P31 OBS Small Groups: Limited Space

BethandMelissaOBSHey OBSers! We’re just a little over a week away from our next study, Glynnis Whitwer’s Taming the To-Do List. It will be here before you know it, and we don’t want anyone to miss out! Make sure you tell your friends and invite them to sign up and get their books now!

For those who are new to OBS, the study itself takes place on the P31OBS Study Blog. If you’re signed up for the study, you will receive every post directly to your inbox. We’ll chat daily about the study in the comment section. This is our large community, but did you know that we also have small groups — on Facebook?

Let me introduce you to our OBS Facebook Small Group Coordinator, Beth Anderson (pictured with me above). She’s here to share with you some info about our #P31OBS Small Groups …

Hi Everyone!

Each of our small groups has 15-20 group members and a leader who is specially trained to be your small group leader. She loves God, His Word and leading community.  The purpose of our small groups is to provide a safe place where ladies can meet to discuss the study, have extra accountability, experience community and enjoy an online Bible study experience in a smaller setting. 

In order to provide the finest experience for everyone, here are some things you’ll want to know before you join a small group:

  • There is limited space. We will fill groups on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not assigned to a small group, we will let you know the first week of the study. 
  • You’ll need a Facebook account to be in one of our small groups. These are private Facebook groups and your comments there can only be seen by people inside your group.
  • Your small group doesn’t take the place of reading the study book or the study blog. Your small group will add to the study by having active discussion, accountability and encouragement related to the study.
  • If you join a small group, please plan on being an active participant in your group. We love everyone, but no observers allowed. These groups are created for study discussion, accountability, participation and community.

Did you notice how many times we said COMMUNITY?  Community is the cornerstone of our small group ministry.  We want to know you.  We want you to know us.  We want to experience real hope for real life together.

We are excited to get started and see what God has to teach us through studying His Word and Taming the To Do List! If you’d like to join a small group, please click below:

TDL Small Group Registration

 Sign Up Here.

Love and Prayers,

Beth Anderson
Proverbs 31 OBS Small Group Coordinator and Executive Team

Our small groups are awesome, but let me point out, they are an 100% optional, not required. All you need for the study is right here. If you’re interested, check them out. But if you aren’t or if they fill up and you don’t get in one, no worries. We’ll take care of you right here on the blog!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Melissa

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The Top 10 Things We Love About OBS

IMG_4186_2Hey everybody! Whether you’ve been with us for years or this is your first time joining P31 OBS, WELCOME! My name is Stacy Lowe and I’m here to share a little about how OBS works and what makes it so special.

Without further ado, may I present to you …

 

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10) This is REAL LIFE, y’all! Just real people who have bad hair days and sometimes burn the supper — just like you. We’re in this thing together!

9) P31 OBS is great as is, but like anything in life, it’s even better with friends! Who can you invite to join you?

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8) Not only is it fun with old friends, it’s also a great place to meet new ones! This is YOUR community, y’all! Take advantage of it and get to know your fellow participants in the blog comment section. You never know who might need that word of encouragement you have to offer!

7) Our Bible Study Skills feature! ‘Cause, yeah, we have that, too! Once a week on this blog, our fabulous Bible Study Skills leaders share tools to help us dig deeper into God’s Word. Can’t beat that!

6) We’re serious about Bible study, but we like to have fun, too! So feel free to kick off your heels and let down your hair! It’s OK — we promise!

5) Our study takes place right here on the blog, but if you’re hungry for more, we have all kinds of optional extras like … Bible Study Live, Conference Calls, Twitter parties and more! Here at OBS, we serve it up buffet-style. Take part in what you want and leave the rest behind! (We’ll expand on that next Monday!)

4) You can do OBS in your pajamas! Or in the carpool line, on your lunch break — whenever! Because we’re online, we’re portable and on YOUR schedule.

3) Accountability. If you’re signed up for the study, each blog post will be sent straight to your inbox. In other words, we come to YOU! Even better is when you click over from the e-mail to join in the conversation. What better way to stick with it?

2) The chance to grow in your faith! Even if you forego all the extras and only read the book & do the blog, you’ll still get a healthy dose of God’s truth and love. Who couldn’t use more of that?

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The Number 1 Thing We Love About OBS Is…

1) We’re here for you regardless of where you may be in your faith journey. Maybe you’re not even sure you believe and THAT’S OK! We still want you here! OBS is for every woman!

WELCOME TO PROVERBS 31 ONLINE BIBLE STUDIES!

Let’s Chat:

  • What is your favorite thing about P31 OBS?
  • If this is your first time joining us, what are you most looking forward to?

(And … We are giving away the Conference Call Series to a couple ladies who join in the conversation today! Winners announced via email!)

 

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We Are For You

Missy P ProfileHello friends! I’m Missy Pettigrew, and today, Nichole Stern and I can’t wait to tell you a little about what to expect and look forward to, as part of this #P31OBS community. (That’s right, we’ve got our own hashtag!)

And guess what? You’ve already got a nickname. Oh, how I wish we were sitting around my couch so I could hear our seasoned friends shout it out. You are OBSers!

Although this community welcomes women from all over the world, in all different stages of life, we are united in our love for God.

After my family had made the difficult decision to leave our old church and look for one closer to home, I found myself aching for the community of women I had been so intimately involved with. Maybe you’ve felt something similar?

God answered my prayer with my first online Bible study in 2012, and I was hooked. Before long, each morning I found myself itching to see how others were responding to the book we were reading. And the prayers! Oh. My. Yes! There is nothing so powerful as the prayer of a friend for another friend. I can’t tell you how often I typed my heart into that little comment box and some unknown friend would respond with a prayer of encouragement to keep me moving along! I was seeing Galatians 6:2 (NLV) come alive on my screen, each time I logged on to the P31 OBS blog.

“Help each other in troubles and problems. This is the kind of law Christ asks us to obey.”

And then, I began meeting some of these online encouragers in real life! The picture below includes a bunch of ladies who either participate or lead within #P31OBS. How beautiful to hug those who’ve come alongside me!

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Each woman in this photo represents a real life and this wonderful Proverbs 31 OBS community is helping provide each of us real hope!

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Nichole S Profile HeadshotHi friends! Nichole Stern here to share part of my #P31OBS story! My husband Todd and I live outside Raleigh, N.C. When I say ‘outside’, I mean WAY outside. We’re about a 40-minute drive from everything. Our church included!

When we moved, I had a tough time making Bible study on time every week. That 40-minute drive after a full workday was just too stressful. So I made the difficult decision to stop trying to kill myself to get there, but I continued the study on my own. Y’all — I was L-O-N-E-L-Y and desperate to connect with other women. God met my deep longing for connection by bringing me to this OBS. It has truly changed my life. I have found an amazing community of women who love God, each other and carry one another’s burdens. We hope that’s what you’ll find here, too!

If you haven’t already registered, join us for our next Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, Taming the T0-Do List. This 5-week study begins September 8th and we would LOVE to have you! Click here to register.

Have a blessed day! ~Missy & Nichole

Let’s Chat:

It takes commitment to build community.  Would you join us in building this P31 OBS community by offering prayer and/or encouragement to one another in the comments below?

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