In 1995, Thomas Cahill began a series he called The Hinges of History. Perhaps the two best known are How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews. In his introduction to the series, he wrote:
We normally think of history as one catastrophe after another… but history is also the narratives of grace, the recounting of those blessed and inexplicable moments when someone did something for someone else, saved a life, bestowed a gift, gave something beyond what was required by circumstance.
In January, the elementary children hosted friends from Buechel Park Baptist Church for a sleepover in the Family Life Center. The students played games together, worked on crafts, and had an evening devotion before bedtime and a movie. The children have already talked about how excited they are to do this again next year, and invite other churches!
Wednesday Night Activities resumed on January 10, with the Deacon Ordination and Installation Service. Our regular schedule begins on January 17, with a small group for adults at 5:15 p.m., dinner at 5:45 p.m., and small groups for all ages at 6:30 p.m
In 2016, the church borrowed $60,000 on a line of credit to make up for a short-fall in the budget for that year. There were no funds included in the current year’s budget to pay down the debt, and nothing has been included in the budget for 2018 toward repayment. Our interest payment is $200 per month.
Join our Women on Mission for their Annual Christmas Meditation on Tuesday, December 19, at 11 a.m., in Gheen’s Chapel. This sacred time is a way to experience a peaceful and, for many, much needed break during the holiday season.
In the six churches where I served as an Intentional Interim (meaning a self-study was involved), one consistent response was always voiced at the conclusion of the workshops: “We really needed to do this. I really feel I know people in a way I never did before.”
If your Sunday School class is not meeting this summer, there are still ways to get involved during the Sunday School hour. The Spiritual Formation Team has worked hard to create intergenerational Sunday School opportunities, and we hope you will find the Summer Service and Summer Seminars to be great ways to connect and stay involved throughout the summer. This is also a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend!
Please note: Due to Spring Break, Wednesday Night Dinner is not scheduled on Wednesday, April 5. The following week, we will have dinner on Maundy Thursday, April 13. and no dinner on Wednesday, April 12.
April 9 Palm Sunday 11 a.m. Worship
April 13 Maundy Thursday Dinner and Service Dinner—6 p.m. Friendship Hall (Please RSVP with the church office) Service—7 p.m. Chapel
April 15 Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. Family Life Center
Twelve years ago Broadway adopted this mission statement:
We seek to learn, live and proclaim Christ’s message of grace, hope and love through worship, fellowship and service.
Sundays, February 12-26 will feature sermons unpacking the three key themes embedded in this statement, and, I would add, embedded in the DNA of Broadway. Every time we have asked questions about strategy or have tried to discern God’s direction, these three themes have come up.
Over the last two years I have served at Broadway, Deacons Meetings have become some of my favorite monthly gatherings. Not only are the people chosen to serve in this capacity a joy to be around, but the thoughtful way in which they lead this church is inspiring to watch.
Each month at Deacons Meeting, one of the Deacons leads the group in a devotion. December’s devotion came from Ken Cox, who was installed as a Deacon last year. The words of his prayer at the conclusion of the devotion stuck with me as I looked forward to 2017, and how the new Deacon Body will live into its role as servant leaders:
Dear God, help us as individuals and as a church to be resilient, persistent in our mission to be better in Christ’s image, and to be adaptable, open to change and new ideas to stay relevant in a changing world. This we ask in Jesus’s name. Amen.
On Wednesday, January 11, a new slate of Deacons will be ordained or installed. I can’t wait to work with Katherine Abbott Devins, Debby Griffin, Bob Hook, Janet Hymer, Shelly Jones, Stephen Lin, Steve Naiser, and Ron Newcomer, and see how they will lead the church in innovative and inspiring ways.
If you haven’t already, please make plans to attend the Deacon Ordination and Installation Service on Wednesday at 6 p.m., in the Chapel. Wednesday Night Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m., and you can call the church office by Tuesday at 12 p.m., to make reservations.
During the month of January, the Love in Action Bins will be used to collect items for Family Scholar House and Samaritan Patrol.
For Family Scholar House: Cold and flu season is fast approaching, and despite our best efforts, scholars of all ages at Family Scholar House are susceptible. As we prepare, we could use your help with donations to speed recovery for anyone who cannot escape the germs, including: Chicken soup - pull-top cans Saltine crackers Peanut butter - prefer creamy Jelly or Jam Applesauce - individual cups Jello - boxes or individual cups Cereal bars Herbal tea bags Honey Box tissues
For Samaritan Patrol (ministry to those who are homeless in our community): Hearty Canned Soups
A few folks have been asking for an update to the staffing proposal placed before the church in August, 2016. The original proposal failed to garner the strong consensus it needed to move forward, with revisions made throughout the fall. An ad hoc team is being formed that will begin its work in the coming weeks. Their task will be to propose a Staffing Ministry Alignment Plan that will organize the staff around the church’s priorities and also try to address issues regarding long term employee retention, recruitment, and advancement. Until this group’s work is approved by the church, we will remain in an interim status with youth ministry, and the pastoral staff will continue their excellent work in their current roles.
As I reflect back on my first year serving as a Deacon at Broadway, I am reminded of the strength that lies within our church walls. This year has been full of learning, understanding, and compassion as our church continues to adapt and grow in so many wonderful ways, and I could not be more proud to be here for it all.
Growing up in this church, Broadway has walked with me through each phase of life thus far. From summers spent at Vacation Bible School while in the children’s ministry, to years full of mission trips and close friendships in the youth group, up until where I find myself currently, as a young adult that has been given the privilege to serve the church I love as a Deacon.
Thinking back on my Deacon Ordination Service a year ago, I will never forget the laying on of hands portion of the service where fellow church members spoke words of encouragement and affirmation as I began my time as a Deacon. I will always cherish that special experience and the impact it continues to have on my journey of faith. This past year has truly made my time at Broadway come full circle. From childhood to adulthood, I have been overjoyed to be a part of this community of faith through every season of life, but especially now, in the role of Deacon. The life of our church is vibrant and I am thrilled to be able to serve her in this capacity.
Please join us for the Deacon Ordination and Installation service in the Chapel on Wednesday, January 11, at 6 p.m. The deacons being ordained or installed who will begin service in 2017 are Katherine Abbott Devins, Debby Griffin, Bob Hook, Janet Hymer, Shelly Jones, Stephen Lin, Steve Naiser, and Ron Newcomer.
God's Light in First John: A Sermon Series Based on Notes of Dr. Roy Honeycutt
Emily Dickinson once wrote, “Death sets a thing significant/ The eye had hurried by.” Such was the case when I came across some notes in the margins of Dr. Roy Honeycutt’s Greek New Testament, which was kindly passed along to me by his wife, June, after his death. I discovered that he had worked carefully through the Greek of First John, and had many many notes in the margins. So, January 15 - February 5, I’ll be preaching a sermon series based on those notes.
For those of you who might not be aware, Dr. Honeycutt was the longtime president of Southern Seminary here in Louisville. He was my seminary president, and profoundly influenced Baptist life in our city, our nation, and our world. He was also a friend to Broadway down the years, and Broadway is now home to members of his family.
When I discovered – and later joined – Broadway in 2009, I felt like I had been given a gift. I was wading through my mid-20’s in a new city that I loved, but hadn’t quite found my place in yet. I hadn’t been active in a church for several years, but felt strongly that I needed to find a local spiritual community.