12/13/18 Recovery Update

First Bossier Church Recovery Update 

December 13, 2018

First Bossier Family, 

What a powerful evening last night for our church as we gathered at the Bossier City Civic Center. Thank you for responding with such faith and support as we move forward after these devastating fires. I know many could not attend and so I want to make sure we have as much clarity as possible as we prepare for this Sunday and are aware of other details going forward. 

Thankful for Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker joining us last night and being so supportive. Having Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone with us last night was so helpful as he was able to unpack the scope and severity of the damage while also giving us the chance to say a huge thank you to all our firefighters and first responders. They gave their all so that at least some of our campus facilities might be spared. 

As he spoke about the probable cause of the fire (which investigators say was caused by an uninterruptible power supply battery back-up for a computer in one of the offices on campus) and shared about all that the firefighters faced that Monday and Tuesday was a tremendous reminder of God’s grace. No lives lost. Amazing. Buildings can be rebuilt. Lives are eternal. We will have the opportunity this Sunday to express our thanks to Shreveport-Bossier Firefighters and Police and First Responders during our worship service. 

I shared three things last night from the book of Nehemiah 1-2 about how to face a crisis and walk through challenges. Grief. Nehemiah grieved in the face of tragedy. We will grieve at this time of loss as well. It’s normal and we need to be there for each other. While buildings will be gone the memories of ministry and relationships will never be gone. 

Renewed Trust in God. Nehemiah demonstrated that. This is a time where we as a church body need to affirm to everyone watching that our faith is in the Living God. We are His people. We are the Church. Jesus died for us and is returning for us! And we know that our God can and will use all things for His glory and our good. 

Rebuild. Nehemiah and the people determined to move forward together and rebuild. God knew we would face this and He already put in motion a Master Plan vision of building and growth only months ago. We are not absent of vision. What we thought would take place over the next 10-15 years will now be in the coming months and years. Only God could have orchestrated all of this. And we will move forward together and build, expanding our ministry touch so that thousands more will know the power and hope of Jesus. 

Our staff team has been unbelievably strong and courageous and so willing to move forward with flexibility for ministry impact as we set in motion our plan to rebuild. 

Here are a few key Ministry Details to be aware of for this Sunday and the next several weeks: 

Sunday December 16 – No 9:15 hour. No Connect Groups Meeting. Worship at 10:45. FB Kids (K-5) will be in Main Worship Hour. Tiny Town (Birth-Pre-k) will be fully operational during the 10:45 Hour. 

Sunday December 23rd – No 9:15 hour. No Connect Groups Meeting. Worship at 10:45. FB Kids (K-5) will be in Main Worship Hour. Tiny Town (Birth-Pre-k) will be taking a planned Christmas Break so they will be in Main Worship with all of us.

Monday December 24th – Christmas Eve Service at 5pm in Worship Center. 

Sunday December 30th – No 9:15 hour. No Connect Groups Meeting. Worship at 10:45. FB Kids (K-5) will be in Main Worship Hour. Tiny Town (Birth-Pre-k) will be taking a planned Christmas Break so they will be in Main Worship with all of us.

Sunday January 6th – No 9:15 hour. No Connect Groups Meeting. Worship at 10:45. FB Kids (K-5) will be in Main Worship Hour. Tiny Town (Birth-Pre-k) will be fully operational during the 10:45 Hour. 

Our prayer is that by January 6th we will have a much clearer picture of how our Connect Groups will flourish and operate, along with facilities and details for our FB Kids and Student Ministries. We are in this together. God is already providing and going before us in so many ways. 

Our Staff Team is committed to helping our church move forward in a strong and effective way for children, students, adults of every age and every ministry area. But things will be different. There will be a “new normal” for First Bossier. But it will be exciting to watch everyone step up, serve, pray, and grow!

Praying and Believing God for great things. See you Sunday!

Pastor Brad Jurkovich

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