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A call to prayer . . .

In the past two weeks, we have again witnessed senseless deaths at the hands of deranged gunman, one in Buffalo, NY and another in Uvalde, TX.  Ten killed and three injured in Buffalo, 21 killed (19 children & 2 adults) and 17 injured in Uvalde.  These tragic events have led news stories throughout our country. What has not been disclosed are the large numbers of family members, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been shattered by the loss of their loved ones.  As expected, opposing ideological factions are hunkering down, attacking each other’s ideological counterpart.  But what should be our response as believers?

My wife, Stella, forwarded to me a response article written by an online faith-based group named “Intersect.”  I found the article thought provoking so I decided to share it with you, my church Family.  Although written in response to the Uvalde instance, I believe the course of action Intersect offers is appropriate for both tragic events.

Excerpt from Intersect…

“…When you first heard the news yesterday, you may have asked how many people were killed and why the shooter committed this horrific crime. If you have children at home, you were likely concerned about how to help them with the anxiety they would be feeling from the news. And you were feeling anxious yourself in the knowledge that something like this could happen at your children’s or grandchildren’s school today. I asked the same questions and felt similar emotions.

Then I realized that these responses viewed this tragedy through the prism of our personal perspective. None of them focused on the grieving families or the injured survivors. Almost immediately, television commentators began responding in a similar fashion. Some speculated about physical security measures to make schools safer. Others wanted to talk about gun control laws or other ways to prevent such shootings. These are obviously relevant issues, but I believe that today is not a day for such debates. It is not a day for politics or sociology or anthropology. It’s a day to mourn. Every child and adult murdered yesterday [and in Buffalo 2 weeks ago] was made in the image of God.

Every victim is being mourned today by loved ones whose lives will never be the same. But we must remember God’s Word is true: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Near in the Hebrew means to be “imminent, as close as possible.” Brokenhearted translates a Hebrew term meaning “crushed, destroyed, shattered.” Saves means “to deliver, help, rescue.” Crushed in spirit describes a person whose inmost being is broken. Can these words describe anyone more fully than those grieving for their murdered loved ones today? Let us pray for God’s presence to comfort these grieving families in ways we cannot. Let’s pray for pastors and other ministers in Uvalde [and Buffalo] as they walk with these families in their pain.”

May God’s mercy be upon them all!

Let us unite in prayer,
Pastor Pete

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 46:1 ESV

 Please join us as we pray that God is an ever-present help, refuge, and strength to the Ukrainian citizens, churches, missionaries, and our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Outreach to the Homeless through Broward Outreach Center
Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Bridge Church Outreach team is offering you 2 opportunities to Be the Bridge to the homeless of our community by serving them a meal and/or filling Purple Mission Hope bags with essential hygiene items.

Living on the street, in a car, or in an abandoned building can be tough. Sometimes even life-threatening. But how about simple things… like not being able to bathe or brush your teeth? Can you imagine what a luxury a clean pair of socks would be? These are small things we can do to bring hope to those in need.

Fill a Purple Mission Hope Bag…
Goal… 100 Bags
Please label for a Man or Woman.
More bags are needed for Men than Women. 

1. Sunday, July 31 & Sunday, August 7
Pick up a purple bag from the church foyer
after our morning services.

2. Shop and fill the bag…
with 1 of each of the following new/unused items
for a man or woman.

Toothpaste/Toothbrush
Wash Cloth
New Socks
Deodorant
Lotion
Shampoo
Bars of Soap
Razors/Shaving Cream
Sanitary Napkins
Diapers/Baby Wipes
Combs/Brushes

3. Sunday, August 14 & Sunday, August 21
Drop off your filled bag in the church foyer.
Bags will be distributed to the homeless at the Broward Outreach Center on Saturday, August 27.

Serve Lunch or Dinner
Saturday, August 27, 2022

Lunch Shift… 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
*Dinner Shift… 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
(*Dinner shift reserved for Bridge Students first)

15 Volunteers Needed for each shift
Age Requirement: 12 yrs +
Meals Provided by the Shelter

Dress Code…
Long Pants (Jeans)
T-shirt with sleeves (Bridge Outreach T-Shirt)
Comfortable closed-toe shoes
Non-slip shoes for kitchen work

Not Allowed…
open-toe shoes, heels, shorts, mini-skirts, and/or revealing clothing

Broward Outreach Center
2056 Scott St
Hollywood, FL  33020

Bridge Young Adult Event… Monster Mini Golf & Hang Out
Saturday, August 20 @ 6:00 pm

Recent Graduates… College Students… Young Professionals… we would love to meet you, connect with you, and connect you with each other. What better way to do that than a nice round of glow-in-the-dark Mini Golf, followed by hang out time with food, games, ping pong, swimming pool… and more at the home of Darren & Sonja Kiley!

We hope you will plan to join us, Tavaris & Felicia Williams, and maybe invite a couple friends!

Hope to see you there.

Hi Parents and Kids,

The summer with all it’s camps is over, and now it is time to get ready for AWANA!  Awana begins in less than a month (August 31st).  I am so excited, and so are all the leaders. Kids need Jesus, other kids, and fun, and that is what Awana gives them. Game time, Bible time, special Theme nights, fun events like Awana Grand Prix and camp outs. You won’t want to miss a minute.

On the first night of Awana we will start with a Pizza Blast and Parent Orientation in the FLC at 7:00 pm. This is an important night because the kids receive their new Awana books, and parents get to meet the leaders and find out more about what the year holds. There will ne NO PAPER registrations on that night, so please register before-hand.

Parents, we always welcome new Awana Leaders. If you would like to become an Awana Leader, there is a sign-up for you too 🙂

Below are the links to the sign-ups and if you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me, Carol, at cswinson@gobridgechurch.org or 954-431-6776 x 241

Hope to see you all there!

Carol Swinson
Children’s Ministry Director
The Bridge Church

Infants – 4 years old

Sunday Morning @ 10:30 am     

Hello Bridge Parents,

We want to welcome all the little ones of The Bridge Church to join us each weekend in a fun, safe, nurturing environment where each little one can be introduced to the love of Jesus through the love of our wonderful volunteer staff.

Here, the children have their very own space to play and learn on their level while you experience a much needed time of refreshment and spiritual growth.

Our goal is to greet each child by name as we welcome them each week with smiles and excitement. They will ultimately look forward to coming to their very own class each week.

I would also like to remind you of our fun, exciting, private little ones at The Bridge Church Facebook page. We’d love to make you part of the group so that you can join in on the fun of daily videos, encouraging posts, craft ideas, and much, much more. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1386416731560002/

We hope to see your little one very soon!

Blessings,
Jennifer and your “little ones” team

Learn more about our curriculum and what to expect when you bring your Little One!

Find video lessons, songs, and more on our Little Ones Playlist on YouTube!

ADVENTURE ZONE… SUNDAYS @ 10:30 AM
For Kids Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Hi Parents,

I am so excited that Adventure Zone is re-open at 10:30 am. If you haven’t joined us in person yet, we hope you will soon… We Miss You!

I am also excited about our “Family Table Talk” sheets. This is intended to spark family conversation around the dinner table, or devotion time that focus on spiritual things. A new one will come out each month. Please take advantage of them and let us know how they are working for your family.

Praying for you and your kids.

Blessings to you all!
For His Kids,
Carol Swinson
Bridge Kids Ministry Director

Bridge Students New Series… “Pass It On”
Begins May 8 – May 29

Bridge Middle & High School Students Meet:
Fridays @ 7:00 – 10:00 pm in the Gym
Sundays @ 10:30 am in the Youth Room

About “Pass It On”…

With social media, just about anyone can be an “influencer” with the right content, good timing, and a little bit of luck. Invent a new dance, share a funny take, catch the right moment on camera, and you could get millions of views. Some “influencers” mostly just use their platforms to get free stuff, but once in a while, you find someone who uses their platform to talk about things that actually matter. Obviously they didn’t have social media back in Jesus’ day, but in the Bible, the book of Acts is filled with stories about “influencers” who had important things to say. In this 4-week series, we’ll hear their stories, discover that our lives can pass on the good news, and learn how to pass on the good news to unexpected people, to our families, and with humility.

Follow Bridge Students on Social Media…

Instagram –  https://www.instagram.com/theignitedyouth/
Facebook –     https://www.facebook.com/IgniteStudents/

LIFEgroups JUST BEGAN AGAIN… via ZOOM

If you haven’t connected with a LIFEgroup yet, now is the perfect time. We all need connection, especially these days. And now it’s easier than ever because you don’t even have to leave your home. Due to COVID and social distancing our facilitators will be hosting LIFEgroups via ZOOM until we are able to physically meet again.

As you will see we have many opportunities listed below for you to chose from. We have opportunities for men and women together… just men… just women… moms… engaged and married couples… and Spanish speakers.

We hope you will take this opportunity to connect and grow with your Bridge family. We believe that life together is always better because we weren’t meant to live life alone!

Wellness Groups Are Beginning Again
New Cycles Begin on Various Dates in February

All of life is a journey—a journey toward who we truly are, a journey toward who God created us to be.

And life’s journey isn’t an easy one … for any of us. We all hit speed bumps, potholes, breakdowns, and roadblocks. Sometimes we get completely off course or end up on a path that leads to a dead end. And it’s at times like that when we need a bridge.

A bridge can take us over all of the pitfalls and get us back on course. A bridge can span the gap from where we are today and where we could be tomorrow. And a bridge can even lift us up and move us forward in ways that we don’t see until after we’ve gone over the bridge.

You can experience all of that … and even more in the Wellness Groups offered here at The Bridge.

Together, we’re experiencing the healing power of God to lift us up and take us beyond the areas of our lives that are broken or weak. Together, we’re discovering that the truth of Jesus connects to every area of our lives and simply makes life better. Jesus is the living bridge, re-connecting us with God through His sacrificial love, His unending grace, and His abundant life.

Through Him, we can move from where we’ve been to where we were meant to be. Where can it they take you…

Learn More About… 

Not everyone is meant to Foster or Adopt children, however,
here are few additional ways you can Be The Bridge to Foster Families & Children …

  • Consider becoming Foster Parents. There is currently a GREAT need for children who have crossed the border.
  • Become a His House Children’s Home Volunteer. (Volunteer on site, sponsor an ice cream night, movie night or even a theme park adventure…)
  • Sponsor the summer activities, camps & summer classes as summer is an extra expense for foster families.
  • Become an Approved Driver to transport children to and from therapies or court-ordered visits.
  • Create Welcome Home Packages with new or very gently used clothing and items for placements.
  • Donations of Stuffed animals and toys for the Welcome Baskets
  • Meal Delivery for the first week of having a child placed in a new home. Home cooked or ordered via Door Dash or the like. There may also be other times in the life of a Foster Family when meals may be helpful.
  • In Home or at School Tutoring for students who are struggling various subjects.
  • Approved Volunteer Babysitting for monthly parents night out.
  • Meal or Date Night Vouchers for Foster Parents.
  • Fund to help with items not covered by Medicaid like contacts & eye glasses. (Limit of 2 eye glasses per year)
  • Annual Membership Passes (Family) to places like the Zoo, museums, movies, amusement parks, bowling…
  • Gift Cards to use for the child’s birthday or child needs
  • Housekeeping/ Laundry services for families with multiple children.
  • Furniture Donations –  Bike Donations.
  • Grief Counselors for Foster Parents and their kids.
  • Coverage for After School programs and Summer Camps. Also summer camps equipped to deal with children exposed to trauma.
  • Respite Care Support to the Foster Parents. (Temporary to give Foster home a break or vacation. Training Required.)
  • Pray for our local shelters, group homes and their staff. COVID has done a number on staff in shelters.
  • Pick a Foster Family (like the Feliz Family) and pray for them. This is the most important thing you can do!

NEW… Social Media Team Opportunity
Anyone interested in learning more is welcome. 

Do you love taking pictures?
Maybe you are a creative writer who loves storytelling.
Do you love The Bridge Church and have a passion to it share with others?
Do you just LOVE social media and consider it a dream come true to do as a ministry?

Yes, you heard correctly! Social Media can be a ministry… and that’s exactly what we are launching here at The Bridge Church. No previous experience needed… just a desire and willingness to learn!

AmazonSmile FAQ's

About AmazonSmile

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under settings on your app). On your browser, you may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. When you’re using the app, always check for the “AmazonSmile” logo to ensure you’re activated for AmazonSmile.

How do I activate AmazonSmile on my Amazon Shopping app?
AmazonSmile customers on Android devices with version 5.0+ or iOS devices with version 12+, who have upgraded to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app can find “AmazonSmile” listed in the Settings menu. From there, you can follow onboarding instructions to activate AmazonSmile on your device.

Do I need to renew AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile renewals happen twice a year to help keep AmazonSmile on mobile app. AmazonSmile will notify you of these renewals via push notifications and through in-app notifications. If you miss a renewal you can reactivate at any time by repeating the steps to “turn on” AmazonSmile on your mobile device. There is no renewal period for browser shopping on AmazonSmile, which you can use anytime by typing ‘smile.amazon.com’ into your browser.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation. AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the program.

Can I change my charity?
Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity on your web browser, simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.” You can also visit AmazonSmile under settings on your Amazon Shopping app and select “Change your Charity.”

What charities can I choose from?
You can choose from over one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.

What if my selected charity does not register to participate in the AmazonSmile program or becomes ineligible?
If your selected charity does not register to participate, becomes ineligible, or requests to be removed from the program, you will have a chance to select a different charity to receive the accrued donations that have not yet been disbursed to your charity. If you do not select a different charity, the accrued donations will be distributed to other organizations receiving donations.

If I represent a charitable organization, how can I learn more about registering my organization for AmazonSmile?
Go to org.amazon.com to learn how to register your organization to receive donations.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted by a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?
Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.


MISSIONS TRIP SUPPORT


Thank you so much for your contribution to The Bridge Church International Missions Efforts. Without you, these trips would not be possible. Please know that by giving, you become part of our Team.

Ecuador…  South Africa…  Haiti…   Trinidad…

Some Pray… Some Give… Some Go… We are all an intricate part of The Bridge!

Please continue to pray for our teams as we continue go where the Lord leads!

“Whatever It Takes!”

 

Raising Support… $

Each team member is responsible to raise their own support for the cost of the trip which includes: airfare; transportation; lodging and food. We also hold some fund raisers to raise money for the team project.
You can be a part of our team by:

  1. Praying for us as we travel and minister to God’s people across the Globe.
  2. Giving a monetary gift of any amount will help us reach our Goal. By Clicking on the Button below, you can give to an individual team member or to the general fund of the trip you wish to support.

These trips are life changing events for individuals… the team… and the people we serve.

Whatever gift you are able to give will be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Give to The Bridge Church in support of our Emergency Relief Funds

Our Mission Statement here at The Bridge is… “To be God’s bridge to ALL people, a span across the gap of where they are now to where God created them to be”.  Our desire is always to be available to love God and love others… teach the Bible… make disciples… and be a true friend.  Whenever we see people hurting, we hurt too.

As we are all aware that 2020-2021 have been tough years physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. By God’s grace and the commitment of our faithful Bridge family, we are still afloat in spite of the fact that we are operating behind budget. Not only have we been able to stay afloat, but we have been able to help other ministries and organizations who have been struggling. We are so blessed!

We want to continue doing this good work… but we can’t do it without your help. That’s why this year, we have decided to dedicate 100% of the donations made on Giving Tuesday to our Emergency Relief Fund.

Your gift will help bring Hope in the midst of disasters and hardships. A tangible reminder that these individuals and ministries are still seen by a loving God. We have the privilege of being His hands and feet here on earth.

Beyond blessing others we bless the Lord when we give of our time, resources, and money to help others. Matthew 25:40-45 says:  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Will you join us in an act of Radical Generosity Revolution this year? What is Radical Generosity? Take a few minutes to be inspired by Ami Campell’s Story in this TEDx Talk.  Catch the vision and then start praying about what the Lord might have you give!

Hurricane Season Pre-Storm Helps

To assist with hurricane preparations:

 

Hurricane Season Post-Storm Helps

To assist with post hurricane issues:

As Floridians continue the process of digging out from the storm, I want to share with you some tips and resources for Hurricane Irma Recovery.

FEMA:

Resident Assistance: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Broward County to the list of counties eligible for individual assistance. That means homeowners with damage that is documented can apply for funding from FEMA. 

  • Register at DisasterAssistance.gov for information and services from the government on the aid that may be available to you, including transitional sheltering assistance.
  • Residents without internet access can use the computers at Broward County libraries to register for FEMA Individual Assistance. 
  • You can also contact FEMA’s Helpline (800) 621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: (800) 462-7585).
  • Your local Red Cross chapter can also help you with food, shelter, and personal goods.
  • You can also find assistance through United Way.

 

Insurance:

  • Check with your insurance agent before hiring anyone to work on your property.
  • Make sure you have the right kind of coverage to file a claim related to storm damage.
  • Be sure to take pictures of the damage to your property before cleaning it up.
  • To check on your policy through the National Flood Insurance Program, contact your insurance agent. You can also call 1-800-621-FEMA and select “option 2” learn more and be directed to the right place to file your claim.

 

Scams:

  • Keep any eye for people who may try to be using this unstable time as a way to swindle unsuspecting victims.
  • Con artists asking for up-front payments, offering suspiciously large discounts, or claiming to be government agents are all commonplace after a storm like Irma.
  • Be wary of phone calls from entities claiming to be charities. Real charities do not usually ask for donations over the phone or have names that sound like governmental departments.
  • Do not give your money or personal information out over the phone.
  • If someone is pressuring you with a “limited time offer” chances are it is a scam. Always check out offers with a trusted advisor such as an attorney before agreeing to terms with anyone.

 

Other Important Tips:

  • Touch base with your mortgage lender. Just because your home was damaged does not mean you can skip a payment. However, your mortgage lender might work with you to pause payments given the situation. If you do not know who holds your mortgage, check the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems or call 888-679-6377.

 

  • You also still must pay your credit card bills. If you do not think you will be able to do so, contact your credit card company before the next payment comes due.

 

  • If your home is currently uninhabitable, contact your power company and ask that your service be suspended. This will save you money while you sort out your situation.

 

  • Veterans who need help with shelter or their medications can call 1-800-507-4571 to speak with someone at the VA. Veterans can also check the VA website specifically dedicated to Hurricane Irma for more information.

Loss of a Spouse 1 Night Stand Alone Session
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm in the Living Room 

Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible

Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse’s belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you’ll go on?

At a Loss of a Spouse seminar you’ll discover:

  • Other people understand and have found ways to make it through
  • Why it won’t always hurt so much
  • Reasons for hope
  • Practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse