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First Bossier Family,

Thank you for making this past Sunday such a positive experience for our church family by gathering on-line in record numbers. I’ve heard from so many of you and I am so grateful for your faith, courage, and commitment to seeing our ministry strong through this crisis. I just want to keep you as informed as to how our ministry is functioning and responding during this crisis.

First, we have an incredible staff team. They are praying for you and committed to ministry to our church family during this crisis. As a ministry we will be doing all we can to communicate and care for our family.

  • First Kids will be a part of our Sunday morning Online Experience. They will be providing resources for kids and families each week.
  • First Students will be connecting with Students each week online and in other creative ways.
  • Our Connect Groups will be more important now than ever before. Lots of communication will be needed and our team will do what we can to encourage our Connect Group leaders and help facilitate gathering online and in other creative ways. Our Connect Groups are a great way to know who is in need and how we can meet needs. If you are interested in joining a Connect Group then please contact Matt Cate at mattc@firstbossier.com.
  • Our FB Sports has communicated that our Soccer Season has been postponed and will be sending out further details as we move through this crisis.
  • Celebrate Recovery will still be happening, but with new guidelines.
  • Our Senior Adult ministry is doing all it can to minister to our Senior Adults. While we are limited in our hospital visitation efforts we will certainly be in communication with families and do all we can to minister to individuals and families.
  • Our midweek gathering called JOURNEY has been cancelled for the remainder of this semester.
  • Vertical Lunch events have been cancelled for this semester.
  • Our Diamond Set Gatherings and Diva lunch events have been cancelled.
  • Our Deacons will be intentional with our Widows and in helping show the care and compassion of Jesus to them.

Second, we are committed to being strategic in caring for our community.

  • We are looking at how we can shop for Seniors and Single Parents
  • We are exploring ways to connect with families.
  • We are discussing how we can get food to Seniors, families and individuals.
  • We will support local businesses by using the drive thru at restaurants.

Third, we will need to be intentional in our giving.

  • Many are learning how easy and safe and secure our on-line giving is. Simply visit our website at firstbossier.com and click on “Give.”
  • Our office is open for all who want to drop off their giving.
  • Many still mail in their giving.
  • All three of these avenues are operational and important.
  • Our ministry team is being very intentional to minimize expenses and to take care of our team and their families.
  • It really is encouraging to see how the investment of our ministry in media resources is being used for such a strategic time as we are in. Thank you for giving so that we can stay strong through this crisis.

Fourth, Easter Sunday is weeks away. We will make Easter Sunday morning as great an Online experience as possible. You will be receiving an Easter invite graphic to share with your friends and family via email, text, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so that others can join us for Easter Online!

We will be in touch as we go into this weekend. Praying for you and believing that God will go before us in all things.

Pastor Brad

Sunday Services Update

First Bossier Family,

As I shared with you earlier this week we are monitoring the latest developments of the Coronavirus Impact on our region, nation and world.

Earlier today our Governor issued a policy for our schools, gathering size of groups among other directives that prayerfully will help us navigate this challenging season we are in.

We respect this decision regarding the “no gathering above 250 people” and we are now adjusting our Sunday morning ministries accordingly. Beginning this Sunday, March 15 through April 12, we will not be meeting on campus Sunday mornings. BUT WE WILL gather as an ONLINE community of Believers every Sunday morning at 10:45 via our Facebook Live experience or simply visit our website at firstbossier.com and click the On-Line link on our front page to join our service.

Our Worship Team will be leading in worship and I will be preaching each week. This really is a time for you, your family and a way to encourage your friends to stay connected each week, be strengthened in your faith, and for us to move forward together.

I will be sharing more information this Sunday regarding First Kids, First Students, and Connect Group gatherings, Mid-Week Journey, and more.

This is a time where we need to encourage each other like never before. We need to pray like never before. Pray for our local, state, and national leaders.

Let’s be the People of God so that Bossier, Shreveport, and beyond know the hope we have in Jesus.

In Christ,
Pastor Brad

About Covid-19

First Bossier Family,

Our staff team has been engaged with the latest developments of the COVID-19 situation. We are prayerful, hopeful, planning, and preparing in every way we can. We trust in the Lord. We want to walk in faith and not fear.

As we move forward we want you to be aware of several key things:

We plan to have Sunday service this weekend. This coming Sunday I will be interviewing Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone for insight as to how we are to proceed in light of this virus threat.

We are cleaning our facilities daily in intentional ways. We have stocked up on supplies to help keep our campus clean.

If you are navigating poor health or know you have been in contact with someone who has contracted the Coronavirus, please stay home and participate in our services online.

Some practical steps we are taking this Sunday are that we will not be shaking hands on the way in or observing our typical welcome-time during the worship services, reducing the risks as much as possible. We are going to great lengths to limit touch points and interactions, however we strongly feel that if the people of God can meet together, they should meet together. Should the city mandate the closure of services or events such as our weekly gatherings, we will abide by the mandate. Until then, we will assemble with our reduced risk protocol.

As for the future, a contingency plan has been put in place to facilitate online gatherings for both our Sunday morning services and our small group meetings. We will highlight this plan on Sunday during our worship services and that information will also be emailed to you next week.

This is a time where we need to encourage each other like never before. We need to pray like never before. Pray for our local, state, and national leaders.

Let’s be the People of God so that Bossier, Shreveport and beyond know the hope we have in Jesus.

In Christ,
Pastor Brad

05/12/19 Recovery Update / Building Elevations

May 12, 2019

First Bossier Family, 

The following is our latest Rebuild Update with some points of interest and picture elevations of new facilities. While some design elements are subject to change this can give you a strong vision of where we are going in our Rebuild efforts. 

I want to remind all of us to thank God for His many blessings upon our church in light of this tragic fire that took place on December 10, 2018:

  • No loss of life. I want us to thank our Fire Fighters, Police and First Responders.
  • Giving has been incredibly strong. 
  • New ministries have begun.
  • Our Small Groups have not folded even though they have had to be very flexible.
  • We have baptized numerous individuals this Spring and almost 40 people have joined our church.
  • Our Building Team has served with incredible capacity. I want to commend our Building Team: Chairman Jeff Raley, Todd Littleton, Alex Dempsey, Jeff Loftin, and Pam Beck. They have served with an incredible positive attitude and willingness to dream big for God and to do what’s best for First Bossier today and tomorrow. Please stand and thank them. 
  • God has given us a tremendous Builder-Architect Team combination. They have worked and will continue to work with vision, creativity, and discipline. Thank you to the Brown Builder Company and the Architect Teams of Somdal and Sutton, Beebe and Babin. 

Here are some of the principles and guidelines of thought that our Building Team has filtered all of our decisions through:

  • We lost about 100k square feet of space. 
  • But our team began to ask do we really need to rebuild that much space for effective ministry? 
  • The more space you build the more it will cost. More you have to pay in heating, cooling, upkeep. 
  • We want to maximize the space and money we have and plan to use. 
  • We want to rebuild in such a way that the flow and cohesiveness are very smooth for members and guests, security is maximized, and that our buildings communicate families, warmth, life and relationships. 
  • We are looking to rebuild approx. 65k square feet and upgrade our children’s facilities and our worship center seating space. 

Children’s Space: 

 

Let’s talk Children’s Ministry first. Tinytown is a Cadillac facility. And as we looked at our overall children’s ministry we began to evaluate every aspect. What we’ve determined is that:

  • Now is the time to unify our Children’s ministry. In other words, instead of things being so divided by FB Kids and Tiny Town when we speak to guests and our community about children’s ministry we want to speak with one voice. 
  • After meeting with both Kelly Cathy and Betty Perdue we are excited to announce that on Promotion Sunday August 11th we will launch FirstKids. Our Student Ministry is called FirstStudents with both middle school and high school and so this streamlines our ministries better. 
  • In addition to the new name we began to look at the 40k square feet of space that currently Tiny Town occupies. And as we looked at numbers in both preschool and Elementary ages we looked at space and believe we can turn this Cadillac facility into a Ferrari for our entire First Kids experience. 
  • We are planning to make the entire first floor of Tinytown all Preschool. We are planning to make the entire second (top) floor Elementary age kids small group space and worship space. We can move all our kids into this facility and still have room to almost double in size for kids. That’s how much space is there. 
  • We are meeting with the design part of the architect teams now and are planning to have a new paint design, flooring, and upgrades to worship spaces for kids. On Summer Survivor Sunday in June we plan to show the new First Kids logo and design for the facility. 
  • We also plan to add a 5k Square Foot addition to the side of Tinytown that faces Freedom Fields that will be new kids worship space, storage and resource space. Entrance C will still serve as an entry for worship but will be redesigned to be a major entry point for families to First Kids. 
  • This will be a very exciting upgrade and expansion. While we believe we can do the painting, flooring and worship space upgrades by August 11 the expansion at the end of the facility won’t begin until this fall sometime. We still have to design it. 
  • Another really cool step that we plan to take on August 11 is that because we will be moving all our kids into the Tiny Town facility it will then free-up the upstairs rooms of the current 400 hall. Right now adult small groups are on the lower level and kids are upstairs. But we can move most if not all of our small groups onto our campus and 400 hall can be used for adult small group space. There might be a group or two that we need to still accommodate but it would be awesome to have most everyone, if not everyone, back on our campus going into the fall as we begin to rebuild our new facilities. 
  • 400 hall is a building that we will lean on as long as we need to but it is probably not a long-term building for the future of our campus for a variety of reasons. But for the next few years we will lean on it as much as we need to. 
  • I want to thank both Betty Purdue and Kelly Cathy and their teams for being so flexible, creative and passionate for ministry as we move forward.

Office Space:

  • We are adding extension to the side near entrance B with Administrative Offices. Due to the fire we lost over 17 offices. We’ve gotten very creative in how we’ve maximized current space but there is still need to build back some. And having this space near current office space will allow us to expand offices and build community among our team since our offices won’t be scattered across the campus. 

Foyer Expansion:

 

  • As we move around to the front of the campus we plan to build our Foyer/Multi event space. This is an awesome new addition to our campus that gives us dynamic space for gathering each week. Additionally:
  • It will give us space for our events like our Vertical Leadership Lunch, Women’s Souree, overflow days like on Easter or Honor Our Heroes, as well as additional small group space. 
  • It will also house our new coffee shop that we plan to open daily and be a great connecting spot for people to pray, visit, build relationships. 
  • Will have covered drop-offs.

 

Chapel:

 

  • The new chapel will be a special venue. Will be more traditional but with some modern elements. Great venue for weddings, special events and funerals. 
  • Also a great small group space for some of our larger classes. 
  • It is also a great venue for special equipping events like finances, marriage, and parenting that we will offer throughout the year. 
  • We are talking with architect team about how to creatively display the pulpit, the bible and a piece of the steeple. 

Student Space:

 

  • Our new First Students facility will be a very creative and dynamic space that middle school and high school students will be able to worship and connect in. 
  • Worship space
  • Small group space
  • Hang out space
  • Will have room outside of facility for outdoor connecting events
  • Will also be space that other gatherings the church may need from time to time. 
  • But we will still have the Gathering Place to use in the future where the student space will not always be the go-to space for that medium sized gathering. 
  • This design is still being drawn up. But very exciting and I’m so thankful for Ian and his team for being so creative and flexible with their ministry space and connection needs. 

Overall Campus Vision:

 

  • New Adult Small Group Space will be new multi-room, multi-use space for helping us with connecting people in small groups. This facility will not have rooms for every new group due to everything else we are having to build. 
  • This is why we will lean on the 400 wing for a while. 
  • It’s why we will still need to use space like the new chapel space, my conference room, the foyer space, etc. 
  • It’s also why we may need to go to a second service in the future. 
  • Most churches are not building large worship centers like we have. They are building smaller worship centers (like around a 1,000 seats) and offering multiple services. 
  • This maximizes your space (small group space doubles).
  • It allows your volunteers to really connect in worship service.
  • It allows your volunteers to really connect with a small group.
  • It allows families some options for when they attend service. 
  • We are looking to upgrade our seating and the arrangement in our worship service for when we go to a second service one day. Also, by adding a center aisle and redesigning our seating it will allow us to maximize our worship center in a better way. 
  • When we talk about two services one day it will be the same service. We are First Bossier. We may do some satellite venues one day but on our campus we will do what we can to build unity. 

Right now we are looking to launch First Kids in August, and continue to develop our buildable plans for the new offices, foyer expansion, chapel, student facility, small group facility and we are planning and praying that we can do all of that with the money we receive from Insurance settlement. 

God is leading us to move forward by faith. What a moment. And the story God is writing is one we all can share and as we share we can give Him all the glory!

Pastor Brad Jurkovich

01/31/19 Recovery Update

First Bossier Family, 

Just touching base with you as we go into this coming Sunday and some new developments on the ministry front. 

First, this Sunday we will get to be even more strategic during the 9:15 hour of our Connect Group Ministry. With the re-opening of the 400 Building this Sunday we have the opportunity to combine several Connect Groups (our older adult classes) and have them begin meeting in the lower level classrooms. Additionally, the parking lot behind the 400 building will be designated for our Senior Adults. 

All other Adult Connect Groups will be meeting in their combined classes and specific rooms at the Civic Center (across the street from our campus) beginning this Sunday. We will continue to have shuttles available. As I have been sharing these past few Sundays we are blessed to have facilities to use during this time of transition. We all will need to be committed to loving each other, encouraging each other, helping each other, and inviting our community to join us to experience the love of God and the encouragement found in being a part of Biblical community. 

Second, our FB Kids and Tiny Town ministries will continue to be operational this Sunday but will now have access to the top level of the 400 Building. Entrance C will still be the main entrance for families bringing their babies thru fifth graders for Children’s ministry at both 9:15 and 10:45. Thank you for your faithfulness to helping our children have an awesome experience every Sunday!

Third, our First Students (6th-12th grade) have been doing an awesome job on Sundays! Middle School students have really been showing up and engaging in Small Groups and Huge Shout-Out to our High School Students for coming at 9:15 to help serve in several strategic avenues. 

BUT this Sunday our High School students will launch their Small Group Ministry in homes around our region. We have three that will be hosting High School Students: One in South Bossier, One in Bossier City and One in Benton. You can visit our Student page on our website for specific instructions. This avenue of ministry is going to be awesome and it will grow!

Fourth, Wednesday night February 6th, we launch our Mid-Week Ministry avenue called Journey! We will have the Journey Meal from 5-6 pm, Tiny Town and FB Kids from 6-7:15, Students (6th-12th) Worship 6-7:15, Adult classes and Worship Choir 6-7:15 and Ardis Coffee Shop from 5:30-6:30. 

Finally, I’m launching a new series this Sunday called RADIANT: The 7 Churches of Revelation. Praying for you, our church, our nation for God to move in a powerful way as we rebuild and move forward for the glory of God!

Pastor Brad

01/07/19 Recovery Update

First Bossier Church Rebuild Update 

January 7, 2019

First Bossier Family, 

Can’t thank you enough for being so supportive of our next steps and strategy as we rebuild much of our ministry campus. In our Worship Service yesterday we shared very important information that will be in motion beginning this coming Sunday. 

But even before I get to all the directions and details I want to again celebrate a major victory for our ministry. First Bossier took a major step of faith and outreach in the building of Freedom Fields. That was a 4.2 million dollar project. Our church has been eliminating that debt for the past four years. 

This past August we launched an initiative called The Fourth Quarter Challenge. This initiative was focused upon eliminating the rest of our debt (several hundred thousand dollars) before the end of 2018 so we could pursue our building strategy in 2019. 

It was a bold move. It called for sacrificial giving. But I was so excited to share that not only did our church receive it’s highest year-end offering in the history of our ministry but last week we were able to completely pay-off all our remaining debt! I’m telling you, God can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants, however He wants. He calls us to trust Him, walk with great faith, and be willing to do whatever He calls us to do. God is using Freedom Fields in a great way and I can’t wait to see how He will use our new building strategy going forward. 

As I shared yesterday, whereas the Every Person Project Master Plan we presented in August 2018 was a future building campaign and multiple phase vision, it has now become our immediate rebuild mission. And it’s time! We have an exceptional Building Team committed to serving in this process with integrity, clarity, and bold vision for the future. And we will communicate this process as consistently as we can over throughout the year. 

In my message titled “Mobilized to Thrive” I provided a variety of details and direction for the coming weeks and months as we rebuild. Here is the core of that message so you can have it as we go into this coming Sunday, January 13th, and beyond:

FB Kids (K-5th)

Sunday Morning: Entrance C will be the main entrance for both Tiny Town age kids and FB Kids. While there are no changes for Tiny Town Kids there will be several changes for FB Kids. 

For the weeks leading up to the availability of the 400 Hall (prayerfully the first Sunday in February) FB Kids will be using some rooms in Tiny Town and even utilizing space in our Foyer and adjacent rooms. Kelly and her team are doing an amazing job being creative, fun, safe and secure in all of their planning. They will have small groups during the 9:15 hour and Worship Experience for kids at 10:45.

Wednesday Nights: Beginning January 16 at 6 pm, FB Kids will utilize some of the space in Tiny Town for their Spring Musical Ministry preparation, which a lot of kids participate in. Very fun!

First Students (6-12th)

Beginning this Sunday January 13th  at 9:15, Middle School Students will meet in the Gathering Place, located at Entrance B, for Small Groups. High School Students will be launching a new Small Group Strategy on Sunday nights, utilizing host homes in South Bossier, Bossier, Benton and surrounding areas. Ian will be sharing these details with parents and students this week.

Every church Ian has served at he has led High School Students in a Sunday night Home Group Ministry and it has flourished every time. Numerous churches across America utilize home groups for their High School Small Group Ministry. Ian has a plan and a process that can work. We will need parents and students willing to be creative and committed. 

High School Students on Sunday mornings at 9:15 will have an awesome opportunity to find a strategic place to serve in one of our ministry areas like children, Middle school small groups, greeters, etc. 

We simply don’t have the space to have both Middle School and High School on campus at one hour for small groups. So now is the time to step out and be strategic in equipping, connecting and reaching students in a new way. 

Both Middle School and High School students will worship with adults at the 10:45 Hour as they normally have. 

Wednesday Nights: Both Middle School and High School will worship together on campus in the Gathering Place (Entrance B). This begins Wednesday night January 16th at 6 PM. It is going to rock!

Journey Discipleship

(Wednesday Night Gathering)

Beginning Wednesday January 16th at 6 PM Tiny Town, FB Kids, Student Worship will be fully operational. The coffee shop will be open from 5:30-6:30. 

  • All Wednesday night kids ministry will happen in Tiny Town. 
  • All Wednesday night student ministry will happen in the Gathering Place. 
  • Worship Choir, Praise Team, Band will happen in the Worship Center. 
  • We will have some strategic Adult Discipleship Classes this spring. When they happen will depend upon when the 400 Hall becomes available. We already have classes, teachers and a plan but we just can’t announce the exact date until 400 Hall becomes available. 
  • Wednesday night meals (5-6 pm next to Hospitality Room) will begin as soon as the 400 Hall becomes available. 

Connect Groups 

(Small Groups for Young Adults-Senior Adults)

Question: Where do you house 700-1,000 Adults involved in our Connect Group Small Group Ministry?

We have looked at numerous options and scenarios. We have had several offers to use facilities. But one thing to remember is the further away from campus you are on Sunday mornings the more challenging to attend both a Connect Group and Worship Service. 

The Civic Center is right across the street. And they have been exceptional to work with. 

  • For the next three Sunday mornings, at 9:15 All Adult Connect Groups will be meeting together in the Banquet Hall at the Civic Center. We will have coffee and donuts in the foyer and I, along with David Raney, Ray Raney, and Joe Whitney, will be using the next three Sundays as an orientation as to how we will use the space at the Civic Center. 
  • As soon as the 400 Hall becomes available we will have about 8 Rooms to utilize for Connect Groups to use as well. 

We will be as creative as we can be to have Connect Groups not only meet but grow. We will do everything we can to provide a positive Connect Group Experience. 

Important: While most Sundays you can use most, if not all, of the Civic Center parking, we will be providing Shuttles who will be picking up and dropping off people at Entrances A, B, and C of our main campus. So we will have to be aware of time it takes to get started and dismiss in order to be in Worship Service on time.

We need each other now more than ever and being a part of a Connect Group is critical for your Christian walk and even more so when your church family is rebuilding. Lets be committed, involved, and inviting our friends! Can’t wait to see you this Sunday!

Love you, 

Pastor Brad

01/01/19 Recovery Update

First Bossier Church New Year Recovery Update 

January 1, 2019

First Bossier Family, 

On this New Year’s Eve it is a strategic time to evaluate the past year of challenges and victories that we have journeyed through together and to look ahead with faith, courage and vision for all God might do in 2019. 

I can’t encourage you enough to be in worship this Sunday morning at 10:45 for a special time of worship and insight as to how and what the “new normal” will look like for our ministry. As we rebound and rebuild our ministry campus there are numerous details and facets that we will be communicating this Sunday. 

Specifically we will be addressing what Sundays, Wednesdays, and weekly ministry in general will look like for our FB Kids (K-5th), FirstStudents (6-12th), Connect Groups and Journey Discipleship. There are multiple other ministry dynamics at play that our staff team is navigating in an awesome way and we will communicate those details as consistently as possible over the coming weeks.

Our Schedule for This Sunday:

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. 

I love what Isaiah 43:18 says, “Look, I am about to do something new;
even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers[e] in the desert.” 

Lets launch into 2019 in the power of this verse and the hope of our God! 

Love you, 

Pastor Brad