The Heavenly Herald  
1465 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022   
Tel: 269-925-1843 - Email: crystalchog@sbcglobal.net
Bill Bridgman, Pastor

You Can Go Home Again                                                                                                May 2022

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Thoughts from Pastor Bill – May 2022

 

“Nothing will ever be the same again.”

As I sat and listen to my conference speaker, Karl Vaters, say those words that set my mind racing to the impact and truth of what he meant.  Think about the waves of emotion we each go through as the realization of trying to make sense of our post-pandemic world.  Lockdowns, sickness, masks, financial challenges, social media, and even the deaths of family and friends have changed the way we think of normal. (I still believe normal is only a setting on most clothes dryers.)  Or maybe a better word would be disruptions.  Karl Vaters gives us his insight when he wrote:

“The size and scope of these current disruptions also mean that we can’t ignore the need for immediate and permanent changes any longer.  We must act and adapt.  We can’t do business, or church, as usual, any more.”

Act and adapt.  What does this mean to Crystal Springs Church of God which will celebrate its 100th birthday next year on October 23, 2023?  I believe Crystal Springs Church of God was founded years ago with a unique culture that has served us well through the years. Understanding our history, I see a pattern of successful pastors who embraced our unique culture like Pastor Butgereit, Pastor Treadway, Pastor Kruithof (who baptized Cindy and me), Pastor Tippin, and more recently Pastor Davey.  These men of God realized that as community culture changed around Crystal Springs Church of God building, the uniqueness of who we are as a community of faith can still minister to our friends and neighbors that make up our communities.  These men of faith, like myself, believe that the foundational truths of the Bible are as important today as they were in their day.  I believe we are called to not change the culture that we live in, but to transform our communities by influencing culture with the Truth of the Word.  Like Paul writes in Romans 12:2 

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  

How we communicate those Biblical Truths to today’s culture is our current post-pandemic learning curve. I believe that our church needs to be a transformative community.  And our church also needs to stand for the eternal truths of God’s Word at the same time.

Who's Who

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Donna Conner

The Who’s Who of the Month is Donna Conner. Donna has been a member of the church since 2018 and has been very influential person in her time here, and joined due to meeting Pastor Bill through the CMA. She is our newest Elder and contributes much more to the church than one could say. She is working on starting a Women’s group this coming June, but only after she returns from her mission in the southern U.S. She has been married for 27 years to Kenneth and has two children and three grandchildren. Donna comes from a large family with three brothers and five sisters. She enjoys gardening and sewing in her free time. Her nickname is DoSue, she got this name from her mother saying “Donna Sue Do” so often, that she just decided to shorten it. We are so pleased to have Donna as part of the church and enjoy seeing her here most Sundays.

The Church’s Monthly Meetings

    The April meeting was held on April 4th. We talked about cleaning the church. We would like to try to clean all the rooms out and have them clean and orderly. We would like to start that soon. Talk of holding a fundraiser dinner or something like that was talked about. A women’s group was talked about. We are hoping to get one started in June. Look for more information in the June newsletter. Pastor Bill took a pay cut. Everyone should have got a letter from Pastor Bill in their Giving Statements.                    

         

 We Miss everyone

    Spring, Is a time of growth. With the weather getting warmer and the trees are blooming, the flowers are showing off all their colors. We see change every time we walk outside. So it is our hope to see more people at church visiting with friends and family. However, we know that we are in a time of change. Many people still do not feel safe going places and doing things in groups. So we hope that our online service will help these people. We will continue to pray for the people that can not make it and hope they are all safe.  

 

 Office Note

The Church Directory for 2022 is done. Everyone should have one in their mailbox. If you have a correction please see Nina.  We would like to post a calendar and pricing for renting the church out. This should be done by June. If you would like to rent the church please see Nina. Tithely, our giving program, is up and running so if you would like to give to the church you can follow the link on our web page. We had also added instructions to make it easy.   

 May Birthdays                                   May Anniversaries        

 

 7th Bob Cobe   Mailbox13                   6th  Bob & Mary Sue Neely  Mailbox 26

 22nd Stephanie Travis  Mailbox11        23rd Steve & Stephanie Travis Mailbox 11

June Newsletter deadline Tuesday, May 24th

If you have info for the Newsletter please contact Nina Borr at the Church Office Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-2:00

Office Number269-925-1843 Thanks 

Current Elders

Worship – 

Education – Sue Dubar

Outreach – Suzon Pearson

Property and Finance –Donna Conner 

Property and Finance Team- Fred Brown, Richard Fanslau,

Jim Rogers

        The Heavenly Herald  
1465 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022   
Tel: 269-925-1843 - Email: crystalchog@sbcglobal.net
Bill Bridgman, Pastor

You Can Go Home Again                                                                                                May 2022

Crystal Springs ChoG300.jpeg

 

 

Thoughts from Pastor Bill – May 2022

 

“Nothing will ever be the same again.”

As I sat and listen to my conference speaker, Karl Vaters, say those words that set my mind racing to the impact and truth of what he meant.  Think about the waves of emotion we each go through as the realization of trying to make sense of our post-pandemic world.  Lockdowns, sickness, masks, financial challenges, social media, and even the deaths of family and friends have changed the way we think of normal. (I still believe normal is only a setting on most clothes dryers.)  Or maybe a better word would be disruptions.  Karl Vaters gives us his insight when he wrote:

“The size and scope of these current disruptions also mean that we can’t ignore the need for immediate and permanent changes any longer.  We must act and adapt.  We can’t do business, or church, as usual, any more.”

Act and adapt.  What does this mean to Crystal Springs Church of God which will celebrate its 100th birthday next year on October 23, 2023?  I believe Crystal Springs Church of God was founded years ago with a unique culture that has served us well through the years. Understanding our history, I see a pattern of successful pastors who embraced our unique culture like Pastor Butgereit, Pastor Treadway, Pastor Kruithof (who baptized Cindy and me), Pastor Tippin, and more recently Pastor Davey.  These men of God realized that as community culture changed around Crystal Springs Church of God building, the uniqueness of who we are as a community of faith can still minister to our friends and neighbors that make up our communities.  These men of faith, like myself, believe that the foundational truths of the Bible are as important today as they were in their day.  I believe we are called to not change the culture that we live in, but to transform our communities by influencing culture with the Truth of the Word.  Like Paul writes in Romans 12:2 

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  

How we communicate those Biblical Truths to today’s culture is our current post-pandemic learning curve. I believe that our church needs to be a transformative community.  And our church also needs to stand for the eternal truths of God’s Word at the same time.

Who's Who

Donna_edited.jpg

Donna Conner

The Who’s Who of the Month is Donna Conner. Donna has been a member of the church since 2018 and has been very influential person in her time here, and joined due to meeting Pastor Bill through the CMA. She is our newest Elder and contributes much more to the church than one could say. She is working on starting a Women’s group this coming June, but only after she returns from her mission in the southern U.S. She has been married for 27 years to Kenneth and has two children and three grandchildren. Donna comes from a large family with three brothers and five sisters. She enjoys gardening and sewing in her free time. Her nickname is DoSue, she got this name from her mother saying “Donna Sue Do” so often, that she just decided to shorten it. We are so pleased to have Donna as part of the church and enjoy seeing her here most Sundays.

The Church’s Monthly Meetings

    The April meeting was held on April 4th. We talked about cleaning the church. We would like to try to clean all the rooms out and have them clean and orderly. We would like to start that soon. Talk of holding a fundraiser dinner or something like that was talked about. A women’s group was talked about. We are hoping to get one started in June. Look for more information in the June newsletter. Pastor Bill took a pay cut. Everyone should have got a letter from Pastor Bill in their Giving Statements.                    

         

 We Miss everyone

    Spring, Is a time of growth. With the weather getting warmer and the trees are blooming, the flowers are showing off all their colors. We see change every time we walk outside. So it is our hope to see more people at church visiting with friends and family. However, we know that we are in a time of change. Many people still do not feel safe going places and doing things in groups. So we hope that our online service will help these people. We will continue to pray for the people that can not make it and hope they are all safe.  

 

 Office Note

The Church Directory for 2022 is done. Everyone should have one in their mailbox. If you have a correction please see Nina.  We would like to post a calendar and pricing for renting the church out. This should be done by June. If you would like to rent the church please see Nina. Tithely, our giving program, is up and running so if you would like to give to the church you can follow the link on our web page. We had also added instructions to make it easy.   

 May Birthdays                                   May Anniversaries        

 

 7th Bob Cobe   Mailbox13                   6th  Bob & Mary Sue Neely  Mailbox 26

 22nd Stephanie Travis  Mailbox11        23rd Steve & Stephanie Travis Mailbox 11

June Newsletter deadline Tuesday, May 24th

If you have info for the Newsletter please contact Nina Borr at the Church Office Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-2:00

Office Number269-925-1843 Thanks 

Current Elders

Worship – 

Education – Sue Dubar

Outreach – Suzon Pearson

Property and Finance –Donna Conner 

Property and Finance Team- Fred Brown, Richard Fanslau,

Jim Rogers