Archive for April, 2014

An Offering of Gratitude

Sunday morning we will collect our annual World Missions Offering.  We do this each year to express our gratitude to God for all He’s done in and through us as we seek to be a church for the unchurched.  This past year God blessed us in so many ways – the move into our new home, more folks in Small Groups than ever, a budget surplus, the launch of our Galveston campus into an independent church, the commissioning of our first career missionaries, and a host of unchurched folks stepping over the line of faith.  That’s something to be thankful for.

Let’s show our gratitude with our greatest World Missions Offering ever.  Here’s what it will accomplish.  Three fourths will go to our primary missions’ partners, the International (IMB) and North American (NAMB) Mission Boards to support thousands of missionaries planting new churches around the world – like our own Kevin & Lauren Glenn serving in Southeast Asia.

The other 25% goes to a special project each year. Our 2014 designee is the Seattle Church Planting initiative, a partnership dedicated to starting new churches in one of the most unreached corners of America. The Northwest has fewer Christians per capita than some of the developing countries where we send missions teams each year.

Last Sunday I asked you to pray about what you can give to support the spread of the Gospel around the world. Last year we had 182 BPF homes give just over $22,000 to our World Missions Offering.  We have more than 600 households in our church family.  If the rest of our fellowship joined in this offering with a gift of just $25 each we could see our World Missions Offering climb to a new level of generosity.  That’s a challenge we can meet!

Give Bold,

Greg

A Special Guest Sunday

We’re honored to have Gary Irby, Director of an alliance called Seattle Church Planting, with us this Sunday morning.  Seattle Church Planting is the special designee of our church’s 2014 World Missions Offering, an offering we collect each year to celebrate our church’s birthday.  Did you know we turned 13 last week?

Each year we highlight a special project to receive one fourth of the World Missions Offering.  More on that in a moment.  The remaining three fourths goes to our primary missions partners, the International (IMB) and North American (NAMB) Mission Boards. Just last month we commissioned our own Kevin & Lauren Glenn as IMB missionaries to Southeast Asia.  This offering will support them along with thousands of other IMB and NAMB missionaries in planting new churches around the world.

Now about the Seattle Church Planting initiative.  We began a partnership in Seattle this past January with a new church called The Hallows.  Our collaboration includes monthly financial support, but will grow to include teams traveling there to provide direct assistance.  Our interest in Seattle goes beyond helping just one church, though. Seattle, much like Houston, is ethnically diverse and growing in population and prosperity.  But there is one significant difference.  While Seattle is materially wealthy, it is spiritually impoverished.  The Northwest has fewer Christians per capita than some of the developing countries where we send missions teams each year.

Sunday morning Gary will tell us about the people in a city famous for coffee, high tech enterprise and grunge music. He’ll share a firsthand account of church planting there, and explain how our offering can make a huge impact. Our challenge will be to return the following weekend, on May 4th and give our greatest World Missions offering ever.

Live Bold,

Greg