From Pastor Gary:
Giving Thanks 2020 certainly qualifies as an unusual year (and its not even over yet). But through all of this we have so much to be thankful for. God is faithful; we have been blessed. He has given us many opportunities to experience and share His bountiful provision. I hope you and your family will have a great time giving thanks to the Lord together. We are anticipating our ThanksLiving Service on Tuesday the 24th. I hope you can join us for that special time at 7:00 p.m.
Good News We are in the middle of a special Sunday morning series about witnessing and sharing Jesus. I hope you have been encouraged in your witnessing opportunities as I have during this time. Also, this series is a bridge to our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. We are so blessed to have Dr. Jeff Ginn to share with us on November 29. Jeff, is the father of our new student pastor, Zach Ginn. Jeff and his wife, Nell, currently serve with the International Mission Board in South America. We are so blessed to have them with us as they are currently engaged in what the Lord is doing in that strategic part of the world. Shortly after being with us they will be going back to the field. So, we get to hear from them and to encourage them as they go. Our church goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year is $20,000. I encourage you to pray and ask the Lord’s guidance for how much he wants you to give in this mission offering this year. Together we can meet and exceed this goal.
Great Joy Our Christmas sermon theme this year is Great Joy. It is critical for us this year to celebrate the “good news of great joy,” who is Jesus. I look forward to moving through the Advent Season together in this most unusual year. We want to be a part of all that the Lord is doing here and around the world as lives are changed through the gospel. “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13: 8)
From Pastor Paul:
DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS – Saturday, November 28th, 9am – Each year we decorate on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to prepare for the beginning of the Advent season and Christmas. Would you consider coming to help? Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is always a great time of fellowship for those who participate.
DRIVE THROUGH NATIVITY – On Saturday, Dec 19th from 6:00- 8:30 pm we will be having a Drive Through Nativity for the community.
How can I help?
1) We need pre-wrapped Christmas candy (collection box in the Gathering)
2) We need volunteers for cast, costuming, and set building
Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in helping in any way as we give back to the community this Christmas season.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES FOR IBC – Several opportunities are listed below for you, your family, or Bridge Group to participate in during the holidays. Please note that we are collecting coats and hygiene products currently through December 13th for Mercy Mall (see the full list below). A collection box is in the Gathering at the “Ministry Corner” for your donations. Prayerfully consider how you can bless someone in need this season:
Ministry: Mercy Mall Contact: Marjorie Loya firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring new or gently used items for Mercy Mall to help local individuals and families in crisis.
By the collection day, Sunday, Dec 13th, bring any of the following items:
– New or used men’s coats (especially larger sizes)
– New “comfy” clothing: sweatpants, sweatshirts (men’s or women’s, especially larger sizes)
– Hygiene supplies: shampoo/conditioner (all in one), toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, deodorant (men’s /women’s), body wash, razors (men’s / women’s)
– New or used Bibles and/or devotionals, preferably easier to read, but KJV is okay.
Ministry: Middle District Baptist Association 2020 Christmas Store
Contact: Bill Vickers email@example.com
Information: Sponsor a child by providing the following: only one toy, one outfit (to include underwear and socks), and a stocking with some candy if you so choose).
What to do:
1- As soon as possible, contact Bill Vickers with the number of children you want to sponsor and your name and email of phone number.
2- Deliver your gifts to Ironbridge Church on Monday, November 30th or Tuesday, December 1st between 9am and 2pm.
Ministry: Virtual Angel Tree (through Prison Fellowship)
Contact: Marjorie Loya firstname.lastname@example.org
Information: Sponsor a child whose parent is incarcerated
What to do: Provide a $20 gift card for a child (plus $2 for postage) through a secure online portal
Contact Marjorie for the link and code. We have not received firm dates but, we are expecting an early December deadline.
Ministry: Chesterfield Food Bank
Contact: Marjorie Loya email@example.com
Information: Give a financial donation to help the Chesterfield Food Bank provide food for families in need.
What to do: Mention “Chesterfield Food Bank” on your check memo or online giving.
*We are also having a special Ingathering of canned goods for our church pantry. Bring donations to the Thanksliving service, Tuesday, Nov 24th at 7pm.
Ministry: Yard work for senior citizens
Contact: Marjorie Loya firstname.lastname@example.org
Information: Rake leaves and complete other yard work
What to do:
Contact Marjorie to get the address of a senior family who needs help.
Recruit a few friends or bring your family or BridgeGroup.
Bring your own tools.
CLASSIC SERVICE – We will have a special Christmas Classic Service on December 17th at 11am. This will be a great time of singing and focusing our hearts on what God did for us through the birth of Jesus. Contact Debbie Starnes by leaving a message at 804-751-9065 if you would like to attend. We want to appropriately prepare for all who attend.
BridgeKidz Holiday Events:
Advent Season is here! Families, pick-up your family advent Calendar beginning Sunday, November 22nd. There is a family craft to create a kid friendly advent wreath along with daily activities to do as a family for the Advent Season. They will be available where you pick-up your kids on Sunday. If you are not currently attending an in-person service, contact Tammy at email@example.com and we can arrange for your family to receive a kit.
Jingle Jam: This annual event will be very different this year. This will be an Online Event! We will post this event in our Private Facebook Group: BridgeKidz Children’s Ministry Jingle Jam. Jingle Jam will Begin on Sunday, December 8th and be available to view and participate through January 3rd. If you need assistance with accessing, contact Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Birthday Jesus Kits: Beginning Sunday, December 13th, we will have a Happy Birthday Jesus kit(s) for each family in BridgeKidz. This is a fun way to involve your kids in the celebration of the birth of Jesus our Savior. These kits will be available where you pick-up your kids on Sunday. If you are not currently attending an in-person service, contact Tammy at email@example.com and we can arrange for your family to receive a kit.
BridgeKidz Christmas Celebration: Sunday December 20th during our regular morning Service! We will have a brief lesson, then have a few games with prizes and some pre-packaged snacks and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a kid-friendly environment.
What’s happening on Sundays in BridgeKidz?
Preschool and Elementary are finishing their series on Gratitude and Thankfulness! What a great month this has been of wonder and discovery of what it means to be thankful and show gratitude to God and to others.
Preteen kids have started their series on Worship. What is worship? Is worship boring? How does God want me to worship? Preteens discover the answers to these questions about true worship and more during this 13-week series as they continue through the Forged: Faith Refined Discipleship Series. What a perfect season to focus on Worshipping as we remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
Preschool: We will have a sweet month as we combine the Christmas Story with Christmas Cookies! While cookie cutters, decorations, and excitement will fill this entire month, the focus will be Jesus—Specifically. We want every preschooler to know that what we are celebrating this time of year is the wonderful truth that God loved the world so much that He gave us His only Son, Jesus. Memory Verse: John 3:16 “God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son.”
Key Question: Why is Jesus Special? Bottom Line: Jesus is God’s Son.
Elementary: This year has been full of many emotions, difficulty, and stress. With all that’s going on this time of year, we are going back to the basics and simply celebrate Christmas. The truth is Jesus is the BEST GIFT GOD EVER GAVE!! Jesus was proof that God loves us, and we can trust God no matter what. Because of Jesus, it’s possible for us to have a relationship with God that will last forever. As we remember the Christmas Story, we take time to celebrate the greatest gift the world has ever known and rediscover, joy and hope and peace as we rest in the unconditional love of God.
Memory Verse: Luke 2:11 “Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, The Lord.”
Parent Resource Area: Have you seen our updated Parent Resource Area? We now have the weekly handouts for preschool, elementary, and preteens available. If you miss a week, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Also, we are in the process of expanding options available as resources for families. Continue to watch for updates in upcoming BridgeBlasts for details.
BridgeKidz Online: We are diligently working on expanding our online experience and options for families and kids. Currently, we are posting a video lesson for preschool and elementary kids on our BridgeKidz Facebook Page and the BridgeKidz Facebook Group. This is the same lesson given in person on Sundays. Look for updates about online experiences and options for BridgeKidz over the coming months.
From Pastor Zach:
As a student ministry, we have been walking through the book of Philippians. One of the truths we have studied says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
As we reflect on a season of gratitude, the leadership of the student ministry wants you to know that we are thankful for you. As a church and as parents, each event you take time to drive your child to, each prayer you offer for them, each act of support like provided a meal, says to our students, “you are significant.” We notice your care for us. We are thankful.
Looking ahead, we want to highlight some big events, in addition to our normal gatherings, for the student ministry this December!
Wednesday, 12/2 – Fuzed: in the main sanctuary
– What you have come to expect for Fuzed: food, fun, and biblical teaching, but with a twist. This Wednesday we will gather in the main sanctuary because the Fuzed sermon and worship will be live-streamed! Parents we invite you to join in by watching on the church’s Facebook page. / 6:30pm
Sunday, 12/6 – Student Sunday
– Students are taking over this Sunday! Both main services will be led by the student band, and Pastor Zach. As a result, there will be no morning gathering. Students can sign up to serve as greeters. / 9:00am & 10:45am
Wednesday, 12/16 – Christmas Party
– As Christians, we have a reason to party come December. Invite your friends to a Christmas party they will not forget. / 6:30pm
Wednesday, 12/30 – Fuzed: Vision Launch
– We’re excited to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year. / 6:30pm
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