By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012
Joe Maltsberger, Kip Robinson, Rusty Johnson and Steve Plodinec of the Bible Church of Owasso Men’s Ministry.
Carole Noe just can’t say enough good things about the 15 or so men who showed up at her home on a recent Saturday to help with her “honey-do” list. A widow since 1997, Carole is a member of the Bible Church of Owasso (BCO) and was one of the first ladies helped by a new program of the BCO Men’s Ministry. “It was something else! They pulled everything out of the garage, hauled off the trash, took the things I wanted donated and helped me store the things properly that I am keeping,” she explained. “Others cleaned my flowerbeds and planted new flowers and did some household repairs I couldn’t take care of myself. It was just wonderful. I appreciate these men so much.”
Dr. Joe Maltsberger, a deacon at BCO, explains that the new ministry is aimed at helping men develop relationships with other Christian men and deepen their relationship with the Lord, while putting their faith into action. “It’s an easy way to connect with guys in our church and community, and just have fun together.”
The kickoff Saturday saw 66 men helping with projects at four different homes, and five more dates are planned. Each event will follow the same format. The men will meet at the church at 8 a.m. for a homemade breakfast, then hear personal testimonies from church members, followed by 30 minutes of topical teaching on subjects chosen especially for men from God’s word. The guys will then split up into groups and head out to the project sites to take care of physical needs for church members of BCO. The plan is to be finished by noon.
Joe explained that there is no cost involved, and the day is set up so that if a man cannot participate in all the activities, he can come to just breakfast, or the teaching time, or just show up to work on the projects. “We know that people are busy and have a lot of commitments. We want this to be a time that these men can fellowship with one another and have a real focus on issues that are particularly meaningful to men,” said Joe. “We hope to spin off some groups of 8 to 10 men that will meet outside the Saturday time to dig deeper into the subjects we study as well.”
If you are interested in participating, you may register by calling the church office or visiting the church website at www.owassobible.org. There is a Facebook page listed as BCO Men as well that will have updated information available. You are always welcome to just show up at the church, but registration helps the men plan for breakfast and work crews. During registration, any special skills are noted so that the groups will have people with the appropriate skills needed at each home.
The Bible Church of Owasso is located at 201 N. Main St., and the BCO Men’s Ministry will meet at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of the months of October, November, January, February and March.
“We pray this is a life-changing time for the men involved,” added Joe. “We have already seen some really neat things happen the first day.” All men in the community are welcome to attend, regardless of church affiliation.
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