Hello Bridge Family,
I hope you are enjoying your summer (and hopefully also keeping cool.) It has been quite fun for me as of late to watch Mark and Luke learn their “strokes” in the pool these past few weeks. They joined the Turlock Sea Dogs and are now busy (we’re busy) four evenings out of the week and all day Saturday! It has been great to spend so much time with them as they learn and grow with attempting something new.
I talk with them a lot about being courageous, remaining confident, doing their best, and allowing the results to handle themselves. I think the same is true for us at The Bridge. We need to be courageous in our outreach. We must remain confident of the good that Christ is doing through us, and always give God our very best. If we are doing these things, then we are right on track for the Kingdom. I can’t imagine how many times Saint Paul lay awake at night wondering if the work that he was about was worth the sacrifice, and if it might ever bear fruit! He did not know (and could not know) the outcome, but he didn’t concern himself with that–he found joy and meaning in “the doing.” Every day he sowed hoping and trusting that God would bring about an abundant harvest…and hope does not disappoint.
We too are doing great things at The Bridge. Rod and I have been building a 100 foot fence along the basketball court. I’m no Jesus when it comes to carpentry, but like my Christian life, it’s a work in progress. Every fence I build gets a little bit better. Every sermon I preach gets a little bit better. And every step I make takes me a little closer to the Kingdom. I really want to encourage you to do your best and be your best for Christ’s sake. God is building in you and the work, while not yet complete, will be brought to completion one day. It is very important that we not sit back and wait for its completion! We need to move in to this construction project and help work toward its finish.
Finally, (and toward that end) I want to invite you to help out at our upcoming Outreach Sunday. This coming Sunday we will talk about “Love For Christ’s Sake.” The talk will focus on sound Biblical advice for having healthy relationships, strong marriages, and dealing with difficulty, hardships, and divorce.
Like last time, we will have a BBQ following the Sunday 10am service, and then get started with a (much more) brief talk by Pastor Steve, and activities for youth. We should be done by noonish. Please make every effort to be there and to help out with activities.
Please contact Susan Taylor to offer help with activities, food, or help with other areas of need. I pray that God blesses and inspires you this week. Don’t wait to be asked, throw your hat in the ring!