Family Ministries Blog

VBS is coming!!! Save the date July 11th – 15th 2016. Our theme is Cave Quest. Be thinking about who you can invite. And, we still need volunteers.

The theme of the month for our Family ministries (May) is; contentment. We say that contentment is; deciding to be happy with what you’ve got. Our verse of the month is from Philippians; “I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough.” (Philippians 4:12b, NIrV).

From an early age kids become programmed with wanting more. It’s hard to be content when a friend or sibling is playing with a toy that we suddenly decide we want to play with. In fact, both kids and adults alike struggle with contentment; kids want what the other has and adults are rarely satisfied with their lot in life. I believe we can help each other discover contentment by practicing thankfulness on regular bases. Indeed, why not try a couple of times a week (at dinner, for example) and have each person in the family mention one thong they’re thankful for, however big or small. The more we practice thankfulness the more we will realize how much we have physically, and in Christ.

Have a Blessed week!

Pastor Matthew


Events and small groups:

Wednesday Family devotion time, at the Gathering, will be back in September.

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. Will return in August

Coming Up: VBS meeting and Family Ministries Training event for all volunteers and interested volunteers:

Wednesday June 8th, at Old Bethel UMC


5:30 pm - 6 pm: Training on how to access Online Orange Material, and why we use Orange

6-7 pm: VBS logistic meeting, including how to conduct a small group, lead a VBS small group, and all logistics you need to know about volunteering with kids at VBS. If you have indicated (in any way) that you wish to serve at VBS you need to be there :)

7- 8 pm (or sooner): there will be an opportunity for all potential volunteers of VBS and/or Family Ministries activities to take the back ground check. Note: All mission trip adults must attend unless previously discussed with Pastor Matthew

Please contact Nancy Bellinger of Pastor Matthew for more information.

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:

Bri Markland:

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