W E L C O M E January 14, 2018 Bethesda Bible Series "Text & Tradition: Encountering the Bible as an Anabaptist Community Saturday, January 27

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1 W E L C O M E We are happy you could join us today! Please feel free to have a cup of coffee from the Coffee Spot! A community caring for all God s people, being transformed by Christ's love, serving others as a witness of God s grace and peace. Bethesda Mennonite Church January 14, 2018 Bethesda Bible Series The Bethesda Board of Education is excited to announce Dr. John D. Roth as our speaker for the Bethesda Bible Series January 27-28, Dr. Roth is professor of history at Goshen College, director of the Mennonite Historical Library and editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review. Dr. Roth has written widely on topics related to Anabaptist-Mennonite history and church life and has enjoyed participating in various ecumenical involvements. More recently, he is the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism at Goshen College, and serves as secretary of the Mennonite World Conference Faith and Life Commission, "Text & Tradition: Encountering the Bible as an Anabaptist Community Saturday, January 27 5:00 p.m. Session 1: Testing the Spirits: Why the Reformation Debate over the Bible Still Matters 6:00 p.m. Meal 7:00 p.m. Session 2: Discerning God s Will today: Biblical Interpretation in the Anabaptist Tradition Sunday, January 28 9:30 a.m. Session 3: By Whose Authority?: Witnessing to the Living Word in a Skeptical World 10:45 a.m. Session 4: Storytelling from Anabaptist-Mennonite History 12:00 p.m. Potluck 12:30 p.m. Session 5: Reading Scripture with the Global Church

2 Upcoming Events SUNDAY, January 14 8:45 a.m. Deacon Prayer Time 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:40 a.m. Sunday School MONDAY, January 15 8:00 p.m. Board of Education TUESDAY, January 16 8:30 a.m. Staff Meeting 8:00 p.m. Board of Service and Outreach WEDNESDAY, January 17 12:00 p.m. Bulletin Announcements Due 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Midweek 7:00 p.m. CORNERSTONE 7:00 p.m. Powerhouse 8:00 p.m. Chancel Choir SATURDAY, January 20 7:00 a.m. Men s Bible Study at Perks Next SUNDAY, January 21, :30 a.m. Worship Message Pastor Seth Miller Offering Central Plains Mennonite Conference Pianist Sandra Quiring Special Music Chancel Choir Please help us shape the future of Bethesda Mennonite Church by filling out the enclosed congregational survey in today s bulletin or online at under the HOME tab. Completed surveys may be brought to the table outside the office (or submitted online).

3 Church Family Please pray for those with health concerns, grief or family needs. Prayer Requests Caleb Friesen (son of Rick/Brittany Friesen) Bryan Bechtel Lena Friesen Jennie Kliewer Kevin Friesen Jeremiah Duerksen Children s Hospital, Omaha Henderson Hospital Showalter Villa Henderson Hospital Bryan West Hospital Dismissed Monty Regier University of Nebraska Medical Center Church List Are you interested in being on an list to receive important updates, news, or prayer requests from Bethesda? If so, go to our website at to sign up. Go to the HOME tab and click SIGN-UP. Fill in your name and address and click SUBMIT to be added. If you have any questions or need help filling out the form, please call the church office Address Changes Please notify the church office of any address changes as well as any other yearbook updates by January 18, Bethesda Pew/Furniture Auction An auction will take place on Wednesday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Items to be auctioned will include various sized pews, library tables, oak doors, Sunday school chairs, Christmas decorations, ice cream makers, old sanctuary light fixtures, and many more items. For a full list of items, see the east bulletin board. Kelly Kliewer will be donating his auctioning talents for the evening. All proceeds will go toward the facility renovation fund.

4 Across the Street & Around the World Thank you for your loyal support of Pat and Rad s ministry in Thailand. In December, Dayspring sent our final payment to Pat and Rad for For the 5th year in a row, we were excited to reach our goal of contributing a total of $18,000 to their ministry. We also sent an extra $800 to them for costs associated with sharing the good news over Christmas. They were very grateful for this extra support and were able to share the true meaning of Christmas to many people who have never heard the story. Many seeds were planted and prayers continue for those seeds to grow and mature. Currently, we are short $4,000 for our payment to them in January. Please keep this need in mind and pray for Pat and Rad and their church leaders and believers as they continue to spread the good news of Christ s love and salvation for all people. ~ Dayspring Ministries Registration is now open for the academic conference Mennonites and the Holocaust, to be held on the Bethel College campus in North Newton, Kansas, March 16-17, 2018, with speakers and scholars from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the United States. See mla.bethelk.edu/mennosandholocaust for more information or to register online. The Nebraska MCC Sale Board is in urgent need of someone to fill the Publicity position for the upcoming 2018 Sale. If you can help please contact Brent Buller, Bethesda Women s Ministries All women with birthdays in January or February are invited to the Bethesda Women s Ministries January/February birthday party on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crossroads Coffee House. Hosts for the evenings are Florence Friesen and Cindy Quiring. Please sign up on the east bulletin board if you plan to attend.

5 Youth For junior high and high school calendars visit the Bethesda Faith Formation page at Love in Action Blog: Check out the blog that offers activities for the month to help us grow in love: CORNERSTONE will meet Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Room as the Amazing Race takes us to prison with Paul. Remember to bring your Bibles! Powerhouse will meet in small groups Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. High school Bible study will meet next Sunday, January 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Jeff and Tami Peters home. Financials Worship Offering Sunday, January 7, 2018 Worship Attendance 233 Sunday School Attendance 100 Bethesda General Operating Receipts... $2, Mennonite Central Committee... $40.00 Mennonite Disaster Service... $ Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary... $50.00 Dayspring Thailand... $50.00 Benevolent Fund... $50.00 Facility Renovation Fund... $ Bethesda General Operating Receipts... $5, Total Worship Offering... $9, Sunday School Offering... $ Sunday School Projects... $ Total Sunday Morning Offering... $10, Evening Communion Service, January 7, 2018 Benevolent Fund... $1, Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network... $ Bethesda General Operating Receipts... $50.00 Total... $1,431.00

6 January 23 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sewing and Project Day Menu: Waffles Devotions: Do by Lela Regier

7 Sunday, January 14, 2018 Scripture: Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11-20