This Week’s Message – “Jesus in: The Exodus”

by Pastor Dan Stockum

The Passover. The Exodus. One of the most famous stories in the history of the world. God liberates His people from slavery and 400 years of oppression through a series of miraculous events. For some, it’s a story of God’s faithfulness. For others, it can be offensive or even egregious. But perhaps, more than anything else, it’s supposed to teach about the heart of God displayed through Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus: Exodus 12:21-32

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Reasons to Believe Event

Our next Reasons to Believe chapter event will be at 7:00pm this Fri., Oct. 14. This presentation will feature RTB visiting scholar and geologist Dr. Ken Wolgemuth speaking to us live via Zoom on the topic “The Geology of the Grand Canyon, Monument to an Ancient Earth.” You can request the Zoom link by email to kirbyh@pacbell.net, by phone at 650-917-9107, or find it and more at reasons.org/chapters/san-jose/events.

New Women’s Bible Study

On Monday nights beginning Oct. 24, 7:15-9:00pm, women are invited to a Max Lucado study on Ten Women of the Bible, organized by Beth Stockum and Shannon Durand. The study looks at how God used these remarkable women in the unfolding of His story, even though they were often marginalized or overlooked in their culture. Gather with women from all generations, discuss Scripture, and get to know one another better. For more information, contact Beth Stockum: bethstockum@yahoo.com.

Family Fun Night 2022

Everyone of all ages is invited to Family Fun Night on Fri., Oct.28, 6:00-8:30pm! FFN is our FREE annual family event open to the community, and we are SO excited to be back in person on our campus this year. Join us for games, food trucks, a bounce house, a petting zoo, our famous walk-thru Trick-CAR-Treat, and the return of extra special guest Andy Z!

Our Bridges family is encouraged to bring individually wrapped candy to drop off in the collection bins around the Bridges campus, and to sign up for one of our many volunteer opportunities listed HERE. Please invite neighbors, friends–anyone looking for an evening of family fun! We can’t wait to enjoy FFN together in person once again!

Freedom Sunday, Coming Nov. 6

Bridges has invited Dr. Eddie Byun, a professor from Biola University and the producer of Save My Seoul (the film we highlighted about a year ago), to share with us his insights and passion for ending modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Dr. Byun will share a message during our worship service on Sun., Nov. 6, and then we will have an opportunity to learn more through a Q&A session and panel discussion following the service. Joining the panel will be special guests Mae del Mundo from Restore Children & Family Services and Robynne Jeisman from Turntable Housing. We will have copies of Dr. Byun’s Justice Awakening available for purchase, and Eddie will be available to sign them. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP in advance. Contact kathy@bridges.church for more information or to RSVP. To learn more about Dr. Byun, click HERE.

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Compassion Weekend — October 15 & 16

Bridges has the opportunity to join with numerous faith communities and civic organizations to kick off Compassion Week, which brings people of all ages and abilities together through acts of service to build a strong, compassionate, and empathetic community.

Bridges is participating in two ways: assembling hygiene kits for the homeless on Sat., Oct. 15, and by making greeting cards for active military members on Sun., Oct. 16. Mark your calendar for this wonderful weekend of serving together, and visit bridges.church/serviceopportunities for details.

Support the Restoration Ministry Music Program

We loved hearing at this year’s Sunday’s Annual Meeting how absolutely amazing Restoration Music Ministry is at reaching children in the Brazilian favelas for Christ. We as a church would like to continue helping the ministry grow by either donating instruments or providing financial support. For details about this opportunity, click HERE.

Baja Mission Trip

We will be taking a short-term mission trip to Baja Mexico, Dec. 27-31, during which we will be working with Baja Christian Ministries to build a home for a needy family and to serve local churches there. The trip will cost $650/person, and is open to ages 13 and up. No prior construction experience is necessary. We will begin meeting together as a team in the month of October in preparation for the trip. If interested in participating or for more information, please contact Pastor Steve at steve@bridges.church.

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.

Save the Date for These Service Opportunities!

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