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February 2010

The Critic’s Came to Church Today

To Live as Jesus Lived and Love as Jesus Loved CONTENTS Page 1~ The Critics Came to Church Today Page 2~ The Calf Path By Sam Walter Foss Page 3~ Deaconess Corner By Julie Lady Page 4~ Table Talk Review Page 4~ Sewer’s Needed Page 5-6 ~ Vincent Family Annual News Page 7~ Birthdays, Anniversaries, family etc. Page 8~ February Calendar

BETHEL CHURCH OF CLEVELAND HEIGHTS 2706 Noble Road Cleveland Heights, OH 44121 Phone: 216.381.5501 Fax: 216.381.5568 betheloffice@sbcglobal.net www.thebethelchurch.net www.thebethelchurch.com Staff Scottye Holloway Lead Pastor Chelsea Mecaskey Office Manager

By Scottye Holloway

The Critic’s came to church today, with children all in tow. What joy filled our hearts as they sat upon the front row And play an active part. They sang, they pray, heard of God and all His love, But left in disgust complaining about the rug. They were thrilled with God and all that they had heard, And home the went that day. They said no positive words. The Critic’s came to church today and heard the songs of Zion, And because the style was different they left like injured lions. Roaring to each other and all who dared to hear, The style that they desired would be so very clear. The Critic’s came to church today, Their hearts were all ablaze with criticismJust enough to destroy anyplace. They shared their criticism with all who dared to hear, And in the end their criticism left many grieved with fear. They wondered why they’d been estrangeFrom those they’d once embraced. It was their criticism that moved into that space. The Critic’s came to church today And there they shared their score of criticism old and new, That seemed to take the floor. The harmony of those with parts of such an easy score, Felt a sense of accomplishment as they hit the crescendo. Criticism, loud and strong, was deafening all the same, But those who criticized felt no sense of shame The Critic’s came to church today, They knocked upon the door and found no one was listening, For what God has in store. They knocked and knocked without success, And wondered what it meant. They could not figure out where all the church had went. The Critic’s came to church today and found it was no more. They could not hear God's leadership, For they had closed the door.


The Calf-Path by Sam Walter Foss (submitted by Mike Spencer) I. One day, through the primeval wood, A calf walked home, as good calves should;

V. The years passed on in swiftness fleet, The road became a village street; And this, before men were aware, A city's crowded thoroughfare; And soon the central street was this, Of a renowned metropolis; And men two centuries and a half, Trod in the footsteps of that calf.

II. But made a trail all bent askew, A crooked trail as all calves do. Since then three hundred years have fled, And, I infer, the calf is dead. But still he left behind his trail, And thereby hangs my moral tale. The trail was taken up next day, By a lone dog that passed that way. And then a wise bell-wether sheep, Pursued the trail o'er vale and steep; And drew the flock behind him too, As good bell-wethers always do. And from that day, o'er hill and glade. Through those old woods a path was made.

VI. Each day a hundred thousand rout, Followed the zigzag calf about; And o'er his crooked journey went, The traffic of a continent. A Hundred thousand men were led, By one calf near three centuries dead. They followed still his crooked way, And lost one hundred years a day; For thus such reverence is lent, To well established precedent.

III. And many men wound in and out, And dodged, and turned, and bent about; And uttered words of righteous wrath, Because 'twas such a crooked path. But still they followed - do not laugh The first migrations of that calf. And through this winding wood-way stalked, Because he wobbled when he walked.

VII. A moral lesson this might teach, Were I ordained and called to preach; For men are prone to go it blind, Along the calf-paths of the mind; And work away from sun to sun, To do what other men have done. They follow in the beaten track, And out and in, and forth and back, And still their devious course pursue, To keep the path that others do. They keep the path a sacred groove, Along which all their lives they move. But how the wise old wood gods laugh, Who saw the first primeval calf! Ah! many things this tale might teach But I am not ordained to preach.

IV. This forest path became a lane, that bent, and turned, and turned again. This crooked lane became a road, Where many a poor horse with his load, Toiled on beneath the burning sun, And traveled some three miles in one. And thus a century and a half, They trod the footsteps of that calf.

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Deaconess Corner It is the passion of the deaconesses to help the women at Bethel grow spiritually. We desire to do this by praying for women and with women, helping them address the problems in their life, providing them opportunities to develop relationships that will encourage their faith, and in any other way we can. In the end, our aim is to help us all focus on God. We have started the Deaconess Corner as a feature of the Bethel Pieces as a part of this process. Over the next few months each deaconess will introduce herself through a short article. We do this so that you will know who we are and feel free to contact us if there is a way we can help. The current deaconesses are Avonnie Gibson (Chair), Jeanette Carr, Celeste Gary, Josie Holloway, Julie Lady, Bernice Sanders, and Windella Williford. My parents believed in God from the time I was born. However, the church we went to when I was a young child was centered on pleasing God by following rules. I like rules so this really appealed to me! When I was in Junior High my family started attending a new church and that is where I heard that God wanted more than for me to just follow rules—He wanted a relationship with me! It was at that time I accepted Christ as my Savior. Since then, God has me on a journey of trying to make me more like Him. Bethel is my first church home as an adult and in the 10 years that I have been at Bethel, God has used this church family to do amazing things for my faith. Since I'm writing this article in January for the February Bethel Pieces, I've been contemplating how God has changed me in the past year. One thing I feel like God has been asking me to do this past year is to ask Him that if He will not change the hard things in my life, then to use them to make me more like Him. For this next year, I am praying that God will change my heart to care more about telling others about Him. I'm asking God to give me opportunities to witness to others and the courage to take them. My personal desire as a deaconess is to help women develop close relationships. I long to see the women of Bethel have relationships where they not only help each other in the struggles of life, but also where they are spurring one another on to be more like Christ. I'd love to hear from you how God has changed you in the past year and what you're praying He'll do in your life this year. And, if there is any way I, or any of the deaconesses, can help you, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

In Christ,

Julie Lady

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Women’s Ministry Table Talk Review: On Saturday January 23, 2010, the Women’s Ministry Team hosted a gathering in the chapel for Bethel women and their friends. Around 45 women attended “Soup and Salad Table Talk”, enjoying nine different delicious soups, an equal amount of salads, warm rolls and muffins, and a sweet variety of desserts. The theme of the evening was Psalm 19:14: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and Redeemer”. After a brief lesson from Proverbs on the power of words to encourage, motivate, calm and restore, each table was challenged to discuss the topics listed at each place setting. The rumble of conversation was evident as food and fellowship were shared by all present. The evening ended with warm hearts, full stomachs, and the prayers shared at tables before a final farewell. Please watch for our next event in the spring. If you have not yet attended a women’s event, please consider this an invitation to offer your unique perspective and gifts through your presence and input. You will receive a blessing by sharing time with other sisters and perhaps invite and introduce a friend to life within the body of Christ. By Barb Sosnowski

Sewers Needed! A generous donation of batting and fabric has been made to Bethel Church for constructing blankets for our Nepalese Blanket Outreach. But help is needed to turn these piles of fabric and batting into useable blankets. While previous knowledge of sewing is helpful, it isn’t mandatory because lots of help is needed with cutting and pinning. What to bring: A dish to share for lunch, your sewing machines, thread, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, pins, needle and thread, thread snips. If you don’t have some of these items, don’t worry! Come anyway and we’ll gladly share what we have.

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 Bethel Church 10:00 a.m.– 3:00p.m. For questions or RSVP call Stephanie Richard 216-381-6404 4


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CHALK IT UP We’ll post this board every month Use it freely ... as in “use it often AND use it for free-of-charge items only— strictly for “I have it ▫ you need it ▫ it’s yours” kinds of transactions.

Choir Rehearsals

BETHEL BIRTHDAYS February 2010

February 11th and 25th All are welcome. Come when you can.

What Love Is By Juliana Mecaskey

And this is Love, And this is Love, That we walk in obedience, To His commands. And as you’ve heard, And as you’ve heard, That His command was from the beginning: That you walk in Love.

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Jennifer Ruano Celestine Gary Earl Poole Julie Lady Yvonne Windom Richard McCracken Raul Seballos Eunice Howell Rick Sims Mark Richard Megan Stonebraker Sheron Henry-

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Amy Jones William Mizell Bernice Sanders

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Frebruary Anniversaries 7 8 13

So walk in Love, So walk in Love, And you will be loving, And you will be showing Love.

Barry and Rose Gott Mark and Euni Sakowski Bob and Kay Kyllonen

The March Bethel Pieces deadline: Sunday, March 21st. Submit: Writing, Artwork, Photos...

~ Inspired by II John 6 ~

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“Whoever does not love does not “Whoever notbecause love does not know God, knowdoes God, God is love.” 1 “Whoever does not love does not Johndoes 4:8 “Whoever not love does not know God, because God is know God, love.” 1 John 4:8 because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 To live as Jesus lived and love as Jesus loved

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1 7:00p.m. Deacon’s Meeting

2 7:00-8:30PM Children’s Ministry

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4 7:30PM Basketball

5 12:45-3:30p.m. Co-op

6 8:30AM Men’s Bible Study 9:00 AM Women’s Exercise

7 9:00AM Christian Ed 10:15 AM Worship 2:00-5:00 PM Latvian Church 5:30-7:00 PM Youth Group @Holloways

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11 7:30PM Choir 7:30PM Basketball

12 12:45-3:30p.m. Co-op

13 8:30AM Men’s Bible Study 9:00 AM Women’s Exercise

14 Chinese New

15 President’s Day

16 7:00-8:30PM Children’s Ministry

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18 7:30PM Basketball

19 12:45-3:30p.m. Co-op

20 8:30AM Men’s Bible Study 9:00 AM Women’s Exercise

22 7:00PM Deacons meeting

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25 7:30PM Choir 7:30PM Basketball

26 12:45-3:30p.m. Co-op

27 8:30AM Men’s Bible Study 9:00 AM Women’s Exercise

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21 9:00AM Christian Ed 10:15 AM Worship 2:00-5:00 PM Latvian Church 5:30-7:00 PM Youth Group

7:00p.m. Deacon’s Meeting 8:00 p.m. General Board Meeting

Bethel Pieces 28 9:00AM Christian Ed 10:15 AM Worship 2:00-5:00 PM Latvian Church 5:30-7:00 PM Youth Group

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