Many of the members of our congregation spent the evening prepping for our big celebration tomorrow. 180 years! We hope you will be able to join us for some free food, live music, children's activities, and wonderful memories- TOMORROW! 11AM service, 12:30 celebration!
We had two great events occur yesterday. First, we had the opportunity to celebrate our first church service with a PAVED PARKING LOT! This may not mean a lot to everyone, but to us, it means that our little country church is still growing! We have been around for 180 years, and look forward to this parking lot serving our congregation for many, many more!
Saturday some of the beautiful ladies of Mt Bethel got together at Sweet D's in Linden for tea time! They enjoy some wonderful commaraderie, delicious tea, and a fantastic lunch. If you weren't able to make it this year, we hope you can do it next!
Yesterday Mt Bethel delighted in the adding of five new members to the church!
We are so blessed that Paul and Jenell Keller, Herb Leon, and Ryan and Liz Wivo made the decision to join Mt Bethel and make us their church family. We look forward to their involvement with the church and to witnessing God work through their lives!
What a beautiful day here at Mt Bethel! We were blessed to have the opportunity today to celebrate the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today began with a delicious breakfast put on by the men of our church; what a blessing to be able to gather and congregate before our Easter sermon! A big thanks to the guys for putting this all together.
Here's a little glimpse:
After breakfast we headed into the service where we were greeted by the most beautiful display of flowers upon the altar. (A special thanks to Pam for keeping the church looking so lovely!)
Spring is a new beginning for our flowers, trees, and animals of the earth, much like the resurrection of Jesus marked a new beginning for us. What a perfect choice for the altar.
One of our greatest blessings of the church today was the many new (and regular) visitors and members of the church; it is always a great day to see the pews of Mt Bethel overflowing and FILLED! An even greater joy is to witness the love of the Lord seep through our future generations and witness our children growing and learning about the story and joy of Easter. A special thanks to Shirley Scramlin for sharing the story of Easter with our children today!
Whether you had the opportunity to be with us today or not, we hope that you had a beautiful day celebrating the resurrection of Christ Jesus, our Savior, and hope that you have welcomed Him into your heart so that you, too, can enjoy the forgiveness of sins and the promise of everlasting life.
Happy Easter again!
As we do every year, this Christmas Eve was spent with our beautiful 9 o'clock pm Christmas Eve service. Though the weather kept some people home, the church was filled with comfort as we welcomed the celebration of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.
We lit the final candle on our advent wreath.
During each Sunday of the Advent season, we lit a candle to represent one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. The Christ candle (the center candle) was lit tonight, and serves to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world and is the purity that was sent to wash away our sins.
The Christmas Eve service also included our magical candle light service. If you've never attended a candlelight service, you really are missing out on something beautiful. As a congregation, we passed the flame from person to person until the only light in the building was from the glimmering candles of those old and young.
As we left the buidling, we were greeted by a beautiful blanket of freshly fallen snow-- the first we have had in weeks!!
If you weren't able to make it this year, we hope you will be able to join us next time!
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!
This afternoon we had our annual church conference to review this last year, and plan for all of the wonderful things we will do in the coming year!
Thanks to those of you who have volunteered your time to be a part of this meeting, and a BIG thanks to those who have stepped up to take on a role in the church in 2015!!!
To close our meeting, Rev. Dr. Tara Sutton gave a beautiful sermon on the 2015 plan for our church family to "Encounter the Holy". As we look forward to next year and work on living a Godly life and loving thy neighbor, we will also take the time to remember an important lesson that Jesus taught.
I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash another's feet. I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you.
Jesus used footwashing to illustrate the importance of caring for and serving others; it also represents the cleansing of our sins that we experience as we walk through and engage in worldly experiences.
Looking ahead to 2015 we have been challenged with the task of serving others in our congregation...through footwashing! Rev. Sutton paved the way by selflessly washing the feet of Pastor Scott and one of our long-time members, Hazel Voorhees.
How will we do?
Well....you'll have to come to church and see! ;)
This Saturday is the Harvest Dinner and once again the menu is awesome. Baked turkey, sweet and mashed potatoes, spice cake for dessert. Can't wait.
At Mt. Bethel, we are not just a church; we are a community. Multiple authors contribute to our blog so that you may get a glimpse into the lives of multiple members of our congregation and see what fun has been had at our little church.