Midweek Message
Week of November 4, 2019
What a Week!
Grandmothers in all their wisdom have said through the generations- "many hands make light work." This has been, and continues to be a busy week in the life of Bethel Church with Anniversary Sunday and All Saints Worship on Sunday, the memorial service and luncheon for Bob Ericson on Wednesday, preparations for Holiday-A-Fair all week, and the big event this Saturday. All week you have been decorating, making ribbons, singing in the choir, running graphics, manning sound boards, making shortbread and shepherd's pie, running the chair lift, handing out bulletins, greeting guests, setting up and serving communion, cleaning up, crafting, making, cooking chicken, chopping celery, making baskets, serving, prepping, and more- and you keep on doing it all week- and you will be here on Friday and Saturday doing even more. It has been- it is- a very busy week. But what a wonderful variety of ways we are experiencing life together this week, worshiping, singing, laughing, welcoming, grieving, serving, and loving. It takes many hands- and you have opened them up so generously. It is noticed. It is beautiful. Thank you all for all you do and continue to do to shine the light of Christ in our community and for one another.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,   always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:3-6

You are loved,

Pastor Cathie
If you were unable to bring your completed pledge cards to worship on Dedication Sunday, you can return your card to the office during the week.
Support Our Youth Group!
We are excited to roll out an easy way to help support our youth group as they prepare to attend the Montreat Youth Conference and the Inter-generational Mission Trip this summer!

Through our partnership with SCRIP, church members, family members, and friends can purchase gift cards from over 750 different stores, online retailers, hotels, movie theaters, restaurants, cruise lines and more.

Each gift card is purchased at face value, but a percentage of the amount comes back to the youth group from the company. So for example, say you buy a $25 gift card to Eat n' Park. You pay $25, you get a $25 gift card, and the youth group receives $2.25.

You can get gift cards to use for your weekly and regular shopping and use them instead of cash or debit card. For example, if you bought $150 in gift cards from Giant Eagle and used it for your groceries and gas for the week, the youth group would receive $6. Or you can get cards to give as gifts or for your vacations or date nights or all kinds of special occasions- even your trip to Disney!

Here's all you need to do...

  • If you prefer to do your shopping for cards online: Go to shopwithscrip.com and create an account. You'll need our enrollment code (5911E89D65629). You will be asked child's name and group- you can ignore these questions unless you are a parent of one of our youth group members. . Once you are enrolled, your account will be verified and ready to begin ordering. If you go to shopwithscrip.com on your phone, you will receive a prompt that allows you to place a link on your home screen like an app for quick access and ordering.

  • If you prefer to fill out a paper order and let us order the cards for you: Get an order form from the church office, fill it out and return it to the office.

A group order will be placed by the 20th of each month combining all online and paper orders received by the 15th, and we'll have the cards in the office ready for up just a few days later!

This is an exciting and so easy way that we can all help support our youth group! First orders are due October 15! Thank you for your support!
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Sponsor a Hymnal (or a few)
Our new hymnals will soon be in use! You can help provide for these great new additions to our worship by sponsoring one or more hymnals in honor or in memory of someone who has been special in your life. Print the sponsorship form by clicking on the image to the left and return it to the church office.

A nameplate will be included in they hymnals you sponsor honoring those you honor with your donation. You can indicate how you would like the nameplate to be worded on the sponsorship form.

Sunday School Offerings This Fall
Preschool and Elementary
9:30 am
Lower Learning Center

Children meet in age level groups (PreK-Grade 2; and Grades 3-5) This year we are using the Whirl curriculum from Sparkhouse. One of the goals of Whirl is to connect kids to church life. Each week, kids and leaders start their time together by identifying where they are in the church year and watching an animated video to set up the lesson. Next, they dive into the Bible story, respond to the scripture lesson with creative leaflet activities, and circle up to review the lesson and pray before being sent out. 

Youth (Middle & High School)
9:30 am
Youth Room

This fall, our youth will be studying the book, YOUnique. Based on Biblical teaching, students will explore their personality type, find out what their Love Language is, learn what their top spiritual gifts are, come to accept the way the God created them- body and soul, hear about the best gift God offers (transformation from the inside out), grasp simple ways to invite God's power into the daily lives, identify God's voice and learn to discern it for themselves, dream about their future, create a bucket list, identify desirable character traits, and set practical goals for the future. 
Women's Sunday School
9:30 am
McMillan Room

This year, the focus will be on prayer- attitudes, postures, approaches, purposes, and more. All women are invited to join this group and enjoy the caring fellowship, the thoughtful discussions, and the laughter that is shared each week.

Men's Small Group
9:15 am
Quilters Room

All men are invited to join this time of reflection, discussion, and fellowship together. This year the men will be focusing on encounters with Jesus that are recorded throughout the gospels, and seeking to discover how they speak to the way we are invited to meet Jesus in our own lives. Come a little early for fellowship at 9:15 and the lesson begins at 9:30.
Did you miss a sermon?
Past sermons are now available to listen to on our website!!  
Recordings include music, prayers and other parts of the worship service, too!

This Week
at Bethel Presbyterian
Thursday, November 7
6:30 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal
7:45 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 8

Saturday, November 9
9:00 am Holiday-A-Fair

Sunday, November 10
9:30 am Sunday School and Small Groups
10:30 am Worship with Veterans Recognition
11:30 am Fellowship
12:00 pm Youth Group

Monday, November 11
11:00 am Staff Schedule and Facilities Coordination Meeting
6:30 pm Mary and Martha Circle

T uesday, November 12
10:00 am Quilters Group
7:00 pm Finance Committee Meeting
7:30 pm PW Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 13
9:00 am Bethel Light Mailing
10:00 am Wednesday Morning Bible Study
7:00 pm Wednesday PM Bible Study

Nov 9 Holiday A-fair

Nov 10 Veterans Recognition in Worship

Nov 16 Wreath Hanging

Nov 24 Hanging the Greens and Potluck

1   Monica Day  
3   Daniel Beckstrom 
4  Erica Stefancin                             
4  Angie Selle
5  Pam Decker
 7  Morris Lindsay
 9  Dorothy Frazier                        
10  Matthew Doring
12  Elliott Smith                               
13  Carol Nester
15  Kristen Kiesling                       
15  Andrew Heidenreich
16  David Cashman
16  Kurt Anderson
19  Ann Reid
19  Kaitlyn Hunter
23  Daniel Smith
24  Marissa Virgin
26  Rebecca Smith 
27  Greg Smith
28  Vivienne Devey
29  Bettyjean Gamble
29  Jeanne H. Dingel

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