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Adult Ministry

Our adult ministry provides a place where you can connect with others on a spiritual journey through life.

There are opportunities for Bible Study, Men and Women's ministries, Life Groups, retreats, small Life Groups and community ministry.

We come together to learn about Christ, minister to others, and develop relationships that bring glory to God.

jim stewart

Associate Pastor of Education and Family Life

 

 

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Upcoming Events

 

Current Adult Ministry Team

Chair: Marc Hardage, Chair-elect: Trish Foor

Team Members:

  • Judy Hixon, Sunday Morning LifeGroups
  • Don Bowen, First Choice
  • Beverly Theige, Uncommon Love
  • Dustin Horstkoetter, IRON Men
  • Cathy Gilmore, Women's Ministry
  • Stacy Strevett, New @ First
  • Joyce Marley, Hospitality
  • Doyal Hedrick, Media Library
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What are LifeGroups?

Communities that share life, not defined by the names we’re called but by the passion that brings us together -- small groups of disciples, committed to the pursuit of Christ likeness, devoted to the Spirit within us, the commonality among us and reaching the world around us.

Why do we have LifeGroups? We believe that the New Testament calls us forth to be the body of Christ, and that spiritual growth is best accomplished within the scriptural model of small groups.  Just as we gather with the larger church for worship, we also find true community in smaller LifeGroups, seeking authenticity, transparency, mutual caring, self-disclosure and fellowship.  Being discipled is not just our calling, it is our identity.

When and Where? Sunday Morning LifeGroups meet on FBC's campus from 9:15-10:15 a.m., while Home LifeGroups meet Sunday evenings in private homes from 5:30-7:00 p.m. or at other times, as decided by each group.

Don’t know which one might fit you best?  Then visit our welcome center on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45 a.m. in the church media center, located on the first floor of our main building, near the courtyard entrance.  You can also call 321-1753 or e-mail , Associate Pastor of Education, for directions or suggestions. 

 

Sunday Morning LifeGroups

Co-Ed

Nearly/Newly Married

Teacher/s: Mike Wilson, Russell and Angela Cole
Location: B-9
Life Station: Couples either engaged or recently married
Purpose Statement: to provide young couples the opportunity to connect, be discipled and to continue their journey on the path that leads to God.

CONNECT University Ministry
Teacher: Joey Armstrong
Location: Hallock Hall
Life Station: 18-23 year olds who are in undergraduate education or career pursuits.
Purpose Statement: Asking the right questions in order to walk more passionately with Christ and radically follow where he leads.

Walking in The Word
Teachers: David & Jamie Fields, John & Karen Reddell
Location: 208
Life Station: Married couples, 20's and 30's
Purpose Statement: To encourage couples and strengthen their foundation for a strong marriage.

Sanctuary
Teacher/s: Chris Canary
Location: Rm. 218
Life Station: Singles in their 20's and 30's
Purpose Statement: To provide an environment for spiritual growth and fellowship.

Tutti
Teacher: Chuck Lawrence
Location: B-7
Life Station: Multi-generational, includes but not limited to worship leaders.
Purpose Statement: Focused on personal transformation and applying that transformation to the world and culture in which we live.

Breakfast Club
Teachers: Zac Ratzlaff, James Harp,
Location: B-8
Life Station: Married Couples, 30's, 40's
Purpose Statement: To provide spiritual formation and fellowship for young adults. To help married couples find a scriptural foundation for building strong marriages and families, while offering mutual support, encouragement and formation of lasting relationships.

Around the Table
Teacher: Claud Dill
Location: Rm. 221
Life Station: Mid-40's to Mid-70's
Purpose Statement: To gather around the table in Christian fellowship and study, sharing encouragement and support.

Friendship Class
Teacher/s: Nathan Sheldon, Deborah Fisher, Warren Osburn
Location: B-12
Life Station: Multi-generational
Purpose Statement: To spiritually uplift and support those in the transitions of life.

Primetimers
Teacher: David Hopper
Location: North Hallock Hall
Life Station: Mid-50's to Mid-80's
Purpose Statement: Strong fellowship through prayer support centered around Bible study.

Crosswinds
Teacher: Gary Wood
Location: 206
Life Station: 30's, 40's
Purpose Statement: To provide a comfortable environment in which to share the joys of a committed faith based life and seek God's knowledge through prayer and Bible study while navigating the crosswinds that take us off course.

Saved to Serve
Teacher: Joe Bob Weaver
Location: B-17
Life Station: Multi-generational
Purpose Statement: To apply, with love, the principles learned in the study of scripture. Js. 1:22

Upper Room
Teacher: Harold Brooks
Location: 210
Life Station: 40's, 50's, 60's
Purpose Statement: To study God's Word through interactive, in-depth discussion of books of the Bible and current Christian publications in an open and loving atmosphere of prayer, support and fellowship.

CareGivers
Directors: Don Adkins
Teacher/s: Von & Marge Worten
Location: B-18
Life Station: 60's, 70's
Purpose Statement: To grow together in the word of God as we truly care for each other.

On The Threshold
Directors: Don Burgess, Ted Greb
Teacher/s: Ted Haxel, John Reddell
Location: B-53
Life Station: Multi-generational
Purpose Statement: To grow spiritually by studying God's Word and enjoying Christian fellowship, love and support of members, their families and friends as we stand "on the threshold" of life changes and transition.

Acorns to Oaks
Teacher/s: Jerry & Darline Hobbs
Location: B-10
Life Station: Multi-generational
Purpose Statement: To examine the Christian journey in its fullness for those who desire to follow Christ actively in this world, but who need a guiding compass.

Changing Seasons
Teacher/s: Jay Jimerson, Tracy Foor
Location: 201/203
Life Station: Mid-40's to Mid-50's
Purpose Statement: Meeting weekly for food, fun and fellowship, and through prayer and Bible study, we seek to equip, support and encourage each other as we pursue God's will for our lives.

Aquila and Priscilla
Directors: Frank & Janette Marks
Teacher/s: Glen Pool, Ron Evans, Al McCord
Location: B-18e
Life Station: 70's, 80's
Purpose Statement: To help us connect with other Christians and grow in knowledge of God through His word so that we can better serve Him.

Encouragers
Teacher: Ed Copelin
Location: B-15
Life Station: 50's to 60's
Purpose Statement: Intersecting our lives with God and others through meaningful Bible study and fellowship.

DestiNations
Director: Brad Price
Teacher/s: Steve Wilson, Brad Price
Outreach/Missions: Michelle Lefler
Location: 209
Life Station: 20's to 50's
Purpose Statement: To enable members to engage in Biblical missions perspectives and live them out in their world.

Single?  In your 20's to early 30's?  Then there's a new place for you at FBC in: "Sanctuary", currently providing a life group on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in room B-58.
Sanctuary is designed for those in the work force, just out of undergraduate study, and/or working on a graduate degree.  Engaging Bible study, a place to connect with other singles, and an opportunity to be discipled in your spiritual life are waiting for you each Sunday.  We invite you to join us!  For more information about Sanctuary, contact .

 Women's LifeGroups & Men's LifeGroups

Women

Men

Sisters in Christ
Teacher: Judy Hixon
Location: Rm. 222
Life Station: Multi-generational
Purpose Statement: A class connecting women of all ages and life experiences for the purposes of Bible study, fellowship, service and support.

S.A.L.T. (Serving and Learning Together)
Teacher/s: Dave Lewis
Location: B-11
Life Station: 40's, 50's, 60's
Purpose Statement: Applying biblical principles in everyday life.

Circle of Friends
Teacher: Sallie Kennedy
Location: B-6
Life Station: Multi-generational
Purpose Statement: To grow in a mature relationship with the Lord while developing close friendships.

Bible Divers
Directors: Don Adkins
Teacher: Chuck Gage
Location: B-18
Life Station: Multi-generational
Purpose Statement: To help senior men develop a strong foundational knowledge of the Bible in order to build strong relationships that offer mutual support and encouragement.

Prayer Partners
Teacher: Cynthia Reed
Location: 205
Life Station: 50's & 60's
Purpose Statement: Loving one another wherever we are, encouraging one another, and strengthening each other as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. 5:11

Seekers
Director: Don Adkins
Teacher/s: Beth Wilson
Location: B-18
Life Station: Multi-generational
Purpose Statement: Seeking God's truth and seeking to serve.

Ladies Open
Director: Jane Close
Teacher/s: Mary Ann Hedrick, Loyce Morain
Location: B-4
Life Station: 70's & 80's
Purpose Statement: Loving women leading them to passionately understand God's Word and how to incorporate it into their own lives.

Wisdom Seekers
Directors: Frank & Janette Marks
Teacher/s: Kathryn Malthaner, Barbara Cole
Location: B-18a
Life Station: 70's & 80's
Purpose Statement: Studying together to learn and apply God's truths for victorious living.

Home LifeGroups

Home LifeGroups meet in homes throughout Norman during the week or on Sunday nights, using a host/facilitator.  Home groups are limited to 10-12 persons per group.  Call the adult education office, 321-1753, to let us help you connect with a Home LifeGroup leader.

Refiners
Teacher/s: Michael & Amy Rifenburg, Carter & Pascha Sanders, Mike & Lauren Weatherholt
Meeting Time: Each Sunday evening, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Life Station: 20's, 30's
Purpose Statement: Refining our lives through fellowship and collective engagement with God's Word

Vuja De
Teacher/s: Phil & Peggy Moss
Meeting Time: Every other Sunday evening, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Life Station: 40's, 50's
Purpose Statement: Believers seeking God's wisdom and love through Bible study and fellowship.

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Wednesday Night

First-choice

ClassA Journey through Scripture

Category: Bible Study

Facilitator: Lawrence Keith

When & Where: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room B-10

Summary: Walking through the rich truths found in God's Word

Class: Knowing God by Name: A Personal Encounter by Mary A. Kassian

Category: Women's Ministry

Facilitator: Gay Smith

When & Where: Wednesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m., Room B-6, begins September 4

Summary: Study of the 35 Hebrew names for God and their meaning to us

ClassLetters from Dad

Category: IRON Men Ministry

Facilitators: Several LFD "alumni"

When & Where: NEW SESSION begins in early 2014.  For more information, contact 

Summary: Learn the lost art of letter writing to bless those you love the most

ClassThe Easter Experience, by Kyle Idleman

Category: IRON Men Ministry

Facilitator: Kelly Henderson

When & Where: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room B-8, starting March 5, 2014

Summary: Once you experience the story of Easter, absolutely everything in your life changes.

 

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Men's Ministries

IronMen logo

 

I.R.O.N. stands for Integrity, Respect, Obedience and Nobility. Our core values are:

  • Connection...relational development; men seeking out other men for fellowship and support.
  • Growth...discipling and being discipled; shaping our lives to follow Christ
  • Service...reaching outside ourselves; becoming “salt” and reflecting “light” to others 
  • Mentor...one man investing himself in the life of another

We encourage men to increase their competency, influence and awareness in these four key areas. IRONMEN is designed to embrace and challenge men of all ages and life stations. If the man inside you craves a deeper walk with God, then come join us for study, recreation, support and a life focused on servanthood.

Our Current IRON Men Leadership Team:
Jim Stewart, Dustin Horstkoetter, Jerry Chenoweth, Marc Hardage, Josh Edge, Clint Taylor, Matt Robinson, Kurt McGuire, Joe Bob Weaver, Justin Mullinax, and Dale Wade.

Current IRON Men Ministries:


P.A.T.H. Paul and Timothy's Heritage
Coordinators: Jerry Chenoweth & Dustin Horstkoetter
Men coaching other men in life and their faith journey. To volunteer as a life coach or to request one, contact Jim Stewart at 405 321-1753

S.M.A.R.T. Supplemental Maintenance and Response Team
Coordinator: Keith Strevett
Our men's ministry provides small maintenance and emergency assistance to individuals or families in crisis. Application forms to request assistance from our S.M.A.R.T. team are available in the church office.

Current IRON Men Bible Studies

Compass

Wednesday Nights 6:30-7:30 p.m. Room B-8. Time for study, fellowship, and prayer. Facilitated by Kelly Henderson. Current study is The Easter Experience by Kyle Idleman, beginning March 5, 2014.

Letters From Dad
Letters From Dad is a purposeful letter writing ministry for men who want to bless their families in a unique way. A new LFD session begins EARLY 2014!

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Women's Ministries



Our current FBC Leadership Team:
Cathy Gilmore(Coordinator), Gay Smith, Trish Rigney, Jenny Smiley-Nava, Amanda Rhea, Jodi Beery, Rachel Swing, Monica De Fee, Carol Cawyer and Karen Reddell.

FBC offers multiple opportunities to help equip, empower, and enable our women to take an active role within their families, community, church and world.  Find a place to Connect....., Serve ....., Mentor ....., Grow ..... in FBC Women's Ministry.

Current FBC Women's Ministry Bible Study

  • Knowing God By Name - A Personal Encounter, by author Mary Kassian.  Wednesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m., Room B-6.  Facilitated by Gay Smith. Enter into His presence and prepare to be amazed!

Sweet Thursdays

Monthly time of fellowship, growth, inspiration, and enrichment, held the third Thursday of each month, Common Ground, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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Uncommon Love

Uncommon Love is a ministry to families, marriages, and singles.

Team Leader: Beverly Theige. Leadership Team members: Don and Cathy Bowen, Joe Theige, Carter and Pascha Sanders, Lee and Ann Borden, Julie Mitchell, Keith and Stacy Strevett, Brad and Courtney Singleterry, Marc Hardage

For more information on how to serve with the Uncommon Love ministry, contact .

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