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Reading and Reflecting

Dear Fellow Disciples,
As we finish this year of prayer, I have a lot to give thanks for. I have enjoyed two practices in particular this year:

  1. As a staff, each week we have been praying for five member families and one family in our preschool and extended care.
  2. In my personal prayers, I have been praying for six Facebook friends each week, an idea I borrowed from Ken Finley. (Thanks, Ken!)

Next year our Bishop Daniel has invited us into a year of scripture. I have one simple goal for this year of scripture: for every member of Bethlehem to cultivate the habit of daily Bible reading and reflection.
Reading and reflection are both important as we engage God’s word.
So here’s a challenge for you as we finish our year of prayer and begin a year of scripture: Let’s read and reflect on the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel from November 15 until Christmas Eve. That’s 40 days reflecting on a few verses each day.
It’s a small step toward a big habit: reading and reflecting on the Bible every day.

What do you think?
Persevering in Prayer—and Scripture,
Pastor Matt
Some Other Things
I hope you’ve had a chance to pray about your contribution for our beyond-our-walls Christmas offering: Hope for Haiti.
Here is a link to Chris Budke’s sermon from Sunday for our women’s thankoffering worship service.

This Sunday is our fall congregation meeting for the purposes of approving the 2019 budget and electing council members. We begin after morning worship, around 10:20 am.  
Operation Christmas Child collection week is this week. We are up to 143 boxes. We only need 107 to reach our goal of 250. Please bring in your box this week, so that it’s here by Sunday.

Luke 1 Reading and Reflection Plan
Hope for Haiti Christmas Offering Info
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