The church is NOT CLOSED. In Acts chapter 8 we hear these words: And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles…Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. The Early church experienced great growth during difficult times. It is the same for us here at Brookfield Lutheran and the Christian Church around the world. This is a time filled with a lot of challenges, but this is also an exciting time for the church.
Why is this exciting? Because the CHURCH has left the building! You are the CHURCH!
While the physical building of our church is closed, the CHURCH is NOT closed! We continue our mission of connecting people to life in Jesus. Ministry just looks different now as we navigate our new normal. As we navigate our new normal together, Brookfield Lutheran wants to resource, equip and encourage you as you pursue Jesus and serve others during this time. Our staff will be producing things like video encouragement, Bible study resources, kids activities and more to help you make the most of this time. Please be sure to check back here for all updates. We also encourage you to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram as we will also be posting updates there as well. If you are not on our emailing list please ask to be added by clicking here.
Moving forward, there are going to be changes outside of our control. WE trust that whatever may come our way, God is with us and God is for us. So what will this Sunday and beyond look like?
- We will be streaming live worship services via Facebook and our website. We will also make the videos available for viewing anytime on our website.
- We will be providing encouraging content each week to help you stay strong in your faith.
- We will be sharing opportunities to serve the church and our community as they become available. If you have needs or can provide needs to our church family and community, please click here.
Join us online this Sunday for worship! Our services will be live on Facebook and our website.
How can you best engage in online worship? Here are some guidelines for you:
- BE FULLY PRESENT
You’ll face a lot of digital distractions once the service kicks off. We want you to get the most out of the service so stay committed AND engaged.
- LIKE, SHARE & COMMENT
Even though we are not in the church building we can still have interaction! Ask questions, comment and CONNECT with each other! Share our service on your social feeds and invite friends to watch with you!
- ACTIVELY WORSHIP, DON’T JUST WATCH
You can’t feed your body by watching other people eat and you can’t feed your soul by watching others worship. Sing, pray and read the Bible along with us. (You can access the Bible readings and sermon notes through the Youversion Bible App!) Most importantly, share what you’ve learned and connect with others!
We are looking forward to seeing you online during Holy week. You can join us on Facebook or our website. All dates and times are listed below.
Monday, April 6 | 12:00pm
Tuesday, April 7 | 12:00pm
Wednesday, April 8 | 12:00pm
Thursday, April 9 | 12:00pm
Good Friday, April 10
12:00pm | Poor In Spirit
1:00pm | Those Who Mourn
2:00pm | Meek
3:00pm | Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
4:00pm | Merciful
5:00pm | Persecuted for Righteousness’ sake
6:00pm | It is Finished
EASTER SUNDAY, April 11
A copy of all videos will be available on our website as soon as possible at brookfieldlutheran.org.
Our mission work WILL continue in many different ways. Please be reminded that you can still honor your tithes and giving in this challenging time. We recognize that there may be a trememdous impact to some of our brothers and sisters in this period. Be assured that every cost-saving measure we can achieve as a staff is being taken. However, our mission of connecting people to life in Jesus continues. Even though we’re not gathering in-person for the church, our needs remain constant, and you still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by supporting the ministries of Brookfield Lutheran. We have 3 easy ways for you to continue giving your gifts to God. If you need help setting up online, please call the church office at 262-783-4270.
At Brookfield Lutheran we value relationships and generosity in all we do. We seek to serve our family and community by supporting each other with love and mercy during these uncertain times. This form will be the way to connect with each other to share needs as well as resources.
Please indicate what resources you have to share as well as needs you are aware of both personally or in the community. If you see a need you can assist with, we encourage you to be the hands and feet of Jesus and do so. If you see something that needs additional help or resources, please let us know. If you have resources but have not seen opportunities, this is a great place to let us know so we could pair you up with a need. If you have a need and are looking for some help, please let us help you!
Many people don't have a lot of experience with asking for help. But, as the church we are called to love our neighbors, especially in hard times. Together, we can make sure everyone in our community has what they need. Click HERE to fill out the form. Someone will be in touch with you soon!
Jesus’ Power is Unexpected
Palm Sunday (Luke 19:28-40)
RightNow Media is a free resource available to you and your kids. The kids section has a large selection of safe content for your children to be view which will aslo teach them more about the Bible. You don’t have to worry about unwanted ads with this resource! RightNow media can be used on your computer, phone, tablet or smart TV. If you don’t have a subscription yet, you can sign up here.
YouTube channels for Kids!
Your kids might find some of their past VBS favorites on a few of these YouTube channels!
To Mars And Beyond!
Bible Stories for Kids
God’s Story Videos: Different Bible Story Videos for Kids!
Jesus’ Songs for Preschoolers
Lots of free ideas available to you!
Ministry to Children
Each week, we will host 3 Zoom video meetings for students: one for 5th & 6th grade, one for 7th & 8th grade, and one for high school students. The meetings will be under 30 minutes and we'll spend time socializing with each other, praying for each other, and in a brief devotion.
One of the core values of Brookfield Lutheran is relationships and, in this time of social distancing, we want to continue to offer opportunities for students to gather with Christian peers to feel supported, connected, and loved.
OUR FIRST MEETING WILL BE SUNDAY MARCH 22 AT 3PM (5th & 6th), 4PM (7th & 8th) and 5PM (high school). Students can participate in this meeting via computer, phone, or tablet. Simply click the link below to join the meeting a little before the start time and you will be prompted the rest of the way. On a computer, it will load in a browser. On a phone or tablet, you'll be required to download the free app to join. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need assistance prior to the meeting.
FIRST: Watch This
You will need a free RightNow Media account to view the video. Click HERE to get one.
Click HERE to watch the video.
SECOND: Discuss This
Discuss these questions as a family. This isn't a pop quiz! Allow everyone to share.
- Does someone have to know their purpose in order to live wisely? Why or why not?
- Culture says your purpose is all about you, but Scripture says it's all about others. Why is this hard? Can concerning yourself with other go too far? How should Christians love themselves and others?
- As we are continually forgiven and restored, we are sent into the world to bring that same forgiveness and healing to others through Christ. How can your family do that right now during this time of pandemic?
THIRD: Read This
Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 and discuss what it tells you about your purpose and identity.
FOURTH: Pray This
Have each person share one thing they would like prayers for. Allow for each request to be prayed for. A good way to do this is to let each person pray for the person to their right.
Make sure to check in with each other this week to see how the situations you prayed for are going and if you can offer any support.
We want to "see" you on youversion! Pastor Eric is put together a Bible Plan on YouVersion so that we can connect with each other. We are going to go through the 4 gospels, a “chapter a day”.
How To Take Home Group Online
What a difference a week makes…the world is looking for hope and we have an unprecedented opportunity to provide it. Your small group is now more important than ever. By keeping your members connected you can offer the care, support, and community that everyone needs, especially right now. Of course, we’ll need to adjust the way that we stay connected as conditions change. Our ministry team is doing our best to make sure you have the best next steps and resources to successfully move your Home Group online during this season.
Let's get started!
How can we take our home group online for this season?
1. Pick a platform
- Video meeting: Zoom.us, Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, or Facebook Video Chat by Messenger
- Audio only: Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, or group phone call
- Info to keep in mind about two of the main platforms:
- Zoom’s free platform limits video meetings to 40 min. Someone in your group might have access to an upgraded subscription through their work or other connections. JUST ASK!
- Google Hangouts free platform has unlimited time for video meetings but limits the number of people per group to 10. However, everyone will need a GMAIL account, which you can sign up for free.
- Are you having trouble navigating through any of these platforms? Contact Pastor Eric and he is happy to help you! (503-680-4966 call/text)
2. Decide on the curriculum
- We encourage your group to use RightNow Media if you are looking for a Bible study to do as a group. Each member of the group can create their own, FREE login by going here: bit.ly/BLCRIGHTNOW
- Group members can watch videos on-demand individually prior to meeting and when you meet focus on discussion
- You may also choose to walk through a book of the Bible or chapter of the Bible. The Book of Psalms or one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) would be an excellent way to start.
- Your discussion can be formatted into two main questions for group discussion:
- What is God saying in this passage? (LEARN)
- Given what God is saying, what are you going to do about it? (APPLY)
3. Understand how a normal group time will look online
- Welcome everyone. People will be late online, just as your in-person group, so build in some buffer time to catch up in the beginning.
- Warm up the group by getting people to use the “Mute" and “Unmute" button. Ask an icebreaker question. Let everyone answer the question.
- In order to make good use of your time online: Have group members watch the study prior to meeting to allow more time for disucssion.
- Share prayer requests and be ready to take extra time with someone going through a tough season. Don’t rush through this time together online.
- End the video meeting with prayer.
4. General tech tips for a smooth online home group
- Who in your group is the “techie”? Identify that individual to help get you and the rest of the group set up. If you don’t have anyone, Contact Pastor Eric and he is happy to help you! (503-680-4966 call/text)
- Have the primary light in your house shining onto your face (sunlight from a window or lamp) and not behind you. If the light is in the background your camera will struggle to display your face. Think about where is the best lighting location at the specific time your group meets and test the spot out.
- Select the quietest place in your house (avoid turning your dishwasher or washer/dryer on right before group time)
- If your group contains families with young children, consider moving your meeting time later so parents can put their children to bed before the meeting.
- Make sure your camera on your laptop is angled correctly. Use a box nearby to elevate and level your camera on your laptop.
- Login to your meeting software to change default mic and camera settings. (Preferences or Settings depending the platform). Knowing how to adjust mic/camera will save you from awkward pauses + you can help other group members out as well.
- Figure out how to use mute & unmute. The creator of the meeting can mute/unmute any participant, which is helpful thing to know upfront.
- Recommend that group members download meeting software prior to meeting and give it a test run. Most platforms have a mobile app or desktop software, which are easy to install, but do take time depending on your internet speed.
Your group IS the church. On behalf of the home group team at Brookfield Lutheran we are praying that your group will be able to meet successfully and continue to encourage and uplift everyone during this difficult time.
Special thanks to Saddleback Church Small Groups Ministry for providing many of these useful tips and tools for our congregation to use.