By Sandy Woffard
It’s that time of year again when new Bible studies are beginning or have just begun. Those lucky men got to have a ribs kick-off event. I might have considered dressing up like Barbra Streisand, in the movie Yentl, if I wouldn’t have had to put up with all the football stuff to get the meat treat. And who is that Tony Dungy guy who developed the Dare to Be Uncommon Men’s Bible study anyway?
I love the Sunday evening COFFEE group led by Pastor Cook’s wife, Becky and it was a full house for the kick-off. COFFEE isn’t just for coffee drinkers. We have plenty of tea drinkers, too and there’s been M&M’s on the tables every time that I’ve been.
COFFEE stands for Conversations of Friends of Faith to Encourage and Equip. There’s no book to read or long homework. It’s a real “come as you are” group of ladies and I’m enjoying getting to know so many of the women of the church in this Sunday night crowd.
Monday mornings are going to be interesting for me, going to Priscilla Shirer’s book study Breathe: Making Room for Sabbath. I really like the idea of getting some breathing room and margin in my life, so I’m going to pack one more thing into my busy schedule and learn how. Seems silly, but I guess if that’s what you need then you make the time? It makes perfect sense to me. Kristi Sullins, our children’s ministry leader, is an excellent facilitator for this group.
My husband was really torn about going to the ribs kick off or doing another James MacDonald book, When Life is Hard, with Pastor Michael Cook on Sunday evenings. A little bird told me that there are more ladies than men in this group. It must have something to do with the ribs.
My husband and I have enjoyed a couple of small groups that meet on Sunday mornings. We enjoyed Kenn Edward’s group of multi-generational folk, now studying the book of Mark together.
Currently we’re in the couples group led by Jay and Sarah Battle where we’re studying the book of James. This has tied in magnificently with Pastor’s sermons on Job. My father-in-law has been incredibly blessed by an early Sunday morning group of older men led by Frank Gilmer. It must be good for him to be at the church at 8:30 in the morning!
This is just a sampling of the many small groups going on at Albuquerque‘s First Baptist Church with many others to choose from as well. What groups interest you?