Bethany Renew
Midweek Email Devotion
17 December 2015  

I welcome you to Bethany Renew! This is our church's weekly online spiritual connection.
Every midweek, you will receive a devotion, a prayer, or an essay that are intended to stir up conversations and ideas of how we will proceed on the path of renewal. Feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think will be interested in receiving these readings.  You are welcome to respond or make comments, or otherwise just sit back and enjoy your weekly readings and reflections!  

Walking the Road To Bethlehem
A 5-week Advent Bible Study  
(Every Wednesday at 6pm)

Dec. 18 
Blue Christmas
(6 p.m.)
A Christmas event that comforts the soul. Receive Christ's love. Everyone's welcome. (for more details, contact Joanne)

Dec. 24 
Christmas Eve Candle Light Service (11 p.m.)


This year, Christmas is once again enlivened by its yearly Christmas casts: Santa, Grinch, Snowman, Baby Jesus, Rudolph, Green Elf, and of course our own beautiful children.
Wait! Notice. It is so easy to loose Christ in Christ-mas. Because for others, baby Jesus is just one of the casts. Some people have tried to keep the joy of the season but not the essence of it: celebrating the holiday without becoming religious. But God is not seeking for religiosity. God is simply reminding us that without Christ, 
"______" mas is incomplete.
In simple ways, we can spread this news:  when your kids are looking at the nativity, explain why God was laying in the manger; quote a bible verse in your Christmas card; lead the Christmas dinner prayer; surprise someone with a generous gift and say, God made you do it.
Also let us celebrate Christ-mas as a Church family:
        Blue Christmas Service-December 18, at 6:00 p.m.
        Christmas Eve Service-December 23, at 11:00 p.m.
        Advent Bible Study-Every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Remember, every time you greet someone Merry Christmas, you are wishing Christ in their lives. With that greeting therefore, is a great opportunity to bless others and perhaps even change lives.
Have a Christ-filled Christmas!

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