Mission Communities //1


Mission Communities are how we, as a church, grow smaller as we grow larger.  We were created for healthy, authentic, growing relationships both with each other and with God. In moments of joy and difficulty, we were meant to experience life together.  That is what Mission Communities are all about.  In terms of which Mission Community you might like to participate in, you have a lot of options and not all of these options are the same.  Though most MC's meet weekly and are discussion based, others meet monthly and are centered around an activity or prayer.  Please feel free to attend whichever Mission Community you are most drawn to.  This may be based on the day, time, location, format or on relationships you already have with those who attend.  All of these reasons are valid!


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Paul Downer here, the Lead Pastor of the City Center Chapel of the Mission Chattanooga.

We have now entered the holy season of Lent. Lent is a beautiful chance every year for us to deepen our spiritual roots, to reflect, to turn toward God and to plug into community in a new way.

Our hope and prayer is that all of us across the City Center Chapel family will experience the blessing of journeying together through the 6 weeks of Lent in the context of small gatherings... groups of 4 to 12 people centered around discussion, reflection, prayer and mutual support. This is a wonderful way to form new relationships and enter more fully into the spiritual and community life of our Chapel.

The book we are going to be reading together is called Bread and Wine. (Click here to see more details.) The cost to you is just $5! This hardback book contains a beautiful collection of short daily readings from such writers as:


Henri Nouwen, Thomas a Kempis, Thomas Merton, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, G. K. Chesterton, Brennan Manning, Mother Teresa, Saint Augustine, C. S. Lewis, John Stott, Frederick Buechner, Wendell Berry, John Donne, George Macdonald, Alister McGrath, John Updike, Blaise Pascal, Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Luther, Peter Kreeft, Walter Wangerin, Kathleen Norris, Malcolm Muggeridge, Dorothy Sayers, Karl Barth, Madeleine L'Engle, Philip Yancey, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Amy Carmichael, John Howard Yoder, N. T. Wright, and more!


(By the way, the books have arrived!  You can pick them up at the Camp House anytime. They are located in the Chair Closet to the right of the stage.)


To connect to a group that will be a good fit for your interests and schedule, please either fill out the survey or simply email one of these groups.


Of the 52 groups we currently have running at the City Center, here is the list of the 15 that currently have space available for new participants:




Monday Night Lent Discussion Group, on the Southside, for men and women

          (Email Judy Herman at judy@judycounselor.com)


Tuesday Morning (8:15), Praying through Lent Readings and for our Church

          (No need to email--just show up!)


Tuesday Night Young Couples Lent Discussion Group

          (Email Tim Haley at gpn641@mocs.utc.edu)


Wednesday Morning Women’s Group, 10am, Signal Mountain

        (Email Cailin Davis at caileda@gmail.com)


Wednesday Night Men's Group, North Shore, 6:00 - 7:30, for men only

          (Email Daniel Fary at daniel.fary@sundancesolutions.com)


Thursday Night Lent Discussion Group, for young women 18 to 24 or so

          (Email Mary Cate Culbertson at mcculbe@uga.edu)


Thursday Morning Lent Group at the Camp House, 10am, for men and women

          (Email Dale Hall at dale@mchatt.org)


Friday Morning Lent Group, 7am at the Camp House, for men and women

          (Email Paul Luikart at pluikart@gmail.com)


Sunday Afternoon, for young couples without children, 4pm at the Camp House

          (Email Elizabeth Landry at elizabethdlandry@gmail.com)


Sunday Afternoon Lent Discussion Group, for couples with children

          (Email Tiffanie@mchatt.org)


Sunday Night High School Students Group (6:30pm, at the Camp House)

          (Email Mary Cate Culbertson at ccyouth@mchatt.org)


Sunday Night Middle School Students Group (6:30pm, at the Camp House)

          (Email Laura & Scott Lillard at homebydesign3@gmail.com)


Evening Lent Discussion & Potluck Group, night and time TBD

          (Email Nathaniel Bankhead at nathaniel.bankhead@gmail.com)


Women’s Yoga, Prayer, Journaling & Wine Group, Camp House, time TBD

          (Email Jessica Narwold at lovejessicabelle@gmail.com)


College-Aged Lent Group, near UTC’s campus, time TBD, for guys & girls

          (Email Zach Hall at fqv597@mocs.utc.edu)


Though it is not a Lent-specific study, another open group that we’d love to make you aware of is Joe Herman’s Mental Wellness Support Group, on Thursday nights.

(For more information, click here & here)


God is doing amazing things right now all across our Chapel!  It is such an exciting time.  Whether you have been here for 7 years or 7 days, we would love to help connect you to a group of people with whom you can connect and grow.


God desires for us as His people that we experience real community and spiritual growth. As your pastors, we are here to help support and care for you in this effort however we can.


This is going to be an exciting and deeply meaningful 6 weeks.  Don't miss it!


In Christ,

-Pastor Paul



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