The power of coming together

A time to come together

Community has the power to lift us up and sustain us. More than 500 men gathered for Guys Night on August 2, and more than 750 women met at Refresh last week. "We saw the beauty and importance of gathering, and we pray that the relationships built and strengthened that night continue to be a source of life and truth," says Kellye Fabian, director of Women's Community and Classes.

People all across Willow—including our high school students—have gathered to connect, laugh, pray, and encourage one another, and more opportunities to come together are on the horizon. "This is a time to link arms with the people in your life, and choose to be intentional and authentic," says Acting Senior Pastor Steve Gillen. "I am praying this fall at Willow is marked by relationships that restore and redeem."

Ways to connect

Willow offers a variety of ways to connect and meet others to journey through life with. Be prayerful about the ways God might want you to step into community this fall.
  • Weekly Quick Connects: Stop by the back of your seating section after service to have coffee, meet others, and get connected in a small group. Learn more about Sections here
  • Women's daytime classes: Each week, women gather to dive into Scripture and grow as women, wives, and moms. Discover all classes here.
  • You+two intentional friendships: Do you have a close group of friends that isn't an official small group? Sign up to receive resources and training—and learn to foster intentional, transformative connection.
  • Sign up to serve: Serving naturally builds connection with others who have similar passions and gifts. Sign up for a Care Center volunteer orientation, or view all serving opportunities at Willow here.
  • Small group leader orientation: Do you lead a small group? Do you want to lead a small group? Sign up for the September 5 orientation.

Redeem your past. Reclaim your future.

Last weekend, Steve Gillen taught about the importance of pursuing healing in your life. “The pain inflicted in your childhood or adult life can impact your families, your children, and your grandchildren for generations,” says Steve. “I hope you will take time to do the hard work of healing. It can be the best gift you give to your loved ones.”

At RECOVER, you can explore how events in your past created messages that influence your thoughts and actions today. “The hurts from your childhood are not your fault but the consequences of things that happened to you—control, codependency, substance abuse, anger, and perfectionism are things you can change," says Katie Franzen, associate director of RECOVER. "At RECOVER, you can find a safe, confidential place to explore your pain and heal.”

RECOVER meets each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Activity Center. Learn more here.

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