Lessons from the Early Church

E-Bulletin of Brunswick Church                        April 24, 2019

“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!” We had a great week of worship and praise. Now we look at how the church grew in its early days. This week we begin looking at the lessons we can learn from the early church. Pray with me:

O Holy One, I call to you and name you as eternal, ever-present, almighty, and boundless in love. Yet there are times, O God, when I fail to recognize you in the everyday routine of my life. There are times timidity clenches my heart and I hide my faith from the world and even from myself. Sometimes fear makes me so small that I miss a chance to express my belief. Doubts and insecurity suppress the wonderful wisdom I have learned, from your holy word, from listening to your teachers, and from the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.
Heavenly Father, in the daily round from sunrise to sunset and to sunrise again, remind me again and again of your holy presence hovering near me and in me. Free me from shame and self-doubt in expressing my faith. Help me to see you in the fleeting moments of possibility and be filled with your courage and your word. In Christ’s name I pray,

April 25-28
Eyes on the Mission
Acts 1:1-11

May 2-5
The Leadership Question
Acts 1:20-26

Sermon from April 21
The Empty Tomb – 1 Corinthians 15:51-55
Easter Sunday
Preacher Pastor Henry Kim


Dear Brunswick Church friends and family,

We are having a called meeting of the church on May 5 immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service for a number of reasons.

First, we would like to spend some time praying for guidance, wisdom and the moment of the Holy Spirit in our work to find a new Associate Pastor. We also encourage and give tools to the whole congregation to be in regular prayer while we look for the new Associate Pastor. 

Second, to change the terms of call for the Associate Pastor from “Stated Supply”, which is a temporary position that has to be renewed every year, to a “Regular Call”, which has no end point. A good analogy in the differences between the types of pastoral calls is the difference between tenured and non-tenured positions.

The third piece of business for the meeting will be to approve and install the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee. The current membership of the APNC will be continuing if approved by the congregation at the congregational meeting. The reason we need to do this is that with the change in call position, the authority to hire changes from the Session to the congregation, therefore the congregation needs to authorize the APNC to do its work.

The final item on the agenda is informational. The APNC in consultation with the Session and Presbytery representatives has recommended that we use a national pastoral recruiting firm to assist in the search. This recommendation comes after prayer, research, and over a year of working diligently using the tools that the denomination has provided.  The team has reviewed over two hundred resumes and worked diligently but they feel that a change is needed to kick-start the process.  The APNC, Session, and I want to provide as much transparency as possible in the process and so we bring this before you. We want to give you the chance to question the representatives of the APNC and Session about the process in this forum.



This Saturday, April 27 (6-9:30 PM), we will be having a games night. So feel free to come, and bring friends! All 5th Graders – 12th Graders are welcome to join us!

Time: 4/27 – 6:00-9:30 PM
Where: Kiehl’s Home (43 Spring Landing BLVD)
There will be food. 
Bring Friends!
Did I mention you should bring friends?
Friends, yeah.

Mark your calendars…click below for the link to our webpage and Vacation Bible School registration!

Visit the Blood Drive table in the Commons to register to donate and to volunteer on the day of the drive!

Giving for the week of
April 21, 2019


Giving this week……………………………..$ 10,650
YTD Giving…………………………………….$240,000

Thanks be to God for a blessed offering this week!

From our counters:  If you are using an envelope, please write your number (even better – also include your name!) on the envelope. We appreciate this, especially with cash donations. If you are writing a check, we ask that you also include the number on the memo line. These small steps help to ensure accurate recording.

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Important information for those who choose to give online. The system only allows donations to be set up for a specific period of time. Please be aware that once that time ends the donations will stop without notification. Some of our members have found that their tithing ended without their knowing. It is important to always review your scheduled donations and update the information with any changes in bank or credit card information. If you have any questions, contact Bob Schmidt at business@brunswickchurch.org.

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