Sunday Night Community
SUNDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY, or SNAC, is High Desert’s informal fellowship meeting. Held every other Sunday evening in different homes, SNAC can consist of singing, praying, sharing testimonies of how God is working in our lives, etc. SNAC, as the acronym implies, always consists of a shared meal, as we believe that folks who break bread together build relationships. In short, SNAC is our reminder that the Christian life is best lived in community, not isolation. If you’d like to join us for a SNAC meeting, please email Pastor Dan Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Sunday Night Community group has been a blessing to our family. We appreciate the opportunity to worship and fellowship with other believers in a family setting.— Jennifer
Women’s Community Group
It is a gift to share in life with other women who know and love Christ. I am encouraged and sharpened by our conversations, and blessed by our times of prayer. (And usually there’s chocolate.)— Laurel
Men’s Breakfast is an opportunity for men to get together to eat a breakfast, listen to God’s word, share what is happening in our lives, and pray. This is a great way to start the day by encouraging each other to grow in our faith as in Colossians 2:6-7: Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. We meet every other Tuesday, 6:15am at the Kolache Factory (Northwest corner of Wyoming and Paseo).
As the youngest member of the men’s group, I most appreciate the opportunity for mentorship from more “experienced” men in what it means to be a Christian man, husband and father. It is also provides for me accountability and a regular time in the Word outside of Sunday morning.–Richard
International Students Inc.
Volunteers from High Desert and other churches partner together to share Christ’s love with international college students through International Students Inc. (ISI) Albuquerque. Students interested in learning about the Bible can attend weekly Bible studies in a small group setting. In the first semester, students are taught the message of the Bible in a chronological, storytelling method. Returning students move on to a discovery Bible study that is more discipleship-oriented. Also, Bible study leaders usually organize a few outings for their group, such as a hike in the Sandia Mountains!
Through the Friendship Partners program organized by International Students, Inc, High Desert members have formed close relationships with international students attending the University of New Mexico. This has been a wonderful opportunity to show hospitality to people who have relocated, often completely alone, thousands of miles to a new country and alien culture. Many students hail from places that are antagonistic or indifferent to the message of Jesus, and these are the first true encounters with Christians that they have experienced.
A main focus of ISI is to help meet some of the practical needs of international students, especially the newly arriving ones. One area we assist in is the collection and distribution of donated furniture and household items. These items help the students set up their apartments. We work with furniture throughout the year, but the most intense period for donations is the summer, when we prepare for the nearly 500 new international students arriving for the fall semester. In August we partner with UNM’s Baptist Student Union, using their building across from campus as a distribution center. During the three weeks before school starts, we give away an incredible amount of furniture and household items. This is one way our members fulfill ISI’s motto of “demonstrating Jesus’s love.”