CWF CHRISTMAS PARTY 2021


The ladies of the church gathered on December 17th, at 6:30 pm to
celebrate Christmas and enjoy each other’s company. We met in the
Fellowship Hall with nine in attendance. Christmas music filled the air
from a CD player Janci immediately set up. The ladies were all in good
spirits with chatter about the season, and the food we were looking
forward to sharing. Christine welcomed everyone and blessed the food.
We filled our plates with turkey and dressing, sandwiches, fruits,
cheeses, crackers, nuts, cakes, cookies and more. Our conversations
became lively with memories of the old days, which followed with lots
of laughter. Juanita surprised us with a beautiful handmade ornament
to add to our own tree. Thank you, Juanita!
A special thanks to Barbara Benton who was able to be with us. She
expressed her appreciation for supporting her during her time of need.
We missed those that were not with us but look forward to seeing you
next year. Merry Christmas everyone! ……..Susan H Bissette

WE WELCOME REV. BOB BROOKS

Rev. Bob Brooks will be in our pulpit Sunday, December 19.  Here is a little information about him provided by Christine Beeman.

Rev. Brooks holds a Master’s in Divinity from
Lexington Theological Seminary and is currently working on a PhD in Leadership Studies at Johnson University. He was ordained
in May 1981 and has pastored at churches in
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, and Washington.
He and his wife, Annie, live in North Chesterfield, Virginia. His hobbies include: camping, canoeing, cooking and travel. —Christine Beeman

Be sure to come out and give Rev. Brooks a warm welcome!

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHT SERVICE

December 24, 2021, 7pm

                      photo: Melissa Watson

It is the tradition of Bethany Christian Church to hold a beautiful contemplative candle light worship service on Christmas Eve. There have been many different services, songs, musicians, ministers, and times, but always it is a blessing.

It has been a tumultuous couple of years, but Christmas is coming and with it the Hope of a Savior to deliver us from the oppression of sin. This season brings the promise of Peace to quiet our weary souls and assuage our fears and struggles. We anticipate with Joy the birth of one who is our ultimate advocate regardless of our wealth, color, connections, deservedness, and we long for that deep Love that only our Father can provide. Every year we can refocus our worship lives, center ourselves around our Savior, and relax knowing that in His hands we are safe.

We will share communion during our worship service with the wine and bread packets that we have been using on Sundays. The service will end with the forming of the fellowship circle and the passing of the light in a darkened sanctuary.

Come join us again this year, or if you have never been to our Christmas Eve service, let this be the year you do.  – Melissa Watson

CAROLING

Sunday was the perfect day to spread some Christmas joy through song. The weather was sunny and bright, and so were the spirits of those gathered! A small group of five, Renee Midyette, John and Christine Beeman, and Roger and Elizabeth Bennett, piled into a couple of cars and left the church around 3:00 in the afternoon to visit some of our congregation (Caroling List 2021) that have not been able to be out and about as much as they once were able to do. Surprised faces greeted our carolers with smiles as the group went from house to house. It was quite the surprise for a sleeping Mr. Oliver, for Christine had donned a flashing headband of reindeer antlers! Mr. Herb was equally amused and greeted everyone with a giant grin. Ms. Gladys videoed the singing quintet, so Mr. Jack could share in the fun! Mr. Kent, Ms. Louise, Ms. Clara and Mr. Tommy, Betsy and Barbara all shared in the fellowship and Christmas spirit! At the end of the trip, our choir,  now joined by Jennie Adams and Susan Bissette, sat down together to eat a warming bowl of chili and cornbread followed by selections from a tray full of very tasty cookies provided by an anonymous elf! Thank you to all who participated, and may you have the Merriest of Christmases!…Melissa Watson

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT – JOY

This Sunday will be the third Sunday in Advent. Roger and Polly Surprenant will light the beautiful pink candle during the worship service, the Joy Candle. We will also have another guest minister, Rev. Ed Koffenberger. Please be sure to come to the worship service. It will be wonderful. Later, at 3:00 pm we will gather at the church to go caroling. This is an annual tradition at Bethany. We will cram into as few  cars as possible and head out to visit our congregational members who are not able to come out and see us! Not only do we sing a few songs, but we also come bearing gifts, spreading Christmas joy, so it is very fitting that we will carol on third Sunday. Once we have visited everyone, we return back to the fellowship hall for some yummy chili!

THE BIBLE QUEST CHALLENGE

Today is the 87th day of read-through-the Bible -in-a-year program at Bethany. “Challenge” is a word that defines well the journey that takes you from Genesis to Revelations in 365 days. I confess that I have never read the Bible cover to cover and was apprehensive about sticking with it but wanted to give it a try. Once the plan was introduced to the congregation, I committed to the program. There have been times that my daily reading became every 2-3 days and once I was a week behind. If you are experiencing the same setbacks, do not give up, catch up instead! 

I have really enjoyed discovering new insights from my Bible reading and would like to share two dealing with Israel’s wanderings in the wilderness: 

A journey that might have taken Israel less than two weeks to complete lasted forty years because of their unbelief and disobedience. (See Deuteronomy 1:2) 

We are told that for forty years in the wilderness the shoes and clothes of the Israelites miraculously never wore out. (See Deuteronomy :5) 

There are many mysteries in the Bible to uncover if you are up to the challenge, read God’s Word. You will be blessed!  – Susan Bissette

 I sit down alone, 

Only God is here. 

In His presence I open, 

I read His books; 

And what I thus learn 

I teach. 

–John Wesley 

DECEMBER THEME IS “SHARING CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY”

Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. –John 21:17

Some people call it the most wonderful time of the year. Children make their wish lists and by mid-November shoppers are flooding the internet and stores for deals. Christmas music can be heard on the radio and TV, and the Hallmark channel plays Christmas movies 24 hours a day. The weeks before Christmas are consumed with baking, wrapping gifts, writing cards to friends, special church programs, and parties. We make every effort to fit in all these grand activities in a short time period…

How much better would it be to share the spirit of Christmas every day? –Susan H. Bissette

What is the sprit of Christmas? What did Christ do in his life? He fed the hungry, healed the sick, provided shelter to the homeless, clothed the naked, lifted the spirits of all who met him and offered salvation to those who believe in Him and follow Him. He told those who believed in Him and followed Him to “feed my sheep.”

To “feed His sheep” is to show and practice the Christmas spirit. To share Christmas every day, plan a program. On Monday, write an encouraging card to someone on the prayer list. On Tuesday, help someone pay a bill. On Wednesday, give someone a ride. On Thursday, help someone complete a chore. On Friday, invite someone to lunch. On Saturday, invite someone to share in your family fun. On Sunday, take someone to church with you. Repeat.

Sharing Christmas every day requires a Christian attitude. How can we call ourselves “Christian” if we do not follow Christ and share Him?