A Word from Pastor Joel
Bara, l I love you. I'm excited to be with you this weekend as we look at the humility and selflessness of the Christmas story.
There are several things I wanted to remind you of:
- Remember to pray for and participate in the Christmas Offering
- Christmas can be a sad time for some people. Be sure to reach out to and pray for your neighbors and family members who may be a little sad.
- I sure hope that everybody is inviting friends to our gathering this Sunday and especially our Christmas Eve gathering in Westlake!
- I'm so proud of how well our church served others this past Sunday at Growing Givers!
- Perhaps it's contrary to the cliché but Jesus truly is not the reason for Christmas. He is the reason for every day! Bara Church is about Jesus!
Oh come let us adore him!
Bara Student Ministry
Merry Christmas from BSM
This week we would like to wish all students and their families a very Merry Christmas. With all that's going on and with the hustle and bustle with this time of year, we will not be gathering this Sunday night. We hope to see you at our Christmas Eve Service and the following Sunday at Bara and for our BSM End of the Year Party.
BSM End of the Year Party
Next Sunday night, December 28th, we want all students to come join us for a crazy and fun filled night. We strongly encourage you to wear your best/ugliest holiday attire and you could win a prize! We'll have delicious foods, fun, games, and possibly some cold hard cash up for grabs. This is one of our biggest and best events and is a great way to celebrate ALL that God has done this year. We'll be gathering at the Bradley's (4004 Shrike Trail, Roanoke) from 6-7:15pm so be sure to come party it up with BSM!
If you have any questions about Bara Student Ministries (BSM), please contact our Youth Pastor, Ryan Bradley at Ryan@barachurch.com.
Growing Givers was a HUGE success! Seeing the children work so hard on all of their service projects is so amazing. Thank you to everyone who helped in anyway with this event. It couldn't have happened without you! This Sunday we are back to our normal curriculum so come ready to dive into the Bible and have some fun! For any questions contact email@example.com.
Christmas at Westlake
For the third year in a row Bara Church will be hosting a Christmas Eve service at Westlake Academy on Wednesday December 24th at 5pm. Our Sunday Gathering on December 28th will also be held at Westlake at 10:00am. The address is 2600 Ottinger Rd in Westlake, Tx. Please click here for directions.
3rd Annual Christmas Offering
Bara will take our 3rd Annual Christmas Offering on Sunday, December 21st. We’re inviting everyone connected to Bara Church to participate in our Christmas Offering. This is the time of year when 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.
Bara Beautiful Prayer Night
Bara women are invited to attend Bara Beautiful Prayer Night on Saturday January 3, 2015 at 7:00pm at the home of Jennifer Maddox. The address is 2541 Morgan Lane in Trophy Club. For directions click here. For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Conference at The Hills
Gentlemen please save the date for The Men’s Conference with Donald Miller & Bob Goff. It will be January 23-24. Please click here for additional information.
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.
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.
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