Bethany Renew
Midweek Email Devotion
24 February  2016   
Greetings!

WELCOME!  
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!  
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
(Special Sunday, March 6)
We will start to celebrate the 6-Special Sunday of the UMC. The next one is called, "One Great Hour of Sharing" on March 6. Aside from your weekly gift, please consider bringing an additional small amount to participate in One Great Hour of Sharing
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PRAY & GIVE
Pray and consider giving to Jeremy's sister's Haiti Mission. 
Click here for more information.
 
 
NEW DIRECTORY 
A special shout of thanks to Jean for giving us a new directory! There are new copies in the church office. Come and get one! 


SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
DURING LENT:

1.LENTEN STUDY
"Give Up Something Bad For Lent." 
Wed. at 6pm
Starts: Feb. 10

2. COVENANT GROUP
A weekly meeting that values deep sharing, accountability, and prayer (FRI. 6-7 pm)

COMING SOON:
GROUNDING
MEDITATION
With Dr. Patti Robbins
After the Lenten Season, Patti will be offering a meditation class. Details, including descriptions, time, and small cost will be announced later.
(I'm personally looking forward to this). 

UPCOMING HOLY WEEK EVENT! 

Palm Sunday
11:30 a.m. 

Maundy Thursday 
6: p.m. 
Special Play and Holy Communion

Good Friday 
6: p.m.
Tenebrae

Sunrise Service
(TBA)

Easter Worship Service 
11:30 a.m.




BREATHING SPACE

During Lent each week, I will share devotions from various Lent authors. This one is from Peter Scazerro 

Be in a moment of silence and stillness  (2 Minutes)
 
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on the good. Avoid every kind of evil.
 
Devotional
What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing, too many logs packed in too tight,
can squelch a fire, can douse the flames, almost as surely as a pail of water can.
We need to practice building open spaces just as clearly as we learn to pile on the logs.
It's fuel, and absence of the fuel together, that makes fire possible,
Let it develop in the way that's possible when we lay logs in just the way
the fire wants to go....
-        Judy Brown, "Fire"
Question to Consider
What difference might it make if you were to practice "building open spaces" in your life?
Prayer
Lord, I need breathing space. I have too much going on in my life, too many logs on the fire. Show me the way to create space in my life, and may the fire of your presence burn in and through me. In Jesus; name. Amen.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes) 

(AUTHOR: Peter Scazerro)
OUR PARTNER, FREEDOM HILL
 
As most of you know, Freedom Hill will be leaving us. This Sunday, they will hold their last worship service in our church building.
 
Instead of seeing it as a discontinuation of a rental contract, here is a better narrative: it's a sign of two churches preparing more spaces for each of their respective growth.
 
Freedom Hill is more than just a tenant. They are ministry partners who have inspired and supported us to move forward.  It was an honor to accommodate them in their early stage of starting a congregation. We now give them our blessing as they expand their horizon in another location and community.
 
But this event has also left us a challenge. The decrease of our rental income will create a financial vacuum in our budget.
 
But in summing up my conversations with some of you, here is what I got: this can be one those challenges that we can take as an opportunity:

Opportunity to witness God's faithful provision, 
Opportunity to once again discover what we can do if we rally our strength and commitment together.
           
In the end, our concern here should not be about money. But how this occasion can strengthen us to move forward in our witness and mission, as we trust our Great Provider that all our needs will be added unto us. 
 
Finally, I want to encourage you that if you see Pastor John or any of the leaders and members of Freedom Hill, appreciate them and say thank you. Wish them well on their new journey.
 
I will do the same. Additionally, with this mindset--distances between church locations doesn't really end our spiritual tie and partnership with one another as one Body of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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Pastor Ferdie Llenado
Bethany United Methodist Church
personal email: ferdiellenado@hotmail.com
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