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November 23, 2018

Greetings E-news Friends,

Jesus Cares for the Prominent and the Poor
We never meet a person that does not matter to Jesus. It is a reflection of his nature and character. In this next installment on the Gospel of Mark we will look at two events that happened side-by-side. Jesus changed the life of a very prominent person in the community and the life of a very poor women who had been suffering for twelve years. You will be inspired by the message of these two events in history. Bring a friend who needs to hear an encouraging word.

Nativity Scene
Christmas time is the season for lights. They are on our homes, on the street, and in the shopping centers. Most of the light have no message. They simply wow us with their glowing colors.

This evening at Briarcliff you will see lights come on that have a message. A very attractive nativity scene will come on that will attract thousands of passers-by with the message of Christmas--the birth of our Savior. This nativity scene has been donated to us by a Briarcliff member. If you are in the area this evening, drive by and take a look. Pray it will help people stop and reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

Announcing Two New Board Members
The board was unanimous in the meeting last week in presenting Todd Norris and Michael Stoker as new board members. Michael has served on our church board before and, after rotating off for one year, has agreed to serve again. He is on our worship team and works as an administrator of Hospice. He and his wife Ronda have five children. Todd Norris is a leader in our Briarcliff Kids and owns a business that serves adults who are developmentally delayed.  He and his wife Lori have three children.

If you have questions or concerns, let us know in the next 30 days. They will begin their three year term on the board on January 1, 2019. We are extremely grateful for the service of Ron Booth and Dennis Pruessner who will be rotating off the board at the end of this year.

Christmas Dance Performance, December 8, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Each performance is beautifully provided by Studio 10.  All the proceeds from this event will help fund the missions of Hillcrest at Avondale. This is a life-changing ministry that helps people who are homeless. It provides transitional housing and training to help them successfully get on their feet and live a productive life. Tickets for this event will be available this Sunday. This  is a great opportunity to invite unchurched friends, so plan to purchase a ticket for them and have them join you. There will be two shows, 5:00 and 7:00 PM.

Building Dedication
We are getting very close to completing the renovation of the auditorium. There will be a celebration and dedication of this building on Sunday, December 9, 5:00 PM. There will be child care available for birth-3 years old, but you must register by Sunday, December 2. Register Now

Christmas Eve
There will be one Christmas Eve service this year at 5:00 PM. It will be a wonderful time for family and friends. Some of the children from Briarcliff Kids will be singing. Of course, we will be giving out Christmas ornaments to all the children. They are made of olive wood from Bethlehem. There will be a clear presentation of the gospel and the lighting of the advent candles.  Begin praying now about who you will invite to come with you. There will be child care available for birth-3 years old. but you must register by Wednesday, December 19. Register Now

Christmas Child Adoption
All of the children of inmates have been adopted for the Lansing Christmas Banquet!! Way to go Briarcliff! You continue to be very generous people who make a difference in many lives. Thanks!

Part-Time Custodial Position
An opening for part-time custodial position is available beginning December 1, 2018.

If interested, please click here to find the application. Please drop off your completed application at the church anytime Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. You will be notified regarding the receipt of your application and the next steps.        

READY Youth Conference | Briarcliff Students
Amidst a culture shifting like the tide, it is imperative that students are ready to defend “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). So, mark your calendars for Ready, a youth conference held at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on January 25-26, 2019. This conference features the following guest speakers: Sam Bierig, Brian Davis, Rechab Gray, Owen Strachan, and Jared C. Wilson. An additional concert with nobigdyl. will be held on January 25. Click here to register today!

Small Groups
Our mission at Briarcliff is to share the gospel, grow in community and serve others in a way that glorifies God. Small groups are a major part of growing in community. Most of our groups are partnering with the messages on Mark. This will be a meaningful and life-changing experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow in community. You can find out more HERE.   

UPCOMING EVENTS

Advent Season Begins - December 2

Christmas Dance Performance - December 8, 5:00 and 7:00 PM

Renovation Dedication & Celebration - December 9, 5:00 PM

Christmas Eve Service - December 24, 2018, 5:00 PM

READY Youth Conference | Briarcliff Student - January 25th-26th

 

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