Advent Worship Series: “Angels Among Us“
“Advent is known as a season of “waiting” – for the Christ child to be born anew in our hearts, for God to “create a new heaven and a new earth” and for Christ to come again and the reign of God come to this world. During Advent 2017 at the bridge, we’ll explore how to recognize those messengers of God’s good news in our lives – even as we wait. The series is titled: “Angels Among Us.” This series is also about being the carriers of God’s message of good news.
Join us at 9:00 am and 10:30 am on December 3, 10 and 17 for vibrant worship (with a few new things) that will prepare you for the coming of Christ!” On Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, we will worship at 10:30 am and 5 pm. On New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, we will worship at 10:30 am only.
Seeking the Welfare of Our City Debriefing
Friends, we don’t want the last nine weeks that we have spent preaching and talking about, “Seeking the Welfare of Our City” to be forgotten and/or placed on a shelf due to inaction. Many of us left our last small group session wondering things like what’s next, where do we go from here, how can our church begin to make a difference in such a divided town, why are we involved in this effort at all, will this effort dilute our current mission efforts, etc. These are just some of the questions/thoughts running through our minds. So, in recognition of this and to continue the discussion and conversation, we believe the next step is for all small group participants, facilitators, the Mission Team, the Session and any interested church members to meet together for a Seeking the Welfare of Our City Debriefing!
On Wednesday, November 29th, we had a wonderful, informational packed debriefing session on the ideas generated from Small Group discussions in response to the sermon series “Seeking the Welfare of our City.” We could not finish in one session so by popular demand another meeting is scheduled at the bridge on Monday, December 11th at 3:30 – “What do we do next?” Come out and be a part of this exciting journey that we are on. Notes from the first meeting will be available.
Leland Candlelight Vigil
There will be a special Leland-Wide Candle Lighting Vigil in memory of lost children this Sunday, December 10 at 6:45 pm. The Town of Leland and the bridge Presbyterian Church will be joining the World-wide Candle Lighting Vigil in memory of lost children or grandchildren. If you (or someone you know) has lost a child, join us at the town hall park for this solemn vigil of solidarity and support. Plan to bring a candle and any pictures or mementos of your lost loved one.
Matthew’s Ministry Food Packing
Matthew’s Ministry will be packing this Sunday, December 10th, following the second service. We will meet at Asset Storage on Blackwell Rd SE.
Access codes are located on the clipboard at the rear of the Worship center.
Leland House Angel Tree
If you would like to purchase a Christmas gift for one of the residents, visit the Angel Tree in lobby of Leland House which will go up on Tuesday, November 28th. Select one of the angel gift tags which provide specific gift requests with sizes, etc. After purchasing your present, please place it in a gift bag (for easy opening), attach the angel tag, and return it to Leland House by Wednesday, December 20th. Leland House is at 1935 Lincoln Rd. NE. The entrance is on Mount Misery Rd. (the extension of Lanvale Rd. after it crosses 74). Pass the Food Lion and it’s on the right.
Community-Wide Advent Bible Study
Each year as Advent, Christmas and Epiphany come, we discover and rediscover their meanings for our church, our communities and our Christian lives. The meanings are familiar to us, but they can also surprise us with new insights. Join us for a 6-week Advent Bible Study on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm, beginning November 30th and concluding January 4th. There is no cost to attend, but donations for the materials provided are always appreciated. No child care will be provided. Invite your friends and neighbors. Sign-up sheets are at the back of the worship center.
What’s New with Our Boy Scout Troop?
Did you know that we have about 40 Boy Scouts that meet at the bridge on Monday evenings? This Christmas season they have invited us to partner with them in collecting Toys for Tots from December 10 – 16, 2017. A bin will be provided in the back of the worship center to collect the toys. Remember, the toys should be new and unwrapped.
Christmas Mission Project (November 26th – December 17th)
Folks at the bridge are amazing! You hear of an opportunity to serve our community, and the response is always above and beyond. After the kickoff last Sunday to provide stockings to the 46 children at Kids World, there are only two boys’ stockings left. A few reminders:
– Stockings are due back at the church no later than Sun. Dec.17th
– If you took a stocking and did not sign up on the sheet in the back of the church, please add your name to that sheet.
– When you return your stocking to one of the bins, please check your name off the sheet.
– Some examples for the stocking include: small toys, books, crayons, toothbrush, comb, brush, candy.
– Stockings will be delivered to the children at Kids World on Tuesday, December 19th at 10:00 am. We encourage you to attend and enjoy the blessing of seeing the children receive their stocking at Kids World Academy, located at 9272 Post Office Rd NE, Leland, NC 28451
December Meet & Greet
Several times during the year, one of the families of the bridge hosts a Meet and Greet at their home. It is a time of fellowship when we gather, share appetizers, desserts and beverages. There is no formal agenda, just a time to get together and learn more about each other. Paul and Reyna Kosla will be hosting a Meet and Greet on Sunday, December 17th from 4-7 pm. They live in Brunswick Forest at 1217 Lilibridge Drive. There is a signup sheet at the back of the worship center. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share and beverage of choice.
The Leland We Don’t Know Tour
To date, due to a number of factors, we have been unable to pull together the Leland We Don’t Know tour for our full congregation. So, as an alternative, we wanted to provide you with the information to register yourselves. The next tour is scheduled for February 3, 2018. Registration will open December 1 at 9 a.m. You can register and pay for your tickets on line at: http://www.townofleland.com/recreation-events. Please note that these Tours fill up very fast, so if you want to be included, you’ll need to be sure to register as early as possible on
Help Us Fill The Scotland Trip!
We are nearing our goal of 30 participants, but there are still a few spots available. Please mention the trip to friends and neighbors, and encourage them to contact us as soon as possible if they would like more details about the trip. [Cathy Purves – email@example.com; 412-559-1868] See our itinerary at the back of the Worship Center.
New Al-Anon Family Group here at the bridge
Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Al-Anon provides relief for family and friends of problem drinkers. A new Al-Anon Family Group convenes here at the Bridge Church at 7 pm every Tuesday evening, beginning on October 17. Please join us if you think Al-Anon could be for you.
Al-Anon Family Groups are for anyone who has been affected by someone else’s drinking. Al-Anon has been helping families and friends of problem drinkers since 1951. Over 14,000 groups meet every week throughout the U.S. and Canada, and over 25,000 groups meet around the world. For more information, call 910-509-2380, toll free 1-888-4AL-ANON, or visit www.al-anon.org.
2018 Women’s Retreat at Pinehurst Resort
First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington is once again inviting the women of the bridge to the Women’s Retreat at Pinehurst on Friday, February 2, to Sunday, February 4, 2018. The retreat will be led by Frances Taylor Gench, an ordained Presbyterian minister. She currently teaches at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. The topic of the retreat is “When the Bible raises your blood pressure: Faithful Wrestling with Challenging Texts.” For additional information, contact Charlynne Caillaud at 910-769-4067. Brochures will be available in the back of the Worship Center.
Chefs or Shoppers
Would you like to help provide, on occasion, a meal to someone who is ill, has had surgery or is in need? The Meal Ministry is putting together a list of volunteers. Please contact Susan Stanewick, firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone and email or sign up at church. Volunteers will be contacted on a rotating basis as the need arises.