OCTOBER THEME: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. –John 14:23

In The Secret Place: Devotions for Daily Worship, the Nov. 16 devotion, Home Sweet Home,  by Sarah Lyons, she uses John 14:23 as the “thought for the day.” She tells in the devotional of missing a flight, having to sleep in the airport, and catching a flight out the next morning.

Upon arriving home, she stated, “It felt great to be home. There really is no place like home. Jesus creates a home for those who love and obey him. It’s a home where we can feel safe and comfortable. If our earthly home can feel good to us, imagine how great a home with Jesus will be.”

Whether our home is grand or modest, there’s no place like it. The only one better is not to be found in this world; rather, it is the one Jesus prepares for us.

 

PRAYERS FOR YOUR SAFETY THROUGH HURRICANE FLORENCE

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” –Luke 8:22-25

Our faith is in Jesus, and we are praying for everyone’s safety as Hurricane Florence heads into land.

If you have not made preparations for the storm, there still is a little time to get ready through today, before storm conditions worsen. It is likely that tornado action can occur, too, so be especially aware of the weather at all times.

If the location of your home is low, get to a shelter or to friends or family who live on higher ground.

Pray for the safety of all in the county, and hope that, on the other side of the storm, we all are safe and have had minimal damage.

HURRICANE FLORENCE ALTERS EVENTS SCHEDULE

Due to the approach of Hurricane Florence, events previously scheduled for this week are cancelled.

Saturday, 15 September, Rev. Torrie Osgood will try to send a One Call Now phone message update regarding the schedule for Sunday and beyond.

Bethanyarapahoe.org also will post updates as they become available to us.

SEPTEMBER THEME: ABANDONED, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!  For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. –Psalm 27:7-10

There are people who have been abandoned, not necessarily intentionally. Think of old people who languish in nursing homes; those who are bound to their homes due to their infirmities; those who receive few visits. They are like old abandoned buildings that continue to stand, though no longer serving a useful purpose. Even when those buildings are structurally sound, because their facades show age and deferred maintenance, they are abandoned.

If you visit those in nursing homes, as elders do, you will find that, often, rather than blessing the one you visit, the one you visit blesses you. Elders frequently feel that, after their visits, they have been blessed far beyond what they have provided to those they visit.

Our Lord does not abandon us; He is with us through adversity, and provides us strength. He never forgets us. When our walls lack paint, our doors creak, our windows fail to block rain and cold, and no one seeks our shelter, the Lord becomes our shelter. “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.”

2018 1ST PHOTO CONTEST IS CONCLUDED; 2ND CONTEST, NOW IN PROGRESS, CONCLUDES DECEMBER 31

The Communications Committee is holding two photo contests in 2018. The first concluded June 30, and the winners are announced in the August issue of The Beacon.

Photo by Mac Harris

Contest No. 2 began July 1 and runs until December 31. For Contest No. 2, contestants may submit two (2) images only, so pick your best ones! The theme for the contest is Rooted in Christ.

Contestants my submit digital images to jenniekadams@gmail.com, or 5″ x 7″ prints to the church office, placed in the communications inbox.

Qualifying images will be those that depict the theme and were taken between July 1 and December 31, 2018.

Beginning Sunday, August 5, contestants in Contest No. 1 (January 1 – June 30, 2018) are asked to sign release forms so their photographs can be published as background for the weekly devotional, A Light for Your Path, and as background for other Bethany publications and displays. Any reproduction of a contestant’s image(s) will be afforded proper attribution. Those submitting images for Contest No. 2 also will be asked to sign release forms.

 

AUGUST HEADER THEME IS “ROOTED IN CHRIST”

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. –Colossians 2:6-9

August definitely is a hot, summer month. Yet, near the end of August we begin to see the first signs of fall, signaling the last quarter of the year. If we relate a calendar year to life, we understand that, for most of us, the part of our lives approaching is shorter than the part that has passed.

So it is imperative that we make sure our lives are rooted in Christ. In the Book of Job, Job, talking about humans and death, says, [unlike man] there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant. (Job 14:7-9).

In Job’s time, Christ had not come to give us the ability to be like a tree that lives again “at the scent of water.” Jesus made it possible to be like a tree, so that we can be revived and nourished by His Living Water. If our roots are in the world, when “[they] grow old in the earth,” they wither and die. But if our roots are in Christ, His Living Water is accessible to us, and will save us.

“Rooted in Christ” also is the theme for the August A Light for Your Path devotionals.

PHOTO CONTEST RUNOFF IS COMPLETE

The runoff vote to decide the winning photograph among the four 1st-place and the four 2nd-place photos is complete, the votes have been counted and the election certified!

Do you want to know who won? If so, be sure to read the August issue of The Bethany Beacon!

COMMUNICATIONS PHOTO CONTEST IS TIED

The Communications Photo Contest voting that ended July 22 resulted in a 4-way tie for 1st place, and a 4-way tie for 2nd place.

Consequently, a tiebreaker re-vote is necessary. The tiebreaker re-vote will begin Sunday, July 29, and end Sunday, August 5.

All are urged to vote again for your favorite 1st-place and 2nd-place photos! The four tied 1st-place and four tied 2nd-place photos will be displayed on a table in the fellowship hall from July 29 until August 5. They also are displayed below.

1st-place tied images:

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

27

35

 

2nd-place tied images:

8
14
19
29