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Pastor’s Update

Racism and the Kingdom of God

Dear Church,

These past days have been wrought with grief in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder. On Monday I spent time with African America pastors in Houston, listening for understanding. I found my brothers in Christ experiencing deep hurt, real anger, and lamenting so much that I didn’t really even understand, sadly. Conversations like these among Christ followers of different ethnicity are good in the wake of such tragedy. Some of the greatest glimmers of hope in all of this has come not from pastors but from police officers demonstrating compassion and acknowledging the injustice while standing with and protecting protestors. 

On Tuesday, June 9 George Floyd will be buried in Pearland, Texas. I encourage you to pray for the family and friends of George Floyd. From what I understand, George was a brother in Christ and his family and friends now need the body of Christ to mourn with them. The Bible teaches us to mourn with those who mourn.

This Sunday at 8:30, 10:30, and 12:30  I will preach a message called “Racism and the Kingdom of God.” One sermon isn’t enough but It is imperative right now, that the Church of Jesus Christ consider the issue of racism in clear view of the entire world. What is the church of Jesus Christ to be and do when it comes to racism? We will explore the Scriptures and examine our hearts. I implore you to gather with us online or in-person for these very important services. Registration is required if you plan on gathering with us in person this Sunday. You can find registration information or the online live stream at www.bayarea.church.

I also ask that you would pray for me in two ways. First, this is a difficult message to deliver and I need wisdom that comes from God and not from myself.

Secondly, on Tuesday, June 9 I will participate in an important panel discussion called “What White People Need to Know: The George Floyd Conversation” hosted by Dr. DZ Cofield of Houston’s 3rd Ward Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. This discussion among Houston area faith based leaders will be streamed to social media outlets. When I have the link I will stream to my own social media outlets so you can watch with the posture of people listening to understand hurting family members. Pray for me, that I will listen deeply, understand, and if I speak, that I would have the wisdom and compassion of Jesus. As a church we value gospel restoration and relentless love. My participation in this conversation is not comfortable but it’s right and in support of our values.

I love you much. I can’t wait to see you Sunday either In-Person or ONLINE. 

Blessings!

Pastor Brian

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WEEK OF 6/7/2020

Church Regathering: Join us as we worship in person and online this Sunday at 8:30am, 10:30am, and 12:30pm. Younger Preschool classes will be offered for birth – 3 years old. Pre-registration for in person services will be required go to www.bayarea.church/regather

Check out Bay Area Church’s website for updates and go to www.bayarea.church/live to join us online.  

Bay Area Family Gathering: Join us either in person in the Worship Center or on-line June 28th at 6:30pm. This annual members gathering is a critical point in the life of Bay Area each year where we spend time talking about vision and direction for the coming days and months and vote on our 2020-2021 budget. Instructions for in person registration and watching online are coming soon. 

Church on Your Street: One way that you can partner with us to saturate the 4B area with the Gospel during this time is by taking the opportunity to pray for, love, and serve those closest to you…the people that live on your street. How can we do this? You can bring Church on Your Street. 

Go to www.bayarea.church/live and click on the Church on Your Street button. There, you will find a simple but powerful plan for how you can pray for your street, support your street, serve your street, and be Jesus to your street! Find helpful resources, ways to connect with others who are answering the call, share with us where you are focusing your efforts and begin the journey of bringing Church on Your Street. 

Keep Drinking: Join Pastor Brian at 7:00pm each Thursday on the BAC Facebook page as he looks at Scripture and shares some encouraging thoughts and updates for our lives. 

Women’s Ministry Bible Study: Starting THIS WEDNESDAY, May 13 through June 17 at 6:30 pm a new study, Rest & Refreshment: The Art of Intimate Abiding & Joyful Fellowship will be presented Facebook LIVE. Led by Melissa Smith. Click www.facebook.com/groups/BACwomen/.

First Monday Prayer Meeting: Canceled until further notice.

Mighty Oaks Outpost Group Weekly Meeting: Canceled until further notice.

RESOURCE PAGE: Visit www.bayarea.church/live to access our live service, past messages, and resources for kids, students, and adults. 

ServeLink: The TOP FOUR ways we’re asking you to serve on Sunday mornings: Kids, Students, Connections, and Tech Arts. To find out more about how you can serve in one of these areas you can go to www.bayarea.church/go, or download the Bay Area Church app and click serve.

SENIOR ADULTS

Senior Connection: Canceled until further notice.

KIDMIN

Registration is open now for Sunday worship services on the BAC Campus at  8:30am, 10:30am and 12:30pm.  Worship seating and KidMin space is limited and you must register weekly, www.bayarea.church/regather. Online worship will also be available at the new times. 

As we make our way back to worshipping on the church campus – we will need leaders to support KidMin classes. Some of our current leaders are unable to return at this time. Help us provide awesome classes for kids to build relationships and grow in the knowledge of God’s love and perfect plan for their lives. Email cherie.niscavits@bayarea.church to serve. All resources are provided. Looking forward to hearing back from you!

You can find great weekly resources for families by visiting https://bayarea.church/live/.

WORSHIP

For more information: Visit us at www.bayarea.church/worshipministry or like us on Facebook – Bay Area Worship Ministry. 

DEACONS 

Deacons of the Week for June 7 – June 13, 2020. Please call the deacon of the week if you have a ministry need. This week please contact Bret Stanley at 512-695-6146, Chad Strange at 254-231-5617, Ray Suffron at 281-338-1941, Steve Tennis at 281-316-9425 or Walter Watson at 281-534-7135.