Bethel Covenant: From the Pastor's Desk 4.17.17

In This Issue

  1. Last Week at Bethel
  2. Coming Up
  3. Hear a sermon
  4. I am a Fool
  5. Pray for Bethel
  6. About Us

Last Week at Bethel

Palm Sunday Breakfast

Thanks to everyone who served, ate, and donated at our annual Palm Sunday breakfast. What a great time to be together! The Congregational Life team raised $418 that will go towards installing directional signs at church, so that we can be more welcoming to visitors.

Culture of Godly Leadership

Our council met last Tuesday, prayed and spend time discussing what God is doing at Bethel. We were pleased to be joined by Chris and Landen who really added to our meeting! Minutes will be out next week.

Maundy Thursday Service

Special thanks to Will, Joanne, and everyone from Zion who helped make our joint Maundy Thursday service a success. We came together in humility and shared the same table with our sister church. It was a pleasure to worship together.

Whats coming up?

Join us April 30th for our Quarterly Meeting

Come and hear updates on what God is doing and be ready to consider Agenda, will be posted in the atrium and included in next week's From the Pastor's desk.

Upcoming FUSION events calling all 5th-12th graders!

April 19th 5:15pm - End of Year Party. Join us for some grilling, music, and games!

April 26th 5:15pm - Yuck Wars! You’re going to get messy! Bring your friends! Wear clothes that can get dirty! Bring a towel & a change of clothes for the ride home!

Bethel’s Softball Team

Its softball time! Sign up in the atrium if you are interested or contact Sheldon Johnson for more info! It should be a great season.

BLESS

Five missional practices to intentionally introduce people to Jesus

Even though most of our community believes in God we discovered that nearly one-third (29%) of our friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors right here when asked claim no religious faith at all, in addiction to that only 13% of our surrounding community says that their faith is very important to them. We simply can’t afford to wait for others to do the work of outreach and evangelism

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Join us Sundays as we focus on sharing our faith with others.

I am a Fool

I wrote this when I was in seminary but it came to mind this week as I was getting ready for Easter. It is one way I like to tell the story.

I am a fool

I believe that this infinite, complex, ancient universe has a beginning.

I believe that it has a beginner

A first Word, and a last one.

But when I look outside the world is broken.

Yet we yearn for wholeness

Death is our constant companion.

Yet we cling to life

Look outside and you will see evil winning and good losing.

The heroes die and the good FAIL.

I believe that Once the God of light entered this dark world.

This light that built the world lived in it.

He set aside his strength and put on weakness and humanity.

The creator became his broken creation.

He came to turn all people back towards God, back towards the author of all life.

came for the forgotten, the outcast, the poor, and the weak.

came to help those alone in a dark world

at first it seemed like the darkness won.

He was abandoned by his friends, and condemned by those who claimed to serve his father.

He died, alone, outcast, poor, and weak just like those he came for.

And as he lay cold and dead in a dark tomb, his followers scattered.

But that is not the end of the story.

No, when his followers came his body was gone.

They saw him again,

Not dead, alive.

The light, this light that entered the world was not extinguished.

The darkness did not overcome him

Three days later He lived,

The grave could not hold him.

This Lord, this light, the same God who made us

This God calls us to die like him.

To die to our darkness,

to be raised new in his light.

To live as his agents of restoration

This is his plan

This is how he sets it right

I die in order to live.

I surrender to be set free.

My faith is a paradox, where the last is first and the greatest died for the least.

But this God is not happy with just me.

This God loves his creation.

This God died for his creation.

This God rose for his creation.

This God won’t rest until his creation is whole.

This God seeks his people like a poor woman searches for a lost coin

Like a shepherd for a lost sheep

Because we are his prized possession.

This God is the one who calls me.

The one who called me, when I was selfish and cruel and evil

I believe this God calls you

Come be a fool.

Pray for Bethel

  1. Pray that we will make individual connections and build relationships of trust with people who don’t know Jesus.
  2. Pray that God will draw unchurched people closer to him through Bethel Covenant.
  3. Pray that God will raise up our future leaders
  4. Finally pray for me, your Pastor.

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, ACHES, PAINS? CALL OR EMAIL PASTOR TODD, I WOULD LOVE TO TALK ABOUT IT!

About Us

Bethel Covenant Church is a gathering of disciples of Jesus Christ located outside Ellsworth, Wisconsin. As a body of believers, our desire is to be known for pursuing Christ and his love for us, our friends, families and neighbors, and for pursuing his priorities in the world.

God is doing great things at Bethel and He longs for a deeper relationship with each one of us. We don't have it all figured out but we invite you to join us as we worship God together, study scripture, connect and grow with each other in community, and use our talents and gifts to serve our church, our community and our world.

For more information and upcoming events like us on Facebook, check out our website, or join us for worship Sunday at 10 am

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