July 2009 - Issue 3
“A ministry for young adults & singles 18-39.” monthly
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Thursday Night Church The Bridge - Goldsboro, NC Thursdays - 7:00pm
Well it’s that time....summer is officially here!! The Beach is calling my name and you know what that means. Sundays are going to be hard-pressed to make....or will they? Don’t worry, we’ve gotcha covered. How about Sunday morning on Thursday night. It sounds like a plan to me. The Bridge will start having their Thursday Night Service beginning June 4th at 7:00pm in the NEW LOCATION at Berkeley Junction. If your not familiar where that is, it’s right across from Delmus Hardware or your can check it out on Google© Maps for a detailed view. We can’t wait to see how awesome this new facility is. This service will run through August, so now you have no excuse to miss church.....haha!! Hope you are able to take advantage of this special time. We are so excited to see what God is going to do at this new location. If you are not currently involved in a ministry because of distance or location. The Bridge will be a great place to start. Located in the heart of Goldsboro, this new facility will offer so much more and will allow room for growth and further ministry. So now’s the time to get plugged in and use those gifts and talents God has given you. Or if you don’t know what your’s are this would be a great way to find out.
Steve Fee in Concert Whitley Church - Princeton, NC Friday, July 10th - 7:00pm (Doors Open at 5:45pm)
I hope you’ve bought your ticket because Steve Fee will be in concert on July 10th at WC. If you haven’t purchased one yet, then you’d better hurry – they’re going fast and for only $12. Buy one for yourself and a unchurched friend. This would be a great way to listen to some awesome music and bring someone that doesn’t attend church. You can show them that Christians do know how to have fun. You can purchase your ticket at the Connect Center.
Prayer House Minstry The Bridge Fridays, 9:00pm - 11:00pm
This is a new ministry headed up by Katie Hattfield and other local college students. This time will be utilized to have corporate and unity prayer as well as a time for worship. I believe this ministry will be such an asset to those in need as well as a time to reflect and pray for all the social and economic situations that we are facing at the present time. Please feel free to come and be a part of this awesome ministry. After the summer is up and the students go back to college. We hope that God will raise someone up to keep this ministry going.
4th Sunday Lunch
Sumo - Goldsboro, NC Sunday, July 26th - 12:30pm (after 2nd Service)
Japanese Steak & Sushi
This month we’re going to meet at Sumo Japanese Steak & Sushi across from Texas Steakhouse in Goldsboro for some great food. If you missed last month’s lunch, then you missed a good time. We had a huge crowd and a lot of fun. This is always a cool opportunity to catch up with everyone. Bring a friend an join us for a little Sushi.....or whatever. If you would like to view driving directions click on this link for details.
article of the month “When We Feel Blue” by Fern Horst - Singleness.org June ‘09
If it’s true that “nothing can make a trusting Christian blue,” what should we do when we feel down? Don’t we have a right to not feel upbeat when things aren’t the way we’d like them to be?
And that leads us to the next step in finding joy: “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18). Some have debated whether this verse means to give thanks for everything, or to continue to thank God no matter what happens. Either way, God is looking for a heart that praises Him. Not only does it bring Him glory, but when we choose to praise Him our hearts naturally begin to trust His goodness, and that trust leads to joy.
Well, yes and no. While it’s important to recognize that feelings of sadness, grief, and disappointment are perfectly normal responses to undesirable circumstances, it is also important to realize that we do not have to allow those feelings to take away our joy in Christ. How do we move from being overpowered and even controlled by negative feelings, to trusting God and experiencing joy? The number one step is fully believing that God is good, no matter what. Belief in God’s goodness is foundational to trusting Him. When we doubt that He is good, or that everything He does is good, our trust in Him is on shaky ground and our joy is as well. We often doubt God’s goodness when we attribute bad things to Him that are simply a result of living in an imperfect world full of imperfect people. When we blame God as the cause, or even blame Him for allowing bad things to happen, we create a distance in our relationship with Him that prevents us from taking the only step that will really help us: turning to Him for comfort and help. When my brother-in-law was sick with cancer, my sister often made the statement, “God is good all the time.” She was reinforcing her belief that no matter the difficulties they were facing at the time, God was just as good then as He was when all was going well. God’s goodness is that He never forsakes us, even when everyone else does. God’s goodness is that He walks with us “through the valley of the shadow of death.” God’s goodness is His mercy and grace in providing moments of relief, sending a friend to encourage us, or a Bible passage that lifts our Spirits. God’s goodness is in the many little blessings we encounter every day: a million stars sparkling against a black sky, a child smiling at us, the wonderful flavor of a food we love, or a phone call from a friend.
The next time you feel blue, first of all recognize that negative feelings are a normal human response to a negative situation. But before you allow those feelings to take over your life, start looking for God’s goodness in the midst of that situation. If you can’t immediately see signs of His goodness, choose to believe that He is good, no matter what. And then start praising Him. Feelings of joy may not immediately flood your heart, but it’s impossible to focus on God’s goodness and continually praise Him without eventually experiencing at least a bit of joy. “And at midnight [while in prison] Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” (Acts 16:25) © 2009 Fern Horst
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