Connections Opportunities

Adult Connections Classes & Connections Groups

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Find a class or group that fits you!

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.

 

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Saturdays | 6:15pm

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 also meets on Sundays at 11:30am.

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 Word of God 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 | Senior Ministry Center – Room 2

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.

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

CrossWalk

Main Building | Senior Ministry Center – Room 1

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:
Pat Knott | 501-428-2676 or potofpeas@yahoo.com

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.

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.

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 | Senior Ministry Center – Room 1

A traditional style class serving senior adults. 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 Assemblies of God curriculum – each participant will get a copy to use for your own personal study. We begin with a short time of singing some older hymns and choruses.  We have regular social activities outside of class so members can get to know each other better and join in with fun and fellowship.

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.

Contacts:
Pastor David & Cheryl Richards | 501-320-1254 or drichards@firstnlr.com
Randy and Janet Granderson | randygranderson1@gmail.com

Discovery

Main Building | Chapel

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 | Room 102

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

Hope Center

Se habla Espanol y Ingles. Bienvenidos!  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 | Senior Ministry Center – Room 2

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.

Contact:
Ray Lowe | 501-351-0280 or kweku1966@yahoo.com

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 210

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 202

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.

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

Sundays | 11:30am

GriefShare

Main Building | Room 214

Has your world been rocked by a loss?  Did a spouse, child, family member, or friend die and you are trying to deal with your grief?  GriefShare is a 13-week adult support group program design tone a warm, caring environment to find help on your journey from mourning to joy.  Class is from August 22 to November 14 – you can join anytime.  The cost is $15 for the workbook.

Contacts:
John & Daisy Dippel | 260-418-6515 or daisykayp@yahoo.com

GriefShare also meets on Tuesdays at 6:30pm.

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.

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:
6:45pm | Large Group Worship (Worship & Teaching/Testimony)
7:45pm | Open Share Small Groups

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

GriefShare

Main Building | Room 214

Has your world been rocked by a loss?  Did a spouse, child, family member, or friend die and you are trying to deal with your grief?  GriefShare is a 13-week adult support group program design tone a warm, caring environment to find help on your journey from mourning to joy.  Class is from August 22 to November 14 – you can join anytime.  The cost is $15 for the workbook.

Contacts:
John & Daisy Dippel | 260-418-6515 or daisykayp@yahoo.com

GriefShare also meets on Sundays at 11:30am.

Wednesdays

Adult Bible Study

Main Building | Senior Ministry Center – Room 1

For those who want to dive deeper into God’s Word, our Wednesday Night Bible Study is for you!  Join us as we study the Bible and apply it’s truths to our lives!

Group Contact:
Ronnie Ruple | 501-313-7545 or ronnie.ruple@yahoo.com

Blended Families

Main Building | Room 212

Discover the key steps to building a healthy blended family.  Through inspired teaching, video curriculum, and group discussion, you’ll learn useable solutions for everyday living and glean valuable insights and practical tips for becoming smart stepfamily.  Class starts September 1!

Group Contact:
Bryan & Libby Stell | alivebestill2@gmail.com

Deaf Class | Deaf

Main Building | Room 104

Int he 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.

Group Contact:
Pastor Gary Tomlinson | gtomlinson@firstnlr.com

Financial Peace University

Main Building | Room 214

Do you feel stuck with your money?  It’s time to get unstuck and move forward.  Join this amazing class and learn how to crush debt, invest in your future, and win with money using biblical principles.  Cost is $60.  Classes are from September 1 to October 27.  Sign up at www.firstnlr.com/events.

Group Contact:
Brent & Amanda Fairchild | financialpeace@firstnlr.com

First NLR Fit

Main Building | Room 215

Healthy living is much more than following a fad diet or starving yourself – it’s learning to live a lifestyle.  In this class, we learn how to choose the right foods, build an exercise regimen that works for you, and discover spiritual principles that will guide the journey.  Class starts September 1!

Group Contact:
Clark & Jamie Trapp | jamtrapp314@gmail.com or ctrapp22@hotmail.com

IRONMEN | Men

Main Building | Room 211

Looking for a brotherhood?  Want to be around a group of men where you can be honest and transparent about spiritual battles and life issues that affect men?  If so, IRONMEN is for you.  This group is open to all men who want to have real talk, deal with real issues and get real results as it relates to Godly wisdom and support.  Led by Derick Brooks, this men’s group is fun, laid-back and supportive.  Together, we WIN!  “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

Group Contact:
Derick Brooks | derickbrooks@gmail.com

The Journey Bible Study

Main Building | Senior Ministry Center – Room 2

This Connections 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.

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

Latino Class | Latinos

Hope Center

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.

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

Prayer Meeting

Main Building | Room 206

Join us for intercessory prayer!  We will pray for our church, our nation, our families, and much more.  This prayer meeting will be a time of spiritual renewal as we battle against the enemy, tear down strongholds, and pray for revival!  Join us for the entire hour, or come and go as you are able.

Group Contact:
Theresa Abernathy | abbybless@gmail.com

UNITE | Young Adults (College & 20-Somethings)

Main Building | Chapel

Our ministry to young adults is a lot of fun! Enjoy live music, worship, connecting with friends, and connecting with God!

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

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!  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