Bethel United Methodist Church
Friday, December 19, 2014
God's House in the Heart of Bethel
141 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801
Serving God in the community of Bethel
for over 150 years!
Our Sunday Morning Schedule
8:30 am Worship Service with Communion
10:00 am Worship Service with Communion
8:30 am Adult Sunday School
10:00 am Children's Sunday School
A staffed nursery is provided during the 10:00 am service.
"STEWARDSHIP IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN AND WISELY USE THE GIFTS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US; TO SHARE OUR RESOURCES OF TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE."
Our mission is to welcome everyone to God’s House of Worship in the Heart of Bethel.
We are committed to active spirituality, Bible-based learning applied to everyday life, and service to our brothers and sisters in communities near and far.
We are committed to leading by example:
· Spirituality – To lead through engaging worship, fellowship and ministry, the unconditional acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to demonstrate compassion and charity for all God’s children.
· Learning – To pass on the Good News of God’s love for all through learning, teaching and applying practical, Bible-based Christian education.
· Service – To act as Christ’s hands and feet to support our brothers and sisters in need.
As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
— Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
A few days ago, a junior worker came to me with his identity card. He asked me to sign the card so that he could return to his home “after hours.” He lived in a restricted area, and the identity card was an essential part of his being able to come and go as he needed. The card was proof of his identity.
Likewise, whenever we attend a seminar or conference, we usually wear a name tag, our “identity badge,” so that others can know who we are and where we are from.
Reading the third chapter of Colossians has challenged me to ask this question about my Christian identity: Is my identity as one of God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clear to all those who come in contact with me? After all, the world around me is God’s vineyard, where I am placed to serve my fellow human beings as I carry out God’s mission. To do that, I live so that others can recognize me as God’s own because of my “compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.”
The challenge is clear: In our day-to-day attitudes and actions, we are to live our Christian identity, going about the compassionate work of God.