Welcome to the E-pistle -- your weekly news update from Brentwood Christian Church.
View this email in your browser
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Instagram
YouTube
Website
Email
417-881-0144
brentwoodchristianchurch@gmail.com

This Sunday at Brentwood

Series concludes this morning with sermon on the Song of Solomon 
10am Worship Livestream

Sunday morning worship at 10:00 a.m.
We encourage everyone to read the community guidelines for indoor worship at Brentwood so you’ll know what to expect.

Baby Shower for the Lindseys (immediately after worship)
Two of our deacons, Tina and Ryan Lindsey, are expecting their first baby in October and we will be having a little shower for them after church on the front lawn on Sunday, August 29. Details below ⬇️ 

Middle School Swim Party
All middlers in grades 5-8 are invited to a swim party at the home of the Goodes’ today, August 29 from 11:30-1:30. Pizza will be served! Contact Pastor Sarah for details. 

Youth Sunday School
Our youth Sunday school class will meet at 9:15 a.m. They will meet outside and masked.

Baby Shower!

It's been a long time since we have truly been able to celebrate together and what better way to start than by celebrating the coming birth of a new baby! Two of our deacons, Tina and Ryan Lindsey, are expecting their first baby in October and we will be having a little shower for them after church on the front lawn on Sunday, August 29. Their gift registry can be found at https://www.babylist.com/baby-tina-lindsey (the gifts will be sent directly to their home when you order from that site, so everything will be Covid-safe). Be thinking of some traditions or friendly advice to offer the new parents when we gather to celebrate on August 29!

New Sermon Series

Brentwood’s new sermon series and accompanying Bible Study — beginning Sept. 5th — is inspired by insights from John Dominic Crossan’s book, “How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation.”

In this book (which we'll explore through this series), Crossan “grapples with Scripture’s two conflicting visions of Jesus and God, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way that enriches their faith.

Many portions of the New Testament, introduce a compassionate Jesus who turns the other cheek, loves his enemies, and shows grace to all. But the Jesus we find in Revelation and some portions of the Gospels leads an army of angels bent on earthly destruction. Which is the true revelation of the Messiah—and how can both be in the same Bible?

How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian explores this question and offers guidance for the faithful conflicted over which version of the Lord to worship. John Dominic Crossan reconciles these contrasting views, revealing how different writers of the books of the Bible not only possessed different visions of God but also different purposes for writing. Often these books are explicitly competing against another, opposing vision of God from the Bible itself.

Crossan explains how to navigate this debate and offers what he believes is the best central thread to what the Bible is all about. He challenges Christians to fully participate in this dialogue, thereby shaping their faith by reading deeply, reflectively, and in community with others who share their uncertainty. Only then, he advises, will Christians be able to read and understand the Bible without losing their faith.”

In addition to Sunday sermons on these themes, our Wednesday evening adult Foundations group (5:30pm-7:00pm, Sept. 8 through Oct. 13) will have the chance to hear Dr. Crossan summarize the essence of this book in a series of videos and take part in discussion discussion questions facilitated by Phil.

Introducing Wednesday Evening "Foundations" (Sept. 8 - Oct. 13)

As we slowly and safely resume in-person activities, we’re pleased to announce the formation of Wednesday evening “Foundations” groups for all ages.

Foundations groups will meet on Wednesdays at various times throughout the year, as announced. The first Foundations series is scheduled for the Wednesday evenings of Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

There will be activities for three different age groups, as well as nursery care for babies and toddlers:

  • Kid's Foundations (children ages fifth grade and under)
  • Cooperative Youth Group (middle school and high school)
  • Adult Foundations (class led by Phil)

Everyone working with our children -- including staff and volunteers -- are fully vaccinated. Masking and social distancing is still required. Due to covid restrictions we won't be serving dinner. Thank you for understanding.

Save the Date!

Join us on Saturday, September 18th for the first ever Brentwood Game Day! We'll gather on the front lawn of the church to play various lawn games and have ice cream (individually wrapped and served covid safe).

Wear the colors of your favorite college team and come prepared for lots of fun and games!

(Time to be announced.)

Children & Youth Updates

Middle School Swimming Party
All middle grades, 5-8 are invited to a swim party at the home of the Goodes’ today, August 29 from 11:30-1:30. Pizza will be served!

Youth Group
Our cooperative youth group will take a one week break and resume meeting on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 on September 8. Our September 8 meeting will take place at Brentwood in the basement.

Foundations for Kids
Kids’ Club for K-5th graders is returning as part of our Wednesday evening Foundations program, running Sept. 8 - Oct. 13 from 5:30-7pm. It will be led by Nylah Rogers and volunteers, in coordination with Pastor Sarah.

Our Pastoral Team is Here For You

If you are going through a difficult time in life or have questions/concerns and would like to visit with one of our pastors, you may contact them by phone or email in order to set up a time (if it’s an emergency, using the phone to contact a pastor is best).
  • Rev. Snider: 417-881-0144; philiptsnider{at}gmail{dot}com
  • Rev. Bowen-Marler: 417-881-0144; rev.emily.bowen{at}gmail{dot}com
  • Rev. Stephenson: 417-881-0144; sarik3{at}att{dot}net
  • Rev. Bahn: 417-881-0144; bahncharles4{at}gmail{dot}com
Stewardship Update
2021 Budget Goal thru June — $155,366
General Offering thru May — $144,457
Brentwood makes a profound difference locally and globally through a variety of programs, ministries and justice initiatives that are only possible because of your generous acts of giving. Indeed, it is only through your partnership that we are able to change the world together. Click here (or on the "Donate" button) to make a safe and secure online donation. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Copyright © 2021 Brentwood Christian Church, All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp