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Welcome Home To Brushy Creek

JANUARY 2010

DO YOU Remember how much fun we had doing 40 Days of Purpose?

Well...guess what?

(find out more under “Note from Ralph”)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! LOOKING AHEAD IN 2010 THERE ARE LOTS OF EXCITING THINGS TO BE INVOLVED IN! CHECK ‘EM OUT! High School/College Disciple Now 1/15-17 · Middle School Chillipepper 1/22-1/24 · Men’s Retreat 1/29-1/30 · Maundy Thursday Service 4/1 · Preschool Resurrection Celebration 4/3 · International Women’s Night 4/8 · Share Jesus Without Fear 5/2 · Graduation Sunday 5/30 · Serbia Missions Trip 6/5-6/14 · Creative Arts Camp 6/14-6/16 · High School Summer Camp 6/28-7/2 · Middle School SeeSalt 6/28-7/2 · New York City Mission Trip: 7/18-7/24 · Children’s Pastors’ Camp 7/29-7/31 · High School Camping/Rafting 8/12-8/13 · Middle School Pastors’ Camp: 8/138/15 · The Greenhouse Session 4 Kickoff 8/22 · India Mission Trip 9/19/-9/28 · Missions Day 10/3 · College Retreat 10/6-10/10 · Homes for Hope 10/23-10/24 · Women’s Ministry Fall Retreat 11/12-11/13 · High School Fall Retreat 11/19-11/21 · Children’s Christmas Celebration 12/3 · Women’s Ministry Christmas Dinner 12/9 · Adult Choir Christmas Program 12/19 · Christmas Eve Service 12/24


NOTE FROM RALPH

NIGHTS AT 6:00PM Rescue MONDAY Ministry

b y D r . R a l p h C a r t e r , PA S T O R

b y J I M R U S S ELL , RE S C U E M I N I S TER

A Matter of Life and Death This week I preached the funeral of a very young man who had abused alcohol to the point that his organs literally shut down, one by one. On the same day, I received word of another young man who had relapsed into drugs.

Forty Days of Community starts on February 7. I can hardly wait. The theme during the entire campaign is “We’re Better Together.” Everybody needs to be a part of a community. Some of us have a tendency to want to go it alone, but that is never a good thing for a variety of reasons. You may not need me, but I need you. I can never rescue people as effectively as we can. I can never help believers grow spiritually as well as we can. Nor can I serve as well as we can serve. We can pray more fervently, witness more passionately, give more generously, and serve more unselfishly, when we work together. I can handle life’s burdens more easily with your help. We need each other. I am so grateful for a church that has been a wonderful spiritual family to me for nearly 18 years. 40 Days of Community will help all of us develop a greater appreciation for the family of God here at Brushy Creek. I hope you will mark your calendars now and make it a point to attend every service.

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These are the hard parts of the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Brushy Creek. Thankfully, there are many more stories being written that are great successes. Folks are being saved and many are gaining freedom from their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. You will be hearing some of these stories January 24 on Celebrate Recovery Day at Brushy Creek. We can all readily recognize the need of a homeless person, or a person strung out on drugs or alcohol. But what about the “successful” highly functional middle/upper middle class lost person? They look like us. They may even act much as we do. But they are lost and headed to Hell. Whether we realize it or not, we are living in a time when the church is, as one songwriter put it, “asleep in the light.” Lost people are all around us, yet we don’t feel their plight. A recent survey of Southern Baptist churches found that: · Nearly one third of our churches baptized no one in the last year. · Another third of our churches baptized six or less last year. · 97.4 of our church members will die without once telling anyone else how to be saved. · If you ask a typical church, “How many of you have shared your faith with someone in the past year?” You can expect about 5% to raise their hands. This is shocking and even depressing to me. Then I think about myself. Some of my greatest joys have been in sharing the Gospel with others, one-on-one. I’ve been blessed to see a number of folks pray to receive Christ. But I also have to admit that I have times of high sensitivity to witness opportunities, and I also have times when I’m not so sensitive. I’ve asked the Lord to forgive me for, at times, being too self-absorbed. But this I know. As my witnessing goes, so goes my joy! And I want to live and walk in that joy more and more. And I hope that you do too. We have two excellent opportunities for you to get trained to share your faith. In our next Greenhouse session, we will be offering XEE again. This is a witness approach that is especially suited for engaging generations X and Y – those under 40. Then in Greenhouse, Session 4, we will be offering Share Jesus without Fear, which is my favorite approach – using pointed questions and Scripture to converse with others about the Gospel. I hope many of you will join me in one of these witness training classes. Because it is a matter of life and death for our family, friends, and others who do not know the Lord.


David’s News b y d a v id k a y , a ssoci a t e p a s t o r

on the road b y a n g e l a c a r t e r , missions a nd co l l e g e di r e c t o r

hello everyone! We have a wonderful year planned for 2010. I just want to remind you to look over the new church calendar, which is available in the Sanctuary Foyer, and plan to be a part of the activities and ministry opportunities this year. Our intentions with the calendar are to inform you as quickly as possible about what is happening so you will have opportunity to participate. I hope this is beneficial to you and your family.

Robbie’s Report b y R O BB I E S O X , M U S I C

THANK YOU! Thank you so much for the wonderful job on our Christmas Musical “Once Upon a Holy Night.” Special thanks to Kate Drake and Cee Cee Cameron for leading the children’s choir, and to Roger Cole, Steve Jones, Randy Underwood, and Marshall Croy for running sound, media, and lights. You all are a very important part of the music ministry here at Brushy Creek. Thank you so much for giving so much of your time each week. We are planning a choir retreat coming up in the next few months to introduce you to new music. Be on the lookout for dates and times. Just a quick reminder that Orchestra practice will return to Monday nights at 7:30 and Choir will return to Wednesday nights at 8:00 in January.

HEYcollege kids! I hope that you have had a great break from school! We have sure enjoyed having a little extra time to spend with you this Christmas! I know that most of you are gearing up for a return to school, but I hope that you will make sure to sign up for DNow 2010 (Confessions of a Superchristian) before you leave. DNow is going to be January 15-17 and the cost is $25. We are going to have a blast. I even went out and bought a new coat just for the event (think snowballs and sleds…hint, hint). I know that you all live busy lives, but I hope that

Sr. Adults

you will carve time out for this “Super” event! It can be

MONTHLY MEETING

life changing if you let it be!

TUESday, January 19 at 10:30AM

Men’s Testimony Breakfast Join us for our Men’s Testimony Breakfast, January 10 at 8:00am in the Front Room of the ARC. We look forward to seeing you there!

On the Road (or in the air),


b y J ERE M I AH O L I VER , midd l e sc h oo l PA S T O R

PRAISE THE LORD FOR A NEW YEAR!

At the start of each New Year I am reminded of God’s grace and mercy that He bestows in each of our lives. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “For whosoever is in Christ is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come.” 2009 is now gone, and God has blessed us with a new year to live more faithfully for Him! I am praying that this will be the year that God brings revival to the hearts of our youth. We have many exciting opportunities for our youth to get involved this year. Please pray that each student will be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit as they are involved in our youth worship services, winter conferences, youth rallies, discipleship weekend, service projects, and summer camps. Each of these activities serves a purpose in fulfilling our mission as a youth ministry. This mission is to see students saved (RESCUE), discipled (GROW), and serving God and others (SERVE)! Make sure you mark your calendars for DiscipleNow!, 8th Grade Leadership Retreat, SeeSalt Summer Conference, and Pastors’ Camp. Please make sure that you check the website, future newsletters, and your e-mails for details on all of these activities. Great things are happening in the BCBC youth ministry, so make sure that your student doesn’t miss out. I urge you to stay involved in Greenhouse, Sunday school, and Worship! Be ready for the Lord to work mightily in each of our lives in 2010! Thanks for another year to serve and minister to your kids! Disciple Now! April 16-18 · 8th Grade Leadership Retreat May 14-16 SeeSalt Summer Conference June 28-July 2 · Pastor’s Camp August 13-15


BY R e b e cc a O a k s Director of C h i l d r e n ’ s M inis t r i e s

The children’S Christmas Celebration was a wonderful time of fellowship with friends from Brushy Creek. The kids decorated gingerbread houses, made Christmas cards for shut-ins, watched a VeggieTales movie, created gingerbread men with verses on them, sang carols and participated in the Christmas story. It was a great way for the kids to focus on the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this a very special night for the kids!

b y TA M M Y R O A C H , J U N C T I O N 5 0 1 D I RE C T O R

UPCOMING EVENTS Talent Show · Archery · Easter Egg Hunt in the Dark with Flashlights · Sports Night with Olympic Games · Amazing Science Devotions

Scripture Memory Verses Session 3 - Isaiah 43:2-3 · Session 4 - I John 4:7-8 · Session 5 - James 4:7-8 Prizes will be given to the kids who memorize the verses. We will have a great time of fellowship, fun and studying God’s word. I hope your child will join us.


January 2010

B R U S H Y C R E E K M O N T H LY O P P O R T U N I T I E S

SUNDAY

MONDAY TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY

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SATURDAY

2

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Café at the Creek RESUMES 5:00pm

10

11

DEACON’S MEETING 7:00pm

THE GREENHOUSE SESSION 3 BEGINS 6:45pm

12

13

14

MEN’S TESTIMONY BREAKFAST 8:00am QUARTERLY SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ TRAINING 12:00pm

17

15 - 16 high school/ college dnow

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19

QUARTERLY BUSINESS MEETING 6:00pm

24

16

20

21

22

27

28

29

MIDDLOELERS SCHO FOR LEAVE IPEPPER CHILL

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10:30am

25

26

30

MEN’S RETREAT

31

Sundays

8:00 am..........Sunday School *9:15 am..........Sunday School/Traditional Worship *10:45 am..........Sunday School/Contemporary Worship *6:00 pm..........Evening Service

Mondays

*6:00 pm..........Celebrate Recovery *7:30 pm..........Creekside Orchestra Practice

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5:00 pm..........Café at the Creek *6:45 pm..........The Greenhouse *8:10 pm..........Creekside Choir Practice

*Childcare Available

Wednesdays

*Childcare Available

*Childcare Available


b y ELEA N O R B I S H O P , PRE S C H O O L D I RE C T O R

We are thankful for the friendships we make while learning about Jesus’ life.

DO YOU LOVE JESUS? Do you remember a time when you did? Do you remember when the thought of Jesus provoked an emotional, fervent response in your heart? Do you remember how you plunged into service, thrilled to think you could do something for the Savior, who had done so much for you? But as time has passed, has your busyness become weariness? And has the fire in your heart flickered and died down, even as you have hurried to serve Him in a multitude of ways? Then it’s time to re-ignite the fire! Join us for Just Give Me Jesus, a revival designed to fan into flame your love for Him. In this life-changing, two-day revival, you will be stirred in worship by Fernando Ortega, you will be inspired in prayer with Jill Briscoe, and you will hear God speaking to you personally and relevantly as I proclaim His Word and lead you in an inductive study of the Scriptures. My prayer is that each of us would receive a fresh touch from heaven…a fresh encounter with the living Lord Jesus Christ, rekindling the fire of love for Him in our hearts, as together we ask God to Just Give Me Jesus!


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church STAFF Ralph F. Carter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PASTOR

877.5687

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Robbie Sox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MUSIC

292.8322

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David Kay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate Pastor

234.9655

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Jim Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RESCUE MINISTER 270.8441

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Angela Carter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COLLEGE & MISSIONS

325.3778

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Applicants for Church Membership

Benji Ladd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

LETTER

Jeremiah Oliver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIDDLE SCHOOL Students

Dan Messer · Ann Messer · Daniela Messer · Billy Quinn · Beth Quinn · Christin Quinn · Lawrence Allen Emmaleigh Allen · Jennifer Allen · Joshua Allen

414.1195

915.3302

benjil@brushycreek.org

jeremiaho@brushycreek.org

Ben Langner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

STATEMENT

Rebecca Oaks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CHILDREN

BAPTISM

297.6066 968.9826

Jonathan Bear · Paige Bear

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Pete Stebbins · Autumn Uber · Bryson Reeves · Kenley Reeves

Eleanor Bishop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PRESCHOOL

915.9669

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Kristen Belflower. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE GREENHOUSE

268.8696

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Tina Stephens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WEEKDAY PRESCHOOL DIR.

268.3945

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Marshall Croy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Facilities MGR.

322.5500

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Emergency Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 918.0616

NOVEMBER 2009 Attendance

1st

8th 15th 22nd 29th

906 1156

881 1154

Sunday School Worship Services

900 1240

901 1292

845 1187

Average 887 1206


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