Sunday, November 22, 2020

Hope your week has gone well! This Sunday there will be an open forum to discuss the impact of COVID-19 at 11:00am. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. More information below. As we head into Thanksgiving, we will examine one of the most important yet often misunderstood aspects of God’s power and work: Grace. How do we rely upon the Grace of God? In what ways do people misunderstand or take God’s Grace for granted? Join us this Sunday, November 22 as we look at 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5, “To Live By Grace,” part 14 in our fall series Build to Last.”

COVID-19 IMPACT FORUM
COVID-19 is impacting our lives inside and outside the church. We would like to hold two Forums, one in-person and one over Zoom, to discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on us. We will explore ways in which we can encourage one another in love and good deeds in the weeks and months ahead. Come share your thoughts and ideas. We will close in a time of prayer. All are welcome.

In-Person – Sunday, November 22 at 11:00am in the Sanctuary
Zoom – Monday, November 23 at 7:30pm (email Pastor Bryce at Bryce@bethelfree.com for the Zoom Link)

Here are the Forum Questions:
1. How has COVID-19 impacted your life outside of the church?
2. How has COVID-19 impacted your life within the church?
3. What has God been showing and teaching you through COVID-19?
4. How might COVID-19 strengthen us individually and as a church family for the future?
5. What are some ideas for encouraging and spurring one another on in the weeks and months ahead?

THANKSGIVING TREE
It has been a tough year, but we have so much to be thankful for! We would like to take the month of November to express our thankfulness for all that God has done and blessed us with. We invite everyone to write down on a leaf ornament what you’re most thankful for, then place it on the Thanksgiving Tree in the sanctuary.

CHILDREN’S WORSHIP AND SUNDAY SCHOOL
There will be Sunday School this Sunday for all ages. We are examining the option of Children’s Worship (during the Service) for the month of December to provide an age-friendly environment for ages 3 through 2nd grade. The theme for learning and activities and music will be Christmas! 3rd-6th Grade will stay in the Worship Service. The Sunday School hour may be suspended during that time due to COVID. If you are willing to help with Children’s Worship, please let us know.

ADVENT CALENDARS AVAILABLE
Next Sunday, November 29, is the beginning of Advent – a time of hope, joy and anticipation for Jesus’ coming. Pick up an Advent Calendar in the foyer or download it hereThis Calendar will help you celebrate the Joy of Jesus’ coming.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMS
Awana & The Underground Youth Group with NOT meet this Wednesday, November 25. They are planning to resume on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30pm. 

COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING
The Devils Lake Hospital Foundation will be holding their 5th Annual Lights of Mercy Community Tree Lighting on December 2 at 5:30pm. This event is an opportunity to purchase lights “In Memory of”, “In Honor of” or “Prayers for” a relative, friend or loved one. All proceeds will go to the Lake Region Heritage Center and the Devils Lake Hospital Foundation. Forms are available in the foyer.

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS TEA
All women are invited to attend the Women’s Christmas Tea on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00pm for a time of fellowship, teaching and discussion. If you’d be willing to help decorate or bring goodies, please sign up in the foyer.

HELPFUL LINKS:

3 WAYS TO GIVE
ONLINE: bethelfree.com/give
MAIL: 1312 Walnut Street E, Devils Lake, ND 58301
IN PERSON: Drop in one of the offering boxes

FINANCIAL REPORT
Last Week’s Offering – $4,839.55
Weekly Offering Budget – $8,417.00
Giving as of 11/15/2020 – $351,699.92
Budget YTD – $387,182.00
Giving Behind Budget – $35,482.08

Thank you for your faithful giving to God’s work at Bethel Church.