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GALATIANS – A Helping Hand

I died to the Law through the Law, so that I could live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:19–20 (CEB)

Fend for yourself or for others?

Well, it’s a bit of both.

We are called to bear our own load, but also are to “bear one another’s burdens.”

Really, it’s about living out the sacrificial life of love for others.

Paul puts it well: “as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Loving others means helping others, just as Jesus loves and helps us!

Scriptures

  • Galatians 5:26—6:18

Gone Fishing

Fishing is one of the easiest and hardest things to do. 

It can look like you’re just sitting there, but there is an art or science to becoming a great fisherman. 

Join us Wednesday evening and explore what it means to become a ‘fisher of men’.

REDEEM the SCREEN

In a culture with screens on every corner and in the palm of every hand, we need to have an honest conversation about what it actually means to live in, but not of the ever-changing world of technology.

Make no mistake about it, the way we spend our screen time is a clear indicator of what we are following.

So rather than copying the behaviors of the world, we want to utilize our screen time in a way that intentionally transforms our minds and lives to look more like Jesus.

Join us, sixth through tenth graders for this great “REDEEM the SCREEN” study by Kyle Idleman.

GALATIANS – Let Freedom Ring

I died to the Law through the Law, so that I could live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:19–20 (CEB)

As much as we use the word and concept of “freedom,” we have more laws on our books and prisoners in our jails to make us question what that really means in our society. In fact, from what Paul says, we have a very warped understanding of what true, Christian freedom really is and how it should be reveled and lived in!

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

Let’s remember that within the freedom we have!

Scripture

  • Galatians 5:1-25

Professional Family Photos at LifeBridge — FREE

Mrs. Megan Larsen (Daughter-In-Law of David & Shannon Walkers) wil be offering FREE mini-family photo sessions on Sunday October 17, immediately after worship.

These sessions will be 2 to 3 shots and will be very quick. (Think “pictures with Santa” quick.)

Doing it this way, she can accommodate all who are interested.

No sign-up required. Just show up and look pretty!

2021 ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL VOTERS’ MEETING

Video of the Voters’ Meeting on October 10, 2021, at LifeBridge

On Sunday, October 10, 2021, following worship (around 11:15/11:30am), LifeBridge will hold its annual Congregational Voters’ Meeting.

Information and agenda items are below and will be updated as needed until the meeting.

We will live-stream the meeting on the YouTube Channel for any who would like to view it.


AGENDA

Call to Order

Opening Prayer

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the January 10, 2021, Special Voters’ Meeting is available below or as a PDF here.

Attendees

Mary Abbott-Gray – TreasurerCollin Dwigans – VP/Staff Brackston Nutt – Staff
April Treybig – Secretary Jesus Sanchez – ElderDavid Walker – Elder
Scott Heitshusen – Pastor Giles Montgomery – Elder/StaffCongregation
Alan Boehm – Elder

Collin calls the meeting to order.

Pastor Scott opens in prayer.

Motion was made to approve the minutes from the last voters meeting. Motion was seconded. The ayes had it and the motion passed.

David Penner gives details about the Sealy Pregnancy Resource Center, its history, and its purpose. David presented a proposal for Pregnancy Center’s new building. Pat gives insight as to what the plans are for the building and what they will be able to accomplish with the added space. Open discussion and questions were answered regarding the building and the effects it will and will not have on LifeBridge.

It was moved to lease the land to the Pregnancy Center. The motion was seconded. The ayes had it and the motion passed.

Pastor Scott presented a Synodical request to add a year to the current 2019-2022 triennium. A motion was Giles made the following motion (as requested by the Synod, with wording from them):

“Shall the Synod add a year to the current 2019–2022 triennium, allowing districts to hold their conventions in either 2021 or 2022, and moving the upcoming national Synod Convention from 2022 to 2023? [Thereafter, the triennium cycle will continue forward from 2023 in three-year increments, as before (i.e., with district conventions held in 2025, 2028, etc., and Synod Conventions held in 2026, 2029, etc.).]”

Motion was seconded. The ayes had it and the motion passed.

Collin closed the meeting in prayer.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded. The ayes had it and the motion passed.

Nominating Task Force Presentation & Elections

Need for Feedback – “Term Limits of Board Members”

The Problem

The By-Law dealing with term limits of those serving on the Management Team or Elders is vague. Consequently (and somewhat unknowingly), it has been interpreted differently over the years as evidence of who has been or can be elected to serve at different times.

Specifically, the sentences:

Management Team and Elders shall be limited to two consecutive terms…[An] appointed individual shall serve until the term for that particular position expires.

By-Laws, Article I.B. Approvals and Terms of Office

The question arises: “When someone is appointed to fill the remainder of a term for someone who vacated the office (moved, stepped down, etc.), is that person eligible to be elected for one more term or two?”

The Implications

If an appointed person serves out a portion of a term and are elected for another, they would end up only being able to serve less than two terms. That is, they would serve one term and one partial term. [Theoretically, if they were appointed a month before an election, they would only be able to serve, say, 25 months.]

If, on the other hand, someone who is appointed to fill a vacancy is still eligible to be elected to two more consecutive, full terms, they would still be under the requirement as they have not served more than two consecutive terms; merely two full and one partial terms. [Theoretically, if appointed on the first month after an election and subsequently elected to two more full terms, they could end up serving a total of 71 months.] But this would still be less than 3 terms.

The Consequences

We have had some who have served a partial term and one full term and it was deemed that they can’t run again because they were “term limited”.

We have had others who have served a partial term and two full terms before being deemed they have maxed out their terms. [In fact, some nominations below as well as some currently serving fall into this category.]

In addition, being a smaller congregation, we consistently have challenges filling elected positions. The current language in the by-law could serve to exacerbate this issue even more over time; disqualifying good, willing, and experienced candidates.

Current Election Information

Each year new officers of LifeBridge are needed due to vacancies.

This year the following positions are open and need to be filled:

  1. Congregational President (Position Description – President)
  2. Congregational Secretary (Position Description – Secretary)
  3. Congregational Treasurer (Position Description – Treasurer) Still needed from last year.
  4. Three (3) members of the Board of Elders (Position Description – Elder)

Click to the right of each above for a description of the position, including duties, qualifications, limits, etc. Please read through those position descriptions prior to nominating someone for a position to make sure the person meets the requisites.

Any voting member of LifeBridge may nominate or be nominated for each of these positions (with the gender restriction for those serving on the Board of Elders), with the stipulation that the prior approval of the person being nominated must be secured. (That is, if you are going to nominate someone, talk to them first and get their approval.)

Self-nominations are acceptable.

You may nominate by filling in the form below. Or, if you would prefer to not do so via the form, please email both the LifeBridge President and Vice President your nominations.

Current Nominees

  1. President: None
  2. Treasurer: None
  3. Secretary: Sherri Santoro
  4. Elder Position 1: Wayne Heitshusen
  5. Elder Position 2: Giles Montgomery
  6. Elder Position 3: Brad Biss
  • Daniel Cardiff has offered to help in any position except President.

Nominations from the Floor

Staff [via video] & Ministry Reports

Pastor

Worship: Collin Dwigans

Children: Stacy Wills

Youth: Giles Montgomery

Trustee: John Scott

Outreach: Angie Wolfe

Sealy Pregnancy Resource Center – Update

Sealy Christian Food Pantry – Update

Board Reports

President: David Pacher

Head Elder: Alan Boehm

Treasurer: Mary Abbott-Gray

15%

One of LifeBridge’s Foundational Principles is “to give 15% or more of the Church’s income for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.”

The following is a summary of what LifeBridge has given away for this effort since 2015!

We praise God for the honor and privileged of helping and serving others!

Budget Presentation / Approval

Full page link here.

Open Discussion

Closing Prayer

Call to Adjourn

GALATIANS – Mommy Dearest

I died to the Law through the Law, so that I could live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:19–20 (CEB)

“Mommy Dearest” was a movie depicting the terrible childhood of the daughter of a beloved Hollywood star, who throughout the pain inflicted on her still had to call he abusing mother, “Mommy Dearest.”

As little as we think about Abraham, we think even less about our maternal parentage as being from the line of Sarah and not Hagar.

Think it doesn’t matter? Paul shows it does!

Though faith, we become children not of a line of sin and terror, but of life and freedom. And in Sarah, we have a true dear mother!

Scripture

  • Galatians 4:21-31

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