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Leading by Serving

I went through all the programs. I remember “Pod,” the Sunday morning kids programming. It actually used to be up here in the Upper Room. I got to the point where I knew that I was going to be here all the time. My mom was always here to lead kids choir or VBS or…

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A Parents’ Impact

I’ve been a member at Mt. Bethel for 37 years – since I was five. My parents are here, and my girls are growing up here. After college, God called me into youth ministry, and honestly, that was the last thing I thought that I would ever do. I just didn’t think I had the…

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Holiness of Heart and Life

As a United Methodist Christian, one of the main objectives in life is to become holy in heart and life. This is the main objective of Christian discipleship. In Leviticus 11:44, God is speaking through Moses to Israel; and God said: “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.”…

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Hope Has No Finish Line

At the age of 11, Grace Bunke – a competitive runner and soccer player – was diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma. In an effort to rid her body of cancer, she underwent a leg amputation, multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments. Following her leg amputation and initial cancer treatment, Grace began swimming. Although she only…

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Eight Tips on Facing Fears from a Nine Year Old

We all have those moments when you climb into bed, turn out the light and then, the mind starts to take over. What if… I forgot to do this…Can I really do… Fear, or False Expectations Appearing Real, can be anything for anyone. For my daughter, Ash, it was fear of the dark, of weird…

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Reflecting on 40 Years of the Mt. Bethel Children’s Consignment Sale

This week, something familiar will happen within the yellow walls of Mt. Bethel that has happened almost without fail for 40 years…and it all starts with Wednesday Night Dinner. The delicious aromas and the clatter of silverware in the Fellowship Hall will soon be transformed into a massive showroom of children’s clothing, shoes, toys, books,…

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Beyond “The Sale”

On August 16 and 17, the Mt. Bethel Children’s Consignment Sale (MBCCS) will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Selena McMasters, Mt. Bethel member and former co-chair of the event, gave insight into how the sale shares the love of Christ through volunteering and the donations that impact charities locally and globally: Describe your first experience with…

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The Impact of Youth Choir on My Life

After just graduating from high school and completing my time with Voice of Truth, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on my seven years in this amazing youth choir. So many of my friends, memories, and spiritual highs have been results of deciding to join Voice of Truth in sixth grade. I actually remember…

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