Digital Bulletin – December 6, 2020

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TODAY IN WORSHIP

Call to Worship—Elder Dan Hoyt
Angels We Have Heard On High
Christ Our Hope In Life And Death
Scripture Reading
Matthew 1:18-25 (page 807)
Communion
Before The Throne Of God Above
Sermon: An Apparent Scandal
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Benediction

THIS WEEK AT BETHANY

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
8:30am   Elevated Precaution Worship
9:00am   College Class (JH Room)
9:15am   JH/SH Discipleship Training
10:00am   Mild Precaution Worship
10:00am   Nursery (crawlers-2yrs)
10:00am   Sunday School (3yrs-6th grade)
11:15am   JH/SH Hangout
6:00pm   Night of (Christmas!) Worship

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
9:00am   Mens’ Bible Study—Joel
9:00am   Ladies’ Bible Study—Joy to the World
6:30pm   Ladies’ Bible Study—Joy to the World

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9
6:00pm   Youth Group—Christmas Cafe
6:30pm   Better Together In Person + Livestream

FINANCIAL UPDATE

Weekly Need // $52,746
Received Last Week // $43,700
2020-2021 Budget // $2,742,800

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sympathy
Our deepest sympathy to Greg & Kelly Stout on the death of Greg’s mom Velma, on Sunday, November 29.

Christmas Gifts for our Pastoral & Support Staff
The elders are collecting gifts to express our love and appreciation for our pastors and staff at this special time of year. Envelopes are in the bulletin today. Gifts will be presented later in December.

Christmas Eve Service – 4:00pm & 8:00pm
We would like to offer nursery for the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Service. If you are willing to serve in the nursery for this special service, please email jill@bethanycentral.org.

Moms of preschoolers
If your youngest child is between 0-5 years old, join us for the Spring semester of MOMents! Our focus this year is on taking time to reflect on who God is by remembering His constant loving kindness towards us. MOMents offers livestreamed Biblical teaching and virtual discussion groups, as well as monthly treats and in-person events. Go to momentsatbethany.com for more information and to get registered.

Over the Cocoa Cup
Join with other sisters in Christ to focus our eyes on Jesus! During this unusual, isolating season, we need each other! Let’s meet, read God’s Word, fellowship, and pray during the coming weeks. Online and in-person groups that meet at different times and on different days will give us several safe options. For more information check bethanycentral.org or email dededewarner@hotmail.com.

Rightnow Media
Access a huge online library of faith-based Bible studies, teachings, kids programs, and more available whenever and wherever you want — on your phone, iPad, computer, or on your home TV. Visit bethanycentral.org/rightnowmedia for details.

Bless our Senior Saints this Winter!
We are seeking volunteers to help remove snow from the driveways and sidewalks of our senior saints. Volunteers are paired with a specific household in need of snow removal, so you’ll help the same family each snowfall. To sign up, contact jake@bethanycentral.org.

Christmas Resources
For you and your family:
(please choose the one resource that will best meet your needs.)

  • For adults| Fixated: Advent meditations from the book of
    Hebrews.
  • For families with school-aged children | Prepare Him Room.
    This family devotional is filled with stories, activities, songs, and discussion points for you to talk over with your children.

Resource to Share:
The Sharing Team is making available to you the resource Searching for Christmas by JD Greear to share with someone who is close to you but far from God. In a compelling, insightful, winsome and personal way, the reader will get to know the God who lies behind the Christmas story and at the heart of the Christmas story, we’ll discover the joy, hope, purpose, and
belonging we’re all searching for.

Sermon Notes & Discussion Questions

Christmas showcases the mysterious way God turns our mess into his masterpiece.

Five scandals serve as the messy backdrop for God’s masterpiece:

 #1 A STIGMATIZED ____________________(1-4)

#2 AN UNDERCOVER ____________________ (5a) 

#3 A DESTITUTE ____________________ (5b) 

#4 A BEREAVED ____________________ (6-15) 

#5 A MIRACULOUSLY-PREGNANT ____________________ (16-25)

FOR REFLECTION

  • What messiness (sin/suffering) in your own life do you need to be rescued from?
  • What troubles in your life are the most difficult to have hope in and trust God about?

 FOR DISCUSSION

  • Why does God work in ways that seem so messy to us?
  • What troubles in your life seem to challenge God’s ability to save?
  • What hope can we draw from the Bible’s willingness to show God working in past messes?