December 1, 2012 Volume 20 Issue 12
Office: M-F 9 a.m.—2 p.m. 918-492-1353
Kelli’s Kiln The season of Advent brings to us a rare opportunity: WAITING. As a child, I remember getting catalogs in the mail. Occasionally, my mom would order something on my behalf. We had to mail the form in with payment and wait weeks for it to be processed and sent. Now, I regularly order items from Amazon and get them within 3 days. My ability to wait grows smaller everyday.
Christmas. The time of Advent brings us opportunity to see God as well. We learn how to wait. We learn how to wait for what we already know is coming. It’s easy to jump straight to Christmas. Waiting during Advent allows us to focus on the blessings of paying attention to what is before us in the moment. God is already doing work in our lives and we wait to see the next moment of that evidence. It’s not only in the manger we find God’s work in our lives. It is there before us everyday, waiting for us to notice.
In college, as the internet grew and became the go to place for information, it was common to ask a question and get the answer in a matter of minutes with those dial-up modems. Today, I can usually find it in 10-15 seconds with a simple search on my phone. My ability to wait grows smaller everyday. There are far too few opportunities in life to learn this important skill: waiting. A once normal element of life has gone away in a world with 24 hour stores and lightening fast internet connections. Advent and Christmas are a holy time, preparing for the coming of Jesus. We rightly focus on the celebration of Jesus’ birth, on Mary and Joseph, and remembering the first Christmas so long ago. Jesus brings to us great joy and life filled with God’s love. The power of God is not limited to the moments we celebrate
As you look at the Advent image, you can see the shadow of the manger. We know Jesus is coming. May we wait and see through the stable to know the work of God on each day between now and Christmas.
Breakfast Club Lynette Li Email: email@example.com
Meals on Wheels Needs You Meals On Wheels drivers are needed for the third Wednesday and fourth Friday of the month. Anyone interested in joining the BCC team, please contact Maria Taveau. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 greatly appreciated!
....will be 12-15-12, at 9:00 AM at Mimi's Cafe, 71st & Memorial. Come join us for good food, fellowship and a break from the hustle bustle of Christmas. Sign up or let Phil and Nancy Gray know you'll be there.
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!
Thank you for your constant support all year long and for all you do for those we serve together!
Sincerely, Debra Dester Volunteer Coordinator email@example.com 918-556-6418 BETHANY CHRISTIAN THANKSGIVING FELLOWSHIP , NOVEMBER â€˜12
Disciples Women Look Ahead:
Poinsettia Order Forms Available We each have an opportunity to bring beauty into our sanctuary this Advent with the purchase of a poinsettia. They are $10 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 it in the offering plate. Make checks to Bethany Christian Church and note Poinsettia on the check. Orders are to be turned in to Judy Krase.
Order forms will be in the Sunday Bulletin.
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED EVENTS Human Rights Celebration “Embracing Our Oneness” Sat., Jan. 26, 2013 Boston Avenue UMC World Day of Prayer Saturday, March 2, 2013 Please contact Laura Bottoms at 918-274-9107 with questions or Ruth Ann Fate.
Disciple Women December 8th, 2012 10:00 a.m. Saturday Study: Christmas Program Service: Day Center Hugs & Treats Hostesses: Marilyn Bowers & Toni Wine Imbler Have you borrowed Items from the church? Sometimes things have a way of leaving the building. At this time If there is ever an item you need to use, please sign the item out on the yellow clipboard. There is one in the library, kitchen, and on the church office desk. Upon return of the item, please sign the item back in. This is one way to know where an item is if the church needs it for a function. Thank you!
BETHANY CHRISTIAN CHURCH BOARD MEETING ITâ€™S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. TIME TO APPROVE THE BUDGET FOR 2013.
ADVENT WORK DAY SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 9:00 A.M.
THE BOARD MEETING WILL BE DECEMBER 2ND AT 6:15 P.M.
Congregational Meeting December 9th We will have a congregational meeting on Dec. 9th directly after worship regarding the 2013 budget.
COME JOIN IN ON THE DECORATING OF THE CHURCH IN PREPARATION FOR THE ADVENT SEASON.
The meeting will be in the sanctuary
2012 PFLAG Tulsa Community Book Wrapping Project at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Southroads Shopping Center Bethany is signed up to wrap December 18th 6:00-9:00 p.m. "One of the groups we support is PFLAG as a part of our outreach ministry. We can help them by volunteering to wrap presents." Please see Rev. Kelli Driscoll to sign up!
GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC The Rosemary Bowers Huff Music Scholarship Fund was started in 2006 in her loving memory by the children and grandchildren of Rosemary Bowers Huff, who passed away in 2005. Rosemary was former Music Director and Elder at Bethany Christian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and wife of Minister Emeritus Howard F. Huff. She also taught private piano and voice lessons from her home studio through 2005. The scholarship fund provides grants, through auditions, to incoming freshmen college students, to continue their voice or piano studies in college. The scholarship fund and auditions are under the direction of the Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association, a non-profit, 501(c) (3), educational organization where Rosemary was a member and served in leadership roles. Your tax-deductible donation in her memory may be sent to: The Rosemary Bowers Huff Music Scholarship Fund/TAMTA, c/o Mr. Danny Calhoun, TAMTA Treasurer, 12925 E. 76th St. No., Owasso, Oklahoma 74055. (Carol Huff Hicks)
G FELLOWSHIP 2012
Bethany Church Calendar Elders Serving (Bread, Wine)
Advent Workday (decorate) 9 a.m.
Sunday School, join us at 9:15am
Steve Bowers, Toni Wine Imbler
Worship begins at 10:45 a.m.
Ruth Ann Fate, Geoff Brewster
Advent 1—Hanging of the Green Service
Kelly Kirby, Alice Jane Lanier
Poinsettia orders begin
Dec. 23 Geoff Brewster, Tommie Kinyon
Committee meetings 5:00 p.m.
Board Meeting to approve Budget 6:15p.m. Dec. 5
Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Disciples Women meeting 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School, join us at 9:15am Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Advent 2nd Sunday
Mike Cross, Nick Crews
Steve Fate, Maria Taveau
Congregational Meeting after worship
Judy Krase, Jesse Fate
Loren Krase, Kathy Herwig
Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast Club – Mimi’s’ Café 9 a.m. 71st & Memorial
Sunday School, join us at 9:15am
Open House at Kelli & Nick’s 2 – 4 p.m.
PFLAG Gift Wrapping 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in South Roads Mall, sign
up with Kelli
Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Advent 3rd Sunday
Dec. 19 Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m. Dec. 23 Sunday School, join us at 9:15am Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Advent 4th Sunday Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Service 7:00 p.m. Dec. 30
Deacons Serving (Door/Acolyte, Door/Prayer) Dec. 2 Jesse Fate, Megan Castles
Blood Drive 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Marilyn Bowers, Ruth Ann Fate
Singles Luncheon – TBA
17th Paula Cross 17th Michael Owen 20th Nancy Gray 21st
22nd Natalie Madaj 30th