Hey Church Family,

I hope you’re having a good week! This Sunday we are trying something different. In an effort to promote family worship and the importance of family discipleship we are going to cancel our preschool and children ministry programming this Sunday and have everybody together in the Sanctuary for a Family Service. 

This will also give our volunteers a break on their 4th of July weekend and show our gratitude to them for their tireless service week in and week out. Please help me spread the word about this change as many many have missed the announcement last weekend. 

There will still be three service times. For those who aren’t comfortable bringing your children into the Sanctuary there will be overflow rooms available (with video streaming) or the livestream will be available as well. 

I would encourage you to bring your young children as the service will have singing and a message geared around “the whole family.” While the sermon isn’t exclusive to marriage or parenting, it will examine God’s design for “family” in general and make application to our life together in the church and at home. 

A Reason To Celebrate

This past week the Supreme Court announced a historic decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision. In doing so, they made a clear statement that there is no constitutionally protected right for abortion. 

Because abortion is the ending of a human life, this decision is a cause for celebration among Christians. Every human person, born and unborn, is made in the image of God. They are inherently valuable and worthy of dignity and respect. 

This Supreme Court decision is something pro-life Christians have been praying for and working towards for decades. 

Overturning this disastrous abortion precedent turns the question of abortion back over to state lawmakers. Many states already have laws on the books that outlaw abortion. Others have trigger laws that will soon go into effect given the overturn of Roe. 

Because abortion is still legal in many states and because the reasons why many women choose abortion are still present in our culture, we must continue to advocate for just policies that honor the sacredness of life.

I believe we should also seek to elect representatives that will enact laws to make abortion illegal, protect the preborn, serve abortion-vulnerable mothers, and criminalize abortion providers.

During the near 50 years that Roe v. Wade was in place, over 60 million babies were aborted. This is a horrifying statistic and an ugly stain on our history as a nation.

How Should We Respond?

Over the past week, I’ve been watching and listening to the response many have given to this decision. The response has been heated and polarized, even among believers. Outside the Christian faith, many are outraged, concerned and afraid.

Amongst my own Christian friends I’ve seen a split between those who are unapologetically grateful and those who are filled with indignation that the Supreme Court would make such a decision.

I’ve even witnessed Christian people and organizations act remorseful that the Supreme Court made the right call. Though they are personally pro-life they continue to maintain that a woman’s right to end the life of her baby should be legal and constitutionally protected.

I can understand why women undergoing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy might be alarmed by this decision. I can even understand why some might be confused and angry given the narratives advanced in the media.

Atheists, naturalists or other faith traditions that deny any notion of intrinsic human value SHOULD disagree with this decision.

What I cannot understand is moral ambivalence among believers. The recognition that there is no constitutionally protected right to end the life of the preborn is a just decision that should be recognized as such and celebrated accordingly.

Both/And Not Either/Or

That being said, this decision is only the first step in a longer battle to make abortion unthinkable. 

The reasons why many women get an abortion didn’t go away with the overturn of Roe. Hook up culture continues to promote the idea that sex can be casual and consequence free. Our boys never grow into men, perpetually irresponsible and immature. Economic pressures make raising a family difficult. It’s nearly impossible for single parent homes.

Even in the church, many women feel the stigma of a pregnancy out of wedlock. That shame along with the fear of raising a child by themselves makes abortion seem like a necessary evil. 

Those things aren’t going to change overnight.

More than ever, women and families need compassion, hope and practical help to meet their needs. The work of organizations like the Pregnancy Resource Center are critical. Programs like Foster325 are pivotal for our longer-term fight to make abortion unthinkable. 

Many of the unborn lives saved by this decision will need loving homes that won’t be provided by their biological parents. We need more and more Christians committed to adoption and foster care. We need more and more volunteers for programs like Embrace Grace and others like it. 

Two things can be true at the same time. It’s not either/or. It’s both and.

This decision was an unmitigated moral good AND this decision should increase our commitment to make abortion unthinkable for those who feel like it’s their only way out.

None of this is to say that Christians aren’t ALREADY doing these things. The programs and organizations I just listed off (just a few of the many) are all founded by and run by Christians. Christians are already active in foster care, adoption and ministering to women in a crisis pregnancy. 

But, as with most things Christians are already doing, we can always do more. Until Jesus comes and takes us home, this world will continue to go from bad to worse. We are the light called to shine in that darkness. We are the conduits of God’s mercy and grace. We are God’s chosen means of sharing his love with a world that desperately needs it.

Final Thoughts

I’m so thankful that our church has chosen to be “both/and.” We must continue to be unwavering in our commitment to truth and justice. Things will only continue to get more difficult. (If you doubt me, reread 2 Timothy 3.) Our response is not to wag our finger or isolate ourselves from the mess.

Like our Lord, we should walk lovingly into the brokenness of our world and offer something better. Jesus was full of grace AND truth. He spoke the truth IN love. We are at our best when we hold that tension well. Not letting go of either side but holding them together in perfect harmony.

I know these are challenging days. As the author of Hebrews said – difficult days make mutual encouragement in gathered worship all the more necessary. (Hebrews 10:25) So I hope you’ll join us tomorrow for our Family Service and commit to staying engaged throughout the rest of this summer.

There’s a list of upcoming events below. Several new items have been added as well. I hope you have a great Independence Day weekend. If there’s anyway I can pray for you please reply back and let me know!

Until He Comes,

Pastor Wes

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Summer Schedule of Events

July 3 – Family Service (no preschool/children’s programming)
July 7 – Women’s Ministry Movie Night (6:30-8:00PM) (register)
July 10 – Sunday Night Prayer Meeting (5:00PM)
July 13 – JOY Ministry Brown Bag Picnic
July 14-15 – Children’s Ministry Summer Camp (learn more)
July 14-18 – Youth Ministry Summer Camp (registration closed)
July 17 – Family Mission Trip Meeting (5:00PM)
July 18-21 – Preteen Summer Camp (learn more)
July 25-29 – Family Mission Trip (Houston, TX) 
July 31 – Fifth Sunday Hymn-Sing – Ice Cream Social afterward (5:00PM)

August 2 – Women’s Ministry Summer Salad Supper (6:30-8:00)
August 7 – Harvest Sunday (Baptism Service)
August 21 – Broadview Members Meeting (5:00PM)
August 24 – Wednesday Night Programming Resumes (6:30PM)

** if you see something missing that needs to be added please respond to this email with the information. You can also reply if you have questions about any of the upcoming events. **

NEW GROUPS

New Sunday Small Group!

Sunday’s @ 11:00AM

Starts May 17th

We are starting a new young adult small group at 11:00am on Sunday mornings! This small group will begin by studying through the book of Ephesians. The class will be led by Dustin Malone and consist of a blend between expositional Bible teaching and group discussion.

The book of Ephesians is one of THE BEST New Testament letters for understanding the truth of the Gospel and how it applies to your every day life. It’s also a great book for understanding God’s design for the local church. 

No matter what season of life you find yourself in, you will benefit from this small group. The group is open to all (not just young adults). It will launch on May 17th. You can go ahead and preregister if you think you might be interested.

Contact Dustin at ‭(325) 370-9777‬ for more information.

 

Register Now

UPCOMING EVENTS

Prayer Meeting 

July 10th | 5PM

We are scheduling a prayer meeting for next Sunday evening July 10th. With our summer youth camps, children camps and family mission trip all happening later this month, we want to commit those things to the Lord and pray for his provision and favor.

Please join us at 5:00PM on Sunday, July 10th in the Sanctuary. 

Dustin Malone will be leading the prayer service.

Brown Bag Picnic 

July 13th | 6PM

This coming July 13th our J.O.Y. Ministry is hosting a Brown Bag Picnic. You’ll be responsible for brining your own dinner (sandwich, burger, whatever). This evening will be a great night of food, fun and fellowship. Tea, Lemonade and Ice Cream desserts will be provided.

Contact Phyllis if you have questions.

Ice Cream Social

July 31st | 6:00PM

This coming July 31st we are having our 5th Sunday Singing. We will bust out the hymnals and gathering together to sing. These are always great gatherings for getting the whole church together under one roof. You call out your favorite hymn and we sing to one another the great truths of the Gospel for the rest of the evening.

Fifth Sunday Singings are great by themselves. They’re even greater with a little Blue Bell Ice Cream. So our J.O.Y. Ministry will be hosting an Ice Cream social after the 5th Sunday Singing with a silent auction/raffle to raise money for our Senior Adult Ministry. 

Please make plans to be there and stick around for dessert! 

Auditions for Worship Ministry

SEPT 11th | 2:00-4:00PM

We are adding vocalists, instrumentalists and media techs to our worship team. With some of the turnover that has taken place over the past few years we have a growing need to add new folks to our team. If you have a desire and gift for leading others in worship through song please let us know!

You can email Taylor for more information or to schedule your audition. Vocalists will be asked to sing a song and instrumentalists will be asked to play. The song can be given to you in advance of the audition once you email Taylor and let him know about your interest. 

We are looking for volunteers in every area: vocalists, guitarists (lead/rhythm), bass, drums, keys, sound board, Pro-presenter, livestream, camera operators. If you have an interest in this area now is the time to step up and serve! 

Email Taylor

 

Children’s Camp

COMPLETED 1ST – 3RD GRADE

Circle Six Baptist Camp

When: July 14th-15th, 2022

Who is invited: Children’s Camp is for those who have completed 1st – 3rd grade.

Registration: $70 December 1 – May 31

Late Registration: $90 June 1 – June 15

 

Registration:

June 15th is the last day to sign up, and June 23rd is the last day to complete registration.

Click here to register for children’s campand enter password: summercamp2022

Preteen Camp

COMPLETED 4TH – 5TH GRADE

Circle Six Baptist Camp

When: July 18th-21st, 2022 (Session 2)

Who is invited: PreTeen Camp is for those who have completed 4th – 5th grade.

​Early Registration: $180 December 1 – January 31

Registration: $190 February 1 – May 31

Late Registration: ​$210 June 1 – June 15

 

Click here to register for preteen camp and enter password: summercamp2022

Family Mission Trip

Houston, TX

July 25-29

$200 | Per family or individual

This year our family mission trip is going to be in Houston, Texas in partnership with Cross Community Church just north of Houston’s Fifth Ward. We will knock on doors in the community to share the Gospel, invite people to church and inform folks about the ESL classes provided at CCC. 

If you’re interested in taking your family on the Family Mission Trip then there will be a signup sheet in the Missions Hallway outside of the Worship Center.

Be praying for Pastor Del Traffanstedt and the Cross Community Church congregation. Ask God for wisdom in planning, volunteers for ministry, effectiveness in discipleship and connections with the community. If you are interest in going on this trip but would like more details please contact Pastor Vernon

 

Financial Update

Information on how to give to Broadview can be found at broadview.church/give.

Offering Report
Date: 06/30/2022

Weekly Budget Requirement:  $18,519
Weekly Budget Receipts:  $17,171

YTD Required:  $481,494
YTD Received:   $508,053

Designated Gifts
World Missions: $990.82
Family Crisis: $124.96 

Most Recent Sermon

The Mother of Prostitutes
Revelation 17:1-6
June 26th, 2022

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