The Navigator: 4.19.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 4/21 – EASTER SUNDAY!

Preacher:  Jason; Broken to Restore; Luke 24:13-21

 

ONE MORE TIME:  EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE

***No Saturday evening service as in years past.***

8am – Added Worship Service (choir will not sing in this service; music will be more along the style of the 10:45 service)

9:15am – Regular worship service

10:45am – Regular worship service

***All SUMMIT Groups meet as normal.

 

Summit Group Cancellation Protocol…

I had a good visit with a Summit Group leader this past week regarding this topic and, as a result, thought to myself, “I don’t think I’ve ever made my policy on this topic clear to everyone who leads a Summit Group.”  (Note:  I’m referring here to cancelling your class on a Sunday not already designated for all classes to cancel, as on a holiday weekend or for a special event.)

Let me be clear – this has not been an issue since I’ve taken over the leadership of our biblical teaching/learning ministry a year ago.  This is merely an FYI in the event that you ever need to consider canceling your class on Sunday any time in the future.

This isn’t my first rodeo.  At one former church, I oversaw more youth classes than we have adult classes here at BHBC.   As you would expect, working with that many people forced me a few times to learn some lessons the hard way.  But, experience can be a great teacher.  And, based on those lessons, I developed a policy that has always been well-received and successful.

Three preliminary thoughts:

  1. A “button” of mine is incompetence.  Here’s what I mean: let’s say a guest shows up on a given Sunday only to find that the class they had planned to attend had been cancelled – and I have to say to them, “I had no idea they had cancelled.”  Embarrassment is not a strong enough word for how I would feel as I appear to be completely incompetent, incapable of doing my job.
  2. Every Sunday during the greeting, I tell guests in both worship services we have been expecting them.  Showing up to a dark, empty class communicates just the opposite.
  3. It never fails.  During my years in student ministry,  when we cancelled our mid-week gathering for Spring Break, or were all gone on a mission trip or camp, etc., invariably, the week we were gone that student who hadn’t attended in forever finally showed up.  You just never know.  And because of this, we’ve got to always go above and beyond to be prepared.

Protocol for cancelling a Summit Group (outside of a church-wide cancellation):

  1. Please notify me ahead of time, allowing me to, both, approve the cancellation and begin preparing for your cancellation.
  2. If approved, I will contact another Summit Group that will be able to absorb any members of the cancelled class that may show up that particular Sunday.
  3. Signage will be placed on the cancelled class’s door notifying any class members unaware of the cancellation where they are to meet that particular Sunday.

Two final thoughts…

An axiom of any type of church Small Group ministry is to “shepherd the roll, not the class.” Translation: don’t limit your scope of your flock to only those who regularly attend.  Take note, also, of those who are on your roll but haven’t been in a while.  Because the week you’re not there is the week they may show up.

Lastly, I’m not a legalist.  After serving here at BHBC over ten years, hopefully you know that about me.   Although I don’t believe cancelling your class is ever best, I do realize special circumstance may warrant a consideration to do so.  In effectively planning for this, it’s critical that we’re on the same page. Having a protocol in place allows us to do this.  nw

 

Christianity requires faith.  But it’s not blind faith.

Read this brief, excellently written article on four “minimal facts” regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  You can access the article here.

 

SUMMIT Group Leaders Luncheon – Sunday, May 5th; we’ll be done by 1pm-ish

DEADLINE for RSVP:   Thur., 5/2

Please RSVP to Tami Hines at:   tamihns@yahoo.com

Agenda:

  1. The pastor’s vision for inter-generational fellowship & ministry.  Without your ideas and questions this will not be successful.
  2. The critical result of shepherding – and not shepherding – your flock.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

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And a bonus…

“Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Good Friday – 20 Centuries Ago

Travel with me back in time to the dusty roads of 1st century, southern Palestine.  A trial is taking place.  And a man is being falsely accused.  Our lives – hang in the balance.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 4.12.19

THIS SUNDAY, 4/11 – nearing Resurrection Sunday…

Preacher: Jason – “Backstabbers”Mark 14:10-21

 

EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE (April 21st)

***No Saturday evening service as in years past.***

8am – Added Worship Service (choir will not sing in this service; music will be more along the “flavor” of the 10:45 service)

9:15am – Regular worship service

10:45am – Regular worship service

All SUMMIT Group times are unchanged.

 

SUMMIT Group Leaders Luncheon – Sunday, May 5th; we’ll be done by 1pm

My friends, let me put it simply:  I need you there.  All of you.

DEADLINE for RSVP:   Thur., 5/2

Please RSVP to Tami Hines at:   tamihns@yahoo.com

Mark it on your calendar now.  Thanks so much, nw

 

APPROACHING RESURRECTION SUNDAY

Lee Strobel asks Dr. Mike Licona (a former professor of mine) to address the best objection to the resurrection of Jesus: “Come on! People don’t rise from the dead!” (only 3 minutes in length)

 

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NOTE:  Wednesday Evening Studies conclude on April 24th and resume on Aug. 21st.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

“Some claim that it was on June 17, 1963 that the end began – when prayer was legally removed from public schools. The crisis did not begin when prayer was removed from public schools, but when we stopped praying.” Erwin McManus

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Ah, the innocence of children…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Resurrection’s Impact on a Brilliant (nor former) Atheist

Only the intellectually weak mock the Christian faith as intellectually weak.  Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

 

 

 

The Navigator: 4.4.19

THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 7th!

SCHEDULE:  (Dr. Ross’s 10:45 message will be different from 9:15, so don’t miss out on either.)

9:15 – All adults in the Worship Center with Dr. Ross

10:45 – Combined worship service (overflow seating will be available).

Noon – Special Event luncheon for parents and their teenage children (graces 6-12).

 

SUMMIT Group Leaders Luncheon – Sunday, May 5th

My friends, let me put it simply:  I need you there.  All of you.

Please RSVP to Tami Hines at:  thines@baconheights.com

Noon until 1pm.

Mark it on your calendar now.  Thanks so much, nw

 

RECEIVING THE WORD OF GOD – FOR THE FIRST TIME

In North America, we can’t imagine not having easy access to the Bible everywhere we may go.  But such is not the case in other parts of world.

This video, captured in 2010, show the Kimyal Tribe of Papua, Indonesia, celebrating the arrival of the New Testament in their own language.  It. Is.  Powerful.  Read more of the story here.

 

Like Peter, permit me to “bang the drum.”  I cannot convey to you how important small-group, Christian fellowship is to one’s spiritual growth.  So, in way of reminder…

Koinonia is a Greek word that occurs 20 times in the Bible. Koinonia’s primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion.” The first occurrence of koinonia is Acts 2:42,

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Christian fellowship is a key aspect of the Christian life. Believers in Christ are to come together in love, faith, and encouragement. That is the essence of koinonia, making it a fundamental component of spiritual growth.

Please, if you don’t already, intentionally invest in regular fellowship with your class. 

No one needs to be told life is busy – we all know that.  But we make time for what’s most important.  So, on occasion (monthly? quarterly? per semester?) – whatever is most effective for your class – schedule time to come together outside of classYou’ll find the Holy Spirit using biblical fellowship to infuse your class with spiritual health and growth.

 

EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE (April 21st)

8am – Added Worship Service (choir will not sing in this service; music will be more along the “flavor” of the 10:45 service)

9:15am – Regular worship service

10:45am – Regular worship service

All SUMMIT Group times are unchanged.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK  (I like this)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This is sooooo true…

 

GRACE NOTES:  The Sound of Silence

Few things in the Christian faith are more frustrating or painful than the seeming silence of God.  Read the blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick