A Word from Pastor Joel
""Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Bara! Summer is upon is! I missed you last weekend! I know you have been busy and I have too! Here is just a little of Kim and my last 14 days.
May 28th - Closed on a house. Drove to Boerne, TX with Tommy.
May 29th - Drove home from Boerne. Had Date Night with Kim
May 30th - Packed our house
May 31st - Finished up Impossible Prayers, Family Sunday, Senior Celebration, got keys to house after Senior Celebration and did walk through
June 1st - Moved all day and into night
June 2nd - Moved all day and up until midnight. Went to bed at 1am
June 3rd - Up at 5am. At airport at 6am. Fly to San Francisco, CA. Spent day with Emily. Kim and I took a Boxing Class at 5:30pm. Almost died.
June 4th - Day with Emily and friends in Redwood City. Kim took another 5am Boxing Class. I slept in.
June 5th - Emily's Graduation at 10am. Grad lunch with family. Laura and Zach flew in, spent evening in SF (Zach's first time to CA) home past midnight. Great day!
June 6th - Emily's Grad party prep in morning, party from 1-5. People stayed past 10pm. Great day!
June 7th - Preached at Redwood Church. Lunch with friends. Dinner with friends. Dessert with friends. Hung out with my childhood best friend until midnight.
June 8th - Full day in San Francisco. Hike out on a cliff with Golden Gate Bridge in background. Zach drops to a knee. Asks my daughter Laura to marry him. She said yes. I thought they were going to fall off the cliff. I screamed during the proposal. It was perfect. Kim and I flew out at 5pm and landed at 11pm. Home to a room full of boxes.
June 9th - Back in the office. Byron's graduation. Arise and Build Prayer. Made a couple of house visits 8pm - 9pm. Picked Laura and Zach up at airport at 10:30pm
June 10th - Woke up with a brutal migraine. Went to MOB at 6am. Went home for a few hours and slept. Back at office. Graduation party7pm - 9pm. Helped Laura move out of her apartment 9pm - 11pm.
Today - Woke up feeling like a million bucks! Working on GENESIS, New Sermon Series, "The Rhythm of Prayer," Life Groups, July 4th, and much more!
We are all busy! Summer is supposed to be a time for relaxation and vacations. It is. But it is also a very busy season.
Can I humbly encourage you to not get too busy to gather with your church family this summer? Can I boldly ask you to not get too busy to consistently and Biblically, financially support the work of the church with your tithes and offerings this summer?
I love you, Bara. I love leading you and serving you. I love following Jesus with you. I pray that I'll never be too busy for that!
I'll see you Sunday!
That all might know Christ and make Him known,
PS: The next few months are almost as full for the Quile's! I'll take all the Starbucks Gift Cards and Prayers you got!
PSS: She won't want me saying this, but my beautiful bride's birthday is next Wednesday, June 17th. I just thought you might want to know.
BSM Worship: God, is that you?
One of the hardest things to figure out is how and when God speaks to us. What's He saying? How do we know it's Him? What does it sound and look like? These are all great questions we hope to answer so we may each be more willing and able to listen to Him. Come join us as we'll have free food, fun, games and prizes to be won! We'll be gathering from 6-7:15pm at the Bradleys (4004 Shrike Trail, Roanoke) this Sunday night.
If you have any questions about Bara Student Ministries (BSM), please contact our Youth Pastor, Ryan Bradley at Ryan@barachurch.com. For more information on BSM, please visit www.barachurch.com/bsm.
Our B-Kids will learn that we should keep on doing the things God wants, and living the way He has commanded us to live, even when it’s difficult. The main point of their lesson will be: I Will Persevere. The Bible story will be: Josiah’s cleansing of Judah (2 Kings 22-23). Their Bible verse will be “Pursue righteousness and a godly life along with faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11.
Our Wee Kids lesson will be: I will tell the truth! Their Bible story will be: Peter denying Jesus. Their Bible verse is: “Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so all will go well with you.” Deuteronomy 6:18
bGroups are small groups that meet regularly. They help people build community and grow in their faith. If you are interested or have questions, visit barachurch.com/b-groups. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
G E N E S I S
This is your beginning with Bara. See who we are, our mission, vision and core commitments. Hear about our journey, our past, present and future. Learn what we do, how we connect and serve. You will be able to get your questions answered and much more. For more information 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 directions to the Bara Church office click here. For additional information 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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