Our mission and ministry flows out of our worship. Each Sunday, we gather to worship with reverence, relevance, openness, and joy. Bon Air is a family friendly church and children are welcomed in worship. Activity bags are available for children from an usher. Childcare for infants through two year olds is available in our nursery. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month and other feast days and special occasions. All baptized persons are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
Music is an import part of our worship. We sing God’s praises and enter into God’s presence with wonder and thanksgiving. Our choir and bell choir lead us at the 11:00 a.m. service.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SCHEDULE
8:30 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Morning Coffee
9:45 a.m. Adult Education and Youth Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Children’s Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
APRIL FOOLS …
This year, Easter Sunday falls on April Fool’s Day.
Believe it or not, that is very theologically appropriate!
Easter is the morning when the Lord laughs out loud … laughs at all the things that snuff out joy and all the things that pretend to be all-powerful, like cruelty and anger and despair and evil. Jesus sweeps them away with his wonderful resurrection laughter.
LOOKING AHEAD TO EASTER
Sunday, April 1
8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Festive Brass Music
begins 10 minutes before each service
Easter Sunday Breakfast
begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Easter Egg Hunt and Flowering the Cross
10:30 a.m. on the front lawn
Children’s Butterfly Easter Party
during the 11:00 worship
Easter Sunday for Families
Easter Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m.
in the front courtyard
Butterfly Release Celebration
during 11:00 a.m. worship
In the Bible narratives, the wilderness is the place where the sojourners find God. The wilderness is the place where the people deepen their self-understanding and their relationship with the Lord.
This Lenten worship series, based on the book, Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers) by Eric Elnes, is about “seeing life through new eyes and recognizing that experiences of failure, emptiness, and uncertainty are as critical for finding our way through life as they are unavoidable.” We will see how the struggles of life can be the seedbed of spiritual awakening to the fullness of life.
Ash Wednesday, February 14 – FINDING OURSELVES IN THE WILDERNESS
We embark on a series of worship that will invite us to explore all the places where we find ourselves–not just the seemingly stable and blessed places, but the ones that feel lost, unsure, uncomfortable. These are the places where Jesus says “Do not be afraid, it’s me calling you out here to find the depths of your very soul.”
February 18 – JOURNEY OF UNCERTAINTY
Life is messy. Life is uncertain. Rather than a problem to be solved, what if we saw uncertainty as a gift helping us let go of all we cannot know so that we can live more wholeheartedly? We begin our Lent journey where rich discoveries can be made when we are willing to answer the question, “Do you want to be made well?”
February 25 — THE DESOLATE LANDSCAPE
We may sometime feel empty inside and fear that there is nothing there of worth. But, what if we let go of our obsession with worthiness and accept that if we want to be filled, getting empty is the best way? We hear that even Jesus felt empty despair … and that was when God’s possibility of life beyond that pain was revealed.
March 4 – THUNDERSTRUCK!
Storms of life can make way for moments of insight that can offer us direction, helping us to negotiate life’s path and see our unique place in the world. Our Lenten journey of discernment and introspection invite us to open our senses in the midst of the storm.
March 11 – LOST ALONG THE WAY
The path of life is rarely clear or straight-forward. We find ourselves lost, unclear which direction to go. It is at these times of getting lost that we begin to pay more attention than we usually do. Perhaps we are looking for blatant signs when the subtle nudges of Spirit are already right there.
March 18 – WILDERNESS TEMPTATIONS
The gift of temptation may bring images of resisting evil–sometimes in seriously dangerous forms or as seemingly benign as a chocolate bar. But instead, the temptation for this week is following the “should’s” dictated only by outside expectations instead of following the path that helps us bring the best of our energy and joy to the world.
Palm Sunday, March 25 – A PARADE OF MISFITS
As Jesus comes into Jerusalem at the beginning of that fateful week, he is surrounded by those who will live the uncertainty, temptation and emptiness in their journey of life in faith. Could that be us?
The mission of our Christian Education program is to support spiritual growth by providing relevant educational experiences that open our hearts and minds to the joy of life in Christ. Education programs are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. for children, youth and adults.
Adult Education – The goals of adult education are to foster spiritual growth and increase fellowship, in small group settings, where a variety of opportunities are provided to explore scripture, history, theological diversity and contemporary issues while respecting and nurturing faith and reaching out to the community to gain connectedness.
Children and Youth – Our Christian Education classes are designed to help children and youth discover their faith, develop a personal relationship with Jesus, and demonstrate God’s love to the world.
Enrichment Program – After the “Children’s Conversation” during the 11:00 worship hour, young children are invited to a special program with stories, crafts, and fun.
Youth Fellowship – PYC (Presbyterian Youth Connection) In addition to the Sunday School opportunity, the youth at BAPC can participate in a weekly youth program that includes social activities, service projects, seasonal retreats and camp (Camp Hanover, Montreat, and Massanetta).
Confirmation Class- As numbers and age warrant, Bon Air offers young people an opportunity to become full members of the church family by completing a nineteen week confirmation class which teaches them about the responsibilities and meaning of church membership.
Lenten Small Group Study
February 18-March 25
Give Up Something Bad for Lent
Give Up Harsh, Condemning Judgements for Lent
Give Up the Enemies Within for Lent
Give Up Running Away for Lent
Give Up a Bad Habit for Lent
Give Up Pettiness for Lent
Wrap Your Arms Around Something Good for Easter
During the 40 days of Lent many of us give up something we like – a temporary sacrifice until after Easter. How would our lives be different if we gave up bad habits such as envy, jealousy, apathy, gossip, and negative thinking – for good? During Lent, small groups will study Give Up Something Bad for Lent by James W. Moore. This book gives each of us an opportunity to take a closer look inside ourselves to discover what is holding us back from a deeper relationship with God and the people in our lives. Each week, the study includes a reading based on Bible verses and questions for reflection.
Discussion groups will be offered at church on Sunday mornings, Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings, and Thursday mornings. Sign-up for a group on the board in the Church Office foyer. Books will be on sale for $11.00 each and can be purchased the first three Sundays in February.
HEY KIDS – Another chance to ring those chimes! Mr. Henley will again be leading our children in hand chime ringing at the beginning of the Sunday school hour, starting January 14, at 9:45 a.m. Put on your brilliant tie-dyed gloves and join the fun.
YOUTH EVENT CALENDAR
Service Project: Saturday March 10 10:00 a.m. Help Set up for CARITAS Guests
Sunday March 11 5:30 p.m. Serve Dinner for CARITAS Guests
Camp Hanover Youth Day: Sunday March 18 2-4 p.m. for Middle and High School Youth
Camp Hanover Fun Day: Sunday April 22 2-p.m. for Middle and High School Youth
Preschool Sunday School
Each Sunday our children will learn Bible studies that follow the church calendar, learning about God’s love in their lives and how to live their faith in the world. Through fun activities, prayer, and singing, children will gather in God’s grace and learn to respond joyfully in gratitude. Our preschool teachers are: Elaine Kasten and Becky Bullock.
Elementary Sunday School
We are excited about our new curriculum that teaches the stories of God’s love from our Scriptures and teaching children how they can live their faith in the world. Our elementary school teachers are: Elaine Augburn and Linda Jackson.
Middle School and High School Classes Our Middle School and High School classes will explore God’s grace through conversation and dialog around faith questions asked by Youth. We will begin the year talking about Jesus, “Who is Jesus?” “How is Jesus God?” and “What makes Jesus so great?”.