The ladies of the LWML gathered together at the 2021 National Convention in Lexington, Kentucky. The event lasted from Thursday June 24th to Sunday June 27th. 2,700 women from around the United States filled the Rupp Arena to worship our Lord, listen to guest speakers, hear of all the wonderful ways that the LWML is involved is mission work, and most importantly to give honor and glory to God.
Young Women Representatives (YWR's) are selected from each U.S. district to participate in many activities that contribute to the energy and success of the convention. This year's representative from Bethlehem was April Tester, 1 of the 4 YWR's from the Mid-South District.
This year's theme: "Running the Race... Looking to Jesus" (Hebrews 12:1-2)
The photos below captured only a small part of the fun and love that was shared among the women.
Thursday evening service. Pastors lined up every row to distribute the Lord's Supper.
Saturday night entertainment. You can't leave Kentucky without a little Bluegrass y'all!
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Camron Scruggs and Ruth Wudtke for graduating from high school! Camron graduated from Science Hill High School on May 28th. He will be going to Northeast State to study computer technology. Ruth graduated from Tennessee Online Public School on May 22. She will be going to Savannah College of Art and Design this fall to study fashion merchandising and accessory design. We hope and pray that your current and future endeavors continue to glorify God.
The annual Youth Group Rummage sale that was held on April 24th had a great flow of buyers the entire day and the Youth Group was able to raise $1,025 for their program! Thanks to all who came out and helped prepare for the sale and all who worked on Saturday as well. A lot of work goes into making this event happen and all who put in long hours are much appreciated - David, Christian and Ava Nutter, Susan Burkey, and Michele & Madison Oxendine especially. Big thanks to all who donated merchandise, helped carry all the items up from the basement to the tables, assisted in pricing, and of course all who came out and made a purchase(s)!
Food. fellowship. and progress!!
Big thanks to all who stayed to help clean up the grounds at 122 E. Unaka! Nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ! Thank you all for being a part of this exciting new step toward the future of Bethlehem!
Great fellowship at our Easter Breakfast!
How wonderful it was to and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ together!! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!! Alleluia!!!
Bethlehem recently participated in the Food Drive for the Good Samaritan food bank here in Johnson City. Bethlehem collected 955 food items in one week (the week of December 9th). This was a Thrivent challenge to collect 500 food items to send to a local food bank during the month of December. The 30 churches involved would qualify for a matching gift of $500 from Thrivent to the Food Bank. We also had a match from the congregation for $500 (or any fraction thereof) that would go directly to Bethlehem.