Good Morning Bethlehem!!

Below are the events and news for June 29th-July 5th.
The sermon this week is going to be from Zechariah 4. The main scripture is 4:6. 
So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:‘ Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit ,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zec. 4:6 NIV).
Kristy asked a couple of weeks ago if we could celebrate our nation on the 5th. I encourage you to wear red, white, and blue. The music is all patriotic for Sunday. 
Looks like a normal week this week for our congregation. 
Remember to continue to bring items for Action Ministries for our sandwich squads! We will be making sandwiches on the Monday’s on July 6, 13 at 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall. We will make sandwiches on Tuesday’s on July 7, 14, and 21st at 2:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Items needed are chips, crackers fruit snacks, bottled water, donations of bread for those weeks. We are good on the meat and cheese. 
We are also gathering back to school items to be given away to children in coordination of our back to school bash being done by Angela Smith on Saturday, August 1st. Time to be announced. Kristy is coordinating the back to school items. The goal is to have a great and fun day for children at Bethlehem, but also to help say to the community that Bethlehem loves them! 
Schedule of Events:
Monday:
3:30 pm Men’s Fellowship/Bible Study at Bravo Mexican Restaurant in Buford. (Ch. 9 1 Corinthians)
Tuesday: 
10:30 am Tuesday Morning Bible Study (Ch 11 Acts)
5:45 pm Zumba (Fellowship Hall)
6:30 pm Women’s Bible Study at Pete’s Coffee House (The Gospel of Mark)
7:00 pm A A Meeting
Wednesday:
6:30 pm MYF
6:30 pm Choir Practice
Thursday: 
7:00 pm A A Meeting
Saturday: 
Independence Day!

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Praise and Prayer

Tim Robinson got good news on his PET scan today. Tim has asked us to keep Sydney Robinson in your prayers. She has a doctors appointment.  

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Prayer Tomorrow at 10 am

Several have asked if we could meet at the bell in the morning and pray for our Methodist brother and sisters in Charleston S.C. So we will meet at 10 by the church bell, have a time of prayer, and ring the bell for those who lost their lives. I hope you will join us as we remember those lost their lives and pray for their families. 

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Good Morning Bethlehem!!

Below are the news and events for the week of June 15-21st.

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

[28] “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light .” …

Wow, another busy week for Bethlehem UMC, Buford with VBS being this week. It was great to have all the wonderful scenery this week for the children to add a little excitement to the VBS! Thanks to our children’s director, Angela Smith for coordinating VBS, beginning as a volunteer, and ending up as paid staff. Thanks to everyone who helped and participated to make VBS a great success this year! I heard we had over seventy children participate in VBS this year. What a blessing!! We received many compliments from visiting parents about how much their kids enjoyed the week.

Redwine UMC picked up our VBS set for their VBS. They could not believe how big it was in real life. They had to do a lot of cutting to get the mountains into their trailer. What a blessing for our church to be able to share this with another church. God is good!

The IT guy had to cancel working on getting the wifi working downstairs again. To much going on at his job. Hopefully we can get it going soon to the fellowship hall and the children’s area.

Tonight we kickoff our sandwich squads! Thanks to the congregation for donations and the help I am getting to move this new adventure along! Not only will we make 100 sack lunches, but there will be some good fellowship taking place as we serve God’s Kingdom!  We will meet at 7:00 pm tonight to make sandwiches for the children on Tuesday.

Paul will be in Athens this week beginning on Tuesday and will not be back until late Friday.  If you need to reach Paul, text messages or email may be the best way to do so during the day as I will be in meetings for most of the day.

Events for June 15-21st:

Monday:

3:30 pm Men’s Fellowship/Bible Study at Bravo Restaurant

7:00 pm Sandwich Squad

Tuesday:

10:30 am Bible Study

5:45 Zumba

6:30 pm Women’s Bible Study

7:00 pm AA Meeting

Wednesday:

6:30 pm MYF

6:30 pm Choir Practice

Thursday:

7:00 pm AA Meeting

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Prayer Request 06/11/2015

Please keep Tyler Robinson in your prayers. He is having his appendix taken out this morning. He is the grandson or Tim and Angela Robinson, and the great grandson of Helen and Stanley Bennett. 

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Good Morning Bethlehem!!

Below are the events and news for the week of June 8-14th. 

Psalms 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought you: O let me not wander from your commandments.

What a homecoming celebration yesterday at church! Happy 109th birthday church! It was great to see some old friends we have not seen in a while and it was nice to meet some new friends! Thanks to the choir for all their work on the music and to the special music of Tessa and Avery with the support of Lauren. Carl Harris did an amazing job with his solo of Beulah Land! 
Thanks to Frank Spalletti for the picture and frame presented to the Adamson family and the video presentation of their time with us. We will miss you all but we pray the best for you in Arizona. You all will always be in our hearts and love! 
The lunch was awesome and there was a little of everything on the main course row. Thanks Cindy Green for organizing the dishes for homecoming. Thanks to Ray and Elaine for getting there early yesterday and getting everything ready to go. Thanks to Colton and Kinsley Crawford for being such great workers in setting up the napkins and salt and pepper on the tables. Their mom and dad did a pretty good job as well. 
What a spread on the dessert table! My only disappointment was I could not eat everything on the table. Not only may this be the best congregation in North Georgia Conference, it definitely has the best cooks! It was a packed house yesterday!
It was good to see everyone come over to the Children’s area for the blessing of that space with prayer and the annointing of oil. God has been so good to Bethlehem with this project. Like I said yesterday, “Now the hard part starts with filling this area up.” 
Vacation Bible School was a awesome last night! We had 49 or 50 kids last night! Not sure how many might have been in the nursery, but I was amazed at how many children were there! There looked like there might be some tired teachers last night. Thanks to all the work our new Children’s Director, Angela Smith, has put into this event and to all her support staff. You all have done an amazing job getting this event ready!
Thanks to Frank, Sherman, and Terri for coming Friday night and Saturday morning and fixing lunch for everyone for the Men’s breakfast and workday on Saturday. The food was delicious! Thanks to all those who came out and worked and helped get the church ready for homecoming. Our “monster hole” in the back has been filled and grass planted. Thanks Tim for making the phone call and Ray for planting the grass. 
Events for the week are:
Monday: Men’s Bible study today at 3:30 pm at Bravo. 
VBS: M-Th 5:30-8:30 pm
Saturday: Willow Wood 10:00 am Worship begins at 10:30 am.

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Good Morning Bethlehem!!

Events and News for the week of June 1-7th

Luke 18:15-17 NIV

[15] People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. [16] But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. [17] 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” …

Our 190th Homecoming is this Sunday! Remember there is no Sunday school this week. Bring a covered dish to share after the service and enjoy some fellowship! 
VBS begins this Sunday!! Get your VBS face on! Thanks to all the work Angela has done getting this ready.  To be a newbie at this and finding her own way through this enormous task of VBS, she has done a fantastic job! Thanks to everyone volunteering early so that all teaching slots, meals and snacks are filled. Be praying for all the children who will attend VBS! 

If you still have not registered you child for VBS, you can do so at the link below: 

https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/BethlehemUMCBuford
Above is the website created to register participants for VBS. This will save parents time instead of filling out info once they get to church. June 7 – 11th 5:30-8:30.  
The Children’s Area is progressing along nicely! The second coat of paint is on the walls and the area might be completed before the week is out! The carpet is scheduled to go down maybe as soon as today and the bathrooms are about done. The windows are ordered and will be in as soon as they arrive.  As soon as the new doors arrive they will be painted and installed. Soon there will be stories of Jesus and the sound of little ones enjoying the area. Avery, Tessa, and Kinsley asked me yesterday if they could start a children’s band. She said the have instruments. Avery said she had a “rocktar.” Even the children are experiencing calls for new ministries! God is definitely good! 

The new ladies fellowship group is meeting at Pete’s Coffee in Buford on Tuesday’s at 6:30 pm. They are studying Mark. All ladies are invited. For more info, contact Karen Bitler or Vickie Garner. 

If you would like to volunteer for sandwich squads at the church to make sandwiches for Action Ministries or deliver food for them, let Paul know or sign up on the board Cindy made in the Narthex! 
These are the dates for the needed sandwich lunches: 

Tuesday June 16th, July 7th, 14th, August 4th. 

Wednesday July 8th, 15th, 22nd, and August 5th. 

We can make the Tuesday sandwiches on Monday night and carry them up to Action Ministries Tuesday. We can make the Wednesday sandwiches Tuesday afternoon or very early on Wednesday morning. The sandwiches have to be at Action Ministries by 10:15 am unless they are going to the site at Friendship Village. Cindy will be contacting you.  

The Tuesday morning Bible Study group will be studying Acts Ch. 8 this week. They begin at 10:30 am. 

The Men’s Fellowship/Bible Study group meets at Bravo Mexican Restaurant at 3:30 pm on Mondays. But are taking a week off this week due to Memorial Day. We are studying 1 Corinthians Ch. 6 next week. 
Mark your calendar! The United Methodist Men’s group returns on Saturday, June 6th. Frank Spalletti has invited all men and their families to come at 8:00 am and eat breakfast. Then after breakfast, there will be a work day to get ready for Homecoming on the 7th. 

Week of June 1-7:

Monday: 
3:30 pm Men’s Bible study/ Fellowship at Bravo Restaurant. 
Tuesday: 
10:30 am Bible Study (Acts Ch. 8)

5:45 pm Zumba

6:30 pm Ladies group at Pete’s Coffee

7:00 pm AA Meeting

Wednesday: 
6:30 pm MYF

6:30 pm Choir

Thursday: 
7:00 pm AA Meeting

Sunday:
11:00 am Homecoming

5:30 pm VBS begins 

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