Aspen Groups are what we call our small group ministry at First Lutheran. They are groups of 7-16 people who meet throughout the week, usually in homes, to discuss the sermon, share their highs and lows and pray for each other. Most groups meet twice a month, though some meet weekly. The goal of these groups is that people would find connection with each other and grow together in their Christian faith.
These groups are head and heart groups. During a typical group discussion you’ll share your response to the sermon, how it affected you and discuss the scripture passage it was based on. That’s the head part, as we learn from each other. Then you’ll be asked to share the best and worst thing you experienced since you met last time. This is the heart part, an opportunity for the group to really share their lives with each other. Finally you’ll pray, speaking with God about what you’ve discussed, praising him for the highs and asking for him to be with you in the lows of life.
In an Aspen group you’ll experience spirited discussion where opposing viewpoints are welcomed. You’ll also experience tears and laughter as you share life and support one another. We chose the name “Aspen” after the tree that thrives in Colorado. Many don’t know that Aspens grow in groves which have an interconnected root system. They are not singular trees, but inextricably connected to each other. We want our groups to be like that. Small groups connected to a larger congregation. Individuals connected to a group. This life is meant to be lived in community.
Consider joining a group. Aspen groups launch twice a year, winter and fall. Contact
Marcia Foret to find a group that works for you.