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Bethel Buzz

Bethel Baptist Church
1316 N Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone 575-437-7311

April 2013

I wasn't going to make it. A BIG, HUGE THANKS to Pastor Jon and Pastor Stephen for your servant leadership on Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday. While Pastor Jon & Pastor Stephen may have been surprised by my unexpected trip to the E.R. on Palm Sunday, then surely my appendicitis’ untimely arrival on the eve of Holy Week must have taken God by surprise as well. Right? Wrong.

Brenda and I want to thank our Bethel family so much for all your thoughts, prayers, well-wishes, visits, cards, and meals during my hospitalization and recovery. Words cannot adequately express our profound gratitude and appreciation for your love, support & encouragement. We are truly blessed — makarios, woohoo — to be a part of such a loving church family!

A Message from Pastor Howell
Every Sunday when I stand behind the pulpit, I generally say something along these lines when welcoming those in attendance that day: “Good morning. We're glad that you are here. Whether you are a first-time guest or returning guest OR whether you are here week-in-and-week -out, you are not here by accident or coincidence. God has brought (or drawn) you here today for a purpose and a reason -- to HEAR from Him and to leave this place changed -- different -- because we have been in God's presence and have been changed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!" Of course, included in the quote is a word to those who ARE NOT at church that Sunday. On both Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday, that would have included me! I wasn't at church to preach and lead two Lord' s Supper worship services and had to text Pastor Jon at 5:30 a.m. to let him know

While I have asked the "why now" questions several times since that Saturday, I have not questioned God's Providential hand in all that has taken place -- both in the past 16 months and in the past six days. I may or may not ever receive answers to any of my "why?" questions. And, just like in the Old Testament book of Job, God may not reveal any satisfying answers to your "why" questions. Well, that's not entirely true, particularly if you and I believe and "know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28, NKJV) I may never know "why" God has allowed me to go through not one, but two appendectomies (plus one other hospitalization). However, above all else, I do know this:

Church Staff

Howell Scott, Senior Pastor ( Pastor Howell’s Cell 575-921-7670 Jon Dowling, Associate Pastor of Students ( Pastor Jon’s Cell 575-430-8367 Stephen Martone, Associate Pastor of Music ( Pastor Stephen’s Cell 682-224-9843 Terry Geary, TOTS Director ( Candy Schoeneberg, Counseling Director ( Chuck Hoyt, Counselor ( Mary Lockwood, Financial Secretary ( Cheryll Weisensel, Administrative Assistant ( Karen Zaleski, Ministry Assistant ( Nathan Martone, Ministry Assistant/Media ( Jeff Weisensel, Maintenance Jason Kerlin, Custodian Audrey Bunker, Church Cook Bonnie Davis, Nursery Director

Yours in Christ, Pastor Howell

“On mission to search, rescue, train and deploy, with a passion for God and a compassion for man.”

the Worship Center


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Date: June 2-7, 2013 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There will be a VBS worker’s “meet & eat” on Sunday, April 14 at 12:30 in the Fellowship Hall. If you are signed-up as a VBS volunteer or even interested in volunteering, please plan on joining us.

Sunday Mornings At Bethel

8:15 a.m. Morning Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday School/Life Groups for All Ages 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship Nursery Provided for Worship and Sunday School

KIDz LIFE (Sundays at 9:45 a.m.) KIDz JAM & KIDz JAM, JR. (Sundays at 11:00)
Volunteers Needed! We need your help! If your child(ren) participate in KIDz JAM or KIDz JAM, JR. on Sunday mornings, we are asking that you volunteer for a 5-week rotation at least twice per year. We also need leaders who can serve in these ministries for a 5-week rotation at least twice per year as well. Please see Pastor Howell or Pastor Jon for details.

Library News:
More new items have arrived at our church library! New books for kids include more joke books, Veggie Town Values books, and Veggie Tale I Can Read books. The newest Veggie Tale DVD is on the way too: “The Little House That Stood.” For family viewing, we have on DVD the new Epic Mini Series for TV entitled “The Bible.” Also for adults is The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby and An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, A Busy Sales Executive, and An Unlikely Meeting with Destiny. Come on in to Room 116 of the Davis Building! 

Neal & Audrey Bunker  

   would like to invite you                                                                                       to join them                            LIBRARY HOURS     in the celebra on of the   Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Renewing of their Vows   Sheila Harrison, Librarian  & 15th  Anniversary    Want to participate in a thought-provoking discussion about Saturday April 20th   issues we face in life? Join the Bethel Library Book Club! For information see Ms. Sheila or Ms. Mildred Gordon.  at 10:00 a.m.   in the Worship Center  The library is in room 116, in the same hall as the nursery.
Sun Mon
1 Office Closed 2


4:45 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. Kidz Klub 6:00 p.m. Prayer Mtg 6:00 p.m. No Classes 7:00 p.m..Praise Choir

10:00 a.m. Singin’ Seniors 10:00 a.m. Made to Crave



7 Outreach Fellowship

8 MVBA Meeting


10 No Activities

10:00 a..m .Singin’ Seniors 11:30 a.m. Prime Timers Luncheon



14 12:30 VBS Volunteer Mtg 6:30 p.m. Greatest Wk Study Ends 21 6:30 p.m. Qtrly. Business Meeting


16“Equipping in 17 Interfaith Apol- 4:45 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. Kidz Klub ogetics” 6:00 p.m. Prayer Mtg 6:00 p.m. Discipleship 6:00 p.m. Snacks Classes 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m..Praise Choir Training (Bistro) 23

10:00 a.m. Singin’ Seniors 10:00 a.m. Made to Crave


20 8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast 10:00 a.m. Bunker’s Renewing of Vows & 15th Anniversary in Worship Center


24 Administrative 25 Professionals Day 10:00 a.m. Singin’
4:45 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. Kidz Klub 6:00 p.m. Prayer Mtg 6:00 p.m. Discipleship Classes


Association Bible Drill Youth work day for TOTS 9a.m. –1p.m.

Seniors 10:00 a.m. Made to Crave

28 Nic at Night Children’s Musical 6:30 p.m.





April 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

We are going to do some different projects around the church including cleaning and painting the TOTS preschool playground and preparing some spaces for our annual Vacation Bible School and Middle School Madness! Be ready to work hard and serve well…Lunch provided!

Worship Service & Luncheon

in the Bethel Student Center Cost: $10 per Student MUST RSVP by April 24th Enjoy a Great Atmosphere and a Wonderful 3 Course Dinner Space is limited, so reserve your table today!

May 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 19th

Graduating High School Seniors, please contact Pastor Jon for more information

FALLS CREEK YOUTH CAMP 2013 THEME: “THIRST” John 4:13-14 July 21-27th Cost: $200 (Scholarships Available) $50 Non-Refundable deposit

In His Grip,

Pastor Jon Dowling
(575) 437‐7311  Office  (575) 430‐8367 Cell 

Everyone is invited to be a part of our annual student summer camp, located just outside of Davis, Oklahoma! This incredible time of fun, friends, fellowship and unbelievable growth is the perfect conclusion to an incredible summer! You don’t want to miss this, so sign up soon!

Ministry Memos

Deacons of the Week
April 07
April 10 - No Meal– Spring Break April 17- Lasagna, Vegetables, Garlic Bread Hot Dogs April 24- Beef Stew & Green Chili Stew Mac & Cheese WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEALS begin at 4:45 p.m. in the Gym. Cost is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 10 and under, with a maximum of $15.00 per family. Salad, Fruit and Dessert are included. Be sure and call the church office to make reservations no later than Tuesday.

Bob Money Chuck Hoyt April 14 Verlyon Scoggin Jon Bachman April 21 Tim Miller Troy Gandy April 28 Vern Plummer Eldon Hawkins May 05 George Davis Jim Harness May 12 Daryl Leslie Scott Rhodes May 19 Harris Blankenship Roy Velez May 26 Neal Schoeneberg Bob Coker

437-3893 437-7014 434-4577 439-8204 491-7143 443-3981 437-8551 443-8153 437-3282 437-6406 434-4253 437-9936 434-5867 491-8552 491-3012 415-0015

Join us for LUNCH Thursday April 11 at 11:30 a.m.

Prime Timers!

Hew Haw Soup Provided
Please bring Finger Sandwiches, Cheese & Crackers or a Dessert to share

We invite you to join us for prayer
Sundays 7:15 a.m. in the Worship Center Tuesdays 6:30 a.m. in Room 101 Of the Education Building Wednesdays 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m. in the Bethel Gym Prayer Needs Call Prayer Chain:

Geraldine Wallin 437-5995 Lola Tucker 437-7285

Colossians 4:2 (ESV) "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving."

“On mission to search, rescue, train and deploy, with a passion for God and a compassion for man.”

“On mission to search, rescue, train and deploy, with a passion for God and a compassion for man.”
Enclosed is my tithe of $ ___________ Enclosed is my Beyond Measure Building Fund offering of $______ Please send me information about volunteering in the ministries at Bethel.

Mail to: Bethel Baptist Church
1316 Scenic Drive Alamogordo, NM 88310

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Tuesday, April 16
Bethel Education & Conference Center 6:00 p.m. Refreshments 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Training

Bethel Baptist

1316 Scenic Drive Alamogordo NM 88310

Join us Sunday Morn8:15 Worship Service




Children’s   Musical 

Sunday, April 28 

at 6:30 p.m.