Have you heard? Bethany Christian Church will be going on an “out of this world” Vacation Bible School (VBS) adventure. We are launching a “Miraculous Mission” the week of July 15th through 19th.
Each day will begin at 8:30 am with our opening ceremony where we will greet each other with songs and other activities relating to our VBS theme. Wait until you hear the stories that a “mad scientist” will be telling! Also, there will be Bible challenges, games, crafts, and, of course, snacks. The day will be packed full of excitement concluding at 11:45 am with our closing ceremony.
We met with some of the area churches on Sunday, June 2nd to introduce the theme and to begin the process of finding out the number of children that might attend and who would like to volunteer from each of these churches. We will be meeting again on June 16th. We will be asking for your help in a variety of ways: team leaders, decorating, crafts, snacks, musicians/leading songs, photography, publicity, leading games, etc. If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions, please contact Rev. Osgood or Christine Beeman.
Let’s make this VBS an adventure that will be fun and memorable for all the children and will help bring children closer to Jesus.
Good news? Yes, at least in this world where we build idols that please us. But what, really, is good news? It is not that our favorite candidate won the election, or that our favorite celebrity won an Oscar.
It is that the Son of God, while fully human, suffered and died a cruel death on a cross to wipe away the sins of the world!
But that’s not the end of the story! What really makes that story good news, is that, after that cruel punishment and death, Jesus arose from the dead, conquering death itself, and became Savior to the world!
Imagine the headlines and story in The News and Observer Saturday morning and Monday morning:
JESUS OF NAZARETH CRUCIFIED FRIDAY
Jerusalem (AP)—Israeli leaders, seeking to end “religious blasphemy” and avoid a showdown with Rome, convicted, sentenced and executed Jesus of Nazareth, a so-called “revolutionary,” at Golgotha, Friday…
TOMB EMPTY: FOLLOWERS CLAIM TO SEE “RESURRECTED” JESUS!
(Special to The News and Observer) Jerusalem—Following the Friday execution and burial of Jesus of Nazareth, self-described “King of Jews,” authorities found his body missing from its tomb Sunday. While they termed the event a “grave-robbing” by Jesus’ followers, several of those followers claimed to have seen the “resurrected” Jesus among them Sunday. In an interview with staff news writers…
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” —Proverbs 31:25-29
The scriptural description alludes to a mother’s love for her family and is a general model for mothers.
Another Bible verse is ““Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12). In most families, the mother has the most contact with children in their formative years, so, consequently, has the most influence over the development of their values.
If you have accepted Christ, and you live your life as a Christian and a good citizen, you most likely have your parents to thank, particularly your mother. So thank her on Mother’s Day! If she is deceased, thank the Lord for her!
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. –1 Peter 1:23
When one thinks of spring, one thinks of flowers blooming, leaves growing on trees and bushes, crops being planted–the whole world being reborn after winter. And, as Christians, we think of Easter: the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus.
But, do we think of ourselves and our spiritual rebirth–our baptism into Christ? It is well that we do consider it often, for if we have been born again–reborn–then our actions must show it: We must live as the resurrected Christ wants, and we must follow the path He has chosen for us.
Pray fervently, asking Christ to tell you what He wants, and to lead you and provide you with the courage and resources to do His will. You have been reborn; your life must bloom as a new flower planted by Christ!
Bishop Valerie Melvin, Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina, will deliver the sermon at Bethany tomorrow, March 10, at the 11 AM Worship Service. She is at Camp Caroline today for the annual Disciples Women Retreat, A Day Apart.
Following the service, lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall.
The sailboat in the picture has a daggerboard, a retractable board that goes downward through the keel for stability. It helps keep the boat from tipping over in wind, and keeps it from drifting leeward. Larger sailboats have fixed keels, shaped like a fish’s ventral fin, that, like a daggerboard, provides stability and prevents leeward drift.
Without stability in our lives, we, too, are subject to drift and tipping over. Jesus is our daggerboard: If we know Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we will stay on course, not drift and not tip over. With Him, we can sail through the rough waters of despair, of grief and of illness, and stay on course. If you are “blowin’ in the wind,” my friend, Jesus is the answer!
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. –James 1:6 (ESV)