Wednesday Words

October 9, 2019

Pastor Paul Cannon

Count Me IN God

As we begin our Stewardship Campaign this year, we want you ask yourself the question, “Are you all IN?” God has already called you in some way. Maybe God has called you to be IN-volved in one of our many ministries. Maybe God is calling you to be more IN-terconnected through fellowship. Maybe God has called you to IN-vest in the ministry of our church.

Whatever God is calling you to do, we pray that you respond to God’s calling with a raised hand, “Count me IN God.” Through the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing stories of folks who have raised their hands in response to God’s call.

On Sunday, this IN-tergenerational family (Bonnie Drew and her grandkids, Ben & Sydney Huffman) shared their story of how they got IN-volved here at church:

Bonnie:

Everyone’s journey with God is different.

My journey changed in March of 2014 when I lost my husband. I tried to go back to my church but I felt no comfort there. So, I stopped going. Then, in December of 2014 I felt a calling. I wanted to go to church every Sunday in December and I wanted to take my grandchildren.

With the blessing of my daughter and son-in-law we headed to Bethany where the kids had gone to pre-school. The first Sunday I picked them up, we went to church, life is good. The second Sunday I picked them up and Sydney said wait, dad’s coming. We went to church, life is better. By the end of the month I sat in church with my whole family and we have been here ever since. Fast forward to today. My whole family are active members at Bethany. Our life’s journey has a new path.

Ben:

Since I’ve joined Bethany, I found I am happy with where I spend my free time. My sister and I have attended Lutherdale, helped with VBS, joined the youth bell choir and music group. I also help with the sound board. I find church is a good place to volunteer your time.

Sydney:

Last year at Christmas my grandma gave me a check to do something good in the community. I gave half the money to ON ANGELS WINGS, an animal rescue group. Today I’m donating the rest to Bethany in the name of Ruby, our new rescue puppy. Today is the kick off of the 2019 Stewardship campaign. I love being a part of the Bethany community, so I ask you please think about giving. Thank you