The Heavenly Herald
1465 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Tel: 269-925-1843 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Bridgman, Pastor
You Can Go Home Again November 2021
Thoughts from Pastor Bill
Discover the need – and heal it.
I remember sitting in class one day at Mid-America Christian University, when my professor Dr. Bill Harget mentioned one of the best ways for a church to be relevant. He said that the world teaches if you want to become rich you create a need and fill it. However, for the church be relevant in their community you must “discover the need
and then heal it.” That is why I am so encouraged about our next step as a church because we are in the process of discovering community needs. Needs that Crystal Springs Church of God can take a part in healing. How are we going to do this? (I am so glad you asked that question.) By using the Biblical foundation found in
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and
the door will be opened to you.”(NIV)
I have constructed a small survey that does that very thing. Some of you have seen it and it asks the following questions:
1. What do you feel is the greatest need in your neighborhood?
2. What is your zip code (plus 4 if you know - example: 49022-1234)
3. May Pastor Bill Bridgman of Crystal Springs Church of God
contact you of your opinion on how this church could help meet
4. Best way to contact you. (i.e. Phone, text, email. We do not sell or
share this information.)
Now comes the fun part - “Ask and it will be given to you.” Please start
asking the people you know these questions. Also share the following
link in an email or an your social media page to encourage people you know to participate. That link is: http://s.surveyplanet.com/zihhtagt
Once we discover the needs, then we can partner with Jesus and begin to heal them. As we heal our community needs, people will be more likely to become a part of the fellowship of Crystal Springs Church of God.
Hannah has been with the church going on 3 years. She is a part of our band and fills in for special music when we ask. She plays the Alto Saxophone, and is teaching herself how to play the Piano. Hannah is in 9th grade and just finished marching band for the season. She is working hard with AP History, Spanish and other trying classes to keep up her high grades. Hannah hopes to go to medical school and become an Oncologist. Her favorite hobbies are writing stories and writing music. Most Sundays you will find her in the sound booth, making sure all goes well with service. Side note She loves cheese.
Notes From Annual Business Meeting
We spoke about attendance, tithes, and budget cuts. We had a large cut to the budget and Jim asked to revisit the budget in 3 months to check how we are doing. There was talk about how to grow the church. Special events like Invite your One and Trunk or Treat were looked at. We took a vote by ballot to pass the Budget for 2021-2022 and to reinstate the Elders. The new budget passed and the current Elders were reinstated. We are still looking for a few more Elders if you are interested please let Sue Dubar or Jim Rogers know.
Members are strongly encouraged to read the most recent financial report posted on the bulletin board in the narthex/hallway. If you have any questions please talk to Nina Borr.
October 24th was Pastor Appreciation Day! It was a great success!
Note from Pastor Bill on that
I would like to thank everyone for the love and support during pastor appreciation last week. I do feel your love and know that I am appreciated. Your cards were overwhelming and uplifting to my day. I believe the meal was above and beyond what I could have imagined. Thank you so much! Love you and proud to be called your pastor
– Pastor Bill
November Birthdays November Anniversaries
5th Harvey Deam
1090 S. Trail Lane
St. Joseph, MI 49085
12th Judy Deam
14th Steve Travis Box # 11
25th Sandy Boyle Box # 80
Education – Sue Dubar
Outreach – Suzon Pearson
Property and Finance –
Fred Brown, Richard Fanslau,
November Newsletter deadline Tuesday, October 26th