FRIDAY RECAP: FAREWELL PASTOR DENNIS & XU!

Friday night was very special! We moved locations to the Fellowship Hall for this one evening, as we said farewell to Pastor Dennis and his wife Xu. They have been overseeing The Bridge fellowship for the past NINE years and are now moving in a new direction with what God has for their family. 

Jessica giving a big grin to welcome everyone to the fellowship hall
Anthony Martinez did guest worship for us and it was powerful!
Steph, Jess W. and Sydney
Arlen and Justin prepped for worship
Adrienne, Jeremiah and Stacie laugh it up before the night started
It was a full house!
Xu and Pastor Dennis were front row for worship

Xu and Pastor Dennis shared 10 things to get excited about The Bridge! They included, food, fellowship, worship and hearing a message from God's Word. 

After a short message of encouragement from Pastor Dennis on 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith," he called up Anthony and Stacie Madlangbayan. The Mascardos presented the Madlangbayans with a blank journal, as a symbol for the new chapter that God will write under this new leadership. 

Anthony, Stacie (and their two daughters Lenya and Eden) will be the new leaders for The Bridge as of July, 2016. They were able to present a THANK YOU plaque to Pastor D and Xu for their faithfulness and dedication to the ministry the past decade. They closed in prayed and then had a huge potluck to celebrate the passing of the baton. 

FRIDAY NIGHT: FOLLOW THE LEADER PART III

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
2 Timothy 4:7 

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: Friday, June 24th at 7:30pm in the Fellowship Hall (*note room change)
Leaders play an important role in the church, as well as in the home, the classroom, the office, etc. Come on out this Friday as we finish our series called "FOLLOW THE LEADER," where we'll learn the importance of fighting the good fight, finishing the race, and keeping the faith.
This will be Pastor Dennis' last message teaching at the Bridge, so be sure to come and hear him share God's Word!
It will be a very special night with worship, a message and a potluck. Bring a friend and a dish to share! 

FRIDAY RECAP: FOLLOW THE LEADER (Part 2)

Friday night was special, because God had a good word for us from His Word. We started the evening with a sweet time of worship. The ladies sang so beautifully!
  



Cinthia and Stacie showing their big grins

T sharing a message from 2 Timothy

Even Pastor Dennis sat in on the message
At the end of the message, Pastor Dennis came up to share the news that his family will be moving onto new things that God has for them, and he will be stepping down from the Bridge. He shared his and Xu's story of how God brought them to the Bridge ministry NINE years ago and how blessed they were to witness it grow and people come to love Jesus. 


We had a short time of group prayer, to encourage one another. 



And as always we had a fantastic potluck to wrap up our night! Thanks to everyone who brought snacks. 




FRIDAY NIGHT: FOLLOW THE LEADER PART II

"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."
-2 Timothy 2:1-2


TIME OUT: BRIDGE PRAYER- Friday, June 17th @ 6:00pm
"Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:12


God has says to “call out to HIM” and this is what we do on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, so come and gather with us in the Jr. High office as we pray for the needs of the ministry and the people of the Bridge. We will also be thanking God for the praise reports so when the Lord answers your prayers, let us know so we can give glory to God!

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: Friday, June 17th at 7:30pm in Jr. High Room


Leaders play an important role in the church, as well as in the home, the classroom, the office, etc. Come on out this Friday as we continue in our series called "FOLLOW THE LEADER," where we'll learn how great leaders make other great leaders!


We'll also be having a potluck, so bring a dish to share and invite a friend. 

FRIDAY RECAP: FOLLOW THE LEADER (Part 1)

The sky displayed God's glory

Let's be sure to hang out OUTSIDE of the doors, until it's time to go in at 7:30. Thanks!

Dinner time feast

Worship set

T sharing from the Word about being a leader

Adrienne, Jeremiah, and Emily

Mike McNab and his friends visiting from out of town

Nelson and Jose hanging out


Friday night we had a fantastic evening! We had a majorly legit food set up, with lots of yummy soups and chicken dishes.

Josh, Xavier, Andy and Mark

Andy, Caesar and Steven

Game time!

Here are notes from Noella from Friday's message:

1 Timothy 3:1-7

God is calling us to be a leader wherever we are to make sure people are growing spiritually, and are staying on the straight and narrow path.

A leader needs to be found pure, faithful, disciplined, hospitable, capable of teaching (in whatever setting, formal or informal) and have a clear mind. A leader is not a stumbling block, and leads by example (not being drunk, and maybe not drinking at all as to avoid the "appearance of evil").

The state of your home provides an estimate of what your ministry may look like. It's likely that if a leader's home is in order, and is respected by their spouse and children, that it will be so in ministry.

Leaders must take caution not to fall into the sin of pride. For their end will be like Satan!

Good leaders are recognized by their Christianity, or moreover, Christ is an obvious part of their lives, and others can bare witness to it.

1. BEFORE WE CAN LEAD, WE MUST LEARN TO FOLLOW

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1). Attention leaders! God is asking us "are you willing to forsake all, to follow me?"

"For this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps" (1 Peter 2:21). How can we lead others, putting their needs before is, following Christ's example? We must die to self to be completely given to God's call to love Him and others. People are watching. What kind of example are you being?

"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23). The cross is a symbol of death. Do you identify with the cross, and the sacrifice of Christ? Meaning, are you, like Jesus, willing to give your life for the purposes of God?

2. READERS ARE LEADERS

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). Remember the Bareans (spelling help!), who verified all they were being taught. They did not just take someone else's word for it, but sought the truth for themselves.

"...Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart..." (Jeremiah 15:16). A leader takes joy in the word of God and the intimate time spent with the Lord.

"...Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies" (1 Corinthians 8:1-6). On the flip side do not let your knowledge of the word cause you to get puffed up. Remember there are "intelligent" people with hardened hearts toward the truth. Do not be like them! Knowledge without love is not received by others (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

3. GOOD LEADERS ARE SERVANTS AT HEART

A leader is not qualified because of the people "under" them, but rather by the people that hey serve. Remember Mark 10:42-45 "whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Jesus' life is an example to us. He lives by example, and so should a leader!

John 13:3-5 Jesus washed the disciples' feet... His actions illustrated that a master is not above his servants. A leader who leads by example, has the heart of a servant.








FRIDAY NIGHT: FOLLOW THE LEADER

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." -1 Corinthians 11:1

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: Friday, June 10th at 7:30pm in Jr. High Room
Knowing how to live Godly lives is much easier when we have an example to follow. Leaders are an integral part of the church body as they shepherd the flock and live by example. Come on out this Friday as we jump into a new series called "FOLLOW THE LEADER."
 
BRIDGE DISCIPLESHIP:   Wednesday, June 15th @ 7:30pm
We're wrapping up our semester of the Bridge Discipleship groups with a dinner at P.F. Changs, next Wednesday night, June 15th at 7:30pm. If you've been a part of our small groups this semester at one point or another, we invite you to come on out for food, fellowship, and a word of encouragement. Please RSVP through the Evite if you are interested in attending, or connect with one of our leaders.


TIME OUT: BRIDGE PRAYER- Friday, June 17th @ 6:00pm
"Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:12
God has says to “call out to HIM” and this is what we do on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, so come and gather with us in the Jr. High office as we pray for the needs of the ministry and the people of the Bridge. We will also be thanking God for the praise reports so when the Lord answers your prayers, let us know so we can give glory to God!

FRIDAY NIGHT: WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

 TIME OUT: BRIDGE PRAYER- Friday, June 3rd @ 6-7pm
"Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:12
God has says to “call out to HIM” and this is what we do on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, so come and gather with us in the library (upstairs) as we pray for the needs of the ministry and the people of the Bridge. We will also be thanking God for the praise reports so when the Lord answers your prayers, let us know so we can give glory to God!

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: Friday, June 3rd at 7:30pm in the DTC Classroom A (*Note the room change)

Did you know that once you received Jesus as Lord and Savior, you've been enlisted in a spiritual battle? As a follower of Jesus Christ, we must learn to put on the spiritual armor of God. Come on out this Friday as we learn about the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, in a bible study called “Weapon of Mass Destruction!”