One of the things that is a constant at Bay Area is change. Jesus is changeless, yet He is always leading us to greater steps of faith in order to expand His impact. The amount of things going on is hard to keep up with, so here are few of the highlights I think you should know about:
The building expansion is in full swing.
Our move-in date is by early January. Pray for Executive Pastor Ed Kelley as he oversees the host of details. Also pray for Student Ministry Pastor Brent Squires and Children’s Ministry Director Gail Wiles as they make plans for the new opportunities of ministry that the expansion will bring about.
A Saturday night gathering is in the works for the Annapolis campus.
Campus Pastor Brian Hopper and his team are preparing to launch our Saturday evening gathering to coincide with the traffic flow problems associate with the RenFest. This gathering will be a blessing to those who have Sunday morning conflicts, and will create more room on Sundays for new people. You will hear more about this next month, but anticipate us looking for many volunteers to serve on Saturday nights.
Multiplication is happening in Easton.
Easton’s Student Ministry Director Dustin Carpenter will be entering our church planting residency with SENT Network to prepare for planting a church on the Eastern Shore. This is awesome! In addition, Jake Wieduwilt, who has completed his pastoral residency in Annapolis, has accepted the Student Ministry Pastor role in Easton and will be moving there. Jake’s wife, Sarah, will also help serve on the Easton worship team.
Short term missions are fully underway.
Short term mission teams have returned from Bluefield, West Virginia. Still to come are trips to Uganda, Poland, Belize, El Salvador, Ghana and Southeast Asia. God is using us all around the world.
Staff transitions and hires continue.
Casely Essamuah has transitioned to lead the ministry of Global Christian Forum. We have retained him part-time as our Global Mission Consultant until the Lord raises up our next global mission pastor. Also, we are currently in the process of looking for a Missional Community pastor to help provide more leadership to our MCs, as well as another worship leader to help with our chapel and Saturday night gathering experience in Annapolis.
Volunteers are needed for Children’s Ministry.
We love children at Bay Area! The serving opportunities are ongoing. Consider making a difference in children’s lives by volunteering at the Easton or Annapolis campus.
The next campus is coming.
We are currently searching for a campus pastor who will provide leadership for our next campus. Our prayerful goal is to launch this campus at Easter 2019. Pray with us toward that end.
July parables, August the Book of James
Throughout July we will be encouraged by many of our SENT Network church planters who will be preaching the parables of Jesus. In August we will be preaching the book of James. Get ready to be challenged!
On the second Tuesday of every month, people gather for prayer in the chapel. The prayer meeting is called “The 120” after the prayer gathering in the upper room (Acts 1:14). We are praying for God to do great and awesome things through Bay Area. Come join us! To receive information from me about the 120, email Debbie at email@example.com.
I hope you are encouraged by the many things God is doing. If you have any questions or comments, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to faithfully and fervently pray for our church.
From here to the nations,
Greg St. Cyr