May 16th Bethel Learn, Love, Live

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Mark Your Calendars!

May 9 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
May 11 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
May 16 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
May 18 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study

Birthdays

DANG, Mac 05/03
DANG, Ethan 05/06
MIZELL, Carolyn 05/11
FREEMAN, Nadiyah 05/14
BARTLETT, Caleb 05/23
JOHNSON, Marie 05/25
JOHNSON, Sharan 05/25
GIBSON, Kyrstin 05/29
HOLLOWAY, Scottye 05/29
PRICE, Marcia 05/30

Anniversaries

RICE, Butch & Lorraine 05/24
ELDER, James & Vicki 05/25

Johneita Durant speaks on the triumphs, challenges, and expectations of Vacation Bible School

Johneita Durant, the facilitator of this years Vacation Bible School, gives a outline of what the children and volunteers can expect to gain from this years Vacation Bible School (VBS).

What interests you most about facilitating VBS?

Providing an environment where children can have fun and learn about God.

What are the greatest challenges of VBS?

I would like to involve as many parishioners as possible.  I hope this will be a community event.  It will also be challenging to turn the church into a series of mountains, streams and trails.

What is needed most to make VBS a success?

Continuous prayer and volunteers with a heart for the Lord.

What do you hope to achieve through VBS?

I hope children will walk away with knowledge and love for God, a willingness to share what they have learned and an intrinsic motivation to come to church.

What impact do you think VBS will have on the children who participate?

I am hoping VBS will spark an interest to know more about the Lord, to know him, and live a Christ-like life.

Bethel’s Vacation Bible School

July, 8, 2013 – July 12, 2013

Connect Children with God’s Eternal Good News at Bethel’s Vacation Bible School: Our theme this year is “Tell it on the Mountain.”  We feel every child needs to hear the Good News that Jesus their Savior is by their side, forgiving them and strengthening them no matter what mountains they face. At Tell it on the Mountain Vacation Bible School we want to connect children with the most important message of their lifetime: the miraculous story of what Jesus did for us, what we could never do for ourselves.

We are asking for your prayers. Tell it on the Mountain Vacation Bible School, will be held on July 8th-12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Please ask God to bring children to our program so they can know and grow in Jesus, our Savior! Ask God to provide leaders and helpers for this important mission. If you can help full or part time we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Call and/or email the church at (216) 381-5501 or office@thebethelchurch for more information. Please give prayerful consideration to what God will have you do.  Tell it on the mountain!

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Training for VBS Volunteers

A training session for VBS volunteers will be held May 26th, 2013 immediately  following service. This will be one of two training sessions. Please contact Johnnie Durant or the church office at (216)381-5501 if you have any questions. Prayer Calendars for VBS can be picked up from an usher or the information desk.

 

 

Converge MidAtlantic Biennial Leadership Conference

Converge MidAtlantic will hold it’s Biennial Leadership Conference, June 19-21, 2013. The host church is Grace Point Church, 592 Washington Cross Road, Newton, PA 18940.  Please see the link below for detailed information on how to register.

http://www.convergemidatlantic.com/files/midatl/resources/transform_blc_brochure2_0.pdf

 

 

Shelby Pykare has graduated from the College of Wooster!

On Monday, May 13th, Shelby Pykare received her BA in Anthropology. Her parents would like to celebrate with our Bethel family by inviting you to a picnic lunch here at church immediately following service on May 19, 2013.

 

Congregational Meeting

June 2, 2013

There will be a congregational meeting held on June 2nd immediately following service. Ballots for the slate of leaders submitted by the Nominating Committee will be available in the lobby today. Votes will be cast at the congregational meeting.

 

 

May 9th Bethel Learn, Love, Live Blog

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Mark Your Calendars!

May 9 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
May 11 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
May 16 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
May 18 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study

Birthdays

DANG, Mac 05/03
DANG, Ethan 05/06
MIZELL, Carolyn 05/11
FREEMAN, Nadiyah 05/14
BARTLETT, Caleb 05/23
JOHNSON, Marie 05/25
JOHNSON, Sharan 05/25
GIBSON, Kyrstin 05/29
HOLLOWAY, Scottye 05/29
PRICE, Marcia 05/30

Anniversaries

RICE, Butch & Lorraine 05/24
ELDER, James & Vicki 05/25

Johneita Durant speaks on the triumphs, challenges, and expectations of Vacation Bible School

Johneita Durant, the facilitator of this years Vacation Bible School, gives a outline of what the children and volunteers can expect to gain from this years Vacation Bible School (VBS).

What interests you most about facilitating VBS?

Providing an environment where children can have fun and learn about God.

What are the greatest challenges of VBS?

I would like to involve as many parishioners as possible.  I hope this will be a community event.  It will also be challenging to turn the church into a series of mountains, streams and trails.

What is needed most to make VBS a success?

Continuous prayer and volunteers with a heart for the Lord.

What do you hope to achieve through VBS?

I hope children will walk away with knowledge and love for God, a willingness to share what they have learned and an intrinsic motivation to come to church.

What impact do you think VBS will have on the children who participate?

I am hoping VBS will spark an interest to know more about the Lord, to know him, and live a Christ-like life.

Bethel’s Vacation Bible School

July, 8, 2013 – July 12, 2013

Connect Children with God’s Eternal Good News at Bethel’s Vacation Bible School: Our theme this year is “Tell it on the Mountain.”  We feel every child needs to hear the Good News that Jesus their Savior is by their side, forgiving them and strengthening them no matter what mountains they face. At Tell it on the Mountain Vacation Bible School we want to connect children with the most important message of their lifetime: the miraculous story of what Jesus did for us, what we could never do for ourselves.

We are asking for your prayers. Tell it on the Mountain Vacation Bible School, will be held on July 8th-12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Please ask God to bring children to our program so they can know and grow in Jesus, our Savior! Ask God to provide leaders and helpers for this important mission. If you can help full or part time we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Call and/or email the church at (216) 381-5501 or office@thebethelchurch for more information. Please give prayerful consideration to what God will have you do.  Tell it on the mountain!

VBS_Calendar

 

Converge MidAtlantic Biennial Leadership Conference

Converge MidAtlantic will hold it’s Biennial Leadership Conference, June 19-21, 2013. The host church is Grace Point Church, 592 Washington Cross Road, Newton, PA 18940.  Please see the link below for detailed information on how to register.

http://www.convergemidatlantic.com/files/midatl/resources/transform_blc_brochure2_0.pdf

Shelby Pykare is graduating from the College of Wooster!

On Monday, May 13th,  Timothy and Regina Pykare’s oldest will cross a milestone in life as she receives her BA in Anthropology. They would like to celebrate with our Bethel family by inviting you to a picnic lunch here at church. Join them next Sunday, May 19th, right after service in the fellowship hall. They are so thankful that God has brought Shelby to this point in life.  Please join them for a time of food, laughter, memories, prayer and gratitude to God.

May 2nd Bethel Learn, Love, Live

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Mark Your Calendars!

May 2 @All Day National Day of Prayer
May 2 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
May 4 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
May 6 @7:00p First Monday Prayer
May 7 @6:30p Young Mom’s

Birthdays

DANG, Mac 05/03
DANG, Ethan 05/06
MIZELL, Carolyn 05/11
FREEMAN, Nadiyah 05/14
BARTLETT, Caleb 05/23
JOHNSON, Marie 05/25
JOHNSON, Sharan 05/25
GIBSON, Kyrstin 05/29
HOLLOWAY, Scottye 05/29
PRICE, Marcia 05/30

Anniversaries

RICE, Butch & Lorraine 05/24
ELDER, James & Vicki 05/25

 

 

Bethel’s Vacation Bible School

July, 8, 2013 – July 12, 2013

Connect Children with God’s Eternal Good News at Bethel’s Vacation Bible School: Our theme this year is “Tell it on the Mountain.”  We feel every child needs to hear the Good News that Jesus their Savior is by their side, forgiving them and strengthening them no matter what mountains they face. At Tell it on the Mountain Vacation Bible School we want to connect children with the most important message of their lifetime: the miraculous story of what Jesus did for us, what we could never do for ourselves.

We are asking for your prayers. Tell it on the Mountain Vacation Bible School, will be held on July 8th-12th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Please ask God to bring children to our program so they can know and grow in Jesus, our Savior! Ask God to provide leaders and helpers for this important mission. If you can help full or part time we have many ways to be involved to suit your schedule and interests. Call and/or email the church at (216) 381-5501 or office@thebethelchurch for more information. Please give prayerful consideration to what God will have you do.  Tell it on the mountain!

 

VBS_Calendar

 

Converge MidAtlantic Biennial Leadership Conference

Converge MidAtlantic will hold it’s Biennial Leadership Conference, June 19-21, 2013. The host church is Grace Point Church, 592 Washington Cross Road, Newton, PA 18940.  Please see the link below for detailed information on how to register.

http://www.convergemidatlantic.com/files/midatl/resources/transform_blc_brochure2_0.pdf

April 25th Bethel Learn, Love, Live

Mark Your Calendars!

Apr 25 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Apr 27 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
May 2 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
May 4 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study

Birthdays

04/06 JOHNSON, Logan
04/11 PYKARE, Regina
04/16 SANDERS, John
04/19 BIDDLECOM, Gwendolyn
04/23 THOMPSON, Christopher
04/30 WONG, Eddy

Message Series: the book of 1 John

THIS SUNDAY  Scripture Text:  1 John 2:3-6

SUBJECT:  Fellowship Requires Assurance

 

Mission & Vision of Bethel

Purpose PictureMission: Learn Christ, Love Christ, Live Christ

Vision: Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights will foster the development of spiritually mature members of the body qualified to teach others by being a prayerfully-purposed, diverse people, exhibiting a passionate relationship with Christ, totally committed to one another and to the community, and seeking to glorify God individually and corporately.

April 11th Bethel Learn, Love, Live

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Mark Your Calendars!

Apr 11 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Apr 13 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
Apr   16   @6:30p    Young Mom’s Group
Apr   18   @7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Apr   20   @8:00a    Men’s Bible Study

Birthdays

04/06 JOHNSON, Logan
04/11 PYKARE, Regina
04/16 SANDERS, John
04/19 BIDDLECOM, Gwendolyn
04/23 THOMPSON, Christopher
04/30 WONG, Eddy

Prayer Requests

  • Congrats to Johnnie Durant for applying for and being accepted into membership.  Please congratulate  those baptized this past Sunday.

 

Ride Needed

Judy Pauza needs a ride to a doctors appointment on Thursday April 18th.  She has to be there at 9:15 a.m.  If you can assist her with transportation please give us a call here at the church and we can give you her contact information.  Pastor Holloway

We have a young man, a young mom and several children who live on Edgehill Rd, Cleveland Heights OH (3 miles/10 minutes from the church) who need a ride. She has 4 children and one on the way.  You do not need to be able to accommodate ALL of the family members. Or If you are able to help on a regular basis, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you for your ministry in this area.

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Administrative Assistant Position Available

Your prayers are needed as we try to fine a right fit for the church to assist in the office.  Pray for God’s wisdom and grace in this search.  Pastor

We are seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant  for 26 hours per week.  Interested applicant must have a high school diploma or GED and prior employment experience in the Administrative Assistant field – preferably in a church office setting. Please see more details on our website at http://www.thebethelchurch.net.

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Message Series: the book of 1 John

 

THIS SUNDAY  Scripture Text:  1 John 1:5-10

SUBJECT:  God light our Fellowship

 

Life Sign: Little light of mine, HA!  TRY GOD’S

Mission & Vision of Bethel

Purpose PictureMission: Learn Christ, Love Christ, Live Christ

Vision: Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights will foster the development of spiritually mature members of the body qualified to teach others by being a prayerfully-purposed, diverse people, exhibiting a passionate relationship with Christ, totally committed to one another and to the community, and seeking to glorify God individually and corporately.

March 28th Bethel Learn, Love, Live

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Mark Your Calendars!

Mar  28   @7:00p Maundy Thursday Service
CANCELLED           Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 30 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
Mar 31 EASTER – NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
Apr 1 @7:00p 1st Monday Prayer
Apr 2 @6:30p Young Moms Group
Apr 4 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Apr 6 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
Apr 7 Baptism Sunday
Apr 7 @5:00p Youth Group
Apr 8 @6:30p Deacon/Trustee Mtg
Apr 8 8:00p Board Meeting
Apr 11 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Apr 13 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study

Birthdays

04/06 JOHNSON, Logan
04/11 PYKARE, Regina
04/16 SANDERS, John
04/19 BIDDLECOM, Gwendolyn
04/23 THOMPSON, Christopher
04/30 WONG, Eddy

Praise Report

  • I want to offer this praise report. My brother was offered a job today, he starts Monday, March 25 at Schumacher Homes in Canton as an Architectural Drafter (which is the field of work he has been in for 26 years). Thanks to my Bethel Family of prayer warriors for your diligence. To God be the glory!!
    Your sister in Christ, Jeanette Carr
  • Thank you to all who helped with the Repass for Connie Ledbetter.

Prayer Request

  • John Skelton, father of Pastor Dave Skelton from Calvary Baptist Church in Avon Lake, Ohio, passed away March 23, 2013. Funeral service will take place Wednesday, March 27. Please pray for his wife, Miriam and the Skelton family in this time of loss.  Gary Schroeder, Associate Minister, Converge MidAtlantic

Children’s Easter Moment

Next Sunday, March 31st, our children’ will be singing for the Easter Service. As there is no Sunday School that day, please have your children here promptly at 9:30 am. We are singing, Happy Easter and Hosanna. Blessings ~ Josie H.

Ride Needed

We have a young man, a young mom and several children who live on Edgehill Rd, Cleveland Heights OH (3 miles/10 minutes from the church) who need a ride. She has 4 children and one on the way.  You do not need to be able to accommodate ALL of the family members. Or If you are able to help on a regular basis, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you for your ministry in this area.

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Administrative Assistant Position Available

We are seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant  for 26 hours per week.  Interested applicant must have a high school diploma or GED and prior employment experience in the Administrative Assistant field – preferably in a church office setting. Please see more details on our website at http://www.thebethelchurch.net.

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The Triumphal Entrance

Scripture Text:  John 12:12-19

Applications:

    • In the fullness of time God brings all things in His program to culmination.
    • God communicates what He will bring to fruition in writing.
    • How will we respond to the timing of God and the testament of God today?
Life Sign: Jesus Loves the City.  Do you?

Mission & Vision of Bethel

Purpose PictureMission: Learn Christ, Love Christ, Live Christ

Vision: Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights will foster the development of spiritually mature members of the body qualified to teach others by being a prayerfully-purposed, diverse people, exhibiting a passionate relationship with Christ, totally committed to one another and to the community, and seeking to glorify God individually and corporately.

Outside Bethel

Excerpts from Marcie Lynn’s Blog

Let’s take a look into Maundy Thursday and what it’s all about.

DO YOU KNOW … What that name mean?  Maundy is derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment.”

DO YOU KNOW … That Thursday (sundown Wednesday to sundown Thursday) was the day of the “Last Supper.” We know this because of the text which points out when Passover was and when the Sabbath was. I came across something that says that Jesus was probably fasting on that day:

It is customary for the first-born male of every family to fast the day before Passover, since the first-born were killed in the last of the Ten Plagues. Many men do not fast on this day because they attend a celebration of the completion of the Talmud instead. Attendance at this celebration allows the fast to be broken.

DO YOU KNOW … The significance of the bread and wine at the meal had to do with something that happened long, long before this night – over 400 years before?

The primary observances of Passover are related to the Exodus from Egypt after 400 years of slavery. This story is told in Exodus, Ch. 1-15. Many of the Passover observances are instituted in Chs. 12-15.

DO YOU KNOW … What actually happened on what we now call Maundy Thursday? You can read the whole text  Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22;John 13; John 18  but here are some highlights:

When it was evening, He was reclining at table with the twelve disciples. And as they were eating, He said, Solemnly I say to you, one of you will betray Me!

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread and, praising God, gave thanks and asked Him to bless it to their use, and when He had broken it, He gave it to the disciples and said, Take, eat; this is My body. And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, Drink of it, all of you; For this is My blood of the new covenant, which [ratifies the agreement and] is being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

[That] Jesus, knowing (fully aware) that the Father had put everything into His hands, and that He had come from God and was [now] returning to God, Got up from supper, took off His garments, and taking a [servant's] towel, He fastened it around His waist. Then He poured water into the wash basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the [servant's] towel with which He was girded. … So when He had finished washing their feet and had put on His garments and had sat down again, He said to them, Do you understand what I have done to you? You call Me the Teacher (Master) and the Lord, and you are right in doing so, for that is what I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher (Master), have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you this as an example, so that you should do [in your turn] what I have done to you.

DO YOU KNOW … The significance of the feet washing? I find it interesting that the majority of churches hold to the ritual of serving the communion elements, yet leave out the feet washing part. I can tell you, it is an interesting experience. I visited a church that carried out the service just as it is described in the Bible, by serving the communion elements and washing each other’s feet, the awe and significance of it was not lost on me.

Jesus tells Peter:

You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later on. … Unless I wash you, you have no part with (in) Me [you have no share in companionship with Me].

The significance would be revealed later when Christ was hung on a cross.

DO YOU KNOW … That a new commandment was given that night?

I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. … By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].

Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to serve one another with humility, to remember his sacrifice, and to love one another.
So, NOW YOU KNOW … How significant Maundy Thursday is to the remembrance of Jesus Christ this time of the year. Is it going to change the way you look at this day? Will it change anything you do today? Seems to me that today would be a great day to actually Love one another by serving, and in doing so, remember just how Jesus served us by willingly dying in our place. Just like Jesus said:

No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.

Are you His friend? Love on someone today with acts of random kindness and service because of His Amazing Love!

March 21st Bethel Learn, Love, Live

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Mar  14   @7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 16 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
Mar  17  @5:00 p    Youth Group
Mar  19  @6:30 p    Young Mom’s Group
Mar 21  @7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar  23   @8:00a    Men’s Bible Study
Mar  28   @7:00p Maundy Thursday Service
CANCELLED           Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 30 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study

Birthdays

3-10 MACCANON, Beth
3-10 PYKARE, Shelby
3-13 HOLLOWAY, Schrese
3-17 DUMM, Mark
3-24 PYKARE, Benjamin

Maundy Thursday Service

We will be having a Maundy Thursday Service on March 28th at 7:00 pm. We hope you will join us!

Connie Ledbetter

CONSTANCE LEDBETTER went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 16th. Constance is survived by her devoted children, James, Michael (Sherri), Jean (Antonio), Lori Haynes (Willie), and Willie Ledbetter, Jr.; sister, Leila Mae Hester; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. VISITATION WILL BE FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2-8 P.M., AT THE CALHOUN FUNERAL HOME, 17010 LAKESHORE BLVD., CLEVELAND, OH 44110. Service is Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m., at Bethel Church, 2706 Noble Rd., Cleveland Hts.. where family will receive friends one hour prior to Service.

As you grieve, please be in prayer for the family in the loss of our dear sister.

Repass

  • We are preparing to have a Repass (see note below) for Connie here at the church on Saturday, March 23rd.We are expecting 2-3 times as many people as attended her husband’s funeral. We need people to help with providing food for the repass. Turkey will be provided but additional meat is welcome. Please fill out THIS FORM  to let us know what you are able to provide. You may also email UP UNTIL 11:00 FRIDAY with what you are able to bring. After Friday at 11:00 am, please call the church office. Food should be brought to the church by 8:30 am on Saturday. We are in need of Side Dishes, we believe we are good as far as meat dishes go.
  • We also need Parking Lot help. If you are able to help, please email or call the church office UP UNTIL 11:00 FRIDAY. After Friday at 11:00 am, please call the church office.

Ride Needed

We have a young man, a young mom and several children who live on Edgehill Rd, Cleveland Heights OH (3 miles/10 minutes from the church) who need a ride. She has 4 children and one on the way.  You do not need to be able to accommodate ALL of the family members. Or If you are able to help on a regular basis, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you for your ministry in this area.

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Administrative Assistant Position Available

We are seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant  for 26 hours per week.  Interested applicant must have a high school diploma or GED and prior employment experience in the Administrative Assistant field – preferably in a church office setting. Please see more details on our website at http://www.thebethelchurch.net.

No Bug Issues! Yay!

In case you heard, someone from the Men’s Bible Study and Basketball group was bit by a bug on Thursday night. We just wanted to bring clarity to the situation. There are No BED BUG problem.  We’d like to thank Michael W. and the guys at the Bible study for taking quick action in isolating the issue and communicating it promptly to the Trustees. Mark B. of the trustees also acted very quickly in obtaining a company which had a bed bug sniffing dog and exterminator to check the entire church building.  No bed bugs where found, other than the single chair in the lobby. The chair was immediately isolated to the gym and has since been removed from the building.  Thank you to everyone who took the potential problem seriously and dealt with it immediately.

Special Guests

Wilondja and Shirley

We will be welcoming Wilondja and Shirley Masongezi to share with us this coming Sunday, March 24th. To find out more about them, visit the Converge World Wide page, there is a very nice video about their ministry.

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Jesus Loves the City

Scripture Text:  various

Applications:

    • Determination to do God’s will calls for a price to be knowingly paid.
    • Love motivates unimaginable decisions.
    • Love moves our tear ducts into operation sometimes.
    • What decisions are we to make in light of His love for us?
    • What decisions are we to make in light of the devastation that may come to others that do not know of God’s love?
Life Sign: Jesus Loves the City. Do you?

Mission & Vision of Bethel

Purpose PictureMission: Learn Christ, Love Christ, Live Christ

Vision: Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights will foster the development of spiritually mature members of the body qualified to teach others by being a prayerfully-purposed, diverse people, exhibiting a passionate relationship with Christ, totally committed to one another and to the community, and seeking to glorify God individually and corporately.

Outside Bethel

Repass or Repast?

When looking it up on the net,  it is spelled both ways.

 Repass “Repass“, or the gathering, occurs directly after the burial or burial ceremony has taken place.

 Repast may refer to: a meal, and sometimes prayer following a funeral, common in the Southern United States.

 And to further confuse things we found:

 The emcee advised me it would not be a “repast” since this was not a funeral, but I understood a repast is defined as a meal and a repass is the term used for a gathering of friends and family where food is served after a funeral.

 There is no conclusive answer anywhere.  So we have chosen to use spelling ‘Repass.’

Good Friday – Do You Know?

Except from Marcie Lynn’s blog on Good Friday.

DO YOU KNOW … What normally took place the very first Passover? The story is laid out in Exodus 12, but here is brief outline:

They had to choose a lamb. “The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.” … “Slaughter them at twilight.” The were told “Do not break any of the bones.” “Take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames of the houses.”

The Lord brought judgement that night. “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

DO YOU KNOW … What happened to Jesus on this Friday? The story is laid in several of the Gospels, you can read them in  Matthew 26-27; Mark 14-15; Luke 22-23;John 13-14; John 18-19 but here is a brief outline:

They, the chief priests and the elders of the people, chose a lamb. “And consulted together in order to arrest Jesus by stratagem secretly and put Him to death.” “Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, The One I shall kiss is the Man; seize Him. And he came up to Jesus at once and said, Hail (greetings, good health to You, long life to You), Master! And he embraced Him and kissed Him with [pretended] warmth and devotion. Jesus said to him, Friend, for what are you here?” “WHEN IT was morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people held a consultation against Jesus to put Him to death. And they bound Him and led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.”  They took him to Pilate to have him judged and sentenced to death, but Pilate said to the Jews, “I find no fault in Him.” “They all replied, Let Him be crucified! And he said, Why? What has He done that is evil? But they shouted all the louder, Let Him be crucified!” “And all the people answered, Let His blood be on us and on our children!”

“When Judas, His betrayer, saw that [Jesus] was condemned, [Judas was afflicted in mind and troubled for his former folly; and] with remorse [with little more than a selfish dread of the consequences] he brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, Saying, I have sinned in betraying innocent blood. They replied, What is that to us? See to that yourself.”

Pilate “delivered Him over to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led [Him] away; so He went out, bearing His own cross, to the spot called The Place of the Skull–in Hebrew it is called Golgotha. There they crucified Him ….”

“So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first one, and of the other who had been crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came (flowed) out.” “It was now about the sixth hour (midday), and darkness enveloped the whole land and earth until the ninth hour (about three o’clock in the afternoon), While the sun’s light faded or was darkened; and the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two.

I know that I left some details out and didn’t really present the story the way we are so familiar with, there is a reason. I wanted to make sure that we got the significance and relationship between what happened to Jesus Christ and what happened at Passover.

Passover – Choose a Lamb. Good Friday – The chief priest chose Jesus

Passover – The lamb must be without defect. Good Friday – Pilate found no fault in Him; Judas seen him as innocent.

Passover – The lamb was restrained and sacrificed. Good Friday – Jesus was restrained and crucified.

Passover – Slaughtered at twilight with no broken bones. Good Friday – Jesus was already dead, they didn’t break his bones.

Passover – The blood covered the households and the Lord passed over them with His judgement. Good Friday – Jesus shed His blood over those who seek Him so that God will pass over His judgement on them.

Just as God lead the Israelites out of captivity following the first Passover, He led mankind out of captivity with this Passover.

SO NOW YOU KNOW … If we accept Jesus Christ, that He was the Son of God, was beaten, died, and rose again and that He paid the price for us, then we are covered by His blood. Just like the houses were. And just like the households who were covered by the lambs blood, on the day of judgement, God will pass over us. THAT is surely GOOD NEWS! Which makes this truly a GOOD FRIDAY! GREAT FRIDAY!! HOLY FRIDAY!!

March 14th Bethel Learn, Love, Live

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Mark Your Calendars!

Mar  14   @7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 16 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
Mar  17  @5:00 p    Youth Group
Mar  19  @6:30 p    Young Mom’s Group
Mar 21  @7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar  23   @8:00a    Men’s Bible Study
Mar  28   @7:00p Maundy Thursday Service
CANCELLED           Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 30 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study

Birthdays

3-10 MACCANON, Beth
3-10 PYKARE, Shelby
3-13 HOLLOWAY, Schrese
3-17 DUMM, Mark
3-24 PYKARE, Benjamin

Maundy Thursday Service

We will be having a Maundy Thursday Service on March 28th at 7:00 pm. More details to come.

Prayer Requests

  • Annie J. was injured in a fall.
  • Connie L. was recently released from the hospital and is at home resting. Phone calls welcome between Noon and 3 pm.
  • Michaela W. is out of the hospital and recovering well.
  • Pat B. took a fall and broke one ankle and sprained the other. Surgery was Friday, pray for recovery.
  • Josie H. continues to heal but is still in pain.
  • Marge M. is experiencing health challenges. Pray that the medications work.
  • Schrese H. had surgery, pray for her recovery.

Ride Needed

We have a young man, a young mom and several children who live on Edgehill Rd, Cleveland Heights OH (3 miles/10 minutes from the church) who need a ride. She has 4 children and one on the way.  You do not need to be able to accommodate ALL of the family members. Or If you are able to help on a regular basis, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you for your ministry in this area.

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Administrative Assistant Position Available

We are seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant  for 26 hours per week.  Interested applicant must have a high school diploma or GED and prior employment experience in the Administrative Assistant field – preferably in a church office setting. Please see more details on our website at http://www.thebethelchurch.net.

Which Way To Up?:
Surprising Attitudes That Lead to Success

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Scripture Text:  1 Peter 5:5b-6

Applications:

  • Life Sign: Humility the first step toward success

Mission & Vision of Bethel

Purpose PictureMission: Learn Christ, Love Christ, Live Christ

Vision: Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights will foster the development of spiritually mature members of the body qualified to teach others by being a prayerfully-purposed, diverse people, exhibiting a passionate relationship with Christ, totally committed to one another and to the community, and seeking to glorify God individually and corporately.

Outside Bethel

Spring of Life – Alternaterm

spring of lifeSpring of Life, coming up very soon, on March 22nd. Right now we are low in registrations, so please help get the word out! Please register online and reserve some spots for friends, ministry leaders, anyone with a heart for life and should learn more about Alternaterm.  It will be a fantastic night with delicious appetizers and tantalizing desserts, with live music, and Alistair Begg is going to give a phenomenal message. If you’ve been thinking that you would like to hear him speak, this is a great chance! And also we will be having the Cleveland Heights Gospel Choir back for a return performance.

Seating is complimentary, but reservations are required, visit Alternaterm.org to register.

St. Patrick’s Day

The modern celebration of St. Patrick’s Day really has almost nothing to do with the real man.

There are many legends and traditions associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Who was the real St. Patrick?

St. Patrick was not actually Irish. He was born around 373 A.D. in the British Isles near the modern city of Dumbarton in Scotland. His real name was Maewyn Succat. He took the name of Patrick, or Patricius, meaning “well-born” in Latin, after he became a priest.

During Patrick’s boyhood, the Roman empire was near collapse and too weak to defend its holdings in distant lands. Britain became easy prey for raiders, including those who crossed the Irish sea from the land known as Hibernia or Ireland. When Patrick was sixteen, he was seized by raiders and carried off to Ireland.

Most of what is known about St. Patrick comes from his own Confession, written in his old age. In his Confession he wrote about his capture:

As a youth, nay, almost as a boy not able to speak, I was taken captive … I was like a stone lying in the deep mire; and He that is mighty came and in His mercy lifted me up, and raised me aloft … And therefore I ought to cry out aloud and so also render something to the Lord for His great benefits here and in eternity — benefits which the mind of men is unable to appraise.

After Patrick was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave by an Irish chieftain named Niall, he was sold to another chieftain in northern Ireland. Much of Patrick’s time was spend alone on the slopes of Slemish Mountain, tending his master’s flocks of sheep. During the long, lonely hours in the fields and hills of Ireland, Patrick found comfort in praying. In his Confession he wrote:

… every day I had to tend sheep, and many times a day I prayed — the love of God and His fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. And my spirit was moved so that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers and almost as many in the night, and this even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountains; … and I felt no harm, and there was no sloth in me — as now I see, because the spirit within me was fervent.

Six years passed slowly by. Then in a dream, Patrick heard a voice saying, “Thy ship is ready for thee.” This was God’s way, he felt, of telling him to run away.

That night he fled. Assured God was leading him, Patrick plunged through the bogs and scaled the mountains which separated him from the sea. He escaped Ireland by ship, but God would call him back years later. Patrick had escaped his boyhood enslavement in Ireland only to hear the call of God as a man to return. He was being called on, he felt, to convert the Irish to Christianity. In his Confession Patrick wrote:

I saw a man named Victoricus, coming from Ireland with countless letters. He game me one of them and I read the opening words which were: The voice of the Irish … I thought at the same moment I heard their voice: ‘We beg you, young man, come and walk among us once more.’

And I was quite broken in heart, and could read no further, and so I woke up. Thanks be to God, after many years the Lord gave to them according to their cry.

… they call me most unmistakably with words which I heard but could not understand, except that … He spoke thus: ‘He that has laid down His life for thee, it is He that speaketh in thee;’ and so I awoke full of joy.

When Patrick began his mission about 430 A.D., Ireland was gripped by paganism, Idolatry prevailed and the Irish knew nothing of Jesus. Patrick decided to go first to the pagan chieftain or king who had enslaved him as a boy. Rather than be put to shame by a former slave, the king set fire to his house and threw himself into the flames.

Patrick then set out for Tara, the seat of the high king of Ireland. When Patrick arrived, Tara was filled with many local kings and druids who were attending the pagan feast of Beltine which coincided with Easter that year. Patrick encamped in the full view of the castle to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.

On the eve of the festival it was the custom, upon penalty of death, that the high king should light the first bonfire before any others in the land. Patrick, however, had kindled a great fire which gleamed through the darkness. Patrick was summoned before the king. The confrontation which followed is as amazing as Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal.

Patrick stood and called, May God arise and His enemies be scattered. Darkness fell on the camp. Confused guards began to attack one another. The ground shook and the next day, Easter, a broken king knelt before God’s servant. This confrontation between Patrick’s God and demonic forces marked the beginning of a thirty-year mission to Ireland.

Patrick traveled the roads and forded the rivers of Ireland for 30 years to see men and women “reborn in God’ and come to know the Christ he loved so much. Patrick wrote in his Confession:

We ought to fish well and diligently, as our Lord exhorts. Hence, we spread our nets so that a great multitude and throng might be caught for God.

By the time of his death, Patrick had baptized tens of thousands and established hundreds of churches throughout Ireland. Danger and hardship remained his constant companions. Twice he was imprisoned, but he was not discouraged. He wrote in his Confession:

Daily I expect murder, fraud, or captivity, but I fear none of these things because of the promises of heaven. I have cast myself into the hands of God Almighty who rules everywhere.

Within a century this once pagan land became predominately Christian, possessing such a vigorous faith that Ireland in turn sent missionaries to Scotland, England, Germany and Belgium.

As an old man, Patrick looked back in awe:

Those who never had knowledge of God but worshipped idols … have now become … sons of God.

The old saint died in his beloved Ireland on March 17th, 460 A.D. The land that once enslaved him, had now been set free.

~Article From the Rocky Mountain Family Council

March 7th Bethel Learn, Love, Live

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Mark Your Calendars!

Mar 7 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 9 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
Mar  10   @2:00a    TURN CLOCKS AHEAD
Mar  11   @6:30p    Deacon/Trustee Mtg
Mar  11   @8:00p    Board Meeting
Mar  14   @7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 16 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
Mar  17  @5:00 p    Youth Group
Mar  19  @6:30 p    Young Mom’s Group
Mar 121  @7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar  23   @8:00a    Men’s Bible Study

Bethel Church Calendar – Click to open our calendar in a monthly view or to print!

Birthdays

3-10 MACCANON, Beth
3-10 PYKARE, Shelby
3-13 HOLLOWAY, Schrese
3-17 DUMM, Mark
3-24 PYKARE, Benjamin

Maundy Thursday Service

We will be having a Maundy Thursday Service on March 28th at 7:00 pm. More details to come.

Ride Needed

We have a young man, a young mom and several children who live on Edgehill Rd, Cleveland Heights OH (3 miles/10 minutes from the church) who need a ride. She has 4 children and one on the way.  You do not need to be able to accommodate ALL of the family members. Or If you are able to help on a regular basis, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you for your ministry in this area.

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Taking God Home

message extensionScripture Text:  Psalm 128
Applications:

  • The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Blessings.
  • Is there someone that could benefit from your fatherly influence that is not your child?
  • All of the Family is to respect the Laws of God.
  • The family shapes the effectiveness of a Church, State, Nation, and World.
  • What kind of influence will we have on families inside and outside the Church?

Life Sign: Change the Word – Take God Home with You

Outside Bethel

Spring of Life – Alternaterm

spring of lifeSpring of Life, coming up very soon, on March 22nd. Right now we are low in registrations, so please help get the word out! Please register online and reserve some spots for friends, ministry leaders, anyone with a heart for life and should learn more about Alternaterm.  It will be a fantastic night with delicious appetizers and tantalizing desserts, with live music, and Alistair Begg is going to give a phenomenal message. If you’ve been thinking that you would like to hear him speak, this is a great chance! And also we will be having the Cleveland Heights Gospel Choir back for a return performance.

Seating is complimentary, but reservations are required, visit Alternater.org to register.

NEXT STEPS ISF

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship International Student Ministry at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University

The international student work is growing! And you as volunteers are an integral and crucial part of this outreach and an international student’s journey to faith in Christ.

Join us to hear testimonies from students and volunteers on how God is touching their lives and learn how you, your family, friends and/or church can take part in this strategic and exciting ministry to and with international students and scholars in the Cleveland area schools. We will be inviting people to consider joining or growing their involvement as volunteers in our work. You won’t want to miss it!

We hope to see you at this warm, fun and informative time together as we share about the important needs of the growing work among internationals here in Cleveland and discuss questions such as:

What opportunities exist? “I hosted students for Thanksgiving, now what?” What does it mean to volunteer in the international student ministry? Can I sign up as a friendship host family? How can I make a difference? What exactly do I need to do?
Date: Friday March 15, 2013
Time: 7 pm till 8:30 pm
Place: Melvin and Julie Holt
1374 Yellowstone Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44121
Dessert and hot beverages will be served.

Mission & Vision of Bethel

Purpose PictureMission: Learn Christ, Love Christ, Live Christ

Vision: Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights will foster the development of spiritually mature members of the body qualified to teach others by being a prayerfully-purposed, diverse people, exhibiting a passionate relationship with Christ, totally committed to one another and to the community, and seeking to glorify God individually and corporately.

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February 28th Bethel Learn, Love, Live

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Mark Your Calendars!

Feb  28  @ 7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 2  @ 8:00a    Men’s Bible Study
Mar 2  @ 9:00a Family Fitness
Mar 3 Baptism Service
Mar 4 @7:00p 1st Monday Prayer
Mar 5 @6:30p Young Mom’s Group
Mar 7 @7:00p Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 9 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study
Mar  10   @2:00a    TURN CLOCKS AHEAD
Mar  11   @6:30p    Deacon/Trustee Mtg
Mar  11   @8:00p    Board Meeting
Mar  14   @7:00p    Men’s Bible Study & Basketball
Mar 16 @8:00a Men’s Bible Study

Birthdays

3-10 MACCANON, Beth
3-10 PYKARE, Shelby
3-13 HOLLOWAY, Schrese
3-17 DUMM, Mark
3-24 PYKARE, Benjamin

Ride Needed

We have a young man, a young mom and several children who live on Edgehill Rd, Cleveland Heights OH (3 miles/10 minutes from the church) who need a ride. She has 4 children and one on the way.  You do not need to be able to accommodate ALL of the family members.

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For Sunday, March 3rd, we have half of the members being transported TO church and have the trip home covered. PLEASE if you are able to help in anyway with bringing the other half TO church, respond by emailing the church office BY NOON on Friday.

Or If you are able to help on a regular basis, please let us know by filling out the form below. Thank you for your ministry in this area.

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Prayer Requests

For healing, wisdom & guidance for our son as he struggles with pain & depression. And wisdom for us as parents in helping him. Also my coworker Mary is back at work, but will have to go through chemo every 3 weeks.  Please pray for healing for her. ~ Beth MacCanon

My brother’s original job he was suppose to start didn’t work out…he continues to search and could use prayers for a break through. ~ Jeanette Carr

Prayer, Praise, and Worship

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What a great morning of Prayer and Praise we had last Sunday, drawing closer to God.  Here are some Worship Songs from WOW Worship Videos. If you let them play, there will be a total of 12 in the series.

 

Outside Bethel

NEXT STEPS ISF

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship International Student Ministry at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University

The international student work is growing! And you as volunteers are an integral and crucial part of this outreach and an international student’s journey to faith in Christ.

Join us to hear testimonies from students and volunteers on how God is touching their lives and learn how you, your family, friends and/or church can take part in this strategic and exciting ministry to and with international students and scholars in the Cleveland area schools. We will be inviting people to consider joining or growing their involvement as volunteers in our work. You won’t want to miss it!

We hope to see you at this warm, fun and informative time together as we share about the important needs of the growing work among internationals here in Cleveland and discuss questions such as:

What opportunities exist? “I hosted students for Thanksgiving, now what?” What does it mean to volunteer in the international student ministry? Can I sign up as a friendship host family? How can I make a difference? What exactly do I need to do?
Date: Friday March 15, 2013
Time: 7 pm till 8:30 pm
Place: Melvin and Julie Holt
1374 Yellowstone Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44121
Dessert and hot beverages will be served.

Mission & Vision of Bethel

Purpose PictureMission: Learn Christ, Love Christ, Live Christ

Vision: Bethel Church of Cleveland Heights will foster the development of spiritually mature members of the body qualified to teach others by being a prayerfully-purposed, diverse people, exhibiting a passionate relationship with Christ, totally committed to one another and to the community, and seeking to glorify God individually and corporately.

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