July BridgeBlast

From Our Staff

From Pastor Gary:

LIFESONGS – The book of Psalms is a book about life lived in relationship to God.  Because of this we find a wide range of emotions, ideas, and faith shared in its pages. A psalm is a song that was sung, usually accompanied by a plucked instrument. David was the writer of the most Psalms. It is easy to see that a lot of his writings reflect scenes that a shepherd might see. David was called, “a man after God’s own heart.” We all aspire to truly having a “heart for God.” We have begun this series already, and it will continue through the month of July. I hope that you can catch all these sermons and worship times either in person or online. But I hope, most of all, that you will be inspired and challenged in your walk with the Lord.

GENERATION TO GENERATION – It is our privilege and responsibility to share Jesus with all people. We want to share Him effectively in this generation and the next one as well.  We have just finished Vacation Bible School, one of the ways we share Jesus with children. Please be praying for the decisions for Christ and first steps in that direction that have been made in children’s lives during this time. Also, in July, we want to be in prayer for our Student Ministry summer camp which will be at Liberty University. You will find updated information to help you “pray along” as our students and their leaders grow in their walk with Jesus. Please pray for students to make decisions for Christ, grow in their faith, and update their commitments during this strategic time.

PASTOR SEARCH TEAM – Our search team has been working diligently to lead us in the search for our new Lead Pastor. We look forward to new developments in this search in the Lord’s timing. I want to encourage you to keep lifting our team up in prayer and to pray for the pastor and his family the Lord is leading our way. Most important is that we all keep walking strongly in Jesus each day as we continue to serve him together.

Pastor Gary

From Pastor Paul:

Hey Ironbridge Church,

We had such a great time of fellowship at our Church-Wide Picnic in early June.  Let me thank those who volunteered to help this event run smoothly. I saw
people connecting and enjoying each other. We had new people there who jumped in helping those who volunteered for the day. What a great spirit! The
food from Kings BBQ was fabulous and the desserts brought by church members topped everything off so well!

During the Summer months we like to have CONNECTION GROUPS. We shared briefly about that. I want to encourage you to consider where you might fit in and grow in your relationships with others. Below is a list of our Connection Groups.  You can go to our website to find out more, see event dates, and sign up. You can also check out Bridge Groups and connect on a deeper level.

-I Do. Dinner For Couples
-Heart of Jesus (Crafting)
-Disc Golf
-Ice Cream
-Ladies Out to Lunch Bunch

Go search them out and start connecting with others!

Take Care,

From Children’s Director Tammy:

Hello Ironbridge!
Here’s what is happening in Children’s Ministry…  We are in the middle of our VBS week which ends Friday, June 24th with a Family Night that involves our final Worship Rally, food, games and bouncies! This year’s VBS has been exciting in many ways. We have 45 registered attenders and 40 student and adult volunteers in various areas including Small Group Leaders, crafts, music and games. Thanks to all our volunteers this week and the entire Ironbridge Body for donations of supplies, set-up of décor, tables and classrooms to make VBS great for the kids! Your part impacts the life of each child and their

As VBS finishes, our Sunday Morning BridgeKidz continues with Making Waves: What you do today can change the world around you! We are studying the fruit of the spirit. Our Memory verse for the summer is Galatians 5:22-23a:
“The fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself.”

From Preschool through 5th grade, Sunday Mornings are filled with building relationships with one another, praying with and for one another, and discovering truth in God’s Word that we apply to our life.

PARENTS: Reminder, beginning Sunday, June 26th, you will drop-off and pick-up your child at their Small Group Room. There will be signs by check-in listing the room number for each age group, and signs by each classroom on procedures for drop-off and pick-up. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday Morning!

From Pastor Zach:

God is a realist. He knows the hearts of all people. He does not ignore injustice. And yet, he has mercy that overcomes the pain of all who trust in him. Through our current series, “New Beginnings” in the book of Mark, we have come to see the real Jesus. He is more courageous than we expected. He is more compassionate than we could have ever dared to dream. As this series comes to a close, the student ministry is turning the page to a new chapter. Our next series will cover the whole book of Zephaniah.

Zephaniah? Shouldn’t we be teaching teens about dating or what to watch on TV? While topics do get discussed through discipleship relationships, our primary aim is to point our students towards loving and trusting Jesus. So how does Zephaniah accomplish this goal? We’re glad you asked.

The new series will be seeking to answer the question, “why have hope”? In the book, the whole world is experiencing the painful consequences of a life lived in rejection of God. But at the end of the book, God promises protection, restoration, and hope to those who trust in him.

Our teens today are asking hard questions because they are facing difficult days. We believe that God’s word not only has the answers but guides us towards the Savior who empowers each student to overcome evil with the good of the gospel.

We invite your child or grandchild to join us each Wednesday and Sunday as we uncover the ultimate reason to have hope: the salvation offered through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.


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