The Navigator: 5.31.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, June 2nd

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 3:11-24

***Observance of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday

 

VBS! June 10-13

GREAT NEWS:  All volunteer positions have been filled!  Now, pray for our leadership and those children (and their families) who will be attending.

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 7th – One Summit Group hour & One Worship Service

9:15 – All Summit Groups

10:45 – Combined Worship Service

 

***FRIENDLY REMINDER***


INTER-GENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Our deadline to have contacted the Summit Group with whom I’ve connected you is Father’s Day Sunday, June 16th.  The goal is to simply introduce yourself (if needed), get connected and start the ball rolling.  I’ll follow up the week of the 17th to check on your status.

Should you need to refresh your memory regarding the group with whom you’ve been connected simply look at last week’s Navigator by clicking here.

 

WELL DONE, LOWE’S.  WELL DONE.

When I saw this last Monday I stopped in my tracks.  I learned from a friend of mine in Oklahoma City that this was a company-wide effort to honor the fallen at every store throughout our country.  I took this photo at our Lowe’s here in Lubbock.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

During my grad studies, a fellow classmate offered this parallel between the Orcs of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and the insidious patter of severe depression.  As one who suffers from depression, I thought the imagery was brilliant.

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Sometimes I see this photos on social media and lament to myself, “And this person is probably registered to vote!”  🙂

 

GRACE NOTES:  Spiritual Confusion

When you think to yourself, “God? Are you sure you know what you’re doing?”

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

 

The Navigator: 5.23.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 5/26 – Memorial Day Weekend

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 2:18-28

 

A MOMENT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE

Below is a photo from the moment Brandon Brits proposed to our daughter, Kelsie, on the Showboat Branson Belle last week while we were there moving my younger daughter, Macy, to Branson to start work.  Weddings (yes, that’s plural) are August 16th in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Branson, MO, on August. 20th.  Here we go! 🙂

 

VBS! June 10-13

Theme:  “In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus”

Can you help?  Contact Dana Kluzek at dkluzek@baconheights.com

 

“OUTSIDE OF THE BIBLE…”

It’s a great question:

“What evidence is there – outside of the Bible – for (1) Jesus existing, or (2) performing miracles, or (3) actually being crucified?”

One of my “life purposes” as a pastor is to help equip Christians to be able to have confident, intelligent dialogue where the Christian faith is concerned.

That said, the next time you are confronted with this type of honest question kindly produce for them the following historical facts from extrabiblical (outside the Bible) sources.  (This is a wonderful resource to provide for your class members.)

Enjoy the resource here.

 

FRIENDLY REMINDER….


INTER-GENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Below you will find to which class you’ve been connected.  To provide some healthy accountability, please find a time to meet with the leadership of the other class by Father’s Day, June 16th. Discuss ideas as to how to connect regarding fellowship, church attendance and service (and however else you may decide will help accomplish our goal.)

There is absolutely no need to rush it or to “make it happen.”  Don’t force it.  Just do it. What’s important is that we simply start the ball rolling.

I have listed the name of the classes as well as their leader.

Contact me with questions for assistance at any time.  I am here to help set you up for complete success and help alleviate any unforeseen difficulties.

Generations (Bruce Cottrell) & Young Adults (Shawn Coleman)

Duncan A  (Glenna Applewhite) & Basecamp (Isaias Martinez)

Ladies’ (Sandy Smith) & Singles (Mike & Susie Harendt)

Agape’ (Gib Weaver) & Travelers (Brad Whitaker/James St. Clair)

Duncan B (Larry Viaille) & Transitions (Michael Dain)

Open Door (Tom Heath) & The Village (Matt Flaniken & Justin Schoepf)

Wellspring (Laura McGrew) & The Mix  (Mel & Dormye Halbrooks) & Friends of God (Rosie Rodriquez)

University (Shawn Coleman) – Young adults will be involved in helping connect with the University ministry.

 

OSCAR NIGHT!

How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 6th; 6pm; FLC

Prepare to be appreciated. 

 

A solid article about the great people of Lubbock…

The author, Amanda Cargill, lives in Brooklyn, NY.  I suspect this is why she classifies Lubbock as “small town.”  Nonetheless, Cargill does a respectable job of describing the beauty that is Lubbock and surrounding west Texas.  Enjoy the article here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

GRACE NOTES:  Foolish Faith

Read the blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 5.9.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 5/12

Preacher:  Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 2:3-11

 

LUNCHEON FOLLOW-UP & COMMENTS

Thank You!  We had tremendous attendance at last week’s assembly.  Thanks to Tami Hines & her team for feeding us well.

  1. Theological Framework:  Hopefully, I was able to clearly communicate the seriousness of your leadership role.  Sure, teaching is both rewarding and fun, but, according to God, this role should be taken very seriously: Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.James 3:1
  2. Shepherding:  For the sake of clarity, the roll sheet I gave to each of you is to serve as a supplement to our present, church-wide system for keeping attendance.  You do not have to use the roll I  distributed if you already have in place an effective strategy for shepherding  your sheep.
  3. Weekly Attendance/Kiosks:  Our present system for keeping careful records where attendance is concerned is making certain everyone registers at a kiosk.  The onus for “banging this drum” falls on our class teachers/leaders to, weekly, make certain/encourage everyone in your class to take the time to check in online.  Help them to understand this is they method we use currently to help us shepherd each individual more responsibly.  If you have folks who are uncomfortable and/or unfamiliar with computers, please assign someone in your class to enter their information for them.  Bottom line: gather their information (somehow) so that we can shepherd them.
  4. Blue Cards:  Please, make certain that you encourage guests to complete a Blue Card.  This allows us to enter them into our system and to begin shepherding them.
  5. Contacting Absentees:  As I visited with a few of our leaders who attended the luncheon, we discussed the task of contacting folks who have been consistently absent.  This is a rudimentary small group leadership skill.  Additionally, it’s a leader’s biblical obligation i.e. shepherd’s care for the sheep to whom they’ve been entrusted.  As I mentioned, I have had conversations with two members, one of whom has moved their membership to another church, who mentioned they had been absent for many months without a single contact from their small group.
  6. Be on Time:  Lastly, as I also mentioned, the very morning of our luncheon, a person showed up for class at 9:15 and found it empty and dark.  I know many classes begin closer to 9:30, but we advertise “9:15.”  We can’t very well tell guests in our worship services “we’ve been expecting you” when our actions tell them otherwise.  So, even if you don’t typically begin until 9:30, please make certain someone is at your door by 9:15.

 


INTER-GENERATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Below you will find to which class you’ve been connected.  To provide some healthy accountability, please find a time to meet with the leadership of the other class by Father’s Day, June 16th. Discuss ideas as to how to connect regarding fellowship, church attendance and service (and however else you may decide will help accomplish our goal.)

Again, as I stated, this will take time.  There is absolutely no need to rush it or to “make it happen.”  Don’t force it.  Just do it. (Thank you, Nike)  What’s important is that we simply start the ball rolling.

Certainly, every combination below involves people connecting with others of different ages, but an additional blessing of this strategy is that it will aid in the de-fragmentation of the local Body known as BHBC.

I have listed the name of the classes as well as their leader.

Contact me with questions for assistance at any time.  I am here to help set you up for complete success and help alleviate any unforeseen difficulties.

Generations (Bruce Cottrell) & Young Adults (Shawn Coleman)

Duncan A  (Glenna Applewhite) & Basecamp (Isaias Martinez)

Ladies’ (Sandy Smith) & Singles (Mike & Susie Harendt)

Agape’ (Gib Weaver) & Travelers (Brad Whitaker/James St. Clair)

Duncan B (Larry Viaille) & Transitions (Michael Dain)

Open Door (Tom Heath) & The Village (Matt Flaniken & Justin Schoepf)

Wellspring (Laura McGrew) & The Mix  (Mel & Dormye Halbrooks) & Friends of God (Rosie Rodriquez)

University (Shawn Coleman) – Young adults will be involved in helping connect with the University ministry.

 

OSCAR NIGHT!

How much do I appreciate all you do?   Make plans to attend our very first Summit Leadership (and spouses) Appreciation Dinner and you’ll find out. 🙂

Date:  Sunday Evening, October 6th; 6pm; FLC

Prepare to be appreciated. 

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

I saw this quote and thought it was very good where marriage conflict is concerned.  (We men can be hard-headed and find difficulty in making changes in our behavior.)

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

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GRACE NOTES:  The Old Rugged Cross

This is the first time in six years the exact date of my son’s suicide has fallen on the exact day.  It was Monday, May 13th, 2013.  I penned this blog not too long after I found him.  I hope it brings you peace as it has for me.  Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 5.2.19

 

THIS SUNDAY, 5/5

Preacher: Jason

Primary Text:  1 John 1:5-10

 

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

***Tami tells me RSVP’s are low.  Please make this a priority.  I’ve told you before I’ll never call a meeting unless I have something vital to share.

DEADLINE for RSVP:   TODAY, Thur., 5/2

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

***Spouses are welcome***

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.

 

MAY DAYS: SUNDAY EVENTS

5/5Summit Leaders Lunch – Noon to 1:15-ish

5/12 – Mother’s Day

5/19 – High School Graduate Recognition (both services)

5/26 – Memorial Day Weekend (regular schedule)

5/27 – Offices closed for holiday

 

VBS! June 10-13

Theme:  “In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus”

Can you help?  Contact Dana Kluzek at dkluzek@baconheights.com

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

Powerful quote about secular leadership.  Let’s translate it to spiritual leadership:

“A Summit Group Teacher has the title.  A Summit Group pastor/shepherd has the people.”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

So true…. 🙂

 

GRACE NOTES:  Stop Trying to be Good Enough

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It’s illogical.  But it’s the gospel.  Read my blog here.

 

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick