BULLHEAD CITY – Throughout the year, City Bible Church, located at 922 Marina Blvd, Bullhead City, finds ways, formal and informal, to reach into its neighborhood and fill gaps in service and funding. Some elements are annual, as was the recent Candyland on Halloween night. Others are as-needed, as when Pastor David Arnold shows up in city offices and asks, “What can we do?”
“We believe that Jesus placed us here to be the vehicle he uses to reveal to our community,” said Pastor Dave. An Emergency Assistance Window “meets pressing and practical needs, such as food and prescription assistance,” he said, in addition to the four annual outreach, give-back and fund-raising events.
Angel Tree. Most people are familiar with taking names of individuals off a tree and providing what that person/family needs/wants. Pastor Dave was a juvenile probation officer in Kingman for 10 years, and he is drawn to serving the incarcerated. This Angel Tree “adopts local families separated by incarceration,” he said. “We partner with a prison fellowship for Angel Tree” to purchase gifts, “then we invite the families for cookie decorating, family pictures” and the gifts from their incarcerated loved ones.
Adopt-A-School. “In the spring, we raise funds to provide scholarships for summer programs” for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River (ClubRiver.org), Pastor Dave said. This year, City Bible Church has adopted Desert Valley Elementary. In addition, “during COVID, we purchased materials to make individual school-supply packets,” he said, as well as getting local families access to the Internet in order to attend school.
Second Saturday of Service. “We ask for projects,” said Pastor Dave. Reaching out to community leaders, City Bible Church has given time and volunteers to a variety of endeavors. A prominent and visible example consists of the palm trees that line Balboa as it winds through Rotary Park, which is in the neighborhood that Pastor Dave and his congregants serve. Installed almost 10 years ago, City Bible Church has since painted restrooms and soccer goals and supplied volunteers for the marina and snack booth. The Second Saturday of Service is in January.
Candyland. Circling around, and already planning next year. Expect candy. Yea. Candy. Remember to say “Trick or Treat.” It’s magic; people give you candy even if you’re not in a costume. If they ask about a costume, tell them you’re a unicorn.
Unlike many pastors we’ve interviewed who were raised with Jesus, Pastor Dave knows the journey to Jesus as an adult. “It helped me understand Jesus where I was at, and it impacts how I serve as a pastor,” he said. “I resonate with skeptics who have had a bad experience with judgmental Christians.” Christianity is its own “subculture, with its own lingo,” he added.
City Bible Church is located at 922 Marina Blvd, Bullhead City, CityBibleChurch.com, 928-758-2232 or CityBiblecChurch@frontier.com. Sunday services are online; on-demand beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday services are offered at the Church at 8:30 a.m and 11 a.m.