It’s been fourteen months since the beginning of the pandemic. Fourteen months! I still find myself describing life before Covid and life during Covid. And I am soooo looking forward to life after Covid! On April 11th, we added a GREEN seating option in the worship center for those who are fully vaccinated and comfortable without social distancing and masking requirements.
Masks are still required for everyone to enter the facility and get to your seat and when moving around the building, as well as when leaving.
We will continue to offer YELLOW seating for those who desire to mask the entire service, and BLUE seating for those who wish to remove their face coverings during the sermon.
Like many of you, Melanie and I are now fully vaccinated. If you have not already gotten your shot(s), I hope you will strongly consider joining the vaccinated!
Discover Huffman | Lunch & Learn
On April 25th we hosted our first Lunch & Learn session of Discover Huffman. This was an opportunity for recently joined members and guests to learn more about HBC and what it means to be a member. At the conclusion of the session, two ladies committed to church membership, stating that the felt led by the Holy Spirit to become a part of the Huffman Baptist Church family. Join me in welcoming our two newest members: Ruthie Finch and Stephanie Finch. Ruthie has attended HBC for several years and is an active member of Linda Word’s Sunday School Class. Stephanie has attended HBC in the past and is the mother of our own Connor and Ella Dannel.
Participation in Discover Huffman | Lunch & Learn is required for church membership. We will hold our next session this summer.
Community Engagement Opportunities
For the past several months we have partnered with Kingdom Family Christian Fellowship and the Christian Service Mission to distribute food boxes to people in our neighborhood on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 11:00 AM. In addition to distributing food boxes, this month we are scheduled to serve at the Christian Service Mission warehouse on Saturday, May 22nd from 9:00 until 11:00 AM. This is an opportunity for us to give back to CSM.
Children’s Ministry Relaunch
We continue to plan the road back to “normal” activities in July with a full-scale Vacation Bible School to reach families in our community. Please join us in praying for this pivotal outreach ministry to the 6,000 families with children who live within a 3-mile radius of 700 Huffman Road! We want to use the momentum of a successful VBS for a total relaunch of our Children’s Ministry.
As we prepare for VBS and the children’s ministry relaunch, our Facilities Team is preparing to reopen the first floor of our Children’s Building. Making wise and strategic use of this building will be key to the success of this relaunch. We will be working diligently in the next two months to prepare this space.
Partnerships will also be incredibly important for a successful relaunch of our children’s ministry. It’s hard to start a children’s ministry without a core group of young families who have children. About a month ago, I reached out to a larger area church to ask this question. “Would you be willing to send a few young families with children as missionaries to help us relaunch our children’s ministry?” To show you how God works, their staff had recently completed a prayer retreat where they felt God leading them into some form of ministry partnership with a revitalizing church. Please join me in praying as we continue conversations!
Many of us have young family members with children who live in the metro area and might be willing to partner with us as well. Would you prayerfully consider inviting them to be a part of this wonderful mission opportunity?
The Road Back | Summer 2021
In addition to relaunching our Children’s Ministry this summer, we are also looking to get back into the “normal” rhythm of church life at Huffman Baptist Church. I can’t wait to gather for in-person prayer meetings on Wednesday afternoons and to sit around the tables in the fellowship hall enjoying good food and fellowship. Be on the lookout for details in next month’s edition of The Source.