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Love God. Love People.
Share Jesus. Make Disciples.

Love God. Love People.
Share Jesus. Make Disciples.

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by Dayna Street | Director, Bellevue Women

A Few Words from Pastor Steve

Fully Loved…and Fully Loving

God did not make us to be water buckets, a container whose sole purpose is to carry water and not leak, spill, or splash it out. God made us to be conduits, a pipe that water flows through. Referring to us, Jesus states, “Rivers of living water will flow from his heart” (John 7:38NLT). What goes into a bucket stays in the bucket. What goes into a conduit flows through it and ends up somewhere else. 

When Jesus says, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34), He is telling us to be conduits of God’s love to people who likely know little about what it means to love. The word for love that Jesus used most is “agape.” Agape is not an emotional or conditional love. It is a volitional choice—the same kind of visible love that compelled Jesus to lay down His life for us.

Sometimes we don’t properly love others because we ourselves are not experiencing God’s love fully. We fail to grasp what John said about the mind-blowing magnitude of the love the Father has lavished upon us (1 John 3:1). A God who longs for us to grasp the depth of His love for us, who takes great delight in us, who rejoices over us with singing, and who quietens our wavering hearts when they come up with all kinds of reasons He could not possibly love us. We can’t just dip our toe into the water of His unconditional love; we must dive in head first and drench ourselves in God’s love.

God created us to be fully loved…and fully loving. We are not to hoard or stockpile God’s love for ourselves. God’s love is meant to flow out of us in reckless abandon.

Sometimes we don’t love others because love is risky. Not everyone we love will return that love. And not everyone we love is lovely. The excuses we give for not extending love—rejection, betrayal, judgement, slander—are the same things Jesus experienced. And He loved anyway. Hurting people hurt people, but the opposite is equally true. Loved people love people.
In the face of God’s magnificent love for us, we cannot do anything but love in return.

May we live as the loved men and women we are, and may we love others as the loved men and women we are—conduits of the amazing love God has extended to us.

February 2020 | Staff birthdays

January 2020
Staff birthdays

1 | Delia Chapa
    Michael Garber
    Gerald Jarvis
3 | Cheryl Baker
     Rene Cave
     Kenzie Flippo
     Melissa Furr
     Dennis Thomas
     LaTasha Tinnon
4 | Joseph Jones
     Dakota Tucker
7 | Garrett Whitehorn
9 | Jenny Baird
     Cary Sidhom
     Jeremy Wilbur
11 | Jessi Bolden
       Rick Jones
       Collin Peel

 

3 | Felicia Payne
Shari Raynor
4 | Derek Ewalt
Shirley Wallace-Calhoun
5 | Catherine Shearin
6 | Nancy Bryan
8 | Hannah Simmons
10 | Jamie Fish
Christine McNeal
11 | Annie Green
Katie Moser
14 | Adam Whittington
Carolyn Williams
15 | Tony Morris
18 | Gregory Sanders
Debbie Sigler
25 | Barbara Burk
Brentley Carpenter
26 | Kevin Powers
28 | Beth Beall
Collin Whitney
29 | Jessica Hall
31 | Sean Pan

13 | Jacob Jones
        Sarah Posley
15 | William Ervin
       Samuel Garcia
       John Grigson
16 | Justin Bilderback
       Olivia Dufon
       Barbara Foppiano
       Jacob Simmons
17 | Drew Tucker
18 | Hannah Grace Robbins
20 | Joyce Lwamba
       Hannah Martin
21 | Cynthia Bueno
22 | Deborah Edmiston
       DeAnna James
26 | Jay Johnson
29 | Joe Rucker

 

February 2020 | Staff birthdays

January 2020
Staff birthdays

February 1
Delia Chapa
Michael Garber
Gerald Jarvis

February 3
Cheryl Baker
Rene Cave
Kenzie Flippo
Melissa Furr
Dennis Thomas
LaTasha Tinnon

February 4
Joseph Jones
Dakota Tucker

February 7
Garrett Whitehorn

February 8
Jenny Baird
Cary Sidhom
Jeremy Wilbur

Delia Chapa
Michael Garber
Gerald Jarvis

February 3
Cheryl Baker
Rene Cave
Kenzie Flippo
Melissa Furr
Dennis Thomas
LaTasha Tinnon

February 4
Joseph Jones
Dakota Tucker

3 | Felicia Payne
Shari Raynor
4 | Derek Ewalt
Shirley Wallace-Calhoun
5 | Catherine Shearin
6 | Nancy Bryan
8 | Hannah Simmons
10 | Jamie Fish
Christine McNeal
11 | Annie Green
Katie Moser
14 | Adam Whittington
Carolyn Williams
15 | Tony Morris
18 | Gregory Sanders
Debbie Sigler
25 | Barbara Burk
Brentley Carpenter
26 | Kevin Powers
28 | Beth Beall
Collin Whitney
29 | Jessica Hall
31 | Sean Pan

13 | Jacob Jones
        Sarah Posley
15 | William Ervin
       Samuel Garcia
       John Grigson
16 | Justin Bilderback
       Olivia Dufon
       Barbara Foppiano
       Jacob Simmons
17 | Drew Tucker
18 | Hannah Grace Robbins
20 | Joyce Lwamba
       Hannah Martin
21 | Cynthia Bueno
22 | Deborah Edmiston
       DeAnna James
26 | Jay Johnson
29 | Joe Rucker

 

January 2020 | New employees

January 2020
New employees

January 2020 | special announcements

January 2020
special announcements

January 2
Chip and Misty Freeman celebrate 27 years of marriage.

January 2
Chip and Misty Freeman celebrate 27 years of marriage.

Born November 6, 2019
Meet Margaret (6.11) and Eleese (6.3) Sidhom.
Noah and Rose Sidhom are now a beautiful
family of 6. Mom, Dad, big brothers, Asa (age 3) and Augie (age 1), and twin girls are all doing well.

Born November 6, 2019,
meet Margaret (6.11) and Eleese (6.3) Sidhom. Noah and Rose Sidhom are now a beautiful family of 6. Mom, Dad, big brothers, Asa (age 3) and Augie (age 1),
and twin girls are all doing well.

January 2020 | staff anniversaries

January 2020
staff anniversaries

Tony Morris | 20 Years of Service | Technical Services

In a church the size of Bellevue, there are many roles that may go unnoticed. They go unnoticed not because they are less important, but rather because they are done almost entirely behind-the-scenes. After 20 years of committed service, join us in bringing Tony Morris, Director of Technical Services, into the spotlight as we celebrate his 20th work anniversary!

Tony joined the Bellevue staff on January 17, 2000, and still to this day, he continues to serve our church by overseeing the many technical aspects of Bellevue.

This service includes managing sound, lighting, audio/visual (AV), special effects, and the sets and scenery construction of various stage presentations.

“I believe that the work done behind-the-scenes is a ministry that, if done correctly and to the best of your ability, will allow those attending to hear the message clearly and without distraction,” Tony said.

Tony also expresses great gratitude for his team and the people he serves alongside. “I have the great pleasure and privilege to work with the technical services staff. The amount of people who give their time and talents to serve behind-the-scenes helping make the services run smoothly never ceases to amaze me, even 20 years later.”

Tony and his wife, Annette, are both from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and have been married for 33 years. They have two children: Andrew, who is married to Lauren, and Kayla, who is in graduate school studying speech pathology. Annette teaches Kindermusik through the Bellevue SPA and is involved in the Adult Choir, Praise Team, and Bellevue Women. Tony and his family enjoy Serving Out through Bellevue Loves Memphis Workdays and look forward to celebrating many more years at Bellevue.

Tony Morris | 20 Years of Service
Technical Services

In a church the size of Bellevue, there are many roles that may go unnoticed. They go unnoticed not because they are less important, but rather because they are done almost entirely behind-the-scenes. After 20 years of committed service, join us in bringing Tony Morris, Director of Technical Services, into the spotlight as we celebrate his 20th work anniversary!

Tony joined the Bellevue staff on January 17, 2000, and still to this day, he continues to serve our church by overseeing the many technical aspects of Bellevue.

This service includes managing sound, lighting, audio/visual (AV), special effects, and the sets and scenery construction of various stage presentations.

“I believe that the work done behind-the-scenes is a ministry that, if done correctly and to the best of your ability, will allow those attending to hear the message clearly and without distraction,” Tony said.

Tony also expresses great gratitude for his team and the people he serves alongside. “I have the great pleasure and privilege to work with the technical services staff. The amount of people who give their time and talents to serve behind-the-scenes helping making the services run smoothly never ceases to amaze me, even twenty years later.”

Tony and his wife, Annette, are both from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and have been married for 33 years. They have two children: Andrew, who is married to Lauren, and Kayla, who is in grad school studying speech pathology. Annette teaches Kindermusik thru the Bellevue SPA and is involved in the Adult Choir, Praise Team, and Bellevue Women. Tony and his family enjoy Serving Out through Bellevue Loves Memphis Workdays and look forward to celebrating many more years at Bellevue.

Jason Pyron | 15 Years of Service
Ministries & Leadership Development

Please join us in thanking Jason Pyron, Ministries and Leadership Development Pastor, for 15 years of faithful service at Bellevue. Jason is one of our key leaders in Bellevue’s Office of the Pastor, providing leadership to a variety of ministries throughout the church.

Jason first joined Bellevue’s staff as the Middle School Pastor. Jason remembers and treasures that season— “working on a team of like-minded people who had a passion for student ministry.

God provided through the team I served on and through Bro. Steve.” Jason later transitioned into the role of Next Gen Pastor before moving into his current position in January 2017.

Jason now oversees our Next Steps Ministries and assists in leading our age-group ministries. One of his greatest areas of leadership is in Bellevue’s Ministerial Assistant (intern) program. Each year, Jason and his team recruit, develop, and provide guidance for the next generation of leaders who have answered the call to full-time ministry. Through Bellevue’s MA program, each ministry is able to pour into these future leaders professionally and spiritually as they develop their calling.

Of all the things Jason gets to be part of at Bellevue, he says his favorite is witnessing thousands of people walk in obedience to Christ in salvation and through baptism. He is also thankful to see the significant steps his kids have made in their walk with Christ as they grow at Bellevue.

Jason asks that we pray for his family—his wife, Dorie, and their three children: Lane (15), Marleigh (14), and Madelyn (12)—as he and Dorie parent a high schooler and two middleschoolers. “Pray that Dorie and I are intentional in how we love and parent them, as well as in how we love each other in the process.”

When you see Jason, please thank him for the impact of his ministry at Bellevue over the last 15 years.

Jason Pyron | 15 Years of Service
Ministries & Leadership Development

Please join us in thanking Jason Pyron, Ministries and Leadership Development Pastor, for 15 years of faithful service at Bellevue. Jason is one of our key leaders in Bellevue’s Office of the Pastor, providing leadership to a variety of ministries throughout the church.

Jason first joined Bellevue’s staff as the Middle School Pastor. Jason remembers and treasures that season—“working on a team of like-minded people who had a passion for student ministry. God provided through the team I served on and through Bro. Steve.” Jason later transitioned into the role of Next Gen Pastor before moving into his current position in January 2017.

Jason oversees our Next Steps Ministries and assists in leading our age-group ministries. One of his greatest areas of leadership is in Bellevue’s Ministerial Assistant (intern) program. Each year, Jason and his team recruit, develop, and provide guidance for the next generation of leaders who have answered the call to full-time ministry. Through Bellevue’s MA program, each ministry is able to pour into these future leaders professionally and spiritually as they develop their calling.

Of all the things Jason gets to be part of at Bellevue, he says his favorite is witnessing thousands of people walk in obedience to Christ in salvation and through baptism. He is also thankful to see the significant steps his kids have made in their walk with Christ as they grow at Bellevue.

Jason asks that we pray for his family—his wife, Dorie, and their three children: Lane (15), Marleigh (14), and Madelyn (12)—as he and Dorie parent a high schooler and two middle-schoolers. “Pray that Dorie and I are intentional in how we love and parent them, as well as in how we love each other in the process.”

When you see Jason, please thank him for the impact of his ministry at Bellevue over the last 15 years.

Airton Santos | 5 Years of Service
BBC Frayser

Leadership is not always a matter of power, but rather is something that is magnified by one’s humility and service. For Airton Santos, Administrator of Bellevue Frayser, his leadership is both displayed through his position in the church and his heart to serve no matter what the situation calls for.

Airton has been on staff and served our church for five years this January. He has served by supervising the use, care, and repair of the Frayser campus, administering the Frayser budget, providing pastoral care, overseeing and coordinating campus events,

 

 

 

preaching and teaching, planning community events, assisting in the children and youth classes, and much more. But he also has served by humbling himself and doing whatever needs to be done: “collecting trash in the hallways, handing out food to families in need, cooking a full three course volunteer meal, running church errands, pruning rose bushes and Bellevue Frayser’s fruit trees, and driving members to BBC Appling activities.” Airton Santos does it all, and he does it all humbly and with a smile on his face.

Of all the things Airton gets to do, he says “having the opportunity to minister to the Frayser community in many different areas and investing in the lives of believers that make the switch from takers to givers” is his favorite part. He is grateful for the many opportunities God has given him to serve and be obedient in fulfilling the Great Commission. Airton says he is especially grateful for the opportunity to serve God alongside his wife, Tiare, for those are his favorite ministry memories of all.

Join us in celebrating Airton’s five wonderful years of service at Bellevue. We are ever grateful God called this São Paulo, Brazilian to our church and blessed us with his astounding heart, soul, and mind for the Lord.

As we look forward into the new year and the changing times of Christianity in America, may we always remember his words: “ I love God. I love Bellevue. I love Frayser. I praise God for the blessing it is to serve and live on the ‘frontlines’ of sharing the Gospel! If Jesus lingers and harsh persecution comes, it will give me great joy to become a martyr of the faith. He is worth all my obedience.”

January 2020 | staff value awards

January 2020
staff value awards

Peggy Williams
Recognized for serving with Ministry Excellence
Peggy serves our church as a Life Group Leader and part- time on the Biblical Counseling team. She is faithful to prepare herself and for each of these and private ministering of God’s Word. She is a light of the truth of God’s Word to all she has contact with, and it is a delight to have her on our team!
Jeremy Barber
Recognized for serving with Intentional Hospitality
I would like to nominate Jeremy Barber for displaying intentional hospitality and ministry excellence. As a Ministerial Assistant, Jeremy has gone above and beyond making the Singing Christmas Tree photo booths run smoothly and look beautiful. He also worked hard recruiting and coordinating volunteer photographers for each Singing Christmas Tree presentation, as well as staying each night after everyone goes home editing and uploading the pictures. The photo booths are so intentional in providing guests a Christmas picture and inviting them to our website / social media. Jeremy displayed excellence and intentionality in the leadership he provided for the media team.

 

for your benefit

Financial Peace University for Staff
Thursdays beginning January 9 | 11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | F245
Lunch provided
Register Online

Bellevue staff members have the opportunity to attend Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University free of charge. FPU is a nine-lesson, money management class that will walk you through the basics of budgeting, overcoming debt, planning for the future, and much more. Whether this will be your first time to go through this class or you’d just like a refresher, this is available to you. Please share this information with other people in your department who do not have email access, so they can participate as well!
NEW 2020 Form W-4
The new 2020 Form W-4, with instructions, has been uploaded to the Bellevue Intranet. The W-4 form is used to calculate federal tax withholding from employee paychecks. Current employees are NOT required to submit a new form. However, if an employee wants to change their withholding after 12/31/19, they must use the new form. There have been numerous changes to the 2020 form, so please review all of the instructions carefully. As always, Bellevue does not offer tax advice, so please consult a tax advisor regarding any questions pertaining to completion of the form or your current withholding status. Additional information is available at the IRS website, www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-w-4 along with FAQs.

all staff worship

all staff worship

All Staff Worship
Monday, January 27 | 10:30 a.m. | High School Room
Lunch provided

As we enter the new year, we will continue to have times we gather together as a team to worship and be equipped.

  • Doors open at 10:00 a.m.
  • We will worship together in the High School Room where we will hear from Pastor.
  • We will also have a special time of equipping as we hear from a guest speaker.
  • We will finish up with lunch together in the Fellowship Hall.

As a reminder, this is not a voluntary event. We are asking you each to be in attendance for the entire time. Please make sure anyone in your area without email access receives this message.

If you are unable to attend, please let Sarah Berryhill know.

 

Our vision…

to be a catalyst for spiritual awakening in memphis and beyond.

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