Join us June 17th through June 21st for Bethlehem’s “Roar!” VBS! All children entering 4 year old Pre-K through 6th grade next fall are invited to attend! This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.
Thanks to a generous donation, Bethlehem’s VBS will be completely free this year!
When life is unfair…God is good!
“The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.” Nahum 1:7
The Israelites are slaves for the Egyptians. Exodus 1; 5; 6
When life is scary…God is good!
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” Psalm 23:4
God sends plagues on Egypt. Exodus 7:14-12:32
When life changes…God is good!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1
The Israelites enter the wilderness. Exodus 14-17
When life is sad…God is good!
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” Psalm 34:18
Jesus dies and comes back to life. John 16-21
When life is good…God is good!
“Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious.” Nehemiah 4:14
The Israelites build a memorial to remember God’s goodness. Joshua 3-4
We are glad that you are visiting our site! Please have a look around and see for yourself what makes the people that gather in this place a family. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Bethlehem will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 29th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Community Center. Please consider being a blood donor. You may schedule your appointment at www.redcrossblood.org using the sponsor code “BethlehemAloha” or sign-up using the Red Cross App or in person after services. Register early for your choice of appointments. Donors at our drive are eligible to receive a free $5 Amazon gift card courtesy to the American Red Cross .
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I don’t know how true the story is—I would like it to be true, but I haven’t been able to find verification of the story. The story is told that back in the 1920s—just after the Bolshevik Revolution established the Communists in power over Russia—a Soviet official visited a Russian Orthodox monastery.
The official wanted the monks to understand that the Soviet man had no need of religion. He lectured them about the superiority of the new ideas, Lenin’s Great Leap Forward and how those things promised by religion were being accomplished by the Party. After he finished, he was greeted at first by silence. He started to smile to himself, convinced that he had left them speechless.
Easter’s news could not be stopped. Period.
Then, one of the monks shouted, “He is risen!” The rest of the group shouted, “He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!” Easter’s news could not be stopped by officials. Easter’s news could not be stopped. Period.
Mark tells us the women that first Easter said nothing to anyone. That didn’t stop Easter’s news. Luke tells us that the disciples didn’t know what to do with what the women told them, it seemed to them an idle tale. That didn’t stop the news of Easter, either. Whatever is going on in the world cannot stop the news. Whatever is going in your world do not stop the news from being shared and heard. Those things don’t win. Jesus has had the victory. He still does!
A friend of mine posted an article on his Facebook page the other day. We’ve heard so much about the decline of Christianity in our culture recently. Sometimes, it seems that those voices are right. This article provided research contradicting those voices. The number of people who pray, who worship regularly, who believe God’s Word in the Bible remains consistent from generation to generation. While the influence of Christians may be declining in Europe, the number of Christians in Asia, Africa and Latin America is multiplying. Missionaries from Africa and Asia are being sent to Europe! Easter’s news cannot be stopped!
So, continue to tell the story. Let the story seep down into the details of your story and speak hope and forgiveness to your heart. Let the story be lived in your actions and dealings with others as you share forgiveness and hope. Easter’s news cannot be stopped! He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!
Joy in the journey,
This summer, a group from Bethlehem will be traveling to Romania to visit and show Jesus’ love to children at an orphanage through an organization called Heart of Hope Ministries International.
“We are 5 members of Bethlehem and are going on a mission trip to Romania to show the Orphans in Romania the love and hope of Jesus.
We spend two weeks at a summer camp and serve approximately 100 children ages 7 to 18. We’ll be there from June 22nd through July 6th.
We need sponsors for the children $65.00 each, and also money for treats and for craft supplies.”
Thank you Douglas, Karen, Amy, Amberly and Rachel
There are two very important ways you can support this mission: