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. APRIL Game Works 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ 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 ~ April 9th, Shepherd’s Meeting, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room FRIDAYS ~ 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 ~ 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 rd 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!
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