Bara Blast 09.18.14

A Word from Pastor Joel
How fun was Sunday and Bara 5? I had a ball and was so blessed by the beautiful time of sharing stories and giving God glory for all He's done in, for, and through us in our first five years! If you missed it, check out some of these videos!

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Just want a summary of Bara 5? Here you go!
On Sunday, September 14th Bara Church celebrated 5 years of being a church that exists to know Christ and make him known. We wanted to celebrate all that God has done in, for and through Bara these past five years as well as look forward in anticipation to what He’s calling us to in Trophy Club, Westlake, Roanoke and beyond.
We looked back at stories of Gospel change and missional living from Bara Church partners and friends. We heard stories about how people have come to view themselves and church differently by the grace of God. We also looked forward to how God is calling us to steward the disproportionate influence of Bara Church both locally and globally. It was a great time of celebration and worship as we sang, laughed, and reflected together on God’s amazing grace in our community and lives. And it didn't stop there! After the gathering we continued the celebration with a "Bara Style" big old BBQ and Tailgate party.
If you’ve got a story of Gospel Change, Missional Living, or Community Life from the past five years at Bara Church we would love to hear from you. Please email your story to
I love you Bara! It has been an honor to lead and love you these past five years! But I can't lie, I truly believe, the best is yet to come!
I'll see you this Sunday as I preach part 3 of our series: Love Does.  I'll be preaching James 3 with a message called, How To Be Perfect. Come early with a friend and an expectant heart!
Bara Student Ministry
BSM Worship: What God Desires for You in Attraction

This Sunday night we'll be starting an awesome new series on dating and relationships, but in a fun, positive, and Biblical way.  You're going to love this series.  It will give you a completely new outlook on the opposite sex and how God created everything to be.  We'll be gathering at the Bradley's (4004 Shrike Trail, Roanoke) from 6-7:15pm.  We'll have snacks, worship, games, and fun as always.  You don;t want to miss this.

For any questions about BSM, please contact Ryan Bradley at
It was so awesome celebrating Bara's 5th birthday with all of you! This week is another amazing Sunday- Bless Our Schools! The children will all have the opportunity to stand up in front of our gathering and share their personal prayers with everyone. This is such a cool way to see into the hearts of each of these kids and something I look forward to every year! If ANYONE in our church has specific prayers they would like shared this Sunday for our school year, please see me at the beginning of service and I will make sure your prayer is shared.
Also, directly following the gathering, in the children's room, we will be having our first Growing Givers meeting. This will be an informative meeting were I can share my vision for this year's event and where I can also see who wants to be involved and in what capacity. So, if you have a heart for children and want to be involved in this awesome day, please come to this meeting!!
If you have any questions, please contact
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 Groups at Bara
If you are interested in Groups, please indicate that on your communication card and put it in the Offering Basket. The person to contact for groups is Dennis O’Brien:

Bara Church would like to invite you to experience WELCOME. WELCOME is a monthly luncheon designed for guests who have been attending Bara Church gatherings to get to know the church family on a deeper level. In WELCOME, we will explain what we believe, how we operate, and the history of our church. If you want to join the body of believers here at Bara Church, WELCOME is your first step. If you have questions or simply want to get to know a few families better, WELCOME is for you. The lunch is free, childcare is free, and committing to participate is easy – The next WELCOME will be thisSunday September 21st, at the home of Tommy & Jennifer Maddox. Their address is 2541 Morgan Lane in Trophy Club. To sign up click here. For directions click here. If you have any questions please email Jennifer at
Men of Bara please join us each Wednesday morning at 6:00 am for a Bible study led by Pastor Joel at Vinny’s. Contact: For directions click here.
Arise and Build
If you love accomplishing a lot at one time (think: one stop shopping) then you need to come check out our Arise and Build Prayer Nights every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the BARA offices. In less than an hour, you can praise The Lord for all He is doing in and through Arise and Build while you answer His call to pray audaciously for what is to come and if that wasn't enough: you will get to build new relationships with your BARA family!! One of the sweet byproducts of our Prayer Nights for those of us that have been participating is that we have experienced the joy of getting to know each other better in ways that can only happen by praying and spending time together. Give it a try and see how God can use a time of prayer devoted to building a building to actually build His church! For more information and directions to the Bara Church office click here.

Automate the Important
Would you be willing to set up an online giving profile on our website and automate the important?
Not only will you not have to bring a checkbook to church, you will help us grow our ministries during all seasons of the year. If you miss a Sunday gathering or you like to do your finances with a debit or credit card. You might be interested to know that you can go to our website and make an offering online. Any offering you give will be entered into the barabase, which you can look at any time to see the up to date amount given by you or a family member. At the end of the year we will send you a year end giving statement for tax purposes. So jump in today and Automate the Important! To give right now, simply click here.

Daily Bible Reading Plan

One of our Core Commitments is humility, which is a result of bowing before God. One of the ways we submit to God and let Him lead us is to read the Bible daily. To get this week’s reading click here.


Love14God is the prayer, passion and promise of Bara Church in 2014. We encourage you to connect with Love14God on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and see the power of love! Click here for more information.

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