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Sharing Our Stories : The Bridge

Belong. Believe. Become. These words have come to symbolize so much what we’re after as we attempt life together as an ever-growing community of faith. And we hope that they are happening among us simultaneously and sequentially. 

There is purpose in the sequence. We led with belong for a reason. We want folks at every level of church life, from newcomer to life timer, to experience belonging. But, of course, we realize there are different levels of belonging. 

Our goal is that all of us will come to experience the deepest level of belonging possible. This happens when we move from the sequential experience of that first feeling of belonging to the place where belong, believe, and become are happening simultaneously. This is what we mean in our mission statement when we say that Second Baptist Church is committed to fostering meaningful, Christ-centered community.  Meaningful Christ-centered community is a place where true belonging nurtures deep transformation. In us. Through us. All around us. 

But how do we get there? How do we become that kind of community? 

One of the most powerful tools we have in this endeavor is Story. We have to learn to find ourselves in the larger story of God. And we have to learn to find each other in that Story as well. 

We do this by learning and sharing. By learning and sharing God’s story. By learning and sharing our stories. 

At Second Baptist we have many mediums for this: worship, small groups, classes, fun events and shared mission opportunities are a few of the ways we pursue this. But they are not the only ways. We need to share our stories, and in this busy, on-the-go world, we’re always looking for new ways to do that. 

This is one of those ways. This thing you’re holding in your hand is the first edition of “The Bridge.” It will come out 3 times annually. When you see it, I hope you’ll grab it, open it, and spend some time with it. Because it’s filled with stories. Your stories. Our stories. Stories that unveil and inspire our life together. Stories that may serve as a bridge between us and others.  Stories that are meant to celebrate and foster true belonging, so that deep transformation is continually being nurtured in us, through us, and all around us. 

We hope you enjoy this first step onto the Bridge. May it be one of many each of us takes toward meaningful, Christ-centered community… 

Stepping forward,

Posted by Kelsey Adams at Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 0 comments
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2BC Annex : AKA The Meyer's Building

2BC Annex – AKA The Meyer’s Building  at 10 N. Leonard Street   

You may want to know what has happened with the building since the church acquired it in December.  The current tenants, the small engine repair business, has been granted use of the building until March 1, when they will move to a new location.  In the meantime, a property use team, led by Allan Aunspaugh, is being assembled to assess the current condition of the building, secure the property for the safety of the church and community, and determine possible short and long-term uses of the building.  Our hope is that you will see a gradual transition into a safe and secure property as we rebrand the building in the coming months. 

For questions please contact Allan Aunspaugh at the church, 781-2824.

Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 0 comments
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Middle School Retreat

This past weekend 25 of us traveled to Miracle Hills Retreat in Bethany, MO for a Middle School Retreat. We began our retreat with our new People Mover getting stuck in the mud right before we reaching our destination. Thank God that the guy who runs the retreat had a tractor who could pull us out of the mud, and thank God for Mark Hilton who was willing to help guide the vehicle out.   

Our students loved the beautiful landscape and atmosphere at Miracle Hills. It’s a fantastic place to getaway. It’s not too fancy, and it’s not rundown. Our sessions revolved around three questions: Who am I?, Who is God?, and Who are we? These conversations were rich with meaning and significance for all of us.   

We had a great time playing Scatterball (Legends style), football, and Capture-the-Flag. All around, it was a fantastic experience and I am so honored to have been with our students. 


Posted by Kelsey Adams at Monday, March 10, 2014 | 0 comments
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