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This Week’s Message: Dealing with Our Doubts
by Pastor Steve Durand
In moments or seasons of suffering or discouragement, it’s tempting to allow yourself to doubt the existence, goodness, or wisdom of God. We reason with ourselves that somehow, some way, these moments of suffering or pain or injustice are evidence that God is less than who He has depicted Himself to be.
What are we to do with our doubts? Ignore them? Give into them? Punish ourselves for having them? The psalmist in today’s Scripture — Psalm 73 — dealt with these very questions himself and gives us valuable guidance that can help us whenever we’re faced with doubt.
Mentors Needed for Refugees in Our Area
In May, we partnered with local Jewish Family Services (JFS) to host our Picnic for Refugee Families, and JFS has given us a few more opportunities to help serve refugees in our area! These include transportation, basic one-on-one computer training, teaching English in a small group, and more. Check out bridges.church/serviceopportunities for more information.
Help for Ukraine
Join us in praying for all the people hurting due to the war in Ukraine. We recently completed a donation drive of medical supplies that were sent to the Ukrainian border in Poland via a local Ukrainian organization in San Jose. If you’d still like to support Ukrainians, we invite you to donate toward WorldVenture’s Ukraine Relief Fund HERE.
CityTeam Grace Village
Good news! BCC has reached our CityTeam funding goal of $30K! We are continuing to help them renovate their existing apartment complex that will be used as transitional housing for women and children in crisis, and we’re still meeting together most Saturdays to help with some actual hands-on work (demo, floor and bathroom remodel, paint, etc). If you are interested in helping, please contact Steve Durand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date for These Service Opportunities!
September Respite Event (with Help One Child)
October 28 Family Fun Night
November 6 Freedom Sunday (with Pastor Eddie Byun)
November/December Salvation Army (adopt-a-family and bell ringing)
December 27-31 Baja Short-Term Mission Trip
February 10, 2023 Night to Shine
March 2023 RealOptions Walk for Life
March 3 & 4, 2023 Feed My Starving Children Silicon Valley Mobile Pack
Kids’ Choir Registration for Final Performance Now Open
Our Bridges Kids’ Choirs are getting ready for their final semester! Our wonderful Director of Children’s Music, Leslie Schneider, has announced her retirement at the end of this year. Join us for our last Kids’ Choir performances this Christmas before the program’s final curtain call, and help us celebrate Les’ dedicated leadership of our choirs for 47 life-changing years. Registration for grades 1-9 is now open until August 20. Kids will rehearse in person with an excellent staff of qualified leaders committed to teaching children spiritual concepts while experiencing and learning music. For more info about Kids’ Choirs, visit bridges.church/kidschoir or contact Les Schneider in the BCC office (email@example.com).