“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. . . . No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”
John 1:1, 14, 18 NKJV
Tens of millions of dollars have been spent during the last 50 years, using the most sophisticated devices, listening intently for tell-tale signals of intelligent life beyond our planet. No communication has yet been received, at least not by scientific instruments. The fact is, there is a being whose intelligence, wisdom and power are beyond our comprehension who wants to communicate to us His plan and purposes. This being has made contact with us in many and various ways for thousands of years. He is God. Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son … (Hebrews 1:1-2a ESV) Although God has communicated (revealed) Himself to us through prophets long ago, and we have a written record of that in the Old Testament, God has most clearly spoken to us through his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ words and actions, through His teachings and miracles, through His death and resurrection, God has declared His love, His purpose and His plan for our lives.
Jesus is the Word of God—the clearest communication of an almighty creator to His creatures. We have a true and accurate account of that communication in the New Testament. And God, through the Holy Spirit, still communicates His grace, when the Word of God is proclaimed, to bring people to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ.
There have been amazing advances in communication since the first century. In the 1400s the printing press revolutionized the sharing of ideas and information and made possible the rapid spread of the gospel through Martin Luther and other reformers. In the 1800s the invention of the Telegraph and then the telephone made it easier to communicate over long distances. In the 1900s the ability to communicate exploded with the introduction of radio, television, the internet and cell phones. Now in this century social media is melding mobile devices and the internet to shape whole new ways to communicate.
There have been banes and blessings with each advance of communication. They are tools which can be used for evil or good. At Bethel, we want to use every means available to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible. We also want to use the most effective means to communicate within our own congregation.
People can stay informed about what’s happening at Bethel through our webpage, app and Facebook. Families recently registered their children for Vacation Bible School online through our webpage.
This newsletter is another way we want to share important information. It is not meant to replace the quarterly newsletter put together by the Women’s Ministry. It is meant to give you timely information about Bethel. You can receive this newsletter by email (some of you are reading this on your computer). This saves money and gets it to you sooner. There’s a sheet on the kitchen counter to sign-up to receive different types of information by email, including the minutes of the Elder meetings.
In order to keep this information flowing to you and our community, the congregation voted at the last quarterly meeting to hire a Communication Director. Emily Nash has been hired for that position. She has the experience, skills and gifting to keep the congregation up to date using all our means of communication. She will be able to do many tasks that I am now doing (only better), leaving me more time for my core responsibilities.
If you have information you want to communicate, give it to Emily. Her office hours are Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 8 to Noon. She is also available Sunday mornings and you can always email her (gro.a1519431383watto1519431383lehte1519431383b@eci1519431383ffo1519431383).
The Elder Board and I are committed to communicating with the congregation more effectively, and as always, we want to communicate the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ as effectively as possible to our community.