Life Lessons from Pastor Mark 10.8.19

The Small Group Connection                             

Friday mornings are special at Polk Street UMC. Every Friday morning a great group of men gather for breakfast, fellowship, and a meaningful message that is spiritually encouraging. I can’t always make it, but when I do, I sure am blessed. And I know many men from Polk Street and those who are friends of Polk Street who feel the same way.

Well, last Friday was no exception. We enjoyed a hot and tasty breakfast, laughter and fellowship, and a very inspiring message about a unique mission trip to Costa Rica. I went away Friday morning inspired and excited about the possibilities of blessing and reaching people in Costa Rica in the name of the Lord.

Charlie Munger, a member of Polk Street, has led mission trips to Costa Rica for over 20 years. They have built a United Methodist Church to help people in the middle of the jungle, putting up a little at a time each year (the walls one year, the roof another, and the floor the next). They have led medical missions, VBS for children, worship services, roofing projects for families in the church, and many other meaningful mission work that make a difference for Christ in Costa Rica.  Polk Street is going this summer, with Charlie’s leadership, to continue this vital mission by taking a small group down to serve.

After Charlie gave his presentation, I was impressed at the questions the men had about serving in Costa Rica. Several men inquired about the real details of the mission, how they could serve, and how Polk Street could possibly help. It’s a compelling mission, and they wanted to learn and know more.

The dialogue in a small group (the UMM isn’t that small though), where people feel connected, can share their hearts, and even raise good relevant questions, is not unique, but is special.

Do you have a small group (even if it isn’t that small) with which you can connect to eat, fellowship, learn, grow, and ask good questions?  We have many of them in Sunday School, UMW circles, UMM, Wednesday Night studies, Bible study groups, and many during the week. If you don’t, I hope you find one, because it is a special place where you can belong (and if you are interested in the Costa Rica Mission Trip in the summer of 2020, let Charlie Munger know).

Maybe that’s what Hebrews 10:24-25 is all about: “24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Jacob Kuker