February 2017 News

UPCOMING SERMON THEMES

The Journey Through Life

FEB 5

Guidance

FEB 12

Encouragement

FEB 19

Rest

FEB 26

The Transfiguration

The Rocks of Scripture

MAR 1

The 10 Commandments

MAR 12

Water From a Rock

MAR 19

David’s Stone

MAR 26

Stone to Bread

APR 2

Rocks Not Thrown

APR 9 Palm Sunday

Stones of Praise

APR 16 Easter

The Stone Rolled Away

 

BEING THE CHURCH

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” (1 Corinthians 12:21)

Just a word of thanks! The Church of Jesus Christ is a very complex organism. We are the body of Christ! We are his hands and feet continuing to be about the ministry that he began when he was on the earth. As the Pastor here at Bethlehem, I would like to say “thank you” to the MANY servants here at Bethlehem! There is so much to be done for the sake of God’s Kingdom. Sometimes (most of the time) it feels quite overwhelming. Our ministry acronym “G. R. O. W.” is a succinct way of acknowledging the four main ministry focuses of any church.

“G” stands for “Going Out”
In other words, setting our sights on those who are not part of our family of faith—especially those who do not know Jesus. Bethlehem is becoming intentional in this focus. Thank you!

“R” stands for “Reaching Maturity”
That is, growing in our relationship with God—becoming more mature in our faith. Our Bible classes are slowly growing. But we also have several servants in our church who are teaching the faith, especially our Sunday School, Youth, and Confirmation teachers. Thank you!

“O” stands for “Owning Burdens”
This is a way of saying that when one of us is hurting or in pain or experiencing a crisis, other members of our family of faith come along side of them to encourage and support them. We have a wonderful “Care Ministry Team” who are leading the way in this regard, but there are also many of you who are just doing it without anyone else even knowing you are doing it. Thank you!

“W” stands for “Working Together”
This is in reference to the Bible passage that printed above from 1 Corinthians 12. Working Together is all about each member of the body of Christ stepping up to serve according to their gifts. And, as it says in the passage above, no part of the body says to another part, “I don’t need you.” In other words, every gift, however important or unimportant if may seem, is valuable in the Kingdom of God. God is the One who has given each gift. So, to all who are serving in any way…Thank you!

We could not be the church that Jesus wants us to be if we just sat on the sidelines, or if we thought to ourselves, “I have nothing to offer,” or “Isn’t that why we have a pastor?” No pastor has all the gifts needed for the ministry to work.

I stand in awe of the way that the people of God serve according to their gifts here at Bethlehem! Thank you!

—Pastor Jim

 

S. O. S. • SISTERHOOD OF STITCHERS, SERVING OUR SAVIOR

A thought to remember: “It isn’t WHAT we have in life, but WHO we have in our life that matters.”

We are so thankful that so many dear and thoughtful friends help to provide warmth and comfort to those in need–you are a true blessing. As February is peeking around the corner, the days keep getting a bit longer and the weather seems to be getting a bit less severe. We are already collecting and putting into storage things for the winter of 2017–can you believe that? Even so, if there is someone you know that has a need for a beautiful and warm lap afghan, please let me know so we can help you select one.

If you would like to help with this mission and you need a pattern, one can be found on the desk in the file box in the “Knitting Nook” located on the west wall of the basement Choir Room. A large selection of beautiful yarn is also available there for any mission project.

We have bags marked “Prayer Shawl” with 3 matching balls of yarn that are perfect for shawls. We also have knitting needles and crochet hooks in almost every size necessary for your project.

If you have any questions or if you need help, please contact Dorothy Pigors at 847-836-0456. We do not have a specific meeting time or date at this time but usually are found in the Fellowship Hall between services and then sitting quietly in the back of the room where Pastor Murr is having his Bible Class, knitting on a prayer shawl or another mission project. We would love to have you join us! Karen Murr is there also knitting washcloths for the Sunday School Christmas boxes that go in November to children in other countries. We truly look forward to one day having Mary Jacox back with us again too.

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