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Summer 2013


What is a Small Group? A small group is made up of about 12 people who meet together 2-4 times a month to help each other grow in their relationship with God and with each other.

5 Reasons Why You Should be in a Small Group: 1. Understand the Bible better through group discussion as you apply the Bible to your life situations. 2. Develop close relationships with other believers who will walk beside you in your journey as a Christ follower. 3. Find answers to the needs in your life through group prayer. 4. Get support in times of crisis or major changes from people who really care for you. 5. Discover and use your gifts and talents as you serve others.

The Top 10 Questions about Small Groups: How much time is this going to take?

The meetings are usually a couple of hours long. One hour for snacking, eating, and hanging out. One hour for Bible Study and prayer. However, many SG members begin to do life together eating out, playing golf, boating, and even taking vacations together. The Community that is built in a small group can be life-changing. Groups also participate in service projects or outreach opportunities a couple of times a year.

What are we going to do with our children during the small group? Each small group has come up with its own approach to childcare needs. Some groups hire a babysitter to watch all the kids. Some groups meet on the church campus where childcare workers are provided. Many group members take advantage of our non-needs based childcare subsidy to help cover the cost of hiring a babysitter. Your small group leader can provide you with a reimbursement form.

Will there be homework? If so, how much?

Most small groups do not have home work in a book. There may be daily devotionals that are suggested or weekly considerations to which you need to compare your life. Some groups will read a book together then meet to discuss it. The group members’ life-stage will often be a determining factor in the group’s level of outside preparation.


The Top 10 Questions about Small Groups: (continued) Am I going to have to talk or can I just sit and listen during the meetings? A Small Group is like family, sometimes you talk, sometimes you listen. No one is forced to talk or to lead the group. We all move at a different pace and you allowed to do just that.

Will I have to pray out loud?

No. Again, you are allowed to move, grow, at your own pace. If the time comes in your life that you feel you need to voice a prayer request, that is well received. If the time comes you would like to lead in prayer, that is also well received.

Who else is going to be in the group?

Most groups are made up of people from the same life stage or same gender. A few of our groups are made up of people from “all ages and life-stages.”

How much do I have to know about the Bible?

Nothing. Small Group is about learning the Bible not debating it or being tested on it.

How many weeks or months is this going to last?

Small Group is like family, some of them last for years, others multiply and start new groups in 18-24 months. We do ask that an apprentice be enlisted from the start so there is a plan to let others experience community in a Small Group as your group sends out the apprentice family sometime in the first 18-24 months.

If I don’t like it, can I leave without people being mad at me?

Yes, but most people build such community that they do not want to stop being part of the Small Group.

What are we going to be doing during the meetings?

Most meetings last a about two hours. There is roughly an hour for social, fellowship, eating, snacking time; building community. Then there is an hour of Bible Study where the group learns and discusses the material and Scripture that has been previously agreed upon. There is always time for prayer and sharing of life issues where others in your group can help you walk through life and not be alone.


The Alpha Course

What is the Alpha Course? The Alpha course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, non-threatening manner over 11, thought-provoking weekly sessions. It’s low key, friendly and fun.

What Happens at Alpha? DINNER: The evening begins with a meal together, giving people a chance to get to know each other. TALK: The course consists of a series of talks addressing key issues relating to the Christian faith such as: ● ●  Is Christianity boring, untrue, or irrelevant? ● ●  Who is Jesus and why did he die? ● ●  Why and how should I read the Bible? ● ●  What about church?

COFFEE, DESSERT AND SMALL GROUPS: After each talk we divide into small groups to discuss the topic of the evening, ask questions, and express opinions. Ask anything. Alpha is a place where no question is too naive or too hostile. This is your chance to listen, learn, discuss and discover.

Is Alpha for Me? Though the course is open to everyone, it is especially geared to: ● ●  People interested in investigating Christianity ● ●  New Christians ● ●  Newcomers to Grace Fellowship interested in a short-term small group experience ● ●  Christians who want to brush up on the basics

When and Where? Evening Morning Begins: Sept 10 th Begins: Sept 11th Location: Mansion Vista Location: Mansion room 207 When: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30PM When: Wednesdays, 9:30am Dinner & childcare provided Snack provided, no childcare Register: www.alphakaty.org


Community Groups Try a Community Group! They are offered twice a year and are like Small Groups, but meet weekly for a short term to explore one topic. Ron Deal understands the inner workings of the stepfamily and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues they face. With a biblical perspective, he helps remarried and soon-to-be-married couples solve the everyday puzzles of step-parenting, learn communication skills with ex-spouses, deal with the common pitfalls and so much more. (A Focus on the Family Recommendation.) When: Sundays at 5:30pm (beginning Sept 15) Location: The Bible Seminary conference room Leaders: Dan & Julia Johnson Contact: jjohnson@whatisgrace.org

Biblically based teaching on parenting, marriage and spiritual growth including relevant video curriculum, small group discussion, and the interaction of more experienced mothers with moms of children from birth to fifth grade. When: Mondays at 7:00pm Location: CEB 222 Leaders: Janelle Lyles & Bronda Goates Contact: gracegroups@whatisgrace.org

For Me to Live

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by Dr. Charles R. Solomon Who am I? What does it mean to be “in Christ”? As Christians, it is possible for us to be operating under a “fake ID”, one we have learned from others or one we have developed ourselves, and be unaware of our real identity in Christ. When: Thursdays at 7pm (beginning Sept 12) Location: Children’s Building Leader: Alan Lord Contact: alnanr1@sbcglobal.net

Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Spiritual practices that nourish your soul and transform your life.

When: Thursdays at 9:30am (beginning Sept 12) Location: tbd Leader: Terrie Dagley Contact: trdagley@msn.com


Adult Discipleship Events neXus College Join us this summer for some great fun and fellowship. Tuesdays beginning June 4th, 7:30-9:30pm in the Children’s Education Bldg. Contact Tracy Bloomfield at bloomfield.tracy@gmail.com GroupLink GroupLink gives you the opportunity to meet others in your community who want to connect for a 6-week small group experience. When: Sunday, September 15th, 12:30-2:30pm Where: The Vista, Mansion 2nd floor Lunch is included and childcare is provided. Contact Julia Johnson at jjohnson@whatisgrace.org or 281.646.1903 ext 175. Walk to Emmaus The Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour Christian spiritual retreat designed to build leadership in the local church as well as provide spiritual renewal to both those attending a retreat and the volunteers who serve on a retreat. For more information contact: Brad Fuqua at brad.fuqua@me.com Scooter Lofton at sclftn1@gmail.com Mark Brewer at brewercrew@prodigy.net


Men’s Groups

Michael Zak Location: Cracker Barrel, I-10 When: Tuesday, 6:00AM Contact: 832-741-8117 Email: jmichaelzak@gmail.com

Mark Elkins Location: Bagel Cafe When: Wednesday, 7:00AM Contact: 832-347-3130 Email: mark@efam.cc

Steve Godby Men on a Mission Location: Rudy’s BBQ, I-10 When: Tuesday, 7:00AM Contact: 713-447-8066 Email: sgodby@whatisgrace.org

Jimmy Ermon Location: The Mansion, Room 207 When: Thursday, 6:00AM Contact: 832-868-7728 Email: jaermon@gmail.com

Greg Mesler Location: Various When: Tuesday, 6:30PM Contact: for location Email: greg.mesler@earthlink.net Ryan Keel Location: Cracker Barrel on I-10 When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 6:00AM Contact: 281-797-5083 Email: ryankeel@gmail.com Larry Lengyel Location: Denny’s/Fry Rd & I-10 When: Wednesday, 6:00AM Contact: 281-599-8281 Email: lengyel.larry@yahoo.com Brian Sell Location: Panera Bread at LaCenterra When: Wednesday, 6:30AM Contact: 281-394-5605 Email: bandcsell@aol.com

Jeff Davidson Location: North of I-10, East of Mason When: Wednesday, 7:00PM Contact: 281-901-0005 Email: davidson.jeffery@gmail.com Terry McRight Location: Denny’s on Fry, N of I-10 When: Friday, 6:00AM Contact: 281-293-7677 Email: brkthrugh@aol.com Study: Book of Romans Brian Nessen Location: Cracker Barrel at I-10 & Barker Cypress When: Every other Friday, 7:00AM Contact: 713-705-1512 Email: nessenbh@gmail.com Brian Freer Location: Houston When: Saturday, 10:30AM Contact: 281-579-6641 Email: brian.freer@sbcglobal.net


Women’s Groups

ibloom - Begins Sept 9, 2013

Grace Laird Location: South of I-10, East of Fry When: Wednesday, 7:00PM Contact: 281-492-8120 gmlaird@sbcglobal.net

A gathering of women with children, (bir th to 5th grade), we meet weekly to share friendship, teaching by live speakers and video curriculum on parenting, marriage and spiritual grow th, followed by small group discussion led by seasoned mentor moms. Free childcare and no homework. Location: The Vista When: Monday, 9:15AM Leader: Denise Ruhl Register now at www.graceibloom.org

Jayne Couch / Cathy Hale Location: South of I-10, West of Mason When: Thursday, 9:30AM Contact: 281-578-0312 / 281-693-4253

Mom to Mom- Community Group Location: CEB, 222 When: Mondays, 7pm Leaders: Janelle Lyles & Bronda Goates Contact: gracegroups@whatisgrace.org Knowing God - study of Psalms Location: CEB, 222 When: Tuesday, 6:30PM Contact: gracegroups@whatisgrace.org Beth McIlhenny Women’s Singles (Over 50) Location: Mansion, 204 When: Wednesday, 6:30PM Contact: bethemack@gmail.com Cara Apple / Marie Rivera 1 Peter 3:1 Wives Loving Unbelievers Location: Mansion, 207 When: every other Wednesday, 7:00PM Contact: cara_apple@yahoo.com/ marierivera17@gmail.com

Diane Armijo / Christine Jackson Location: South of I-10, East of Mason When: Thursday, 9:30AM Contact: armijofam@aol.com Bev Pantley Location: Grand Lakes When: Thursday, 9:30AM Contact: 832-321-4007 ryt2bev@comcast.net Sacred Rhythms - Community Group Location: tbd When: Thursdays, 9:30am Leader: Terri Dagley Contact: 713-417-1933 trdagley@msn.com Katie Hiller / Helen Flores 20s Single Women Location: South of I-10, West of Mason When: Thursday, 7:00PM Contact: knhiller@yahoo.com/ helen.carolina.flores@gmail.com Debbie Cooper Location: Kosmo’s Coffee Shop When: Friday, 6:00AM Contact: 281-216-9588/ dc2cooper@comcast.net Single & Parenting for women Location: Church When: Sundays, 5:30PM Leader: Rhonda Coleman Contact: only1rc@yahoo.com


Women’stoGroups (continuted) Woman Woman Mentoring Experience the joys of blessing one another. ● ●  As a mentor, use your walk with God to encourage another woman. (A mentor must be a member of Grace Fellowship.)

● ●  As a mentee , you will be supported in your life’s journey by a Christian friend

Welcome Coffee & Orientation (must attend both) CoffeeLocation: Holy Grounds Coffee Shop (Mansion) When: Sunday, September 29, 2:00-4:00PM Orientation- (meet your mentor/mentee) Location: Vista, Mansion 2nd floor When: Thursday, October 3, 7:00-9:00PM Contact: Grace Laird, 281-492-8120 or gmlaird@sbcglobal.net


Singles’ Groups NeXus - College Location: CEB When: Tuesday, 7:30PM Contact: Tracy Bloomfield Email: bloomfield.tracy@gmail.com Find us on Facebook search: neXus- college & career

Sunday Groups Orphan’s Hope -Families With/Without Children Location: Church When: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday, 5:30PM Leaders: Morgan & Melanie Pylant Contact: 832-338-2341 Email: mpylant@whatisgrace.org Families w/ High School & Older Children Location: Grand Lakes When: Sunday, 6:00PM Leader: Mike Weber & Chuck Stewart Contact: 713-447-9185 Email: liza.stewart@comcast.net Families w/ young children Location: Pin Oak When: Sunday, 3:30PM Leaders: Ryan Host & Mark Torrey Contact: 281-796-8833 Email: rhost@lonestarlandscapeco.com All Ages, All Stages Location: Varies When: 1st, 3rd, 4th Sunday, 6:30PM Leaders: Brad & Cindy Bruere Contact: 281-908-8093 Email: bbruere@comcast.net

All Ages, All Stages-SOAP Journaling Location: Mansion, #203 When: Sunday, 9:00AM (begins 6/30) Leaders: Mark Brewer Contact: 281-813-6661 Email: brewercrew@prodigy.net Smart Step-FamiliesCommunity Group Location: Bible Seminary Conf Room When: Sunday, 7:00PM Leaders: Dan & Julia Johnson Contact: 281-646-1903 Email: jjohnson@whatisgrace.org

Monday Groups Empty Nesters Location: varies When: Monday, 7:00PM Leaders: Standley’s & Kincaid’s Contact: 281-395-4035 / 713-410-6123 Email: brahar2@comcast.net / mbkin@comcast.net All Ages, All Stages Location: South of I-10, West of Mason When: Monday, 7:00PM Leaders: Mark & Elise Ashey Contact: 281-395-6143 Email: markashey@gmail.com All Ages, All Stages Location: West of Grand Parkway When: Monday, 7:00PM Leaders: Chris & Maureen Hiller Contact: 281-687-6336 Email: cnhiller@kw.com


Tuesday Groups All Ages, Couples Location: South of Westpark Tollway When: Tuesdays, 7:00PM Leaders: Keith & Nancy Simmons Contact: 713-303-8410 Email: neiswander3@yahoo.com Young Marrieds Location: Varies When: Tuesday, 7:00PM Leaders: Addison & Marissa Stevens Contact: 979-885-8332 Email: marissa_stevens@ymail.com

Wednesday Groups Families w/ High School & College Children Location: Varies When: Wednesday, 7:00PM Leaders: Jeff Campbell / Clark Hamilton Contact: 281-579-7202 / 713-899-7495 Email: jeff.campbell123@gmailcom / ctham777@att.net Families w/ High School & College Children Location: Varies When: Wednesday, 7:00PM Leaders: David Muir Contact: 281-392-4428 Email: muird2@bp.com All Ages, All Stages Location: East of Grand Parkway When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7:00pm Leader: Adele Justis Contact: 281-798-9293 Email: asjustis4@yahoo.com

Disciple Bible II (Prerequisite Disciple Bible I) Location: Epicentre Attic When: Wednesday, 7:00PM, starts 9/11 Leaders: Christina Bell / Brad Nelson Contact: tinalyn123@gmail.com brad.nelson2@gmail.com Empty Nesters Location: South of I-10, East of Mason When: Wednesday, 7:00PM Leaders: Ron & Terrie Dagley Contact: 281-492-6417 Email: rdagley@betzcompanies.com Taylor High School Area Families Location: South of I-10, East of Mason When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7:00PM Leaders: Jeff & Naomi Williams Contact: 281-578-9228 Email: jeffreywilliams522@att.net Families w/ Jr./Sr. High Children Location: Cinco Forest When: Wednesdays, 7:00PM Leaders: Mark & Kay LaCour Contact: 281-693-1330 Email: marklacour@consolidated.net


Thursday Groups Cry Freedom: Mission to end Human Trafficking Location: Mansion Vista When: Thursday, 7:00PM Leader: Suzanne Pretti / Michelle Burris Email: cryfreedomsmallgroup@ hotmail.com All Ages, All Stages Location: Falcon Point When: Thursday, 7:00PM Leaders: Andrew & Christine Jackson Email: ajwj@peoplepc.com For Me to Live is ChristCommunity Group Location: CEB When: Thursday, 7:00PM Leader: Alan Lord Email: alnanr1@sbcglobal.net

Friday Groups Families with infants through Jr. High Children Location: South of I-10, West of 99 When: 1st & 3rd Fridays, 6:30pm Leaders: Corey & Natali Evans Contact: 832-392-4752 Email: coreyevans@sbcglobal.net All Ages, All Stages Location: Westheimer Lakes When: Every other Friday, 6:45PM Leader: Jim & LIz Boggs Contact: 713-819-0925 Email: onthelake08@reagan.com

Families w/ Jr./Sr. High Children Location: North of I-10, West of Mason When: every other Friday, 7:00PM Leaders: Harry & Sandra Hughes Contact: 832-216-8228 Email: harry6370@gmail.com


Care Ministry Small Groups

CARE1: HopeKeepers: Support Dealing With A Chronic Illness For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Kathy Alt 281-646-1903 Email: kalt@whatisgrace.org

CARE8: Marriage Matters: Biblically-Based Marriage Enrichment For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Kathy Alt 281-646-1903 Email: kalt@whatisgrace.org

CARE2: HopeCaregivers: Support For Caregiver of Ill Or Elderly Loved One For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Kathy Alt 281-646-1903 Email: kalt@whatisgrace.org

CARE9: Parenting with Grace: Become The Parent That God Has Called You To Be For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Laura Ritchie 281-646-1903 Email: lritchie@whatisgrace.org

CARE4: Divorce Care - Faith-based recovery for adults and children For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Alicia Bell 281-646-1903 Email: abell@whatisgrace.org

CARE10: GriefShare: Recovery After Loss Of A Loved One For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Michelle Reekwald 281-646-1903 Email: mreekwald@whatisgrace.org

CARE5: Recovery with Grace: Recovery From An Unhealthy Habit (a group for men and a group for women) For more info visit the Care Kiosk in Contact: Laura Ritchie 281-646-1903 Email: lritchie@whatisgrace.org

CARE11: Care Creations: Fellowship In A Creative Atmosphere For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Kathy Alt 281-646-1903 Email: kalt@whatisgrace.org

CARE6: Leah’s Friends: Support For Extra-Grace-Required Marriages For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Kathy Alt 281-646-1903 Email: kalt@whatisgrace.org CARE7: VIC-Victorious in Cancer: Women’s Cancer Support Group For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Alicia Bell 281-646-1903 Email: abell@whatisgrace.org

CARE12: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Univerrsity For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Alicia Bell 281-646-1903 Email: abell@whatisgrace.org CARE13: Men’s Sexual Purity Support and Recovery Group For more info visit the Care Kiosk Contact: Rick Mowrer 281-646-1903 Email: rmowrer@whatisgrace.org


Prayer Ministry Small Groups PRAY1: Ban*Jar Prayer -Intercessory prayer for this unreached people group Location: Room 207 When: 1st Sunday each month, 12:20PM Led by: Kristen Kershner Contact: 281-646-1903 x170 Email: kkerr@whatisgrace.org PRAY2: 4-14 Window Prayer -prays for youth ages 4-14 around the globe to take their place in the kingdom Location: When: Led by: seeking a leader Contact: 281-646-1903 Email: caronson@whatisgrace.org PRAY5: Pray for the Persecuted Church -prays for the persecuted Church around the globe Location: Great Southwest Prayer Center When: 1st Sunday each month, 9:4510:30AM Led by: VOM Representative, Jan Graham Contact: 281-829-6051 Email: jan-31graham@sbcglobal.net. PRAY6: Pray for Methodism -prays for the Methodist church around the globe Location: Great Southwest Prayer Center When: 4th Monday each month, 9:30-10:30AM Led by: Brandee Standley Contact: 281-395-4035 Email: brahar2@comcast.net

PRAY7: Prayer Life -prays for Grace Fellowship UMC and one another Location: Room 207 When: 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month, 1:30-2:30PM Led by: Brandee Standley & Dixie Leggett Contact: 281-395-4035 / 713-468-5929 Email: brahar2@comcast.net/ lwleggett@comcast.net PRAY8: Military Prayer -Prays for our military men and women and their families Location: Great Southwest Prayer Center When: 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10:00-11:00AM Led by: Melissa Grace Contact: 281-395-4085 Email: mmgrace00@aol.com PRAY9: Pray for Israel -Prays for God’s chosen nation and people to return to Him Location: Great Southwest Prayer Center When: 2nd Thursday, 1:00-2:00PM Led by: Jan Graham Contact: 281-829-6051 Email: jan59_teach@yahoo.com


Adult Discipleship Staff Contacts Brian Owen

Discipleship Pastor bowen@whatisgrace.org

Julia Johnson

Small Groups Direc tor jjohnson@whatisgrace.org

Blair Lerner

Direc tor of Outreach and Discipleship blerner@whatisgrace.org

Christi Jeffries

Administrative Assistant cjef fries@whatisgrace.org

Heather Furr

Outreach Administrative Assistant hfurr@whatisgrace.org


2655 South Mason Road Kat y, Texas 77450 Phone: 281- 6 46 -1903 Fax: 281- 6 46 -1920 w w w.w h at is g r a ce. o r g

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Small group booklet summer 2013