Bethlehem United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Mission Statement: To give of ourselves so others may know Jesus Christ.

Dear Bethlehem Friends,


            As we prepare for a season of counting our blessings, we have much to be thankful for here at Bethlehem Church.  We don’t have enough fingers and toes.  When we come to this season, there is a song written by Andrae Crouch in 1971.  The chorus is in our hymnal, but I am sorry that the rest of the song was left out.  Here are the Lyrics for the whole song: 


 How can I say thanks for the things you have done for me?

Things so undeserved yet you gave to prove your love for me

The voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude

All that I am, and ever hope to be, I owe it all to thee

          To God be the glory, to God be the glory

          To God be the glory for the things he has done.

          With his blood he has saved me, with his power he has raised me

          To God be the glory for the things he has done.

Just let me live my life and let it be pleasing Lord to thee,

And if I gain any praise, let it go to Calvary.

With his blood he has saved me, with his power he has raised me.

To God be the glory, for the things he has done.


     Yes, we have much for which to be thankful.  And as a congregation of God’s people, do not miss the opportunity to worship throughout this month of Thanksgiving.


     Speaking of things for which to be thankful, how about our celebration of October 22.  I am so thankful for the musical program of Bethlehem Church.  Working together, the Junior Choir, the Junior Praise Team, that Chancel Choir, and the Praise and Worship Team brought the best music we could imagine to our Celebration and Open House. Aren’t we grateful?  The building is now turned over to us for the purpose of filling it with ministry.  Aren’t we grateful?  People absolutely loved the concepts that we are trying to communicate to the community – from the Coffee House to the gymnasium/auditorium/worship center, to the new Fellowship Hall and Kitchen, people gave God the glory by saying, “Wow!” 


     I want to say thanks for all who helped with the day:  Greeters, ushers, musicians, singers, those who were present for the open house as we represented some of our ministries, Jennifer Stein in the Coffee House, Mullen Walton and Bill Huff, who played in the Coffee House, all of the kitchen crew who cooked and served a splendid roast beef dinner, open to the community, and for those who gave themselves to the closing concert in the evening.  Through the entire day, Keith and Micah Metzel and their technology crew made sure that things were working well.  What a day… thanks to all!!!


     I want to once again name our Steering Committee who worked so hard to bring us to this place: Chairman, Walt Reamer, and the committee members: Jason and Lindsey Craley, Joe Eberly, Jim Heilman Jr., George and Lani Jones, Danielle Kuhn, Jay Orwig, Bob Schmuck, Kirk Slenker, Karen Snyder, and  Brent Spyker.

Well done, good and faithful servants.




Better Disciples, More Disciples,


                Yours in Christ’s love,


                              Pastor Roger