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This Sunday we will be having our 11am Morning Song worship service outside. We have found a lovely spot for our service that is surrounded by beautiful trees in our parking lot along 187th Ave. It has a good amount of shade and has our stained glass windows as a backdrop. The setting feels just perfect for this!
We will have metal folding chairs available, but feel free to bring something a little more comfortable, such as camping chairs. I’m excited bring our voices outside and worship our Savior together.
Our 8:30am worship service will not be changed. It will happen in the Sanctuary and have Holy Communion. This will be the only worship service that will be available online this week.
I hope that you can join us for one (or maybe both) of our worship services this Sunday! How good it is to come together as God’s children, praise His Holy name, and hear His Word!
Has anyone ever said to you, “I can read your face like a book?” If so, you probably should refrain from playing cards. They generally mean that whatever is in your heart or on your mind is apparent on your face.
The Apostle Paul wrote something similar to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 3: You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone, revealingthat you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on stone tabletsbut on tablets of human hearts. We have the opportunity to show others Jesus and the impact that Jesus makes in our hearts and lives.
After Easter, we spent our Sunday morning time together talking about how what Jesus did on Good Friday and Easter Sunday changes everything for us and, changes us. Easter changes how we count our days—Sunday begins the week for believers rather than the Sabbath. Easter changes how we see each other, and it changes our stories. We let the Book of Acts lead us through these sermons. Our adult Bible class read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together to understand how the community of believers and how we live and worship and work together is changed by what Jesus has done and continues to do for us.
Now, as we enter the summer months our Sunday messages will listen to the stories of some of the lives that were changed by meeting Jesus. We will start with the disciple Andrew and then meet other disciples, people like Mary and Martha and Mary Magdalene whose names we know and those whose names are not known, like the Woman at the Well. We will listen to how their lives were changed by meeting Jesus and what we can learn from them. The Sunday morning Adult Bible class will also focus on “heroes” of the faith as we meet them in the Bible—not necessarily the same ones we will meet in the sermons. This class will be both Zoom (led by Pastor Jeff Shearier) and in-person (led by Jeff Weiblen). The class will start June 13.
The series will end on Rally Day Sunday, September 12. We will invite members to share their faith stories during the worship service, wrapping up our focus on how Jesus changes us. So, if you think you would like to share your story, let me or Kerry Bauer or Eric Oswald know. There will be more information to come.
Joy in the journey,
Pastor Jeff Shearier
We are seeking donors and volunteers. Blood collection is essential. The American Red Cross is urging donors to give to maintain the blood supply for patients who rely on lifesaving transfusions. Your help is needed to ensure enough blood is on the shelves when every second matters. Pre-screening and
enhanced disinfection will occur. Donors will sign themselves in by tablet and wearing masks are mandatory. This is our “Annual” drive. Bethlehem volunteers Will Provide hospitality and help with registration. Bethlehem will not be providing snacks. Donor info and sign-up is on line at https://www.redcrossblood.org/ sponsor code bethlehemaloha. Registration is open now.
Volunteer information is on line at https://www.redcrossblood.org/content/dam/redcrossblood/sponsor-bulletins/volunteer_bsl_update_03302020.v2.pdf . Our last drive was a success thanks to the support of Bethlehem donors and volunteers, please consider your participation for May. If you know someone who has never donated before? Please encourage them to make an appointment along with you. If you feel you would like to volunteer, contact the office.