Hello Church Family,
I hope you’re having a good week. I know it’s been a while since I last wrote. November has just been jam packed with all kinds of fun.
First we had our staff retreat. Our staff team and certain volunteers from the church were all able to go to Irving and hear great Bible teaching at the Right Now Conference.
The conference theme was “In Light of Eternity.” Francis Chan, Matt Chandler, Kyle Idleman and Eric Mason were just a handful of the really great speakers we were able to hear. We walked away encouraged and refreshed. Thanks for making it possible!
It was neat having people besides just staff go with us. I think they got a lot of it and we were able to hear an outside perspective on life at Broadview. Sometimes it is easy for staff to get in a “church bubble” and that needs to busted if we’re going to be effective in the thing to which God has called us. So it was a good experience all around.
After that, my family and I went to Dallas, Texas for the SBTC Annual Meeting. This year the Annual Meeting was held at Criswell College and went by the theme of “Belong.” There were about seven sermons preached out of Ephesians 4 and the meeting was capped of with a sermon by Tony Evans. It was a great experience.
For the past three years I’ve been privileged to serve on the Committee of the Order of Business for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention. It is absolutely as exciting as it sounds. hahaha.
In all seriousness, it has been a great experience. I believe this was my last year to serve. But, essentially, my team was responsible for planning the “order of service” for each year’s annual meeting. We got to line up the speakers, the theme, special videos or testimonies, etc. From when I first started to this last meeting, I can honestly say the SBTC has changed many things for the better.
They were trying to make it so that younger pastors would be more interested in coming to the annual meeting. During this last meeting there were young pastors walking around all over the place. It was neat to see the Lord answer those prayers and the creative planning behind brining it about.
The week after the annual meeting we had our Thanksgiving break. If my count is right, I had four thanksgiving meals in which I got to indulge. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty sick of turkey and dressing by the time it was all said and done. I’m afraid to get on the scale. Maybe after a few more weeks at the YMCA I’ll read it and weep.
I’m sure none of you had that problem!
This last weekend we kicked off our 2017 Advent series. You can read more about it on our website. I’m really excited about this year’s Advent season. There are devotional booklets to go along with the series that I’d encourage you to use with your whole family. We’ve done it at our house the past three nights and it’s been good. You can pick them up at the church office if you want or in the hallway next to the worship center.
The name of the series is “The Gifts of Christmas.” Jesus came as the light into the darkness, stress and pain of our world. His light still shines bright and overcomes the darkness.
His gifts are the greatest gifts.
HOPE. LOVE. JOY. PEACE.
These are the true gifts of Christmas.
If you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll join us for the remainder of this series. We will celebrate how Jesus’ birth changed everything and learn why waiting for his second coming brings us hope, love, joy and peace today.
Here’s the schedule for the series:
11/26 – The Gift of Hope
12/03 – The Gift of Love
12/10 – The Gift of Joy
12/17 – The Gift of Peace
12/24 – The Gift of Jesus
On Christmas Eve we will have four worship service times: 9:00, 11:00, 4:00 & 6:00
Remember also that our worship choir is hosting a Christmas Music production on December 10th entitled “When Love Was Born.” It’s going to be a great experience so be sure not to miss it. Also, right before that service we will have a special by our Broadview Children’s Choir. Stay tuned for more info!
That’s all from me for now. I hope you have a great rest of your week! If I can pray for you in anyway please let me know.