All year we collected items for Operation Christmas Child. We raised the money to send the boxes. We included messages of hope to the children who will receive the box. Now – We ask one more thing. Join in a month of prayer for all who will be receiving these shoeboxes this year.
As we enter into new spaces with our ministry with Pastor Kayla and the formation of our cooperative parish with Otisville UMC, you might be wondering, what will Advent 2022 look like at Bethany UMC?
Here’s a sneak peek of what is to come!
Our Theme for Advent 2022 is: From Generation to Generation
The stories, scriptures, and traditions of the Christmas season have been passed down to us throughout the generations. Many of us enter this season with a swell of memories and emotions as vast as the cultural and religious rituals this holiday holds. Like a tapestry woven throughout time, the Christmas story weaves us in—to remember how God has shown up in the past, to continue the work of collective liberation, to behold the presence of God in flesh and bone. The work of God is always unfolding—in and through us. This Advent, may you remember that you belong—to a story etched into the wrinkles of time, to generations that have come before and will come after, to a love that won’t let you go.
Saturday 11/26/2022 @ 10am – Hanging of the Greens – Come & Decorate the church for the season.
Sunday 11/27/2022 – 1st Sunday in Advent! Sunday School at 10am & Worship at 11:15am. We kickoff our “From Generations to Generations” worship theme.
Wednesday 11/30/2022 @ 4:30pm – Pastor led Bible Study begins at Bethany UMC (continues every Wednesday in Advent) There will be a dinner to follow at 5:30pm each week. This occurs during our Wednesday Night Live programming and there are also classes for kids at this time.
Special Worship dates:
Christmas Eve 12/24/2022 @ 5pm – Family Focused Worship at Bethany UMC
Christmas Eve 12/24/2022 @ 8pm — Traditional Worship at Bethany UMC
Christmas Eve 12/24/2022 @ 10pm – Traditional Worship at Otisville UMC
Christmas Day 12/25/2022 @ 11:15am – Combined, Casual Worship with meal for BOTH congregations in the Fellowship Hall at Bethany UMC
New Year’s Day 1/1/2022 @ 11:15am – Combined Worship for BOTH congregations at Otisville UMC (Bethany folks, watch for info on carpooling)
We have a lot in store this Advent season from all of the worship opportunities, to a reverse Advent calendar, opportunities to serve our community through collections for local families, special roller skating event and so much more! Get plugged into our community to be reminded of Jesus in this holiday season and what God-with-Us means. Let’s listen to one another’s stories and share our own.
Theme & Resources developed by: A Sanctified Art (sanctifiedart.org / @sanctifiedart)
Come & enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast right here at Clio Bethany UMC. We do all of the cooking, you can come alone or with your family and be served a delicious home cooked meal, complete with a choice of dessert.
If you are alone for Thanksgiving, or have to work, this is a perfect place for you to come and enjoy some company and great food. We welcome our first responders and law enforcement community. We know you don’t get the day off so please let us cook for you!
Spread the word to your friends and neighbors who may be without their family on Thanksgiving. We are all family here!
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We’ve worked hard collecting donations and funds all year. Last month, we wrote letters to pack into our boxes and now it all comes together! BUT – There’s one more thing we need. That’s YOU! We need lots of volunteers to show up and help us pack the boxes. Please join us for a fun night of mission work as we pack these boxes with love.
This month instead of a suggested donation for Operation Christmas Child, we’d like you to consider writing a letter for one or more of the children who will receive a box. Please stop by the OCC area in the education wing near Marc’s office. There are boxes you can pick up to take home and back, bins to leave your donations in and helpful information. Reach out to Marc if you have any questions.