- 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:
8:30 am – Midweek Podcast (YouTube & Facebook)
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.
8:30 am – Midweek Podcast (YouTube & Facebook)
7:00 pm – Live Worship with Pastor Bradley & Lisa (live on Facebook & Instagram)
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 [email protected].
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.
- 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 [email protected]. 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.
- 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.