Happy Fall Y’all! If you were unable to attend this year’s Fall Festival, you missed a real treat! We had amazing booths set up telling the Biblical accounts of Ezekiel, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, Jonah, Creation, Noah’s Ark, and David and Goliath! We had parents comment how much they enjoyed hearing the stories and that they were happily surprised we were teaching, not just playing games. We heard from many parents that they appreciated what we were doing, and I can honestly say the kids seemed to have a blast! I think even the workers were having a good time. I want to thank all who worked the Festival for all they did! I also want to thank the amazing workers that welcomed guests, cooked corndogs, prepared the food booth, and served the people who attended. Those who donated candy, and gave money for the purchase of MORE candy, we thank you too. It is a team effort! All of you helped to make this year’s Fall Festival a success… we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you all for all your hard work!
Speaking of thank you, I want to finish my final article with a lot of thanks and a word of encouragement. Let me begin by saying thank you for all the love and support you have shown me over the last four years. Honestly, the words “thank you” sound so small compared to how I feel. Sunday’s Breakfast Fellowship truly made me see how much my family and I were loved at FBC Bridge City. Seeing everyone’s smiling faces and hearing the laughter and love warmed my heart. We appreciate the monetary gifts given, as well as the cards and the notes from the children and everyone else. The handprints were just precious. I want to thank Brenlei Dumesnil for the gift she gave me. I also want to thank the ladies who gifted me with a beautiful silver locket bracelet that was inscribed “That the next generation may know.” This is such a special gift, and I want to say thank you to you all.
Finally, I want to say this. I know that if God has taken the amount of care He did to prepare my path to Kountze, then I know beyond a doubt, He has someone amazing coming behind me for FBC Bridge City. I encourage you to be praying for that person, whoever they are, and prepare your hearts as well for their arrival. Love them as much as you have loved me and my family and give them all the encouragement you can. It has truly been a pleasure to serve alongside you all! I will continue to be in prayer for you and will treasure all these sweet memories in my heart.
Fall Festival is here! I am so excited for this Saturday! I have been hearing good things about the booths that will be set up sharing the Bible accounts of Creation, Ezekiel, Noah, Jericho and David and Goliath! This will be a wonderful way to reach out to those in our community. I believe we will have a wonderful turn out. If you didn’t sign up to work anywhere, please come and help anyway and enjoy the fellowship! I will be here at the church around 9:30 a.m. to open the church should you need anything from inside. The activities begin at 5 p.m. and will end at 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!
This Wednesday will be our Preteen Pizza party celebrating our top 5 pick for World’s Worst Preteen singer! It begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Preteen room. There will be pizza, chips, cookies, and drinks. We may do a little Karaoke and play games as well! Invite a friend, too! Remember, if we can get 20 kids there, there will be an Ice Cream Party! We have 17 kids on the roll, so we only have 3 to go (and all kids have to be here at the same time)! Invite a friend or two and come have a great time celebrating being one of the “World’s Worst Preteen Singers”!
As you know, this Sunday is my last Sunday, and I wanted to let you know who to go to if you would like to help in the Children’s Ministry. If you are interested in being added to the Children’s Church rotation, please see Kandice Varela. She will be coordinating the teams and curriculum. Lynn Richard will continue to be over the Wednesday night and Sunday night activities of the Pre-K through 2nd graders. Finally, Candace Todora will be in charge of the Preteen classes on Wednesday and Sunday nights. Please be in prayer for all of these leaders as they go about the task of teaching and helping these children grown in their relationship with Christ.
Finally, the children have begun rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas drama. They are currently rehearsing on Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. They will have other rehearsals during the week as time for the drama draws closer. If you would like to have your child or children participate in the drama “A Baby Changes Everything”, please contact Lynn Richard or Debbie Anderson!
Fall Festival is right around the corner and I am excited about what we are doing this year! The following is the list of classes that have signed up to host a booth. If you haven't signed up, there is still time!
Children's Dept.= Food Booth
Youth= Ezekiel & the Dry Bones
Adult 1= David & Goliath Adult 6= Zaccheaus
Adult 9= Noah's Ark
Ladies Class= Battle of Jericho
If you would like to decorate your car (like trunk or treat) with a Bible theme, you are welcome to do that as well! Please let me know by the end of the week what Bible account you will be sharing so that I can make some story cards you can hand out!
We still need lots and lots of candy and goldfish/ whales for the Fall Festival, we do not have near enough. Candy collection bins are located in the church office, welcome center and foyer. Please be sure to get your candy in as soon as possible!
I am looking forward to stepping outside the box with you this Fall Festival and reaching those in our community for Christ through this fun event! Please let me know by the end of the week if you plan to host a booth or vehicle, so that I will have time to lay everything out and gather things up!
That the next generation will know, Chris
It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation as Children's Ministry Director. My final day, with your approval, will be Sunday, November 1st •
I have prayed over this decision and feel that it is truly how God is leading. He has led me to a new opportunity and has cleared an undeniable path before me.
My time at FBC Bridge City has been an unforgettable experience. I cannot begin to tell you the joy I have experienced seeing children come to accept Christ and make relational connections to Him in their life. Helping the children with their struggles and showing them how God is at work in their lives has been a true blessing. I am so thankful that the families of FBC Bridge City have let me be a part of their children's lives.
I have grown so much in my time here and am thankful that God put me in a place with so many that I could learn from. I am also grateful for the opportunities that I have been allowed while serving here. It has truly been a joy to work here and serve beside you all.
It has been a blessing to see my family flourish and grow here as well. Thank you for welcoming us with open arms and encouraging my children to grow in Christ. Your encouragement of Tyler to follow God's call to music, has also been such a blessing to me. One of the greatest moments was seeing Tessa come to know Christ here and follow through with baptism.
I intend to make this transition as easy as possible and am working to begin finish projects I have started. I have been working to place teachers to make things easier on the children and those working in the Children's department. Of course, I will be available to answer questions and will do what it takes to help make this transition smooth.
I love you all and ask for your prayers as I take this next step following God's lead. Again, I love you all dearly, thank you for all you have done for our family and we will continue to pray for you.
In Christ, Christine Bailey