an "instruction manual" for us.  We need to study the Bible to better understand God and our own purpose.  The process of study and discussion in a group will help us to grow in faith and spiritual maturity.
Change.  Part of the purpose of belonging to a group is to facilitate your own growth and change, as God leads you toward a clearer understanding of what it is to follow Christ as a disciple.  This happens when we take the risk to allow God to speak to us through the interactions with a group.
Healing and Redemption.  Healing happens best in the context of a caring community of friends.  Small groups help us to see ourselves through the eyes of others, to share our stories and fears, and ultimately to be released from the things that keep us from being the people God intended us to be.
Mission.  God wants us to make a positive difference in the world, through acts of service and love.  This involves setting the captives free, healing the broken-hearted, and sharing the life-changing truth of Christ.
Name Category Location Time Focus Status
Angels Women's Fellowship Portland 10:00am Wednesday Women Open
Buds 20's-30's Fellowship - Buds Portland 12:00am Sunday 20s and 30s Open
Dorcas Circle Women's Fellowship Portland 11:00am Wednesday Women Open
High School Youth Group Youth Group Portland 11:30am Sunday High School students Open
Mariners Mariner Fellowship Portland 01:00am Sunday Adults Open
Men's Breakfast Group Men's Fellowship Portland 06:30am Wednesday Men Open
St. Andrew's Quilters Women's Fellowship Portland 09:30am Thursday Women Open
Sunday 9:00 am Small Group Alignment Small Group Portland 09:00am Every Sunday Small Groups Open
Sunday 11:30 am Small Group Alignment Small Group Portland 11:30pm Every Sunday Small Group Alignment Open
Connecting with God Connecting with our community
November 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

Adult Ministry
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 11:00am

Golding Memorial
Location: Sanc.
Time: 1:00pm

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2 "Exploration of Christian Marriage"
Location: Lounge
Time: 8:35am

Worship
Time: 10:00am

NCL
Location: FH
Time: 3:30pm -5:30pm

Middle School Youth Group
Location: Youth Room/FH
Time: 6:00pm -7:30pm

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3 Choral Arts Ensemble
Location: Sanc.
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

Facilities Meeting
Location: Library
Time: 7:00pm

PDX Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:00pm -10:00pm

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4 NCL
Location: CH
Time: 6:00pm -9:00pm

Deacons
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 7:00pm

AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

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5 Men's Breakfast & Study
Location: Golden Touch Restaurant
Time: 7:00am

Dorcas Circle
Location: Lounge
Time: 12:00pm -1:30pm

NM Ministry
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 6:00pm

Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Room
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

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6 "Seekers" Book Study
Location: Lounge
Time: 10:00am

PDX Volleyball
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

AA Group
Location: Lounge
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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7 No Events

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8 Strategic Planning Team
Location: CH
Time: 8:00am -12:00pm

Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

Neuropathy Group
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 10:00am

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9 "For the Life of the World..." Class
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

Worship
Time: 10:00am

Middle School Youth Group
Location: Youth Room/Gym
Time: 6:00pm -7:30pm

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10 CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY

Choral Arts Ensemble
Location: Sanc.
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

PDX Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:00pm -10:00pm

Stewardship Mtg.
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

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11 AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

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12 Quilting Ministry
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 9:30am

Knitting/Crochet Ministry
Location: Lounge
Time: 2:00pm

Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Room
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

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13 "Seekers" Book Study
Location: Lounge
Time: 10:00am

Adult Ministry
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 11:00am

Book Club
Location: Lounge
Time: 12:00pm

PDX Volleyball
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

Worship Team
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 7:00pm

AA Group
Location: Lounge
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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14 Steve Wagner Memorial
Location: Sanc.
Time: 2:00pm

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15 Fall Cleanup
Time: 8:00am -1:00pm

Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

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16 Mission Night

"For the Life of the World..." Class
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

Worship
Time: 10:00am

Forum/Lunch
Location: CH
Time: 11:15am

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17 Vermont Hills PAC Meeting
Location: CH
Time: 5:00pm -6:00pm

Choral Arts Ensemble
Location: Sanc.
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

PDX Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:00pm -10:00pm

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18 Session
Location: CH
Time: 7:00pm

AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

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19 CROSSROADS DEADLINE

Men's Breakfast & Study
Location: Golden Touch Restaurant
Time: 7:00am

Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Room
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

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20 "Seekers" Book Study
Location: Lounge
Time: 10:00am

Welcome Team Mtg
Location: Conf. Rm.
Time: 11:00am

PDX Volleyball
Location: FH
Time: 6:00pm -10:00pm

AA Group
Location: Lounge
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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21 CPYA
Location: Turner, OR

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22 CPYA
Location: Turner, OR

Or. Center for Christian Voices
Location: CH
Time: 8:00am -1:00pm

Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

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23 CPYA
Location: Turner, OR

"For the Life of the World..." Class
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

Worship
Time: 10:00am

Piano Recital
Location: Sanc.
Time: 4:00pm

Middle School Youth Group
Location: Youth Room/FH
Time: 6:00pm -7:30pm

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24 Choral Arts Ensemble
Location: Sanc.
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

PDX Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:00pm -10:00pm

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25 AA Women
Location: Lounge
Time: 7:30pm -8:30pm

St. A Volleyball
Location: Friendship Hall
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

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26 Boy Scouts
Location: FH
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm

Choir Rehearsal
Location: Music Room
Time: 7:30pm -9:00pm

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27 THANKSGIVING - CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

AA Group
Location: Lounge
Time: 8:00pm -9:00pm

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28 "Hanging of the Greens"
Time: 5:30pm -8:00pm

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29 Al-Anon
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

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30 "For the Life of the World..." Class
Location: Lounge
Time: 9:00am

Worship
Time: 10:00am

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