A WORD ABOUT THE BRIDGE calls, “The blessed hope and the

Mar/Apr, 2015
A WORD ABOUT THE BRIDGE
The BRIDGE is a fellowship of Christians who believe in
taking God at His Word; so, we place a high value on the
teaching of His Word which clearly directs us to the
Lordship of Jesus Christ and the life-changing work of
His Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us Jesus is both God &
Savior (Titus 2:13, 2 Peter 1:1, Romans 9:5); that He
literally came to the world as God-in-the-flesh (John
1:14) and lived a sinless life. (Hebrews 4:15); that He
was crucified on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for our
sins (Romans 3:23-25); that three days later, He rose to
life from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), offering the
promise of eternal life for all who believe in Him and call
on His name (Romans 10:13, John 3:16). We also look
forward to Jesus’ imminent return, in what the Bible
calls, “The blessed hope and the appearing of the
glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus”
(Titus 2:13). We recognize JESUS CHRIST as the
only true BRIDGE between mankind and God, and the
Bridge Christian Fellowship is here to worship Him, and
share this life-saving truth.
BRIDGE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP & ACCOUNTABILITY
“(We are) taking precaution so that no one will discredit us in our
administration of this generous gift; for we have regard for what is
honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”
(2 Corinthians 8:20-21)
The Bridge Christian Fellowship desires to maintain the highest
standards of Biblical integrity and ethics in the area of financial
stewardship and accounting. The Senior Pastor and Shepherds
(elders) make it a policy not to know what anyone gives, however, the
management of funds received is prayerfully overseen by our
Shepherds and Board of Directors (made up of 5 Shepherds).* In
addition, all staff and volunteers handling church funds adhere to
written standards as outlined in our Accounting Policy Manual.
As part of our financial stewardship, we’ve committed the first 20%
of all tithes & offerings received to Missions/Outreach. We do not
typically accept “designated” giving to certain ministry areas, as we
encourage all giving to be a matter of faith. (The one exception to
this standard is to special offerings given to our building fund: this
is currently an immediate and important aspect of our mission as a
church, therefore, all offerings given directly to this fund will be
honored for that purpose.)
For a listing of our currently supported Missions & Kingdom efforts,
please visit our website @ www.bridgechristianfellowship.org
GIVING ~ All tithes & offerings can be placed in the box in our
sanctuary, or mailed to: The Bridge Christian Fellowship, 552W West
Troxell Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.
*NOTE:
Financial Reports can be made available as requested;
please direct financial questions to Glenn Mouw, Home: 678-1118,
Cell: 929-0645.
May the Lord bless all your efforts, financially or otherwise, to impact
this world to the glory of Jesus Christ and
His coming Kingdom
THE BRIDGE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
NORTH WHIDBEY ISLAND
552W West Troxell Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
360/544-3193 * Office Hours/ Monday-Friday, 8-4
www.bridgechristianfellowship.org
Please note: Important messages are posted at our website, such as:
postponement or cancellation of church services,
and event date changes
PASTOR RICK’S BLOG: [email protected]
THE BRIDGE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
PASTORS/SHEPHERDS
Senior/Teaching Pastor: Rick Crawford
Associate Pastor, Prayer/Care: Les Dams
Associate Pastor, Small Groups/Discipleship: Bryan Martin
Minister at Large, Ray Rempt
Steve Armitage
Steve Berentson: Men’s Ministry/Building Project
Don Coughlin: Finance
Jim Crouch: Connect Ministries
Clark Donnell: Finance/Building Project
Josh Gates: Children’s Ministry
Mark Harris
Mike Hoffman
Mitch Meffert: Missions
Glenn Mouw: Finance/Discipleship
Doug Otte
Joe Phillips: Facilities/Women’s Ministry/Hospitality
Russ Pittis: Adoptions/Foster Care
Benjamin Shook: Finance/Missions
914-1108
720-6539
320-5476
299-2736
632-9964
293-4852
391-0695
679-3977
929-5029
293-7141
865/300-4587
393-0713
678-6962
929-0645
703/989-8962
299-0673
840-3620
632-9269
MINISTRY STAFF
Student Ministries, Jacob Barksdale
Women’s Ministries, Lori Beth Hestmark
Children’s Ministries, Leslie Kramer
Office Administrator, Ijeva Zandofsky
Pastoral Assistant, Sharon Morgan
Bookkeeper, Mindy Walton
708-3169
720-3383
202-3097
941-5835
279-0968
929-5509
If you need to schedule an event in the church for ministry and/or fellowship
purposes, please contact Ijeva by emailing her at: [email protected]
The Bridge Grace Group Meetings and Locations
Anacortes:
Mark and Susan Harris
2216 19th Street
Anacortes, WA
360-588-4146
Open Group- Thursdays
Meeting: Mar 12 & 26 @ 6:30pm
Apr 9 & 23 @ 6:30pm
Josh and Malinda Gates
3808 West 4th Street
Anacortes, WA
360-293-7141
Open Group: Sundays
Meeting: Mar 8 & 22, 6:30pm
Apr 5 & 19 @ 6:30pm
Lisa Neufeld
3805 View Ridge
Anacortes, WA
360-202-2228
Ladies Group- Tuesdays
Meeting: Every Tuesday @6:30pm
Oak Harbor:
Bryan and Irene Martin
2635 Oyster Way
Oak Harbor, W
360-720-2544
Open Group- Fridays
Meeting: Mar 13 & 27 @7pm
Apr 10 & 24 @ 7pm
Jeff and Laureen Mendelsohn
96 West Henni Rd
Oak Harbor, WA
360-675-8518
Open Group- Sundays
Meeting: Mar 8 & 22 4pm
Apr 12 & 26 @ 4pm
Adam and Meredith Green
811 Red Robin Lane
Oak Harbor, WA
360-969-6411
Open Group- Thursdays
Meeting: Mar 12 & 19 @ 7pm
Apr. 2, 16 & 30 @ 7pm
Mark and Christine Landis
552 W Troxell Rd (Church)
Oak Harbor, WA
360-969-3287
Open Group- Saturdays
Meeting: Saturdays @ 6pm
Glenn and Kathy Mouw
SW Scenic Heights Rd
Oak Harbor
360-929-0645
Open Group- Sundays
Meeting: [email protected] 5:30pm
Coupeville:
Jason and Tina Joiner
975 Engle Rd.
Coupeville, WA
360-672-0326
Open Group: Tuesdays
Meeting: Mar 10 & 24 @ 6:00pm
Apr 7 & 21 @ 6:00pm
Acts 2:42 “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching
and to fellowship, breaking of bread and to prayer.
STUDENT MINISTRIES
MARCH
Bowling at San Juan Lanes/Anacortes
What? A night of fun for Ignite (MS)
th
 When? Friday, March 6 (5:30-8:30pm)
 Where? Meeting in the MPR (Family Rm)
 Cost? $2.50 for shoe rentals & $2.75 per game
(plan on 2 games). Total Cost: $8.00
 Additional cost of food subject to individual.
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APRIL
Game Works
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What? A night of fun with Manifest (HS) in
downtown Seattle’s Game Works!
When? Friday. April 24th (4-10pm)
Where? Game Works in Seattle
Cost? $17.00
Attention!!! All Students planning to participate must have
updated Medical Release and Registration forms. You can find
these in a downloadable PDF at the bottom of the Student
Ministry Webpage:
http://bridgechristianfellowship.org/ministries_students.php
For any questions or information, contact Jacob Barksdale
MARCH CALENDAR
SUNDAYS ~
 SUNDAY SERVICES - 8:00am & 10:45am
*Discoveryland Kids* Sunday School offered at 10:45 service.
 March 8th , Philippines 2016 Mission Trip Meeting, 1-2pm,
(Pastor Bryan/320-5476)
 March 15th ~“ISRAEL 2016” Interest Meetings, after both services.
TUESDAYS ~
 Men’s Morning Prayer Group, 6am @ Anacortes, McDonald’s
(Benjamin Shook/632-9269)
 Student Ministry, 6:30-9:00pm (Jacob Barksdale/708-3169)
WEDNESDAYS ~
 Men’s Morning Prayer Group, 6:30-8am, Whidbey Coffee Café/Oak
Harbor (Pastor Les/720-6539)
 Prayer Time with the Shepherds, 5:30pm
 MIDWEEK SERVICE – 6:30pm Worship & thru-the-Bible Teachings
with Pastor Rick , (Book of John)
 Student Ministry ~ Middle School, 6:30-9:00pm
(Jacob Barksdale/708-3169)
THURSDAYS ~
 March 5th, Shepherd’s Meeting, 6:30 pm
FRIDAYS ~
 March 13th , Family School, 1:30-3:30pm
(Christine Landis/360-969-3287)
 March 27th, PCC’s Annual BBQ, 5:30-9pm, 1st Reformed Church. OH,
(Arline Stone/240-2535) See flyer in foyer.
 Connect Ministries, (Cross Church Ministry for 18-24 year olds)
6:00pm, dinner /Bridge Family Room, followed with worship &
teaching. (Jim Crouch/679-3977)
SATURDAYS ~
 Promise Receivers, 9-11:00am, Fireside Room (every Saturday)
(Pastor Les/720-6539)
 March 14th, Road Clean-up, 1-3pm. If you need a ride, meet at the
church at 12:30pm. (Chuck Bond/720-4401)
 March 28th, Women’s Prayer Time, 10:00am. Cry Room (to the right
of the front entrance) (Jackie Shorthouse/279-8979)
Please pray for our students and leaders while away on their
Student Philippines Mission Trip,
March 25th through April 3rd.
APRIL CALENDAR
SUNDAYS ~
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SUNDAY SERVICES - 8:00am & 10:45am
*Discoveryland Kids* Sunday School offered at 10:45 service.
April 4th, HE HAS RISEN! Happy Easter!
April 12th, Newcomer’s Fellowship, 3:30pm, Fireside Room.
April 19th , The Third Target (Joel Rosenberg’s Simulcast) 6-9pm
(Pastor Bryan/320-5476)
TUESDAYS ~
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Men’s Morning Prayer Group, 6am @ Anacortes McDonald’s
(Benjamin Shook/632-9269)
Student Ministry~H/S, 6:30-9:00pm (Jacob Barksdale/708-3169)
WEDNESDAYS ~
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Men’s Morning Prayer Group, 6:30-8am, Whidbey Coffee Café/Oak
Harbor (Pastor Les/720-6539)
Prayer Time with the Shepherds, 5:30pm
MIDWEEK SERVICE – 6:30pm Worship & thru-the-Bible Teachings
with Pastor Rick , (Book of John).
Student Ministry ~ Middle School~ 6:30-9:00pm
(Jacob Barksdale/708-3169)
THURSDAYS ~
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April 9th, Shepherd’s Meeting, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room
FRIDAYS ~
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April 10th, Family School, 1:30-3:30pm
(Christine Landis/360-969-3287)
Connect Ministries, (Cross Church Ministry for 18-24 year olds)
6:00pm, dinner /Bridge Family Room, followed with worship &
teaching. (Jim Crouch/679-3977)
SATURDAYS ~
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Promise Receivers, 9-11:00am, Fireside Room (every Saturday)
(Pastor Les/720-6539)
No Road Clean-Up in April. (Chuck Bond/360-720-4401)
April 18th, Women’s Prayer Time, 10:00am, Cry Room (to the right
of the front entrance) (Jackie Shorthouse/279-8979)
Thursday, May 7, 2015
The National Day of Prayer is an annual event held on
the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to
pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint
resolution of the United States Congress and signed into
law by President Harry S. Truman to encourage
participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to
communicate with every individual the need for personal
repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials
and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for
America's leaders and its families.
Community, Teen, and Island Prayer Rallies will take
place in different locations & dates, Watch for a flyer
mid-April.
If you have additional questions, please contact
Pat Del Sonno 679-7619.
BRIDGE CARE MINISTRY
PROVIDING MEALS FOR THOSE IN NEED
We would like to say thank you to those who joined the
Bridge Care Ministry during our recent sign-ups. And
while we are grateful many have answered His call to
care for one another as needs arise, it is never too late
to join! Just pick up the phone and call or email Denice;
we would be happy to add your name to the list so you
can receive the requests as they come in. The more help
we have, the fewer times each person will need to
consider signing up to prepare a meal. In serving one
another, we serve our Great King.
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which
cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by
which we may offer to God an acceptable
service with reverence and awe.”
Also, if you have any questions concerning this ministry,
or know of someone who may have a need for meals,
please contact Denice Walton at 929-0770 (cell) or
675-1371 (work) or email at [email protected]
Thank you to ALL who serve in this vital ministry!
NEWCOMER’S FELLOWSHIP
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH, 3:30-5:00PM
MAIN FOYER/LOBBY/FIRESIDE ROOM
Our Newcomer’s Fellowship is for anyone new to The Bridge within
the past 4-6 months, or for those who have not been able to attend in
the past. It’s a great time to learn about The Bridge, get to know our
Staff and Shepherds, and ask questions!
BRIDGE PRAYER NETWORK
We’d like to remind everyone we have a prayer network at The Bridge. If you
have a prayer need, please call or email Jackie Shorthouse in Oak Harbor @ 2798979, [email protected]
All prayer requests are held in strict confidence and are not shared outside the
prayer network.
If you are interested in joining the prayer group (those who pray for our prayer
needs), please see
Les Dams after our service
or contact him at 360/720-6539.
WOMEN’S PRAYER TIME
3 SATURDAY EACH MONTH
Bridge Cry Room ~ 10:00am
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This is simply a time to come together and share our
needs or the needs of others and take them prayerfully
to The Father. Prayer is our lifeline and we have been
granted access to The Throne Room of the Most High
through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus
Christ out of His great love for us.
Isaiah 6:1 says: “I saw the Lord seated on a throne,
high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the
temple.” I love that word picture of the train of His
robe totally consuming the temple!
Father our desire is to be totally consumed by You, may
the train of your robe come and fill our hearts and
minds as we come together in Your Presence.
So ask The Father if this time is for you to come either
to receive or to share with others in need what He has
0given you.
Thank you,
Jackie Shorthouse (279-8979)
~BRIDGE INFO~
BIBLES ~ Feel free to take one of our NASB Bibles home, located
on our bookshelf at the back of our sanctuary! Pass one along! 
BIBLE TEACHINGS ~ Pastor Rick’s teachings through the Bible,
(plus Prophecy Updates, Holiday & Guest Teachings) are available
for listening or download at www.bridgechristianfellowship.org; click
on Sermons/Media.
BULLETIN ~ Bi-Monthly publication – contact: Sharon Morgan at
[email protected]
CARE MINISTRY ~ If you know of a need for meals, would like to
become a meal provider, or would like info on this ministry,
contact -Denice Walton 929-0770 or [email protected] .
DIRECTORY ~ If you are new to The Bridge, or any of your current
information has changed, please fill out a directory update form
located in our foyer. The new directory will be out soon!
Contact - Sharon Morgan ~ [email protected]
HOMELESS MINISTRY ~ The 4th Saturday each month our
ministry team carpools to Bellingham to share the love of Jesus.
Contact –Pastor Bryan Martin @ 240-2097 for more information.
PRAYER NETWORK ~ For prayer requests, please call or email
Jackie Shorthouse @ 279-8979, [email protected] If you
would like to join our prayer team (those who pray for prayer
requests), please contact Pastor Les Dams @ 720-6539.
SALVATION ARMY FOOD BARREL~ Our food donation barrel is
available year round in our foyer. For more information – call
Benjamin Shook @ 293-3861.
REMINDER ~ Daylight Savings Time Begins
Saturday March 7th, @ midnight!
Be sure to SPRING FORWARD! 