Responding to the Spike in COVID-19

Hey Church Family

I hope you’re having a good day! It’s been a few weeks since my last update and some major things have changed since we last spoke via email/blog post.

First, our third born child, Briggs Wendell Terry, was born November 5th near the end of the day. I have so much to say about this experience but it’s probably better said “offline.” It was a humbling and inspiring experience.

After enjoying that newborn baby for a few days, I ended up testing positive for COVID-19. (I felt symptoms on Friday November 12th and tested positive the following Saturday) Talk about a bummer!

In light of those events, Taylor ended up covering the pulpit last weekend and did an awesome job. (check out his message here!)  We also decided to cancel our Thanksgiving service and meal. It was the wise thing to do given my personal case and the overall COVID spike in the Big Country.

That brings us to today. As of yesterday, the COVID spike in Abilene reached a point that our healthcare professionals at Hendrick Medical Center made a plea that we partner together in slowing the spread in the Big Country. In the letter they made several requests.

As a result of that, I wanted to write this update and encourage us to do what we can to bless our city in this season. You can watch the video version of this update below.

Pastor Wes gives a video update about the COVID spike in Abilene.

In Person Gatherings

If you read the letter produced by Hendricks, they make several requests in light of our current situation. As it stands now, the exponential increase of COVID cases has eaten up most of our available medical resources. If the current rate of increase keeps up, economic shutdowns and similar drastic measures will be our only viable path moving forward.

The recommendation, then, is to voluntarily make some serious sacrifices now to stave off more drastic intervention later.

What are those sacrifices?

  • A mask mandate (unless you are outdoors and at a minimum 6 foot distance) .
  • The cancellation of non-essential activities/gatherings. (10 or more people)
  • Going virtual insofar as it is a possibility.

As Christians, we want to be a light for Christ in our community. Part of our vision is to be a blessing to our city. When there is a call to action by leaders in our community, we want to be attentive and sensitive to their requests.

Though this is not our city government nor a State sanctioned request, it is a serious one signed by various important leaders in our city. Many churches have also agreed together to refrain from “in person” gatherings for the next two weeks.

How Will We Respond? 

As for this weekend, we will not be cancelling any of our in-person worship gatherings. We will not be meeting for mid-week gatherings this next week due to the Thanksgiving break. As for next weekend, we are yet undecided. We will continue monitoring the situation and remaining sensitive to the input we receive.

We will be emphasizing and encouraging the use of masks when distancing cannot be achieved. Our volunteers will be masked at all times in preschool and children environments. If you’re inside and with a group that cannot distance then you should keep your mask on the entire time. If you don’t have a mask there are some available at each entrance. We should make every effort to honor the requests being made by our healthcare professionals.

As usual, we will make all three of our worship gatherings available ONLINE via our Facebook, YouTube, Church App or website.

That being said, the gathering of the church is an essential gathering. For this weekend, we will continue to host that gathering “in person” in addition to our virtual options.

The reason we have decided to keep our in person gatherings is not because we think other churches who shut down are wrong in their decision-making. Every church is unique. What makes sense for one doesn’t necessarily mean it makes sense for everyone.

As of yet, our in person gatherings have not been linked to the spread of a positive case of COVID-19. To my knowledge, no church in the city of Abilene has been linked to such a case. Given our current set up, our in person attendance patterns and the policies and procedures we’ve employed since COVID, I believe we are able to safely conduct in person services for those who wish to attend.

Be wise and practice discernment! 

Given the spike in COVID-19, I do think it is WISE for people who are high risk to stay home and worship with us online. I will be worshipping from home this weekend given the level of risk I now pose to others. But not everybody shares the same set of circumstances. My personal circumstances will be different next weekend. Yours may change as well.

We need to be wise and practice discernment on what’s best moving forward. The best person to make a decision for what is wise for you and your family is YOU and YOUR FAMILY. So please put some thought and consideration into what you decide to do.

There are some who’ve gotten the virus and recovered. They are not at high risk to worship in person. There are some who are younger in age and lower in risk when it comes to serious complications from COVID-19. It would not be unwise for you to worship in person.

Some in our church family are uniquely susceptible to serious complications from COVID-19. Others in our church family live in close proximity to those individuals. It is unwise to expose yourself to that level of risk, especially when there are other alternatives available!

Given the spike in our city and the reasonable requests made by our healthcare professionals, many of you should probably choose to stay home. To paraphrase the Apostle Paul, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”(1 Corinthians 10:23)

Closing Thoughts

I know some of you will read this and say, “Why don’t you just apply that common sense and cancel services all together? Just because we can doesn’t mean we should, right?” For those who feel that way, I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve heard you loud and clear.

This is not an easy decision. There are no easy decisions when it comes to these kinds of questions. I’m not even 100% certain this is the right decision. But I am confident this approach gives everyone the freedom to make a WISE decision for you and your family.

Like I said, we are keeping our minds open moving forward. But this is where we are at for right now.

In this season, we must learn to deal graciously with one another. We must learn to love one another even when and as we disagree with one another. What a wonderful opportunity for us to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please continue to pray for those who are battling this disease. Pray for our healthcare workers and all of those on the front lines fighting this pandemic. If you know somebody in that position, now is the time to send them an encouraging word and let them know of your prayerful support.

Also please continue praying for the staff and other leaders in our church. Thank you so much for praying for me and my family. So far Audra and the kids have stayed healthy and I’m so thankful to God for that. If there’s any way I can pray for you please let me know.

We will get through this and God is in control!

Until He Comes,

Pastor Wes

Thanksgiving Meal & Operation Christmas Child

Hello Church family,

I hope you’re having a good day. These past several weeks have been flying by. At the same time, it feels like they’re going so so slow. Why? Because, in our house, we are eagerly awaiting the birth of our third born child: Briggs William Terry. He can’t get here fast enough!

I know Audra is certainly done with the whole “being pregnant” thing. I’m so glad I’m a man! (hahaha) But it’s not just her. I’m ready as well. Having a baby during this season is a sobering reminder of what’s “most important” in life. It’s not the election, it’s not the debate surrounding COVID-19 and shutdowns, it’s not advancing in your career or worldly success. (even though those are all very important things!)

Outside of God himself, the most important thing in life is people. Family. Relationships. It’s the gift of human life. It’s the gift of friendship. It’s the gift of love.

This season already tends to amplify that truth. We’re coming up on Thanksgiving and Christmas in the next two months. That’s why I wanted to dedicate this week’s update to information about the upcoming Thanksgiving Meal and our church’s involvement with Operation Christmas Child.

If you prefer not to read you can watch the video below.

Pastor Wes gives a video update about the Thanksgiving Meal and Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child

The first thing I want to mention is the November Family Mission Opportunity. This year we are going to partner with Samaritan’s Purse in their Operation Christmas Child. Basically, it’s a project where you fill up a box with love and Christmas cheer then send it to a need family around the world.

You can pick up your foldable cardboard box and label at the church. Just go to your child’s ministry area (Preschool or Kids Wing). If you don’t have a child in those wings you can just contact Tiffany or get a box from the church office.

You don’t have to use a box from the church, you can technically use your own if you’d prefer (you’ll still need to print the label provided by Samaritan’s Purse available here.)

Once you get your box, you and your family can decide what gender and age you would like to pack a box for. Then, shop as a family for a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. 

Most importantly, we ask you to pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.

The boxes along with a 9 dollar donation to cover shipping and processing paid through a mailed check or online through your label QR code can be turned into the church office or your child’s ministry lead by November 16th!

For any further questions you can email Tiffany or go to Samaritan Purse website. Here’s a video of Tiffany explaining the project.

Tiffany Lohse gives an explanation of the November Family Missions Project
 

Before we move on to the Thanksgiving Meal and how we are going to move forward given the uptick in COVID-19. Please take note of two other events that will be happening before that.

First, we have our special prayer service for our country on Sunday night at 5:30. We will pray through 6-8 different things for our country, the upcoming election and the future of the local church in light of everything going on.

This won’t be a rigid or super structured event. My hope is that we will authentically seek after the Lord and experience his presence as we cry out to him to do what only he can do. There won’t be a sermon. There won’t be many songs. We will pray, pray, pray and pray some more. I expect it to last around 30-45 minutes.

Also, we have a ladies gathering coming up on November 6th at the South Campus Gathering Place at 6:30. I hope you’ll be able to attend, make some new friends and enjoy the fellowship.

Thanksgiving Meal

The last thing I want to mention in this week’s update is the upcoming Thanksgiving Meal. When first thinking about this meal I assumed we would just cancel it given the state of play and COVID-19. At our most recent staff meeting to discuss the night we were split about 50/50 whether or not it was a good idea. (technically it was more 70/30 but I counted my vote twice. haha)

In discussing with the Pastoral Team and Deacon body the consensus was “if we can make it happen, we should.” This meal is a special event for our church because both campus and all different service times come together for a shared worship experience. So we are going to give it a shot (even though it will be MUCH different and a way smaller crowd.)

Obviously, given the uptick in COVID-19 and the many high-risk individuals we have in our church, it’s not an easy call. We don’t want to needlessly put ANYONE at risk and COVID-19 is nothing to play around with. I know people who’ve gotten it and recovered easily. I know others who have gotten it and developed SERIOUS health problems as a result. So this was a tough decision.

The plan – for now – is to cater the meal.

Having people bring turkeys, hams, side dishes and desserts involves way too many volunteers, way too many shared contact surfaces and increases the risk of a spread. By catering the meal we can ensure only a few select people are touching the food and that proper screening and sanitization can be maintained.

We will still have turkey and dressing and green beans and mashed potatoes but it will be prepared in a way that adheres to safety guidelines. We will also have dump cake as a dessert.

Instead of standing in line and breathing all over one another, the meals will be boxed and set out at various tables that are socially distanced throughout the Education Building and Gathering Place. We will open the outside doors to create fresh air and proper ventilation.

We will have enough tables that you only have to eat with people you are comfortable being around. Households or social units will eat together. This will allow us to negate the spread of COVID especially to higher risk populations.

We will only allow a certain number of people to attend the meal. While I hate to have to do something like that, it’s the only way we can ensure that proper distancing is maintained. That means you’ll need to preregister for the event. This number will give us a proper count for the catering and for designing the seating set up.s

You can sign up for the meal here.

You can also just call the church office if you don’t do online sign ups. (That said, the online sign up is super easy. Just give us the number of adults, number of kids, and first/last name. That’s it.)

We will have a Thanksgiving Worship Service at 5:00PM and the meal will follow at 6:00PM. The service will have some singing and testimonies given by members of our church family. We will let people out of the service by section so that we don’t create congestion in the hallways as people grab their meal box and get seated at their table.

Since we’re not asking for food donations – any financial contribution you’re able to make will be a big help. By catering the meal, it will cost much more than the usual Thanksgiving meal. You can indicate “Thanksgiving Meal” on any donation and it’ll go to offset the cost.

Remember if you have a church wide event that needs to be communicated in the weekly update you can send me the information by responding to this email.

Ideally, a nice graphic to grab attention is nice as well.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday’s coming!

Pastor Wes

Let’s Pray For Our Country

Hey Church Family,

I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m writing this from my office while 60 or so ladies from both campuses gather together for our annual S.A.L.T. ladies retreat. In these days of COVID-19 the physical gatherings have been limited. That makes the times we do gather in person particularly sweet. The Lord has been good and present throughout the retreat.

I hope you’ll be able to join us tomorrow for one of our Sunday worship gatherings. We have services at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00.

The COVID-19 cases in Abilene have been ticking up over the past week so please exercise discretion and wisdom in your decision. If you’re unable to make it in person, you can livestream the service from home. You can watch it on our website, Facebook, YouTube or Church Online Platform

Several people in my social circle have now tested positive for COVID-19. While the younger adults seem to weather it fine, it’s more concerning for “at-risk” folks. It’s not something to play around with.

If you are high-risk, please know we take seriously your health and safety. We recommend masks when social distancing cannot be maintained. We also have the seating in the sanctuary plenty spread out so we can adhere to the guidance we’ve received from health professionals.

Whether you show up in person or stream the service from home, we support you in your decision. We look forward to worshipping God, connecting with one another and receiving from the Lord so we can go out and be a blessing to others.

November 1st Prayer Service

We’re hosting a special prayer service for our country on November 1st at 5:30PM. We will sing a few songs and spend some time praying for our country and the upcoming election. The increased polarization in our national politics has created an atmosphere of division and a widespread lack of civility.

Watching the news or reading the various headlines can be a discouraging thing to do these days. Social media is full of people opining on this or that issue. Negative attack ads are dominating the airwaves. For the next few weeks, this dynamic will only grow.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with expressing your political opinion. There’s nothing wrong with feeling strongly about your political point of view. Those who know me know I have pretty strong convictions in this arena.

We live in a democratic republic. Not only do we have the freedom to express our Christian convictions, we have the privilege of voting for candidates (and platforms) that will advance those interests. We are blessed to live in this great country!

Tragically, though, even followers of Jesus have grown uncivil and mean-spirited in our political discourse. We’ve been tempted to live as if this world is the most important world. Instead of giving Ceaser what is Ceaser’s, we’ve been tempted to give to Ceaser what belongs only to the Lord. 

Our ultimate allegiance isn’t to an earthy politician or political movement. Our ultimate hope isn’t in a certain election outcome or given set of policies. Jesus was clear that the Kingdom of God operates according to a different set of rules than the kingdoms of this world. Kingdom politics transcend American politics.

While the values of the Kingdom may intersect with certain values of this or that political platform, the methods and goals are rarely the same.

The Kingdom of God advances through love, not force. It’s bottom up, not top down. It’s inside out, not outside in. The goal isn’t American wealth or prosperity. It’s repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus. It’s a radical commitment not to this age but the age that is to come. 

So, even as we participate in the political process and advance what we believe is best, let us do so as people who are “just passing through” and who find our ultimate hope in the Lord. Let us encourage one another to keep our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. Let us also be gracious and loving when we disagree in our politics in the household of God.

As the Church, we are called to be a witness of the grace and truth that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our culture needs that witness (especially in these days.) Jesus told his disciples that the world would know we were his by the way we love one another. (John 13:35)

Let us work towards that goal. In our speech and our actions let us gain a reputation for a self-denying, sacrificial, love for one another. Let’s remember to elevate the Great Commission over any one election and find our unity in the common faith that we all share. 

I would encourage you, if you haven’t seen it yet, to watch a short meditation on the upcoming election put out by Pastor David this past week.

Get Your Flu Shot!

 

In addition to information about the prayer service and upcoming election, let me also remind you about the flu clinic tomorrow at the south campus after all three morning services.

 

You can register to get your flu shot using this webform. (but you need to do it right now) The shots are provided by Barnes and Williams Pharmacy (owned by church member Jordan Talley)

 

Jordan will also need a copy of your insurance card or Medicare card, if applicable, to process the vaccine. Please make sure the card you send has pharmacy processing information on it, such as RxBIN, RxPCN, RxGRP, and ID number. You can email your card to the email address below or we can collect a copy of it the week before the clinic.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jordan at 325-695-3784 or jordan.talley@bwdrug.com.

 

THANKSGIVING MEAL

 

The last thing I’ll mention in this week’s update is our upcoming Thanksgiving meal on November 22nd.

 

We will have a worship and testimony service at 5:00pm. Dinner will be served at 6:00 with Turkey and Dressing as the main course.

 

If you’re planning to attend, there are some things you could bring to help us feed everyone. We are asking for 14 turkeys and 10 hams. If you can provide one then reply back to this email let Ora Morrison know. You can also help out with sides.

 

Last Name:
A-I : Desserts
J-R: Vegetables
S-Z: Salads

 

This is always one of the coolest nights of the year for our church family. You’ll get to meet people you’ve not yet met and spend time with your closest friends around the dinner table. The food is also good. I hope you can make it!

 

We will make changes to the meal to accommodate the guidance given for COVID-19. We will encourage you to sit with family and space out the chairs. We will also spread out more in the room. We will have less space but we will also likely have way less people. So if you feel comfortable, please come! If not, you can stream the service from home. 

 

Trunk or Treat

 

 

Also remember we are having a Trunk or Treat this coming October 28th from 6:30 to 7:30PM at Broadview West. We are in need of CANDY and Volunteers who will decorate the cars and pass out the candy. You can talk to Pastor Vernon Ferguson or Tonya Holland if you have any more question.

 

We are also doing some new “Family Missions Project this fall. (see picture below) This months project is to donate some candy for the Trunk or Treat next Wednesday. In the coming months we will engage in the project below. You’ll be receiving more information in the next update about the November project.

 

 

Closing Thoughts

 

Don’t forget we have the new men’s Bible study hosted on Wednesday nights at 6:30 in the music suite. It’s not too late to join.  It’s a men’s Bible study entitled “Seven Challenges Men Encounter.” You can watch a trailer for the series on Right Now Media. You can sign up for the class here.

 

With that I’m going to end this week’s update. It’s hard to get everything in and still have this thing readable. I hope you’ll join us for the Prayer Service on November 1st. Please continue to pray also for those in our church who are dealing with COVID-19 or other sicknesses.

 

We have many many families in our church who are also dealing with the loss of a loved one. They will need your prayers as well. Some of the names are listed above in this email. If you have something you’d like added to that list you can also replay and let me know.

 

If you’ve got a personal prayer request and would like me to pray for you then I will commit to doing that as well. Just reply to this email and let me know. Here lately sometimes they’ve been getting flagged in the Junk Mail so if you get a late or no response – consider emailing me outright using this address.

 

I hope I’ll see many of you tomorrow. If not, I’ll catch you on the internet!

 

With love,

 

Pastor Wes

 

The Power of Cooperation

The Power of Cooperation

Hey CHURCH FAMILY,

I hope you’re doing well! I wanted to send out a quick reminder about services tomorrow. We are in for a special treat as our Pastor Emeritus David Cason will be delivering the message. We have services at 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00. If you’re unable to make it in person, you can livestream the service from home. You can watch it on our website, Facebook, YouTube or Church Online Platform

I was out of town this week for a NextGen Pastor Cohort in Nashville, TN. I want to express my gratitude for making this trip possible. I’ve been part of this cohort for the last 2 years.

Basically, three to four times a year, I am able to meet up with 8-10 other younger pastors from the state of Texas to discuss ministry and learn “Mentor Pastors” around the country. It’s a small investment with a large return. I always come away from those times encouraged, challenged and excited about the future.

This last gathering was with Ronnie Floyd, the president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee. It was a learning experience for sure.

For those of you new to Broadview, we are a “Southern Baptist Church.” That means we cooperate with other “like-minded” churches at a local, state and national level. One aspect of this partnership is our giving to the Cooperative Program

We give 6% of our General Fund income to the Cooperative Program. This money is pooled with other CP gifts from other SBC churches and then distributed to further mission and ministry in our state, nation and around the world. The Executive Committee is responsible for collecting, allocating and distributing those funds. 

October is the Cooperative Program emphasis month which is part of the reason I’m giving you this explanation. Our giving helps to send thousands of full-time missionaries to the most unreached places of the world. Our giving helps to plant churches in the most unreached areas of our country. Our giving helps to pay tuition for seminary students at our six SBC seminaries. (of which I was a personal beneficiary!) 

The CP funds entities like the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, Baptist Press, Lifeway Christian Resources, and more. So every time you give to our church, you are a co-laborer in that cause. It really is an amazing thing. We are able to do so much more together than we ever could do separately.

I wanted to share with you a video I watched while on this last cohort trip. It was an inspiring reminder of why things like the Cooperative Program matters. It’s also a reminder that giving to the CP helps us advance in our own 2020 Vision to multiply disciples, bless our city, plant/revitalize churches and send missionaries.

Check it out.

An inspiring video of what happens when we cooperate together to advance the Great Commission through the cooperative program.

Get Your Flu Shot!

Before closing out this week’s update, I wanted to give you an update on a few things happening in our church. Below you’ll see updates on the upcoming women’s retreat and men’s Bible study. Please help me spread the word on those two things.

We are also having our annual “Flu Shot Clinic” on October 25th. You can register to get your flu shot using this webform or by filling out the same form on campus a week prior to that date. The shots are provided by Barnes and Williams Pharmacy (owned by church member Jordan Talley

Jordan will also need a copy of your insurance card or Medicare card, if applicable, to process the vaccine. Please make sure the card you send has pharmacy processing information on it, such as RxBIN, RxPCN, RxGRP, and ID number. You can email your card to the email address below or we can collect a copy of it the week before the clinic.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jordan at 325-695-3784 or jordan.talley@bwdrug.com.

New Sermon Series

As you well know, we are in an election season right now! In God’s good providence, this time of year also lines up with a section in the book of Ephesians on Spiritual Warfare. Nothing exposes the invisible war that rages all around us quite like the political season. 

I just find it amazing how a commitment to expository preaching surfaces the relevant issues at the relevant times. I didn’t pick the book of Ephesians thinking that we’d be addressing this issue at this time. The Lord just made it clear, after the pandemic, that we needed the practical wisdom of this great letter to flourish during this season. Obviously, He knew what he was doing.

I have LOVED preaching this book. I learn so much each week in preparing for the messages. Honestly, I didn’t think we would move as slowly as we have nor did I imagine us staying in this book for so long. However, the Lord has been clear in directing our steps and He has accomplished so much in us through this journey. I’m excited about what this next series will present. 

Paul’s thesis is that “we battle NOT against flesh and blood” but rather “principalities and powers” of this evil age. This is so true. We tend to focus on the personalities and the surface level threats. The true threats are the demonic spirts and satanic ideologies that undergird so much of our politics and “culture wars.” 

It’s so important that Christians know where the true battle lays and how to win the war for your soul. That’s why, for the weeks leading up to the election and for the rest of this year we are going to talk about Spiritual Warfare. We will explore what it takes to win the battle for your soul using the armor of God and the weapons he has provided.

Please continue praying for me as I prep for this series. Especially in the weeks leading up to the election. As usual, I’ll try to avoid needless partisanship. However, we are not going to muzzle what the Bible says about the political issues facing us today. More importantly, we are going to address these issues at their “spiritual root” instead of the surface level “talking points.” Hopefully, it will be a clarifying and unifying season for our church even as our country grows more and more polarized and uncivil. 

UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUCEMENTS

Better Together – Fall Retreat

Broadview Women’s Ministry invites all ladies to join us on October 24th for FALL RETREAT 2020!

This is an all-day event filled with worship, special guest speaker, Alicia White, crafting, bible journaling, discussion, relaxation & pamper time, discipleship, and sweet fellowship!!  Each of us is uniquely gifted by God, and we are Better Together.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Location: Broadview Baptist Church
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $15 per person (includes lunch & supplies)
Last Day to Register is October 16, 2020

You can also stay up to date with what’s going on in the Women’s Ministry by joining their Facebook group

 

S.A.L.T. Sisters Abiding in Light and Truth

Register Now

A video invitation to the Ladies Retreat on October 24th. 

Begins Wednesday, October 14th

We have a new men’s Bible study kicking off October 14th. They will meet at 6:30PM in the Music Suite. It’s a men’s Bible study entitled “Seven Challenges Men Encounter.” You can watch a trailer for the series on Right Now Media. You can sign up for the class here.

Our culture has increasingly grown hostile to the biblical definition of manhood. It’s getting more and more challenging to be a man. Even so, being a godly man is more important now than it has even been. Join us for this seven week series to inform your mind and change your life to better reflect God’s design for manhood.

In this series we’ll examine things like rejecting passivity, accepting responsibility, leading courageously, loving unconditionally, living with integrity, serving humbly, and investing eternally. Let others see masculinity and manhood through the lens of Christ in your life with these seven characteristics and become a better man, husband, father, and leader.

 

Register Now

CHURCH UPDATES

 

Join us in praying for..

  • Gwen Towers & family in the death of her sister Rachel Roper
  • The family of Zella Willis (funeral on Monday at 2PM at Broadview)
  • Scot Holster & family in the death of his mother Kathy Holster

Closing Thoughts

With that, I’m going close up this week’s update. Please be praying for those in our church family who’ve lost loved ones. It seems like every week we lose not just a church member, but a deeply loved and significantly invested member of our church. As one person said, it is a great sadness for us, but great glory for them.

These are people who leave behind a great legacy of faithfulness and righteousness. It’s hard to say goodbye and their absence will be felt for years to come. But the Lord is good and he will continue to be faithful. Even as past generations graduate to their final destination, the Lord is raising up a new generation to pick up where they left off.

In the words of the author of Hebrews,

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God…” 
Hebrews 12:1–2
This world is hard. It’s broken and full of difficulties and disappointments. But even as we share in the sufferings of Christ, we will one day share in the glory of his resurrection. So let us not grow weary in doing good! We will receive a reward in the “due season” if we will not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
 

If there’s any way I can pray for you please let me know. I appreciate your prayers and encouragement to me as your pastor. The Lord has ministered to me greatly through your expressions of kindness and generosity. I really do love the people of Broadview Baptist Church. The Lord has been so good to give us each other for these challenging days.

I hope to see many of you tomorrow! If not, I’ll catch you on the “inter-webs.” 

Have a great start to a new week!

You are SENT!

Pastor Wes

October Update 2020

Hey Church Family,

I hope you’re doing well! I wanted to send out a quick reminder about services tomorrow. We will be wrapping up the second half of a two-part series entitled “At Work & Home: Laboratories of God’s Grace.” Tomorrow we will look at how God uses relationships in the workplace to conform us more and more into the image of Jesus. 

Remember we have THREE Sunday service times.

Our traditional service starts at 8:15. Our two contemporary services are at 9:30 & 11:00. Services are right at an hour long and allows for plenty of time between services to practice social distancing. Our chairs in the Sanctuary are also placed six feet apart to ensure proper distancing.

You can now participate in on campus small groups as well. We have a new ladies group that just started and several other groups are also back on campus. To check out the options and find your fit visit our website.

The kids and preschool wings are open both hours (9:30 & 11:00) and kids are allowed to go both hours so you can attend worship and groups should you so desire. Kids are no longer required to preregister. The same is true for adult worship gatherings.

It’s been so good to worship “in person” these past few months. While I’m thankful for the online option, there’s something special about being physically present. Everybody has a different situation so you should practice wisdom and discernment on what’s best for you and your family.

I hope I’ll see most of you tomorrow. If not, remember you can livestream all three services using our website, Facebook, YouTube or Church Online platforms. You can watch them on demand throughout the week using those same channels or our church app.

New Men’s Bible Study

We have a new men’s Bible study kicking off October 14th. They will meet at 6:30PM in the Music Suite. It’s a men’s Bible study entitled “Seven Challenges Men Encounter.” You can watch a trailer for the series on Right Now Media. You can sign up for the class here.

Our culture has increasingly grown hostile to the biblical definition of manhood. It’s getting more and more challenging to be a man. Even so, being a godly man is more important now than it has even been. Join us for this seven week series to inform your mind and change your life to better reflect God’s design for manhood.

In this series we’ll examine things like rejecting passivity, accepting responsibility, leading courageously, loving unconditionally, living with integrity, serving humbly, and investing eternally. Let others see masculinity and manhood through the lens of Christ in your life with these seven characteristics and become a better man, husband, father, and leader.

S.A.L.T. Ladies Retreat

We also have our annual S.A.L.T. Ladies Retreat kicking off this coming October 24th at Broadview’s South Campus. The retreat will run from 9:00AM to 3:00PM and all of it will be held at the South Campus.

There will be a lunch provided and attendees will play games, do crafts, and study God’s Word with special guest Alisha White (from Southside Baptist Church) leading the sessions. It’s a great time to meet new people, make new friends and grow in your walk with the Lord.


Register here

You can also stay up to date with what’s going on in the Women’s Ministry by joining their Facebook group

Celebrate Recovery

Before signing off I wanted to make a plug for our Broadview Freedom Ministries Celebrate Recovery on Tuesday nights. This is a weekly gathering to help attendees get over their “hurts, habits and hangups.”

If you haven’t done so, please “like” their page on Facebook and stay up to date with what’s going on. The work that’s taking place in that ministry deserves our prayers and support. It’s really been a gift to our church family. 

I’ll be speaking for the main session not this Tuesday but next (October 13th). The meal starts at 5:45, the main session starts at 6:30 and breakout groups follow after that.

Each week they walk through the 12 Steps of Celebrate Recovery. The content is essentially a crash course on how to live the Christian life with victory over sin and genuine freedom in the Lord. I personally believe EVERY person can benefit from this program.

Come check it out some Tuesday and see for yourself. It’s a wonderful time of encouraging fellowship and genuine Christian community. If you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more you can always reach out to Jeff Wilkins who oversees the ministry.

Winning The War

With that, I’m going to close it down for this week. If you ever have anything that needs to be announced “church-wide” please let me know. I don’t send these out “every week” but I try to keep them semi-regular. It’s one of the only communication mediums that is COVID-19 friendly. We will stick with it for the time being.

I know things still feel like they are crazy out there. Just this weekend we learned that many of our national leaders (including our own United States President) have been infected with COVID-19. Please keep all of those infected by this disease in your prayers. It seems like 2020 still has a few “twists and turns” left to give.

It’s easy to feel like the world is spinning out of control. 

Even so, our Lord STILL has the “whole world in HIS hands.” That means the wisest thing you and I can do is entrust ourselves into His love and care. His plan may not always make sense in the moment, but he has promised to work all things together for good (for those who love him and who are called according to his purpose.)

Let me encourage you, even in the madness, to look for the good. “All things” means even the hard things, the painful things, the ugly things, the shameful things… the Lord works ALL THINGS together for good.

Beauty from ashes. A garment of praise, from our heaviness. Let me know if there’s any way I can pray for you. If I don’t see you tomorrow, I’ll see you on the interwebs!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

With Love,

Pastor Wes