Groups & Classes
WE’RE LOOKING FOR A FEW MEN—INTERESTED IN DOING GOOD.
Are you looking for ways to expand your friendships, serve those in need, feed your soul, and in general let your light shine as Christ teaches us? Opportunities abound, and you know it. But First Church is a big place with lots going on, and sometimes it’s hard to know where and how to plug in. That’s where First Men comes in. We’re on the journey just like you, and maybe we’ve had a little head start searching out places where men are meeting to pray, discuss, develop, equip, and get the job done. Mindful of our congregation’s broader vision “to make fully devoted disciples of Jesus–inwardly strong, outwardly focused,” we recognize and honor both the traits and the challenges unique to our gender. We have unique and special needs, and the church does too.
Interested? We hope so. Below you’ll find a selection of activities First Men are helping to promote and a list of people from whom you can find out more. Our “main event” is usually a get-away at Camp Loughridge held in October.
"Boots and BBQ" Men's Felowship Event
Thursday, February 21, 6 p.m. at Camp Loughridge
The Men of First Church are cordially invited to a special evening of "Boots & BBQ" on Thursday, February 21. The event will be hosted in the Old Lodge at Camp Loughridge from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and will include a speaker and catered dinner from Rib Crib, courtesy of Mr. Al Bush. Dress is casual. Please RSVP before February 18 by contacting Sally Henning (918-301-1019 or email@example.com) or online.
Click here to register for the Boots & BBQ event.
Men's Lenten Study Group
Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. at Panera Bread (41st and Hudson)
The First Church men's goup is just one of the various small groups around the First Church community will join in the study of The Parables of Jesus this Lent. Being part of a small faith community can be a refreshing way to experience the Spirit at work in an intimate setting. Join in the Men's Lented Study Group every every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. at Panera Bread on 41st and Hudson. Contact Sally Henning with any questions at 918-301-1019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to register for Men's Lenten Study Group.
First Men Fall Retreat
Camp Loughridge October
Next fall, we hope you will come along to beautiful Camp Loughridge, 10 minutes from downtown Tulsa, and experience good company, a little friendly competition at the canoe races and horseshoe pits, and the chance to slow down for 24 hours and focus on stuff that really matters in life. We’ll spend a little time with scripture and plenty of time getting to know each other. Come Friday and stay overnight, or commute from home from home Friday and Saturday. Either way you’ll come away feeling refreshed, and who knows, maybe a renewed sense of purpose. To ensure you’re on the mailing list for a reservation form, contact Bill Wiles, 747-9416
Every 2nd Monday at 6:30 pm: Flannel Shirt Night
Just show up for dessert and fellowship! The informal program is limited to a simple topic, film clip or Bible passage, and you’ll be on your way home by 8:00. At Will Keith's Home (1967 E 45th Pl)
Every Friday at 6:30 am: The Breakfast Connection
Dr. Jim Miller leads discussion of a book pertinent to the challenges of being a Christian man today. We meet in Wiseman Hall at the church.
Every Sunday: FPC Guides
First Men Guides (wives too!) are a brand-new and vital service kicking off this fall. The hope is that not only will Guides be willing to meet up with new members for worship but will introduce them around, use First Men and other resources to help them find a small group (Sunday school, service team, Bible study), and connect outside of church at least once to really make them feel part of our family.
Every Wednesday at 6:45 am: Small Group Bible Study
Do you work downtown and want to join a small Bible study? The FPC based group is just the ticket. A traditional men’s Bible study, you’ll be off to work by 7:30.
Every Thursday at 6:30 am: ‘African’ Bible Study
This group takes its name and format from the decades-old Lambeth Conference. A short passage of scripture, read three times, evokes: What word for phrase is meaningful to you? Where does this scripture meet you in your life today? And what is God, through this scripture, calling you to do or be? We meet at Panera at 41st and Hudson.
First Responders: 24/7
In concert with the Deacons and other key service teams at First Church, the First Responders will be there for jobs big and small, emergency and routine. Can you fix a leaky faucet or replace a light fixture? Want to learn how? How about deck repair or pressure washing? Cleaning up after a storm? Tools, chainsaws and caulk are these guys’ middle name
BSA Troop 1: God & Church
FPC is home to one of the two oldest continuously chartered Scout Troops in the country and has enjoyed a long and proud of tradition of supporting Troop 1. Calling all Eagle Scouts! Make a difference in the life of a young man: volunteer to be a mentor through the God & Church program. The commitment is manageable and the rewards are tremendous.
Want to learn more? Here’s who can fill you in:
Flannel Shirt Night & Wednesday Bible Study: Will Keith
Thursday ‘African’ Bible Study: Bruce Lemmon
First Men Guides & The Breakfast Connection: Edward Jednacz
Fall Camp Conclave: Bill Wiles
First Responders & Troop 1 God & Church Program: Skip Chandler