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Conversation Corner Starts again Jan 6

nullStarts again on January 6  in the library from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. 

We will continue the series, Making Sense of Scripture by David Lose. The discussion is an opportunity for us to think about the bible and how we might approach reading it. In the introduction of the series David Lose says, “Making Sense of Scripture, I should be clear, is not a book on the Bible, in the sense that it attempts to give you the major plot line of the Bible or to cover all the individual books or parts within it. Rather, it is a book about the Bible, explaining enough of the Bible’s history and nature to make it more accessible to you. Even more, Making Sense of Scripture is a book on how to read the Bible in the first place, and I hope and intend that it will give you confidence to explore the actual content and claims of the Bible on your own or in study with others.”  We hope you can join us! Invite a friend. This series will be well worth your time. Each class will be designed to stand on its own, so come when you can. 
  • Wed. Jan. 6 - Chapter 4: Where Did the Bible Come From?
  • Wed. Jan. 13 - Chapter 5: How Can I Read the Bible with Greater Understanding?
  • Wed. Jan. 20 - Chapter 6: Is There a “Center” to Scripture?
  • Wed. Jan. 27 - Chapter 7: What Kind of Authority Does the Bible Hold?
  • Wed. Feb. 3 Conclusion

Wednesday Words – November 17, 2015

This Sunday we celebrate Christ the King Sunday and Youth Sunday. 

Christ the King Sunday is celebrated the week before the first Sunday of Advent. Pope Pius XI established Christ the King Day in 1925 in his encyclical Quas primas which was a letter he wrote to the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church addressing his concern about the rise of secularism and doubt in Christ’s authority. 

Does this sound familiar? 

The same concerns Pope Pius XI observed 90 years ago are still concerns of today. We live in a word that has many choices. It seems that in time the church has shifted from being the main feature to being placed on the sidelines which can be frustrating. 

On the other hand, being a former volleyball coach I know that much ministry and transformation can happen on the sidelines. Your presence, your conversations, your prayers, your thankfulness, and your service make a difference in the life of the church. 

God’s transforming work happens as we connect with each other centered in the hope, love, and forgiveness of Christ. 

Come and join us for worship this Sunday as we celebrate the gift of new life in Christ and the gift of youth in our congregation. 

Peace and blessings to you,
Pastor Cathy

Wednesday Words - November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving is coming up soon and I know many of you are thinking about all the dishes you have to prepare.  Many of you will be making pies, there will be sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and of course, turkey.  And then sometime in all your meal planning you will come to the realization that you forgot the one thing that completes a good meal: the vegetables!

The Thanksgiving Meal can kind of be a great metaphor for where we are in the church year right now as well.  Heading into the Holiday Season, we are in the midst of a fine feast of worship: Three weeks ago was Reformation Sunday, and two weeks ago we celebrated All Saints Day.  In a few more weeks we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, begin Advent and celebrate Christmas with all its fanfare.  It’s easy in the midst of such a feast to forget the one Sunday that completes this meal: Commitment Sunday. 

This Sunday we will be celebrating Commitment Sunday for Bethany.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s the Sunday in the church year where we ask the congregation to bring up their pledges of Time and Talent, as well as their monetary pledges for the year.  While, Commitment Sunday can sometimes feel like eating your vegetables, it is truly a Sunday that celebrates and compliments all the other wonderful ministries of the church. 

None of the great things that happen in the church year (Reformation, Advent, Christmas, Youth Group, Social Action, etc…) could happen without your support.  We rely on your donations of time, talent and resources to make Bethany a vibrant community of faith, hope and love, dedicated to reflecting Christ in message and action (as it says in our mission statement).  So please consider giving a little extra as you are able this year to help create the kind of community that lives up to our mission statement. 

Blessings!

Pr. Paul

Conversation Corner

Conversation Corner will meet Wed. Oct. 28,  in the library from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. 

We will begin a new series, Making Sense of Scripture by David Lose. The discussion is an opportunity for us to think about the bible and how we might approach reading it. In the introduction of the series David Lose says, “Making Sense of Scripture, I should be clear, is not a book on the Bible, in the sense that it attempts to give you the major plot line of the Bible or to cover all the individual books or parts within it. Rather, it is a book about the Bible, explaining enough of the Bible’s history and nature to make it more accessible to you. Even more, Making Sense of Scripture is a book on how to read the Bible in the first place, and I hope and intend that it will give you confidence to explore the actual content and claims of the Bible on your own or in study with others.” Here’s a sample of one of the videos from the series.
 
We hope you can join us! Invite a friend. This series will be well worth your time. Each class will be designed to stand on its own, so come when you can. 
  • Wed. Oct. 28 - Introduction
  • Wed. Nov. 4 - Chapter 1: What Is the Bible?
  • Wed. Nov. 11 - Chapter 2: Is the Bible True?
  • Wed. Nov. 18 Chapter 3: How Is the Bible the Word of God?
  • Wed. Jan. 6 - Chapter 4: Where Did the Bible Come From?
  • Wed. Jan. 13 - Chapter 5: How Can I Read the Bible with Greater Understanding?
  • Wed. Jan. 20 - Chapter 6: Is There a “Center” to Scripture?
  • Wed. Jan. 27 - Chapter 7: What Kind of Authority Does the Bible Hold?
  • Wed. Feb. 3 Conclusion 

 

It’s the Small Things that Make a Difference

Have you ever wondered how you can help a family in need over the holiday season?

Have you ever wondered how you can teach your children, and get them involved, in helping those less fortunate?

We have an answer for you!

You can get involved in Bethany’s Social Action Committee’s annual Family Christmas Project.  Each year, we receive family names from our local Crystal Lake schools.  These families have put together wish lists for their children, for items that they can use but many times cannot afford.  Instead of items like video games, bikes, and electronics, many lists come back with things such as coats, socks, underwear, and even deodorant.  Our volunteer shoppers take these lists and shop for as many items as possible within our budget, hoping to cover things on the wish lists as well as providing one special toy for the children.  Parents are also provided with a Wal-Mart gift card that they can use for groceries and essentials.  

Here is how you can get involved!  You can be a shopper (lists and all important information will be provided to you before you shop).  You can help wrap the gifts in December (our wrapping date is Dec. 14 from 9 am – Noon).  You can help deliver the gifts to the families or to the schools.  You can donate to help fund this wonderful project.  You can get your whole family involved with the project to help provide a happy holiday season for other families.   

Interested in helping out?  You can sign up on the tall bulletin insert, or you can contact either Sarah Korreck (815-459-1139) or Debbie Batliner (815-356-7238).  Thanks so much for helping us do the small things that can make a difference in the lives of others!

 

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