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From Pastor Kent’s Desk

As I indicated from the pulpit last Sunday morning, I’ve always had a somewhat “conflicted” relationship with the celebration of Epiphany. Conflicted may not be entirely accurate, though. “Bitter/sweet” would be better. Epiphany brings the Twelve Days of Christmas to a close, and ushers in the liturgical period which precedes “The Transfiguration” and the start of Lent. After Epiphany, the sanctuary is stripped of its Christmas finery, the decorations are stored, and the familiar carols are lodged in our memories. The Holy Family travels on to Egypt and the magi return home by another way. I know they’ll all be back next Advent/Christmas Season, but I’ll miss them in the interim none-the-less. “Epiphany” means manifestation or revelation. At the Epiphany of the Lord we celebrate the manifestation of God’s saving purpose to the world. Just as the magi came from a distant land to worship the Christ child, God’ covenant of grace is extended to all people who believe the good news of Jesus Christ. The symbolism of light is important—not only because of the star that guided the magi, but as it suggests the dawning of God’s self -revelation in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to bear Christ’s light in the world. And so, we do, as we attend to the needs of our neighbors, our families, our church, and our community, living out our baptismal vows throughout the year. We are named and claimed by the God who ordains us for ministry and mission in the world. Ours is not a sedentary faith— it’s a dynamic one. We are constantly on the move, finding those places of need which demand our attention. Beautiful decorations and familiar carols, as wonderful as they are, are no substitutes for service. I invite you to join me in the year 2019 as we worship and serve together as the congregation of Bethany Presbyterian Church. Our calling is clear, and the need is great, but our community is strong, and our faith secure. Together, we can support each other by fellowship and prayer as we journey through the unfolding liturgical year which lies before us. The light of Christ will illumine our path, and God’s faithful love will support us along the way!
Grace & Peace, Kent

WEDNESDAYS-AT-TEN

Join us for “Wednesdays-at-Ten,” our weekly Adult Christian Education experience. “Wednesdays-at-Ten” is an opportunity for an “in-depth” look at the Scriptures, the church and society, and our own faith development. There is plenty of time for discussion, interaction, and spiritual development. It’s a great way to interact with other “seekers,” as well. We are currently using “The Wired Word,” an exciting look at how our faith and beliefs interact with issues which are “ripped” from the weekly headlines. Plan to join us on our journey as God creates ways for us to grow spiritually and faithfully. We meet in the Parlor, and copies of the weekly material are available in the Narthex on Sunday mornings.

2019 Per Capita

Our “per capita” for 2019 will be the same as last year: $34.78. Our “per capita” payments go to support the ministry and mission of the Donegal Presbytery, the Synod of the Trinity, and the General Assembly. One of the hallmarks of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is that we are a “connectional” church. All of us working together to support the ongoing work of this amazing denomination. A reminder: each member of your family who is a communicate member of Bethany Presbyterian Church is encouraged to pay their per capita. The Session is committed to paying our total per capita assessment.

Annual Congregational Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday morning, January 27, in the Sanctuary immediately following morning worship. All members of the congregation are urged to attend this important gathering of the congregation for business.