You are cordially invited to the performance of:
"Lead Me Back to Bethlehem"
Rediscovering the Joy, Peace, and Love of Christmas words and music by Pepper Choplin presented by the Bethel Community Choir
December 7th at 7:30 P.M.
December 8th at 7:00 P.M.
Bethel United Methodist Church
We will also have a special tribute to all persons who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces. We are honored to have Joe Witt, a Pearl Harbor survivor, speak of some of his experiences at Pearl Harbor.
Children’s Christmas Musical
9:30 A.M. and 10:45 Worship Service
Family Christmas Celebration & Walk Through Bethlehem
December 15 -- 6:00 - 7:30 P.M.
An evening filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas. Those attending will rotate to Christmas activities. The highlight will be a walk through Bethlehem. Each group will sign-in with the census taker and then meet with the town merchants who are selling goods. They will visit the innkeeper and his wife at the full inn and conclude with a visit with Mary and Joseph at the manger. Those attending will also enter a story room, enjoy refreshments and make crafts.
Christmas Eve Services
6:00 P.M. - Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight
and Communion Service
with our Adult Choir, and Special Music
11:00 P.M. - Contemporary Christmas Eve
Candlelight & Communion Service
with our Contemporary Worship Team
The Real Reason
The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)3 And everyone went to his own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. The Shepherds and the Angels 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.