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PASTOR In case you haven’t been paying attention, it’s already April! Spring Break is behind us and all of the students have began counting down the days until Summer Vacation! But wait! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves and begin making Summer plans, we can’t forget that Easter is nearly here. Of all the Holidays on our Calendar, Easter is the one day that should cause us all to stop and give thanks to God. Without the incredible sacrifice and gesture of love He displayed for us by sending His Son, Jesus, to the cross for our sins, our lives would be completely different. It was through this act of love, and Jesus’ miraculous raising from the dead

Here are some things that we think are imperative to your journey here, as you explore what The Bridge has to offer you and your family.

that we are here today with a reason to joyfully worship together. It was through this sacrifice and eternal promise of life with our Savior that enables us to unite together as one Church body and praise!

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spiritually, and Serving others are key ingredients to arriving

mobile app, “MyBridge.” You can get details on much more!

what Jesus did on the cross! Take it a step further and invite how Connecting to God and other Christians, Growing

magazine, on our website, or through our all upcoming events, sign up for classes, and

This month, let me challenge you to tell somebody about them with you to church this month. We will be exploring

Need information? You can find it all in this

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Stop by Starting Point after the service. Here you will find someone from our church who would like to meet you and answer any questions you may have about our church.

where God wants us to be. It’s going to be a great month! Don’t miss a moment of it. I love being your Pastor,

Jim & Linda McNabb

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In a large church, the key to making friends and having community is joining a small group. We know you’re busy, so we offer small groups on Sundays at 9:30 and 10:45AM to make the most of your time here.

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We feel our student’s and kid’s experiences are some of the best around, so make sure your kids don’t miss out on the amazing things we have going on for them.


Come join us for a night of celebration as we welcome new lives into the world and new lives into Christ through baby dedications and water baptisms. Being a community of believers, this is a night we should not want to miss.

If you have recently given your heart to the Lord or have rededicated your life and want to be water baptized, there is a class we would like for you to attend. So stop by our website, open our mobile app, or visit a kiosk out in the lobby and sign up for a class.

If you have a baby you would like to have dedicated, you can go online or open our mobile app to get signed up. We just need some basic information about your child and a photo we can use at Family Night.

You must be signed up for Family Night by April 13 to participate. So sign up today!


“HELPING YOU GET TO THE OTHER SIDE!” If you have been attending The Bridge for some time now, you have certainly heard this statement! For those of you who are new to The Bridge, get ready, you will undoubtedly become very familiar with this statement too. However, despite our familiarity with the phrase, we often fail to give a whole lot of thought to what it means and how it applies to our lives and those we encounter each day. With Easter just around the corner, we thought that it would be appropriate to explore this topic a little further. Pastor McNabb will be leading us through a series that will not only re-emphasize what our Church’s mission is, but also break it down into three simple steps that we can follow to ensure that each of us and our families are able to reach “the other side” in our relationships with Christ. So lets get down to the basics!

What

exactly is the “other side,” and why is it so important to reach? Every Sunday morning something incredible happens. From all across our community, people wake up, gather their families, load up in their cars, trucks, minivans and drive to our church to attend one of our services. Each person and each family have their own story. They have their own victories. They have their own defeats. They come with their own stresses. They come with their own sins. Some have addictions. Some have financial burdens. Some even come with lifelong regrets. Many have served Christ their entire life. Others don’t know the first thing about Jesus. Some know all of the hymns and some don’t even own a Bible. The point is, we are an incredibly diverse congregation. Yet, we all have one thing in common. We each are coming to church looking for


answers, guidance, encouragement and purpose. Many of us

way of life is not working, and it has become painfully clear

are seeking ways to overcome obstacles so that they can regain

that we are in desperate need of change. It is in this moment

control of our life. Some of us are simply seeking a way that

that we must choose to grow. We believe that Growing People

we can use our talents to serve God more.

Change. Many of us find that the reason our lives are not where we want them is because we have forgotten a basic

The beauty of all of this is, the answers we’re seeking, regarding

principle: we must daily choose to nurture our relationship

these issues, come from a greater understanding of and

with God so that we can grow spiritually strong. It is through

commitment to Jesus Christ. For all of us, no matter where you

this commitment to spiritual growth that we are able to arrive

currently find yourself, Jesus Christ is the center of our “other

safely on the other side. This is why the involvement of you

side.” While each of our needs may be different, our answers

and your family in our weekly Growth Groups and Wednesday

are always found through the deepening of our relationship

Night ministries are crucial to your spiritual growth and will

with Christ. With that in mind, our goal as a church is simply

help you get to the other side.

to help you, your family, and your friends reach the other side of whatever you may be facing by re-establishing Christ as the

SERVING

center of your life. Our desire for you is that the deepening of

Connecting and growing are important in helping us discover

your faith in Jesus can become a reality for your life.

where we need to go and getting us ready to get there, and serving is often the vehicle used to transport us there. As

Establishing Christ as the center of your life is made possible

Christians, we are all responsible for being ministers and

through 3 strategic steps that you can take by engaging fully in

distributers of God’s word. When you study the word “ministry,”

the ministries offered here at The Bridge. When you and your

you discover that at the core of its meaning is this idea of

family choose to Connect, Grow, and Serve here at the church,

serving. In scripture, we are reminded that even Jesus made

we know you will begin to discover the pathway to finding

it His mission to serve (Matthew 20:28). Jesus understood that

your “other side.” Here’s how it works.

by serving, ministry was being fulfilled. When we choose to

CONNECTING

fully embrace what it means to be a Christian, we are agreeing to a life of service and ministry to others. It is through a life

The idea of connecting is simple. None of us want to go through

of service and recognizing the value of those we are serving,

life alone. It is never clearer that we can’t do life alone then

that we are able to truly reach the place that God wants us to

when we are trying to navigate or overcome obstacles on our

be. The bottom line is, Saved People, Serve People. We believe

own. Undoubtedly, God desires for us to be connected to Him

that your decision to serve in one of the many ministries at

in a daily relationship, but He also intended for us to connect

The Bridge, will help you get to where God wants you.

with other Christians, who will to stand with and encourage us along the way. (Hebrews 10:24-25). You need the relationships

As Christians, when we choose to connect to God and other

that you build here at The Bridge. These are the friends,

Christians, commit to grow spiritually, and embrace the idea of

leaders, and mentors that God has placed in your life to help

serving, we not only put our own lives on track to get to where

you get to the other side. Simply, we believe that Connected

God desires, but we also put ourselves in the position to impact

People Do Life Together. This is why we have developed many

the people around us and in our community in a powerful way.

opportunities for you and your family to connect with other

This seems a lot like the overall plan that Jesus called us all to

believers. From services and small groups to church events, we

in Matthew 28:19 when he told us to, “Go therefore and make

want you to get connected!

disciples of all the nations.” So join us!

GROWING As important as connecting is for you and your family, we can’t forget about the equally important need to grow. The only way that you will reach the heights that God desires for you is by placing yourself in a position and environment to grow. Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying, ”if you aren’t growing, then your dying.” Many of us find that our current

Connect: Connected People Do Life Together Grow: Growing People Change Serve: Saved People, Serve People.


GET CONNECTED

We believe it is vital that everyone who comes through our doors feels welcomed, connected with God, and connected with great people to do life with! So here we have a ton of avenues available for you to be a part of: small groups, special events, volunteer teams and more. We want to create ample opportunities for you to build incredibly fun, healthy friendships as well as help you flourish in your relationship with God! Your life is valuable! Get yourself connected today!

SMALL GROUPS SUNDAY’S AT 9:30AM “Bait of Satan” Join us as we expose one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God-offense. Ages: 30’s thru 50’s Leader: Kenny McGee Room: 201

“Not a Fan” Are you a follower of Jesus? Don’t answer too quickly. Join us as we study what it means to become a completely committed follower of Jesus Ages: 30’s thru 50’s Leader: Roy Peck Room: 203

“The United Monarchy of Israel”

“Book of Revelation”

Join us as we study the life of Saul, David, and Solomon. Ages: 40’s thru 60’s Leader: Kathleen Wilcoxson Room: 105

This is a verse-by-verse walk through and discussion on the book of Revelation Ages: All Ages Leader: Rob McClure Room: 105

“Psalms”

WEDNESDAY’S AT 7:15PM

We are taking an in depth look into the Psalms and discovering what they mean for us today. Ages: 50’s and up Leader: Kenneth McGee Room: 100

“The First Five Books” We are looking at and discussing the first five books of the Bible. Ages: 50’s and up Leader: Ken Isom Room: Chapel

“What the Bible Says About Today’s Headlines”

SUNDAY’S AT 10:45AM

This study will help us think Biblically about the hot topics that we read and hear about daily, e.g., war, immigration, gay marriage. Ages: 40’s thru 60’s Leader: Elaine Arnold Room: 104

“How to Ruin Your Life By Thirty”

“America’s Godly Heritage”

“Multiply”

Join us as we look at what was intended for America by the founders and what can be done to return America to its original guiding philosophy. Ages: 40’s thru 60’s Leader: Ed Damron Room: 202

We were all called to make disciples. Whether it is our children, friends, or co-workers, God has called us to make disciples. We will walk through this book and find out how! Ages: Young Marrieds Leader: Ryan Summers Room: 205

Join us for this discussion based small group designed for young adults aged 18-25. Ages: Young Adults Leader: Doug & Brittanie Wyatt Room: 204

Foundations of Freedom Come join us on a journey to become the person God has created you to be. Ages: All Ages Leader: Linda M. & Terry W. Room: 202

our mobile app, or out at the information center. This class is a requirement for membership.

Baptism Classes April 13 9:30AM, 10:45AM, & 5:00PM in Rm200 If you have recently given your heart to the Lord and want to be water baptized, there is a class we would like for you to attend. So stop by our website, open our mobile app, or visit the information center to sign up.

HOPE & HEALING NEXT STEPS HIS 24/7 Bible Discipleship Sundays at 10:45AM Come discover the basic spiritual disciplines to help you grow in your relationship with God. ie. how to use and study the Bible, pray, and witness. Ages: All Ages Leader: Louis Rose & Ken Isom Room: 100

Corporate Prayer Sundays at 6:00PM Tuesdays at 9:00AM Join us in the Chapel every week for a time of prayer.

Membership Classes April 6 & 13 9:30 & 10:45AM in Rm102 Have you been attending The Bridge for a while, and are looking for the next step? Maybe its time for you to become a member of The Bridge. Membership Class is designed for 16 year olds and up. Sign up online, through

Divorce Care Wednesdays at 7:15PM Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. The journey is not easy, so come walk with us. Leader: Donny Hilbern Room: 104

Living Free Addiction Recovery Wednesdays at 7:15PM Come and let us help you on the road to overcoming addictions and breaking free from life controlling issues. Leader: Ken Isom Room: End Zone

WOMEN Zumba Mondays at 6:30PM Join us in the Bridge Kids Auditorium and get your exercise on.


“Gideon” Bible Study Tuesdays at 9:30AM Join us as we take an in depth look and discover the pages of Deuteronomy. Leader: Carole Harrell Room: 202

“Marriage” MOM’s Class Tuesdays at 9:30AM Come spend some time with the ladies, while we take care of your kids. Our current topic is the difference between men & women. Leader: Kathy McGee Room: 104

Women’s Conference April 25 7:00PM in Auditorium

Road Trip May 2 San Antonio, TX We would like to invite all senior adults to join us on a trip to San Antonio, Tx. We will leave the church at 7:00AM for our 3-Day trip where we plan to stop at the LBJ Ranch, SAS Shoes, Mission of San Antonio, San Fernando Cathedral, River Walk, John Hagee’s church, Mi Terra’s for lunch and various other places. Cost is $150. You can get signed up out in the lobby, through our mobile app, or on our website.

KIDS Bridge Kids Sundays at 8:15/9:30/10:45AM

Sunday Small Groups Sundays at 10:45AM Get connected in a weekly small group! This is a great way to learn more on specific topics throughout the Bible. 6th-7th Grade: Room 203 8th-11th Grade: Room 201 12th Grade: Room 204

Family Groups Mondays at 7:00PM Family Groups provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for students to discuss relevant and practical topics under the guidance of Bridge Students’ adult leaders. More information on the different locations can be found at thebridgeag.org/ students

We want all ladies to make plans to join us for our Women’s Conference. This is always an awesome time of powerful Praise & Worship, life impacting messages, and a lot of fun just hanging out with the girls! The cost is $25 so stop by our booth out in the lobby.

Join us for exciting worship, fun games, and Biblical lessons every week!

Good Friday Experience April 18 7:00PM in Bridge Students

Boys & Girls Clubs Wednesdays at 7:15PM

Join us April 18th at Bridge Students from 7:00PM to 8:30PM for a night of worship, prayer, and reflection.

SENIOR ADULTS

BGMC Dinner April 30 6:00PM in The Venue

Primetime Tuesdays at 9:30AM Join us for Bible teaching and a variety of activities & events to energize the soul. Leader: Ken Isom Room: RM105

Pizza & Movie Night April 18 6:30PM in The Venue We would like for all senior adults to come and join us for a Movie & Pizza night. All you have to do is bring a salad or dessert. This is always an awesome time of fellowship with other seniors from The Bridge.

We offer fun filled programs every week for boys (Royal Rangers) and girls (mPact) that help them grow with God.

Join us for a great dinner, time of fellowship, and support missions in the process!

Baby Dedications April 27 6:30PM at Family Night If you have a baby you would like to have dedicated, you can go online or open our mobile app to get signed up. You must be signed up by April 13 to participate.

STUDENTS Bridge Students Wednesdays at 7:15PM Join us for our weekly worship experience in the Bridge Students building.

Summer Parent Meeting May 4 9:30AM/10:45AM/6:30 PM Room 102 We would like to invite all parents to join us for one of our meetings in room 102 of the small groups building. We will be discussing all of the upcoming summer events and also be giving away a free youth camp to one student who’s parent attends this meeting.

YOUNG ADULT Friday Gathering Fridays at 7:00PM Come enjoy food, fun, and discussion with other young adults. Contact Doug for more info at (405) 204.4569 Leader: Doug & Brittanie Wyatt

SERVE Choir The adult choir is looking for additional singers as we begin the new year. If you’re between the ages of 16 and ?? we’d like to talk to you about singing with us each Sunday morning during the 3rd worship experience. Rehearsals are Sundays at 5:00pm. You don’t have to read music, but you do need to attend a get-acquainted interview with Pastor Rex. Just go online and sign-up. thebridgeag.org/serve

Production Team We are looking to expand. The production team plays a key role in making our worship experiences happen here and online. All you have to have is a willingness to learn and be a part of an awesome team, and we will teach you eveything you need to know to be successful. From camera operators to stage hands to computer operators, just go online and sign-up. thebridgeag.org/serve

Prison Ministry Team We are looking for men to help us with our prison ministry. We are in need of drivers to help us transport inmates. You can get signed up through our mobile app or online at thebridgeag.org/serve

For more information on all these events and more just go to our website www.thebridgeag.org


But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: Whil we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV IT’S EASTER SEASON, and everything’s opening up—the cherry

blossoms and the dogwoods and the redbuds. The birds are back in town, and the flowers also got dressed up all pretty for Easter.

Let me let you in a little secret: Whatever Easter is besides a clever marketing ploy for chocolate companies and basket weavers, it’s

not all clean and pretty and neat. It’s really about drunks and liars and thieves and all of us in the same house, looking out the

windows into oblivion, and the only hope we’ve got in the world is Jesus Christ.

Maybe you’re no liar or thief or drunkard, but maybe you’ve got

broken down places in your heart, and that’s exactly what Easter is about. It’s about Jesus Christ who was no liar and no thief, and He got what we deserved, so we could be free. The same power of

God that brought you Easter Sunday and resurrections can bring you out of your own specific grave, whatever grave you may be in.

What is (or was) your “grave?” Celebrate your spiritual resurrection with Christ this Easter.


WEEKLY SCHEDULE Traditional Worship Experience Sundays at 8:15AM

This experience offers a variety of hymns and sacred songs.

Modern Worship Experience Sundays at 9:30AM

This experience has a more laid back atmosphere & guitar driven worship.

Blended Worship Experience Sundays at 10:45AM

This experience includes upbeat worship with a choir and orchestra.

PM Worship Experience Sundays at 6:30PM

During this experience we come together as a whole to worship.

Have you been attending The Bridge for a while, and are looking for the next step? Maybe its time for you to become a member of The Bridge. So what does that mean?

Hispanic Worship Experience

Membership at The Bridge involves serving, giving and participating in Biblical community. In our membership class, you’ll learn the vision and values of The Bridge. At the end of the class you’ll have an opportunity to become a member of The Bridge.

Wed. Traditional Worship Experience

Membership Class is designed for 16 year olds and up. Sign up online, through our mobile app, or at one of the information center kiosks out in the lobby. This class is a requirement for membership. thebridgeag.org/membership

Sundays at 10:30AM

This experience takes place in The Connection building and includes Spanish Worship and a message in Spanish from Pastor Kenny Garcia . Children and Youth can take part in what is happening on our main campus.

Wednesdays at 7:15PM

This experience offers a variety of hymns and messages from Kenneth McGee.

Drive Worship Experience Wednesdays at 7:30PM

This experience has a more laid back atmosphere & messages from Rob McClure.

Wed. Hispanic Worship Experience Wednesdays at 7:30PM

This experience takes place in The Connection building and includes Spanish Worship and a message in Spanish from Pastor Kenny Garcia

Our trained nursery staff is available during all worship experiences. For a full list of other opportunities, please check out the “Get Connected” section of Pulse.



Pulse | April 2014