Life At The Bridge 12-3-20

Perspective is a powerful thing. If Christmas has lost a bit of “magic” for you, maybe you simply need a new perspective - or maybe a really old one. Have you ever wondered what that first Christmas would have been like for those who were actually there?

The truth is, Mary...Joseph...the shepherds and the wise men weren’t much different than you and I. They would have had many of the same hopes and dreams, insecurities, fears, questions and concerns that we have. Is it possible that looking at Christmas through their eyes may give us insights to how we can see Christmas with a fresh perspective this year?

Join us for the next few weeks and keep your eyes open for a fresh perspective on this ancient celebration. To get a sneak peek for this Sunday you can read  Luke 1:26-35 and 45-55, and Luke 2:8-20. Take some time to read these passages, then meditate on what it might have been like to be in their sandals.

LifeBridge Church is NOT CLOSED! Gathering together is scriptural and vital. Gathering in hundreds for a program is not. It sure is nice and when circumstances allow, we love to do that. But in the New Testament, we see the believers meeting together in the temple courts and in their homes, breaking bread, praying and worshiping together with glad and sincere hearts. And the Lord added to their number DAILY those who were being saved. The church actually grew and thrived the most before Jesus’ followers had worship services like what we enjoy today.

We can do this! Even though our services are virtual for two more weeks (12/06 and 12/13) this is time for the people of God to step into a new level of personal responsibility for our faith and meet with other believers and INVITE unbelievers to meet in safer settings to worship and explore our faith together. Let’s get creative and take the initiative to continue reaching people for Jesus.

We understand this separation can make things difficult. If you have questions, are feeling lonely or disconnected, or need anything during this time, please reply to this email or call the church office (269-364-8456). We will also have a few people here at the church on Sundays at 9 and 11am. If you need someone to talk or pray with, please stop in. We are here to serve you.

Scroll down for links to find our services online this Sunday.

Eight O’ Clock Encounter: Prayer is the engine behind the power and passion of a church that is on fire. We will NOT be pausing our weekly Saturday morning prayer meeting. Please plan to wear a face covering and distance, but we will meet at the church at 8am Saturday morning to do the important work of seeking God through these uncertain times.

Thank you Lifers!  LifeBridge partners donated 124 fun-filled shoeboxes to spread the gospel to children across the globe.  In addition to that, our volunteers worked a total of 46 hours to collect and transport a total of 342 shoeboxes from the community to the central drop off location in Kalamazoo.  These were added to the Kalamazoo area team total of 27,440 shoeboxes!  What a blessing to be a part of such an inspiring project!  Thank you all for your generosity!  

SERVE SoHa Update: We also had two Family Life Groups (Roose’s Sun eve and Milan Sr’s Tues eve) take on a mission project. They bought 8 sleeping bags and filled 6 backpacks to be given to the SH police dept. to share with the homeless they come into contact with. Scroll down to see pictures of the backpacks. Great job Lifers!!  #wearefamily
Sundays Worship info:

9:01and 11:01am - Worship Experience live streamed or on demand (any time) on Facebook, Youtube and our Website.

Kids! Look for Bridge Kids LIVE at the BK Facebook page.

Please email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. 

Feel free to check in by filling out a connection card any time. Let us know how you are doing and if there is any way we can serve you.

Last week I mentioned in a “letter from Pastor Milan” that the work we need to be doing is “winter” kind of work. It is work that happens behind the scenes and below the surface. In the next few days you will be hearing more about what that means for us as an organization. BUT, even more importantly is that we are doing this kind of work as individuals, followers of Jesus Christ. I challenge you during this season to see this as a time to reinforce your own faith. The world is looking for strong people right now and the people of God must shine with unshakable confidence about who we are and whose we are. First15 is one tool I can recommend to you. If you do not currently have a daily devotional tool, I STRONGLY advise you to make a daily time of study, worship and prayer a priority. First15 is a great guide to help you spend some quality time with God each day.

Backpacks for homeless: