Good News & Updates: December 9, 2021

1. UMW Cookie Walk (& More): This Saturday, December 11, 10am-2pm. Select an assortment of homemade cookies for your holiday parties and gatherings. Cookies will be weighed and sold per pound. This event is open to the public and proceeds benefit missions.

2. All full members of Old Bethel are invited to attend a called Charge Conference on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 6pm, to approve the use of $18,000 from the Vital Ministry Endowment. This money will be used for supporting the valuable mission of the Old Bethel Preschool, which had a very difficult time during the pandemic. This will be a Zoom meeting with our District Superintendent and the link is listed below. If you have any questions, please email Margaret Ferry, Administrative Council Chair at btferry@comcast.net. Old Bethel-Special Called Charge Conference: Join Zoom Meeting at https://inumc.zoom.us/j/99052471978?pwd=SFNEeWIzK3RGM0lOaEFaSElsdXVodz09

3. From Staff Parish Relations Committee: This time of year we stop and think about those we love and care about. Our staff ministers to us and serves us in so many ways; this is an opportunity to express our gratitude and love for them during the Christmas season. Love Gift envelopes for our Old Bethel staff are in this morning’s worship bulletin. You may place them in the offering plate. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

4. The Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry is collecting Kleenex and Paper Towels to distribute to our shoppers this Christmas. These items are a huge blessing to the families we serve and are greatly appreciated. If you are able to donate, please drop these items off at the pantry or at the church. If you have any questions please contact Community Life Minister Arin Schellenberg.


5. Meijer Simply Give Campaign benefits Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry. During the holiday campaign, the Double Match Day opportunity will be held on this Saturday, December 11. For every $10 Simply Give card purchased on these dates, Meijer will provide an additional contribution of $20, bringing the total to $30 for a single customer purchase. All Simply Give cards must be purchased at the Meijer at East Washington Street.


6. The Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry and the Old Bethel Preschool are partnering to sponsor four families from the community for Christmas this year. Please grab an ornament from the Angel Tree in the center of the lobby. We ask that you wrap the presents and place them back under the tree with the ornament attached. Packages are due no later than December 17. Monetary donations are also welcome. Contact Preschool Director Shannon Schwoebel at preschool@oldbethel.org.


7. The Celebration Puppeteers will present Three Wise Men and a Baby Friday, December 17, at 7pm. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join in the fun!


8. Joyful Sound, a community handbell choir under the direction of June Hannah, will present a Christmas Concert at Old Bethel on Sunday, December 19, at 1:30 pm. Come and enjoy the music of this beautiful season. Doors open at 1:00. A freewill offering will be collected.

9. We still need volunteer receptionist for several shifts. The morning shift is 9am-12:30pm. The afternoon shift is 12:304pm. You can work each week or every other week. OR you might like to be a sub and serve when others are on vacation. Building traffic is slowly increasing and having receptionists to answer the phone is a GREAT help to our administrative staff! Contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at lpreston@oldbethel.org or 317-359-9651, extension 131.


10.This Sunday’s message notes are below. December 12, the Third Sunday of Advent: The Road to My Heart…


Isn't it frustrating to feel like no one is listening to you, especially when you’ve got really important ________ to share?


John 1:6-9

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. (NRSV)


From a young age, John knew his _____________ in life: to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

John simply called the people to turn _________ from sinful, destructive living, and turn __________ God.


In answering the concerns of the Sanhedrin--the Jewish ruling council--John quotes from the prophet Isaiah, who, more than _____________ years before Jesus' birth, gave us the best description of the Messiah in the entire Old Testament:


Isaiah 40:3-5

A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (NRSV)


John knows that his job is simply to ____________ to Jesus’ coming.


John's task was to "make straight the way for the Lord"—to prepare people’s ________ and ________ to receive Jesus Christ and the new life He brings. And that is also our task.

How do we do this? According to John, we are to ____________ of our sins (complete turning away), __________ completely to Jesus, and ___________ the new life He brings.


We must give up our old way of life before we can receive the _____________ life that Jesus came to give.


Advent is a time to realize that it really does make a difference in how we _________ and ______ and ______.


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