GRACE This Week


This week, I start a new series, walking us through the Old Testament Book of Jonah.

Through the Running From God series, we will have a hard time not seeing ourselves, as we watch Jonah’s life unfold.

There are a lot of ways to run from God. You can run from his plans. You can run from his conviction. You can run from his call.

But running from God never works. As fast and far as you run, God runs faster. God pursues. He loves. He wants you back.

Sunday, we will look at the first few verses of the book. God calls…. And Jonah runs. You can read to get ready for the series kick-off: Jonah 1:1-3.

At all services, we will celebrate communion. Throughout the morning, we will introduce 14 new members and baptize one of our new members.

I will also give an update on the work on our new property – it’s been an exciting week of progress.

Finally, I am very happy to announce that between services, you will not only get good coffee and conversation. But… drumroll…. our homemade baked goods are back. If you are interested in being a part of the baking team, you can let the hosts on Sunday know, or reply to my email, and we will get you connected to our hospitality leaders. I remember, on my first visit to Bethlehem, being so impressed that a large church had the personal and welcoming touch of serving homemade baked goods on Sunday morning. That’s just one example of the hospitality in our church!


I hope you have already marked your calendar for SERVE DAY on May 21. After a two-year hiatus, SERVE DAY is back. Hundreds of us will spread out around the community to serve in Jesus’ name. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do that Sunday, or right now by CLICKING HERE.

Over the past 2 years, we have been isolated, quarantined and separated from each other. RECONNECT events are designed to help us get back together. I hope you will sign up for the RECONNECT launch events. At the events, we will share plans for other reconnect events this Summer. To sign up, see below.

See you Sunday,

Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Senior Pastor