Between the Ends: January 21, 2016

The Best Laid plans…

Welcome back! Tell me, when was the last time you can remember, when you had a plan in place, only to find that it fell apart; or, maybe, the circumstances surrounding your plans changed; or maybe the conditions under which you thought you would carry out your plan were no longer present?  It was my plan today to join some friends in Nashville and then, later in the week, participate in an ordination council for a ministry colleague of mine. But the weather in and around Nashville Tennessee deteriorated and changed that plan, and so it is, what appeared to Jude, be a blessed opportunity to unpack the Gospel story, suddenly changed because of attacks on God’s truth, requiring Jude to direct his energies to a primer on the fundamentals of the faith. No wonder, Peter writes in his first epistle, “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is within you.” (3;15)  So, what I really wanted to do… is no longer valid…It is what God desires of me that matters…

What’s next

If you’re like me, you like to know what just around the next turn. Here’s some projects we’re working on at Bethel for the coming months.

*February 13: A Valentine banquet to build a ball field
*February: Baptism service
*March 11-12: The annual Christian Workers Conferene in Grand Rapids.
*June: Annual Man Up 4 Life backpacking trip
*June: How about it girls, should we rent a cabin, invite the guys and hang out in the woods too?
*August: An All-American game: VBS sports week.

Offering update

We await God’s leading as we prepare for a summer ministry, that we hope will include a ball field complete with backstop and bleachers. Our goal is to develop a VBS program around a sports/ baseball theme. Would you consider giving to this project? How do you feel about backstops? We’ll begin to bring those of you who are burdened to help together soon. Stay tuned, We’re looking for an August VBS.