Archive for December, 2013

Christmas at Brazos Pointe!

(formerly known as Christmas Eve-Eve)

Twelve years ago we created a Brazos Pointe custom by taking the traditional Christmas Eve service and celebrating it a day early – on the 23rd – so we could all spend Christmas Eve with our families. We called it Christmas Eve-Eve. It’s become a community event.

This year we’re changing the name but preserving the purpose behind it. Sunday and Monday evenings, at 5:00 and 6:45, we will celebrate Christmas at Brazos Pointe for the first time in our new home. The new name sounded better than having two names: Christmas Eve-Eve and Christmas Eve-Eve-Eve.

This year’s theme is “Breaking the Silence.” Baby Jesus’s first cry on the night he was born broke more than the silence of a quiet Bethlehem night. His coming to earth to live as a man broke 400 years of silence since the people had heard a fresh word from God.

God broke the silence to tell a lost world how much He loves them. That’s a message that needs to be shared with our friends and family who have yet to meet Jesus. They need to understand the real meaning of Christmas. Ask them to join you for one of the four services and pray with me that God will prepare room in their hearts to receive Him.

Live Bold,

Greg

Important Decisions This Sunday

We vote on very few things at Brazos Pointe, but this Sunday we have the opportunity to make several decisions about our future, the most ever on one ballot. You will see a ballot insert in Sunday’s program asking you to affirm our 2014 Budget, new Advisory Team members, the sale of our old facilities, and a gift to our Galveston campus.

Plenty of consideration has been given to the 2014 Budget. I’d like to direct your attention now to the rest of the items you’re being asked to decide upon.

Our ADVISORY TEAM consists of seven men & women – Trish Davidson, Jackie Fuller, Matt Hiatt, Fonda Hundl, Kevin Johnson, Jimmie Lapier and John Rodriguez. They oversee our financial decisions and operations, and serve as an accountability council to our Leadership Team. As we send a huge thanks to Fonda Hundl and Kevin Johnson who rotate off the Advisory Team this month after completing their five year rotation, I’d like  to present the two folks our Leadership Team has nominated to replace them – Debbie Erskine and Joe Flack.

Debbie and her husband Steve have lived in Lake Jackson since 1994, with a tour of West Virginia, courtesy of Dow Chemical, from 2001 until 2005. Debbie is an accountant for Detail Products. The Erskines were on the BPF launch team in 2001 and have led a Small Group in their home for several years. Debbie is also BPF’s Greeter Coordinator. She and Steve have three children, Laura, Peter and Micaela. Laura and her husband, Justin, live in Cypress and have a little boy of their own and are expecting a little girl this month! Peter works for National Instruments in Austin and is engaged to marry Monica in May.  Micaela is a senior at Texas A&M, scheduled to graduate in May.

Joe and his family moved to Brazoria County in 1999 when they were transferred with BASF from Asheville, NC.  Joe and his wife Tami live in Clute. They were also part of the team that launched BPF 12 years ago. The Flacks have hosted and led both student and adult small groups, and traveled to Cambodia on a mission trip. Joe serves as a Greeter, at the Next Step Center, and as the facilitator for Discovering Financial Peace.  He is an Engineer at BASF and currently is the Logistics Center Manager for the Polyamides business at the Freeport Site.  Joe and Tami have two adult children, Jessica and Tyler. Jessica is married to Jason, and Tyler is soon to be married to Chelsea!

The final two items you’ll be asked to decide upon Sunday have to do with the disposal of property.  We’ll be asking you to authorize our Executive Pastor, Kirk Willson, to place our properties on Dixie Drive in Clute and Plantation Drive in Lake Jackson up for sale. Proceeds will be used toward debt retirement on our new campus.  This has been the stated plan for some time now, but our constitution requires congregational approval.

€You will also be asked to authorize our Galveston Campus – Coastal Community Church, under the leadership of Pastor Aaron Sanders – to become an independent church on January 1, 2014 and give the property/facilities at 426 Winnie, Galveston, TX to them. You’ll remember this is the property the former University Baptist Church of Galveston deeded to Brazos Pointe Fellowship when we sent a team to replant that church as a second BPF campus.

A Bold BPF Budget for 2014

On December 15th we will be asking our members to approve BPF’s 2014 Budget (along with a few other things*). This Sunday morning the 8th you’ll have a chance to ask questions after each of the worship services. I wanted to share with you some insight about the items in it as well as the purposes for them.

2014 represents the start of a new era for our church as we give thanks for the realized dream of having a permanent home and look ahead to new opportunities to build God’s Kingdom both locally and globally. The 2014 Budget represents our first step into this new era.

Our annual budget is structured around the five purposes of the church we explored this past fall in the What On Earth Am I Here For? Spiritual Growth campaign. True to our vision of being a church for the unchurched, you’ll see a priority placed on evangelism.

The most significant budget changes for 2014 are additional or higher costs related to our new campus, including utilities, insurance, traffic cop fees, and debt service. We will receive some relief from debt service when we sell our two properties on Plantation Drive and Dixie Drive. The personnel increases are mainly because we have 12 months of some personnel that were moved from part-time to full-time or hired mid-way through the past year.

Our 2014 Budget proposal with its 15% increase over last year’s budget is a bold step forward.  Considering the fact your financial support this year puts us on track to exceed our budget for the third year in a row, the increases appear to be both reasonable and manageable.

Copies of the 2014 Budget are available weekdays in our office and on weekends at the Next Step Center. If you have questions, please take advantage of the Q&A sessions that will follow each worship service this Sunday December 8th. Then once you are satisfied this is a budget you are willing to support, please vote to approve it on Sunday, December 15th.

Live Bold,

Greg

* We will vote on a few other items December 15th as well, including:

  • €Approving Joe Flack & Debbie Erskine to serve a 5 year rotation on the Advisory Team. I’ll profile them in next week’s Pointer. They will replace Kevin Johnson and Fonda Hundl who will be rotating off the Advisory Team December 31st.
  • €Authorizing our Executive Pastor to place our properties up for sale on Dixie Drive in Clute and Plantation Drive in Lake Jackson.
  • €Authorize our Galveston Campus – Coastal Community Church, under the leadership of Pastor Aaron Sanders – to become an independent church on January 1, 2014 and give the property/facilities at 426 Winnie, Galveston, TX to them. You’ll remember this is the property the former University Baptist Church of Galveston deeded to Brazos Pointe Fellowship when we sent a team to replant that church as a second BPF campus.