Good News & Updates: November 30, 2021
1. 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 email@example.com. Old Bethel-Special Called Charge Conference: Join Zoom Meeting at https://inumc.zoom.us/j/99052471978?pwd=SFNEeWIzK3RGM0lOaEFaSElsdXVodz09
2. 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.
3. Pastor Adriane is very busy finishing up her responsibilities at her present appointment as well as preparing to join you all at Old Bethel for this next wonderful and exciting season of ministry together. To help her feel welcome, I ask that you send her cards and kind notes of welcome and pray for her. Please note: this is NOT a time to consult her or ask her anything, but only to SHOWER HER WITH CARDS AND NOTES OF LOVE AND WELCOME! Please pray for her and let her know that you are! And if you are so inclined, please consider sending her a card or note every week between now and her arrival! Speaking from personal experience, Old Bethel does many things well, but you are outstanding is loving people! Consider showing that love, in a “big way,” to your new Lead Pastor. –Pastor Rusty <>< Her home address (with her permission) is: Rev. Adriane Rockhill, 751 Lakeview Dr., Noblesville, IN 46060
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. Everyone is invited for a fun afternoon of Cookies & Caroling! Join us in Fellowship Hall this Saturday, December 4, 1-3pm as we get in the Christmas spirit together - through song! Invite your children and grandchildren because Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be joining us!
6. UMW Cookie Walk (& More): 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. You may volunteer to donate cookies and/or help with the event by calling Jean Zerkel at 317-894-3646. Last minutes gift shoppers will also have the opportunity to select vintage and hand-crafted items such as decorated towels, quilted heart ornaments, aprons, cookie cutter wall hooks, and vintage ornaments, jewelry and more. Contact Dianna Fred at 317-909-3366 with questions.
7. Meijer Simply Give Campaign benefits Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry. During the holiday campaign, the Double Match Day opportunity will be held on 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.
8. December 12 from 6-7:30pm, our Youth Group is hosting a Christmas party for the newly formed Community Youth Group which includes Old Bethel youth and the youth of Faith, Good Shepherd and Cumberland United Methodist Churches. If you would like to donate food or small prizes for this event please indicate so on today’s Connection Card.
9. The Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry and the Old Bethel Preschool are partnering to sponsor four families from the community for Christmas this year. If you would like to help bring Christmas to the homes of these families, 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. If you have any questions contact Preschool Director Shannon Schwoebel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations are also welcome.
10.The Celebration Puppeteers will present Three Wise Men and a Baby Friday, December 17, at 7pm. Invited your friends, family and neighbors to join in the fun! You may indicate your willingness to donate cookies for this event on today’s Connection Card.
11.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 email@example.com or 317-359-9651, extension 131.
12. 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.
13.This Sunday’s message notes are below. December 5, the Second Sunday of Advent: Living in This In-Between Time
The context: Christians in the early Church are waiting for ____________ to return.
Like little children at Christmas time who get tired of being good, some of these _________ ________________ go back to their old ways of life.
2 Peter 3:8-15
Don't overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.
But when the Day of God's Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.
Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we'll hardly notice. We'll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.
So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master's patient restraint for what it is: salvation.
Learning how to live in this “____-_____________” time is an important part of our faith-journey.
"The power of any life lies in its _______________________."
THE POWER OF EXPECTANCY STARTS WITH SEEING LIFE THROUGH GOD'S __________________ ______________________.
There are many people in this world--especially young adults--who have given up on achieving a _________________ life.
Human eyes ___________ the temporary and are ____________ to the eternal.
ACKNOWLEDGE THAT EVERYTHING, EXCEPT _______ WILL EVENTUALLY PERISH.
The ________ of Christmas are temporary; the ________________ of Christmas is eternal.
Our greatest legacy will be the lives of those who know God's love because we’ve ______________ them what it looks like and feels like.