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Guest Speaker: Dr. Noah Zapf

Series: Colossians, The Preeminent Christ
(Fall, 2017)

  • Have I Been Worth the Investment?
    (Colossians 1:1–14)
  • Impressions
    (Colossians 1:15–23)
  • Christ: The Mystery of God
    (Colossians 1:24–2:23)
  • Let the Son Rise
    (Colossians 3:1–4:1)
  • A Door for the Word
    (Colossians 4:2–18)

Series: What Comes Next
(Summer, 2017)

  • Debriefing the Sesquicentennial
  • What Stays the Same: Principles
  • What Stays the Same: Priorities
  • What Stays the Same: Participation
  • What Changes: Personnel
  • What Changes: Programs
  • What Changes: Personal Mission Statement

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Bethel Mennonite Church

Bethel Mennonite Church was founded shortly after the Civil War by a group of Mennonites who migrated to Missouri from Ohio. The church has always been part of what has been called "Progressive Mennonites"; that is, the church is evangelical/conservative in beliefs but culturally progressive. In 2002 the church joined the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. Core values of the church are Loving God, Loving Our Neighbors, Seeking God through Prayer, Seeing Life through a Biblical Worldview, and Serving God together through Team Ministry. The church strives to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere and foster a close-knit community of Christ-followers.
Bethel Mennonite Church
Bethel Mennonite Church
Bethel Mennonite Church
Church is hard.

Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgement.

Church is hard for the pastor’s family, under the microscope of an entire body.

Church is hard for the prodigal soul returning home, broken and battered by the world.

Church is hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together, but doesn’t.

Church is hard for the couple who fought the entire ride to service.

Church is hard for the single mom, surrounded by couples holding hands, and seemingly perfect families.

Church is hard for the widow and widower with no invitation to lunch after service.

Church is hard for the deacon with an estranged child.

Church is hard for the person singing worship songs, overwhelmed by the weight of the lyrics.

Church is hard for the man insecure in his role as a leader.

Church is hard for the wife who longs to be led by a righteous man.

Church is hard for the nursery volunteer who desperately longs for a baby to love.

Church is hard for the single woman and single man, praying God brings them a mate.

Church is hard for the teenage girl, wearing a scarlet letter, ashamed of her mistakes.

Church is hard for the sinners.

Church is hard for me.

It’s hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect. Sunday best in behavior and dress.

However, underneath those layers, you find a body of imperfect people, carnal souls, selfish motives.

But, here is the beauty of church—

Church isn’t a building, mentality, or expectation.

Church is a body.

Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints.

Church is a body of believers bound as brothers and sisters by an eternal love.

Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the Throne of Grace.

Church is a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground for mighty warriors.

Church is a converging of confrontation and invitation. Where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration.

Church is a lesson in faith and trust.

Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.

Church is a family. A family coming together, setting aside differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories.

Church, the body, and the circle of sinners-turned-saints, is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come.

So even on the hard days at church—

The days when I am at odds with a friend, When I’ve fought with my husband because we’re late once again. When I’ve walked in bearing burdens heavier than my heart can handle, yet masking the pain with a smile on my face. When I’ve worn a scarlet letter, under the microscope. When I’ve longed for a baby to hold, or fought tears as the lyrics were sung. When I’ve walked back in, afraid and broken, after walking away.

I’ll remember, He has never failed to meet me there.
Bethel Mennonite Church
Bethel Mennonite Church
Church Services at Bethel have been cancelled on January 13th. Please stay safe during all this winter weather.

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  1. Thanks to all you good people for the displays, music, tours, food and friendship. The best home “away from” HOME!

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