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Glimpses of Grace

Did it get in the right one?

That was the question on of the men of the church shared as he related the challenge of breaking down and putting away the Christmas decorations in our homes. It is very hard, we agreed. Each item has its own… Read the rest

A Prayer for the New Year

A Prayer for the New Year   As the new year begins, there is so much to hope for…fear for…yearn for. A year, which can go by so quickly, can also hold so much that is unknown. As I face… Read the rest

The Prayer of St. Francis

In these last few weeks my heart has been broken by the news reports from Ferguson, Missouri, from Cleveland and Brooklyn and elsewhere. My emotions have gone through whiplash at the thought of brutality to others because of their race,… Read the rest

Bicentennial Year…

  It is hard to believe it, that the Bicentennial year is almost over. Wasn’t it just yesterday that Dolly Rastetter and Emily Brady and I sat down together and scoped out the year ahead and all the tasks involved?… Read the rest

Beard…Still On

Each time someone sees me these days there is a look of surprise and – sometimes – wonderment. ” You still have your beard. I thought the Bicentennial is over…” is what is said in words or in looks. The… Read the rest

The Church Is You

Last Sunday I had the privilege of teaching the Bethany Confirmation Class while Amanda ( Metzger ) Leavitt is away. The theme was, ” The Church: what does it mean to me?” We began with a reading and reflection of… Read the rest

Bicentennial Sunday

Last Sunday, the Alumni Choir had just finished singing and leading us in a musical rendition of our Bethany Mission Statement that begins, “Loving with the Heart of Jesus.” Jeff Nowak had composed the music and had just finished accompanying… Read the rest

Bethany is…family

Last Sunday was not just a glimpse of grace; it was a flood of glimpses, a trip up the mountain for a wondrous and lingering gaze upon the grace of God. When the 50 year members and the 80 year… Read the rest

Launched into Ministry

“Bethany…laid the foundation for my faith in Jesus Christ which has continued to this day. Through Logos, youth group, and mission trips, I came to truly know and follow Christ. IN addition, Bethany was always a place where I felt… Read the rest

Bicentennial Celebration

Bicentennial Celebration is in Full Swing! I know this Glimpses of Grace is a little longer than normal but it’s worth it! $10 Blessing Challenge Before leaving the sanctuary on September 7, everyone in worship was given $10, “remembering the… Read the rest
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