January 10 - 15, 2023

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This Week's News

Reasons to Believe Event

Our next Reasons to Believe chapter event will be on this Fri., Jan. 13, at 7:00pm. This presentation will feature RTB Visiting Scholar and meteorologist Dr. Kevin Birdwell, speaking to us live via Zoom on the topic “Climate Influences on Humanity's Past and Future". You can request the Zoom link by email to [email protected], by phone at 650-917-9107, or find it and more at reasons.org/chapters/san-jose/events.

Night to Shine – February 10

Bridges is partnering with several other local churches to host, in person on our campus, the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine Prom for teens and young adults with special needs. To make this beautiful night happen, we need over 500 volunteers to make this evening a success, including help supporting parents in the parent room, parking and safety teams, decorations, hair stylists, make up artists, shoe shiners, set up, clean up, and more. For details, visit bridges.church/serviceopportunities.

Silicon Valley Mobile Pack – Sign Up Now!

In partnership with Feed My Starving Children, we are looking for 1,000 volunteers to hand-pack 200,000 nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. The Silicon Valley Mobile Pack is taking place on the Bridges campus on Fri., March 3 and Sat., March 4. There are 5 packing shifts to choose from that are currently available to us early since we are a partner organization, but they open to the public on Feb. 4, so sign up now! For details and to donate toward this project, visit bridges.church/serviceopportunities.

Memorial Service for Margaret Gale

A memorial service for Margaret Gale will be held on Sat., Jan. 21, at 2:00pm at Los Gatos Lodge. Please continue to keep her loved ones in your prayers.

Liberty Quartet Returns on Jan. 22

The Liberty Quartet is returning to Bridges! Invite your friends or organize your Life Group or Bible study for a fantastic concert on Sun., Jan. 22, at 6:00pm in the Worship Center. These four singers and their accompanist travel the West, bringing a blend of inspiring Gospel music and humor. All of their music and stories glorify the Lord Jesus. No tickets are required but there will be an offering taken in support of their ministry.

New GriefShare Session

Our next GriefShare session, facilitated by Allen Bates and Charlie Mason, will meet every Monday at 6:30pm via Zoom, starting Jan. 23. This group meets weekly for 90 minutes and is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Through videos, discussions and a workbook, you will move through mourning to joy and find comfort in sharing your loss with others in similar situations. For more information, click HERE.

Anew – Jan. 28

All singles and single again over age 35 are invited to our monthly fellowship. Through workshops, presentations, and discussions, we hope to share healthy relationship principles as singles and single households, and build a safe place for support and growth as singles navigate through stages of individual and family life. Join us at Bridges on the 4th Saturday every month (unless otherwise announced), 5:30-7:30pm. This gathering is free! Click HERE for details. Questions? Call Susanna Chan: 706-341-7655.

Help Feed Dinner to Local Shelters

Join MUCH Hope as they serve local homeless shelters by providing regular dinners. Sign up HERE to drop off part of the meal at the Bridges kitchen on any designated Sunday between 12:30 and 1:30pm, or at 9:00am before church. For questions, contact [email protected].

Connecting Heart & Soul Marriage Conference

Register today for Connecting Heart & Soul, a 2-day conference designed to help couples improve their spiritual and emotional intimacy with each other by developing a deeper understanding of how they connect and bond in foundational areas. Join us at Bridges on Fri., March 24, 7:00-9:00pm and Sat., March 25, 9:30am - 2:30pm and hear from Dr. Chris & Alisa Grace, Co-Directors of Biola University's Center for Marriage & Relationships. Receive fun, practical tools to help you experience renewed intimacy as a couple, and enjoy deeper emotional and spiritual intimacy through improved communication and conflict resolution. For details and to register, visit bridges.church/heartandsoul.

Join the Bridges Choir or Orchestra

Are you interested in being part of the Bridges choir or orchestra? Click HERE to let us know and to join our newsletter so we can send you the rehearsal and service schedule. All ages and abilities are welcome! No experience necessary.

Sunday Morning Nursery & Preschool Volunteers Needed

The Bridges Nursery and Preschool Ministries are looking for warm, loving volunteers to help care for our babies and kids on Sunday mornings. The nursery needs help during the first or second hour on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. For details or to volunteer, email Liliya Gor at [email protected]. The preschool needs help during the first or second hour on a monthly basis. For details or to volunteer, email Kathy Spillar at [email protected].

Support the Restoration Ministry Music Program

We loved hearing at this year's Annual Meeting how absolutely amazing Restoration Music Ministry is at reaching children in the Brazilian favelas for Christ. We as a church would like to continue helping the ministry grow by either donating instruments or providing financial support. For details about this opportunity, click HERE.

Finance Update as of January 8, 2023

These are our current year-to-date giving figures: Actual is $596,227; budgeted is $698,000; shortfall is $101,773. These figures reflect contributions for the church year, which runs Sept. 1 - Aug. 31.

Did you know that you can text to give? Use your phone’s text messaging function and enter 650-864-4437 as the recipient. In the message field, type “Give” and tap the “send” button. You will receive a text in response with further instructions. More information is available on the BCC giving page.

This Week's Message

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The Blessing of Church

Speaker: Pastor Steve Durand

Message: Spiritual Gifts for the Common Good

Scripture Focus: Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Have you ever noticed how uniquely adapted each animal seems to be to its particular environment and way of life? On land, a duck waddles along ungainly on its webbed feet, while in the water, it glides along smooth as glass. Or a rabbit can run with ease, using great bursts of speed, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one swimming laps.

What's true of animals is also true of Christians. God has not made us all the same. He never intended to. He deliberately planned that there would be differences, variations, and even supernatural capabilities (referred to in the Bible as spiritual gifts) distributed throughout the Body of Christ. So join us for this week’s message as we consider how these unique and divinely-given gifts, when properly discovered and developed, honor God while also bringing everlasting good to the Church and to the entire world.

Use YouVersion Live This Sunday

"YouVersion Bible" is a free app available on most smart phones and mobile devices. Each week, we upload our message notes to YouVersion so you can connect more deeply with the day's teaching. Download the app from Apple's App Store or wherever applications for your device are available.

Last Sunday's Message Online Now

Missed last week's message? Click HERE to watch January 8: "Face to Face" by Pastor Dan Stockum. All past Sunday messages are available on our Sermons page.

Staying Connected

Connecting Virtually with Our Worship Services

Can't make it to our on-campus service on Sunday? You can watch a recording online beginning Monday afternoon every week.

You can also listen to our entire worship service on your phone by calling 650-209-7367 anytime after Sunday night football concludes. The service will be accessible all week.

Submit Your Questions About Our Sermons!

Do you have a question about this week's sermon? We want to hear it! Click the green box next to the sermon video on THIS page to submit a question. The more we get, the more we know you are interacting with the message, so please send them our way. Depending on the number of questions we receive, we will vary how often we record responses and make those available to you. To see our pastors answer past sermon questions, click HERE.

Bridges Midweek Groups

Many of our Life Groups and ministries are meeting regularly—some virtually using Zoom and others in person! Click HERE to see our current groups and when and where they meet.

Pray with Us

Our Bridges family prays together virtually on Wednesdays at noon. We'd love to have you join us, even if you can only get away from other things for five minutes. When we come before God's throne of grace to find mercy and help in our time of need, God hears our prayers and always answers. We invite you to join our prayer time HERE on Zoom every Wednesday at noon. The passcode is: Prayer.

If you can't make the noon meeting, a prayer group also meets on Wednesdays at 7:00pm on Zoom. Please use the same Zoom link and passcode as above.

A third prayer group meets in person on Sunday mornings, 8:15-8:45am in Room 116.

Serve at Bridges

We’d love for each person to find a place to use their God given-gifts within our Bridges family. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to prayerfully consider how God would like you to serve at Bridges, and let us know by filling out this online form: bridges.church/serve. If you've already filled out the form, a ministry leader will contact you in the coming weeks to arrange next steps. Thank you for helping build our church!

How to Help and Get Help

Need help picking up groceries, setting up tech tools or equipment, running errands, etc.? We have a team of people who are ready and willing to help. Just click HERE to let us know your need, and we will make sure you're taken care of.

If you're able and willing to help others, especially those who cannot leave their homes, please click HERE.

If you have a prayer request that our BCC staff can pray over, please click HERE.

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Bridges Community Church 
625 Magdalena Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94024
Ph: 650.948.5698 Fax: 650.949.6052
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