MyPOA Life Classes
The Pentecostals of Alexandria are on a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. From its origins in 1918 to the present, the vision and purpose of the church has landed squarely in the middle of the everyday lives of everyday people. The message has been consistently clear: the best life is lived by passionately following, serving and growing in Christ. It is with that purpose in mind, the POA began offering Life Classes.
Life Classes are for you! Life Classes are designed to provide opportunities for you to apply God’s Word to everyday living and to fulfill your unique purpose. No two lives are the same yet we all have a divine purpose. Through Life Classes you can find a place to grow in a meaningful and personally relevant way in your relationship with Jesus Christ. You will finish your Life Class equipped with spiritual, educational, emotional, social and even physical tools you need to grow in faith, mature in Christ and walk in your unique purpose. Life Classes are open to everyone, you need not be a POA member to attend.
Life classes are taught by qualified instructors and feature a small group learning environment with most classes being limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Classes are held in three week intervals, on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15PM during three sessions throughout the year.
Spring Life Classes will are scheduled during the month of May (Only one session is offered in the spring due to Above All). Unless otherwise noted, Life classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm until 8:15 pm . Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration begins approximately one month before each Life Class Session begins.
If you or someone you know has cancer, or you are a caregiver of someone with cancer, or you are a cancer survivor, you are invited to the Hearts & Hands of Hope Cancer Support Group Monthly Meeting. We meet the fourth Thursday of every month from 7pm to 8pm in the POA Family Room (2817 Rapides Ave).
Each meeting will address an area of possible concern of those dealing with cancer. Information and support will be offered to patients as well as family and friends. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call us at 318.487.8976.
Offering the deaf community an opportunity to learn about the Gospel and to worship along with the church, The POA's Deaf Ministry provides interpreting services for the hearing impaired. Members of the Deaf Ministry interpret all POA services and special events. However, this ministry goes beyond mere interpreting--the Deaf Ministry also provides Sunday School, Bible teaching, and fellowship.
For Deaf and hearing not involved in other ministries, the Deaf Evangelism class provides all participants the opportunity to study the Word of God. The lessons in this class apply to the daily lives of the adult Christian. Classes are held at 9:30 am each Sunday in the Bethany House, the house located on Westwood directly behind the Family Life Center’s main entrance (parking-lot side).
The POA's Deaf Ministry Coordinator, Mary Young, is a National Association of the Deaf (NAD) certified interpreter and is a duel member of NAD and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).
The Louisiana District UPC Deaf Ministry holds an annual conference in October (visit www.ladistupc.com for information). The National UPCI Deaf Ministry holds annual conferences in July (visit www.upci.org for information). Deaf evangelists include Ernie Murillo, Curtis Nolen, Meloy Richmond, David Rouleau, and Wesley Swanson. Resources that are useful as learning tools include Elaine Costello's Religious Signing, the UPCI's "Breaking the Sound Barrier," and the following:
Dawn Sign Press, 9080 Activity Road, San Diego, CA 92126, (619) 549-5330
Gallaudet Bookstore, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695, (800) 451-1073
Sign Enhancers, 1320 Edgewater NW, Salem, OR 97304 (800) 767-4461
Sign Media, Inc., Burtonsville Commerce Center, 4020 Blackburn Lane, Bustonsville, MD 20866-1167 (800) 475-4756
T.J. Publishers, Inc., 817 Silver Spring Ave. #206, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301) 585-4440
World Bible Translation Center, Inc., P.O. Box 820648, Fort Worth, TX 76182
Emotional Health Ministry (EHM)
Emotional Health Ministry of the POA
The Pentecostals of Alexandria are excited to provide POA Emotional Health Ministry. The POA Emotional Health Ministry is dedicated to the process of helping individuals reach spiritual and emotional wholeness. We believe that a strong relationship with God and healthy relationships with others cannot be achieved without spiritual and emotional maturity. EHM sponsors support groups that are designed to help you along your journey to emotional healing. Click here to find out more about Emotional Health Ministry.
SEVEN meets in the rooms on the left (West) side of the POA Events Center. Most meetings convene at 7:00 pm.
First and third Saturday night meetings follow the Celebrate Recovery lesson plan, individualized by each instructor to fit "us." Meetings begin at 7:00 pm.
On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays SEVEN hosts a "Big Group Dinner" from 6:00-7:00 pm in the POA Events Center (prior to the regular meeting schedule as noted above). The 2nd Saturday is "Burgers and Breakouts" - a casual meal of hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Following a brief time of announcements, focus, and worship, the group divides into small groups for discussion. The 4th Saturday is a catered meal and provides a wonderful additional opportunity for fellowship as we celebrate recovery "birthdays" of more than one year with testimonies and sharing.
Also, on months with 5 Saturdays, we host an extra meal meeting. We serve a meal at 6:00 and begin our meeting at 7:00. The meeting usually features a special speaker from within our congregation or from out of town.
On Monday and Wednesday nights - same time (7:00 pm) and same place (POA Events Center) SEVEN hosts open discussion meetings. There may be a particular topic of discussion introduced by the leader - there may be an "ask it basket" - it's simply a time of discussion and sharing to provide strength and hope to participants.
On Tuesday nights at 7 PM in the Family Room a "Big Book" study is on-going, a chapter-by-chapter, step-by-step book study. On Thursday nights our 12-step study focuses on the link between the ancient tribes of Israel and the 12 steps today. Friday nights at 7:00 pm there is a "Newcomers Meeting" designed especially for those who are new to recovery - new to recovery ministry. This group discussion/teaching session focuses on the first four steps of the AA 12 Step Program.
SEVEN group sessions are designed to create and provide a safe place to find support and recovery through a 12-Step/8 Biblical Principles program modeled after the Celebrate Recovery program. Utilizing CR resources, guidelines for confidentiality and sharing have been established for each meeting.
Emotional health classes including a book study of Life's Healing Choices are offered as needed. Due to the nature of this series of lessons, these Studies are scheduled when there are an appropriate number of individuals interested in participating and willing to obligate to the study. If you are interested in joining a "Life's Healing Choices" small group series, please e-mail SEVEN and we will let you know when the next study group is scheduled to begin.
How do you attend a SEVEN Meeting?
Just show-up at 7PM - Monday - Saturday - at the POA Events Center - (701 Veterans Dr. - Across the street and a bit west from the main building. Look for the purple SEVEN banner!) If it's a 2nd, 4th, or 5th Saturday - come at 6:00 and join us for a meal before the meeting!
Our goal is to provide an atmosphere conducive to deliverance and recovery in which the Holy Spirit can minister healing to the hurting and hope to the helpless...Come on in. The coffee is hot. We've been expecting you....