Scrawls and scratchings from Bethel’s Pastor, Bruce Adema.

“SICK OF SWORDS, LONGING FOR PLOUGHSHARES”

It gets so that a person doesn’t even want to open the newspaper any more. The headlines scream violence and hate, and the grim stories describe death and destruction. How much more can this sad earth take? As I write this, the big story is the assassination of Iran’s military leader, Qassem Soleimani at the…

Liturgy of the Ordinary

Do everyday life and faith in God have anything to do with each other?  YES!!  Join us as we study the book, “Liturgy of the Ordinary” (written by Tish Harrison Warren)  and enjoy a conversation about God and faith.  We’ll be meeting on Tuesdays, starting January 21.  Need a copy of the book?  Call the…

Advent Sessions Tour 2019

Terrence William, singer/songwriter/author/speaker will be performing at Bethel on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 PM.  Celebrate the Christmas season with music! A portion of the proceeds will support 541 Eatery & Exchange — an organization/restaurant that serves delicious food while providing for homeless and poor.  Check out their website at www.fivefortyone.ca. Tickets are just $20,…

CoffeeBreak Starts at New Season!

WHO  COMEs TO COFFEE BREAK? COFFEE-BREAK AT BETHEL WELCOMES WOMEN OF ALL AGES. NO PREVIOUS BIBLE KNOWLEDGE IS EXPECTED.  THE SETTING IS CASUAL. COME AS YOU ARE. WHEN IS COFFEE-BREAK? WEDNESDAY MORNING FROM 9:30 TO 11 AM. WE FOLLOW THE SCHOOL CALENDAR, PAUSING FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AND MARCH BREAK. WE BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 18 AND…

We Should Care

I’ve always wanted to go to France. I’d visit the Louvre. Kiss my wife on the Champs-Élysées. Enjoy a “grande crème” at a café. Have my photo taken in front of the Eiffel Tower. Wonder at the beauty of the Palace of Versailles. But not right now. According to the news and weather reports, Europe…

A Lovely, Reflective, Horrible Day

Every day is significant. Some days, however, stand out for the drama and the life changing events that take place during them. September 11, 2001, when terrorists took over airplanes and changed the agenda of the world. November 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated. December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy,”…

Passionate Civility

  What’s your passion?  If it’s baseball, you may well follow the Blue Jays’ triumphs and travails closely, and can debate the decisions of management and the performance of the players endlessly.  If it’s politics, you pay great attention to the policies and pronouncements of your preferred party, and love to examine the fine points…

Hope in Dark Days

So often these days, the news is full of dark and terrible reports.  Bombs explode in in mosques, killing dozens of Muslims.  Christian worshipers at Coptic churches in Egypt are shot, and many die.  Refugees are in detention, while other people at risk are put onto airplanes heading back to the places of violence and…

Happy Halloween?

For many people, Halloween is a tricky holiday. Growing up, my mom and dad would help us get dressed up in Halloween costumes. One year I was a cowboy.  Another year I went house to house as an astronaut.  No matter what persona I took on, the pillowcase my mom let me borrow always got…

A Good Habit

  I’m a preacher.  Most Sunday mornings you will find me standing in Bethel’s pulpit, sharing with the people who’ve come about the things I’ve seen in the day’s Bible passage, and what it means for our daily lives.  Knowing it to be an important part of my calling, I put quite a bit of time, energy…