We Need Your Prayers

Hello church family,

I hope you had a great weekend! It was a wonderful day yesterday in worship and I wanted to write to remind you of several important things coming up this week. 

MONDAY (TODAY):

Congregational Prayer

Today, from 6:30AM-8:30PM the sanctuary at our South Campus will be unlocked and open for congregational prayer. There will be prayer sheets with prayer points available at the entrance to the Sanctuary. 

Several of you came last week (even though I failed to mention it in each of the morning worship services). It was so great seeing families pray together with other families from our church.

A Family Affair

My family and I prayed at about 4PM last Monday and it was a really special time. We read that day’s Bible passage (from the Bible reading plan) and prayed through the prayer points. Each person got a particular prayer request and it was a special time of family worship. 

If you have kids, this is a great way to teach them that worship isn’t just about what we do on Sunday mornings in the church. It’s about what we do throughout the week whether we’re at church, at home or on the go. Take advantage of this opportunity to disciple those in your circle of influence and help other believers grow in their faith.

You can pray alone as well should you choose to do that. I just want to encourage you to pray. Ask the Lord to move in our church in a special way during this season. 

November 1st Prayer Meeting

Also – don’t forget – we will have a special, church-wide, congregational prayer meeting at 6:00PM on November 1st (next Monday). This will be like the old fashioned prayer meetings we did earlier in the spring of this year. If you haven’t been able to make it during the day on Monday, please do what you can to make it to the November 1st prayer meeting. It will be an important time as it relates to this growth campaign . 

TUESDAY:

ACBA “Rally For His Mission”

On Tuesday Broadview is hosting the ACBA “Rally for His Mission” Annual Meeting. Broadview is a Southern Baptist Church and we are affiliated at a local level with the Abilene-Callahan Baptist Association. 

Each year, churches from around the Big Country gather together to hear about what God is doing through our cooperative effort. Broadview gives a set amount to the ACBA every year and that money is pooled with donations from other churches to make the work of our association possible.

If you’d like to see where that money is going and how it is being used then join us Tuesday for the Annual Meeting.

World’s Best BBQ

We will have a dinner (smoked brisket BBQ from the famous Les Campbell) at 5:00PM. A business meeting will follow at 6:00PM. Both the meal and subsequent business meeting will be located in our Educational Building. Finally, we will have a time of worship at 7:00PM. Taylor Miller will bring the music and David Sanchez will be preaching. 

It should be a great evening if you’d like to make plans to join us. 

THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY:

“Hand & Feet Ministry”

Finally this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’re having our first ever “Hands & Feet” ministry weekend. This is a three day effort to help people in our church who have a need that they cannot do themselves and cannot afford to have done. 

This is a ministry stemming from our J.O.Y. Ministry but it’s available to any and all members of our church. The needs have all been submitted, inventoried and assessed for feasibility. What is needed now is volunteers. 

You do not need to serve all three days if you cannot do all three days. You can choose to do one day, two days, or even just a few hours a day for each of the three. It’s totally up to you but we will gladly put you to work for whatever hours you can commit. 

We Need Your Help!

As it stands, we still need several volunteers if we’re going to knock out all of the jobs we have going. If you are willing to serve or plan to be there but haven’t told anybody yet then please reply to this email and let us know.

We will start each day at 8AM for breakfast. So if you plan on helping, just meet us at the church at 8AM Thursday morning and we’ll feed you and send you to the location for the day. There will be somebody on site who is skilled enough to engineer and direct the job responsibilities. All you’ll need to do is engage in the tasks you are assigned.

Some of you have offered equipment or even professional crews for some of the jobs we have lined up. It really is amazing how God puts things together. 

How You Can Help

If you’d like to serve but your not able it doesn’t mean you cannot participate. We are going to need some people who can help with the meals and even more who would be willing to help offset the cost of this ministry with a donation to cover the expenses and construction costs. 

If you’d like to give to this need just write “hands and feet” as a memo on your check or in your online gift. Thanks again for being willing to jump in on this project as we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus to members of our church in their time of need. 

But What About Wednesday?!

You may be asking, “But what about Wednesday?” We do seem to have announcements for every other day of the week but that one. It’s not because we don’t have anything going on. We have our standard weekday programming for preschool, children students and adults. 

However, our ladies Bible study gathering will NOT BE MEETING THIS WEEK.

This group is taking a one week break then they will be kicking off a new Bible study on October 27th.

New Ladies Bible Study

The name of this new study is  “Knowing God by Name.” (Books are $10 each)
There will be options at 10AM and 6:30PM.

Here’s a description of the Bible study:

God is too big, too magnificent for a single name. Consider this: the God whose many names include Creator, Provider, Ruler, and Redeemer wants you to know Him better. 

In Knowing God by Name: A Personal Encounter, author Mary Kassian focuses on 35 Hebrew names of God that describe His character, His relationships, and His purpose. As you learn the significance of each ancient word, you’ll be awestruck by the Lord’s magnificence and your heart compelled to worship and praise Him. 

The new Bible study starts in just over a week so please RSVP for childcare ASAP if you’re going to be attending the 10AM class. The 6:30 class will have childcare available through our mid-week programming. 

Closing Thoughts

With that I’m going to close it out for this week. For those of you who are committed to the “Off The Grid” Spiritual Growth Campaign remember that you can engage with the daily readings by downloading our app and using the messaging feature (upper right hand corner.) You can read last week’s update (and the one before that) for detailed instructions about how to use the feature

Our reading plan can be downloaded here

I’ve been so encouraged by the reports of people who are engaging in the fast and reading plan. It’s not too late to join in if you haven’t already. Please continue to pray for our church during these next five weeks. I’m praying for God to use this season to wake us up to the BEST things in life and that is intimacy with God and better relationships with people. 

Unfortunately, social media was ruining both of those things for many people. It doesn’t have to be that way. There’s something better available to each of us if we’ll simply carve out the time and prioritize it. 

Keep reading below for other important announcements and upcoming events. If there’s anyway I can pray for you please let me know. I hope you have a great rest of your week!

Until He Comes,’

Pastor Wes

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bless The City Project

Something I’ve not mentioned in my last two updates that I should have is a church-wide “Bless the City” project to write encouraging cards for our respiratory therapists in the city of Abilene. 

As you know, the uptick in COVID cases has put a strain on our hospital ICUs. Members of our medical community are working tirelessly on the front lines against this pandemic. 

We obviously want to bless EVERY member of our medical community but we just happen to have inroads to the staff serving as respiratory therapists. These members of the medical community are often working in close contact with those suffering from COVID-19 or morbidities stemming from that disease. 

All you have to do is write a short encouraging note and drop it off in the church office before October 18th. That’s only a little over one week away so please consider writing one today and drop it off this Sunday at church. If not this Sunday then for sure by next Sunday.

Hands and Feet Ministry

October 21-23

Before I close just a few more quick announcements. Don’t forget about our “Hands & Feet” ministry initiative. This is 3 day project to bless members of our church who have home projects that they cannot do themselves or cannot afford to have done.(It can be anything from yard work, to painting to minor plumbing or electrical work)

The home projects will first be evaluated for suitability. Upon acceptance, they will be added to a list of projects that will be completed by Broadview volunteers who will band together and knock them out.

The dates for this project are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 21-23.

To sign up for help or to help, please call the church office (325.692.2360) and talk to Cyndy. We need as much help as we can get so please let us know as soon as you can.

Veterans Day Tribute

November 7

We are also still trying to collect pictures of members of Broadview who have served in the military. Ideally, we would like a picture of them in uniform and another that is modern day (if there is a good time spread between the date of service and the present.) 

We will compile these pictures into a video and play it on Veterans Day as part of a larger tribute to our service men and women.

Do you have a picture? Can you please send it our way? You can send your digital photographs to Ken Trevathan or drop off physical copies of the picture at the church office. 

You can also just reply to this email and attach the photos that way.

Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat

October 15-16

Last Sunday was the deadline to sign up for our women’s retreat. If you are still wanting to attend and you didn’t sign up yet then please reply to this email ASAP. We have a few spots still available but need to know right away so we can make sure we make enough packets.

The registration fee is $20

Retreat Theme:
🥤 Refresh! Refreshment for the Women’s Soul.”
Special Guest Speaker: Cheri Strange, Ph.D.
Causin’ A Stir: Thirst-Quenching Essentials for Satisfying Your Soul.

🙋‍♀️REGISTER NOW🙋‍♀️

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Mens’ Dove Hunt.

November 5th | 4:00-Sunset

Don’t forget about our men’s dove hunt the last day of dove season, November 5th from 4:00 to sundown. If you’re interested in attending this hunt please join the men’s channel in the Broadview app (or messages on the website.) You can also just reply to this email or confirm with Brian Massingill.

If the birds aren’t flying then the clay pigeons will. You need to bring your own firearm and ammunition. 

 

Financial Update

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

Offering Report
Date: 10/07/21

Weekly Budget Requirement:  $17,567
Weekly Budget Receipts:  $14,153

YTD Required:  $720,247
YTD Received:   $7759,605

Designated Gifts
World Missions: $428.91
Family Crisis: $52 

Most Recent Sermon

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Revelation 8
October 17, 2021

Getting Off The Grid

Hey Wes

I hope you’re having a great week. I wanted to send out a quick update with new events that are taking place this fall in our men’s ministry and also some information about Embrace Grace and our Fall Spiritual Growth Campaign.

If you’d rather watch instead of read you can click the video down below.

Video update from Pastor Wes about new upcoming events.

Embrace Grace Kickoff

September 22 | 6:30PM

Let me start with information about our Embrace Grace ministry. This is a ministry to single moms that are walking through pregnancy. Babies are a great blessing from the Lord but an unplanned pregnancy or walking through that season alone can be frightening and bittersweet. Embrace Grace is a ministry to those moms to let them know they’re not alone.

If this resonates with you or describes someone you know then please tell them about our upcoming group!

The new group will start on September 22nd at 6:30PM in Annex A. You can contact Janet White if you have any questions. You can just show up on Wednesday or you can sign up on our website.

Game Night

September 23 | 6-8PM

The day after our Embrace Grace group launches we will have a Game Night for our J.O.Y ministry (just older youth). All men and women aged 55 and up are invited to bring your favorite board/card game and have a fun night of fellowship.

You should eat dinner before you come but we encourage you to bring a snack to share with others. (eat a light dinner so you can snack heavy!) This should be a really fun night of laughs and friendship. It’s a great way for you to connect with other men and women in our church and just have a good time.

You can email Ken & Phyllis Trevathan if you have any questions.

Hands and Feet Ministry

October 21-23

The second update from our Joy Ministry is a church-wide initiative called “Hands & Feet.” This is 3 day project to bless members of our church who have home projects that they cannot do themselves or cannot afford to have done.(It can be anything from yard work, to painting to minor plumbing or electrical work)

The home projects will first be evaluated for suitability. Upon acceptance, they will be added to a list of projects that will be completed by Broadview volunteers who will band together and knock them out.

The dates for this project are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 21-23.

To sign up for help or to help, please call the church office (325.692.2360) and talk to Cyndy. We need as much help as we can get so please let us know as soon as you can.

Veterans Day Tribute

November 7

The last update from our Joy Ministry is a Veterans Day Tribute for Veterans Day this year. We are trying to collect pictures of members of Broadview who have served in the military. Ideally, we would like a picture of them in uniform but that’s not absolutely necessary.

We will compile these pictures into a video and play it on Veterans Day as part of a larger tribute to our service men and women. Do you have a picture? Can you please send it our way? You can send your digital photographs to Ken Trevathan or drop off physical copies of the picture at the church office.

FALL GROWTH CAMPAIGN

Off The Grid

Unplug from the Noise.
Plug in to the Word.

Starts October 10th

This past Monday we met for a day long strategic staff meeting and discussed the state of our church and what we could do on top of the norm to help move us forward in our mission.

We discussed things like how COVID-19 and 2020 changed the way people engage with the local church. We discussed the impact of the last few years on people’s spiritual health and spiritual practices. We talked about some of the key barriers and obstacles that keep us from moving forward in our desire to make and multiply disciples.

Having read and meditated on the book of 2nd Timothy we noticed reoccurring themes such as the need to rekindle, strengthen and “fan into flame” the good gifts that God has given. We noted the primacy of the Word of God in a culture that rejects it. God’s Word really is the means through which we become equipped to live out the call of God on our life.

Out of that time with the Lord and one another came the vision to call our congregation to a 6 week spiritual growth campaign Oct 10-Nov 21 called “Off The Grid.”

The emphasis for this campaign will be unplugging from noise of social media and plugging into the Word of God. We will encourage every member in our church to “get off the grid and reconnect with God.”

The campaign will include a church-wide Bible reading plan for the 6 weeks. We are hand selecting the passages to try and maximize the time you spend with God in the Word. As we commit to that six-week plan we’re also going to ask you to get off social media and use the time you would’ve spent there meditating on God’s Word.

To put our money where our mouth is – the church staff and official Broadview channels will “get off” social media for the 6 weeks of the campaign. All of our announcements, communication and updates will come through email and our church app. We are bucking the tide and swimming the opposite direction of our culture. We sense this is what God is leading us to do.

Uncommon and Uncomfortable

I’m praying that you’ll prayerfully consider joining us in that same journey and use this as a season to reinvigorate your spiritual life and help strengthen our church for the days ahead. Every church consultant I’ve read says “the future of the church is online.” Getting off social media seems like swimming the opposite direction of where the “experts” say we should go.

But we are following the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I’m trusting if this IS from the Holy Spirit then he will move in your hearts in a similar way and we will see something beautiful come out of this campaign.

Because we are “getting off social,” it’s important that you be connected with us through the church app and email. You’re reading this email so you’re signed up in that regard. But if you haven’t downloaded our church app then I would recommend you do so. It has a messaging feature that will enable us to share updates, prayer requests and encouragement throughout the campaign.

If you haven’t yet done so – please download our app and create an account so you can engage with us during the campaign.

Some of you may be wondering, “why get off of social media?” It’s a good question. Could we not just have a church-wide Bible reading challenge and accomplish the same thing. My answer is no.

Here is the reasoning:

We discussed during that staff meeting how so many friendships were strained or ended through the careless use of social media over the past several years. This was amplified 10 fold during 2020. Social media has been doing damage to our spiritual and mental health for a very long time.

Divisions in our country and our church are amplified by social media algorithms that use anger and rage to increase their company “bottom line.” There have been plenty of documentaries proving this. You can read this article as an example of what’s going on. (It’s just one among hundreds. Most people acknowledge the obvious.)

The simple truth is – social media seems to do more harm than good for people’s mental health and spiritual growth. Because so much of our church communication is through Facebook and other social media channels, we are essentially asking people to expose themselves to a medium that works AGAINST what we are trying to build as a church.

Building Our Own Online Community

I know connecting with people on Facebook is convenient. I know how easy it is to spend hours scrolling through Instagram. But surely you can agree that social media has done serious damage to our society and interpersonal relationships.

Because of that, it doesn’t feel right to ask people to engage with our church on platforms that work against what we believe makes for good mental and spiritual health. So instead of pushing people to engage with us on social media we are building our own online “community” that is immune from what makes the traditional channels so toxic.

As the church and staff “fast” from social media. We are going to encourage people in our church to connect to this new channel and engage with one another there.

Broadview “Messages”

Essentially, we have invested into our church app and website so that we can provide a similar kind of service but on our own terms and with our own members. That way we can encourage and fellowship with one another online and not have to deal with some of the toxicity that comes from being on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

This service will be available to every person who wants to connect with Broadview Baptist Church. Every small group and every larger ministry in our church can use this service to create online community. Whether your group consists of 4 people or 400 there’s a way to use this online tool to extend the fellowship that happens “on campus” to a medium you can access “on the go” throughout the week..

You can test it out right now if you want. Just download the app and hit the messages icon in the upper right hand corner (picture). You can create an account or log in using your existing social media credentials. You can also engage on our website by hitting the same icon in the lower right hand corner. (picture)

If you’re reading this on a desktop computer you can access the platform here. You’ll see a “discover tab” and a “conversations” tab. Discover is where the “public groups” live. We will add more in the coming weeks.

“Conversations” is where the private groups you’ve joined will reside. (You might have one group for your small group, one for men/women’s ministry, one for prayer requests, etc etc). Here’s a picture of mine as as example.

Closing Thoughts

I’ll be sharing more in the next few weeks during the services. By no means are we “forcing” anybody to do anything. We also aren’t suggesting you stay off social media forever. It’s just a 6-week experiment that you can voluntarily participate in to see what God does in your life.

The growth campaign kicks off on Sunday, October 10th and culminates on November 21st. That’s the night of our Thanksgiving Service and Meal and we will celebrate the good things God does through this effort.

We will also have a church-wide prayer meeting on Monday, October 11th to commit this effort to God in prayer. Because of that, we will postpone our September prayer meeting until that night.

Hopefully the improvements to your mental and spiritual health will be such that it changes the way you interact on social media in the days following the campaign. We are also hopeful it can help our church transition away from using Facebook and like services for communication and we can transition to using our own tools instead.

The weeks leading up to the launch of the campaign will include a two-week miniseries on mental health, prayer and engaging God in the Word. During that time we will take a break from the book of Revelation.

However, this week and next week we will explore Revelation 7 and finally settle that question that everybody’s been asking “What about the rapture?” It should be fun! I hope you’ll join us.

If there’s any way I can pray for you please let me know. Just reply to this message.

Maranatha,

Pastor Wes

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mens’ Ministry Fall Activities

Our Men’s Ministry kickoff was a great success. We had over 30 guys in attendance and we had a great time of fellowship and connecting with one another. At that gathering the ministry team shared a vision for future events this fall.

Here’s a list of upcoming events:

Game Night / Thursday Night Football

October 7th | 7:20PM
210 Filly Road (79606)
A night of fun and board games as we watch Thursday Night football.

Dove Hunt / Clay Pigeons

November 5th | 4:00-Sunset
An evening to close out dove season with a final hunt. If the birds aren’t flying then the clay pigeons will. You need to bring your own firearm and ammunition.

In 2022 there will be more events planned along with some missions/outreach projects. For now the Men’s Ministry is encouraging ALL able bodied men to serve in the Hands & Feet project October 21-23.

Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat

October 15-16

Early Bird Registration Cutoff – August 20th

Broadview women of all ages and stages of life are invited to join us for a weekend to unplug and Refresh at Fall Retreat 2021!

Retreat Theme:
🥤 Refresh! Refreshment for the Women’s Soul.”
Special Guest Speaker: Cheri Strange, Ph.D.
Causin’ A Stir: Thirst-Quenching Essentials for Satisfying Your Soul.

Theme Verse:
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” 💦
Jeremiah 31:25

Retreat Information:
When was the last time you felt completely satisfied? We see God plant this need in humanity throughout the Bible. He beautifully describes and displays how He, Himself, is perfectly fitted to meet that need and fill our desires.

Too often, you and I pursue other things to fill our longings. We keep drinking from sources that can never quench our thirst. Our pursuit of things and people and dreams can leave us wondering what our lives are really about. Do they even matter?

Causin’ a Stir is what happens when we discover those thirst-quenching essentials God provides for true satisfaction. Like being handed a glass of cold, refreshing water after wandering in a desert, you, too, can discover how God moves in and through the lives of His people to invite them to learn to thirst for Him.

Find relief through what can bring true fulfillment. Join us for a weekend that is sure to offer real change for your life. You’ll make new friends, new connections and find new thirst-quenching recipes for your faith.

🙋‍♀️REGISTER NOW🙋‍♀️

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Register by August 20th to take advantage of EARLY BIRD cost!
 

Financial Update

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

Offering Report
Date: 09/12/21

Weekly Budget Requirement:  $17,567
Weekly Budget Receipts:  $19,884

YTD Required:  $649,979
YTD Received:   $689,120

Designated Gifts
World Missions: $405
Family Crisis: $725

Most Recent Sermon

This Is How The World Ends
Revelation 6:1-17
September 19, 2021

New Groups & Fall Kick-Off

Hey Church family,

 

I hope you”ve had a great week! We are officially in August and that means there’s only ONE more month left of summer. People are squeezing in those last minute vacations and mentally preparing for school to start back up. 

In that vein, I wanted to dedicate this week’s update to information about our Fall Kick-Off at Broadview. Below you’ll find information about our Wednesday night programming, new adult Bible studies and other upcoming events. 

Here are the highlights:

 

September 1st | 6:30-8:00PM

Wednesday Night Kick-Off

(preschool, children & students)

Financial Peace University

New Ladies Bible Study (Jude)

 

Volunteer Meetings in August

August 8th – Sharing The Gospel Training 

August 15th – Preschool, Kids & Youth Volunteer Meeting

 

Upcoming Events in August

August 19th – Senior Adult Ministry Kickoff Event

August 20th – Right Now Media Men’s Conference

 

You can learn more about each of those things below. You’ll also learn about other upcoming events like the Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat and a new adult small group kicking off next Sunday. 

Of particular note is the Sharing The Gospel Training this weekend. It starts at 4:00 but we’re also having a Fort Worth Trip team meeting at 3:30.

The team meeting is for all those going on the Fort Worth trip to partner with Redemption City Church. We’re actually looking for a professional photographer if anybody wants to go and provide that ministry. It’s not too late to sign up! (just reply to this email)

The team meeting will be at 3:30 in the Music Suite. The training will take place in the music suite at 4:00PM.

Because there are so many new updates below I’m going to leave it at that for this week’s update. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and also join us for worship this Sunday!

We’re kicking off a few series out of Revelation 6 entitled “Birth Pains: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” It’s going to be wild! 

If there is any way I can pray for you please let me know by replying to this email. Also please bookmark August 30th, 6PM on your calendar for our next Prayer Night. 

Until he comes,

Pastor Wes

Volunteer Vision Meetings

Volunteer Vision Meetings

Preschool, Children and Youth

August 15th | 12:30PM
(After 3rd Service)

Don’t forget we have some volunteer vision meetings this coming August 15th after the third morning worship service. These meetings will start at 12:30 and lunch will be provided. 

The goal behind these meetings is two-fold. First, we want to encourage and raise up new leaders for the growth that is taking place in our preschool and children’s departments. We lost several volunteers after COVID and are trying to rebuild.

The second reason for meeting is to provide clarity and vision for what God is doing in each department and communicate with existing volunteers the opportunities that we have for the fall.

If you have any interest in serving in either meeting please RSVP. There is a sign up sheet for potential volunteers in the hallway outside of the sanctuary. You can also just reply to this email.

It really is an exciting time and we need every member gifted for ministry (that’s you!) to be deploying that gift in the life of the church. 

You can talk to Ora (children’s) or Tiffany (preschool) for more information.

Youth Ministry Volunteers

In addition to the preschool and children’s ministry vision meetings we are also inviting existing or potential student ministry volunteers to join us as well. With Joseph’s transition it’s important that we have a clear game plan and informed volunteers so we’re ready for a strong kick-off September 1. 

This gathering will meet in the Music Suite since the Education Building and Gathering Place will be taken up by the other two vision meetings.

Already we’ve seen several new volunteers rise up to help serve in our youth ministry during this transition season. It’s been encouraging to see God raise up new people who are committed to serve. If God is calling you to invest in the next generation then please heed the call and join us for lunch. 

This is especially true if your a female volunteer willing to work with students!

I’m praying if God puts it on your heart then you’ll be faithful to put it on your calendar and have your eyes opened to the eternal impact you can make.

If you have questions you can reply to this email.

This fall we have some outreach events planned and because of that we wanted to host a training for how to share the Gospel. Tanner Clarke will teach the training and it will be held on August 8th at 4PM in the Education Building. 

If you are not confident in how to share the Gospel or if you’ve never done it before then this is a GREAT opportunity.  You will grow in your knowledge and your courage.

We’re commanded in the Scripture to always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us. Are you ready? 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Senior Adult Ministry Kickoff

August 19th | 6-8PM

We are reviving our Senior Adult Ministry at Broadview! The first big event for this fall is scheduled for August 19th from 6-8PM.

Join other members of our church family for some food, fun and fellowship. Dress like it’s summer (sandals), come with your appetite (sandwiches) and satisfy your sweet tooth (sundaes). 

It will be a wonderful night so please put it on your calendar!

Email Ken or Phyllis for more information.

MEN’S CONFERENCE

August 20th, 2021

Meal: 5:30-6:15

Conference: 6:30-10:00

This coming August 20th Broadview will serve as a host site for the 2021 Right Now Media Men’s Conference. We would love for you to join us.

This conference is strategically designed to equip men to live the Christian life through the practical teaching of God’s Word and connecting like minded men with each other.

Tickets are available for $20. You can pay and register at the link below.

Register Now

Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat

October 15-16

Early Bird Registration Cutoff – August 20th 

Broadview women of all ages and stages of life are invited to join us for a weekend to unplug and Refresh at Fall Retreat 2021!

Retreat Theme:
🥤 Refresh! Refreshment for the Women’s Soul.”
Special Guest Speaker: Cheri Strange, Ph.D.
Causin’ A Stir: Thirst-Quenching Essentials for Satisfying Your Soul.

Theme Verse:
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” 💦 
Jeremiah 31:25

Retreat Information:
When was the last time you felt completely satisfied? We see God plant this need in humanity throughout the Bible. He beautifully describes and displays how He, Himself, is perfectly fitted to meet that need and fill our desires.

Too often, you and I pursue other things to fill our longings. We keep drinking from sources that can never quench our thirst. Our pursuit of things and people and dreams can leave us wondering what our lives are really about. Do they even matter?

Causin’ a Stir is what happens when we discover those thirst-quenching essentials God provides for true satisfaction. Like being handed a glass of cold, refreshing water after wandering in a desert, you, too, can discover how God moves in and through the lives of His people to invite them to learn to thirst for Him.

Find relief through what can bring true fulfillment. Join us for a weekend that is sure to offer real change for your life. You’ll make new friends, new connections and find new thirst-quenching recipes for your faith.

🙋‍♀️REGISTER NOW🙋‍♀️

🕊

Register by August 20th to take advantage of EARLY BIRD cost!

New Groups!

New Adult Small Group

Starts August 15th | 11:00AM

We have a new adult small group kicking off this coming August 15th at 11:00AM. The group will be led by Randy and Marion Voorhees and is geared towards ages 45 and under (although all are welcome.) 

The name of the class is Expositors 222 from the exhortation found in 2 Timothy 2:22. “Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

This will be a small group geared around expositional Bible teaching and mutual accountability for growth in godliness. It’s a great opportunity to get connected with other believers if you don’t yet have a small group. It’s also a great way to grow in your faith and knowledge of God.

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New Women’s Bible Study

September 1st | 10AM or 6:30PM

Women’s Bible Study starts September 1st at either 10 AM or 6:30 PM in the Main Building Fellowship Hall! Broadview Women’s Ministry encourages and equips women of all ages and seasons of life through various book and topical studies.

About the Class:
While often overlooked, the Book of Jude remains as relevant today as the time it was written. God has commanded His beloved church to do the necessary work of contending for the faith in a world of unbelief, and as we do, He will keep us from falling into the same deception.

In this 7-session study we will dive into themes of being called, loved, and kept. We will learn how to point others to Jesus in grace and truth. We serve others well when we share the whole gospel with them, not just the parts deemed attractive by our culture.  

Financial Peace University

Starts September 1st

Planning for the future is hard when you’re still paying for the past! There’s a better way! Join the Financial Peace University class this coming September 1. You’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future together!

Starts September 1
Time: 6:30-8:00PM
Length: 9 Weeks
Cost: $99 

Scholarships are available upon request and granted upon perfect attendance to the class.

Childcare also provided on campus

Contact Sam Bush for more information.

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Financial Update

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

Offering Report
Date: 08/06/21

Weekly Budget Requirement:  $17,567
Weekly Budget Receipts:  $17,337.84

YTD Required:  $544,577.00
YTD Received:   $572,548.28

Designated Gifts
World Missions: $656.94
Family Crisis: $74.32 

Most Recent Sermon

Christ Above All
Revelation 5:8-14
August 1, 2021

We’re Adding To Our Staff Team

Associate Pastor: Youth & ADULT Discipleship

Broadview Baptist Church

Job Overview:

The Associate Pastor of Youth and Adult Discipleship serves as the primary support person for the Lead Pastor and primary overseer of next-gen ministry at Broadview. The Associate Pastor will work alongside the Lead Pastor in helping the church to fulfill her mission and vision, specifically in the area of adult discipleship. He will also oversee ministry to students at Broadview and act as the direct report for our preschool and children’s ministry staff. 

This is a multifaceted, full-time position. Medial insurance and retirement contributions are part of the salary package. Broadview is a mid-size church in Abilene, TX.

Responsibilities: Lead Pastor Support

  • OVERALL: Assist the Lead Pastor in leading the congregation to accomplish her mission and vision
  • PREACHING: Cover the Sunday morning pulpit on occasion (3-5 Sundays per year)
  • PASTORING: Assist with pastoral work in the church: visitation, counseling, & evangelism
  • LEADERSHIP: Act as a direct report for the preschool and children ministry staff, ensuring a tight and cohesive discipleship strategy
  • MISCELLANEOUS: Assist the Lead Pastor in other areas as needed

Responsibilities: Youth Ministry

  • Overall: Create and maintain a student ministry focused on worship, discipleship and outreach using ministry environments like large-group gatherings, small groups and ministry teams.
  • Preaching: Serve as the primary Bible teacher for the student ministry.
  • Communication: Regularly communicate information about the youth ministry to the staff, congregation and parents of students. (email, website, social media)
  • Parent Engagement: Engage parents to discuss spiritual issues related to their child.
  • Volunteers: Enlist, train and deploy a volunteer team to minister to students. 
  • Budget: Manage the ministry budget and make recommendations for the following year.

Responsibilities: Adult Discipleship

  • Small Groups: Enlist and train new adult small group leaders while overseeing the existing small group ministry at Broadview.
  • Adult Discipleship: Evaluate the disciple-making ministries of the church and ensure they are effective. Implement new strategies to promote adult discipleship in the life of the church. 
  • Staff Support: Act as a staff support person for our lay volunteers who coordinate ministry to adults at Broadview.

Qualifications:

Education & Experience:

  • 3 years experience as a staff member in a ministry leadership capacity.
  • A bachelors degree in Biblical studies (or related field), equivalent formal seminary education or comparable experience in the field of ministry. 
  • An Mdiv or ThM is ideal but not required. Conversant in Christian apologetics also ideal.
  • Married with children is the ideal but not a deal breaker

Character

  • A growing, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ (active devotional life)
  • A thorough understanding of God’s Word
  • A person of integrity, character and conviction
  • Genuine love for “hard to reach” students
  • A distinct passion for student ministry
  • Active in personal evangelism
  • Meets qualifications of 1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9;

Competencies 

  • Proven disciple-maker
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Effective and Engaging Communicator (written and oral)
  • Responsible and effective use of Social Media
  • Basic graphic design capabilities
  • Basic website maintenance (CSS, WordPress)

Cultural Fit

  • Fun (Likes to laugh. Don’t take yourself too seriously.)
  • Highly Relational (Friendly. People Person.)
  • Passionate about Missions/Outreach
  • Hard working. Self-starter. Proactive.
  • Team Player. Humble. Serving Mindset.

Theological Fit

  • Broadview is affiliated with the SBC at a national, state and local level. We are dually aligned with both the SBTC and BGCT in the state of Texas. We affirm the BFM2K.
  • We are committed to expositional preaching and Spirit-empowered worship.

How To Apply:

Please submit your resume in PDF form, including 3 references to info at broadview dot church. Please use subject: “Associate Pastor Search.” Also please include links to any social media platforms to which you post, blog or post photos. 

2021 Budget & Financial Update

Hello Church Family

I hope you’re having a good week! This week’s update is dedicated to our 2021 General Fund budget. You can read a print version of the 2021 budget proposal here. You can download a print version of the budget here.

While we’re on the topic, don’t forget that we released our 2021 World Missions Offering and giving goals last week and are emphasizing that offering for the month of December. Many of you have already decided to give generously. You can read more about it on last week’s update or give online here.

Pastor Wes gives a video update to go long with this weekly update email.

 

THE 2021 GENERAL FUND BUDGET

Throughout 2020 our church has demonstrated an inspiring level of generosity even though we’ve been scattered in our homes and physically distanced due to COVID-19. It was truly remarkable, given the decreased “in person” attendance and length of time many people have been separated from gathered worship all together. 

Late this fall, we began to see a dip in giving to the General Fund. In October we had a shortfall of $4,324. While October started strong, later in the month giving began to drop below the usual trends. In November there was a drastic drop of $23,485. Each week saw far less than the usual giving trend. The verdict is still out for how we will finish the year. (week one of December was encouraging)

While we don’t have a complete understanding of why this is happening, there are several things to consider. One of the most obvious factors is the number of people in our church family who went home to be with the Lord this year. Since September of 2019, 31 people in our church family have died.

When you consider this alongside the people in our church who’ve lost jobs, been temporarily furloughed or have just experienced an overall financial hardship, it makes sense that our giving is beginning to take a hit.

It’s also possible that the extended time people have spent separated from gathered worship is causing a drop in their commitment to regular tithes and offerings. Similarly, some may be redirecting their tithes and offerings to another church or non-profit here in town.

Until we do a deep dive on the numbers and have more time to study the trends, we won’t really know for sure. But the facts we do know suggest that giving in 2021 will likely be lower than giving in 2020 unless there’s a season of significant growth in 2021 or some other sovereign intervention from the Lord.

While I’m certainly praying and believing God for such a move, it would be presumptuous and bad stewardship to forecast a General Fund budget that goes beyond a reasonable assessment of the current trends. Bold faith and heavenly wisdom work together, not against one another.

My spirit tells me that while we are going to experience a renewed strengthening from the Lord and future growth in 2021, the financial largess of years past may not follow us at the same rate as prior years. Nobody knows the future but there are good reasons to think this is true.

For all of these reasons, we’re entering 2021 with cautious optimism for what the next fiscal year will look like. We are presenting a General Fund budget that is 4.69% lower than 2020.

Unfortunately, increased costs in medical and building insurance raised those budgets by close to $35,000. For us to reach that 4.9% drop we had to make $79,929 worth of cuts. It was not a fun process and everything took a hit. 

The General Fund budget for 2021 is set at $913,500.

As you can see from the picture above, this move will lower Cooperative Program and local missions giving as it is a percentage of the overall receipts.

Under personnel, you’ll see a decrease in salaries and retirement but an increase in insurance/taxes. The increase is due to elevated costs in medical insurance. Changes in staffing account for the decrease in salaries. We also made cuts to staff benefits like end of year bonuses and no staff received a raise

We have removed the position of church secretary from our annual budget. Removing this staff position was handled by the pastoral team as they function as the personnel team in our constitution and by-laws (article II, section II). This was a difficult decision and any questions regarding this change can be directed to me or members of our pastoral team.

Under ministries, there has been a $17,560 decrease. While we hate to decrease ministry spending, it was necessary given the elevated costs in insurance coverage and decreased giving. We have also recommended a $6,000 decrease in our educational expenses.

While operational expenses are generally pretty fixed, we were able to save $13,982. Decreased use of our facilities and lower energy costs created savings on utilities and general campus maintenance. This helps cover the increased costs in building/auto insurance. We will shop our insurance providers to see about additional savings.  

Debt retirement and capital improvement line items have remained the same. We will pay off our FFB loan using cash reserves from the forgiven PPP loan. However, we plan to leave the line item for opportunities of future growth.

These budget cuts were not easy to make. However, we are moving forward with confidence in the Lord and hope for the future. Even though COVID-19 and our national response to it have brought many negatives, it has also reminded us that our ultimate security is in the Lord! We will move forward with a renewed dependency on Him and His will for our church.

Thank you for your careful consideration of these things. We will vote on the 2021 budget on the last Sunday of this year.

If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to myself or a member of our finance team. (Howard Thompson, Jayce Barbee, Georgia Hamilton, Justin Edmunds, Armando Oakes)

If you have questions related to personnel changes, please contact myself or a member of our pastoral team. (James Parker, Darrell Scott, Wes Terry, Vernon Ferguson, Randy Voorhees)

Until He Comes,
Pastor Wes

ANNOUCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

For the last Sunday of 2020 and the first Sunday of 2021 we will only have TWO morning worship services.

The traditional service will be held at 9:30 and the contemporary service will be held at 11:00. There will be no on-campus adult small groups.

The nursery and childcare will still be available for both hours.

Starting January 10th, we will resume all three morning worship services.

December Family Mission Opportunity

For the month of December, the Preschool and Children’s Ministry will be collecting money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Each child will receive an individual bank to collect funds throughout the month.

You can also give a cash or check donation using the World Missions Offering envelopes from the Lottie Moon tree located on the Connect Table in the Gathering Place or West Campus Sanctuary. This project is a great opportunity for teaching your children (or learning yourself!) the story behind the Lottie Moon Offering.

Learn more about Lottie Moon and her compelling story here. 

Families In Need Tree

Remember that THIS SUNDAY is the deadline to have your gift returned and placed under the families in need tree in the Gathering Place.

We are so thankful for the outpouring of generosity that took responsibility for every need listed. These gifts will be delivered to families in need around the city of Abilene. Thanks for helping us “bless our city.”

 

Join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service this Christmas Eve. We will have TWO services this December 24th.

At 4:30 there will be a short “Family Style” service. This service won’t have lit candles. Instead there will be kid-friendly glow sticks. In place of a sermon there will be a kid-friendly Christmas story. Families will be in and out under 30 minutes so they can get home to their other Christmas plans.

The 6:00 service will be the traditional Candlelight Service. We will sing Christmas carols, there will be a short Biblical meditation on the message of Christmas and then we will finish the advent wreath by lighting the Christ candle and singing Silent Night together.

It’s one of my favorite family traditions! I hope you’ll join us for either service and invite a friend.

New Ladies Bible Study
Starts January 13th – 10AM & 6:30PM

 

Do you ever feel like the happy ending of your story is a million miles away? Then you know how the Jewish people felt when they returned to their wrecked land after exile and began rebuilding the temple. They were distracted, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel.

But the prophet Haggai reminded them they could find courage in the God who had never left them. Sometimes the landscapes of our lives feel wrecked, with our hope and purpose in shambles. We too get distracted and discouraged. However, God’s presence and promises give us courage to press on and trust Him with our story.

Watch the Trailer

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Getting Back To Normal

Weekly Update | August 29th, 2020

Hey Church Family,

I hope you’ve had a good week! We’re working on a church-wide newsletter that will have updates from many of our core ministry initiatives and plan to release that in the next few weeks through our various communication channels. Since it’s not ready for this weekend I wanted to write and update you on a few things.

First, remember we now have THREE morning service times. 

8:15 (Traditional)
9:30 (Contemporary)
11:00 (Contemporary).

We still put out a livestream of each of these services. However the 9:30 and 11:00 livestream is an “At Home” service specially created for people who are worshiping at home. Please let us know your thoughts on this service as we are trying to discern the best strategy moving forward.

Also, remember that for this new series there is a corresponding video Bible study on Right Now Media entitled “The Meaning of Marriage” by Timothy and Kathy Keller. The Sunday messages go along thematically with the outline of this Bible study. You may find it beneficial as a group study or personal reflection throughout the week.

If you don’t have a Right Now Media account then you can sign up for one here.

Secondly, our small groups are back on campus.

Our groups meet directly after our 8:15 and 9:30 service times. Most of them are getting started 10-15 minutes before the 9:30 and & 11:00 worship service as our service times have been around an hour long. This allows for us to shrink the amount of cross traffic in usually congested areas like the Gathering Place and building hallways. 

If you’re part of an adult small group, I’d encourage you to reach out to your group leader to see what the plan is. Several have shifted their meeting time to a mid-week or Sunday afternoon on-campus option. If you’re looking for a small group, now is a great time to get plugged in!


Thirdly, you must RSVP for Preschool and Children’s Ministry.

The reason we must have you RSVP for our Preschool and Children’s ministry environments is because we still lack the needed volunteers to make all our space usable. Since we don’t have the workers we can’t fully use our ministry space. We are also trying to be mindful of physical distancing and like-measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you would be willing to help volunteer in either of these key ministry environments you can let me know by replying to this email or filling out this volunteer application. I know it’s a long volunteer application but we increased safety measures and background checks for ministry to our vulnerable populations and this volunteer application is step one of the process.

Remember, if you sign up as a volunteer you don’t necessarily have to work every week in either department. You can sign up for as much or as little as you want. ANY AMOUNT will absolutely go a long way in our current situation. Thank you for prayerfully considering this need!

Wednesday Nights Are Back!

This past Wednesday we resumed our preschool, children’s and student ministry programing. It was a GREAT evening and so many of our kiddos and parents are glad to be back in the swing of things. It’s a far cry from “normal” but it’s much closer to normal than we’ve ever been before.

If you’re ready to bring your kids back then you can drop them off at 6:30 and the ministry programming goes until 8:00PM. We have opportunities for Preschool (ages birth through 5yrs), Children (grades 1-5) and Students (grades 6-12.)

New Ladies Bible Study

As of now, there is only one adult gathering on Wednesday Night and it’s a new ladies Bible study that starts September 9th. This study will actually have TWO meeting times. One at 10:00AM and the other at 6:30PM. The name of the study is “Psalm 23: The Shepherd With Me” and the author of the curriculum is Jennifer Rothschild. (Watch the trailer)

You can register for the ladies Bible study here.

You can purchase your study guide online or through the church. Contact Tiffany Lohse for answers to any questions you may have. Childcare is available for the study (both hours) but you must RSVP if you’re going to need childcare on Wednesday morning.

Marriage Night – September 12th

To accompany our focus on marriage for the next few weeks, we’re also hosting a special event entitled “Marriage Night.” The event will be held on September 12th from 6:00-9:30pm. The cost is $15 per ticket. You can register here. To learn more about the speakers you can go here. We will have refreshments available but do not plan to provide a meal given the current climate.

Unfortunately, the ticket price is set by Right Now Media so we have no control over that. If you want to attend but cannot afford a ticket please let us know so we can try and secure a scholarship.


Closing Thoughts

I titled this week’s update “Getting Back To Normal.” It’s honestly a little “tongue in cheek” as things are in no way “normal” right now. But, the effort to recapture some semblance of what “used to be” is a good effort in my opinion. We should never grow complacent in our faith but there’s nothing wrong with pursuing “comfort” in the Lord.

Getting back to our normal rhythms (including our spiritual rhythms) can act as a healing balm on our anxious souls. The fall of 2020 is sure to have it’s highs and lows (if 2020 continues to go as it has thus far). We will likely continue to learn of the ways in which COVID-19 has forever changed our cultural landscape.

But for all of the things that do change, one thing remains. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. His faithfulness is great and his grace is sufficient no matter the evidence that may point to the contrary. As we continue to move forward let us do so with confidence in the Lord, love for one another and hope in our promised future that will one day be revealed.

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