What is a Life Group? A Life Group, typically under 12 people, gathers on a regular basis for a common purpose. We have many Life Groups thriving at Easter; some meet for Bible study, trying different restaurants, book club, camping, service, life stage support, etc. With the purpose for forming, inherently there’s also the intention of creating significant community — the deepening of relationships among the people in the group.
Most Life Groups meet once per month (some more, some less). Often, they meet at a coffee shop, restaurant, park, each other’s homes, church — just about any location. Meeting dates and times are determined by each group.
We ask new Life Groups to stay together for a period of time (of the group’s choosing — 6 months? 1 year?) After that time has passed, you can review if you’d like to explore other things and/or groups at Easter, keep meeting, invite new folks to join your group … you can decide.
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Life Group Benefits
Easter’s mission “to grow in faith and carry on the work of Jesus Christ” can be done in many ways. Being part of a Life Group allows you to grow – emotionally and spiritually. There are 3 main benefits to being part of this exciting ministry.
1. Build a deeper CONNECTION
Easter is a large church and by participating in Life Groups, you will connect with other people on a more personal level and improve your connection to God.
2. Grow the Easter COMMUNITY
Being part of a Life Group allows you to grow your spirituality, therefore, grow the Easter Community. Life Groups are open to anyone, not just members. By sharing God’s love with everyone, we are growing His community.
3. CULTIVATE and grow your faith
Participating in a Life Group allows you to grow in your faith. Connecting with others in the Community, helps you to Cultivate your relationship with God.
Here are the winners from the Hotdish Hoedown, September 2012. ENJOY!
- 2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 ½ cups milk
- ¼ cup finely diced onion
- 16 ounces deli sliced corned beef, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon regular prepared mustard
- 2 cans of sauerkraut, drained
- 8 ounces egg noodles
- 3 cups shredded swiss cheese
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2/3 loaf dark pumpernickel rye bread, cubed
Preheat oven to 250F. Arrange bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast until dry. Remove and reserve. Increase oven temperature to 350F.
Boil the egg noodles for only 3-4 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the soup, onion, corned beef, and mustard. Set aside.
Spread sauerkraut evenly in the bottom of a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Spread partially cooked noodles over sauerkraut. Spoon soup mixture over noodles, and sprinkle with the swiss cheese. Mix the toasted bread cubes with the melted butter and press onto the top.
Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
- 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1 (8 ounces) cream cheese, cut into large chunks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups Gouda cheese shredded
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
Preheat smoker to 225 degrees. Soak handful of hickory chips in water for 1/2 hour prior to putting on smoker.
Cook pasta according to package instructions. In a medium saucepan, melt butter, and whisk flour into the butter. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and thick. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes until thickened. Stir in cream cheese until mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup Cheddar, 1 cup Gouda cheese, Parmesan cheese, pasta, and cream sauce. Spoon mixture into an 11 by 9 1⁄2-inch aluminum roasting pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar cheese and Gouda cheese.
Add small handful of hickory chips on coals. Place in smoker and cook 1 hour at 225° F, until brown and bubbly. For more smoke taste, add another small handful of hickory chips 1/2 way through smoking.
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