Meeting our Groups

What started out as one Couples in Christ group as a pilot in 2007.  The ministry has now expanded into 7  groups by 2012.  Each group shares a unity of purpose, however each has its own unique style and way of connecting as a group.

Genesis

“…and they will become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24

We chose the name Genesis, the first book of the Bible,  for our group is the first Couples in Christ group that the Barta’s and Bowers initially formed in 2007.  Our group operates in a comfortable, informal atmosphere and is committed to:

  • Growing our faith
  • Strengthening our relationships and friendships
  • Having fun

Click here to find out more about us!

InCinC

Our group has been together for two years and it’s allowed us to be “in sync,” which is a play on our name.  Here’s what Joy Moliter, group member who came up with the idea for their name, had to say.

“I saw in one of our emails to each other the sentence “…our next meeting in C in C….” and my eyes smooshed it together and I read it as ‘Incinc’.  I was thinking about that how the point of us meeting is to be ‘in-sync’ in our marriages, our lives and with God.  So, I put in together to be InCinC! So that’s what we stuck with, in hopes to stay true to that as we grow together with our group and our marriages with the Lord and the Holy Spirit syncing with us!

Find out more about our group’s philosophy and who we are.

Petra Kiddushin

Welcome to our newest group formed in 2011.  There is deep significance to their name (see below) just as their is a deep connection within their group (click here to meet the members).

Kiddushin (Hebrew:  קידושין)

Literal: sanctification. The first part of the two-part process of Jewish marriage, which creates the legal relationship without the mutual obligations.

The Process of Marriage: Kiddushin and Nisuin

The word “kiddushin” comes from the root Qof-Dalet-Shin, meaning “sanctified.” It reflects the sanctity of the marital relation. However, the root word also connotes something that is set aside for a specific (sacred) purpose, and the ritual of kiddushin sets aside the woman to be the wife of a particular man and no other.

The process of marriage occurs in two distinct stages: kiddushin (commonly translated as betrothal) and nisuin (full-fledged marriage). Kiddushin occurs when the woman accepts the contract offered by the prospective husband.

Kiddushin is far more binding than an engagement as we understand the term in modern English; in fact, Rambam speaks of a period of engagement before the kiddushin. Once kiddushin is complete, the woman is legally the wife of the man. The relationship created by kiddushin can only be dissolved by death or divorce. However, the spouses do not live together at the time of the kiddushin, and the mutual obligations created by the marital relationship do not take effect until the nisuin is complete.

The nisuin (from a word meaning “elevation“) completes the process of marriage. The husband brings the wife into his home and they begin their married life together.

 

 

 

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