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Group Overview

Groups at Life Bridge are diverse – Interest/Study Groups and Serve Groups. Each has a different focus and provides an opportunity for individuals to “plug in” to an area in which they believe fits their need or calling.

Interest/Study Groups

Interest Groups provide the opportunity for individuals to engage in areas with specific appeal.

Study Groups generally provide the opportunity to "Lean In”. These groups utilize a video, book, or discussion with the purpose of helping to learn more about our Heavenly Father and to aid in deepening our relationship with God. As relationships strengthen within the group, they develop into a small community, sharing a co-dependency of support, as they journey together in their walk with Christ. Some of the Study Groups “Launch Out” missionally as they serve the Fort Wayne area in various ways.

Serve Groups

Serve Groups are focused, for the most part, on providing the foundation for Life Bridge’s Sunday morning service.

Life Bridge Groups are scheduled on a semester basis and begins with LBC Connections, an event that allows individuals to “sign up” for the group of their choice or reconnect with their previous group. The Spring semester begins in February and the Fall semester begins in September. Often, groups continue to meet at a relaxed frequency during the summer.

If an individual misses LBC Connections and wants to join a specific group, they can contact the Group Leader.

A list of current groups (Study Groups in amber; Interest Groups in blue; and Serve Groups in green) is shown below.

Groups Directory

3J's Breakfast Club

Adults
Jim Wietfeldt, Jim Williams & Joe Ruggerio
Sat. @ 8:00 am 46845

This breakfast is for men only (sons are welcome to attend with their fathers). This will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to enjoy a manly breakfast with others from the Life Bridge community. Our time together will include a brief testimony or devotional from a guest speaker.

Sign up at the Welcome Center the Sunday prior.

Group meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday.

Jim Wietfeldt Jim Williams Joe Ruggerio

Encounter

Young Adults
Pastor Steve & Mattie Mbai | Jared & Lauren Ballenger
Tue. @ 7:00 pm 46845

This Group is for college age and young adults, single or married, desiring to encounter God, build community and live out the gospel.

Meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month.

Pastor Steve Mbai Jared Ballenger

Faith, Friends & Fellowship

Adults
Maryann Cannady | Jim & Shirley Williams
Tue. @ 6:30 pm 46835

We are friends in all stages of life who come together to know Jesus in a deeper way, in an environment that supports each other, and builds relationships as we grow in our faith. We support the Rescue Mission through acts of service.

Meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month.

Maryann Cannaday Jim & Shirley Williams

Friends, Food & Fun

Adults
Jim & Robin Wietfeldt
Tue. @ 6:30 pm 46845

We explore God’s Word to grow closer to Him, create new friends, learn to love as Christ and… well… eat! Welcome to all ages 18 and above.

Meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month.

Jim & Robin Wietfeldt

Fun & Easy Jewelry Making

Adults
Robin Wietfeldt
Tue. @ 6:30 pm 46845

Come, join in the fun and get your creative juices flowing as together we make some beautiful jewelry. No experience is necessary and tools and materials will be provided. Material cost will range between $1.00 & $3.00.

Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Robin Wietfeldt

Hump Day Restoration

Adults
Jim Wietfeldt
Wed. @ 8:00 am 46845

Men’s Bible Study SOAP-ing (reading Scripture, Observing the meaning, personal Application, and Prayer) through the “Life Journal” Daily Devotional. Includes coffee and oatmeal! Open to all men ages 18 and up!

Jim Wietfeldt

Living by the Word - Morning & Evening Additions

Adults
Pastor Grace Campbell
Sun. @ 8:30 am 46845

This is a great time to engage with the Word as we seek to grow our understanding, transform our minds, and chllenge ourselves to live by it. Topics covered will vary and will be announced in advance. You are welcome to attend only those topics that interest you as they are offered. These classes are for adult believers.

Morning Edition: Sundays, 8:30 to 9:30 am

Evening Edition: Sundays, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Childcare by reservation one week in advance. Sign up at the Neighborhood Welcome Desk.

Pastor Grace Campbell

Married & Singles

Adults
Denny Hull
Tue. @ 6:30 pm 46845.

Our goal is for people to grow in the Lord as a result of hearing the Word, discussing it, and living it. Our group is mostly made up of people in their 30s and over, but anyone is welcome to join!

This group meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays.

Denny Hull

Oikos

Adults
Rich & Danielle Cummins | Corbin & Melissa Prows
Thur. @ 6:30 pm 46845

Need a night out?

Enjoy a night out that will grow and strengthen your relationship with God, each other, your children, etc. This is a time to laugh, learn, meet others, and talk about the things you care about. This is for couples 20 to 50ish. Supper will be provided for you and your children.

Oikos meets the 1st Thursday of the month - 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Sign up will be available prior to each meeting to reserve your spot and request child care.

Melissa Prows

Operation Patriot

Adults
Joe Ruggerio & Tamara Goodman
Thur. @ 6:30 pm 46845

This is a group for veterans, active duty military, reserve, or National Guard personnel. It will provide a unique opportunity for encouragement and to share common experiences and challenges.

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Joe Ruggerio Tamara Brown

Seasoned Women

Seniors
Cheryl Oss
Thur. @ 11:30 am

For women age 60 and over, gathering for food and fellowship. An offering will be received once each seson and donated to an organization selected by the group.

This Group meets monthly on the 1st Thursday (April thru October)

Cheryl Oss

Shambaugh Elementary School Support Team

Adults
Lisa Dan
Mon. , Tue. , Wed. , Thur. , Fri.

One of Life Bridge’s missional outreaches is support for Shambaugh Elementary School. This includes a wide variety of activities - their fall carnival, school supplies drive, packing snack bags for ISTEP, preparing meals for Parent/Teacher Conference nights, etc. A real need is for student support/tutoring and lunch buddies. Please consider being Jesus’ hands extended.

Lisa Dan

Women of Wisdom

Adults
Pat Roberts
Tue. @ 10:00 am 46845

A group that prays for the needs of the church, the community, and our nation. It is open to any women high school-age and up.

Pat Roberts

The Neighborhood

All Ages
Lisa Dan
Sun. @ 9:30 am 46845

The Neighborhood is our ministry to the children of Life Bridge Birth-5th grade. This team is made up of those who are passionate about training up the next generation of Christians. The numerous areas available are as follows:

- Registration (Welcome Desk) - Welcome families and help visitors sign in and find their classes.

- Little Lambs (birth - 2 years) - Little Lambs is our Nursery. This team gets to play with our babies.

- Tiny Praisers (3 - 4 years) - This team works with our toddlers, teaching and showing God's love.

- Kids HOP (5 year olds - K) - This team works to teach and show God's love.

- Kid's ROCK (1st - 3rd grade) - This team partners with families to help our students on their journey to having and owning their relationship with Christ.

- Club 46 (4th - 6th grade) - This team continues the journey of helping students own their relationship with Christ

Lisa Dan

Bridge Cafe

All Ages
Corbin Prows and David Prows
Sun. @ 8:30 am 46845

This is a great place for anyone junior high age and older to help set the mood for our church family and guests. We will train and make you feel at home. A once a month commitment to help Life Bridge will make it the caffeinated place to be!

Corbin Prows David Prows

Greeters

Adults
Jim Wietfeldt
Sun. @ 9:15 am 46845

Greeters are the first point of contact for those arriving at Life Bridge and we want them to feel Jesus' love from the moment they arrive on campus. Help us share that love and joy by joining our team.

Child care by reservation only - one week in advance @ Neighborhood Welcome Desk.

Jim Wietfeldt

Landscape Team

All Ages
Ray Hunt
Mon. , Tue. , Wed. , Thur. , Fri. , Sat. 46845

No Green Thumb is required to help keep the church grounds looking well manicured. We all can pull weeds, trim a bush and/or pick up litter. We need your help and the hours are flexible. We have the tools. Please consider giving 4 to 6 hours per month.

Support needed from April thru September.

Ray Hunt

Mowing Team

Adults
Ed Waters
Thur. , Fri. 46845

Enjoy being in the great outdoors and operating equipment? Join the mowing team to help keep the church grounds looking well maintained. Responsibilities include mowing, trimming add/or weeding. Please consider giving 3 hours per month (more if desired).

Tech & Media Teams

All Ages
Jared Ballenger
Sun. @ 8:00 am 46845

The Tech and Media Teams are a vital part of what takes place behind the scenes to help create the Sunday morning experience at Life Bridge.

Child care by reservation only - one week in advance @ Neighborhood Welcome Desk.

Jared Ballenger

Ushers

Adults
Pat Bendele
Sun. @ 9:15 am 46845

This is a group of servant leaders who help facilitate the logistical needs of the service and help in any way necessary to make sure that things go smoothly.

Child care by reservation only - one week in advance @ Neighborhood Welcome Desk.

Pat Bendele

Welcome Center

Adults
Nancy Kopp
Sun. @ 9:15 am 46845

This is the information hub for Life Bridge and one more way that we help individuals know they are loved and appreciated at Life Bridge Church! We provide welcome gifts to new visitors and event information for the entire church.

Child care by reservation only - one week in advance @ Neighborhood Welcome Desk.

Nancy Koop

Worship Team

Adults
Joe Lott
Sun. @ 8:00 am 46845

If you play an instrument or sing, consider auditioning for the Worship Team and help lead the Life Bridge congregation in God's presence. Your talents and abilities are needed.

There are two Thursday night rehearsals per month.

Support for Monday Night Experience on the 4th Monday night of the month.

Child care by reservation only - one week in advance @ Neighborhood Welcome Desk.

Joe Lott