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Men of Faith in Action Bible Study and Prayer Breakfast, 3rd Saturday, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Lewis Main Chapel Hall, Bldg. 2001. Photo courtesy Facebook

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They say that there are no atheists in foxholes. Whether or not that's true, nothing focuses the mind on life's ultimate questions quite like the day-to-day realities faced by the men and women of the Armed Forces.

Whether you've been a believer since you were a child or you're simply exploring different ways of understanding the meaning and purpose of life, three Bible study groups on Joint Base Lewis-McChord welcome your insights and questions.


Every Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Chaplains Tony Luxem, Michael Bielefeld and Paul Alexander lead the Men of Faith in Action (MOFIA) Bible study in the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel. The format includes a brief lecture on a biblical topic chosen by the leadership team followed by group discussions. "Someone leads a particular focus and generates questions for the smaller table groups to discuss around their tables," explained Bielefeld. "Then, everyone discusses what their thoughts are in the larger group for a few minutes after the table discussions."

These Bible studies are open to all men, whether active servicemembers, retirees or civilians. No registration is required, and drop-ins and newcomers are always welcome.

"Newcomers are welcome at any time," said Bielefeld, "as there is no structured class-type atmosphere.  (It's) just a bunch of men discussing topics relevant to life and sharing with one another challenges and triumphs in daily spiritual battles."

On the third Saturday of every month, MOFIA sponsors a prayer breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. in the Lewis Main Chapel Hall. Like the Bible study, the breakfast is a drop-in event open to all interested men, whether or not they attend the Bible study.

For more information about the breakfast or the Bible study, contact the Men of Faith in Action office at 253.967.3718.


Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) International is "a resource network sponsored by the Army Chief of Chaplains." From September to May, it offers several drop-in Bible studies for women only. The first meets every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the North Fort Chapel; the second meets the second and third Wednesday of the month in the Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Study groups also meet in the McChord Chapel Support Center on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 6 p.m.  Free onsite childcare is available for all daytime Bible studies.

According to its Facebook page, PWOC "unites, trains and encourages women in the JBLM community toward spiritual growth." For more information, contact the Protestant Women of the Chapel office at 253.966.5959.


Adult Bible study, led by Chaplain Tyman, is held in the McChord Field Chapel Support Center on Tuesdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. This coeducational discussion-based Bible study is open to drop-ins and newcomers and is currently discussing the Book of Daniel. A pizza dinner is provided. For further information about Adult Bible study, contact the Chapel Support Center at 253.982.5556.

Men of Faith in Action Bible Study, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 9120, JBLM-Lewis Main, Free, 253.967.3718

Men of Faith in Action Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m., 3rd Saturday, Lewis Main Chapel Hall, Bldg. 2001, South Liggett and 9th Division Drive, JBLM-Lewis Main, 253.967.3718

Protestant Women of the Chapel Bible Study, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, September to May, North Fort Chapel, Bldg. 11621, South Drive and 12th Street, JBLM-Lewis North; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., second and third Wednesdays, Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 9120, Jackson Ave., and Transmission Line Road, JBLM-Lewis Main; 9 a.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Monday, McChord Chapel Support Center, 746 Col. Joe Jackson Blvd., JBLM-McChord Field; 253.966.5959

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