June 2021 Bridgeblast

June BridgeBlast


From Pastor Gary:

Thank you for answering the Call to Prayer  When we lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia we were always hearing calls to prayer. These would be regularly during the day and even in the early predawn hours. These “calls” were either from the Muslim mosques or from the Ethiopian Orthodox churches. It is a shame that “calls to prayer” are quite rare for Baptist and evangelical churches. But it shouldn’t be for us at Ironbridge because Prayer is our first calling. I want to give a big “thank you” to the deacons, BridgeGroups, the Prayer Ministry, and our church staff for leading us in this most important time. The Prayer Guide is a resource to walk us through this Pastor Search process and beyond.  Above all, keep praying, for it impacts the world and impacts each of us. No church ever got into trouble for truly praying too much, and none of us will ever regret that we prayed too much!!
Student Ministry  June is a great month to celebrate our student ministry. Graduate Sunday, on June 13, will be a great time to visualize the ministry impact we are having.  All our graduates–college and high school, will be honored that day. Be much in prayer for Zach and Jordyn Ginn and the rest of our Student Ministry as they lead us during this time.
Fuge Week at Liberty University  Speaking of student ministry, please be much in prayer for our students and leaders as they are at Liberty University, June 21-25. Pray that lives will be changed as they encounter the Lord in many ways during that week of camp. It is tremendous what can happen in a student’s life during camp times.
Truth Matters  The one thing that we are scarce of in this country is truth. We have a surplus in many things, but never too much truth. Because we live in a world that is content with deception as long as it makes us feel good, it is essential that we discern and share the truth. My next sermon series will be entitled, Truth Matters. Truth matters all the time but especially now. We get to walk each day in the Lord’s truth which is the safest and healthiest way to live.  I am excited as we have a great summer ahead of us. We are also getting ready for fall ministry when things will be much more open than we have experienced in well over a year, and we will see some exciting things together.

Your Pastor,


From Pastor Zach:

The month of June is the final month of our sixth-month student ministry vision! We set out to aim to see each student own their faith in Christ and Leverage their lives for his cause.

We have witnessed this vision come to life.

Students have been owning their faith by engaging with God’s word on their own. As a student ministry, we have covered the books of Philippians and Jonah, along with parts of James, Acts, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Timothy through weekly gatherings rooted in gospel-centered preaching.

We have seen them leverage their faith by plugging into leverage teams on Sunday mornings. Through these teams we have created and executed over 6 “invite nights”, events students are proud to bring their friends to because they helped to form them. Letters have been hand-written to local businesses, church members, and those far off. Students have crafted questions on scripture for our weekly gatherings, and have learned how to select God-exalting songs for our worship team.

With all that God has done so far, it is only fitting that we celebrate with a bang. Here is a glance at the main events for this month (outside of our normal gatherings):

Launch Trampoline Park Night, 6/2
Graduation Sunday, 6/13
Bruster’s Meet Up, 6/16
Summer Camp June 21-25

For more details on these events and our regular rhythms, we invite you to explore our June calendar.


From BridgeKidz

Sunday Morning Preschool through 5th grade all focus on the same theme and Bible Lessons during the summer.  This summer’s theme is Press Play: Get in the Mix.  It is also the theme for this summer’s VBS.  We are focusing on Confidence: learning to see yourself the way God sees you.

Preschool Question: Who can trust God?  Answer: I can trust God

Memory Verse:

            June:  Psalm 56:11 “I trust in God. I am not afraid.”

            July:  Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”

Elementary: Life App: Confidence – learning to see yourself the way God sees you.

Memory Verse:

June:  Psalm 27:13 “I remain confident of this:  I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

July:  Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Preteen:  Footsteps of the disciples.  These students continue to open the Word of God each week.  They are currently studying the disciples of Jesus.

BridgeKidz Hangout  A summer connection group for kids 5 – 12 years of age. A monthly evening time for kids to be kids.  Parents drop off your kids for some casual hangout time with friends on the Ironbridge Church Campus.  Bring your bike, scooter, your neighbor… for a time of just connecting with your friends in a fun, friendly, safe environment.   Checkout the Bridgegroups connections groups on the Ironbridge Church website for more information.  Contact tammy@ironbridge.org for questions.

VBS is coming!!!  

We will be hosting an in-person VBS Outside on the Ironbridge Campus

When:  July 12th – 15th, 5pm – 730pm

Registration opens June 1st; go to:  https://brgr.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/815299 to register.

Volunteers needed for: Daily setup & takedown, drop-off/pick-up of kids, crafts, tech booth, games, Large Group time, and small group time.  Volunteers can register at:  https://brgr.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/815299 after June 1st OR contact Tammy@ironbridge.org.


From Pastor Paul:

Summer is here and it is time for Connection Groups to kick in! Below you will find a list of the groups that will be active, usually once a month from June through August. Sometimes a group will have activities year-round. This is a great way to meet people at Ironbridge Church and get connected. Grab a friend and join one today. You can find them through your Church Center app or through the Church website at www.ironbridge.org by clicking MENU, then BRIDGEGROUPS, then CONNECTION GROUPS or click here.  You will find full descriptions and meeting dates. Group leaders are in the process of updating; but you can go ahead and join. Here they are: BRIDGEKIDZ HANGOUT Tammy Baylor, CARS & COFFEE Jonathan Plummer, GARDENING Steve Whitlock, HEART OF JESUS (formerly Crafting for Jesus) Rany Schmitz, ICE CREAM Randy Capel, IRONBRIDGE SOFTBALL Mike Tatum, KAYAK Brad Flynn, LADIES DINNER & A MOVIE Rany Schmitz, PING PONG Bill Stebbins, SCRAPBOOKING Camille Pascua, TARGET SHOOTING & GUN SAFETY Jack Thompson & TENNIS Paul Cochran.

Our prayer emphasis, set out last month by the Deacons, was a great success. We had many opportunities for special times of prayer. My hope is that this will continue! One of my BridgeGroup members suggested that once a month we make our weekly meeting fully devoted to prayer…so we are! I know there will be lasting benefits from this great season, and that you felt encouraged as the church, unified in prayer. I want to give a big thanks to our Deacons for this
great idea and for all the support throughout the process. Let it continue!

If you have any interest in Worship or Tech, please contact me at paulc@ironbridge.org. I would love to get you involved and using your gifts!

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