Community Groups

Community Groups

We grow best in intentional community. Community Groups are just that—intentional communities of six to twelve adults who gather regularly to fellowship, study, and pray together.

This Lent, First Pres adults from all neighborhoods and stages in life are invited to participate in a six-week Community Group experience. Each week on campus and in homes throughout the Bay Area, we will encounter Christ and his invitation to surrender as we study the weekly scripture passage from our coordinating Lenten sermon series and place it in conversation with Henri Nouwen’s spiritual classic, Life of the Beloved, and our own lives.

Date Theme Scripture Reading
Week 1 | Beginning March 5

Mark 1:14–20 | The Disciples: Surrendering Our Plans
Week 2 | Beginning March 12

John 4:1–30 | The Samaritan Woman: Surrendering As Embrace
Week 3 | Beginning March 19

Matthew 23:1–36 | The Pharisees: Surrendering Our Hypocrisy
Week 4 | Beginning March 26

Broken Luke 8:40–56 | A Sick Woman, A Sleeping Girl: Surrendering What Ails Us
Week 5 | Beginning April 2

Luke 19:1–10 | Zacchaeus: Surrendering Our Power and Privilege
Week 6 | Beginning April 9

Given John 13:1–20 | The Disciples: Surrendering Our Expectations

How can I participate?

  • Attend our Community Group formation event on Sunday, February 12, 10:15–11:15 am in Westminster Gym. Come ready to meet and connect with others from your neighborhood or life-stage to form your own group. This will be the primary way to find and register for a Community Group.
  • Unable to attend the February 12 event? Beginning February 15, visit our online Community Groups Directory to sign up for an open group, or email Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga at to register your self-formed group. Group registration will close February 26.

What do I need?
Every group member is encouraged to pick up a Lenten study guide and purchase a copy of Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved for a subsidized cost of $5. Beginning February 19, these materials will be available on the Pathway after Sunday services (through March 5) and at Reception (during the week and Sundays following March 5).

For more information, please contact Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga, Director for Community Life, at  or (510) 280-6120.