As mentioned previously, we are in a time of transition. We have lost some wonderful saints who have gone to heaven, the Floyds have moved to Des Moines, and now a wonderful couple, Clete and Teresa Bresson are moving to California. They will be remembered for years to come each time I see the mosaic sign and steel bridge, which they created that now sits in my front lawn. We celebrate their ministry here and their willingness to follow God, wherever he leads. Please pray for safe travel and open doors for ministry in California.
In spite of the losses, we are moving forward with intentionality and focus. We have clarified our mission, values and priorities. The priorities are beginning to take root with some intentional effort.
Pray: We have begun to gather everyone in the theatre at 8:45 a.m. to pray. Previously, the praise team prayed, but others were not really participating. Pray this time gains momentum and power.
Disciple: This fall we kicked off 3 new groups. Discipleship Essentials meets Sunday after church for lunch and has 8 people involved. Systematic Theology has 11 people involved (Yes, they are crazy J). I have handed off the leadership of the men’s ministry, and 3 guys are now preparing to disciple others.
Reach: We are preparing for 2 major outreach events. We are coordinating 4 churches to host 3 Halloween give-a-way sites. We are preparing to give out 2100 hotdogs and 90 gallons of hot chocolate! Operation Christmas is also being organized.
Our STRATEGIC PRIORITIES will focus our energy.
Pray - We will surrender our lives to God, calling on him to heal and draw unbelievers to himself.
Disciple - We will create multiple avenues to help people engage the Word of God.
Reach - We will share the good news by serving, inviting, and telling.
Focus: We have articulated our strategic priorities to help us clearly focus our energy. Pray we really do “Pray, Disciple, & Reach.”
Transition: Pray for us as we continue to transition from having Armond full-time. We are in the process of hiring a very part-time worship leader now.
Outreach: Pray for our Halloween outreach to be a unifying event with the 4 churches involved and to truly reach lost people.
Location: Pray also for wisdom regarding our meeting in the theatre, as there have been some things pointing us to look into other options.
Finances: Pray giving continues to increase as we move into the fall, and consider giving online, so we may do more than ever. www.bridgeofhopechurch.com/give
Community Enrichment Center… We want to help teens, young adults, and low to mid-income families make wise choices. Pray for wisdom as we work with community churches to develop need-meeting ministries.
As we continue to move forward, please consider partnering with us to connect others with God. Join us in praying and consider sending a monthly gift online or to the address below. We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing how God will use us all.