Archive for October, 2011

Disaster Relief Training- October 21-22

Whenever a disaster occurs you can count on three groups showing up within days or even hours – the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and a group of guys who wear yellow caps. Those guys are the Texas Baptist Men (or Oklahoma… depending on which state they’re from). They specialize in mass meal preparation, tree removal, and mud out – which means cleaning out homes that have been flooded.

I’ve been privileged to work with them on several occasions through the years by just showing up with a chainsaw or shovel. To increase their readiness though, they’ve put more emphasis on training. I’d like to recommend that training for anyone in our Fellowship to whom this kind of ministry appeals.

There will be training for Disaster Relief next Friday evening and Saturday morning, October 21-22 at Temple Baptist Church in Clute. It’s located on Main Street across from Clute Intermediate School. Here’s the schedule:

 October 21 – Yellow Cap Orientation from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

 October 22 – Specialized Training starting at 9:00 a.m.

Specialties could include Chain Saw and Mud Out.

 Reservations are required so please RSVP to information@brazospointe.com so we can pass on to them how many they can expect from Brazos Pointe at the training. We will send out more information as it becomes available.

Live bold, Greg

Oops – when talking about our 2010-2011 attendance growth in last week’s Pick’s Pointe I got it wrong when I said “On the children’s side we averaged another 200 each week in Sonshine Park and All Stars.” The actual number was 235! And that doesn’t include any of the 150+ teens and adults who serve there each week.

2010-2011 – A Year of Growth

Each fall our BPF Leadership Team gets away for a week to review the past year’s progress and discuss the coming year’s opportunities. We try to set aside a little time to relax, but for the most part our schedule is filled with intense discussions, evaluation and prayer as we seek God’s leadership for our church’s future.

This year’s meetings were probably weightier than usual – we have some very exciting challenges before us in 2012 – but as we began our talks, it was apparent that this past year was one of solid growth in our Fellowship. We thought you would like to hear the good news.

From September 2010 through August 2011

  • We baptized 101 people, up from last year’s record 81, and the first time we’ve crossed over one hundred
  • 128 new adults and teens joined BPF (up from 109 last year and 94 the year before) with almost 40% of them unchurched or once churched.
  • Our average worship attendance broke the thousand mark for the first time as we averaged 1005 (Thanks for shifting to 8:30!)
  • On the children’s side we averaged another 200 each week in Sonshine Park and All Stars
  • On weeknights Adult Small Groups averaged almost 250 and have gotten off to a tremendous start this fall with over 500 enrolled.
  • Our Student Small Groups grew to an amazing 180 people (including leaders) in weekly attendance. That’s up from 2009-2010’s average of 129.
  • 98 people journeyed to one of our four partner countries; just nine under last year’s total. That indicates the building program has had no negative impact on missions
  • Your financial generosity continues to amaze me. We are on track to exceed our 2011 budget. And gifts to the nextSTEP now building fund remain strong

Though our fall worship attendance has been roughly the same as last year’s all the other arrows are pointing up and to the right. As we embark on our second decade, opportunities to reach the unchurched in Southern Brazoria County and around the world are greater than ever. Opportunities to Go*Serve*Love are everywhere. And the plans we believe God is putting before us in 2012 will lead us where we’ve never been before. Seriously, they’re going to blow you away.

I’ll tell you more in a few weeks. Until then,

Live bold, Greg