Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Newsletter for February

In my weekly breakfast group, we are reading in Exodus. It includes the account of the call of Moses and the deliverance of Israel from Egypt through plagues and sea. Aside from all the miracles, I have been impressed in this reading with God’s tenderness toward Israel. The LORD tells Moses, “I have heard their cry and I have come down to deliver” (3:7-8). After the Pharoah (king) ups the pressure on God’s people, the text tells us that “they would not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and their cruel slavery” (6:9). The Passover night “was for the LORD a night of vigil” (12:42) . . . language that could also describe a worried parent. Israel traveled the longer route because “if the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt” (13:17). And, it was to a nation of freed slaves that God gave the gift of Sabbath, a day of rest EVERY WEEK!

If you are not in a Sunday School class or other group, please let me know of your interest. Groups are central to our growth as disciples of Jesus Christ, and we are working to start new ones whenever we can.

On the first weekend of February, we have two exciting events. On Saturday the 5th, we have our next quarterly Team Training Camp, with our district superintendent, Rev. Mark Webb, leading us on “The Heart of a Leader”. And on Sunday the 6th we will have an Open House for our Safe Access Campaign, with a breakfast (9:15 a.m.) and combined worship service (10:30 a.m.). Please plan to be here for both important days.

Enjoying the adventure,
Pastor JP

Our Mission: Bethany Church exists to honor God by making more disciples for Jesus Christ.
Our Vision: 500 new disciples in 5 years

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