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Princess Ball Father-Daughter Dance Friday, January 26 This year at the Farmers Branch Campus! 7:00 - 9:00 pm Cost: $10 per person Daughter Ages: Birth - High School Seniors This year’s Princess Ball will be “Under the Sea” at the Farmers Branch Campus! Dads, make plans to ask your daughters on a special date night and make memories they will remember the rest of their lives. We encourage you to dress up and take your daughter to a fancy dinner beforehand. Then come dance the night away at the Princess Ball! We’ll have desserts, photo booths, and a few special take-home items for the girls. Learn more and register at: thebranchchurch.org/events

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Women’s Bible Study ACTS and LETTERS Enter the life and times of the early church, the conversion of Paul, the conviction of Peter, and the hardships that followed. Let the power of the Holy Spirit astound you as you witness the miracles, signs, and wonders that were prevalent throughout the known world. Bring a journal, your Bible, and a pen. Get ready to explore, and discover that we have the same access to God’s profound love expressed through the Holy Spirit! Register in The Branch Church app or at thebranchchurch.org/women Purchase the required $6 study guide when you register. The additional commentary can be purchased for $12.50, but is not required.

Vista Ridge Campus: Mondays, January 15 - April 30 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Farmers Branch Campus: Wednesdays, January 10 - April 25 9:45 - 11:30 am

Estudio Bíblico Para Mujeres Únete a nosotras en un viaje a travéz del libro de Hechos y ¡espera lo inesperado! Recibiremos un mensaje nuevo cada semana. Regístrese en: thebranchchurch.org/women

Children’s Bible Study Children’s Bible Study is offered to the children of those attending the Farmers Branch WBS. Space is limited. You MUST register your children if you want to take advantage of CBS. Registration is first-come, first-served. Register in The Branch Church app or at: thebranchchurch.org/women

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IF: Gathering

Women’s Event

Fri-Sat, February 9-10 Famers Branch Campus Friday: 6:00 - 9:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Cost: $25 per person Tens of thousands of women worldwide will participate in the IF: Gathering on February 9-10, 2018, via a livestream from a sold out event in Austin. With a variety of cultures and denominations represented, these women hold one thing in common: They want to live like God is real. The IF: Gathering provides space for women to wrestle with essential questions of faith, to dream, and to connect during a two-day gathering. *Lunch provided on Saturday, snacks the rest of the time. Learn more and register at: thebranchchurch.org/events

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Men’s Softball Spring 2018 - Monday Nights The Fields at Carrollton Parkway (1401 Carrollton Pkwy) Cost: $40 per player Join a team of other men from The Branch in a community softball league! •

For men ages 14 and up

The league lasts seven weeks with a tournament in the eighth week (knockout style tournament)

Games are played Monday nights at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, and 9:00 pm on two fields and run 50 minutes. Questions? Contact the team manager, Chase Pope: cpope@digitalrealty.com or 214-205-6441 Register in the app or at: thebranchchurch.org/softball

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ORIENTATION Interested in learning more about The Branch Church? Do you have questions about what we do and what we believe at The Branch Church? Are you ready to take the next step, become a member, and get more involved? We want everyone who attends The Branch Church to engage in the activities we do together, and also to commit and submit to this body of believers. This is how we CONNECT, GROW, SERVE, and GO together! Whether you have attended for a short time, or have been here for years, make it official! Join us for The Branch Orientation. Upcoming dates:

• January 28 (10:45 am Farmers Branch Campus, 12:30 pm Vista Ridge Campus) 5

RSVP at thebranchchurch.org/tbo and let us know you’re coming. We look forward to having you!


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This January we are excited to partner with Soles4Souls and help provide winter coats again!

Every 10 check-ins will help provide a coat to someone in need. Soles4Souls collects and ships gently used winter coats to those who need it the most. There are 50 million Americans living in poverty today and many of them will need a warm coat this winter. Over 85% of all clothing in the United States ends up in landfills instead of being recycled. By sharing gently used clothing with people in need, Soles4Souls not only serves others, but also helps protect the environment. If you want to learn more about Soles4Souls, you can check them out at: soles4souls.org/our-impact/ The hashtag this month is #keepwarm. Thanks for checking in this month to spread warmth!

How it works: We make a donation to a Kingdom-building cause every time our community checks in on Facebook. It’s a great way to tell your friends about The Branch Church, and do some good in the process. If you need some help checking in on Facebook, just ask any of our staff members and we’ll show you how.

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Kids Branch Sunday mornings at both services Ages 3 months - 5th Grade

Kids Branch is what we do to teach kids about Jesus every weekend at The Branch Church. Our committed volunteers reinforce the values and teachings you work so hard to instill in your kids. We worship, play, and dive directly into the Bible each and every week. Your kids will grow to love engaging with God, while making great friends!

Kristan Renshaw

Brittany Moore

Farmers Branch Kids Minister

Vista Ridge Kids Minister

krenshaw@thebranchchurch.org

bmoore@thebranchchurch.org

Baptisms at the Vista Ridge Campus If you have attended the Vista Ridge Campus recently, you are aware of our current renovations and remodeling. I am extremely excited about all the changes that are coming our way. But with change comes confusion, so I wanted to take a moment to clearly explain how baptisms will take place over the next few months.

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Ultimately, our new baptistry will be located in the new, spacious lobby. In the meantime, we will be using a portable baptistry that will be filled up and heated on the first weekend of every month, beginning with the Thursday service of that weekend.

Our first weekend to do this will be February 1st and 4th, 2018. Baptism is precious and important. I want to remind you that if anyone desires to be baptized at any time other than the first weekend of the month, we would love to baptize you in the baptistry at the Farmers Branch Campus. We will also be willing and ready to baptize people in hot tubs, swimming pools, bath tubs, lakes, creeks, and any other suitable body of water (You give me a kiddie pool and I will dunk that believer!).

One more thing: If you ever get to witness a baptism of someone who is even barely related to The Branch Church, would you please use your smartphone to make a video of the experience? Videos of baptisms can be powerful testimonies that bolster faith. Please send us that video and we might be able to use it to spread the Good News. If you have any questions about baptism and our plans to accommodate them during our building project, please let me know.

Ryan Rainey Pastor, The Branch Church Vista Ridge Campus rrainey@thebranchchurch.org


The Branch Student Body is our ministry to 6th - 12th grade students. This is an important time of transition into maturity in Christ, and we encourage all of our students to attend and serve in our weekend services with their families. We have several ways for students to connect including weekly gatherings, occasional activities, and special events like Branch Camp, retreats, and overnighters!

STUDENT BODY SMALL GROUPS Farmers Branch

Vista Ridge

High School • Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Middle School • Sundays at 9:00 am or Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

High School • Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Middle School • Sundays at 9:15 am

The primary way The Branch Student Body meets is in weekly Small Groups, where students grow closer to God, their peers, and their leaders. This is critical to their development as followers of Christ.

**Weekly schedules and locations are subject to change. Contact Josh or Kyle for the latest updates and details.**

Kyle Poff

Josh Brake

Student Minister Vista Ridge Campus

Student Minister Farmers Branch Campus

kpoff@thebranchchurch.org

jbrake@thebranchchurch.org

Student Body Bowl Saturday, February 3 Vista Ridge Campus 2:00 - 6:00 pm Cost: FREE Participants must be currently in 6th grade or older

If you love to watch or play football, you’re invited to the Student Body Bowl! This annual event, held the weekend of the Superbowl, has become a Branch tradition. Teams comprised of middle school and high school students, NextGen Ministry volunteers, friends, and family will compete across multiple fields at the Vista Ridge Campus for the chance to be crowned champions of the Student Body Bowl. You don’t need any football experience to play, we want everyone on the field! Hut, hut! Learn more and register at: thebranchchurch.org/events

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U P D A T E VISTA RIDGE WORSHIP CENTER UPDATE Our Vista Ridge renovation project has begun. In the front of the auditorium you’ll see a temporary barrier that will allow us to still use the room while the project is ongoing. Behind the barrier, the existing stage structure, the baptistry, the changing rooms, the stairs and the projection rooms are all being removed. These will be replaced with a single level stage and an LED wall which will be used as both the main screen and the side screens. The new stage will take up less of the room which will allow the addition of about 100 seats. We anticipate this project lasting about four months. During the construction, there will be about 75 fewer seats available, so if you normally attend the 9:15 AM service, this would be a great time for you to check out our Thursday night 6:45 service, or the 11:00 AM Sunday service, both of which traditionally aren’t as full. In the Kids Branch wing, a fire control room is being added in the corner of the Kindergarten class room. This will enable us to add a sprinkler system throughout both the existing structure and the new education wing when it is built. We will still be able to use this room during the construction. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we progress through this project. We’re excited to see how this additional space will further God’s work at The Branch. A rendering of the proposed worship center renovation.

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Phase 1 Renovation

BEYOND ME UPDATE Our commitments to the Beyond Me campaign totaled $6.4M, and will be given over the next three years. This doesn’t include $2.5M of matching contributions, which then brings the total given to $8.9M. By way 1619 of reminder, we also had set aside an additional $1.25 million toward this project before the campaign began. This brings us to a little over $10.1 million overall committed to this project. As of the middle of December, $1.1M (~13%) of the total commitments have already been received. Phase 1 Renovation

Our architect (HH Architects) is currently in the process of developing the drawing package for the new children’s wing and the renovation of the existing Kids Branch space. They are working with general contractor Roger’s O’Brien during this phase of the process in order to ensure an accurate and cost effective drawing package is completed. Class 615 SF

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THIS DRAWING IS RELEASED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF BRUCE E WOODY, REGISTRATION NUMBER 14419, WHO MAINTAINS THE ORIGINAL DRAWING. THIS DRAWING IS INCOMPLETE AND MAY NOT BE USED FOR REGULATORY APPROVAL, PERMIT, OR CONSTRUCTION.

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our online form, this is not the same as setting up a recurring online gift.

COMMITMENT NEXT STEPS Below is information that addresses the mechanics of how we will manage this program for the next three years: •

The “official” commitment period started in December 2017 and runs through November 2020, but how you choose to give is completely up to you. If you are writing a check or putting cash into the offering baskets or boxes, please make sure to indicate it is for the Beyond Me program by using a giving envelope or writing it in the memo line of the check.

If you are setting up an online gift, please make sure you use the Beyond Me (VR Expand/ Develop) fund. If you are setting up a recurring online gift, you can set it up for a specified number of periods (36 months, 156 weeks, etc.) so it will stop at the end of three years.

If you completed your commitment card via

Your commitment has been loaded into Branch Connect (our online church management system) which allows us to generate a pledge statement report. The first report was mailed in late November 2017 so you could review it for accuracy.

If anything looks incorrect with your report, please contact our Executive Minister David Teutsch at dteutsch@thebranchchurch.org so he can get it corrected.

If you need information for transferring stock into the church’s brokerage account, let David know and he can give you the necessary information.

Each July, we will send an updated report which shows progress against the commitment. In addition, everything given will be reflected on your annual giving statement for income tax purposes.

ONLINE GIVING SETUP We believe the most straightforward way to handle fulfilling your commitment to Beyond Me is by setting up a recurring gift in Branch Connect as shown below. If you setup a recurring gift, you can specify the number of periods it will last (156 weeks, 36 months, etc.) and it will automatically stop at the end of the number you’ve specified. NOTE: The Branch app also has a giving option, but it is not the same system as Branch Connect. We prefer that you set up your Beyond Me recurring gifts using Branch Connect instead of the app.

1. Log in to Branch Connect Using a web browser on a computer, visit: thebranchchurch.org/connect If you haven’t created a login for Branch Connect, it’s easy! Just select “Sign Up Here” and follow the instructions.

2. Select “Give” on the left bar

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Once you’ve logged in, select Give. You may choose either the “One time gift” or “Repeating gift” option. We recommend setting the repeating gift so you can schedule when your giving will occur throughout your three-year commitment.


Small Groups thebranchchurch.org/small-groups

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~ Hebrews 10:24-25 We all need friends - people we meet with on a regular basis to hang out, talk about our lives in a biblical context, and pray. That’s a small group! Interested in joining or starting a small group in the coming year? We can help. Contact Derek or Tim and they will help connect you with an existing group or walk with you through the simple process for starting a new group.

Need Group Content? Sermon-Based Bible Studies

Tim Ketchersid

What is it? Get your group talking with these weekly guides that are meant to coincide with the sermon.

tketchersid@thebranchchurch.org

Where can I find it? You can quickly find it in The Branch Church App under the “Resources” option. OR visit thebranchchurch.org/resources

Farmers Branch Campus Minister

Derek Robinson Connections Pastor Vista Ridge Campus drobinson@thebranchchurch.org

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Young Adults Group Sundays 6:30 - 8:30 pm Vista Ridge Campus This weekly gathering is made up of young adults ages 21 - 35, single or married, and without kids. They are a community of believers who meet to grow in their faith, serve others, and bring people to Christ. If you’d like to find out more about this group, please contact one of the leaders to the right.

Nikki Teutsch

Matt Atchley

Jaxon Williams

nrteutsch@gmail.com

matchley@pfsweb.com

williamsjaxon142@gmail.com

Baby Dedication On select weekends throughout the year, we set aside a portion of our services for parents to bring their new babies before the congregation and engage in a time of prayer, dedication, and mutual commitment. Dedicating a child acknowledges God’s sovereignty not only over the child, but also over Mom and Dad. Parents present their child before God and His people, asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. Parents also come praying that their child might one day trust Jesus Christ as Savior. The Branch wants to partner with parents in raising their children to seek God, know His Word, and live a full life in Jesus Christ. Our Baby Dedication weekends are a way for us to pledge that commitment as well as celebrate the arrival of our newborns. If you would like to dedicate your child on one of these weekends, follow these steps:

1. Register Registration will allow you to select the date and service time you would prefer, along with a few other details. Register in The Branch Church app or at: thebranchchurch.org/events

2. Upload a Photo Use the link provided at registration to upload a picture of your baby. We will use this picture in the following month’s BranchOut to recognize the birth and dedication of your child.

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Family

Up dates

We Mourn With: • Randy Ingram and his family in the loss of his

father, James Murray Ingram, on December 4.

• Karen Yarbrough and her family in the loss of her

father, William Glen Morrow, on December 9.

• Martha Hargrove and her family in the loss of her

brother-in-law, Don Conrad, on December 9.

• Trent Morton and his family in the loss of his

grandfather, Jack Morton, on December 18.

We Celebrate These Baptisms: 12/31/17

Keva David Long

12/31/17

Blake Colton

12/31/17

Jillian Laub

12/31/17

Xochilt Gutierrèz

Weekend Stats - December 2017: Weekly Attendance Average: 1,922 Christmas Candlelight Attendance Total: 2,693 Weekly Giving Average: $107,986

First Service of the Weekend Thursdays Vista Ridge Campus Dinner at 6:00 pm ($5 for adults •$3 for kids) Service at 6:45 pm Gathering together on a weekly basis for worship, encouragement, teaching, and testimony makes a difference for the better in our lives. It’s our hope that offering this service on a weeknight will open new doors for reaching people. Consider making Thursday night your weekend worship service at The Branch.

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Since 1960, Youth With A Mission (YWAM) has trained and equipped well over 3.5 million people to know God personally and to make him known in all nations by taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. YWAM is a global movement that works to see people from every nation going to every nation, no matter how young or old they are. YWAM is involved in every kind of outreach and ministry you could imagine, from holding Bible studies in prisons in South America, to sharing God’s love and truth at New York’s Fashion Week, and even hiking through the Himalayan Mountains just so one isolated family in a hut could hear the gospel and receive an audio-Bible in their own language. All of YWAM’s ministries fall under three categories: •

Evangelism - because everyone has the right to hear the good news of Jesus.

Training - to equip people to use their unique calling to share the gospel and be a missionary no matter what their job or location is.

Mercy ministries - to give hope to the poor, sick, and exploited from injustices.

collaborate with other organizations to see the advancement of God’s Kingdom. Through partnership with IHOP, Wycliff, The Jesus Film and many others, the gospel is being shared more and more, and the Bible is being translated and given to all people groups. We are living in the greatest time in history when it comes to people giving their lives to Christ! People all over the world are hearing the gospel and responding with faith and a surrendered heart. This global movement of people dedicated to serving the Lord longs to hear God’s voice and respond with faith. There’s no country too dark, or heart too hard, and YWAM is willing to go anywhere God sends them to, in order to fulfill the great commission. Lifelong Branch member Jackson and his wife Savannah have been working with YWAM for the past five years in discipling and training missionaries from a YWAM base

in the US. However, in January 2018 they are moving to New Delhi, India with six other people to work as a YWAM ministry team. In India, they will learn the local language, host a house of prayer for the missionary community of multiple organizations, and work to gather and build simple house churches as people start coming to Christ. Jackson and Savannah are committed to see a move of God in India, and have no plans of coming back to America in any certain amount of time, as they have said that they’ll go until God tells them to leave. If you want to know more about what Jackson and Savannah are doing, or if you want to know how you can be involved, contact David Teutsch at: dtuetsch@thebranchchurch.org Or if you want to know more about YWAM and the opportunities they have for you or someone else, checkout: ywam.org

YWAM loves to partner with the Global Christian Network and

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thebranchchurch.org/espanol

The Branch Church en Español - Farmers Branch Campus Acompáñanos y adoremos a Dios y fortalezcamos nuestra fe en Cristo en el idioma español.

Actividades durante la Semana DOMINGOS MIERCOLES Servicio de Adoración Estudio Bíblico 10:45 AM 7:00 PM Weekly Activities SUNDAYS WEDNESDAYS Worship Service Bible Study 10:45 AM 7:00 PM ¡Nuevo Horario!

¡Nuevo Horario!

Ahora, Nuestro Servicio de Adoración los DOMINGOS es a las 10:45 AM. Gracias a todos por su valioso apoyo con el cambio de hora.

¡New Worship Time!

¡New Worship Time!

Our New Sunday Worship Service time is 10:45 AM. Thank you so much for supporting us with this change.

Luis y Schalee Sánchez lsanchez@thebranchchurch.org

Branch Cares thebranchchurch.org/cares

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress….” ~ James 1:27 Branch Cares is a ministry designed to look after, pray for, and take care of, people within our church body. The vision for this ministry is to reach out, help, and connect with:

Widows • Widowers • Single parents • Homebound • Grieving • Caregivers Ministry volunteers provide care in a variety of ways. These can include simple acts of writing cards and praying, hospital visitation, or delivering communion to the homebound or any others who are unable to attend services. If you are interested in becoming a Branch Cares ministry volunteer, or if you know of someone connected to The Branch Church who may be interested in having one of our ministry members contact them, you can fill out the Volunteer Application or Referral Form on our website, or reach out to us via the contact info below:

Farmers Branch Email: fbcares@thebranchchurch.org Vista Ridge Email: vrcares@thebranchchurch.org 17 Church Office: (972) 247-2109


WOW Valentine Luncheon Sunday, February 11 Farmers Branch Campus Family Life Center Cost: $10 per person

Christmas Luncheon Report

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Lunch

It went so well, praise God and deepest gratitude to all who worked so hard to make it happen.

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Dave Tanner

Here are just a few facts:

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Special Valentine Musical

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Valentine Bingo

The decorations, food, service, door prizes and attendance were great!

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Door Prizes

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The cooks and their helpers -- Chris and Karla Austin, and Steve and Lisa Mozingo put it on the top shelf.

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Mark and Debbie Sutherland coordinated about thirteen servers. And, we were served within fifteen minutes! Aren’t we proud of them.

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Thirteen different certificates and plaques of recognition were given out by several different ministry leaders. Among those were three eagle awards: Tom and Angie Pitts, Mark and Debbie Sutherland, and John and Brenda Green. This year’s Exodus 20:12 Award was given to Martha Hargrove.

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Jim Pratt and crew collected $1,400 from the attendees for the ticket cost.

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Numerous fantastic door prizes were donated, coupled with $400 in cash.

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Richard Brown took pictures to record this event for posterity.

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Special thanks to Linda and Paul Barner and their committee, Barbara Bonneau and Julie Bonneau, for making the whole church beautiful for our LORD’S BIRTHDAY . . . AND WE WERE ABLE TO ENJOY IT ALL MONTH!

Registration: Call/text Bro. Eddy at 972-345-1645 or eketchersid@thebranchchurch.org

Wednesday Night Potluck and

SMALL GROUP Every Wednesday starting January 10, the START UP GROUP hosts a potluck at 6:30 in the Family Life Center of the Farmers Branch Campus. The potluck is open to all groups who meet on Wednesday nights. Afterwards, all are welcome to join the Start Up Group for Bible study. This semester, January - May, we will have an in-depth study of 1 and 2 Peter. We have plenty of room for you!

Brother Eddy Ketchersid Community Minister eketchersid@thebranchchurch.org

Cell: 972-345-1645

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Featured Events Calendar Days

Dates

Event

Times

Tues

1/2

Worship Center Remodel Begins (Vista RIdge Campus)

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Sat

1/6

Dynamic Marriage Begins (Vista RIdge Campus)

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Wed

1/10

Women’s Bible Study Begins (Farmers Branch Campus)

9:45 - 11:30 am

Sat

1/13

Men’s Life Bible Study Begins (Farmers Branch Campus)

7:30 am

Mon

1/15

Women’s Bible Study Begins (Vista RIdge Campus)

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Sun

1/21

Vista Ridge Host Team Gathering (Vista RIdge Campus)

12:30 - 2:30 pm

Fri

1/26

Princess Ball (Farmers Branch Campus)

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Sun

1/28

The Branch Orientation (Both Campuses)

Farmers Branch 10:45 am

Portable Baptistry (Vista Ridge Campus)

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Thurs-Sun

2/1-4

Vista Ridge 12:30 pm

Sat

2/3

Celebrate Recovery Sponsor Training (Vista Ridge Campus)

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sat

2/3

Student Body Bowl (Vista Ridge Campus)

2:00 - 6:00 pm

2/9-10

IF Gathering (Farmers Branch Campus)

2 days

2/11

WOW Valentine Luncheon

12:30 pm

Fri-Sat Sun Thurs-Sun

3/1-4

Portable Baptistry (Vista Ridge Campus)

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Sat

3/10

Sack Spring Break Hunger (Both Campuses)

9:30 - 11:30 am

Sun

3/11

Daylight Saving Time Begins

2:00 am

Weekly Events Calendar Day

Time

Event (Location)

Start/End Date

Sun

Early Service

Student Body MS Small Groups

Mon

6:30 pm

Women’s Bible Study (Vista Ridge)

Tues

7:00 pm

Celebrate Recovery (Vista Ridge)

Wed

9:45 am

Women’s Bible Study (Farmers Branch)

Wed

7:00 pm

Student Body Small Groups (Both Campuses)

Thurs

6:45 pm

Thursday Night Church (Vista Ridge Campus)

Sat

7:30 am

Men’s Life Bible Study (Farmers Branch Campus)

(Both Campuses)

Office: 972-247-2109

thebranchchurch.org

*Begins January 14

*Begins January 10

*Begins January 13

Email: info@thebranchchurch.org

Farmers Branch Campus

Vista Ridge Campus

3035 Valley View Lane Farmers Branch, TX 75234

3601 Huffines Boulevard Carrollton, TX 75010

Sundays: 9:00 & 10:45 am

Thursdays: 6:45 pm Sundays: 9:15 & 11:00 am

BranchOut January 2018  
BranchOut January 2018  

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