Refreshed & Renewed

   Good afternoon family!  Well, it seems like its been a while since my last blog, April 19th to be exact.  So yes, that is a rather long time.  However, I do want to communicate on the front-end that the past 12-13 days have really been a time of refreshment and renewal — for me personally and for my family.  Many thanks to all of you who prayed, sent cards and emails, and even left messages on our home phone #.  Your kindness, thoughtfulness, and love is greatly appreciated.  Please know that I reciprocated those prayers and lifted up the many needs and requests within our family.  One day especially, as we were lounging on the beach in Honolulu, I took my directory and went through it page by page.  I also recalled many who are extended family, friends, and church bodies needing prayer.  One of the miraculous things prayer does is connect us regardless of distance, space, and time.  Again, many thanks to you all!

   These first few days back in the saddle have been spent catching up on several of the ministry opportunities that we have in front of us.  How exciting!  We have several things coming up that are truly times of anointing, worship, unity, and encouragement.  So for this blog entry, on May 10, 2011, let me simply share a brief overview of some highlights.  If you want more details, be sure to visit the Bridgeway online calendar at:   www.BridgewayNC.org.  Much more detailed information can be found there. 

  • This Sunday evening, 5-15-11, at 5 pm:  “Until the Whole World Hears” monthly Worship Celebration in the Bridgeway Worship Center.  I know you already know about it — but let me really encourage you to join us right now.  It is going to be a time of worship, community, inspiration, and blessing.  God has shown Himself faithful in so many ways regarding this Vision, and He truly is bringing together church bodies and families who are seeking first the Kingdom of God.  Please be in prayer as we lead up to this weekend and be sure to join the celebration.  For specific questions contact Leslie Overby or Janet Spriggs.
  • Friday evening, 5-20-11, 6:15 pm:  “Men’s Chili & Connection Night” in the Bridgeway “Studio” Youth Ministries Room.  This is a great time to make your first visit to a Men’s event.  No matter if you’ve been coming a couple weeks or since Bridgeway’s inception — our chief goal in this group is to unite, empower, and equip men on their Christ journey, together.  So we will spend some time getting to know each other and talk about a powerful new Men’s program titled, ‘Band of Brothers.’  In fact, that is what we are called to be.  Be sure to come on out men and feel free to bring a friend, a brother, a dad, or a neighbor with you.
  • VBS 2011:  Mission to Mars.  Not too far away!  Registration Forms and Medical Release Forms are now available to print online or pick-up at church.  If you look at your calendar, you will see that we are closing in on the 5 week mark fast.  Please don’t delay in contacting Debbie Blankenship at CEDirector@BridgewayNC.org for questions, to sign up, or to volunteer.  We are planning for 40 kids, and remember, VBS remains one of the Top 2 ways that children between ages 4 and 12 come to know Jesus Christ as Lord for the very first time.  Powerful!

   More than anything else, please join me in prayer.  We really need to pray for these opportunities the Lord has brought to us to minister, to share, to extend, to keep the light shining forth.  Thank You, Lord, for Your grace and goodness!  Find us to be faithful, in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

To God be the glory!

Pastor Porter

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