United Methodist Church
A Continuing Faith Community since 1844
Welcome to Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Here you will find a unique church family growing together in faith through worship, service, and fellowship. We are a congregation of mostly older adults, many of whom have been transplanted from other parts of the country to be near grandchildren and retire in this area, sharing friendships and community rooted in faith in Jesus Christ.
November 24, 2023
Message from Pastor Jean
Scripture Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you are called to peace. And be thankful.
Words of Not Much Wisdom:
Happy Thanksgiving, I hope it was anyway. You see, I’m writing this on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Yes, I’m cooking. Only 7 coming for dinner, but there is one little caveat in this: my kitchen is under construction. At this point, on Wednesday morning, I have no sink, no running water in the kitchen and the counter tops are being replaced. The contractor promised me it would all be done by this evening. My neighbor has offered his kitchen for me to do much of my baking today, but tomorrow is Thanksgiving. My neighbor two houses down called last night and said she has an extra pie and will bring it down later today. BUT: Turkey, dressing and. . . . No water, no sink, no counter top. It will all be fine, I know where the grocery store is, and I hope there is already prepared broasted chicken or we could do dogs on the grill – turkey of course. And there is the outside chance that the contractor will actually have it all put back together by tonight, isn’t there???
I think that in part, this is what the scripture is about. When we live in the peace of Christ, our perspective changes. Dinner is not really about the turkey, but about the family gathering.
Happiness is about sharing love, pies and old stories - while making new ones. Happiness and peace come from the perspective of God’s love and peace. I wonder if onions and relish on the turkey hot dogs could count as dressing?
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