9/4/2016 Newsletter

the Story
40 Days of Prayer for THE STORY
Day 35- Monday, August 29th: Ask God to powerfully use The Story to impact our community for Christ.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always…”  Matthew 28:20Day 36- Tuesday, August 30th: Pray that everyone will grow in their love of God – with all their heart, soul, and mind.
…”‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.”  Matthew 22:37Day 37- Wednesday, August 31st: Ask God to maintain unity and harmony among leaders and participants.
“May they [believers] be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  John 17:23

Day 38- Thursday, September 1st: Pray for lasting, eternal fruit.
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”  Matthew 5:48

Day 39- Friday, September 2nd: Pray that those who visit our church will be warmly welcomed.
“May our church be a ‘place where the hurting, the hopeless, the discouraged, the depressed, the frustrated and confused can find love, acceptance, guidance and encouragement.’” Rick Warren

Day 40- Saturday, September 3rd: Pray that The Story will be a defining experience in our church’s journey.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  Psalm 119:105

Team Thailand wants you! It’s that time again. We are quickly building our team to travel across the Pacific this Winter to minister to the Northern Thai people, and we want you to join us! We will be trained to share the Gospel and human trafficking prevention with Priceless Cube to some of the least reach and highest risk people in the World. We will also prayer walk through Red Light Districts and spend quality time with girls who have been rescued from the devastation of human trafficking. If you have any inquiries please contact Katie Brown //Katie.Brown@e3partners.org. To sign up for the trip go here. We can’t wait to reach the over 99% of Thai people who do not know the One True God. Join Us!!
Ladies of Bridges! Our Women’s Bible study groups will be kicking off once again next month! We are excited to share that this year we will be going through Beth Moore’s new study, called Entrusted: A study through 2 Timothy. We have two group options available to those who would like to join. One group meets twice a month on Sundays after church and the other every Thursday morning at 9:30am. Only the Thursday group offers childcare for a fee. If you would like more info please contact the leaders listed below. We hope you will join us!Sunday’s Group:
Pam Heilman- 562.522.9413
Pam Stickler- 714.952.4304Thursday’s Group:
Cara Stewart- 714.723.8326

 The Story Resource
Visit the table in the courtyard next Sunday to see examples of the different resources you can purchase for this series. In addition, we will have copies of the adult version for purchase at $5. These resources are optional but will enhance yours and your families experience throughout the series.Click on this link to purchase the ADULT book
Click on this link to purchase the TEEN book
Click on this link to purchase the UPPER ELEMENTARY book
Click on this link to purchase the LOWER ELEMENTARY book
Click on this link to purchase the PRESCHOOL/TODDLER bookWe are excited to begin this adventure as a whole church community with curriculum spanning all ages. Be sure to purchase your resources (though optional) in time for our kick-off on Sunday, September 4th!

FJT Event List
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Sunday Prep

To prepare your heart and mind for next Sunday’s message, Read through these questions…

Have you ever read the entire Bible?

Which parts of Scripture do you feel most familiar?

Which sections are you most ignorant?

What steps have you taken to familiarize yourself with God’s

What would you say is the main message of the Bible?

What about the Bible confuses you?

What would you say keeps you from knowing the Scriptures?

List 5 main characters of the Bible.

What about The Story series are you looking forward to?

Describe the plan you have for reading The Story.

Who in your life do you believe has a good grasp of Biblical Truth?

What is your favorite narrative in Scripture?

How does that particular story tie into the overall theme of the Bible?

What would most of your friends and relatives that are not Christians say about the Bible?

Why do you think so few Christians study the Bible regularly?

Jamba Juice
Children’s Ministry Fundraiser
For only $10 you can get a “Buy One Get One Free” card to be used 6 times at any participating Jamba Juice.This fundraiser helps support our children’s ministry!
If you have any questions please contact Liz Timblin 714-319-5788.
These cards are available in the office, on Sundays or by contacting Liz.
This Week at Bridges:

Mon 8.29 :
Tue 8.30 : The Pier BREAKOUT … Various Home Groups Meet
Wed 8.31 : Various Home Groups Meet
Thur 9.1 : Various Home Groups Meet
Fri 9.2 :
Sat 9.3 :
Sun 9.4 : 9am Sunday Gathering

For future events check out the master calendar on our website