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Reflections

The Church in a Messy World series begins January 15

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Thursday, January 5, 2017 @ 3:07 PM

I am looking forward to walking through 1 Corinthians with our church.

This is an exciting, real, unvarnished book. Paul was instrumental in establishing this church in what many consider to be the most immoral city in the Roman Empire at that time.

Like today the members of this church wrestled with some heavy-duty questions. Questions that we will look at in our study. I consider this book a perfect blend of theology and practice.

I encourage you to prepare yourself for this new series by reading through it and asking the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the great truths presented in this letter.

Bob Boerman
Senior Pastor

 

Kidz Ministry Update

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 @ 2:20 PM

 

I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas!  Melissa, the kids, and I enjoyed being back in Illinois by family this Christmas season.  It's good to be home! 

We are also so grateful to be at Life Bridge and are excited about what the Lord is doing here!  Here are some exciting things happening in the Children's and Family Ministries:

  1. Our volunteers continue to be amazing! It is the strength of the volunteers that really makes the ministry and I am so grateful to work with such an amazing team. They work tirelessly to teach the gospel to our kids from birth through fifth grade. Please pray for them and high five them when you see them because they are fantastic!
  2. We are extending our electronic check-in system to include all kids from birth to fifth grade. Parents will check there kids in at a computer and receive a sticker for both them and their child. The parent will show the matching sticker to a volunteer at dismissal time. This will make it so that only they can pick up their child. This will help us to keep the children safe and to get to know the names of our visitors.
  3. Our first New Believers' Class begins January 15 at 2:00 pm and will meet for three consecutive Sundays at the same time. This class is for elementary-aged students who are thinking about becoming a Christian, who have recently made a commitment to follow Christ, or those who simply want to learn more about what it means to be a Christian. The cool thing about this class is that it is for both children and their parents as many of the activities have children and parents working together. Parent can't make it? No worries, the child can still attend and we will set them up to work with another family. The class is free but please RSVP to dzablocki@lbccmail.org so I can order enough books.
  4. Our next Parent/Child Dedication is scheduled for Sunday, January 22. This is typically for children birth through age three. At this ceremony parents will dedicate themselves to raising their children in the Lord and our church family will dedicate ourselves to partnering with them in the process. It is a powerful time! To sign up please email dzablocki@lbccmail.org.
  5. We will be having our new Growing Believers' Class for our third- through fifth-graders on Sunday, February 12 from 12:30-2:30 pm. We will eat pizza together, discuss challenges of living out your faith as a pre-teen and future challenges as a teenager, and spur each other on towards evangelism. Your kid will have a blast! Please RSVP to dzablocki@lbccmail.org.
  6. Save the date for our next Parenting Conference that will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Among other things this conference will include several great panel discussions where Life Bridge parents will share some successes and challenges as they have striven to raise their kids in the Lord. Don't miss it!
  7. Lastly, we are passionate about fulfilling our priority of walking the legacy milestones pathway with our families.  Stay tuned for exciting and informative parenting electives, celebrations, podcasts, articles, and more in the year ahead!

For Jesus,

Dave Zablocki
Pastor of Children and Family Ministries

 

From Pastor Bob

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

As your lead pastor I want to thank you for your generosity as a church. You truly are a very generous people, not only to the church but also to members of our church family. Life Bridge is a sharing church.

If you are planning to take part in the Building for the Future campaign, just a reminder that we would like to receive the commitment cards as soon as possible. Originally we asked they be returned on Sunday, December 4, but if you need more time listening to the Holy Spirit before you respond, that’s fine.

Turn in your Commitment Card when you feel ready. Remember, it’s not about the amount. It’s about what the Holy Spirit is leading you to give. It’s possible to think that the amount you give is too small to make a difference. Please don’t think that way at all. The widow gave two coins and Jesus lavished praise on her for doing so!

Last week a family told me that God led them to give a certain amount of money to the church. It was a big commitment for them. The next week they received their insurance renewal notice in the mail, which always means an increase, right?

To their surprise the insurance company actually decreased their premium! The amazing thing was that the decrease was equal to what they decided to commit to the campaign!

I am hearing stories like this from many people. God is blessing. Now, it doesn’t mean He is obligated to decrease your insurance (I’m laughing as I write this) but He is in the business of blessing faith.

The “blessings” vary, but God always rewards steps of faith, whether it be in your finances, marriage, singleness, business, etc. Ask God to increase your faith. Then take steps of faith and watch what God does.

Blessings on you,

December Dates for Middle and High School Students

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 1:14 PM

Merry Christmas! We have some great things happening in our youth groups this month - and next year. Here are the important dates to remember:

Tangent (high school)

  • Wednesday Night 12/14, 7:00-8:30 pm: White Elephant Christmas Party, each student should bring a gift that costs $5 or less.
  • Wednesday Night 12/21, 7:00-10:00pm - Feed My Starving Children. Let me know if you plan on coming: jmangioni@lbccmail.org
  • December 28: No Tangent
  • Winter Retreat: February 17 - 20. Pick up information outside my office.

Refuge

  • Thursday Night 12/15, 7:00-8:30pm: White Elephant Christmas Party, each student should bring a gift that costs $5 or less.
  • December 22: No Refuge
  • December 29: No Refuge
  • Winter Retreat: January 20-22. Pick up information outside my office.

Blessings,

Josh Mangioni
Student Ministries Pastor

 

Christmas Plans!

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 @ 3:11 PM

Our Coming Savior

Believe it or not, the Christmas season is just around the corner. Beginning Sunday, December 4, I will start a new outreach series called, Our Coming Savior. We will look at the coming of Christ through the eyes of those impacted by His birth.

Some were skeptical, one wanted to destroy Him, many ignored Christ, but some believed. Not much has changed, has it? We will examine Christ through music, drama and of course, the Word of God.

Please invite your friends. Look for an invitation in your mailbox, in the Money Mailer envelope. It should be there mid-November.

Christmas Eve

This year we have two Candlelight Christmas Eve services at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Christmas Eve is quickly becoming a favorite at Life Bridge. We will have great music, including brass instrumentation, a time of reflection on the Word and end the evening singing carols as we light candles. Bring friends and family.

Note: Since Christmas Day falls on Sunday this year we decided to do two services on Saturday evening and let families worship together in their homes with loved ones on Sunday.

We are moving Sunday’s worship service to Saturday evening by offering two services. Pastor Dave is writing a Christmas Family Worship guide families can use on Sunday. We made this decision for several reasons:

  1. We are a family church and thought it would be good to let families worship Christ together at home, after having attended one of our services on Saturday, and
  2. Many involved in worship on Christmas Eve (musicians and vocalists) could not commit to both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day because of their own family celebrations.

With Christmas Eve falling on Saturday, we decided to put our all into Christmas Eve, offering two different service times with even more instrumentation. It should be even more memorable than in past years. Thanks for your understanding. 

Looking forward to celebrating our Savior,

 

Pastor Bob Boerman

 

From Pastor Dave

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 1:24 PM

I wanted to start by thanking you all very much for your amazing generosity and hospitality.  We were blessed so much to receive the baskets and baskets full of great foods and paper products.  Thank you also to all those who helped us move in.

Volunteer of the Month

I am very excited to be serving at Life Bridge and have enjoyed getting to know the amazing children’s ministry volunteers.  The work they are doing on Sundays and at Awana is incredible and it is making an eternal impact in the lives of our kids.  As a way of honoring their service to the Lord we started a volunteer of the month award.  Our winner for October was Melanie Ferrin.  Congrats Melanie!  

Other Happenings

Other exciting happenings include our new Awana circle in the gym, a Life Bridge Kidz logo created by the talented Michelle Leichty, and our new Kidz Church Diaper Drive.  The kids will be collecting size 6 diapers and baby wipes for Informed Choices, a local pregnancy help center.  The children can turn these in at Kidz Church through Sunday, November 20.

Security and Check-in Update

Lastly, we are excited to announce that starting Sunday, January 8, our computer check-in system will be expanded and updated to make checking in and out all kids from birth-grade 5 as easy and safe as possible.

In today’s world we need to take every precaution to protect our kids and having parents pick up their kids from birth-grade 5 with a matching tag will be very helpful in this regard.  This will also help with hospitality, as everyone will be wearing a nametag. 

We pray for your patience with this update, as it will protect our kids, volunteers, and the church.  Once again thank you all very much for your love and support. 

I feel very blessed and honored to serve the kids and families of Life Bridge!

For Jesus,

Pastor Dave

Celebration Sunday is Coming - One Service

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

Sunday, November 13, we will have a special time of celebration.

Our church body will meet together as a combined church at 10 am to celebrate God’s goodness to us over the years. We will also dedicate ourselves once again to Him for the continuing work of reaching lost people and making disciples both here and in our world.

We will celebrate our past, present and future as we hear testimonies, worship and hear the Word. The amount pledged by our leadership for the Building for Our Future campaign will also be announced. Leadership will extend an invitation to our church body to seek the Lord for His guidance as to what God wants us to give and/or pledge.

At the end of the service our whole church will gather for a celebration meal in the gymnasium. At this meal, we will take a Harvest Offering with the first $2,000 going to a special missions project.

It will be a great morning of celebration. Watch and listen for more information in the coming weeks.

 

Construction Zone!

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 3:17 PM

Andy Sargent and his team have been hard at work to make the church grounds safer for everyone.

This week, they pulled out the stairs leading up to the main entrance.

These stairs were treacherous to anyone who climbed them. Also, because they had settled, we had many leaks in our basement, which led to the mold problem they took care of last year. Unfortunately, the stairs could not be adequately repaired, and still leaked. We did not want a repeat of that mold problem!

So they pulled out the stairs.

On Sunday, when you come to church, please remember those stairs are gone! You can enter through the south entrance or through the main entrance via the ramp on the west side of the building. We will have greeters outside to help you find your way.

Welcome to the Zablockis!

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Thursday, October 6, 2016 @ 11:56 AM

Life Bridge would like to welcome our new Children and Family Pastor, Dave Zablocki, and his family.

The Zablockis moved here last week from Texas - just in time for winter! 

They both grew up in the greater Chicagoland area, and are happy to be back near family. Dave is excited to meet the families here at Life Bridge.

He's not wasting any time! He's inviting volunteers in our children's ministry to an appreciation lunch after the second service on Sunday, October 16. All volunteers, and those who would like to volunteer, are invited.

Pastor Dave is also planning a Pizza with the Pastor for the children of Life Bridge and their parents on November 6. Watch the bulletin and your email inbox for details.

Welcome Dave, Melissa, Nora, Isaac and new baby (expected in a couple of weeks)! We are looking forward to getting to know you!

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Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 1:53 PM -
Yes ~ Welcome to our church family Dave and Melissa, Nora and Isaac! Thank you for being so gung-ho in your desire/attempt to get to know us! We're looking forward to seeing what God will do through us as a body with you here. =)
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Announcing - Pastor of Children and Family Ministries

Posted by Michelle Leichty on Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 10:37 AM

I am excited to tell you Dave Zablocki received a strong 93% positive affirmation Wednesday night to become our next Pastor of Children and Family Ministries! My thanks go to those who helped evaluate Dave and Melissa and I am also thankful to you, our congregation, for bringing them here. Dave will help build a vibrant ministry that not only ministers to those within Life Bridge but also to those in our community. Many families are in desperate need.

They hope to begin ministry October 1, which means they have a lot to do in the next two weeks. Please be praying for them as they pack and say goodbye to the people of Normandale Baptist. 

When they first arrive in Illinois, they’ll be living with family until the parsonage is ready. 

Parsonage? Yes. Josh and Laura have asked to move out. They have a great plan to save money and quickly pay off their student loans. They will be out some time early- to mid-October.

Once they’ve moved out, Dave, Melissa and their children will move in. They are excited about living so close to church!

Now a word about money: Would you prayerfully consider giving more to our budget so we can keep moving forward? Jean and I plan to give more. We hope you will too.

Giving dropped off beginning in May. It must pick up again or we will need to make cuts that will hurt our ability to minister to our church and community. As you know we hired Dan Pongetti to oversee the area of Adult Discipleship on a part-time interim basis. He’s great and will bring needed improvements to this area.

While we decided to not to pursue a fifth, full-time pastor, our financial needs will be greater than the current level of income. Giving to the budget is our first priority. Giving to the upcoming building enhancement campaign is over and above normal giving, which is a “God thing” that you will learn more about in the weeks to come.

We live in an increasingly broken society which requires greater specialized, intense attention on the part of churches today than even 10 years ago. Your giving will allow us to minister more effectively to a broken world.

Thank you for your support of this ministry. There is much to do and with God’s help we will do what He has asked us to accomplish. 

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