Congregational Care & Family Ministries

Summer Listening Sessions 
At BFUMC, we continue to seek God’s will and better understand how to best be a disciple and make disciples for the transformation of the world! We hope you will be part of our Summer Listening Sessions – a one-hour time of listening and responding to a podcast produced by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
          How Can I draw the Circle Wider? By Jaqui Lewis – Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. at BFUMC
          Being a Missionary in Your Own Community by Laura Heikes – Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at BFUMC

Keeping the Faith at Home this Summer

  1. Worship together. Sunday School is in recess for the summer but be sure to take time to worship together – at either our 8 a.m. Church on the Island or our 9 a.m. service in the sanctuary (or both!)
  2. Pick a family verse for the summer. Consider making it your summer “motto”. Then touch base each week to find ways that verse has impacted how you live.
  3. Share ways God is working in your life. My family recently discovered these “Faith Talk Cards” as a great way to start the conversation.
  4. Serve together: Ask what needs to be done and look outward. Pick up trash in a park or around the neighborhood. Offer to mow a neighbor’s lawn while they are out of town. Bake and deliver cookies. Have a lemonade stand or garage sale and donate the proceeds.
  5. Create a family prayer chart: It may be harder to get the whole family together during the summer. But if you post prayer needs in prominent place in the house, you can each pray for each other individually. Schedule some time at the end of the week to update the chart and celebrate God at work.
  6. Be Still: Set the alarm freakishly early to go watch the sunrise together. Or stay up late to watch it set. Just spend time… together… quietly.
  7. Send each other love notes: Maybe it’s a note tucked in a summer-camp suitcase, or a picture stuffed under a pillow in the bedroom. Find creative ways to surprise each other with notes of affection.
  8. At the end of the summer take time to remember and celebrate what God has done. Have a bonfire with s’mores and share stories. Maybe even follow the lead of the ancient Israelites and stack some stones in a corner of your yard to remember what God did this summer. (Carl & Katie Bliss, 2018, Life 96.5) 

Save the Date for our 12th Annual First Fest

Sunday, September 8 – First Fest – immediately following worship. Get a first glance at the different groups, events; sign up for Sunday School, studies, discipleship opportunities and more!

--Rev Jeff Hodge, Pastor of Congregational Care & Family Ministries