Seeking the Welfare of Our City
We, at the bridge, are blessed to be part of a new church located within such a wonderful, growing city. Yet, underneath the glamorous new suburbs, golf courses, palm trees and restaurants lie a host of problems, conflicts and human suffering. Last spring a group of folks at the bridge began discussing the problems our city is facing; wondering how the bridge could be a blessing – the tangible touch of God to our city.
We continue our fall sermon and small group series titled: Seeking the Welfare of Our City. Based on Jeremiah 29, the first three weeks will look at the biblical/theological basis for peacemaking and our Lord’s call to work for peace and justice in our city. The last five weeks will look at the story of Nehemiah – a man who sought the welfare of his city through an ambitious building campaign.
The purpose of our Sermon Based Small Groups (SBSG) are to deepen the three connections in our mission statement: to connect with God’s passion and purpose for our life and with God’s people in our life. If you’ve never joined a small group or haven’t participated recently, now is the time. All meetings are at the bridge in the nursery room (enter by the side door). There are several offerings for SBSGs:
Sundays at 11:45 a.m.
Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Sign-up sheets for the sermon-based small groups are at the back of the worship center. Everyone is encouraged to sign-up!
Small Group Study: The Book of John
Bob Knerr is leading a Study of the Book of John. It is a 7-week study in the evenings on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm beginning September 14. It will be limited to 18 students and held at the Church. Students must be committed to attend and read assignments. (The whole book of John.) Nothing would be needed for the participants except a Bible and an inquisitive mind.
Week one: Introduction and orientation – discuss the author, when written, history of that time, etc.
Week two: Prologue and chapter one – What makes John different and why? What is he trying to get across?
Week three: The “signs” and their meaning
Week four: The “I AM” sayings and meaning
Week five: The farewell dinner, discourse & prayer
Week six: – Arrest, trial, and crucifixion
Final: Resurrection, eternal life & charge to disciples
Concerts on the Coast
“Concerts on the Coast” is a great way for the bridge family to get together for low key fellowship in our community. All concerts will be held from 6:30-8pm at the Leland Municipal Park. Following are the dates to save on your calendars:
*October 5 – Carolina Soul Band; Poor Piggy’s BBQ Food Truck
*October 19 – Striking Copper; Vittles Food Truck
Matthews Ministry Update
The next packing date has been scheduled for October 15, 2017, again following the second service and the sign up sheet has been posted to the right of the name tag board. In addition, the sign up sheet for October deliveries to Town Creek has been posted in the same area.
Scotland Trip Meeting Update
The date for our Presentation has been set. We will meet in the church worship center on Wednesday, October 11th, at7:30 PM. All those who are interested in learning more about the trip are invited to attend (including those who would like to be on the waiting list). Our travel agent, Angie Fanning, will be there to present our ever-improving itinerary and to answer all of your questions. In order to lock in our hotel reservations, we will be collecting a further deposit of $550.00 per person. We would like that by Friday, October 13th, but feel free to bring your checkbook to our meeting on the 11th. Hope everyone can make it. If you have questions, please contact Cathy Purves (412-559-1868, email@example.com).
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.