Hope Weekly
November 22, 2019
"A free gift with no strings attached." That is the tag line for our "Night in Bethlehem" experience. Each year someone tries to give an offering after walking through and experiencing the music, the census takers, the beggar, the village and finally the cave with the baby. Each year we politely thank them and say that because this is our gift to the community, we would rather not have them give a gift. I often say that their very presence and time is the gift that we seek after all the work to set up and welcome them.
 
This week I was meeting with a group of pastors and was handing out posters and invite cards. I reminded them that we are not doing this to get their members and there will be no sheep stealing. I said we don't gather contact information, and no one would be followed up with. One colleague thought that we were missing a great opportunity and I explained that from the beginning, Bethlehem was Hope's gift "with no strings attached."
 
Today a member of the community called inquiring about bringing a group of students who had English as a Second Language. She wanted to make a reservation. We explained that there were no reservations but that the wait wouldn't be too long.
 
Saturday we will move the village into Larson Hall and beginning decorating. The leadership met again on Wednesday. We are still seeking volunteers for several areas in the village. All of this is important, but unless you invite the community to come, it won't matter. You can share our Facebook event page on you Facebook page. You can pick up cards and posters to leave and share. But please invite folks to experience God's love.

Pastor Kevin JPG  

Night in Bethlehem is  Dec 14 & 15

Night in Bethlehem will be 1:00-4:30 December 14th & 15th, and remember it's free--no strings attached.

And did you hear the exciting news? A baby has been born!
 
Bethlehem Help Needed
The prayer tent station needs:
1) To borrow a propane patio heater
2) 4 volunteers to assemble the prayer tent on December 11th.

If you are able to help in either way, please contact Barb Whetstone at gfwhetstone@bex.net
 
Bead for Life
Sunday in the Nest, Bead for Life is selling their beautiful fair-trade jewelry (created from hand-rolled paper beads) and other products made by hard-working Ugandan women. Proceeds from the sale will empower women in developing countries.
 
Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Join us for a worship service of Holy Communion on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27 at 7pm as we pause and give thanks to God for the many blessings we've been given.  
Thanksgiving Collection for Backpacks of Hope
For Thanksgiving this year, we are collecting food for our Backpacks of Hope ministry. Donations of cans of soup, baked beans, vegetables, spaghettios, tuna fish, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, and juice boxes (100% juice). They can be brought to worship on Thanksgiving, or brought throughout the month and left on the white shelves. Our goal is 200 food items to restock our shelves! Financial contributions can be marked "Backpacks of Hope."
 
Help Needed to Decorate the Church
We will meet Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving and Nov. 29 & 30 for Christmas decorating. Contact Miriam at 419-535-0255 or mimischenk@gmail.com
 
Church Management Software: iPad needed
Our new church management software enables us to print labels for the nursery as a way to increase safety of our littlest ones. But to accomplish this, we are looking for a used iPad.  Anyone have one lying around?