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Readings for May 25 & 26, 2019

Acts 16:9-15

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

The Conversion of Lydia

 We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.

 I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. People will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations. But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practises abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The River of Life

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

John 14:23-29

Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

 ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am coming to you.” If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

This and that on a sunny Thursday morning

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Greetings, all.

I'll sweep some notes into this email as we approach the Memorial Day weekend. Worship services are the same, at 5 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

- The main Bethany building was power-washed on Monday in preparation for a new coat of paint. Council members choose a green similar to what is there now, but just a bit brighter and with a touch of yellow. There's a sample in the office. Painting will take place in June and early July.

- The tree-cutting crew finished taking down the enormous tree that was damaged by weather this winter on Wednesday. See photo on home page. The wood's been claimed, but if the folks don't get it, I'll put out an offer to take it.

- Notice under the "Forms" tab on our homepage that we have an opening for preschool director. The application window closes after the long weekend, so get your name in now if you are interested.

- A new dishwasher arrived this week, and we are awaiting an appointment from the installer. Thanks to Wayne Daley, who handwashed all the dishes from the Vinland/Bethany gathering on Tuesday.

- We're working on a June/July newsletter now, so get your material to me fast.

- Trish and Dave Siburg sent the email below last night. They've arrived in Nebraska and are fin.

- Rachel Pritchett, office administrator


Greetings from Nebraska to our Family at Bethany,

We arived safely in Nebraska and are living in our son's, daughter-in-law's & GRANDDAUGHTER'S place for the time being in the parsonage of Salem Luth Church where our daughter-in-law is pastor.  Our son, Thomas helped us drive out and has returned to Washington so he and his husband can continue their travels - we sure are grateful for their help in packing & moving us across the country.  We aren't totally settled yet, but our time with our granddaughter, Caroline, has been worth the move already.
We are also very thankful for our Bethany family.  You all are so wonderful, we had a hard time leaving you.  A special thanks to the "Smoother Movers" who came and helped finish packing and lugging things out to the trailer: Jim, Wayne, Bruce, Gary, Fred, Jeff & Mary, Dick, & Alan - you're amazing!   Linnea, Cathy, Newlons, Stumme-Diers and Cauters - your meals and goodies the last week were a wonderful treat.  Saturday Eve Service goers - that was a clever dinner that you surprised us with our last Saturday and Sunday goers - what a nice send off with the reception & of course Pr. Shirley's children's sermon message - we ate all the goldfish (maybe not one every 2 miles though.  For those who don't understand, you'll have to ask someone who was there.)  Thank you to Bethany Choir, it was because of you that we started attending Bethany.  Thanks for the fun pizza party and "songs" - no one sings like you do.  You are a fabulous group of people and it will take some doing to find a group as talented and fun as you.  Thanks to the Education dept., FFF, Rachel and every member of Bethany - you made us feel welcome, you loved us, you supported us, you loved our children - especially Tamara and we miss you all.  Finally, an extra-special thank-you to Pr. Paul.  It has been so fun and rewarding to have ministered along-side you these past few years.  You always made it exciting and kept me on my toes. 
This weekend we will be picking Tamara up from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA.  She will be living with us for the summer as she does her CPE (Clinical Pastoral Educ) at a hospital in Omaha.  She gets to commute into Omaha with our son, Timothy, who is the Director of Stewardship for the  Neb synod. 
Again, we thank you all and miss you, but we will be back to visit, you can count on that.  In the meantime we'd love to hear from you.  Our address for the time being, until we find our own home is:
11025 11th St.
Fontanelle, NE  68044
Or if you prefer electronic communication:
Thank you dear friends -
Trish & Dave Siburg


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