blue ridge connect LAUNCH, Holmans + Changes

This Sunday, visit a Blue Ridge Connect kiosk in the upstairs lobby. Activate your account, be rewarded with candy or cookies, and be entered in a drawing for Starbucks or Chickfila gift cards!

Also come get updates on our churchwide outreach this month, Bless Your Neighbor, and our hurricane relief effort to benefit our brothers and sisters in Emerald Isle, NC.

Visit a Blue Ridge Connect kiosk! – This Sunday
This Sunday morning is the time to make an easy transition over to our new online church community, Blue Ridge Connect. Many of you are already using Blue Ridge Connect via kids’ check-in and by receiving weekly Ridge Notes emails—now make the transition official and create your login. Make it easy on yourself and get logged in at a kiosk in the upstairs lobby. Or just visit right now and follow the instructions to get access!

Visiting missionaries: the Holman family – October 28
A week from this Sunday, we welcome a special missionary family, Joe & Denise Holman and their girls, who serve in Bolivia. Many of you have followed the family on facebook as they process and grieve the unexpected death of their oldest son Seth in late June. We want to surround them with love so will recognize them during the service (and Joe will preach). Yet we also want to provide room to respect their needs at this time. Please affirm them and grieve with them as the Holy Spirit prompts you (Joe’s email is ), but also understand the grief process may prohibit them from interacting as widely or freely as they have on past visits.

Bless Your Neighbor churchwide outreach October 14-November 4
During our outreach this month, we want to intentionally connect with those God has placed around us and ask, “Who is God calling me to bless?” BLESS is an acronym to help us engage with the people you identify! This week (Oct 15-20), we’re “B”eginning with prayer. Read more at this week’s BLESS Your Neighbor update. And then stay tuned on Sunday for a testimony from one of our elders about how to bless those around you by “L”istening intentionally!

Relief for hurricane victims – October 
At the recommendation of the elders and World Missions team, BRBC is conducting a campaign throughout the month of October to raise funds (goal: $20,000) to assist a church in Emerald Isle, NC severely damaged by hurricane Florence. Is God prompting you to help? Learn more by clicking here, or donating via check or donate online by designating “hurricane relief.”

Fall workday @ the church – November 3
This is our semiannual opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder together AND give our church building the refreshing it needs after hard use! Please seriously consider coming out and mark your calendar for Saturday, November 3, 8:30am-2:00pm for as much or as little time you can give. Family friendly, tasks for all ages. Find more details and RSVP online(but come regardless of RSVP)!

Continuing in a series in the book of Joshua called “From Promise to Victory,” Pastor Jack preached from Joshua 5:1-12 that God must institute a change in His people before they will find victory. This applies to us today, God must continue to transform our hearts each day for us to experience the resurrected life He has for us! Listen to “Changes.

Giving Report “They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to [His work] …” 2 Cor 8:5
Weekly giving needed for FY2019 budget – $18,815.17
Total giving for General Offering of 10/14/18 – $18,584.54
YTD giving needed for budget – $37,630.34
Actual YTD giving to budget – $33,062.33
Giving under budget – $4,568.01

This Week
Month of October – Help give relief to hurricane victims
October 21 –  Visit a Blue Ridge Connect kiosk!
October 21-Nov 4 – Bless Your Neighbor churchwide outreach
Week of October 21 – Life Groups
October 23, 9:30-11:30am – Ladies fall Bible study (thru 11/13)
October 24, 7:00-9:00pm – Youth Group
October 26, 7:00pm – Young Adults (thru 11/16)
October 27, 7:00am – Men’s Breakfast & Study, Kitchen

Next Week
October 28 – Visiting missionaries: Joe & Denise Holman and family
October 31, 7:00-9:00pm – Youth Group Fall Festival
November 3, 8:30am-2:00pm – Fall workday @ the church

Looking Ahead   
November 4, 9:30am – Membership Orientation & Celebration
November 8, 9:30-11:30am – Moms’ Connection
November 18, 7:00pm – Satisfied 2018 – stay tuned!
March 29-31 – Save the Date: Women’s retreat @ White Sulphur Springs