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UPDATE, ARPIL 3: CHURCH LIFE AT BIDWELL & THE CORONAVIRUS

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Dear Bidwell,

It’s ok. Go ahead and groan. Really – the Bible supports it –

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly.” Romans 8:22-23.

It’s amazing. The Bible tells us it’s only natural to groan. You don’t need to settle for clichés right now such as “look for the silver lining.” I’d encourage you to look at this situation regarding COVID-19 through a scriptural lens. The Bible says that groaning is a natural part of life. As the creation groans and emits this virus, we too can groan.

When your children who, now forced to home school, push you beyond all limits – go ahead and groan. Aloud. And you can tell them your pastor recommended it. When you’re frustrated by not being able to run errands and do normal tasks because of the sheltering restrictions – go ahead and groan. Aloud. Feels good, doesn’t it? When you feel inundated and overwhelmed by all the news reports and various degrees of information being shared by your government and media, it’s ok to groan. In fact, I want you to stop reading this email for a moment, and I invite you to go into a closet or out into the street (distanced from your neighbor – groan!) and GROAN. Aloud. Wake up the neighbors. Incite the small and large creatures out in nature, by uttering aloud one massive groan. You’re welcome. It helped me too. I trust you feel better already.

And this leads me to the subsequent verses of Romans 8:

“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

How vitally important. While we groan, we do so hopefully. Not in wishful thinking, but within the framework of a larger hope – that through hardship, God’s purposes are being fulfilled through his creation and the lives of his faithful. That’s you and me. We groan but not despairingly. Rather with inner peace that God’s redemptive purposes abound.

And on that note of peace, hope and God’s redemption, I want to update you on a few things regarding church life:

First, we will announce our plan for Easter Sunday on Wednesday April 8th. It will come as no surprise, that we will have an online offering. As we learn more about the virus, it’s evident that strict social distancing is what will literally save hundreds and thousands of lives. It’s also evident that the dominant command given by Jesus to love your neighbor as yourself is as relevant and obvious as ever before. We will reveal some of the details of an experiential online service that invites active participation in your own home.

Second, for worship on Good Friday we will offer online worship of Stations of the Cross, led by Pastor Shannon Coon. I’ve reviewed the content and want to convey that I think it’s magnificent and you have something meaningful to look forward to.

Third, as new normal sets in, we will begin resuming some classes and regular offerings again after Easter. Stay tuned for news of a separate website page titled “Bidwell On the Go” that outlines five categories for you to stay active at the church remotely – Encouragement, Community, Prayer, Learning, and Worship. You will be able to register and participate in any or all of the categories.

Fourth, our Session, Senior Staff and I would like to remind you that our deacon fund exists to help those among us who are experiencing tremendous financial hardship. There is an application process for receiving one-time aid from the fund. You can email Patty Davidson to request an application at pdavidson@bidwellpres.org. We are here for you during this uncertain time.

If you’d like details on ministry offerings, please see below.

With much anticipation, hope and prayer,

Henry Hansen
Senior Pastor

Opportunities to Stay Connected

 

Sunday – Worship service available | 9:30AM
at bidwellpres.org and the Bidwell Facebook page.

 

Online Wednesday Night Prayer Services | 6:30PM
Go to bidwellpres.org and the Bidwell Facebook page where you can watch last week’s service. Stay tuned as we plan our next collective time of prayer. Regular prayer services will resume April 15.

 

Receive Pastoral Care
Tuesdays 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Wednesdays – 3:00PM – 5:00PM
To set up a Zoom or time to talk on the phone, email Shannon Coon

 

Liturgy of the Hour | Pastor Ray Medina | Monday – Thursday
9:00AM & 3:00PM
You are invited to engage and pray with Pastor Ray on Facebook Live or on Instagram Live Monday – Thursday at the hours of
either 9:00AM or 3:00PM for 10 to 15 minutes of prayer.

 

Kidwell – BPC Children’s Ministry
Be equipped and grow as a family. Children’s Ministry is providing
meaningful discipleship care packages to families with children.
Check in with our children’s ministry Facebook page to see how you and your children can participate Sunday mornings and throughout the week! You can also email Nancy Bultema at nbultema@bidwellpres.org.

 

Youth Ministry
Be equipped and grow as a student in middle school or high school.
Staff and leaders are interacting with students online.
Go to the Youth Ministry Facebook page or Instagram to find out more.
You can also email Peyton Hathaway at phathaway@bidwellpres.org.

 

College Bible Study | Thursday, 7:30PM (Online via Zoom)
Pastor Ray Medina – Zoom meeting ID: 674 602 8290

 

60 Plusser Leadership Team
Are keeping their group encouraged and
informed of church events online.

 

Further information about your gathering:
Contact Volunteer Program Leaders, Directors and Pastors
about your ministry meetings over Zoom or GoogleHangouts for times

All in-person meetings are canceled until further notice. Sermon Guides will still be uploaded, but we encourage everyone to practice social distancing and consider to possibly use video chat platforms such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, or another platform.


CANCELED IN-PERSON MEETINGS:
60 Plussers, Divorce Care, Classes / Midweek Dinner, Barnabas, Spiritual Formation, Stephen Ministry, Reset, WEB, Presbyterian Women

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Develop a specific pathway to spiritual growth, create a culture of discipleship through intentional relationships, invest in vibrant college and young adult ministries, building a team of leaders to participate in (youth, college, and young adult) ministries, and provide opportunities to make a commitment to Christ.

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Create a servant culture, develop leaders and empower them to use their gifts to serve (one another, the church, and the world), partner with the city to restore community, meet the needs of students at Chico State and Butte College, provide opportunities for all generations to serve together, strategically identify the felt needs of the generations.

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Bridge the gap across the generations, encourage a culture of small and life-giving groups, build a community through celebration, provide a welcoming environment, and nurture our culture by equipping families. 

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Groups come in all shapes and sizes – married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, young adult, senior – the list goes on.  No matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you.

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You, the volunteers, are a rich and essential part of Bidwell Pres. By daring to serve, you not only create opportunities for others to feel the love of Jesus but reap blessings by investing your time into the opportunities God has given us. We celebrate everything you do in your good works and your calling.

If you have been wondering about becoming a volunteer and getting involved, we invite you to know that God does not call the qualified to serve, (1 Corinthians 1:27-29), but instead qualifies the ones he has called. Our excuses of “I don’t have time,” “I don’t know what I would do,” “I don’t have any special skills,” “I’m not needed,” are excuses that God wants to release us from. BPC, the body of Christ, and the world have need of you because you are a child of God!

Volunteer Opportunities can be found on our ministry pages, to help you understand the needs of the ministry and know where you would like to help. Look for opportunities to serve in our Hospitality Ministry, Care Ministries, or take part in our Missions to be the head, heart, and hands of Jesus.

Let us know what you’re interested in, and we will direct your inquiry to the right place.

BPC VOLUNTEERS

DARING TO SERVE

You, the volunteers, are a rich and essential part of Bidwell Pres. By daring to serve, you not only create opportunities for others to feel the love of Jesus but reap blessings by investing your time into the opportunities God has given us. We celebrate everything you do in your good works and your calling.

If you have been wondering about becoming a volunteer and getting involved, we invite you to know that God does not call the qualified to serve, (1 Corinthians 1:27-29), but instead qualifies the ones he has called. Our excuses of “I don’t have time,” “I don’t know what I would do,” “I don’t have any special skills,” “I’m not needed,” are excuses that God wants to release us from. BPC, the body of Christ, and the world have need of you because you are a child of God!

Volunteer Opportunities can be found on our ministry pages, to help you understand the needs of the ministry and know where you would like to help. Look for opportunities to serve in our Hospitality Ministry, Care Ministries, or take part in our Missions to be the head, heart, and hands of Jesus.

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Missions begin with you. Paul tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here,” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Your own life becomes the vessel that God uses for missions and good work; he started this work, he continues it, and he even works through it. You are the ambassador that brings the message of hope. He invites you to join in His powerful, life-giving movement of restoring the world to His design.

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