• Thursday, May 28th:
Hello Bridge Church Family,
I’m excited as we reintroduce in-person services again this Sunday.  Service times are:  8:15, 9:30 & 11 am (Waukesha), and 9 & 10:30 (Oconomowoc).  We have created an online reservation form to help us manage the amount of people that will be in our building at one time.  We need you to sign up for which service you will attend, and list all family members who will be attending with you.  If you would like to switch to a different service, please email michellep@bridgechurch.net to make this change for you.  (You can start signing up for June 7 services on May 31.)  Here is the link to sign up:  https://bc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events.

As you can imagine there has been a lot of complex challenges related to leading a church through this pandemic.  We recently read an article that I would like to share a few quotes from:  “The church has an opportunity to model love that places the interests of others above the self.”  We want to strive to honor people on both sides of the spectrum.  “No one of us should assume we’ve arrived at the definitive answer on how to do this well.  Let’s model humility by acknowledging that everything is not obvious, and we are all just trying to do the best we can in this ‘build the plane in midair’ moment.”  “We should be patient with a timeline that might be slower than we’d prefer; patient with a reopening process that will doubtless be clunky; patient with leaders feeling the pressure of this complex situation; and patient with one another as we figure out the new normal.  Those who are not comfortable with physical gatherings should be patient with those who are, and vice versa.  As hard as it will be to practice patience, remember that in the scheme of eternity this season – whether it’s months long or years – will be but a blip.”

As a reminder from last week’s update:

  • As a result of the recommendation to continue practicing physical distancing, we have decided to limit our capacity to around 40% in our sanctuary.  We have marked off every other row, and will ask families to leave 2 chairs empty between them and the next family.  In Oconomowoc, we will be meeting temporarily in the Community Center, and will limit the service to 50 people at their request.
  • The service will be a family service, and 1 hour in length.  All kids will be in service with their families through worship, and then kids ages 6-12 will have the option to go to Bridge Kids to watch the online Kid’s service together.  We will not have Preschool or Nursery services available at least for these first 2 weeks.
  • Our Café will not be open, again at least for these first 2 weeks, so please feel free if you would like to bring in your own coffee or water.
  • We are endeavoring to make our church a touch-free environment.  We will not pass out bulletins, offering baskets, or communion elements.  We will have ushers available to open doors.  We ask that there be no handshakes, hugs, or high fives, but we highly encourage elbow bumps and air fives!
  • For these first 2 weeks, our First Impression Team will wear masks, but they are optional for everyone else.  We will have BC Masks available for $1 at the Info Center.
  • We have a dedicated entry and exit point.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Ongoing sanitization will happen before and after services.

If you are sick, have a fever, present any signs of cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please continue worshipping with us from your home.  If you are in a high-risk category, we also encourage you to continue attending online for now.  We love you and look forward to worshipping with you in person as soon as safely possible.

We will continue to offer full worship experiences online for anyone who chooses not to attend in person for any reason.

Please note that any plans we make are subject to change as the situation develops.

For any questions, please email michellep@bridgechurch.net.

With love,

Pastor Todd

A message from Pastor Blake:  Bridge Youth starts meeting in person on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 pm over at our North Campus building.  Please RSVP that you are coming to:  https://bc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events.

We invite all incoming 6th graders to come hang out at Bridge Youth for our first night back together!  All 6th graders will receive a welcome basket and get info on what the summer at Bridge Youth will look like!  We are so excited for them to be a part of Bridge Youth.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Pastor Blake at blakem@bridgechurch.net.

  • Thursday, May 21st:
Hello Bridge Church Family,

While we are excited about reintroducing physical services again, we are also excited how God has used this season to spread the Good News outside the walls of physical buildings exponentially throughout the world.  As we have considered and prayed about when to relaunch our in-person services, the questions we continually ask is, what is loving, what is wise, and what is legal?  The safety of our church family is a high priority.  Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Thank you to those who recently completed the survey we set up.  This was a valuable tool in helping us make our decision as well.

We know there is a risk of disappointing people no matter what we decide, but I ask that you give grace as we work through this constantly changing season.  We know it’s going to look different at first, and slowly normalize as safety recommendations loosen.

The following will be the plan for May 31, and more than likely June 7.  We will continue taking it a week at a time.  This will be a transitional process.  Some things though will remain the same – such as the unchanging Truth of the Gospel, but much will be different because of what we’re experiencing and learning during this season.

As a result of the recommendation to continue practicing physical distancing, we have decided to limit our capacity to around 40% in our sanctuary.  We have marked off every other row, and will ask families to leave 3 chairs empty between them and the next family.  In Oconomowoc, we will be meeting temporarily in the Community Center, and will limit the service to 50 people.

We have created an online reservation form to help us manage the amount of people that will be in our building at one time.  We need you to sign up for which service you will attend, and list all family members who will be attending with you.  If services fill up, we will open additional ones.  Service times will be:  9:30 & 11 am (Waukesha), and 10:30 (Oconomowoc).

The service will be a family service, and 1 hour in length.  All kids will be in service with their families through worship, and then kids ages 6-12 will have the option to go to Bridge Kids to watch the online Kid’s service together.  We will not have Preschool or Nursery services available at least for these first 2 weeks.

Our Café will not be open, again at least for these first 2 weeks, so please feel free if you would like to bring in your own coffee or water.

Here are some extra safety precautions we are taking for now:

  • We are endeavoring to make our church a touch-free environment.  Everything has been pulled out of the seat backs and off the tables throughout.  We will not pass out bulletins, offering baskets, or communion elements.  We will have ushers available to open doors.  We ask that there be no handshakes, hugs, or high fives, but we highly encourage elbow bumps and air fives!
  • Our First Impression Team will wear masks, but they are optional for everyone else.  We will have BC Masks available for $1 at the Info Center.
  • We have a dedicated entry and exit point.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
  • Ongoing sanitization will happen before and after services.

If you are sick, have a fever, present any signs of cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please continue worshipping with us from your home.  If you are in a high-risk category, we also encourage you to continue attending online for now.  We love you and look forward to worshipping with you in person as soon as safely possible.

We will continue to offer full worship experiences online for anyone who chooses not to attend in person for any reason.

Here are additional Relaunch dates that have been set:

  • Hispanic Service:  This Sunday, May 24 at 10:30 am.
  • Alpha & Celebrate Recovery:  Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 pm.
  • Bridge Youth:  June 10 at 6:30 pm, when school is out.

Please note that any of these plans are subject to change as the situation develops.

Here is the link to RSVP for the service you, and your family, plan to attend.  As a reminder, our Oconomowoc campus will be meeting at the Oconomowoc Community Center.

https://bc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events

For any questions, please email michellep@bridgechurch.net.

Lastly, with this Sunday’s service being our last fully online service, it will look a little different.  We’re excited to have you join us for our “at home” edition. Bradley and Lisa will lead us in worship from their home, and I will share the message that God has laid on my heart from our home.

With it being a holiday weekend, the service will actually premiere and be available on YouTube

starting at 6 pm on Saturday, and then will be available on demand anytime after that.

With love,

Pastor Todd

  • Wednesday, May 14th:
Hello Bridge Church Family,
No matter what campus you attend, I hope you can join us tonight for our “Wednesdays with BC” at 6:30 pm. I will be giving a sneak peek into the 4th practice from our Pathway series, 360 Faith that we will be discussing this Sunday. Jesus wants to make His home in you. Would He feel at home? If you are newer to BC, in January 2020, we launched our Discipleship Plan and have simply entitled it Pathway. The life of a disciple is described as a walk, and Pathway is for anyone who follows Jesus. It is made of seven different spiritual practices that we see the disciples doing in scripture: Self Denial, Daily Prayer, Bible Engagement, 360 Faith, Spirit Led, Mission Minded, and Healthy Community. So far this year we have covered the first three. To learn more about Self Denial, Daily Prayer, and Bible Engagement, I encourage you to check out bcpathway.life. You will find resources and the Sunday messages there.
As part of tonight, I’m excited to interview our oldest son Carson and his girlfriend Bayli, who just graduated from ministry school. They will discuss how and when they each ‘owned’ their faith for themselves. It will be an encouraging word for parents. They will also talk about their own pathway experiences that have formed and grown their faith.
Last week I let you know about a resource being offered by the Barna Group/Gloo, to help us know how our Bridge Church family is doing. Thank you for taking a few minutes to help us with this. This week’s survey is different. It’s specifically on when we can have physical services again. Would you please click on this link and take the following assessment. It is 15 questions, and will take you approximately 5 minutes to complete. This information will be super helpful as we plan ahead for both campuses. Again, this survey is totally different from the one you completed last week. Thank you so much.
BC Kindness Week is coming up May 24-30. This is in place of our annual Serve Day this year. It is a seven day period that we want everyone that claims Bridge Church as THEIR church to perform at least one intentional act of kindness to someone around them. This Sunday you will hear more about this! I’m super excited as we prepare to launch out all over Waukesha and the Lake Country area to bless and love on our community and neighbors!
If you have kids or youth, I encourage you to check out and subscribe to their YouTube channels. Each week they have worship, messages, challenges, and more! You can subscribe to the Kids Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx7hrCy8Te9lMHR14yfOw9A/ and Bridge Youth at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClqc_ToAxSijJWhV9qnwt9Q/. If you have a teen, you can also sign up to receive text messages with links for Zoom groups, Bible study, Wednesday service and more by texting @bridgetext to 81010. Also, if you have a senior, or you yourself are graduating, please contact Pastor Blake at blakem@bridgechurch.net. He needs some information from you, and has a special gift for you.
Each summer I like to host a Golf Bridge Group. It’s a fun time of golf and fellowship. If you would like to be added to the group to receive notices of upcoming outings, please email me at toddp@bridgechurch.net.
I say this each week, but we want you to know that your church family wants to be here for you during your time of need. If you are in need of someone to help you during this season (pick up/deliver groceries, make a meal, etc.) please go to: bridgechurch.net/help. Thank you to everyone who has helped meet needs in our BC family and in our community during this time. We are still collecting for the Hope Center. Donations of juice boxes, bottled water, fruit cups, individual apple sauce, and the like for their Meals to Go can be dropped off at our church office (1300 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha) and placed in the bin when you walk in the front door. Our office is open M-F, 9-5 pm.
With love,
Pastor Todd
  • Wednesday, May 6th:

Hello Bridge Church Family,
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16, NLT). We can come boldly to the God who is unchanging, always faithful, and never caught by surprise. Tomorrow, May 7 is the National Day of Prayer. I will be posting a video on social media leading us in prayer for our community, our state, our nation and world tomorrow. As you pray on your own, here are a few bullet points that I would like to see us pray for:

  • A prayer of gratitude – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – NLT – “Be thankful IN ALL
    circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” Even in
    the midst of pandemics, perhaps ESPECIALLY in the midst of pandemics, we
    need to be full of gratitude. That will impact your mental health if you CHOOSE to
    be thankful IN every season and circumstance.
  • WISDOM – for your church leaders, community, state and national leaders.
    Direct and lead us to the RIGHT time to reopen businesses, large gatherings,
    and the RIGHT process.
  •  HEALING – for those who are struggling mentally, emotionally, physically, and
    spiritually.
  •  THE Church to make the most of this season to bring the hope of Christ to a
    hurting world. “This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls…”
    (Hebrews 6:19a, NLT)

We recently found out about a resource being offered by the Barna Group/Gloo, to help
us know how our Bridge Church family is doing. Would you please click on this link and
take the following assessment. It is 20 questions, and will take you approximately 7-10
minutes to complete. This kind of information will be super helpful to us at this time.
Thank you so much. https://assessments.gloo.us/a/RGVwbG95bWVudENvbmZpZ3wxNjc5NjExNTYwMTI3ODkwNjM5

This Sunday we are excited to have our very own Laurie Ganiere as our Mother’s Day speaker. Laurie has a timely, relevant, and encouraging message for everyone, not just moms. Over the last several months Laurie has been co-pastoring/leading at GodmTouch MKE. God Touch MKE is a six month to one year residentialm program for men coming off the streets or out of the prison system. They are shown acceptance and love, and given hope through Godly teaching, mentoring, and hands-on practical opportunities such as employment and life skills. God is working in Milwaukee, and God Touch MKE is one of the great tools He is using to change lives, one man at a time.

BC Kindness Week is coming up May 24-30. It is a seven day period that we want everyone that claims Bridge Church as THEIR church to perform at least one intentional act of kindness to someone around them. More information will be a part of our service on May 17.

As you join us online Sunday, I encourage you to take part in the Live Chat on YouTube. It’s a great way to engage with worship and the message alongside your BC family.

Our next Zoom First Track is coming up on Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 am. First Track is the best first step for those at both campuses if you are newer and want to learn more about who we are and what we believe, or if you’ve come to Bridge Church for years and want to find out how to plug in. You can sign up on our App or Website, or email jenm@bridgechurch.net to receive the Zoom link to join.

In BC family news this past week, Tara Felten’s dad passed away, and Roger Igielski’s mom passed away. Please keep these dear families in your prayers as they grieve the loss of their loved one.

Also in BC family news, Dylan and Kelli Brown welcomed Tucker Arthur. He was born April 29 and weighed 8 lb. 4 oz. and was 21 inches long. We are excited to meet baby Tucker!

Lastly as a reminder, your church family wants to be here for you during your time of need. If you are in need of someone to help you during this season (pick up/deliver groceries, make a meal, etc.) please go to: bridgechurch.net/help. Thank you to everyone who has helped meet needs in our BC family and in our community during this time. We are still collecting for the Hope Center. Donations of juice boxes, bottled water, fruit cups, individual apple sauce, and the like for their Meals to Go can be dropped off at our church office (1300 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha) and placed in the bin when you walk in the front door. Our office is open M-F, 9-5 pm.

Please note our phones are currently not in service. The best way to reach the office is
at info@bridgechurch.net. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
With love,
Pastor Todd

  • Wednesday, April 29th:

Hello Bridge Church Family!
We miss you! It’s hard to believe we’ve now had 6 Sundays where we’ve not been able to meet together in person. Thank you for sending in your headshot pictures last week. It was encouraging seeing your faces on Sunday when I looked out through the sanctuary. If you haven’t sent yours in, please email your picture to info@bridgechurch.net.

One of the things I miss most about being together physically on Sunday mornings is the time before and after service when we can chat and catch up with each other. In the meantime we encourage you to take part in the Live Chat on YouTube during our Live Stream services. Just imagine you’re in the foyer.

I encourage you during this time, and beyond, to dive deeper into God’s word and get to know Him better. I pray that reflecting on Scripture and on Sunday’s message will bring you closer to Christ and fill you with a confident hope that can only come from Him. As a recap from last Sunday, we looked at Daniel 10:19 which said, “’Don’t be afraid,’” he said, ‘for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!’” Your circumstances don’t have to be peaceful for you to be!
• Don’t be afraid
• KNOW that you are VERY precious to GOD
• KNOW God’s PEACE
• RECEIVE and walk in GOD’S STRENGTH

Let’s keep our eyes on Christ and not on the crisis!

The easiest way to find a past message is through our Bridge Church WI app, which you can download from your favorite app store or from https://bridgechurch.net/app. At the bottom of the main screen of the app, click on Sermons, and you can find all the sermons from 2020, including our Wednesday
Nights, Kids, and Youth.

Please know we haven’t stopped praying for you! If you have a need and would like someone to pray with you over the phone, please email your request and phone number to: bridgechurchprayerteam@gmail.com. A member of the prayer team will call you back. We want to be available to pray with you, even though we can’t meet in person right now. If you prefer to not be called, and just submit your prayer need, please email: info@bridgechurch.net.

Even though we can’t be together physically right now, God’s love and serving isn’t canceled. Thank you for the AMAZING response to bringing in food for the Hope Center. This Sunday we will hear a brief greeting from the General Manager there. If you would still like to partner with us, we are collecting donations of items such as: juice boxes, bottled water, fruit cups, individual apple sauce, and the like for their Meals to Go. If you would like to help, items can be dropped off at our church office (1300 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha) and placed in the bin when you walk in the front door. Our office is open M-F, 9-5 pm.

Instead of our annual Serve Day which was scheduled for May 30, we are going to have BC Kindness Week, May 24-May 30. We have a calling on our lives to demonstrate love and kindness to the community around us, and we are going to put a special focus on this at the end of next month! More information will be coming soon!

We are offering our next Zoom First Track on Saturday, May 9 at 10:30 am. First Track is the best first step for those at both campuses if you are newer and want to learn more about who we are and what we believe, or if you’ve come to Bridge Church for years and want to find out how to plug in. You can sign up on our App or Website, or email jenm@bridgechurch.net to request the Zoom link and other information to join.

In BC family news this past week, Chris Reistad, who was a key part of our Oconomowoc campus passed away unexpectedly. Please keep his wife Julie, family,
and friends in your prayers.

Also in BC family news, Kyle and Korryn Jewell welcomed Kori Mae. She was born April 26 at 9:59 am and weighed 6 lb. 13 oz. and was 20 inches long. We are excited to meet baby Kori!

As a reminder, your church family wants to be here for you during your time of need. If you are in need of someone to help you during this season (pick up/deliver groceries, make a meal, etc.) please go to: bridgechurch.net/help.

I wanted to let you know about a TV show that our family has been enjoying in case you haven’t heard of it. It’s called The Chosen. You can watch it free on The Chosen app, or it’s on Pure Flix right now. From the app you can stream to your TV using Roku or the like. It is the first-ever TV series about the life of Jesus. It allows you to see Jesus through the eyes of those who knew Him. So far only season 1 is out, but more are coming.

Lastly, I invite you to join us tonight at 6:30 pm for Wednesdays with BC. I will be sharing on Psalm 46. Psalm 46:2a, “Therefore we will not fear…” Join us tonight to find out what the “therefore” is there for, why the Psalmist says we will not fear.

With love,
Pastor Todd

From Steve Dlapa, Facilities Director: We are looking for someone with a high pressured power washer to pressure wash the exterior of the main church building. We will supply the cleaning solution. Please contact Steve at 262.271.0194.

  • Wednesday, April 15th:

Hello Bridge Church!

Months ago, when we were first planning Easter, our hope was, with the Ocon campus growing, this would be our largest attended Easter ever. We were thinking way too small. 

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Eph. 3:20 – NLT)

While we are bummed that our campuses still cannot meet in person, that led to more people sharing an online invite to our services. The impact of those invites was immense. 

We had 910 views of the Good Friday service, 1,757 views of Easter service, and 9 that texted “Next” indicating that they asked Jesus to become their Lord and Savior.  We found it also exciting that we had 37 watch from Canada, and 11 from the UK.  We also had 115 views of our Hispanic service. While we definitely can’t wait to meet together again face to face, it is awesome how the Gospel is being proclaimed farther and wider during this pandemic. 

We would like to partner with Hope Center Waukesha, and help with their Meals Outreach.  Normally they serve meals at the Center, but during this time, they are offering Meals to Go for breakfast (M-F), lunch (M-F), and Dinner (MWF).  They are currently needing donations of items such as:  juice boxes, bottled water, fruit cups, individual applesauce, and the like.  If you would like to help, items can be dropped off at our church office (1300 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha) and placed in the bin when you walk in the front door.  Our office is open M-F, 9-5 pm.  If you live in Lake Country, you can email Pastor Tyler at tylerw@bridgechurch.net to arrange for him to bring your donations in to Waukesha. Hope Center feeds the homeless, those living in shelters, families trying to stretch their budget, and the elderly living on a fixed income.  Let’s come together to bless our community in this way!  

We are offering our first Zoom First Track this Saturday at 11 am.  First Track is the best first step for those at both campuses if you are newer and want to learn more about who we are and what we believe, or if you’ve come to Bridge Church for years and want to find out how to plug in.  You can sign up on our App or Website, or email jenm@bridgechurch.net to receive the Zoom link to join.

Recently YouTube made some changes, which necessitated us having to make some changes to our channel too.  If you haven’t had the chance yet, check out the video podcast of Pastor Bradley and Jen McCormick on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/bridgechurchwi. One of the big changes that took place is all of our Bridge Kids content moved to its very own channel at Bridge Kids WI https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx7hrCy8Te9lMHR14yfOw9A/ and all of our Bridge Youth content has moved from it’s original Bridge Youth Waukesha channel to Bridge Youth WI at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClqc_ToAxSijJWhV9qnwt9Q/. One of the reasons for this change was to help insure the safety of the content for our children. It allows us to be certain that no ads or content will be suggested that would be deemed inappropriate. 

As a way to help, please subscribe to both the Bridge Kids WI channel and Bridge Youth WI channel, even if you don’t have kids or teens. This will allow us to have a customized link to make the channel much easier for others to find. 

Another significant change that came was the ability to receive notifications again. If you were already subscribed to our Bridge Church WI channel, unsubscribe and then immediately resubscribe if you would like to receive notifications.

We thought it would be fun as the weather gets nicer to have a Chalk Art Challenge, where you write and/or draw an encouraging message for your neighbors and those who drive by your home.  Please send us a picture of what you/your family did sometime between now and next Thursday, April 23.  You can post the picture on Social Media with the hashtag #bcchalkart, text the picture to 262.290.5294 , or you can email it to info@bridgechurch.net.  We will pick a winner from each campus!

Don’t forget our Wednesdays with BC that happen each week at 6:30 pm online. Tonight we will have worship and our devotional will be brought by Pastor Blake.  He will be speaking on giving God control of every aspect of your life.  To trust His plan over our plan, even when we don’t fully know what His plan is.

Lastly, your church family wants to be here for you during your time of need. If you are in need of someone to help you during this season (pick up/deliver groceries, make a meal, etc.) please go to:  bridgechurch.net/help.

Your staff and prayer team would also love to pray with you regarding your requests. You can send those to info@bridgechurch.net.

Let me end this by simply saying, Thank you so much for your continued generosity during this difficult season. You are helping us to continue in making a difference in our community and in our world. 

God bless!

Pastor Todd

Bridge Kids WI Channel link – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx7hrCy8Te9lMHR14yfOw9A/

Bridge Youth WI Channel link – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClqc_ToAxSijJWhV9qnwt9Q

  • Wednesday, April 8th:

Hello Bridge Church Family,

Happy Resurrection Week! During this time of social isolation and distancing, I want to remind you of a verse that is hardly ever used during Easter season. It is actually a Christmas passage, but it is SO relevant today!

Matthew 1:22-23 – NLT – “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’

No matter where you are, you are NOT alone.  Even in the midst of isolation or quarantine, Jesus is near. He is not looking for social distance from you.

Normally our Good Friday service is of an evening, but since we are having service digitally we decided to make the service available to you starting at 8:30 am and anytime thereafter. You can access the service from our App (click on Media at the bottom), YouTube channel, or Facebook. We will receive communion together, so please have supplies on hand.

In addition to receiving communion during the Good Friday service, we wanted to also make it available for a more personal time of communion together over Zoom. Each Zoom call can handle up to 100 participants. We will offer this on Friday at 11 am (https://zoom.us/j/640136994 ) and 6 pm ( https://zoom.us/j/103406774 ). Just go to the link at the time that works best for you, and join Michelle and I in receiving communion together. If you’ve never used Zoom, download and install the Zoom program or app on your computer or mobile device, and you’ll be good to go.

We look forward to also having you join us for Easter services. Those will be live at 9:30 & 11 am, and then replayed at 6:30 pm. I’m excited to share what the Lord has laid on my heart.  Sunday IS coming!

This is a great time to bring your Bridge Church yard signs out of hibernation. If you do not have one, we have a few outside the entrance of the office (first come first served) if you would like one. Our office address is:  1300 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. If you attend our Oconomowoc campus, you can get a yard sign from your campus pastor, Pastor Tyler. His email is tylerw@bridgechurch.net. He will be happy to arrange for you to pick up a yard sign from his home.

Don’t forget our Wednesdays with BC that happen each week at 6:30 pm online. Tonight we will have worship and our devotional will be brought by Pastor Phil.

As a reminder, please subscribe to YouTube (Bridge Church WI), download our App (Bridge Church WI), and/or follow us on Instagram & Facebook (@bridgechurchwi) to stay connected.

Lastly, your church family wants to be here for you during your time of need. If you are in need of someone to help you during this season (pick up/deliver groceries, make a meal, etc.) please go to: bridgechurch.net/help.

Your staff and prayer team would also love to pray with you regarding your requests. You can send those to info@bridgechurch.net.

Though this Easter will be very different, I believe it will be incredibly POWERFUL! So, please invite someone. Inviting someone to your church has never been easier. Text them the link, send them the invite video from our Facebook page, call them. It’s a no-pressure invite. Let’s all do our part to make THIS Easter the most impactful Easter EVER!

With love,

Pastor Todd

  • Wednesday, April 1st:

Hello Bridge Church Family,

Though we are thankful we are able to connect virtually through technology during this season, we REALLY miss being able to connect face to face with you. Last Wednesday we started “Wednesdays with BC” that will take place online each Wednesday at 6:30 pm until we are able to meet together again. It includes a few acoustic worship songs, a short devotional, and time of prayer. Last Wednesday I spoke on 2 Chronicles 7:14 which says, “…If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” At that time I called us to a 14 day time of corporate prayer and fasting (March 26 –April 9). Our nation is in need of serious healing right now, and not just from Covid-19.

  • Divided politically – so much anger
  • Divided relationally – so many hurting people and families
  • Brokenness expressed in addictions of many kinds
  • Health crisis and more!

We NEED HEALING! This verse is the prescription from God’s Word for how a nation can receive healing. God’s people must take responsibility spiritually for the whole. God wants HIS PEOPLE to: humble ourselves (fast), pray, seek His face, and repent. We ARE God’s people, SO let us do our part! In follow up to our 2019 Theme “Neighboring”, I wanted to share a list of ways you can love your neighbor right now from a recent article I was given:

  • Shop local.
  • Give blood (Crossfit Waukesha is hosting a blood drive on April 8).
  • Bless those that serve you. Send a payment to your hairdresser, babysitter, piano
    teacher or anyone that regularly serves you and is suddenly out of work.
  • Share essential supplies like toilet paper, disinfectant and other hard to find supplies IF
    you stocked up.
  • Shop for a senior adult.
  • Make yourself available to your neighbors.
  • Support the Waukesha or your local Food Pantry. Waukesha is accepting donations
    from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday-Friday at Door #5 (1301 Sentry Dr., Waukesha). Their biggest needs right now are low sugar cereal (such as Cheerios, Rice Krispies), Pasta with meat in a can (like Spaghettios, Ravioli, Beefaroni), and Soup with meat in a can (like Chunky Chicken Noodle). Let’s ALL donate some of those items in the next week.
  • Call someone who might be struggling in isolation.
  • Send a pizza to teachers, first responders, medical personnel, busy parents who are trying to homeschool for the first time. A simple gesture of a hot pizza might do them wonders.

As you have probably noticed, we have stepped up our online presence in this season to stay connected with you as much as possible. We thought it would be helpful to let you know that we have scheduled out what that engagement will look like for the duration of this ban of gatherings. Here is our Social Media schedule:

Tuesdays:
8:30 am – Midweek Podcast (YouTube & Facebook)

Wednesdays:
6:30 pm – Wednesday Nights with BC (YouTube, Facebook, & App)
6:30 pm – Bridge Youth Small Groups & teaching from Pastor Blake (YouTube, Facebook, & App).
Text @bridgetext to 81010 to receive updates from Pastor Blake.

Thursdays:
8:30 am – Midweek Podcast (YouTube & Facebook)

Saturdays:
7:00 pm – Live Worship with Pastor Bradley & Lisa (live on Facebook & Instagram)

Sundays:
8:30 am – Bridge Kids & Preschool Service (YouTube & App)
9:30 & 11 am – Livestream Service (YouTube & App)
6:30 pm – Replay of Sunday morning’s service (YouTube & App)

Subscribe to YouTube (Bridge Church WI), download our App (Bridge Church WI), and/or follow us on Instagram & Facebook (@bridgechurchwi) to stay connected. We invite you to join us on Good Friday & Easter Sunday. Our Good Friday service will be
accessed from our App or YouTube starting at 8:30 am on April 10th and available on demand
anytime after that. Our Easter services will be at 9:30 am, 11 am and 6:30 pm on April 12th .

Lastly, your church family wants to be here for you during your time of need. If you have need of someone to help you during this season (pick up/deliver groceries, make a meal that they drop off, childcare, handyman needs, etc.) please go to: bridgechurch.net/help.

Your staff and prayer team would also love to pray with you regarding your requests. You can send those to info@bridgechurch.net.

Let me close by saying how much I look forward to us being able to gather in person again. I hope that is the case for you as well. Hebrews 10:25 – NLV – “Let us not stay away from church meetings. Some people are doing this all the time. Comfort each other as you see the day of His return coming near.” Right now, we need to ‘stay away’ from meeting together, but soon, we will be able to meet TOGETHER. What a blessing that will be! May we never take that privilege for granted again.

With love,
Pastor Todd

  • Wednesday, March 18th:

Hello Bridge Church Family!

Since Governor Evers has issued a statewide mandated ban of gatherings of more than 10 people, our staff has had many conversations and prayed over, how as a church we will respond.  Our physical campuses will be closed out of care for others, and to obey Romans 13:1 which says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities.  For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” 

Our vision has not changed, connecting people with others and with God, but now we are finding more creative ways to do this virtually.  It is not just your physical health, but even more importantly your spiritual health that is on the top of our minds as we pray, think, and plan during this season.  We pray that your faith will not only endure through this, but will grow.

With that said, we are moving Sunday services completely online starting this Sunday.  You can view it live at 9:30 and 11 am, and anytime after it has posted on our App or YouTube channel.  Our Hispanic service will post live on their Facebook page, Iglesia El Puente, on Sundays at 10:30 am and Tuesdays at 7 pm.

We are also recording both our Elementary and Preschool services which will be published and available for viewing at the same time our adult services begin streaming live, but because they’re pre-recorded, you can watch them at any time.  You can also find this on our App and website home page.

We are hitting the pause button on Wednesday night activities and upcoming events as well.

Pastor Blake is creatively coming up with ways Bridge Youth can stay connected.  Youth service will also be online.  To stay up to date, please follow on their Facebook page, bridgeyouthwaukesha, or at bridge_yth on Instagram.

Our staff are adding 2 extra video and audio podcasts a week.  These will be released on Tuesdays and Thursdays to give you additional resources and encouragement.  You can subscribe to our Bridge Church podcast to receive the new audio episodes automatically anywhere that you listen to podcasts.

We will stay connected through our new App (Bridge Church WI), our website, email communications, and our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube).

We want to be there for you during your time of need.  If you have prayer requests, please send those to info@bridgechurch.net.  We also have a place on our website home page for you to submit needs you may have, and a place to respond if you are available and willing to help meet those needs.

How you can partner with Bridge Church during this time:

  • Join us this Sunday online.  While we will not be meeting “in person”, we will still continue to be the church by joining together for worship, prayer, and the preaching of God’s Word through technology.
  • Join us in prayer for our President, Governor, Mayor, and those leading our country, state, and city.  Pray for those in the healthcare field, and a quick end to the spread.  Pray for those financially impacted.  Pray for wisdom for us as a staff and board.  Pray for your neighbors.  This is a fantastic time to practice neighboring and see what needs they might have.  We recognize the loneliness and isolation people are going through. 

May we all lift our eyes to the Lord and follow what was declared in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

  • Lastly, please continue to give online or setup online giving at bridgechurch.net/giving.  Through your generosity, we will continue ministry to our community and around the world.

Thank you for standing with us during these uncertain times, as we show the love of God to our community, and move forward as a church!

The Gospel can reach more than ever before, as people look for hope that can only be found in a relationship with Christ.

With love,

Pastor Todd

  • Tuesday, March 17th:

All Wednesday Night Activities are canceled.

  • Friday, March 13th:

Dear Bridge Church Family,

At Bridge Church, we want to care for each other in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end, we are asking you to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe, especially in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please be mindful of the guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the CDC, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick. These are good practices to do on a regular basis.

Our Waukesha campus is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after Sundays and Wednesdays.  This is always the case. We are taking special precautions and have a cleaning solution that specifies coronavirus, that will be used to wipe door handles, tables, etc. down before Sunday. Our children’s toys and rooms are also deeply cleaned and sanitized.

Some additional precautions we are taking this week, our ushers and greeters will greet you with a smile and a wave, instead of a handshake. We have hand sanitizers at all the entrances/exits and various locations around the building.

Something new we were going to roll out at Easter, we have decided to push forward in order to keep you informed, is our new BC app. Get connected, stay up to date, watch the livestream, give, and much more on our new BC App. You can find the Bridge Church WI app in your favorite app store, or go to bridgechurch.net/app to download. Be sure to allow Notifications to receive news and updates immediately.

With our Ocon campus meeting in a public school, we want to avoid any risk of spreading the virus so there will not be service this Sunday in Oconomowoc. We encourage our Ocon family to view online or join us in Waukesha. We will take this week by week. Another great reason to download the app to stay informed.

The uncertainty of this is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers, and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.

In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in times of need. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

Blessings,

Pastor Todd