Benevolence—Special Mission Offerings
Benevolence—Special Mission Offerings
One Great Hour of Sharing
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING, as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, this special mission offering of the United Church of Christ carries God's message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, shelter, healthcare, and education. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. Almost 60 percent of the UCC's offering supports international development initiatives, including annual support for missionaries. Currently there are four OGHS supported missionaries and two Global Mission Interns working in disaster relief, healthcare, education, sustainable agricultural development, and refugee support.
Family Promise of the Northland “FPN”
FPN effectively addresses the crisis of family homelessness in our community by providing shelter, meals and comprehensive assistance (to find housing, jobs, childcare and additional resources) for homeless families with children, encouraging and increasing volunteerism in the community to provide direct services on behalf of homeless and low income families. FPN is a collaborative effort that currently involves 11 host congregations, 12 support congregations, their Day Center and area social service agencies. Currently Bethel UCC is a support church that will provide four times a year supply needs for the Day Center instead of a evening meal. FPN is currently recruiting motivated individuals to serve on one of the following teams: Fund Development, Building Maintenance, Church Recruitment and Finance. Teams will meet every other month (just six times per year), beginning in February, If you have any questions or are interested in joining a team, please call 816 888-7070. Any Bethel members that would like to volunteer their time must first attend an hour long training program that can be conducted at Bethel in order to service. Interested in volunteering your time and talents please contact Lucy Banks to sign up for training.
Daylight Savings Time Begins March 11
It’s time to Spring forward one hour at 2 A.M. on Sunday, March 11.
Bethel Choir Performs Cantata - Good Friday - March 30
On Good Friday, at 7:30 pm, Bethel Choir will present The Final Hours by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler In the Final Hours, we will be led through music and the spoken word, to reflect upon those six hours that Jesus hung, suffering on the cross. We will find ourselves picturing the scene at Calvary as we symbolically join Jesus’ followers, who stood, grief-stricken, at the foot of the cross. We will hear the seven phrases that He spoke as He hung there, dying the most agonizing death. Finally, we will hear the words that have continued to ring throughout the ages since that Friday afternoon so long ago: “Surely, this man was the Son of God.” Flute and cello obbligatos enhance the presentation and will strengthen our faith through this musical narrative of our Savior’s matchless love and grace!.
Lenten - Easter Schedule
Please pray for . . .
Serving our Country: Wesley Luttrell; nephew of Joe Luttrell
In Extended Care: Ken Webb, Assisted Living at 111 NW Mock Ave. , Blue Springs, MO 64014; Sallie Carleton Room 319A New Mark Care Center; Mae Veach 6500 Cosby Avenue Rm. 141 Kansas City, MO 64151; Cindy Richter, Heritage Village, Rm 100; Betty Meugniot, Rm 174, Linden Woods Village 2901 NE 72nd St., Gladstone, MO 64119.
Family and friends needing prayer: Adam Niederhauser; Jamie Elder; Randy Pace; Bob Atkinson; Shirley Atkinson; Mark Easley; Jay Leslie: Doug Berka; Jim Inman; Nelda Ravenscraft; Jamie Elder; Don Eversmeyer; Lora Carey; Kathy Corn; Jim Manley; Shianne Reith; Lucy Banks; Don & Nancy Niederhauser, parents of Stan Niederhauser; Fred Wilkinson; Lauri Buck’s brother-in-law; Bob Potter, friend of Don Eversmeyer; Kenneth Pope & Leah Helmich, friends of Marilyn Helmich; Nadine Boyd, friend of Niederhausers; Joyce Thomas, friend of Marquita & Randy Pace; Jay Marshall’s grandmother, Eunice Neitzert; Jody Meyer’s great niece, Diane Shoemaker; Debbie Robinett’s father, and her sister-in-law, Regina Robinett; Jamie Elder’s sister, Susan Scritchfield; Lorene Reese, friend of Jan Rickert; Lauri Buck’s friends, Rita Mendenez and Trish & Perry Taylor; Ruthanna Rodatz, Kathy Corn’s sister; Eowyn Maynes, daughter of friends of Fulvio & Kathy Hayes.
Thank you for your kindness & compassion with your most recent gift in the amount of $900.08.
CWS is grateful for your support as we embrace 2018 and continue our mission of providing help & hope to many families around the world.
Peace & Grace Always,
Renee Overton, CWS
In the year 2017 we served 2,510 households providing over $277,000 in services. These figures include providing $91,900 in food assistance, $99,300 in medical/prescription services, $73,400 in utility assistance, $12,600 in housing assistance and $6,200 in miscellaneous services. We couldn't do it without you and others who have supported our agency since 1980. On behalf of our clients, the board and myself, thank you.
Sincerely, Rita Pearce, Executive Director, Northland Assistance Center
I want to thank you for Mom’s beautiful service! I received several positive comments after the service.
Thanks again, Mom thought a lot of you. She would have been pleased you were here for her.
Sincerely, Carole Aubrey, daughter of Billie Cox from Bethel Green Castle
I hope you guys had a great Valentine’s Day. I love you guys very much in my heart.
Sincerely, Sara Niederhauser
Western Association Annual Meeting
2018 Conference Annual Gathering
Missouri Mid-South Conference UCC
1 John 4:11 - 3 Great Loves
Thursday, June 7 - Saturday, June 9, 2018
Holiday Inn Executive Center - Columbia, MO
REGISTRATION DEADLINE - MAY 15, 2018!
This event begins Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 a.m.
and will conclude on Saturday, June 9th at 1:00 p.m.
For more information see the flyer on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
March 4-Third Sunday in Lent-COMMUNION
Welcoming our UCCP (United Church of Christ of Pohnpei) congregation.
March 11-Fourth Sunday in Lent
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
March 18-Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 25-Palm Sunday-Liturgy of the Palms
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
March 30-GOOD FRIDAY-CANTATA "The Final Hours"
Be a part of this moving worship experience. The anthems are woven together with dramatic dialogue focusing on Christ's final earthly hours. A beautiful preparation-making the joy of Easter morning even more glorious!
April 1-EASTER SUNDAY-7 am Service (Sunrise) and 10 am.
COMMUNION BOTH SERVICES
(Breakfast will be served from 7:45 am to 9:15 am.)
April 8-Second Sunday of Easter
April 15-Third Sunday of Easter
April 22-Fourth Sunday of Easter
1 John 3:16-24
April 29-Fifth Sunday of Easter
INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO OUR SERVICES AND SPECIAL EVENTS THROUGHOUT MARCH AND APRIL. THE SUNDAYS AFTER EASTER TELL THE REST OF THE STORY!!
1 Karen Aitkens
4 Toni Faust
5 Bill Kluender
6 Shellie Willis
7 Marquita Pace
8 Shirlee Mendon
11 Susan Coulter
12 Sydney Hendrix
13 Debbie Schlick
13 Sophie Lane
14 Margaret Basch
15 Drew Buck
22 Kathy Hayes
26 Shannon Gowe
29 Levi Pierson
30 Nelda Ravenscraft
1 Donna Yaeger
3 MacLain Kenyon
5 Tracy Gavisk
8 Charles Berka
10 Barbara Moffet
12 Ashley Yaeger
21 Kathy Corn
22 Garrett Malsam
23 Andrea Berka
25 Kelly Schindler
Memorial Easter Lilies
If you would like to donate a lily(s) for Easter Sunday worship, please fill out this form and return it to the church office with a check for $10 per lily. Please return by April 9.
Name of Donor(s) ____________________________________________________
In Memory/Honor of ___________________________________
Number of Lilies_______________ Amount Paid ___________________
March 10 - Saturday
March 10 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Blade and Timber Urban Axe Throwing – West Bottoms $22.92 per person to reserve a lane for 6 people. = $137.52 with tax for 1.5 hours. Bring your own food and drinks.
We need sitters! Children will be at the Paces. Kathy & Fulvio Hayes have signed up to help.
April 21 - Saturday
April 21 – 3-6 pm – Chicken N Pickle with kids – reserve courts under 30 days before booking. No sitters needed. https://www.chickennpickle.com
2018 Camp MO-VAL Summer Season
It's time to register for camp!! This year camps are available from 1st Grade through adults, including a Star Wars Camp for grades 6-10. Grade determinations is the grade you are going into for the 2018 school year. Family camps and Grandparents camps are also on the schedule. Camp brochures and registrations are on the bulletin board. Remember young campers, Bethel will pay for half of your registration fee. Make a copy of the registration form and turn it into Bethel for your reimbursement. Happy camping!!!
Missouri Mid-South Conference Women's Retreat April 27 - 29
"Bridge Over Troubled Waters"
In the most challenging situations, there is always hope by finding the bridge that will help us through those times. Whether we are praying for the sick, protesting for change, or preparing for worship, our faith lives can equip us to face difficult situations and even transform them. Come explore, experience, and expand ways to find the bridge through faith, fellowship, generosity, hospitality and service,
creativity and worship.
The Keynote Presenter is REV. CAROL KELLER Retreat Speaker Recently retired Minister of Congregational Life for St. Lucas United Church of Christ, A 1989 graduate of Eden Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Carol brings a passion for the Gospel and a love for God's people to her call to parish ministry. Carol has served in many leadership positions in the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the UCC. She has also served on the Boards of Directors for Emmaus Homes, Inc. and Lydia's House. She looks forward to meeting you at Camp Moval!
For more information on registration for the conference see brochure on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
Blue Springs Terrace Fundraiser
Blue Springs Terrace
9th Annual Breakfast Buffet
Saturday—March 24, 2018
8 am—1 pm
Bring your family and friends to this fundraiser
The menu features:
Pancakes—Sausage—French Toast Casserole
Biscuits & Gravy—Egg & Ham Casserole
Coffee Cake—Fruit Bowl
Freewill offering taken
Blue Springs Terrace
312 SW 19th Terrace
Blue Springs, MO 64015
by Ann Weems
Those of us who walk along this road
do so reluctantly.
Lent is not our favorite time of year.
We’d rather be more active—
planning and scurrying around.
All this is too contemplative to suit us.
Besides we don’t know what to do
with piousness and prayer.
Perhaps we’re afraid to have time to think,
for thoughts come unbidden.
Perhaps we’re afraid to face our future
knowing our past.
Give us the courage, O God,
to hear your word
and to read our living into it.
Give us the trust to know we’re forgiven,
and give us the faith
to take up our lives and walk
Western Association Spring Meeting—April 14
April 14, 10 am—3 pm is the Western Association Spring Meeting at St. Mark Union. 1101 Euclid Ave/Rev. Sam E. Mann Way, Kansas City, MO 64127.
“Becoming Witnesses for Justice & Peace”
Workshops: Racism & White Privilege
The Culture of Sexism
And LGBTQ Issues