Good Morning Bethlehem! 

Below are the news and schedule of events for the week of March 23-29th

For those who were not there yesterday, we miss you and love you! Please let us know if you are sick or in need of anything

“I am doing a new thing;  now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness   and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19, ESV). 

A surprise visit from my boss, Gainesville District Superintendent, Richard Chewning. It was good to have him worship with us yesterday.  

The Administrative Council met this week and approved money for the choir to buy books to replace some that have seen their better days. The Board also approved money to help supply the current needs of Children’s Church. Lora and Mackenzie are doing a wonderful job with the children on Sunday mornings.  The Board also approved the $11,000 children’s renovation project. This project will include new windows and exterior wall insulation to help cut future heating and cooling cost as the current existing windows and walls have little to no insulation. The area will get new carpet, a bathroom redo, new paint, a stage area for the children, and updated classrooms. The Board has requested that the month of April be designated for giving to help fund this project. It was announced that VBS will be June 7th-11th so that you can mark this date on your calendar! 

The youth met last Wednesday to rave reviews from the youth and parents! Continue in prayers for this program and Shane. So if you know some youth looking for a group send them our way on Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 pm! 

This Sunday will be a wonderful time to worship at Bethlehem on Sunday morning! We will have a Drama called “The Living Lord’s Supper” I encourage you to come and be a part of this service! I believe it will be well worth your time to allow the Holy Spirit to work! Thanks to Elaine Hortman for bring this to Bethlehem and leading the drama. 

Remember the Bingo Night this Saturday night at 5:00 pm in the fellowship hall.  There will be prizes and I believe everyone is asked to bring finger food. 

I am sure I have forgotten several things! I am blessed to be your pastor! It is a blessing to continue to watch God work in your individual lives and the life of the church! God bless each of you this week! 

Monday the 23rd:

3:30 pm. Men’s Bible Study at Bravo in Buford. Joel (ch. 2).

Tuesday the 24th: 

10:30 am Bible Study (ch 16 Mark. 

5:45 pm Zumba class in the fellowship hall

7:00 pm AA Meeting

Wednesday the 25th:

10:30 am Primetimer Trip to Western Sizzling in Cleveland, GA. 

6:30 pm MYF

Thursday the 26th

7:00 pm AA Meeting

Saturday the 28th:

5:00 pm Bingo Night

Upcoming March and early April Events

March 28th Bingo Night at 5:00 pm. 

March 29th Fellowship hall reserved from 2-5 pm. 

April 2nd Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm. Communion will be served. 

April 3rd Stations of the cross service at 7:00 pm. No Communion served. 

April 4th. Easter egg hunt and cook out at the Buford Dam Upper Overlook Park at 12:00 pm. 

April 5th Easter Sunday (Bring a friend!) 

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Prayer Request 03/20/2015

Please keep the family of Ed Calison in your prayers. His cousin, Ronney Frazier passed away today in South Carolina. Keep her husband Syd in your prayers during this time of loss. 

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Living Lord’s Supper Drama

Elaine has asked that all cast members and support staff meet and plan to stay after church this Sunday. She also needs a few folks to volunteer to be disciples for non-speaking parts. 

The cast members are as follows: 

Jesus: Trent Stewart

Peter: Reese Kerby

Judas: Derek kerby

James: Ed Jones

John: Sherman Spalletti

Stage props: Don Bolt and Tiffany Stewart

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Good Morning Bethlehem! 

Below are the news and schedule of events for the week of March 16th-22nd. 

For those who were not there at worship yesterday, we missed you! Our prayers continue for those who have lost loved ones this week.  For those who were sick yesterday please let us know so we can be praying for you. 

Congratulations to Joy Bolt, Derek Kerby, and Jeff Smith on becoming Lay Servants in the UMC! Some have expresses interest in becoming certified. Keep them in your prayers. 

We introduced Shane Robinson as our new youth leader during the worship service yesterday morning. He is exploring a call to ministry as a youth pastor. Because of his sense of call he will be under the supervision of the pastor during this process. Please keep Shane and our youth in your prayers during this process.  

Our connection group met on Thursday night at New Prospect and honored our laity. Unfortunately, there were none from Bethlehem. We discussed five new UMC strategies for ineffective churches of closure, merger, or red redefining a churches role in the community. I would encourage Bethlehem to continue growing in the areas of children and youth! 

There has been no response from the ad for a part-time children’s director although we have had a couple of inquiries from within. There has been no time table given to me by the PPR on the interview process but God seems to be doing things in God’s timing so we need to continue to pray and wait until God gives direction. I think we need to give Lora and Mackenzie Kerby a huge thank you for taking over children’s church the past weeks, they have done, and continue to do a wonderful job with the children each week. So if you have time, say thank you to them! 

Thanks to Jeff Stewart for bringing his tractor and finish clearing the parking lot of tree limbs this week!  We are blessed with a lot of wonderful willing workers at Bethlehem! 

I am sure I have forgotten several things! I am blessed to be your pastor! It is a blessing to continue to watch god work in your individual lives and the life of the church! God bless each of you this week! 

Monday the 16th:

3:30 pm. Men’s Bible Study at Bravo in Buford. Joel (ch. 1). 

Tuesday the 17th: 

10:30 am Bible Study (ch 28 of Matthew). 

5:45 pm Zumba class in the fellowship hall

7:00 pm AA Meetinf

Wednesday the 18th:

6:30 pm Choir practice

6:30 pm MYF

Thursday the 19th: 

7:00 pm Administrative Council

7:00 pm AA Meeting

Upcoming March and early April Events

March 28th Bingo Night at 5:00 pm. 

March 29th Fellowship hall reserved from 2-5 pm. 

April 2nd Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 pm

April 3rd Stations of the cross service at 7:00 pm

April 4th. Easter egg hunt and cook out at the Buford Dam Upper Overlook Park at 12:00 pm. 

April 5th Easter Sunday (Bring a friend!) 

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Prayer Update 03/14/2015

Barbara Nutter came home from the hospital today with a problem with her inner ear causing the dizziness and nausea. 

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Prayer Request 03/13/2015

Please keep Barbara Nutter in your prayers. She went to the ER this morning with symptoms of dizziness and nausea. She was admitted to Northside Forsyth after lunch for observation and further tests. 

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Prayer Request 03/12/2015

Please keep Vickie’s co-worker’s grandchild in your prayers he was born today and has been transported to Egleston Children’s Hospital. His diaphragm did not form properly and his heart is not in the right place as a result of this problem. 

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