Family Ministries Blog

April 14, 2016

All are invited to the youth mission spaghetti dinner and dessert auction Sunday April 24th, 4pm-6pm at Old Bethel UMC.  All proceeds go towards the youth mission trip to White Oak, TN, June 19th-25th.  Students will be painting houses, replacing roofs on homes, basic plumbing, and building relationships as we come alongside the great people of Appalachia.

 

As mentioned the theme of the month for our Family ministries (April) is perseverance.  We say that perseverance is refusing to give up when life gets hard.  Our verse of the month is from Isaiah, “But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength.  They will fly as high as eagles.  They will run and not get tired.  They will walk and not grow weak.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIRV).

 

 Every Wednesday and Thursday morning Pastor Jen, Nancy Bellinger, Bri Markland, or myself meets (for 15 mins) with our Preschool kids in the sanctuary.  It’s a great time of talking about the orange theme of the month and reciting scripture together.  Something that blesses and surprises me is how the kids remember back to previous themes of the month, for example, hope.  And, when these precious kids recite the verses and themes, they say it with so much passion and joy.  I love their childlike faith.  Often, in our busy adult worlds, we can become very distracted by the things that just need to be done.  But, I encourage you, this week, to sit down with your kids and practice the theme of the month and scripture.  Because, they do remember, and when remembering they will know it is God that gives them strength for their day by prayer.

 

Have a Blessed week!

 

Pastor Matthew

Events and small groups:

 

The last family devotion time, at the Gathering, will be April the 20th.

 

Middle school small group (grades 5-8):  Tuesday nights 5:45pm -7pm at Old Bethel UMC

 

High school small group/study (grades 9-12):  Sunday’s after the 11am service, lunch included

 

College Connect small group/study (for all college students):  Sunday’s after the 11am service, lunch included

 

Coming Up

 

FX:  The next FX (Family Fun Night) will be Friday May the 6th 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  Join us for a night of free fun, food, participation, and live presentation of the Orange theme of the month.

 

Spaghetti Dinner Dessert Auction & Bake Sale: The spaghetti dinner for the Annual Youth Mission Trip will be held Sunday, April 24th from 4-6 pm. Pre-sale tickets will be sold this Sunday. Come and join us as we support our youth in their upcoming mission trip!

 

Staffing needs:

  • 11am Kids Church:  We need assistants and lead teachers to rotate.  Please contact Pastor Matthew to set up a time to drink coffee (or tea) and find out more.

  • Middle school small group:  Tuesday nights we need small group leaders and assistants to rotate.  Please contact Pastor Matthew to set up a time to drink coffee (or tea) and find out more.

Contact the Family Ministries team:  We would love to hear from you :)

 

Pastor Matthew Phipps:  mphipps@oldbethel.org

Bri Markland:  brianamarkland@gmail.com

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