March 22, 2015
by Rev. Barry Allen
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GOOD FRIDAY FOR KIDS
1 to 3 PM, Friday, April 3
It's truly amazing how much fun and excitement is packed into Good Friday For Kids, Bethesda's Good Friday event for children. An outdoor Easter Egg Scramble for 13,000 eggs is followed by loads of activities and a presentation of the children's Easter drama, "unTangled." Adding to that a seemingly never-ending supply of candy plus a GFFK-unTangled t-shirt guarantees an unforgettable Good Friday experience for kids from age 5 through 6th grade. The cost is only $10 per child, and the Parkway school entrance opens at 12:30 PM for registration. This means that the rest of the family will be able to arrive on-time for Bethesda's Good Friday service in Bethesda's Main Sanctuary.
HOLY WEEK PRAYER AND WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Sunday, March 29: Palm Sunday Worship - 10 AM
Tuesday, March 31: Prayer Meeting - 10:30 AM
Wednesday, April 1: Congregational Prayer Walk
(No Thursday Worship Service)
Friday, April 3: Good Friday Service - 1 to 3 PM
Good Friday For Kids - 1 to 3 PM
Saturday, April 4: Focused Prayer in Chapel
"WOMEN AT THE WELL"
7 PM, Thursday, March 26
Once each month, Bethesda's Women's Ministry department presents "Women At The Well," a series that celebrates women's roles and contributions in God's kingdom. Each gathering features a time of singing and worship, testimonies from a lady of our church, small-group discussions, and a message about specific women of the Bible. It's an uplifting 90 minutes that will bless ladies of all ages! Please join us...and bring a friend too! February's guest speaker is Lila Place, Head of School at Parkway Christian School.
LETTERS FROM PAUL BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays at 9:30 - Dining Room A
The Apostle Paul's letters to the early Christian church enabled believers to understand more about the work and person of Jesus Christ and also encouraged them to apply the truth of the Gospel to their own lives. This is the concept behind Pastor Analee Dunn's Bible Study, "Letters from Paul." Please join us each Tuesday at 9:30 AM in Bethesda's DIning Room A. And don't forget your Bible!
EXCITING ADDITIONS TO BCC ARTS DEPARTMENT
Bethesda is pleased to announce the addition of two very talented and dedicated individuals to the Arts Department staff. Heather Visger assumes the combined duties of Church Pianist and Executive Administrator. As such, her responsibilities include the coordination of Bethesda’s music ministry during Sunday and midweek worship services as well as the planning and organization of major performing arts events throughout the year. Heather replaces long-time staff member Laura Dahlstrom, who recently retired. Michael Spencer is no stranger to Bethesda’s worship services, having served for a number of years as a member of worship teams and as a principle worship leader. In his new official capacity, Michael will expand his role and influence as one of Bethesda’s primary worship leaders and serve as the church’s new Choir Director. He replaces Paul Tosch, who has relocated to North Carolina.
GRIEFSHARE SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays at 7 PM
The 13-week GriefShare program exists because no one who has experienced the loss of a loved one needs to face the grieving process alone. With a video-based format facilitated by people who understand the issues and hardships faced by the aggrieved, GriefShare leads its members on a journey to recovery. Prospec- tive GriefShare participants may contact Bethesda for the starting date of the next 13-week series; but many elect to join mid-series and attend any missed sessions during the next 13-week cycle. Regardless of your preference, we urge you to choose GriefShare and let the healing begin!
Still not sure if GriefShare is right for you? Please take a few moments to read the following testimony from one of Bethesda's recent GriefShare graduates.
"I attended the GriefShare class not knowing what to expect. Having lost both of my parents within months of one another, I was skeptical that anyone could say or do anything to reduce my pain and sorrow. But this class is like the first time you take medication for an ailment. The more you take it, the more your body responds to it; and before you know it, you start feeling better. The GriefShare facilitators know exactly how to tend to a person's emotional pain and personal loss; and the key to their expertise is that each of them has also experienced the loss of a loved one. They establish a comfortable classroom environment where it feels natural to express personal feelings. Together with the facilitators and other class members, I was surrounded by people with feelings similar to mine; and as each of us expressed his or her feelings, we received total support and confidentiality in return. Truly, I didn't believe I was going to feel better by attending GriefShare, but to my amazement, I did! I realize that I am not 100% healed from my loss; and there isn't a day when I don't think about my parents. But the GriefShare facilitators provided me with tools to further help me during the healing process, so that I can start living again. The GriefShare series is known as a "journey from mourning to joy," and that is exactly what I found it to be. I thank the GriefShare ministry for helping me get over the biggest hump of the grieving process. Its facilitators are all servants of God, and I wholeheartedly recommend the series to anyone who is in pain over the loss of a loved one. Take it from me: IT WORKS!" - L. Buccitelli
IRON SHARPENS IRON MEN'S MINISTRY
Every 3rd Thursday at 7 PM in the Family Center Auditorium
By delving into God's Word, sharing testimonies and life-experiences, Bethesda's men are honing their skills as husbands, fathers, servants and leaders. Join them at 7 PM on the third Thursday of every month; and arrive early for refreshments and a filling man-food buffet. Want more information? Contact Rev. Pat Visger at the church office.