At the heart of Women’s Ministry here at Bethel is God’s Word. We know that God’s Word is the means by which we can know God, and as we grow in our knowledge of Him affections awaken in our heart toward Him and people around us.
It is our prayer that women would develop a passion for God’s Word in order to know Him as their greatest treasure and to see all of life through the truth of who God is and what He has promised. Please consider joining us as we seek to mine God’s Word for the treasures it holds.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from Heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
For questions or to register for a study, please email Stephani or call 701.232.4476.
Tuesdays at 9 a.m. beginning January 23, Room D
Lord, Change Me
LORD, Change Me is a book study that outlines seven methods of real, inside-out change as well as ways to check to be sure it is God who is doing the changing. Book is $12 and will be available for purchase at class.
For more information, contact Stephani.
Childcare will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Pre-registration is required.
If you have questions about any of these studies, please contact Stephani Karges.
Women of the Word groups are five to seven women who gather weekly to develop the practice of reading God’s Word and the skills of understanding and applying God’s Word.
Joining a group
Nine groups are currently meeting throughout the week in various locations. To get connected in a group, contact Stephani. Childcare is available Tuesday morning for ages 0 to 5 and AWANA programming on Wednesday evening. Preregistration is required through Michelle.
What to Expect
Groups will consist of five to seven women, committed to meeting weekly to share what they have discovered in their daily bible study. A reading and journaling plan will guide group members through a specific book of the Bible. Each day, women will read a portion of Scripture and explore truths about God, truths about people, find the main idea of the passage, connections to the Gospel, and how to apply the passage personally.
Read an Excerpt
To see an excerpt from the study material and get a taste of what it will be like, click here.
Enjoy community as you engage in specific opportunities for women centered around gathering with those who have a common interests.
Creative Crafts & Scrapbooking 2017 – Room B
- October 13, 14
- November 10, 11
- (No December meeting)
- January 12, 13
- February 9, 10
- March 8, 9
- April 12, 13
If you are a crafter of any kind and desire fellowship with other crafters & scrapbookers, Bethel has a monthly group in Room 112 on Fridays from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Stay the whole time, or come and go as you please. Contact Lisa.
Bethel Gym (5:30 p.m.)
PowerFitness is a cardio and strength training class for women set to awesome Christian music. Multitasking at its finest…worship, fitness and fun! Our goal is to offer a challenging workout regardless of your fitness level. With three instructors, we have a lot of options for you so we encourage you to drop in and check us out! The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the gym at Bethel (during the school year). Contact Shawn Lind for more information. (A small donation for the year is suggested, but not required.)
Room A (6:25 p.m.)
Beginning and seasoned knitters and crocheters are welcome to come and share their talents and meet new people. Our focus will be making winter items for people in need in our community. Donations of yarn, needles and hooks are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use. New attendees are always welcome. This group follows the Awana Calendar. Contact Stephani Karges for more information about Close Knit
Bethel Gym (7 p.m.)
Are you ready for a fun and competitive volleyball league? Teams meet every Thursday night in the Bethel gym at 7 p.m.. All levels of play are welcome; college age and older. If you would like to join a team, please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
God meets us right where we are, but never leaves us there.
I’d like to say it all started at a weekend family retreat when I was about eight years old and the Gospel was clearly presented to me and I was asked to respond. For the first time, I remember responding in faith and repentance to the good news of Jesus. While it was the first time I personally responded to Gospel, looking back at God’s sovereign hand it was not where it all started. God had been at work long before preparing my heart to respond to the truth of His Gospel. Nor was my response of repentance and faith an ending place or final destination.
Much of those first years as a new believer involved learning what it was to be a follower of Christ through committed Sunday school teachers and later youth group leaders. Growing in my faith came almost to a complete stop in my late teen years and early twenties. While I still very much believed in God and in His son Jesus for the forgiveness of my sins, there was little to any evidence in my life that I was a follower of Christ. God’s Word had not taken root in my life, therefore giving way for sin to rule in my heart. Thankfully God is committed to our spiritual growth. “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil.1:6
My scripture reading began with occasionally opening my Bible to any page in hopes of hearing from God. I did this mainly in times of trouble or great stress. While I do not recommend this type of Bible reading for a number of reasons, God did use it for a short season. I was seeking Him and even though my efforts were small He met me and showed me that there was value in reading His Word. It also created a longing to know what it said and how it fit into my life. This season was short lived as over time it created confusion and what can be seen as the genie in the bottle approach to Bible study. While God met me where I was at, He was definitely committed to not leaving me there.
This hunger to know God’s Word eventually landed me at Bethel where, for the first time in years, I heard His Word being taught and was encouraged to follow along in the Bible the ushers provided. Still to this day my heart sings when I see people raise their hands as the ushers come by handing out this precious book, knowing how God met me in that very same way changing my life forever.
After a few months of fumbling through the pages to find the passages the pastor was preaching on, I prayed that God would help me learn the books of the Bible so I could simply find the passages. Most of these books I could not even pronounce, so memorizing them seemed like a mountain I had to move with a spoon. God met me there. That very next Sunday in our Sunday school teacher’s packet was a music CD called “66 Books of the Bible”. We were encourage to play it for the three year olds in our class to help them learn the books of the Bible. I am sure I am the only person on Earth who tears up when hearing this song but it is such a great reminder of His great love and faithfulness in my life. God provided me with a way to memorize all 66 books of the Bible while teaching them to my son and the other children in my class. Again, God definitely met me in this place but was committed to not leaving me there.
As I continued to long to know God more deeply through His Word, I decided to join a women’s Bible Study. I have to admit hanging out with the three year old in Sunday school was much less intimidating. I wasn’t sure what to expect and my lack of knowledge in the Bible made me feel very insecure. Once again God met me where I was. God placed wonderful and loving women in that class that I grew close to and learn so much from. It was through this community of women that I began to see the fruit of God’s Word grow as it was taken in and lived out. Studying God’s Word alongside women who were deeply rooted in it opened up my life to a whole new longing to live out what I was learning and a longing to be sure I was teaching my children the wondrous deeds of the Lord. It was also a safe place for me to uncover hidden sin and come out to the light where healing could take place. God’s Word came alive to me in this community of women. The more I learned and openly shared the deeper my faith grew.
As I look back over the years of His faithfulness, I am humbled that He always met me right where I was and was committed to not leaving me there. This is still His commitment today and He is growing His people into the likeness of His son both for His glory and our good.
Wherever you are at today I encourage you to seek the Lord. Let Him come to you right where you are. Be sure of this, He will not let you stay where you are.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6