A Note From Our Pastor – April 2014

April not only brings showers, but lots of exciting news and information! Read on!

In addition to having our Easter Sunday service, we’ll again have a sunrise service in our east parking lot at 6:30am. This year, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up some nice “Invite” cards from the church foyer to hand to your friends and family so they too can be invited!
On Wednesday, April 30 at 6pm, we’ll be shutting down our normal Wednesday Night service schedule to host Lex Luger, former WCW and NWA world heavyweight champion. Lex Luger was one of my favorite wrestlers when I watched it as a pre-teen. He became a believer a few years ago and speaks and shares his testimony all across our nation. We’ll have this event in our CLC due to the expected turnout. Make sure your friends and family know about this event!
I’m excited to announce that we’ll begin Saturday evening services on the first Saturdays of the month beginning in May. The kickoff service will be on May 4. The services will begin at 6pm. They will be casual and the music will be contemporary-leaning. Sarah and I will lead music and I’ll preach as well (a different sermon than on Sundays, for the time being!). We are doing church a “different way” in order to reach those who aren’t comfortable attending a traditional Sunday morning service. Our Sundays will be staying the same, but you’re invited to attend the Saturday services. Many churches have found that Saturday services tend to reach young families, as it is easier to get the kids ready on Saturdays than it is on Sunday mornings. Please be praying that this becomes a platform for the Gospel message to our community! May we echo the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9: “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.”
Bethel will be leading its first ever mission trip! Over the years, we have attended and supported many mission trips, but I’ve been told that this is the first time Bethel has ever “led the way.” May this be a glorious first time, but not the last time, that we become “workers in the field.” Pray about your potential involvement as we will travel to Hudson, Wyoming from August 1 to August 8 of this year. I know God is going to do some amazing things! How will He call you to be a part of this exciting adventure?
Please be praying about our proposed vision statement. It is as follows: “Placing the needs of others above our own, in order to glorify God above all else.” Many churches spend far too much energy, time, and resources maintaining what they have. I’d rather be about mission (the great CO-mission) than maintenance. May reaching the lost become more important to us than solely meeting the needs of the saved. May we be uncomfortable in reaching a few than comfortably watching them perish.
Pastor Harvey