Group Forum (Sunday, 9am - 10am)
Each Sunday, in the Multipurpose Room, you’re invited to open the passage that will be delivered as a message the following week – and contribute to it. We will consider what it tells us about God, ourselves, what God has done/is doing in our lives, and how we can respond. No prior study is required. You can just show up. Or you can study in advance. The whole point is to see wonderful things in God’s Word, and to have a lot of fun in the process.
Men’s Ministry (First Sunday of the month, 7:30 am)
Our men’s ministry at First Baptist Elma consists of a group that meets the first Sunday of the month at 7:30 am to interact with each other and God’s Word concerning man stuff. We believe that in order to be the men God created us to be, and our families need us to be – we must join in a strong bond with one another to sharpen and urge each other on in God’s purposes. We also take time each year to get away on retreat. This is a great time to rejuvenate, get to know each other better, and to be challenged and encouraged by quality speakers.
Life Groups (Thursday, 6:30pm at the Parks' or 7pm at the Ahlquists' house)
Life groups exist to promote the development of significant Christian relationships centered around the study of God’s Word (see Hebrews 10:24-25; Romans 8:29). If you’ve never taken part in a Life Group, they’re sermon based small groups that meet during the week to have a conversation based on Sunday’s message. Groups spend time connecting, sharing thoughts, and praying for one another. And there are snacks! Groups also engage in service projects, or have nights out at the movies or a game. One person shared that she had really gotten to know people through her group, even though she’d interacted with people at church for years. Someone else said his group gave him a chance to live out his faith in greater depth – having opportunity to convey his struggles, obtain Biblical direction, and receive encouragement.
Each week, we will take time to share what is happening in our lives. At first, this sharing will include some planned “sharing questions.” After the first few weeks, it will become more informal and personal as our groups feel safer and more comfortable.
Each week, we’ll study a portion of God’s Word that relates to the previous weekend’s sermon. Our goal is to learn how to apply and live out our Christianity in our day-to-day experiences and relationships.
Each week, we’ll learn how to take care of one another as Christ commanded (see John 15:9-13). This care will take many forms, such as praying, listening, meeting needs, and encouraging and even challenging one another as needed.
The signup sheet is on the bulletin board at the back of the sanctuary.
For more information contact:
Pastor Gunnar at 360-482-3455.