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Calling All Brothers


Calling All Brothers
Men Connecting in Small Groups

A piercing ring fills your bedroom as your eyes begin to unfold from a night of tossing and turning.  As the ringing of your alarm begins to fade, you manage to free yourself from the cocoon of blankets that kept your restless body from falling out of bed.  You begin to shuffle your heavy limbs across your bedroom floor that’s riddled with the laundry that you forgot to do.  Your pace quickens when you realize that you’re in a battle with time and you’re losing by the second.  Looks like it’s going to be another one of those days, and it’s only a matter of time before your struggle with sin begins again.

Everyone’s had one of those types of days before, and sometimes twice in one week.  As we all struggle to meet our everyday agenda, our sin waits patiently to strike at any given moment.  Sometimes we sin in order to make ourselves feel better about an incident, while other times we engage in it simply to distract us from the real issues at hand.  Regardless of what the reason is, sin attacks us when we least expect it to.  When that struggle comes, the last place that we should be is by ourselves.

Community is very important for our growth as Christian men, as we discussed on the Men’s Retreat last year.  Each of us has our own personal demons that we fight on a regular basis, but when we band together as a group, we find incredible strength.  For the past five years of my own walk, I have attended the same small group each week.  Even though the members of our group vary in age, the bond that we all share is unbreakable.  As a group we eat together, drink together, laugh together, and above all else grow together.  It’s amazing to have men who care about you and are willing to help you with the burdens of your own life.  However, it’s even more amazing when those very same things can be reciprocated to them—despite of how far along you are in your own walk.

It was very apparent after the great weekend retreat last year that as the men of Southwood we want and need to become more connected with one another.  Toward the tail end of the weekend, several guys mentioned, “We should do this more often!”  That’s exactly what we plan to do.  Very recently, as a kick-starter to men connecting with each other, many Southwood men met at the new Yellowhammer Brew Pub located on Clinton Avenue.  We were unsure of our expectations when we sent out the invitations, but the turnout was overwhelmingly encouraging.

Numerous generations of Christian brothers came together for an evening of unstructured interaction.  For the most part everyone knew one another, but some showed up who had never been acquainted before.  We all began the evening as a whole, but towards the end of the night guys began to break out naturally into smaller groups. Together we drank great beer, ate awesome pizza, but it was the amazingly genuine conversations that made the first pub night such a victory.

In the coming months, we hope to continue to have pub nights as well as potential day trips, hikes, and events to plan this fall’s Men’s Retreat.  As we continue to become connected as the men of Southwood, our greater hope is that we will begin to have more men in organized small groups.  From what we all saw from the pub night, it looks like these might organize themselves more naturally than not.  However, it is also part of our plan to come up with a few possible groups for men to jump into whenever they are ready.

So for everyone who’s ever had one of those bad days, weeks, or months without anyone to share with, it’s okay; there are plenty of us who are ready to meet you.

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