A Word From Pastor Joel
December is going to be a BIG month for Bara Church! Buckle Up!
Dec 6th – Town of Trophy Club Tree Lighting Service Project 6pm
Dec 14th – B-Kids Growing Givers Children’s Workshop Outreach 10am
Dec 21st – The Christmas Offering 10am
Dec 22nd – Christmas Eve Service Setup at Westlake Academy 6-9pm
Dec 24th – Christmas Eve Service at Westlake Academy 5-6pm
Dec 28th – Special Sunday Gathering in Westlake at Westlake Academy 10am
All of these events are amazing opportunities for Bara to know Christ and make Him known. You will be hearing about each one in greater detail in the days to come, but I wanted to take a minute to highlight one today.
On Sunday, December 21st, Bara will take our 3rd Annual Christmas Offering. Next month, I’m inviting everyone connected to Bara Church to participate in our Christmas Offering. This is the time of year where we put feet to our faith – where we show our community the love of Jesus. The idea here is that as we buy gifts for other people, we want our largest, most extravagant gift to go to Jesus.
This year we are praying for $50,000 for The Christmas Offering to fund these four objectives:
1. Hello Fund ($7,500) These funds will be used for connecting with first time guests, reaching new residents and improving our physical and virtual visibility.
2. Sow Fund ($,7500) These funds are funds that leave our parking lot. We sow into local and global ministries that share our heart for reaching the lost and loving others.
3. Church Planting Fund ($10,000) From the start, Bara has desired to be a church that plants churches that plant churches.
4. O Fund ($25,000) The O Fund is designated funds for Other Obstacles and Opportunities that we will face in the future including unforeseen financial shortfalls.
Please pray about participating and jump in with us. God has given us a great mission, and we’re blessed to be able to join him in reaching our community for Christ and advancing the Gospel around the world. To give now, please visit barachurch.com/give.
There is so much to be thankful for and I pray that you join me in giving thanks to God for all the big and small ways that He has blessed us all.
I’ll see you Sunday with a friend in tow!
This Sunday is a 5th Sunday, therefore we all get to be in worship together! We will have binders full of activities and things to do for children 3 years and up. We will have the nursery for babies through age two.
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: Dennis@barachurch.com.
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 Sunday November 16th 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 Jennifer@barachurch.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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