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Pastor’s Update

Divorce and Remarriage: Awkward

Happy Thursday Bay Area Church,

This Sunday we will continue our “Awkward” series with a candid conversation about divorce and remarriage. The conversation is awkward because the biblical values and our cultural values oppose one another in ways. It’s also awkward because so many of us, Christian and non-Christian alike, have walked the difficult path of divorce and remarriage.

I will be preaching from Matthew 19:3-11. The text is challenging and understanding the 1st century Jewish backdrop is crucial for making gospel centered applications to our 21st century views on marriage, divorce, and remarriage. I’ll confess on the upfront, I do not have all of the answers. I do think I have some of them though. Come prepared to lean into the tension between Bible and culture and maybe even your own perspectives as it relates to divorce and remarriage. Rest assured, at the heart of the message you will find good news, grace, and hope, which is always the case with our great King Jesus.

I love you each and pray God will speak to you and bless you as we gather this weekend.

All the best!

Pastor Brian

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Week of 8/11/19

Church Offices will be closed September 2, for Labor Day.

Midweek Fall 2019: We are excited about the Fall Midweek!  Register for Midweek in the Commons and on our website at bayarea.church/midweek.  Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:30-8pm. Check out all the awesome classes we are offering:

Session 1 Sept 4 – Oct 9.  No Midweek Oct 16

  • Foundations   Pastor Zac Ashley; Cost $30
  • Men: No More Excuses – Dave Davenport; Cost $14
  • Women: Children of the Day – Jenny Rampy; Cost $16
  • Financial Peace University – Dave Weaver; Cost $109
  • Grief Share – Chris Boykin; Cost $20
  • How People Change: Men – Walter Watson; Cost $15
  • How People Change: Women – Gennie Westbrook; Cost $15

Session 2 Oct 23 – Dec 11. No Midweek Nov 27

  • Men: Horizontal Jesus – Dave Davenport; Cost $12
  • Women: Rhythms of Renewal – Lesli Westfall; Cost $17

Mighty Oaks Outpost Group Weekly Meeting: Mondays from 6:30-8:00pm in the Equip Room.

First Monday Prayer Meeting: September 9, at Noon, in the Equip Conference Room, on the second floor of the Preschool Building.

New City Catechism: We’re posting one question and answer, with commentary by one of our pastors or leaders, each week for 2019. Our hope is that you will take the time each week to memorize these questions and answers in an effort to strengthen your biblical knowledge and to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). To follow along with us visit www.bayarea.church/qna.

Israel Less Strenuous Tour: Register to attend the Israel trip, December 1-12, 2019, that is designed to be “less strenuous.” The vision is to invest in our spiritual mothers and fathers and other pilgrims who have always wanted to go but did not want the difficult hikes. Enjoy the same teaching, most of the same sites, and the same rich experience with God. You will study the Biblical Text in context, and it will change you. Register at https://legacymilestones.com/event/2019-israel-study-tour/.

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.

MISSION

First Saturday Serve: In cooperation with the 4B Disaster Response Network, the next First Saturday Serve is coming up on September 7. Consider joining other area churches as we assist families still dealing with the destruction of Hurricane Harvey over 19 months ago. For more info and to register to volunteer, go to:  www.4bresponse.org.

SENIOR ADULTS

Senior Connection: Thursday, August 15, at 10:30am, in the Student Center Café. Potluck luncheon for our Senior Adults who are 55 years and older. Senior Connection meets every first and third Thursday of the month for devotionals, fellowship, and activities.

STUDENTS

If you have an upcoming 7th grader, make plans to attend our Seventh Grade Welcome on Saturday, August 17, 5:00-7:00 pm.  Parents will stay from 5:00-5:30 to meet and hear what’s on the hearts of our Student Ministry staff, students will have dinner and lots of fun getting to know our leaders and many of our outstanding senior students.  Please RSVP at www.bayarea.church/7thgradeclass.  

Student Midweek starts back Wednesday, August 21, 6:30-8:00 pm.  We’re kicking it off Hawaiian style in the Student Center parking lot.  Come wearing all things tropical and bring money for the food truck!

KIDMIN

Champion’s Cub News!

We have some exciting KidMin news!  On August 18 – Promotion Sunday – we will open our 2 Champion’s Club Rooms  – for children 4 years of age through (entering) 6th Grade.  One is a Teaching room and the other is a “Sensory/Motor” room.  We are extremely grateful that Susan Wollam has agreed to Direct our Champion’s Club Ministry.  Susan is very gifted and knowledgeable in this area – has a heart to love and serve all children and their families – knows how to provide peace and reassurance to parents – and works hard to equip and support team members. Champion’s Club will provide one on one support to kids – utilizing our new rooms and assisting those who are mainstreamed in LifeGroups as needed.  If you are interested in serving with Champion’s Club – or have a child who would benefit from this ministry, please email cherie.niscavits@bayarea.church.  Please allow us the privilege to serve your family in this way!

Promotion Sunday is ONE WEEK AWAY and we continue to pursue awesome leaders to invest in Kids.  There are still “Must Have” left to staff.  Every LifeGroupmust have at least 2 adults – and our GOAL is 3 committed team members.  This plan allows for the safest environment – most productive time connecting with kids/parents – and the most effective atmosphere for presenting the lesson and activities.  Would you consider serving in one of these positions?  To serve in KidMin email cherie.niscavits@bayarea.church.

  • Kinder B @ 9:30 (No Team Members)
  • 2 Yr B @ 9:30 (Assistant every other month)
  • 2 Yr A @ 11 (2nd Adult needed)
  • 2nd Grade B at 11 (Need a team every other month)
  • 5th Grade Boys and 6th Grade Boys LifeGroups at 11 – Need additional Adult Males to assist Teacher

Bible Presentation: On Sunday, September 15 we will present kids in First grade (2019-2020 school year) with a New Bible. We will clarify details with those who register. Email kidmin@bayarea.church by Sunday, August 25.

WORSHIP

Bay Area Worship Live – “Great I Am” CD is available for purchase at the Legacy Resource Center. Digital copies available online at iTunes and other online distributors.

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 Aug 11 – Aug 18. Please call the deacon of the week if you have a ministry need. This week please contact Jacque Andrepont at 281-482-7108, Luke Ashburn at 832-584-4930, Steve Tennis at 281-316-9425, Walter Watson at 281-534-7135 or David Westbrook at 361-676-6997.