5:00 p.m. Fellowship Meal, Morgan Hall
6:00 p.m. LifeGroups
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room
Pastor’s Bible Study: The Life of Faith According to Matthew
Facilitated by Bill Hardee  | Hospitality Room
Years ago I heard an esteemed teacher of preaching suggest that each of the four gospels not only had their own unique characteristics but also had a special “feel” for how worship might be understood. He said that the congregation of Matthew would worship in the Education Building because of its profound interest in discipleship.The gospel of Mark would worship in the Sanctuary because of its emphasis on “mystery.” The gospel of Luke would worship in the Fellowship Hall because of its interest in community and offering words of hope to the marginalized. And, the gospel of John would worship in House Churches because of it special emphasis of the Holy Spirit stirring the hearts of believers to share life together.
The gospel of Matthew is composed in such a way as to disciple converts. As we study this gospel, we will discover five large teaching sections that cover subjects like: what it means to be a disciple; what is the kingdom of God; how does the church stay together as a community without fracturing; what has God called us to do; and what do the end times look like and mean for us.  In this group, we will be examining the Life of Faith from the perspective of the Apostle Matthew.
Deeper Connexions
Facilitated by Steven Norris | Morgan Hall
Rather than being the end of discussions, Sunday mornings should be the beginning, sparking ideas and causing us to wrestle with God’s Word. These groups will take the ideas introduced on Sunday mornings in the Connexion Service and provide opportunities for members to dig deeper into their implications, make personal connections with the scripture and one another, and provide a time to pray together.
Men of the Word
Heritage Room
Men interested in this intergenerational group should meet on Wednesday, August 8 to discuss our plans for the fall.
Women in the Word
Facilitated by Carol Baldwin |  Cheatham Room
Curriculum: Keep It Shut (by Karen Ehman)
From Bible times to modern times women have struggled with their words. What to say and how to say it. What not to say. When it is best to remain silent. And what to do when you’ve said something you wish you could now take back. In this book a woman whose mouth has gotten her into loads of trouble shares the hows (and how-not-tos) of dealing with the tongue.
Moms of Younger Children
Facilitated by Ellee Hilley | Common Grounds Coffee House
Curriculum: Becoming Mom Strong (by Heidi St. John)
Many Christian moms today are watching the rapid-fire changes in our culture with frustration and fear. Let’s face it: Moms today are facing questions that previous generations didn’t even see coming, and even our right to determine what is best for our own children is under fire. Through encouragement, practical prayer points, and authentic “me-too” moments, this study seeks to equip you for a job that only you can do: to train your children to hear God’s voice and to walk in truth no matter where our culture is heading.
Moms of Older Children
Facilitated by Sandra Long | Church Parlor
Curriculum: When Helping Hurts (by Steve Corbett and Brian Finkert)
Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.

Student Ministry on Wednesdays

6:00 p.m. Students Gather in the Gym
6:30 p.m. Students Fellowship in the Basement
7:00-8:00 p.m. Worship and Small Groups

Wednesday Kids Quest

6:00-7:00 p.m. Music & Missions
Ages 2-Kindergarten meet in rooms 2 and 11 on our Preschool Hall. Grades 1-5 meet in rooms 208 and 209 on the second floor of the Cheatham Education Building.
Online Book Study
Facilitated by Sarah Murray, Beginning August 20
Curriculum: Sacred Rhythms (by Ruth Haley Barton)
In this study, we will seek to explore and experience different spiritual practices together. Whether your devotional practices are tried and true or you’re looking to create some new habits, there’s a place for you to grow with others and with God. This study will include some members who are not local to Griffin. Conversations will take place using Google Classroom, augmented by some scheduled times for face-to-face fellowship. Contact Sarah Murray for more information or to sign up.
Missional Book Study
Facilitated by Nic Bland
Tuesdays beginning August 14, 6:30 p.m. | Common Grounds Coffee House
Curriculum: When Helping Hurts (by Steve Corbett and Brian Finkert)
Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself.
Contemplative Morning Prayer
Facilitated by Steven Norris
Monday – Friday 8:15 a.m., Beginning August 13 | Bramblett Chapel
Most people feel that they probably should pray more than they already do. It truly is a “spiritual discipline,” though that word often brings up less-than-fond memories from childhood. Sometimes, the secret to spiritual growth is establishing rhythms in our lives to help us be attuned to God’s presence in our world. This daily prayer time will help you start your day off with a scripture reading, song, devotional word, and a time of silence to prepare ourselves for the day ahead. It will last between approximately 20-25 minutes. You can come every day before work or as often as you like.

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