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|What is BEBF?
Boeing Employees Bible Fellowship (BEBF) of Puget
Sound is dedicated to assisting Boeing employees,
retirees, vendors and contract laborers with Bible
study and fellowship within The Boeing Company.
Bible studies occur before and after work and
during lunchtime, depending on the Bible study
group. Our other activities include maintaining
a local directory of contacts, providing resources
for establishing and developing study groups,
coordinating and supporting special events.
The Fellowship also provides web opportunities
for items of interest to the members of the fellowship,
and to others interested in the Christian Scriptures
and Christian activities. This website also provides
web links to non-Puget Sound Boeing Bible groups
when information or updates are provided.
BEBF has a rich
heritage. Although Bible studies have
existed at Boeing since its beginning, they were
first networked as an entity in Puget Sound about
30 years ago by John Kutz under the name "Good News
At Work" (GNAW). It was officially
reorganized as BEBF in the year 2000.
Some of the past presidents
have included John Kutz, Walt Dietz,
Dave Shirley, Rick Sutherland, Jennie Ostgaard, Becky Stoner, and
Nino Spampinato. The current president is
David Tomlinson. The website is currently
maintained by Fran Lee who has also provided support
in various offices throughout the years. Our original website
was designed by the late Ron Rule. Tammy
Arnold designed the current website and
continues to provide design support when needed.
|How do I start a fellowship in
groups are started in many ways. If one has a
desire to start a group (format can be determined
later), we suggest the following:
- A time of prayer be given to this and preferably
include others who may have an interest right
from the outset. (Even those outside your work
- Once you have God's peace to proceed with
launching a group; Seek the LORD to send to
you whoever He feels should be in your group.
(You may be surprised!)
- Initially invite those in your area who
may have exhibited Christian faith, either through
their character, words, behavior, or faith symbols.
- At your initial gathering express your
desires for the group, (i.e. Perhaps what God
has spoken to your heart, and your focus: prayer,
worship, casual study, intense study, fellowship,
testimony, all of the above, some of the above…).
Be open to the ideas of others, and be honest
with them as to whether or not you would be
open to see the group style/format changing
with time. Consider sharing the group's leadership
- If you have just one other person willing
to support a regular gathering then it's likely
that you're off to a start! (We certainly want
to avoid any appearance of impropriety, so it
is recommended that if the gathering turns out
to be one guy and one gal, that further individual
prayer be put forth for additional participants,
and not gather together until that happens).
- Once your group has proven that it wants
to continue, the group should consider joining
BEBF. See below…
|Why should I have my group affiliated
provides several benefits to groups that meet
at facilities of The Boeing Company. Some
of these are:
- Some measure of accountability, and therefore
safety, for those who wish to attend but are
concerned about doctrinal detours. By
requiring each group to sign a Statement of
Faith as a minimum, there is an inherent level
of trust that is provided to anyone who wishes
to check the group out, based on fundamentals
of Christian doctrine.
- Since BEBF is affiliated with the Boeing
Employees Recreation Council (BERC), there are
direct links from the Internal and External
BERC web portals to the BEBF Homepage. The BEBF
Homepage provides a variety of resources for
those who are searching for Bible fellowship
at Boeing, or anyone anywhere in the world who
might do an Internet search on "Bible",
or any of the content in our Web pages.
- As a recognized "Club" with the
BERC, there are privileges that we are entitled
to, such as:
- Facilities use
- Publicity on public domain employee
bulletin boards (provided proper protocol
- Limited use of company equipment and
services, such as copiers, conference room
interoffice mail, limited phone and fax,
- As a recognized "Club", we may
use company equipment for Bible Study materials
pertaining to our club that might conceivably
otherwise be considered a violation of the
Procedure PRO-10. "Proper Use of Company,
Customer, and Supplier Resources. "
|How do I join BEBF?
2012, a revised Constitution
and By-Laws, and a BEBF
Operating Procedure was ratified by club
voting members. Please read the Operating
Procedures for details on how and why the club
functions. If it does not answer your
questions, feel free to contact any of the club
officers listed in www.bebf.org/contacts.htm.
accountability purposes we ask that all fellowship
group leaders sign the revised Statement of Faith (SOF).
Individuals are encouraged to also sign a
SOF and, again, this
adds to the credibility of what we stand for as
Once enrolled, we'd
like to at least initially list you as a focal on
our website (especially
if just starting out and your group has not decided
on an on-going meeting time) under the
appropriate Puget Sound area Bible studies page.
When you have your meeting times
and places arranged, contact the webmaster to list that
information on the same
page. Bible Study Focals should request copies of "Christian
Rights in the Workplace" from the American
Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). This
booklet answers most questions that arise ( http://www.aclj.org/publications/index.asp).
In addition, by request of our company, ALL
Boeing Recreation club attendees at any club
function or event are now required to sign a
and Indemnity form and forward it
to Recreation by way of the current BEBF
Vice-President. Mail to Hank
Myers, MC 0H-92.
|How do I publicize my group?
an affiliated "club" of the BERC (see
above), once you are signed up with the BEBF,
you may post fairly generic posters (sample
flyer) on public employee
bulletin boards near where
you work. It is always good practice, if possible,
to introduce yourself and your group to the focal
(person responsible) for the particular bulletin
board you will be using. As this will be an on-going
meeting, the notice should remain on the board
indefinitely, or it should be replaced when it
Sometimes these notices are removed
by people who think this type
of announcement is not sanctioned by
Boeing. That is why it is helpful to communicate with the bulletin board
focal and familiarize them with our existence as a Boeing club.
wording on the sample flyer has been approved by
Boeing Recreation. It should
not be an offense to anyone. If this ever becomes an issue and
resolution cannot be obtained through your immediate
supervisor or the bulletin board focal, please
let an officer know and we will assist you in getting
your group flyer published in your area.
When you join the BEBF (discussed above),
in case we forget to ask, just remind us to get
your group added to our website's Bible
|What am I allowed to use Company
Boeing Company is clear regarding the use of e-mail
for personal use, and we refer you to Procedure
10 (PRO-10). We are of the understanding from
the BERC, that club board members may use email
sensibly among board members, which include area
coordinators. It is expected that on very rare
occasions an email will go out from the board
members to either select area focals, or to all
focals regarding club business and company
requirements. Individual study focals should abstain
from the use of company email to communicate with
their group's participants. It is strongly recommended
that group members arrange for external email
and group leaders make efforts to communicate
with their members through their external e-addresses.
The company expressly prohibits "religious content" and
"political content" in company e-mails.
Timely issues sometimes come up which are
of concern to you and also happen to be of concern
to people who may or may not attend your group,
(prayer requests, or praise reports for example).
On these occasions, it is suggested that you use
discretionary internal email as though you were
simply communicating with dear friends or coworkers.
|Can I invite a guest
speaker to share at my group?
groups may invite guest speakers to share in their
study group, or for special occasions.
Boeing has certain expectations of content shared
by clergy in particular. The Talking
Points Guidelines provide the study focal or
host ample guidance for such occasions.