February 12, 2017
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for being a part of the Celebration Send-Off for the Stitts Family this past weekend. We know their family thoroughly appreciated the love and support that was shown to them. In his sermon, Pastor Eric gave us three challenges for the days ahead. First, to walk by faith. Bayside has a rich history of moving forward in faith according to 2 Corinthians 5:7. Second, to keep fishing. In Matthew 4, Jesus said to ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ We need to continue to share the gospel and point people to Christ both here in Chattanooga and around the world. Third, to be steadfast. 1 Corinthians 15:58 teaches us to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. This is not a season to quit, but rather to continue in the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to us.
The Deacons, Personnel Team, and Ministerial Staff are praying regularly to seek the Lord’s guidance and meeting to discuss plans for leading the church through the process ahead. We wanted to take this opportunity to share the roles of these groups and how they have already begun to work together during this season of transition.
– The Deacons are working toward outlining and clarifying the process of establishing a ‘Pastor Search Team’ as well as working with the personnel team and staff representatives to develop a timeline for this process. This process will be outlined and introduced on Sunday morning, February 25.
– The Personnel Team is currently working to develop a schedule of preaching for the next few months. *Please note that Eric Dill will be preaching for the next two Sundays, February 18 and February 25. Additional information will be announced as it becomes available.
– Ministerial Staff members will continue the day to day functions of the church. They will continue to visit those in the hospital, be available to pray or counsel with members, as well as maintaining the regular ministries of the church.
We ask that you continue to pray for our church in the days ahead. Please pray that our Bayside family will be of one heart and one mind (Acts 4:32). Also, begin seeking the Lord as to who you should nominate to serve as a part of the ‘Pastor Search Team’, and pray for wisdom and discernment for the Deacons, Personnel Team, and Ministerial Staff as well.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning for Small Group at 9:00 am followed by Worship at 10:15 am.
Bayside Baptist Church Deacons and Personnel Team