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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
A-I : Desserts
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can also stay up to date with what’s going on in the Women’s Ministry by joining their Facebook group.
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.
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!
HELLO CHURCH FAMILY,
You have in your hands a lengthly newsletter to update you on what’s been going on in and around our church these past several months. Each of the staff and some of our key church ministries have provided an update of what’s happened since COVID-19 hit our city as well as some of their future plans moving forward into the fall. Personally, even I was surprised at some of the things I read. It’s easy to forget some of the great things God has done given the speed of how this time has flown by and the busy schedules we’ve maintained since the beginning of the pandemic.
The theme of this newsletter could be summarized under the heading “God’s Faithfulness.” He truly has been faithful throughout this entire season. Regretfully, one of my greatest fears entering into this season was our financial stability as a congregation. The Lord has blown me away with his rich provision during this time. We will finish this year with the greatest surplus that I’ve ever seen since starting as lead pastor.
But it’s not just God’s faithfulness in providing for us financially. He’s been faithful to keep our congregation connected even though we’ve been physically distanced for so many months. Every week I feel like I read a card or social media message from one of our members. I hear testimonies of how each small group has done a great job of connecting with their group members week in and week out. Even now that we’re meeting on campus for Sunday morning and Wednesday nights, I still hear stories of how those who worship from home are benefiting greatly from the online services and feel like they’re staying up to date with what’s going on.
It’s obviously not the ideal. It’s certainly not what I thought 2020 WOULD BE when we entered into this year. I knew it would be a pivotal year for our church. I had no idea it would be THIS pivotal. In many ways, our approach to ministry has been forever changed by the pandemic. Cultural trends that would’ve taken years to fully manifest have now arrived in weeks. Online ministry went from being important to absolutely necessary. Things like “livestreaming” a church service went from being “auxiliary” to “essential.”
Yet, even though all of these changes took place, it also reemphasized the things that never change in the local church. At the end of the day, church is still about “the people.” It’s about fulfilling the Great Commission and practicing the “one another” passages in the New Testament. It’s about a love between people that reveals itself concretely and practically. It’s about a commitment to the mission that manifests itself through joyful sacrifice and humble service.
Upward in worship. Inward in discipleship. Outward in mission. The way we do those things have changed. That we do those things will never change. We still worship in gatherings, connect in groups, and bless people on teams. It’s a reminder of our Lord’s promise that not even the gates of hell will prevail against in church. No matter the obstacle, God will be faithful to empower His church for the mission he gave us. I hope you’ll be encouraged by this fall update of God’s faithfulness to Broadview Baptist Church.
Pastor Wes Terry
Our partnership with Living Stone Church in Colorado is bearing fruit even in the midst of COVID-19. Their services are limited to 50 adults and 50 children. They host two services and are able to minister to the majority of their congregation. A similar dynamic is taking place with our other church planting partnership in Brownwood, Texas.
This year we sponsored a missionary family to plant a church among the Bulgeda people in western Chad through our World Missions Offering. Part of that investment was the translation of the Gospel of Luke into their heart language. Your giving helps contribute to this important cause of making God’s word accessible to unreached/unengaged peoples.
Our partnership with Pastor R in West Bengal is also continuing to bear fruit. Due to COVID-19 they’ve met via audio conferencing for the past 6 months. They plan to meet together for the first time at the end of this month!
Covid has caused Broadview to cancel our mission trips this year except Spring Break Mission Trip in March to South Texas. We are about to finish the Youth/Children camp we have been working on for several years. We had nine men go on that trip and did a lot of work and had a good time with Pastor Omar.
The Rio Grande Valley (5 county area) is still in a Shelter at Home order and need our prayers.
If you have been watching over the last few months, the worship ministry has undergone a number of changes. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been our goal to find ways to continue our fellowship with one another. The primary medium that we have used is what is now called the “At Home Service.”
I don’t know if you were with us from the beginning, but the online service has come a long way since since then. At that point we were using an app and filming the services on iPads, which are not notorious for their camera quality. We tried just about everything. Or at least something completely different each week. We filmed in the Gathering Place, on the stage, off of the stage, with an audience, and without an audience. We both prerecorded music and then attempted to mix it live for the livestream. We really have tried everything to make online worship worth engaging.
Although it’s no replacement for meeting in-person, for worship and preaching, it has become increasingly clear that the online “At Home” service is here to stay. We simply have too many church members who are unable to come that we are still responsible to shepherd, and the online service has increasingly become the “preview” for people who are looking for a church home.
For this reason, we have turned the old entrance on the south side of the worship center into an audio/video room. This change allowed us to have both the sound booth and the video computers together in the same place. We also invested in some different sound and video equipment to improve our online and in-person presence. In laymen’s terms, we purchased some cameras and computer software that enables us to run the cameras and audio at the highest possible quality.
If you aren’t interested in the technical side of what we have done, feel free to stop reading. I wanted to give a little insight, though, into the different ways that we have improved both the online and in person gatherings.
First, we made a change in the connections to our projectors and side TV’s from a Coax to VGA chain to an SDI to HDMI chain. This massively improved the video quality that you see on Sunday mornings. The projector and side TV’s have a much brighter and clearer picture.
Second, we bought three 4k Cameras and a video switcher. If you watch the “At Home Service,” these cameras provide an amazingly clear picture for both the music and sermon. We also purchased what is called a Dante Virtual Soundcard enabling us to run all of our audio on Cat-6 cabling instead of the traditional XLR cabling. This (1) takes all of the buzz/static out of the audio chain, and (2) enables us to record our worship into a program called “Pro Tools.” Pro Tools is the best recording software on the market. If you go back a few weeks before we started using the software and compare that recent livestreams, there is a massive improvement in quality. This is important because worshiping at home is already hard. With these improvements, people are more likely to actually engage God in worship “at home,”
This really only touches the surface. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and ask. With this increase in technology, we also have an increase in the need for volunteers. If you’d like to serve, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I sincerely want to thank you for your generosity during this difficult season. Obviously this has been a tumultuous time, but your faithfulness has allowed us to adapt & explore what future ministry at Broadview is going to look like. Our mission and vision have not changed, and we are excited for what the Lord will continue to do among us.
Broadview’s ministry for traditional and senior adult worship, like all the ministries at Broadview, was rocked by COVID and has undergone many changes in the past few months. As we transitioned to an online presence in mid-March, I set up a Facebook page for our Traditional Worship Choir to keep us all connected. A handful of us that could have also been meeting consistently throughout the spring and summer over Zoom at our normal choir time to check in on each other and pray for one another.
I also created a new resource on the church website, called “Singin’ With The Saints.” This page provides resources for worship through YouTube videos, as well as insight on many of our most loved hymns and Psalms (the original worship songs.) I have added to the page sparingly but in September I plan to create a more regular schedule on updating the page with new hymns, Psalms, and music videos.
We also are starting to tentatively move forward into the fall with in-person choir gatherings! Our first one is Wednesday September 2nd and is more of a hymn sing than a rehearsal, so we can get reacquainted with singing together. All members will be safely distanced and masks will be required. If this works, we will continue meeting and transition into a more formal rehearsal setting. If you’re interested in joining a traditional/southern gospel choir, come join us on Wednesdays at 5:30pm!
Our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of our members and guests, and yet we know music and singing is an important aspect of worship for many Christians and hope to provide safe ways to worship the Lord as a church family. This time of trial has reminded me more and more of the importance of our faith family and coming together as the body of Christ, and I look forward to exploring new ways to do that in this time.
We are so excited about reconnecting! If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that we are better together! Broadview Women’s Ministry has several events planned for this fall semester! Stay tuned for more details and information about each of these events coming soon! Also, you can find us on Facebook at Broadview Baptist Women’s Ministry.
Wednesdays at 10:00 AM or 6:30 PM
We will be studying Psalm 23.
Register online. Books are $10.00
Saturday, October 24, 2020
One day only at Broadview 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost is $15.00 and includes lunch.
Deadline to Register is October 16, 2020
Register at broadview.life/retreat
Friday, November 6, 2020
Saturday, December 5, 2020
S.A.L.T. Sisters Abiding in Light and Truth
God will constantly test us through interruption and the needs of others. We must be ready to discern and answer those interruptions. – Detrich Bonhoeffer. We have been interrupted haven’t we? Since April the norm has been moved to the “I’m not sure but God has been faithful.”
God’s people have been faithful through all this too, through His power and presence. Over the last few months and through the summer we have had to change some things. As is the goal of most churches we are called to worship, disciple, equip & reach out to our community.
Of course it’s a little hard with a pandemic going on but it didn’t stop us. T.A. McMahon wrote; For the believer in Jesus, every trial of suffering is an opportunity to grow in the faith, to grow in our relationship with the Lord, and to see Him work in our lives in a uniquely personal way.
We have tried to continue to reach out to our community with teams that walk and pray. Understandably, many of our neighbors don’t won’t visitors so we left “God Promise” books/gospel tracts at their gates and had a chance to pray with some. I am very thankful for those who are willing to walk the streets and share the love of Christ with our community.
Our church family has been faithful also in loving and sharing the gospel with family and co-workers, we have had several professions of faith and baptisms. There has been stories of how families have come together and have had victories over struggles in their lives.
Not everything has been smooth though, especially when Judy and I came down with the Covid 19 (people love you, but don’t won’t to be close to you). We are very thankful for our Broadview family for the prayer and support they have given over the many years and the last few months. Many in our faith family have struggled during this time but because of your generosity and love we are able to help.
Continue to pray please, we have much work left to do and not sure what the future will hold but we do know Who holds the future. Thank you Lord and thank you church family.
Pastor Vernon Ferguson
WOW! What a year it has been. We entered into a pandemic (covid-19) which caused us to shut down. But to God be the glory the church isn’t just 4 walls. Throughout the time of the lock down, we did several videos to keep our church members engaged. Pastor Vernon did sermons and devotionals via Facebook.
Since we couldn’t meet in person this was a great way to keep our members engaged and in the word. We had several members who also did devotionals via Facebook. Facebook has been our friend throughout this crazy time.
By the grace of God, we are now able to meet in person and fellowship together. For the first couple of weeks we just meet for services at 10:30. Praise the Lord we have recently started small groups at 10:00 along with our normal service. Which we are blessed to do so. We are steady figuring out ways that we can invite the community to church. We have several outreach events planned to do so.
For kids and youth ministry we have planned an outreach popsicle parade to let the community know that we are kicking off Wednesday nights on the 9th of September. We are so excited to have our kids back in the building teaching and loving on them. We envision Starting the Kids ministry by letting them know that God created them to be creative.
They will learn to imagine what they could do because they are made in Gods image. To let them know that there’s no limit to God’s creativity. To show them that they can trust God no matter what.
We want each child that comes through our church doors to know that they are loved. We are so excited to see what God has in store for the kid’s ministry this semester. Our vision for the youth group is to teach and instill in them that they have to own their own faith. So that when they leave the youth group, they have that foundation to sustain their faith.
We want our students to be able to stand up for their faith if they need to. We are so blessed to be able to start the semester back with our kids from the community. We are hopeful that not only we reach the kids in the community but the adults as well. Be in prayer with us as we kick off Wednesday nights and as we go out to reach the community.
– Tonya Holland –
In 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul admonished Timothy to, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.” Paul was reminding Timothy that the task of ministry is not done in the safety of one’s comfort. The past few months have been challenging. But through the challenges, God has been faithful. Like a hurricane, the pandemic exposed us, and like a good teacher, it taught us how to do better, and what matters most.
To rise to the challenge of ministering to our students, various methods and approaches were implemented. We had social media devotionals, Zoom meetings and a study series via Zoom. I also started Sunday evening devotional videos (you can them find on YouTube or Facebook). We had some of our leaders send videos encouraging our students. We also attempted Instagram Live and a movie night; both of which were unsuccessful. We were able to meet twice in the summer for an ice-cream, pizza, and games hangout, and we also had a swim party before there was a spike of COVID-19 in Abilene, and we had to suspend other plans we had for the summer.
It was challenging to stay connected with our students during these past months. Interest for most of our online events was inconsistent at best. When we met in person during the summer, we had more students show up than we anticipated. This revealed that student’s preference is towards in person gatherings. Their understanding of social media, and its usage, differs from our attempts to use the platform as means for discipleship. Also, I learnt that online interactions are possible and better done, when there is an existing in-person interaction. It was hard to measure the effectiveness of what was done.
The experiences of the past months reveal certain areas that we can improve as a ministry. First, we are going to make our ministry deeper; teaching deep theology, to give our students a good grounding and foundation in God’s word. We are reminded how fragile and illusionary the idea of control is. If our students need anything, it is to have what it takes to stand on their own in the midst of any storm. Secondly, we will work to create a better culture that will enhance healthy relationships and interactions amongst students. Thirdly, we will work to implement a student leadership team. This is important because we will consciously pour into those that will be able to interact and engage other students, thus bridging context and meeting students where they are. Fourthly, we will work towards a creative use of social media to reach and enhance student’s walk with God.
We are now back to having our in-person gatherings. While things are not the same, we are grateful that we can have a semblance of normal. We will continue to work hard to reach students with the unchangeable Word in a constantly changing culture. I will invite you to consider encouraging your child to be a part of the student ministry. There is no foundation that is sure, and no place safe, outside the arms of Jesus Christ. He is the way, He is the Truth, and He is the Life (John 14:6).
The Lord gave us a year we will never forget for sure. We have seen God work in many ways especially our time of shutdowns due to Covid19. In April we came together as a staff to seek wisdom from the Lord to learn how to do online services for our families. This was very new and to be honest hard for me as I am not a fan of the camera. We invaded your homes with services that included crafts, worship, and bible story. Some days there were more bloopers than you can imagine as we made these videos.
In May we made the decision to cancel VBS, mission trips, and church camps. I know for many this was a sad time and a hard decision to make on our end. The church was never truly shut down, we just had to adjust to a different time. We found different ways to stay connected to our families and our kids.
We heard many stories from families of how homeschool and church at home was so different and hard for some. Then summer hit (and parents said AMEN)!!!
For the kids ministry, summer looked nothing like it did in the past: we tried to plan things, but we had to cancel them all! We did a drive by grab bag and prayer. This was such a special time to see our families and pray for them as they started school. We had a swim gathering at the pool and got to see the kids excited to have fun and seeing some of their volunteers was a treat. We prayed and prayed and sought the Lord’s wisdom to slowly open our Sunday services again.
July 26 we began to have one service for kids and our hearts were so full as we saw God bring more and more families back each week. Here we are in September and we have fully returned to our new normal. Throughout this time we were able to see you take on the role of teacher and discipler of your kids.
So as James 1:2-4 reminds us, “Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
We have seen the Lord work in so many good ways even through the hard times. God is Good!!! For more info on how to get involved in the children’s ministry email email@example.com
– Ora Morrison –
What a wild and exciting ride this year has been so far! In March, we not only had a transition of leadership, but we were also impacted by a global pandemic that changed how and where we did ministry for preschool children. Looking back, I cannot thank God enough for stretching us, providing for us, and allowing us to continue to serve our preschoolers and their families through drive-thru activities, livestream services, and engaging on social media.
We were also able to do some needed construction during this time that allows for a more open and inviting welcome area, as well as a new “mother’s room.” At the end of July, we re-opened our in-person Preschool Ministry and God is continuing to bring more and more families each week! Franklin, our favorite turtle mascot, is also happier than ever to have his preschool friends back!
We are thrilled for the future of this ministry and have exciting things planned! We are going to continue working on making the Preschool Welcome Area bright and inviting for the children and their families. New curriculum and a new logo will also inspire and serve as a reminder of our main goal for this ministry: Preschoolers growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Preschoolers who are excited about Jesus and His abundant love for them!
Contingent on current health recommendations, we are also going to start hosting events that encourage families to come together and fellowship while allowing their children to enjoy exciting, age-appropriate activities. We want this ministry to not only disciple children, but also equip and encourage the whole family as well.
With all of these exciting things coming, and our ministry continuing to grow each week, we are needing more volunteers! For more information on how to get involved with this ministry, you can email Tiffany@Broadview.church.
This year has definitely been different for everyone since COVID-19 has entered our midst. We’ve had to learn to do things a little differently than before. We live in a world of unknown and change anyway. Though there is one thing that will never change, and that is God our Father. We can have faith knowing that He is the one carrying us in this life.
I know for me personally; I always try to focus on the positive of any situation. The enemy is always trying to bring division. All that is happening has only pushed us to become more creative in loving and reaching people.
Our church has the most loving and devoted people. They persevere in being the hands and feet of Jesus to our church and in our city. Here are a few things that have taken place this year.
We started by loving our neighbors & complying with the limited shelter in place/mask mandate. We also mobilized our church to pray for our city, its leaders and all the front line workers. Many people went around to specific locations in our city just praying. Our police department, first responders, healthcare workers, city officials, the grocery industry, the trucking industry, senior living facilities, closed businesses, churches, schools, and other key locations in our community.
There was a church-wide participation in writing letters with words of love, encouragement, and prayers to respiratory therapists, prison unit counselors and chaplains, and our home ministry. Over 250 letters were sent out. A few members of our church would go shopping or take care of any needs someone may have among our high-risk population. If there was a family in crisis, people loved on them, provided support, meals, and any thing else they needed.
There were tons of masks made and donated to our church by members. That alone was very thoughtful and appreciated. Lots of love and time went into the mask production. Volunteers made it possible to serve appreciation dinners for staff at the Fire Station, Hendrick Birthplace, and the Taylor County Jail. Overall, we fed about 200 people.
Broadview also donated 200 Bible Promise books to all 4 units in the Hendrick Birthplace at the Hospital. The NICU, mother baby unit, labor and delivery, and pediatrics. Bible promise books were also set up to grab at the Taylor County Jail as well.
Church members donated & installed a window unit for a fellow member. A wheelchair ramp was built for a member at their new home. A home with broken windows was also repaired because of volunteers who stepped up to the plate to meet the need.
All this probably doesn’t even touch the surface of everything that is continually happening behind the scenes. Our people are always busy being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Broadview has a whole church of loving people ready and willing to do the will of God in their lives. I truly believe if Broadview was gone tomorrow it would be deeply missed by people in our community. It’s a true blessing to belong to such a loving, mission-minded, Jesus-serving, obedient church. Join me in praying for continued unity and strength around the mission God has called us to fulfill..
Balance 12/1/19 $19,886.84
IMB (Lottie Moon) $10,000
NAMB (Annie Armstr) $1,500
Texas (Mary Hill Davis) $1,000
Reach TX $1,000
Run Summit $3,000
Church Partnerships $26,891.16
Balance 8/25/20 $13,680.38
PPP loan $107,766.00
Budgeted Expenses $567,411.00
Balance 8/25/20 $144,348.63
Balance 1-1-20 $11,005.71
Ministry: We have helped 20 families with $13,212.85 financial assistance.
YTD BAPTISMS: 6 adults, 3 youth, 4 children.
TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP: 12 adults.
Total: 25 new members.