Summer? Really? + Gratitude

It’s not too early to start planning summer mission trips! Learn more about several 2017 trips by coming to informational meetings for Joni & Friends this Sunday and for the Normandy Mission-Service Trip next Sunday. The info meetings will follow the 2nd service. More details below. And keep your ears open—info on more summer opportunities, including VBS and 5-Day Clubs, will be coming soon!

Lots of other events (happening sooner than summer)!) for your perusal below.

Joni & Friends Trip Info Meeting – February 19
Are you interested in learning more about a summer opportunity to bless children with special needs and their families? Come to the library this Sunday at 12:30pm, or contact Debbie Stevenson () to learn about joining the team going to the Joni & Friends Family Retreat in PA, July 31-August 4.

Normandy Mission-Service Info Meeting – February 26
Want to learn more about the mission-service trip to Normandy, France Sept 23-Oct 7 to support our missionary Steve Darling? Come for lunch and an info meeting on January 26 at 12:30pm in the quad room. Contacts: Francesca, or Todd, .

Ladies Coffee & Conversation – February 27
All BRBC women (16 years & above) are encouraged to come to our monthly Coffee & Conversation on February 27. Get closer with old friends and make new friends as we enjoy an evening of fellowship and discussing the attributes of God together. See complete info and RSVP on the City or by emailing our hostess Jan Murphy at .

Baby Shower – March 4
Ladies, please join us for a baby shower honoring Sarah Cavicchi and Sharon Awig on Saturday, March 4 from 2:00-4:00pm in the quad room. This is for all BRBC women (16 years & above), regardless whether you know the expectant moms – come for fellowship! RSVP and see gift lists on the City.

Membership Introduction Class – March 5
Interested in becoming a member of Blue Ridge or just want to learn more about us? Come to the introduction class on March 5, 9:30am in the library. The class is offered on the first Sunday of each month and is the intro for the self-paced online portion of the course. Sign up at .

Our Exhortation: Gratitude
Hebrews 12:25-29 shows us that faith in the unshakeable realities should produce gratitude in us and “wonder-full” service. Pastor Jack contrasted a response to God of gratitude for what He’s done—leading to service, leading to an awe of God, and completing the loop back to gratitude—with service from a sense of duty or debt, which instead leads to lies that God owes us gratitude and that it’s our work. Listen to “Our Exhortation: Gratitude.

Giving Report
Weekly giving needed for FY2017 budget – $18,496.19
Total giving for offering of 2/12/17 – $23,190.21
YTD giving needed for budget – $369,923.80
Actual YTD giving to budget – $397,986.03
Giving over budget – $28,062.23

Today, 12:30pm – Joni & Friends Trip Info Meeting
February 25, 7:00am – Men’s Breakfast & Study, Kitchen

February 26, 12:30pm – Normandy Trip Info Meeting & Lunch
February 27, 7:00pm – Women’s Coffee & Conversation

March 4, 2:00pm – Baby Shower (Awig & Cavicchi)
March 5, 9:30am – Membership Information Class
March 7, 6:30am – Congregational Prayer with the Elders
March 12 – Baptism
Week of March 12 – Life Groups on break
March 24 & 25 – Women’s Conference
April 8 – Church Work Day (Mark your calendars!)
April 14 & 16 – Good Friday & Easter
June 12-16 – Vacation Bible School (VBS)