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Dec 20, 2013 Office Hrs. 9a.m.—2p.m. 918.492.1353 from the December Newsletter... Advent at Bethany is always a blessed time. We gather on the first Sunday to wonder at the symbols of our faith entwined in greenery. We celebrate the stories of our faith and focus them all around a stable with an empty manger. We wait with anticipation for that manger to reveal Love embodied in the form of the Christ child. As we wait, there is so much happening. The preschool is abuzz in preparation for the Christmas program. We had a congregational meeting December 5. All of us are finishing the decorations around our homes or making lists for gifts or to-do’s. As we prepare, I’d love for you to consider praying for the Jeremiah Project, our visioning and strategic planning process for 2014! On December 15 at 2 p.m., we are meeting with the consultant with whom we hope to work. Once that is finalized, we will be ready to move right into January with an all church Bible study. The Jeremiah Project team experienced Bible Study together in light of the hope and trust that God will reveal our next steps as a congregation. We want to offer that opportunity for all of the Bethany community! It is so important to have everyone’s participation that we’ve layered the opportunities for involvement. What does that mean? You’ve got many choices to come together for Bible study and reflection! As we begin to see the vision God has in store for Bethany, we begin with scripture. My prayer for us all is that we will find an opportunity to get closer to one another and closer to God by coming together for these sessions. Starting Wednesday, January 15, there is a 1 week (4 sessions) choice before choir practice at 5:45 p.m. One time opportunities are as follows: Sunday, January 19 after church; Thursday, January 23 at the Krase’s home at 7 p.m.; and Tuesday, January 28 at 7 p.m. with the place to be announced.

Kelli


BETHANY CHRISTIAN CHURCH CONGREGATIONAL MEETING DECEMBER 15, 2013


In Remembrance. . . Jack Young passed from this life Friday, December 6, 2013. He was 90 years old. A Memorial service will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Montereau.

Emma Noel at the Blessing of the Animals

“Jack will always be remembered by his kind, gentle heart.”

Please see the NEAT’s Newsletter posted on the Bulletin Board. Be sure to sign up in advance at 918-743-1303 for most attractions!

Visit NEATs New Website: neatstulsa.org


Reasor & SAMs Purchases Bethany now has only one SAMs account card and one Reasor’s card. These will be kept in the church office to check out. Since there is only one card per store, you’ll need to check them out from myself or Kelli and return them promptly in case others need to use it. You may contact Marci or Kelli at 918-492-1353

The Crop Walk final amount this year was $29,440. It was quite a success and brought in $6,000.00 more than last year. Thank you to Steve Fate who was in charge of Bethany's participation and to all our walkers and contributors. Bethany contributed $2100 from the Crop Walk!

BREAKFAST CLUB Saturday Steak n’ Shake 61st and Memorial Drive

December 21, at 9:00 AM. Please Sign Up or call Phil and

Nancy to let them know you'll be there for good food and fellowship.

or churchoffice@bethanybelieves.com

DISCIPLES WOMEN We will meet Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10:00 am for brunch. Study will be lead by Allison Fate entitled, "Simpler Living: Food". Continue to bring hugs for the Day Center for the Homeless and please bring hugs (hats, underwear, gloves or socks) to donate to the Day Center for our December service project. Our January service will be collecting will be collecting CWS Blankets. Hostesses are Allison Fate and Alice Jane Lanier.

We are WRAPPING PRESENTS again to help PFLAG raise money! If you can help us wrap on Tuesday, December 17th at 5:00p, please let Kelli know.

GIVING RECORDS If you would like to receive a detailed statement of your 2013 giving record, you can email Judy just4judy@sbcglobal.net

Meals On Wheels needs you! If you have 1 to 1 1/2 hours in the morning (10:00 AM) the fourth Friday of the month to volunteer, we need a driver for Route 2 (Bethany's route). Contact Maria for an application.


Bethany Christian Church Elders Serving (Bread, Wine) Dec 21

Breakfast Club 9 am, Steak & Shake, 61st & Mem.

Dec 22

Sunday School, begins at 9:15 am Worship at 10:45am; Christmas Offering

Dec 24

Christmas Eve Service 7:00 pm

Dec 25-28 Church Office is Closed, and New Years Day Dec 29

Sunday School, begins at 9:15 am Worship at 10:45 am

Dec 30-Jan 1 Church Office may be closed Jan 5

Sunday School, begins at 9:15 am Worship at 10:45 am Serenity Groups: Sun., Tues., & Fri. @ 7:30 pm

CHOIR PRACTICE : Each Wednesday evening @ 7:00 pm No practice Dec. 18, 25

SUNDAY CHILDCARE VOLUNTEERS Dec. 22nd Dec. 29th

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Nick Crews Maria Taveau

eadlines for turning in articles will be five days prior to publishing a newsletter.

You may turn in brief information by Wednesday of any week. Please email or call the church office if you have questions. Marci Powell

Deacons Serving (Door/Acolyte, Door/Prayer)


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