Cross Country Cyclist to visit BHUMC on July 20th
Tom L’Italien is on a cross country bike and he is cycling to speak with veterans and their families about suicide and the Mental Health of veterans. Tom started his journey on July 4th in San Diego California and his goal is to finish in Fort Lauderdale by August 1st. He belongs to the Team Veterans Foundation to whom advocates and provides help for veterans suffering from Mental Health issues such as PTSD, however his main reason for this year’s ride is to raise awareness of the Veteran Suicide Rate. Tom will arrive at BHUMC around 2:30 pm on Sunday July 20th. Please come by and help us welcome him and support him on his journey. Please spread the word to your Veterans, Friends, Family, and community.
Sanctuary Move - Worship in the new Sanctuary will be August 10th.
We are happy to announce the following staff additions.
- Cindy Riddick, a candidate for Ordained Ministry, has been hired full time as Director of Congregational Life beginning June 5
- Our own highly talented Jonathan Aigner has accepted a full time position as Communications and Worship Music Director beginning the first week of June.
- Kari Whitmarsh will be assisting Joel Coulter as our student Summer Intern from the The University of Texas-Austin.
So, how will you be celebrating the fourth of July? I suspect that most of us will be celebrating the usual ways with some sort of grilled food, perhaps a picnic with friends. If you’re lucky, you may even participate in watching a firework or two. For the most part, it seems like our national celebration has fallen into a bit of a routine, hasn’t it?
This year, I plan on doing all the usual things too. But I would like to add something to our celebration ritual. This year, I want to challenge all of us to take a moment to reflect on the impact of this day in history. Perhaps, to ponder how we might be grateful recipients of this grand experiment called America.The Fourth of July is more than just a day to celebrate with fireworks, isn’t it? Too many sacrifices have been made to reduce this day to a barbeque. Instead, i think we could make our own declaration today. A declaration of how we might continue to make this country better.
That could mean something as noble as volunteering at a local shelter or cleaning up a stretch of road. But it might mean something as simple as getting to know the family next door….and celebrating how we are similar and different from each other.
As we do this, I suspect we will find that we all want the same thing that our ancestors tried to write down in a document. We want a chance to live fully, safely, and with purpose. May we be about cultivating that chance for others, as much as we desire it for ourselves.
I wish you and your family a great Fourth of July!!!
In the words of my Dad…..”Don’t blow your fingers off with that firecracker!”
Sundays - 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.
- All Sunday worship services at BUHMC are constructed based on the assigned scriptures from the Revised Common Lectionary.
- Our Sunday worship services are marked by symbolic liturgy, preaching, and congregational singing. The Chancel Choir sings at the 9:45 service. Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.
- During each service, we have a special children's sermon. Children are invited to come forward and hear the message of the day presented directly to them by the pastor.
- Childcare is available during both services. Infant care is in room 132 and toddlers in room 134.
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High" - Psalm 92:1
We believe that gathering for worship is central to the life of a faith community. It is in worship that we participate in the amazing story of God’s grace moving throughout history and into our lives. In our gatherings, we celebrate Christ as a community. We also believe that is important to reflect the dynamic nature of God by offering various forms and styles of worship. Aside from our regular Sunday worship services, we offer other creative worship opportunities throughout the week specifically for children and youth.