Sunday, November 28, 2021

At first glance, Joseph was very ordinary for his day. And yet there was something about him, something in him, some reason why God the Father chose to place His Son into the home of Joseph. Think of it in these terms. If God decided to send His Son to earth again to be born as a baby, and if He was looking for a suitable home where the child would be properly raised, would yours be in the running? Join us on Sunday at 9:30 am for “Welcome Home to Love.”

MINISTRY INSIGHT TOOL
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the Ministry Insight Tool. Please continue to pray for wisdom and insight as the results are tabulated. Also pray for our leaders and our church family to discern what the Lord desires to show us through this tool in the coming weeks as the results are shared.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Thank you to all that donated items, packed boxes, and gave financially. You are an important part, and we couldn’t do it without you! These boxes will travel around the world and the Gospel will be presented to 447 children because of your help. Continue to pray for the volunteers and for the children’s hearts to be open to God’s call.
 
NEW SERMON SERIES
This Sunday is the first week of Advent and the beginning of our new sermon series, “Welcome Home for Christmas.” We hope that you are here each week with your church family as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. And maybe you know somebody who needs a church home. This is a great time of year to invite someone to come with you as we welcome them home to love, joy, hope and peace.
 
CONNECTION HOUR
There will be NO classes this Sunday during the Connection Hour. Children, youth and adult classes will resume next Sunday, December 5.

NEXT SUNDAY
We look forward to celebrating Communion together next Sunday, December 5. You will also have the opportunity to give to the Deacons’ Fund.
 
CONNECT BIBLE FELLOWSHIP
You’re invited to join us next Wednesday, December 1 at 2:00 pm in the Connection Room. Rollin will walk you through the book “Facing Down Your Fears with Faith” by David Jeremiah. Come for a time of study and fellowship.
 
CHRISTMAS TEA
All women are invited to attend the Christmas Tea next Sunday, December 5 at noon. An old-fashioned tea party lunch will be served. Bring your favorite teacup and a fancy hat! Jodi Tjelta will be the guest speaker. If you’d be willing to bring finger sandwiches or tea party treats, please sign up at The Welcome Center.

LIVING NATIVITY
Everyone is invited to this free event on Sunday, December 12, 2:30-6:30 pm at the Myrvik Farm (6773 106th Ave NE Edmore, ND). Come and celebrate the birth of our Savior! Enter into Bethlehem and experience this joyous event. There will be music, treats, hot chocolate, bonfire, and fellowship. Contact Lois Myrvik at (701) 230-8618 with any questions.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Join us on Sunday, December 19 at 11:00 am when the children will present “The Birth of Jesus.”

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Come on Friday, December 24 at 4:00 pm as we celebrate the Reason for the Season during this special candlelight service. This is a great opportunity to invite your family, friends, and neighbors.

BAPTISM
Are you interested in being baptized? Baptism is an outward expression of your faith in Jesus. If you would like to be baptized on January 16, talk to one of the Pastors or contact the church office. For more information about the purpose and meaning of baptism, pick up a brochure in the lobby.
 
HOSPITALITY TEAMS
We’ll have many guests over the next few weeks and there are plenty of roles in Hospitality where we could use your help: Welcome Center, Door Greeters, Ushers, Coffee Makers, etc. These are enjoyable, important, and needed roles in the church family. Just contact the church office to get plugged into a Hospitality Team, which involves serving at the Sunday Gathering just once a month.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PROGRAMS
Parents and children are invited to participate in Awana (Preschool-6th grade) & The Underground (7th-12th grade) Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. These are great opportunities for your families to grow in your relationship with God and knowledge of God’s Word while enjoying fellowship with others.

HELPFUL LINKS

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

FINANCIAL REPORT
Last Week’s Offering – $6,263.00
Weekly Offering Budget – $8,663.50
Giving as of 11/21/2021 – $372,259.48
Budget YTD – $407,184.50

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