Friday, September 19, 2014

Bell Choir

Bell Choir rehearses for Sunday, September 21.  They will be playing "Holy, Holy, Holy" in the Traditions Worship at 9:00 a.m.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

TAIM (Think About It Moment)

What is going on?  In the past couple of months, several times, I have asked that question—once during Bethany’s Vacation Bible School.  I was walking up the stairs and noticed people outside on the ramp, staring at something.  Many of them had their phones out taking pictures. Others were weaving their way around those captured by the moment, without a clue of the attraction—a beautiful double rainbow.   

A few weeks later I was walking out of Walmart and the same thing was happening!  I confess, I was curious as I walked out to see what they were seeing.  Once again I noticed how some were oblivious as they just kept walking along.  Suddenly I noticed it—a beautiful, bright, colorful rainbow!  Soon, I too, had my phone out taking pictures of this beautiful sight! 

What is it about a rainbow that causes us to ooh and aah?  Could it be it’s a sign that the storm is ending?  Maybe it’s the beauty of the prism of colors as the sun shines through the moisture in the sky.  For some it may be the ever elusive ‘pot of gold’ at the end of the rainbow.  Maybe, just maybe, we are drawn to the presence of God upon the earth!

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
Genesis 9: 12&13
                         
Seeing the rainbow, I stopped what I was doing and gazed upon the beauty.  Was it the beauty of the rainbow that slowed down my pace, or deep within was it a reminder from God of His presence?  Seriously, how often do we fail to see God’s presence?  In your busyness have you missed those God moments orchestrated just for you?  Are you so busy running through life that you miss the presence of the One who gave us life? 

“Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because He has roused Himself from His Holy dwelling place.”  Zechariah 2: 13

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
 I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46: 10

Many of us are saying, “Where has the summer gone?”  Others have mentioned how 2014 is flying by so quickly.  The real question is:  Have I taken the time to see and be in God’s presence?  Don’t miss the presence of God!  I know our time is valuable, but what’s time worth if we miss the glorious beauty, and peace, of God’s presence in our life?

Think about it!

Blessings,

Pastor Dennis

Block Party Rewind . . .

A fun afternoon was had by all at Bethany's Block Party.  Games, bounce house, food, candy scramble for prizes, and school supplies for 46 children!  Even some of the big children had fun in the bounce house!


Although the fun was short lived . . .

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Community Block Party

COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY!
September 6, 2014
12 noon until 3 p.m.
on the church parking lot

                                              Rain or Shine!*

            Bring the kids and their friends!
      
         
      Everything is free for children
       age 12 and under!

    Each child (12 and under) receives a free school kit!


       
 Games, food, bounce house,
             prizes, and much more! 



   *Event will be held indoors if the weather is uncooperative.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blood Drive

Donate Blood in Memory of Jeff Lauer

Bethany UMC
1401 Mount Rose Ave.
York, PA

Thursday September 4, 2014         2 PM to 7 PM

For an appointment, please contact Ashley Martz at 771-3572 or visit redcrossblood.org
Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Love in Action . . . Mission Project of BCLC

One of the classes from BCLC (Bethany Christian Learning Center) were busy making head coverings for  H.O.P.E. (Help for Oncology Problems & Emotional Support).  www.hopeforcancerfamilies.org  
Smiles were everywhere as they supported H.O.P.E.  What a wonderful summer mission project!





Friday, July 25, 2014

Children's Camp (VBS) for children in the Dominican . . .

While Bethany was having Vacation Bible School, our friend Katelyn, was in the Dominican for 6 weeks preparing and having Children's Camp in the Dominican.  Bethany supported Katelyn on her mission trip.







Sunday, July 13, 2014

Excitement abounds . . . .

As we prepare for Vacation Bible School at Bethany.
Begins Monday July 14 @ 6:00 p.m.






Monday, July 7, 2014

Calling all kids to VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL / WORKSHOP OF WONDERS

The countdown is on to . . . 

VBS begins on Monday, July 14 @ 6:00 - 8:15 p.m. at Bethany.
The last evening with be Friday, July 18.
For more information call the church office at (717) 843-2922

                                                       Hope to see you there!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Youth Outing at Lake Redman

A beautiful afternoon filled with laughter, fun, and building relationships . . .







Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vacation Bible School is coming . . .



July 14 through July 18
6 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.     All children ages 3 through 12 are welcome.
Bring a friend for music, crafts, story time, snacks, games, and more!
Are you ready?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

TAIM (Think About It Moment)

A Matter of Perspective . . .

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6: 34

Have you had those times that you are overwhelmed?  It could be a time when there is so much on the schedule that you don’t know how you are going to meet all the commitments.  Last Friday I was having one of those moments.  The week had been filled with emotions and the schedule through the coming weekend, and week, was jammed with commitments.  At noon of Friday, it got the best of me, and I just needed to get away from the office.  

I found myself on the way to Susquehanna State Park along the Susquehanna River.  It was a beautiful afternoon with blues skies, puffy white clouds, and a nice breeze blowing.  A beautiful day to do some hiking on the trails and taking in God’s glorious creation. The bluebirds were singing and the buzzards were searching.  With grace and beauty, the Ospreys were spreading their wings as they dipped and turned, seemingly playing follow the leader. The wild flowers were hovered over by the honey bees that were covered with pollen.  God’s glorious creation was alive!    

Then I saw the most amazing sight!  Along the trail there was a tall tree that reached for the sky.  On the trunk of that tree I saw an ant.  Yes, just a common ant climbing the tree.  The ant seemed determined to go higher on the tree.  Did I mention the ant was carrying a heavy load that was bigger than its body?  This ant was carrying a worm up the side of the tree.  It would climb for a time and then stop and rest.  Then the ant would climb a little higher and stop.  Slowly climbing up the tree a short distance at a time, and getting closer to the destination.  With determination and a heavy load, the ant would climb, stop, focus, and seemingly place a marker higher up the tree.  Then with sights set on that spot it would continue on to that mark and stop again.  It wasn’t long until it was out of my sight.  


What a wonderful lesson!  Maybe God was reminding me to stop worrying about the long week ahead and trust Him to help me through today?   Maybe like the ant – I needed to stop – focus on today (and not the coming week) – set my sights on getting through today (with God) – one step at a time – and not on the coming week!






“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41: 10

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sunday, June 8 is Pentecost








When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.  Acts 2: 1-4 NIV

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Pound the Pastor

The month of May was Pound the Pastor.  The challenge was to collect 500 pounds of food for the well.  Grand total gathered: 479 pounds . . . . 21 pounds short.
Congratulations for all food donations.   Ravishing purple or forever gray???????
 

Purple beard for doing so well.  Good job Bethany Church Family!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sunday, May 25

It was a Mountain of Memories as we gathered on this Memorial Day weekend.  It was a time to worship, to give thanks, and celebrated those who have given so much for our freedom.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Forever Gray or Becoming Purple

The challenge is set!
Will PD have gray hair or purple colored hair on June 1?


The month of May has been POUND THE PASTOR at Bethany.  The challenge has been to collect 500 pounds of food, through the month of May, for "The Well" . . . at the moment we have collected 412 pounds of food.  Another 88 pounds are needed by Sunday, May 25, 2014.  Will PD have purple hair on June 1?

So . . . will it be Forever Gray or Ravishing Purple????????

Stay tuned for the outcome.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Celebrating Family / May 18, 2014

Sacrament of Baptism . . . Traditions Worship

                                    Sacrament of Baptism . . . Celebrations Worship


"Let the the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."  Mark 10: 14