Wednesday, September 24, 2014

And Now We Begin….

Everything we have prayed for, looked to, waited for…we are now on the brink of seeing all of it fulfilled. So, I wanted to use this post to simply encourage and inform. I want to encourage you to be in prayer for our church family, the community in which we are preparing to plant our lives, and our church and city leadership as we continue to negotiate in regard to our new facility. Also, be in prayer regarding our sister church, Grace Bible who is so graciously allowing us to share their facility for the next four weeks or so until our building is ready to be occupied. As I have said before, I know of no other church that has attempted to do what we are doing, and there have been very few resources we have been able to call upon. However, it has been exciting to watch the Lord guide us and direct every step we have taken. I don’t recall a time in my life when I have been more excited, and anxious simultaneously. But I remember, we worship a big God who can do more than we think or ask. Please stay faithful in your prayer, attendance, service and giving during this huge transition.

I want to reiterate our schedule for the upcoming days. If you have any questions you can e-mail or call our staff. 
  • This Sunday will be our final service in our present building and we will only meet Sunday morning. 
  • October 5: Sunday morning we will meet at Grace and will continue to do so during the time our building is renovated and being made ready.  
  • We will have AWANA at Hope Sullivan Elementary on Sundays at 5:30. We will also have our student worship during that time. 
  • It is our prayer and desire that we will be in our building at least for worship within the first two weeks of November. 
The building will not be completed until some time in 2015 - it is a large building and an incredible tool for ministry, but it will take some time to get it fully prepared. I shared with you in our discussion regarding this that we were going to really set this building up as a tool for the community and church body. The company that we have decided on to do our children’s area as well as our student area is World of Wow (here is there website)     Obviously, what they are doing for us will look different than the samples on their website, but I am sure you get the idea.  Again, if you have any questions, please let me know.  I am praying for us and excited to see what our Lord has in store for this faith family. It has been a long, rough, fun, and emotional journey to say the least... but God is preparing us for something great!  Let’s seek His face during this time. I love you and count it an honor to be your Pastor.

Summary of Schedule:
Tonight - Most BFGs are taking a short break until they begin meeting in home groups the week of 
                October 5th - 10th.  A list of the BFG locations/days is posted below. 

September 28th -
9:00AM Worship at Brown Missionary Baptist Church 
7200 Swinnea Road, Southaven

5:00 PM  Student Ministry will be having a "hangout" at Strike Zone Bowling $10
5:00 PM  AWANA volunteer training at Grace Bible Church, Olive Branch

October 5th -
9:00 AM  Worship at Grace Bible Church 
7145 Malone Road in Olive Branch (behind Shops of Southaven)

5:30 PM  AWANA Ministry at Hope Sullivan Elementary 
5:30 PM  Student Services at Hope Sullivan Elementary
7985 Southaven Circle West,   Southaven  

Week of October 5th - Most BFGs will resume meeting, but in homes and other locations:

  • Bubba Crowder's BFG - will be meeting Wednesdays at 6:15 PM at Stephen and Brea Lenox's Home.  Childcare will be for 3 and younger at Mark and Dana Hall's home. Childcare for 4 and up will be at the Lenox home
  • Michele Everson's BFG - will meet on Wednesdays at 5:00 PM at the Conger's home in Greenbrook childcare will be at the Conger home if needed 
  • David Leverett's BFG - will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Leverett's home 
  • Mark Avant's BFG - will be meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Avant's home
  • John Miller's BFG - will be meeting on Sundays following morning services at Brown's Senior Adult Housing units (7399 Trinity Cove)
  • Rosemary Miller's BFG - will be meeting Sundays following morning services at the Miller's home
  • Addie Smith's BFG - will be meeting Sundays following morning services at the Smith home
  • Peggy McCammon's BFG - will be meeting on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM at the McCammon's home     
  • Dr. McClatchy and Glenda McLearen's BFGs are TBA