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Lori & John Boruff

Laurie & John Boruff

Sundays, 5:00-7:00, Potluck, 20102 Para Siempre Vista

We have been hosts for Spirit of Joy Home Groups since its inception in 2014.  Our group meets at 5 PM on Sunday evenings at 20102 Para Siempre Vista (off of Highway 78 & Weekend Villa Road). If you can’t remember what it is like to sit down with a family, say grace and break bread, then join us at 5:00 for some of the best home cooking (pot luck style) and table conversation ever!

The second half of our evening is devoted to the video and discussion questions.  We’ve yet to finish all the questions as our conversations go deep and wide, but we like to wrap promptly at 7:00 so folks can get home and prepare for the coming week. And what a way to start your week!

Our two hours together fly by as we savor our meal and share our faith, thoughts and encouragement in these weekly studies. Our group looks forward to gathering, and we extend an open invitation to anyone who wants to be included in the upcoming study this fall.

A little bit about us: we have been married 40 years, with 31 of those in Ramona.  We are blessed with 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren. We look forward to adding another daughter-in-law soon!  We own a real estate and property management company and spend just about every hour of every day together, and, believe it or not, we still try to squeeze in a “date night” in order to get some time together!  Our lives are full with work, family, and church. We are humbled by our many blessings, including our church family, and love to open our home for these small gatherings.  We encourage others to host a home group and experience this for yourselves!

We are grateful for the opportunity to gather each week and hope that you will join us or find a group that suits your schedule. Experience the Spirit of Joy on an intimate and focused level.  Call Laurie, 760-533-8099, or John, 619-733-4230.

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Joan & Scott Brown

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00, Potluck, 10842 Loire Ave, San Diego, 92131 (began July 26); Dates & Times may vary.

We began hosting the “Down the Hill” Home Group a year ago.  We encourage you to join our group, no matter where you live.  Currently, members come from North Park, Kearny Mesa, Poway, and Scripps Ranch.  We accommodate busy, professional, and volunteer schedules by varying our meeting dates and times to maximize participation.  With that in mind, we will begin our study of Ephesians on Tuesday, July 25.  We are looking forward to this study not only because it promises to be a good series, but also because three of our group have been to Ephesus, and we look forward to hearing about some of their personal experiences.  Our initial gathering will begin at 6:00PM (or whenever people can get there) at our home in Scripps Ranch: 10842 Loire Ave, San Diego, 92131.  Evening meetings include a pot luck dinner.  Those who have more time often provide a main dish, which allows those with less time to bring a quick side or beverages.  Throughout this series we have some meetings scheduled for Tuesday evenings and some for Sunday afternoons.  We will be taking turns meeting in each other’s home areas.

Joan tells people that it is important to have both science and arts in school – otherwise, Scott and she would never have met.  Scott is the scientist who met his future wife during one semester of high school choir:  he sang bass, and she accompanied the choir.  We have been partners in school, ministry, business and in numerous other life opportunities since 1969.

We both appreciate trains of all sizes, and we have a constantly evolving garden railroad in our back yard.  We enjoy traveling, and in 2013 we were introduced to scuba diving.   God has abundantly blessed us through this experience.  As we retire in September, we look forward to diving, spending more time with our children and grandchildren, and continuing to be welcoming beacons of God’s light in whatever way God leads. 

Tori & Jim Barlow

Tori & Jim Barlow

Every Other Wednesday, 6:30-8:00, Dessert, Host Varies (1st meeting 1537 H Street #24)

Our group meets this fall every other week beginning Wednesday, September 18. We gather at 6:30 for dessert and study, and our first meeting will be at Marilyn Sproat's house at 1537 H Street #24. We'll rotate places for the next 7 meetings. Contact Tori for more information at .

This semester we'll be doing the RightNow Media series "Unstuck"  If you want to preview or review the videos and don't yet have a login account at RightNow, click here to set up a free account

We would love to grow our group, so we hope you'll consider joining us. 

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Kay & Al Rogers

Thursday 6:00-8:00, Potluck, 2239-171 Black Canyon Road

We hope that you will consider becoming part of our Home Group. We meet on Thursday evenings at our house east of Ramona, in Oak Tree Ranch on Black Canyon Road. We share a potluck meal at 6:00 and begin our video and discussion between 6:45-7:00. We try and finish promptly at 8:00.

We have long pursued the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our daily lives, in our marriage, and in our service to God.

Some of our favorite things are our nine grandchildren, C.S. Lewis, Tim Keller, N.T. Wright, good novels, history and biography, music, living in Ramona, Lamb's Theater in Coronado, all things Masterpiece Theater... to mention only a few.

We are excited about the topic of this Home Group Session on Ephesians. We are confident that each of us will discover new and important principles for strengthening and deepening our relationship with our heavenly Father.

Our first week together Kay and I will provide the drinks and main dish, and we'll contact you regarding what you can contribute.

Address: 2239-171 Black Canyon RoadNote: Most GPS apps don't recognize Oak Tree Ranch drives, so don't trust it to the very end. Drive north on Magnolia/Black Canyon Drive to Oak Tree Ranch at 2239 Black Canyon Road and then follow the signs. Park in our driveway (room for 3 cars if the end cars scoot all the way to the left/right) and in guest parking across the street or around the corner at the end of the cul de sac.

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