Vol. 20 Issue 11
November 1, 2012
Kelli’s Kiln “Can we sing Sanctuary?”
After living with those thoughts for a while, I realized how easy it is to want things from God that we aren’t willing to give to God. On this hectic day, I wanted God to give me rest, peace, sanctuary. I was unwilling to share with God the little peace and rest I have, opening up to see how God could use it.
This, my friends, is the church camp worship planner nightmare question. It creeps up out of nowhere. Just when you think the scripture leads to singing certain themed songs, a voice pops up asking that question as if it has never been asked before. Seeking God can be confusing. Prayer and worship often focus on You may not know the song named sharing with God our thoughts “Sanctuary”. It is a simple tune with these lyrics, without asking what God’s “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary. Pure and thoughts are for us. Sometimes, we resist God; Holy. Tried and True. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a sometimes, we beg for connection. Each perliving sanctuary for You.” Once you learn it, it is son who follows Jesus is invited to turn over to in your head for days. You’ll be walking along God all that we are. Often, we only turn over humming it. The song is chant like, can be sung to God the difficult parts of life, looking for in a round, and always lingers in air after it is problems to go away. God isn’t plucking us up sung. (Click here to listen to the song.) like flowers in a garden. God is strengthening our roots. God will prepare us to deal with life. The middle school and high school youth I’ve We must open up to let God do that work. worked with at church camp in the summers declare each year this is their favorite song. The Perhaps the youthful love of that song is there worship-nerd inside me wants to push back because they’ve had less time to be conand invite them to sing new songs or old vinced of self-reliance. Each one of us can achymns, anything but Sanctuary. As a teen, I’d complish much alone. God is always with us. be that voice popping up to ask to sing it. Our capacity to see God’s companionship (What goes around comes around, huh?) comes when prayer for what we desire and for what God desires in us happen mutually. Then, Today, the tune edged itself into the forefront we shall find sanctuary in God and that we are of my mind. My thoughts jumped here: “Ugh! a sanctuary for God and others in the world. Again! I need sanctuary from that song! I don’t want to be a sanctuary. I want God to be a sanctuary for me!”
Time will fall back an hour at 2 a.m. on Nov.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Dear Friends of the Day Center, This is an urgent request for blankets, new or gently used. Our inventory is very low and our need is getting greater as the temperatures drop. Any help you could give, including passing this on to others, is great appreciated! Thank you for your constant support all year long and for all you do for those we serve together!
Sincerely, Debra Dester Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 918-556-6418
Poinsettia Order Forms Available soon... We each have an opportunity to bring beauty into our sanctuary this Advent with the purchase of a poinsettia. They are $10.00 each and you may purchase one in honor or memory of someone in your life. Please include a check with the order form and place in the offering plate. Make checks to Bethany Christian Church and note Poinsettia on the check.
Breakfast Club If you have not signed up please let Nancy know if you are coming so that we can insure we will have a seat for you. You may respond to this e-mail or by phone, 918-492-2519. When: November 17th, 9:00 a.m. Where: Applebee’s (location to be determined) We hope to see you there! Philip & Nancy Gray email@example.com Bethany Christian Church Gift Basket winner!
Bethany Community School Fall Festival Kaleidoscope President , Elizabeth Johnson said, “It was a great time and we raised over $1000 from everything. And thank you to all the church members that helped out!!”
"Joseph in Egypt" If you were to read the story of Joseph as told in chapters 39-49 of Genesis, you might wonder if he was the one who first said, "When life gives you a lemon--make lemonade." As a boy, he thoroughly enjoyed being his father's favorite son, and took that honor to "lord it over" his brothers. When they got fed up with him, they grabbed him and sold to a caravan on its way to Egypt. That's where our study for this Sunday begins. The amazing story that follows (chapters 3949) tells of a completely different Joseph, who grew up and became a highly respected friend of the Pharaoh. His "lemonade" was pretty good! Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Please see the NEATâ€™s Newsletter posted on the Bulletin Board. Be sure to sign up in advance at 918-743-1303 for most attractions!
Disciples Women “Blizzard Bags” The Disciples Women service project for November is collecting and assembling items for “Blizzard Bags” for Meals on Wheels. A Blizzard Bag is an emergency sack of food items which is provided to Meals on Wheels recipients to hold in reserve for a winter day when snow and ice make regular meal delivery impossible. The bags contain shelf-stable, easy-to-fix items which assure that the homebound, elderly and disabled will at least have something good to eat until the next regular Meals on Wheels delivery day. Blizzard Bags usually contain a quick-fix meal in a bag, such as a can of soup, a heat-and-eat canned item like stew, spaghetti, etc., along with crackers, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned fruit drink, or a packet of instant hot chocolate. You can help by donating or collecting the following items for the Blizzard Bags. ♦ Single can serving of heat & serve items such as: Soup, Beef Stew, Spaghetti, Chili, etc. (items that can be heated to form the basis of a meal; ready to serve) ♦ or Any brand shelf-stable heat-and-serve meal ♦ or Small can of tuna fish ♦ Small, easy open can of vegetables ♦ Canned or dried fruits (small packages, or individual serving pack) ♦ Individually packaged crackers or cookies ♦ Small jar of creamy peanut butter ♦ Small can or package of non-refrigerated fruit juices ♦ Single serving dessert cup, pudding, or fruit cup (nonrefrigerated type) ♦ Instant Hot Chocolate Mix, tea, or coffee (packets) If possible, canned food in an "easy-open" or flip-top container is preferred. Many of our recipients have severe arthritis or other physical problems which makes opening a can difficult. Single serving items or items that can be easily packaged into single servings are also preferred. A box labeled “Blizzard Bags” is available in the north entryway of the church. You are invited to place items in this box at any time between now and Saturday, November 10, or bring your donations to the Disciples Women meeting on November 10. If you have questions, please contact Myrna Jones: (firstname.lastname@example.org or 918.749.6612).
Dinner at the Day Center Volunteers from Bethany provided the evening meal, Monday, at the Day Center for the Homeless in downtown Tulsa. Our dinner of baked ham, green beans, potato salad, dinner roll, cookies, and lemonade looked good to us, too, as we served it up. Thanks to Steve Bowers, Steve Fate, Bettye Jackson, Maria Taveau, Don and Alice Jane Lanier for helping with the dinner. We estimate we fed at least 125 women and men. Their gratitude told us the meal was a hit.
Bethany Church Calendar Elders Serving Nov. 4
Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall back) Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Consecration Sunday Lunch to follow Worship Committee Meetings 5:00 p.m.
Steve Bowers, Geoff Brewster
Toni Wine Imbler, Kelly Kirby
A. J. Lanier, Marilyn Bowers
Ruth Ann Fate, Tommie Kinyon
Cabinet Meeting 6:15 p.m. Nov. 6
Election Day in Fellowship Hall 6 a.m.
Elders Meeting 6:00 p.m. Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.
Disciples Women meet 10 a.m.
Sunday School, join us at 9:15 a.m. Worship begins at 10:45 a.m.
Bethany Community School Committee meeting at 1:00 p.m.
Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast Club 9 a.m.—Applebee’s (more TBA)
Sunday School, join us at 9:15am Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Offering 18th & 25th Thanksgiving Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 21-23 Office Closed (no Brief this week) Nov. 25
Sunday School, join us at 9:15am Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Thanksgiving Offering
Choir Practice 7:00 p.m.
Advent Workday (decorate) 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School, join us at 9:15am Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Advent 1—Hanging of the Green Service
Deacons Serving (Door/Acolyte, Door/Prayer) Nov. 4
Nick Crews, Kathy Herwig
Megan Castles, Mike Cross
Judy Krase, Loren Krase
Kathy Herwig, Steven Fate
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS 4th
14th Steve Bowers 17th Mary Bearden 19th Mike Cross 21st Ruth Ann Fate
Committee meetings 5:00 p.m.
24th Ray Jackson
Board Meeting to approve Budget 6:15 p.m.
25th Kelly Kirby
Congregational meeting to approve
Serenity Group: Sun., Tues., Fri. @ 7:30 p.m.
29th Barney McLaughlin