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  • Oct24Thu

    Farewell & Thank You

    October 24, 2019
    This past Friday was the last official day for Wendy Sibley as our office  administrator here at Bethel Church.  I, and all of us, will miss her and her service among us a great deal.
  • Sep6Fri

    The Story Begins!

    September 6, 2019
    Today we are beginning our season long journey through the Bible using THE STORY.  Hopefully, our study will help us to do what the Bible in one way or another frequently encourages us to do, namely to meditate on the word of God. (see Psalms 48, 63, 77, 119, 145 and others).
  • Aug9Fri

    Summer Opportunities

    August 9, 2019

    Summertime continues this month, of course, but it sure does seem to be true that if you blink twice, it will be over! 

        Besides, enjoying some vacation weeks and family days, I’ve been able to attend a couple of professional development opportunities this summer.

  • May31Fri

    Engaging Ministry

    May 31, 2019

    This past Wednesday Lesli Van Milligen of our denomination’s Faith Formation Ministries presented The 6 Essential Strategies that help congregation’s engage themselves in ministry and community life as a church, focussing especially on engaging youth and children.  The strategies are reinforced by considerable research. ...

  • May31Fri

    Engaging Ministry

    May 31, 2019

    This past Wednesday Lesli Van Milligen of our denomination’s Faith Formation Ministries presented The 6 Essential Strategies that help congregation’s engage themselves in ministry and community life as a church, focussing especially on engaging youth and children.  The strategies are reinforced by considerable research. ...

  • May28Tue

    New Life in Each Generation Part II

    Millenials & Generation Z May 28, 2019
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    In last week’s installment of our NEW LIFE IN EACH GENERATION series we looked at the second church generation, the EMERGING ADULTHOOD generation (ages 14-30).  It is made up of what sociologists refer to as Millennials and Generation Z.

     

     

  • May7Tue

    Walking Alongside

    Youth and Mental Health May 7, 2019
    Last Saturday 4 Bethel members were in attendance at the WALKING ALONGSIDE conference sponsored by the Disability Concerns ministry of the CRCNA.
  • Apr12Fri

    Taizé Worship

    April 12, 2019
    This past week several of us (mainly our high school church education/catechism group) attended the Taize worship service at King’s University College.  Every second and fourth Monday during the academic year, a Taizé worship service is held in the Wemple building chapel.  Taizé is the name of a village in France in which this movement and its worship style began.
  • Previously, I had mentioned attending the 2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. in January and my hopes of sharing some perspectives and wisdom gleaned from the symposium.  One of the goals of the symposium is to help worship leaders to be informed more fully about the cultural context in which they lead worship.  

  • One of the truly engaging plenary sessions at the 2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship was led by the team of 8-10 scholars and musicians who put together the recently published “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism,” subtitled “An African American Ecumenical Hymnal.”