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Celebrate Recovery Brainstorming Meeting

Hello Everyone!

On Sunday, February 23, we will hold a brainstorming meeting for anyone interested in restarting a robust Celebrate Recovery ministry at Bethany Church, Greenland Campus. We will meet from 11:00AM to 12:15PM in Room 119. The purpose of the meeting will be to pray about and discuss the way forward, and to determine who might be interested in helping us in this effort. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. If you cannot attend this meeting, but would still like to be a part of our brainstorming team for this ministry, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you.

In His Service,
Dirk

 
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Men's Bible Breakfast Begins a New Season

Hello Everyone!

If you or someone you know would benefit from gathering with a group of men early in the morning, to focus on God’s Word before venturing into the challenges of the day, then this opportunity might be helpful.

We meet every Tuesday morning at our Greenland Campus. Breakfast starts at 6:15 AM, and teaching begins at 6:45 AM. We finish promptly at 7:30 AM for those who must hurry off to work.

This term we begin a new series: Kings & Kingdoms. As the reign of David draws to a close, the people of God are poised to rise to new heights. God had promised David that, "Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” (2 Samuel 7:16). Now a son of David sits upon the throne, and a united people prepare to do the work of God.

How will they do, and what can we learn from them? Please consider joining us as we launch into this challenging study.

Note: To cover food costs, we ask a suggested donation of $5 for each session (but, as usual, don't let the cost be a factor ... just tell them you are "Dirk's Guest".)

See you at breakfast!

In His Service,
Dirk

 
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Thanksgiving Weekend – Bethany Family Style!

Hello Everyone!

As followers of our good God, we have more reason than anyone to be truly thankful. In order to remember and celebrate His overflowing grace, we have scheduled three great family events for Thanksgiving Weekend.

1. Thanksgiving Day Service

Everyone is welcome to attend our Thanksgiving Day Service, on Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:00 AM taking place at our Greenland Campus. This is an awesome, “unplugged” event, with great singing, quiet reflection, sharing our stories of God’s goodness, and a brief meditation on God’s Word. Don’t miss this wonderful family opportunity to make God the focus of your holiday season!

2. Thanksgiving Bethany Family Dinner

After our service, at 11:30 AM, we will hold our 4th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at our Greenland Campus. Nothing brings a family together like a well-planned feast! Due to some gracious gifts, you are invited to celebrate the feast with us at no charge. This is an awesome opportunity to fellowship together and meet new Bethany friends. Why not celebrate this important event with your Bethany Family? If you can attend, we do ask that you RSVP and let us know how many people we be attending. We want to make sure that we make enough turkey! Just reply to this message, or send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also, please let us know if you need a ride to this event, and we will try to arrange one for you.

3. Good Old-Fashioned Family Hayride

Our Second Act Ministry is hosting a fun-filled family hayride and meal on Saturday, November 30, 2013, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Charmingfare Farm in Candia, NH. The cost is $29.00 per person, and tickets are now on sale at the Greenland Campus Rotunda during all of our services. You can also contact Bryon and Doreen Drigian directly to sign-up or to ask any questions about this event. The hayride and meal are open to all ages! Please note that you must register for this event no later than Sunday, November 17, as we must give the folks at the farm a final count.

Thanks again for taking the time to read about these opportunities. My wife and I look forward to celebrating this Thanksgiving season with our Bethany Family!

In His Service,
Dirk

 

 
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Plan to Grow this Fall!

Dear Bethany Family,

As we immerse ourselves into a busy fall season, I just wanted to remind all of us to save time for our own Spiritual Development. We cannot allow the tyranny of the urgent to crowd out the central purpose of our lives, to love and be loved by God. Just like any other relationship, our love for God will not grow without a quality time investment.

Here at Bethany Church we offer several opportunities to engage with others in our spiritual journey. In addition to our Mid-Week Clear Pathways classes offered at both campuses on Wednesday evenings, we also offer the following Tuesday opportunities at our Greenland Campus:

In addition, we offer several other connect group opportunities that meet throughout the week, such as Stonecroft Bible Studies, First Place 4 Health, Celebrate Recovery Step Studies, and various home groups.

With all the opportunities available for growth here at Bethany, we can all find a way to take our worship beyond Sunday morning, and spend quality time with the God who saved us for a purpose. Come find a place to join us in the journey.

In His Service,
Dirk

 
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A Challenge for Bethany Families

Dear Bethany Family,

As God’s people prepared to enter their new land of promise, they received a divine command:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

If they were to survive in the new world, God’s people would need to reflect continually on His truth. His ways were to take root within their hearts so they could avoid paths that, while attractive on the surface, would only lead to destruction. These directions and commands were to permeate the family’s conversation: impressed on the children … at home, while traveling, at night before they go to bed, and in the morning when they wake up. These children were to be surrounded by truth, day and night, so that, when they matured, they would stand a chance against a world saturated with lies.

At Bethany Church we take seriously our obligation to prepare the next generation to face future challenges. Our Family Ministry Team works long hours to prepare both parents and children to discuss God’s truth at home, on the road, at night and during the day. And right now, that Team needs your help.

As we prepare for the fall semester, we need several people to step forward and help us serve the next generation of Christian leaders. We are putting together teams for both services on Sunday morning and for Wednesday evenings. Even if you have not served our children before, please consider carefully whether God would have you help us in this critical ministry of "impressing" God's truch upon our children. We especially need help at the 11:00 Service on Sunday at the Greenland Campus. We need teachers, small group leaders, administrative support, checkin people, and several others.

In a large church, sometimes we can assume that there are plenty of people to do the job, but please avoid that assumption. We need everyone at Bethany to put their shoulder to the wheel and help us engage fully in the calling that God has given us. If you would be willing to discuss serving opportunities on the Family Ministry Team, please reply to this email, and I will connect you with them.

Thank you for hearing the challenge.

In His Service,
Dirk

 
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Coming Soon: Family Camp & Baptism - 2013

Dear Bethany Family,

As we continue to enjoy our summer season, I just wanted to remind you about the Family Camp, coming up on August 17-18, and the Baptism service on August 18, both being held at Camp Lincoln, Kingston, NH.

If you are interested in being baptized, we have some important classes scheduled at each campus:

Greenland: Adults, Students (grade seven and up) - Sunday August 11 and August 18 at 11:00am, in Fellowship Hall; Children (going into third grade through six grade) - Sunday August 11.

Raymond: Adults, Students (grade seven and up) - Sunday August 4 and August 18 at 12:30pm. ; Children (going into third grade through six grade) - August 4th at 11:00am.

See you at the lake!

In His Service,
Dirk

 
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The Precious Jewel of Scripture

Today, as I prepare for Sunday's sermon, I was once more overwhelmed by the challenge of the task. The Scriptures are a brilliant gem that reflect indescribable beauty through its infinite facets. They are a jewel that only a Divine Master could craft over thousands of years, containing millions of tiny cuts that together reflect His glory. There is no greater privilege or delight than to bask in this infinite Light of our Eternal God. “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2, ESV)

At the same time, there is nothing more foolish than to speak in the presence of such Glory. We would be wiser to remain silent, since other words can do nothing to enhance or extend the Eternal Word. "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?" (Job 38:2) Yet, how can we refrain from speaking. “Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.” (Psalm 119:54) What I say in a sermon are only the foolish words of lips that cannot remain silent in the presence of such rich and abundant Truth. Any value that they might have come only from brilliance of the Source, since His Truth can make even the fool seem wise. Solo Deo Gloria! (Glory to God Alone!)

 
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Praying with a Purpose Online

Most of us run very busy lives these days, so I know that not everyone can make our Mid-Week program on Wednesday evenings. With this in mind, I have been posting the course notes for our Power Paths course online. Click here to access them. As soon as it is ready, we will be adding this class to our Learning Online video library. See you online!

 
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Awesome Prayer & Encouragement Service on Sunday, May 19

Dear Bethany Family,

This coming Sunday evening, May 19, we are planning a wonderful experience of worship, prayer and encouragement as we support our local Children in Need. After a great time of singing and worship, we will hear some amazing stories. We are blessed at Bethany to have several people who have invested themselves in the growing need of children in our area. Come hear their testimonies and learn how we can come along side to support them.

This will be our last Prayer & Encouragement Service before our summer season, so you do not want to miss it. Prayer is a powerful way for God's people to love one another. And, as we focus on Children in Need, we should not forget the words of the Psalmist:

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families ...
-Psalm 68:4-6

If God cares about the children in need, we should be concerned as well. The service runs from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at our Greenland Campus. Hope to see you there.

In His Service,
Dirk

 
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Ministry Prayer Partners Needed

Dear Bethany Family,

At Bethany Church we are privileged to offer a wide array of ministries to our community: worship services, family events, student and children’s programs, connecting opportunities, genuine acts of care and comfort, and various spiritual development venues. To offer such diverse ministry options, many of you contribute generously of your time, talent and treasure.

However, as pastors, we are deeply aware that nothing will be accomplished in God’s Kingdom without the leading and power of His Spirit. That Spirit-driven leadership and empowerment is only possible if we dialog often with God in prayer about our work. This is why I am asking many of you to consider serving with us as Ministry Prayer Partners.

A Ministry Prayer Partner will have four responsibilities:

  1. To communicate weekly with the leader of a designated ministry to understand the ministry’s needs and gather their prayer requests.
  2. To pray daily for that designated ministry.
  3. To invite others to join you in this challenge, so they will also pray regularly for this ministry.
  4. To meet once a quarter with all the other Ministry Prayer Partners to pray for one another and to sharpen our prayer skills.

If you would be willing to serve in this capacity, please email me, and let me know what ministry, if any, you would prefer to assist. (I realize that some of you already serve as a Ministry Prayer Coordinator, so just me know that in your email.) After we have collected all the names, we will talk to the Ministry Leaders, build an assignment list, and get back to you with next steps.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and thanks again for being willing to consider this important ministry opportunity.

In His Service,
Dirk

 
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