Congratulations, Rev. Dr. Lou Ventura on receiving your 10 year certificate as a "Minister of the Word and Sacrament" at our Presbytery meeting that was held at GBPC on January 27. We LOVE you and are grateful for your ministry among us. This honor is made even more special because it was at our very own church that she became a candidate for ministry. May God continue to bless you and make his countenance to shine upon you as you continue your calling in ministry.
From the Pastor
Last night, your Pastor Nominating Committee met for the first time and was oriented to the detailed PNC process by Rev. Dr. Jeff Bell, acting PEVA head of staff, and Rev. Beth Hilkerbaumer, our COM liaison. That meeting was a culmination of the past 18 months’ worth of work by the entire congregation, but it represents a new beginning for us all. We have entered a new phase of the interim process, one for which we have prepared quite well, and now the work rests in the extremely capable hands of the PNC. Its first task will be to get the logistics of its meetings settled and then begin working on GBPC’s Ministry Discernment Profile (MDP), formerly the Ministry Information Form (MIF). They will primarily use the data collected by our amazing Interim Process Team.
A word about the PNC’s work. Remember that while the PNC will be updating you on where it is in the process, it will not be providing pastor candidate details other than the number of Pastor Discernment Profiles (PDPs) it has reviewed and/or interviewed. Please do not put the members of the PNC in an uncomfortable position by asking them about gender, characteristics, experience, or location of any of the pastors whose PDPs they are reviewing. The congregation has already provided its input into these details through the feedback gathered by the Interim Process Team; your input in that regard is completed.It’s important that you recognize that the work of the PNC is complicated enough without them encountering any outside input, no matter how well-intentioned. In the Presbyterian Church, we elect commissioners to represent us on councils, commissions, and committees, and then we trust that they, with the help of the Holy Spirit, will do God’s work for us. That said, however, I’m sure I can speak for the PNC when I say that they covet your prayers for unity of purpose and the guidance of God to call the pastor God already has chosen for GBPC.
While we wait for the outcome, the rest of us are also called to a specific work. There is still rebuilding to be done, old wounds to uncover and allow to heal, renewal and restoration work to become what God is calling GBPC to be and do. We are called to an active waiting while the PNC does its work. Christians are quite good at this active waiting—we’ve been doing it for over 2000 years.
Arthur C. Brooks, a contributing writer at The Atlantic, tells us that,
You need to know where you are going, but Schopenhauer argues that “another important element in the wise conduct of life is to preserve a proper proportion between our thought for the present and our thought for the future.” He goes on to observe, “It is seldom that a man holds the right balance between the two extremes.” For most of us, the problem with finding that balance comes from not being present in the here and now but getting stuck thinking about what is to come. If we’re not mindful in this way, that hurts our ability to focus and make tangible progress in the immediate present, and creates an incentive to procrastinate on big projects.
In my work as your interim pastor, I have tried not to procrastinate or “kick the can down the road” on issues or initiatives, programs, or projects that you are passionate about, and that will continue while I am with you to the best of my ability. But you may hear from me a bit more often that I will postpone some things for your new pastor, things that I believe he or she will need to have input on or a presence in. We will work together as we always have to come to a good compromise (NOT a bad word, despite what Congress would have you think!).
What brings me the greatest joy, however, at this and every stage in this interim process with you, is knowing that I still have some time to continue to love on you! It’s one of my favorite things to do.
Be encouraged, build up one another, and pursue shalom!
Parents' Night Out, 5:30pm - 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall
GBPC Celebrates 60 Years! 10:00am in the Sanctuary
Lenten Worship Offering, 4:00pm in the Sanctuary
Worship and Music
GBPC's Diamond Jubilee
Sunday, February 25th
Where will YOU be at 10:00am on Sunday, February 25th?
At Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, we hope!
Please join us as we celebrate our 60th Diamond Jubilee! There will be a special worship service, including lots of music, recognition of our charter and long-time members, and a reception in the Fellowship Hall afterwards.
Ready for a challenge? Here's a trivia question for this week as we countdown to the Diamond Jubilee:
In 1963, there were 6 choices proposed for a name for our church.
Obviously, we know that Great Bridge Presbyterian Church was chosen.
Of the following choices, which name came in second place?
a. Grace Presbyterian Church
b. Redeemer Presbyterian Church
c. Chesapeake Presbyterian Church
d. Center Point Presbyterian Church
e. The Presbyterian Church of Great Bridge
(Answer will be revealed this Sunday morning during announcements and next week’s email)
We can still use pictures for the service. We are seeking pictures of women’s and men’s retreats since 2014, drive-through communion in 2020, parking lot services, disaster relief mission trips, and our Service and Mission Fair. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention Parents & Grandparents!
All children ages 3-13 are invited to sing at the 60th Anniversary Celebration on February 25, 2024. We want to share through song the joy and excitement our youngsters bring to the fellowship at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church.
Participation is simple:
Text Peggy Muse at 757.636.0975. Please include your child’s full name, your name, email address and mobile phone number.
Attend rehearsal from 10:30-11:00am on Feb. 4, 11 and 18. Come to room 200!
On February 25 arrive at church at 9:00am for dress rehearsal.
Additional practice at home (or in the car) with a video link.
Help our youngest congregants be a part of this grand celebration in the life of GBPC.
Text Peggy today or no later than Sunday, February 4th!!
Kids Sing team: Ms. Carla, Ms. Hannah, Ms. Peggy and Ms. Tonya
Ash Wednesday Service
February 14, 2024 at 6:30pm
March 3rd | 4:00 pm | GBPC Sanctuary
Led by Dr. Sandra Billy
Free and open to the public.
Taizé worship involves sung prayers, meditation, a period of silence, scripture readings and candlelight. There is no preaching. The prayers consist of short refrains repeated again and again. This way of singing scriptural texts and sacred words is a way of opening the heart to hear God speaking, to empty one’s mind, to do some soul-searching, and to commune with God.
One of the ways GBPC serves the community is through the AARP Tax-Aide program. The tax preparers are IRS certified to prepare most federal and state taxes. Tax-Aide are preparing taxes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8am - 1pm in the Youth Room.
Please use the link below, scan the QR Code in the weekly bulletins or sign up in the Narthex.
Dinner Menu: Salad, Soup, Sandwiches and Dessert
DEACON MINISTRY Deacons are responsible for providing pastoral care and support to the members of the church. This may involve visiting the sick, elderly, or homebound members, offering prayers, providing comfort, and meeting practical needs within the congregation. All members and non-members of the congregation, not in small group, should have a deacon assigned. If you don't have a deacon, have not been contacted by a deacon, and are not in a small group, please reach out to Wayne Stover, at email@example.com and he will assign you a deacon.
In Need of Prayer?
Please use the link below and let us know how we may lift you in prayer.
2023 Contribution Statements were sent out in January.
If you did not receive your statement, please email Bob Jennings,firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office 757.547.4706.
Envelopes are Here!
Pick them up from the table next to the welcome desk in the Narthex. If you have any questions see Bob Jennings.
Text to Give is Now Available
You may now give to GBPC by text on your smartphone. Simply text the amount to 833.965.0647 and follow the prompts. Click the link below for full instructions or pick up printed instructions on the information ledge.
Would you care to donate flowers in memory or in honor of a loved one? Pick up an envelope on the information ledge in the Narthex. Please leave the envelope with the included form and check for $75, payable to GBPC, in the Office Manager's mailbox. You may also place your order online using the link below. Please be sure to include the date you would like the flowers to be dedicated. Deadline is the Tuesday prior to the display date.
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