Connections Opportunities

Find a class or group that fits you!

Get Connected!

At First NLR, we offer many different ways to connect with others!  We have tons of Connections Classes and Connections Groups that you can be a part of!  Try out one or a few and see which one you connect to the best!

Find a class to get connected with on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings!  Or join one of our groups that meets at another time slot during the week.  We have a wide variety of options for you to choose from, ranging from different age groups to different life stages to different interests.

Saturdays | 6:15pm

Deaf Den | Deaf

Main Building | Room 210

In the Deaf Connections Class, you will learn, grow closer to Jesus, and build healthy relationships with others. We meet periodically to worship God, learn about the bible, and spend time with each other. All of our meetings are conducted in American Sign Language.

Contact:
Pastor Gary Tomlinson | gtomlinson@firstnlr.com

Life Recovery Central

Main Building | Room 215

Life Recovery Central is a class that addresses the issues that interfere in our most important relationships. A wide variety of life issues are represented at Life Recovery Central including: dependency on alcohol or drugs, pornography, low self-esteem, need to control, depression, anger, co-dependency, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, perfectionism, broken relationships, and abuse. Join us as we seek God’s healing power from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors in this Bible-based recovery journey.

Contacts:
Pastor Layne & Marsha Mason | 501-618-0303 or lmason@firstnlr.com

Life Recovery Central meets on Saturdays at 6:15pm, Sundays at 11:30am, and Thursdays at 12:00pm

SOLO | Single Moms

Main Building | Room 104

This class is designed to help Single Moms connect with other Single Moms going through similar life situations. Members enjoy fellowship and support, encouragement, and learn Biblical principles to strengthen their relationship with God. Periodic events are planned for all.

Contact:
Renee Donaldson | 501-554-2182 or rdonaldson@firstnlr.com

Single Moms also meets on Sundays at 10:00am in Room 104

Soul Café I

Main Building | Chapel

Soul Café is a verse by verse Bible study. It is a blend of ages and life stages – you’ll find all kinds of people in Soul Café. It will combine group discussion and teaching from Pastor Randy. Come study the book of Mark with us!

Contact:
Pastor Randy Jumper | 501-758-8553 or rjumper@firstnlr.com

Soul Café II meets on Sundays at 8:30am in the Chapel

Sundays | 8:30am

Applied Life

Main Building | Room 102

A class for all ages and all walks of life. The teachers encourage class participation. We laugh, we cry, and we learn how to become life-long followers of Jesus Christ.

Contacts:
Liz Bevis | 501-590-4411 or lbevarosa@gmail.com
Tami Harlan | 501-758-0292 or tamiharlan58@icloud.com

CrossWalk

Main Building | Room 215

CrossWalk is a diverse group of people who love to study the Bible and apply it to everyday life. Come join us and learn more from God’s Word.

Contact:
Greg Murry | 501-733-2549 or gmurry@conwaycorp.net

Soul Café II

Main Building | Chapel

Soul Café is a verse-by-verse Bible study. It is a blend of ages and life stages – you’ll find all kinds of people in Soul Café. It will combine group discussion and teaching from Pastor Randy. Come study the book of Mark with us!

Contact:
Pastor Randy Jumper | 501-758-8553 or rjumper@firstnlr.com

Soul Café I meets on Saturdays at 6:15pm in the Chapel

Transparent Hope | Women

Main Building | Room 214

Transparent Hope is a class designed specifically for women who are in the midst of a season of life’s most difficult challenges. Jesus said, “In this world you WILL have trouble…”, but we will not allow that trouble to define or defeat us. In this class, you will connect and learn with other women who are determined to apply Biblical principles to everyday situations and grow in maturity and faith. If you’re looking for a place to experience life-giving, transparent hope, we invite you to join us.

Contact:
Cassandra Booker | cabooker@ualr.edu

Sundays | 10:00am

Back to the Basics

Main Building | Room 215

A diverse class for adults of all ages. The class begins each week with fellowship, praise reports, and prayer. Teaching themes range from in depth review of biblical passages to works by Christian authors to video series. This Spring, the class will be studying scripture selected from class members.

Contacts:
Byron Robertson | 501-960-2909 or hrobertson@comcast.net
Ronnie Ruple | 501-313-7545 or ronnie.ruple@yahoo.com

Challengers | Senior Adults (55+)

Main Building | Chapel

A traditional style class serving mostly blended, senior adults but anyone is welcome. Pick up some coffee in the coffee lobby and join us for a donut and a great time of fellowship and spiritual growth. You will meet some wonderful people in our church. Our study comes from the standard Assembly of God curriculum – each student will get a copy to use for your own personal study. We begin with a short time of singing some older hymns and choruses. Beginning January 2020, we have a special 8 week study on End Time Events (1/5 – 2/23). A special study guide has been prepared for the study.

Contact:
Mattie Ruth Tipton | 501-833-2338 or jjmrtipton@comcast.net

Creative Living

Main Building | Room 210

Connect with other class members while having fun and learning to live in Christian love. This class addresses current issues and the teachers rotate with in depth teaching in the Bible and its principle for all ages. Breakfast is served every Sunday.

Contacts:
Pastor David & Cheryl Richards | 501-320-1254 or drichards@firstnlr.com
Randy and Janet Granderson | randy.granderson@cps.k12.ar.us

Deaf Class | Deaf

Main Building | Room 105

In the Deaf Connections Class, you will learn, grow closer to Jesus, and build healthy relationships with others. We meet weekly to worship God, learn about the bible, and spend time with each other. All of our meetings are conducted in American Sign Language.

Contact:
Pastor Gary Tomlinson | gtomlinson@firstnlr.com

Discovery

Main Building | Room 102

A Bible study of Old and New Testament applications for everyday life. The class is interactive and challenging for all ages.

Contacts:
Barbara Culpepper | 501-682-4311 or barb.culpepper@gmail.com
Robert Johnson | robert@wdi-inc.com

Family Builders

Main Building | Reality Café

If you want to see your family bond strengthened, you need to come join our group! Whether you are married or a single parent, don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to deepen your family and children’s relationships – no matter what your family looks like. Members love to have fun together and plan several events throughout the year.

Contacts:
Brent Fairchild | 479-926-0662 or fairchildbw@archildrens.org
Amanda Fairchild | 479-926-0661 or asfairchild04@gmail.com

Iglesia Hispana | Latinos

En El Edificio Nuevo

Se habla Espanol y Ingles. Bienvenidos! Breakfast is served. This class is a perfect place for all Latinos to gather and have fellowship.

Para Mas Informacion Contactara:
Lupita y Manual Hernandez | 501-658-8223 o lupitajuarez@sbcglobal.net
Yvette Rivera | 501-352-9147 o ydrivera63@yahoo.com

Living Sanctuary

Main Building | Room 211

Everyone is welcome! The Living Sanctuary is a class of learners of all ages. Our lessons focus on how to spiritually develop and grow into strong, mature Christians. At the current time, we are studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and how Jesus “raised the bar” for New Testament Christians. When we complete that series, we are planning to compare the sacrifices required in the Old Testament with their fulfillment in Jesus’ birth, life, and death.

Contact:
Phyllis Felton | 501-416-5773 or phyllisfelton@sbcglobal.net

NXT: Young Professionals | Young Adults (20-Somethings)

Main Building | Room 206

Out of college and launched into your career? This is perfect for you.  In this class you’ll meet people from all walks of life: military, teachers, graduate students, businessmen and others. It’s a great place for young adults who have launched into their careers to meet others and grow in their faith.

Contacts:
Rachel & David Stafford | rachelannstafford@gmail.com or davidjamesstafford@gmail.com

NXT: Transitions | Young Adults (College Students)

Main Building | Room 202

Transitions are hard. Don’t go through them alone! Especially the transition from High School to the NXT stage of life. This class is designed for the college-aged individual. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for you to meet others and discover what life is and what you can become!

Contact:
Pastor Randy Jumper | 501-952-8503 or rjumper@firstnlr.com

SOLO | Single Moms

Main Building | Room 104

This class is designed to help single moms connect with other single moms going through similar life situations. Members enjoy fellowship and support, encouragement, and learn Biblical principles to strengthen their relationship with God. Periodic events are planned for all.

Contact:
Renee Donaldson | 501-554-2182 or rdonaldson@firstnlr.com

Single Moms also meets on Saturdays at 6:15pm

Sundays | 11:30am

COOL Adults (Centered Only On Love) | Special Needs Adults

Main Building | Room 207

COOL Adults is a special needs ministry providing an opportunity for adults aged 19 and above to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially.

Contact:
Jennifer Walkup | 501-765-7707 or jenwalkup@yahoo.com.

God’s Fire

Main Building | Room 103

People go through times of trial and testing that sometimes feels like a furnace, a “refiners fire.” This class revolves around scriptural teaching on handling stress experienced during times of testing. The primary concept is how God’s grace is sufficient for our needs. Additionally, the Word says we are to bear one another’s burdens – so we often talk about our church community as a source of comfort during life’s difficult times. Class members are provided time to interact with the material presented during each class session.

Contacts:
Byron and Sue Scheider | 501-316-8673 or scheider11@gmail.com

Life Recovery Central

Main Building | Room 215

Life Recovery Central is a class that addresses the issues that interfere in our most important relationships. A wide variety of life issues are represented at Life Recovery Central including: dependency on alcohol or drugs, pornography, low self-esteem, need to control, depression, anger, co-dependency, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, perfectionism, broken relationships, and abuse. Join us as we seek God’s healing power from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors in this Bible-based recovery journey.

Contacts:
Pastor Layne & Marsha Mason | 501-618-0303 or lmason@firstnlr.com

Life Recovery Central meets on Saturdays at 6:15pm, Sundays at 11:30am, and Thursdays at 12:00pm

Mondays

Monday is Family Day! No weekly activities are scheduled. Take this opportunity to spend some time with those you love!

Tuesdays

Celebrate Recovery

Main Building | Sanctuary

Celebrate Recovery is a place of grace where you will find God at the center of your road to recovery from hurts, habits, or hang-ups. If you want to discover honesty, acceptance, truth and love, join us every Tuesday night for this powerful spiritual adventure.

Schedule:
5:30pm | Dinner
6:45pm | Large Group Worship (Worship & Teaching/Testimony)
7:45pm | Open Share Small Groups
8:45pm | Solid Rock Cafe

Contacts:
Pastor Layne & Marsha Mason | 501-618-0303 or lmason@firstnlr.com

HOPE | Widowed Women

You don’t have to be alone just because you are a widow. This group of ladies has experienced the loss of their spouse but not the zest for life. HOPE has various activities both at the church and off site. Spend time with ladies who have walked the journey you are on and have found God’s peace along the way.

Contact:
Shirley Maynard – 501-758-8553, ext. 286 or smaynard@firstnlr.com

NXT: Small Group Bible Studies | Young Adults (College & 20-Somethings)

Off-Site

Several nights during the week, small group bible studies are available for you to grow in your faith. Several groups meet on Tuesday and Thursday night. Options include guys groups, girls groups and a co-ed group. These smaller settings are designed to study scripture deeply and build lifelong friendships.

Contacts:
For Guys: David Stafford | davidjamesstafford@gmail.com
For Girls: Rachel Stafford | rachelannstafford@gmail.com

Tuesday Prayer Meeting

Main Building | Room 103

Join others as we pray for our church family, city, state, nation, and world. This guided prayer time is open to anyone-we begin at noon. To add a prayer request to the list contact Kane Dorsey.

Contact:
Kane Dorsey | 501-758-8553 or kdorsey@firstnlr.com

Wednesdays

UNITE – Young Adults (College & 20-Somethings)

Main Building | Sanctuary

Our ministry to young adults is a lot of fun! UNITE is on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Live music, worship, friends, and God.

Contacts:
Pastor Randy Jumper | 501-758-8553 or rjumper@firstnlr.com

Christian Thinking and Life Skills

Main Building | Room 212

Come explore how your mind can be channeled into healthy ways of thinking through God’s word. Emotional and relationship issues are mental processes that God’s grace can resolve, if you learn to receive it. God’s Word instructs us to be renewed through the transforming of the mind (Eph. 4:23). With forty years of experience providing mental health services, Byron Scheider serves as the leader of this discussion. The class meets on Wednesday nights at 7pm.

Contact:
Byron Scheider | scheider11@gmail.com

Latino Class | Latinos

Latino Building (located directly across the street of front entrance of church building)

On Wednesday nights, our Connections classes are taught by many of our Spanish speaking teachers. Lessons cover various subjects helping Christians in their everyday lives. The Bible is the key study book with many other books and subjects shared at various times throughout the year. Join us at 7pm.

Contacts:
Yvette Rivera | 501-352-9147
Pastor David Richards | 501-758-8553 or drichards@firstnlr.com

The Journey Bible Study

Main Building | Room 104

This Wednesday night connection class studies the Bible through a guided discussion or topical format. We develop our faith in growing our knowledge of the Scripture helping us to reach our community. We begin at 7:15pm.

Contacts:
Britney Hardin | britney.hardin@hotmail.com Donnivane Hall | donnivanehall@yahoo.com

First NLR Women’s Group | Women

Main Building | Room 210

Do you want a place to learn, grow, have fun and make friends? Join our Connections Group for Women! It’s for women of all ages and we meet every Wednesday at 7pm. We offer a variety of classes and activities including crafts, Bible Study, demonstrations, and practical teaching on relevant topics. No need to sign up! Every class is a stand-alone session so feel free to drop in at any time!

Group Contact:
Kathy Brockinton | 501-758-8553 or kbrockinton@firstnlr.com

Thursdays

Keenage Birthday Celebration | Senior Adults (55+)

Main Building | Chapel

Join our senior adults (55+) for a birthday celebration the third Thursday of each month at noon. Come enjoy the food and fellowship with other Keenagers.

Contact:
Shirley Maynard | 501-758-8553 or smaynard@firstnlr.com

Ladies of Grace | Women

Ladies of Grace shows love through fellowship. Join us for a potluck meal and spending time together in prayer one Thursday of the month at 6pm, both on- and off-site. Our purpose is to grow in our Christian relationships, show God’s love one to another, and show God’s love to our community. Ladies of all ages are welcome.

Contact:
Darlene Lantrip | 501-961-9005

Kicks for Christ (KFC)

MAC | Party Zone

KFC is the discipline of the martial arts with Christ-centered teaching. There are classes for children and adults. All levels of disciplines are available as they meet each Thursday night during the following months: January through May and September through December.

Contact:
Rachel Briley – 501-758-8553 or rbriley@firstnlr.com

NXT: Small Group Bible Studies | Young Adults (College & 20-Somethings)

Off-Site

Several nights during the week, small group bible studies are available for you to grow in your faith. Several groups meet on Tuesday and Thursday night. Options include guys groups, girls groups and a co-ed group. These smaller settings are designed to study scripture deeply and build life-long friendships.

Contacts:
For Guys: David Stafford | davidjamesstafford@gmail.com
For Girls: Rachel Stafford | rachelannstafford@gmail.com