On the horizon

Land Acquisition

Property details:

Address:

2400 N. River Rd. Venice, FL 34292
Close to interstate exit 191 for River Rd.

Status:

As of 10:51 am, Friday, May 31, documents have been signed and land is purchased by TBC!

Size:

21 Acres

Community Access:

Easily accessible from North Port, Englewood, Venice, and Nokomis via I75 or River Rd.

Map:

Aerial drone footage:

Latest Update:

  • Purchase of the 21 acre site on River Road has been finalized as of 10:51 am, Friday, May 31.
  • GOD has been faithful to TBC throughout this entire process. He was with us as we overcame all of the hurdles facing us at every turn.
  • Please continue to:
    • Pray for development of land.
    • Support our one-time gift offering and/or 12 month pledge to help cover the continuing cost associated with the development costs.

Things to pray for:

Pray for the decision makers
For wisdom
Proverbs 24:3-4 By wisdom a house is built,  and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives  to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
 
For unity
I Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Philippians 1:27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.
 
For protection
Nehemiah 4:16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor.
Proverbs. 2:8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.
Psalms 91:2-3 This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
 
For favor
Psalm 90:17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands- yes establish the work of our hands.
Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he guides it wherever he pleases.
Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God.

For provision
Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God.
Exodus 25:1-2,8 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering...and let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.
Exodus 36:2-7 So Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and all the others who  were specially gifted by the Lord and were eager to get to work. Moses gave them the materials donated by the people of Israel as sacred offerings for the completion of the sanctuary. But the people continued to bring additional gifts each morning. Finally the craftsmen who were working on the sanctuary left their work. They went to Moses and reported, “The people have given more than enough materials to complete the job the Lord has commanded us to do!” So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: “Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!” So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings. Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project.
2 Corinthians 8:7 Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
 
For obedient hearts
 
Pray for the body
For unity – that all might catch the vision
For participation in prayer and provision

Pray for the Venice community
That the seeds we’ve sown will bear fruit
For favor and good relationships with municipal agencies
That we would be a blessing to the Venice Community.

Would you like to give toward the future development?

Pastor Search Update

Lead Teaching Pastor

Search Team:

Maria Brinkley
David Brower
Peter Gemma
Sam Hardie
Bob Kucinski
Paul Prachar
Dave VanCamp

Updates:

June 23, 2019

The search team has held two more meetings since their first report, and their comprehensive search plan is now ready. All policies and procedures, including candidate vetting and the evaluation process, are in place. A job description and biographical sketch of the Bridge Church for our internet presence is being finalized, and you will see the official announcement on the Bridge Church website next week. We’re very excited about that. The search team has received resumes even before the opening had officially posted, so they will begin interviews very soon.

The strategy of where and when to target our announcement of this position requires contacting church leaders across the country, reaching out to seminaries for alumni contacts, and posting the lead pastor teaching position on job search engines. And here’s where the Bridge family can be of assistance: if you think of a potential candidate, please let us know. The man God wants at this pulpit may be a relative, a friend, or even your former pastor. If you have a lead, e-mail the office and let us how to contact you for information. pastorsearch@tbcvenice.com.

As the search team continues this important work, several scriptures are brought to mind. This week we want to share two: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” And one from the New Testament found in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
           
We know that God has already prepared a man to be lead teaching pastor, and we understand He will bring the right person to The Bridge Church in His perfect timing.
The search team will be updating you on a regular basis and all information will be on The Bridge website as well. In the meantime, we deeply appreciate your prayers and support.
The first meeting was held on May 21, 2019.

A comprehensive workbook has been compiled to organize their search procedures, and systems to recruit and evaluate candidates are already in place. As a guideline, they are using a book written by a Christian consultant who has a long and successful history of working with Churches conducting pastoral searches. They realize that God has already chosen the person that fits our needs, and that prayer is our greatest asset during this process. They ask that each member of The Bridge pray that God will bring the right person forward in His perfect timing. The search team will be updating you on a regular basis from the pulpit and will be publishing information on The Bridge website. They deeply appreciate your prayers and support as this important process unfolds to reveal what God has planned for us.
May 2019

The interview process for the Pastor Search Team is complete. They are TBC members with two years standing to when The Bridge was founded 18 years ago.