By: Pam Schopp

My husband, Andrew, and I got married and moved to Hoboken over the summer and began attending Redeemer. About a month later, my father was unexpectedly killed in a small plane crash. It was about three to four weeks after that that we joined a Fellowship Group here. At our first group, when we did prayer requests, Tony said no need to get overly personal as we had all just met. Needless to say, I couldn’t think of anything mundane, so I ended up sharing about my father and crying. I’m not really a crier.

While I may have felt a bit embarrassed to have brought a whole other level of seriousness to our first group, the support and love and prayers of the group have been invaluable to me over the last five months.

Beyond that, the group has become a great way for all of us to connect with others in church, hear more about what God is doing in each other’s lives, and just have fun. One of the great blessings of being part of a small group is that when you don’t feel God working in your life or answering your prayers, you can see Him working in the lives of others in the group and know He’s still there. It’s such an encouragement to see the faith and trust of others, even when, or rather particularly when, you’re feeling weak yourself.

I would encourage all of you to join a group if you are not already in one.

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