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Discernment

   That word has been foremost in my mind these days; especially in regards to the future ministry and mission of Bethany Reformed Church. What is discernment? “It is the ability to make discriminating judgments, to distinguish between, and recognize the moral implications of, different situations and courses of action.  It includes the ability to “weigh up” and assess the moral and spiritual status of individuals, groups and even movements.” (“What Is Discernment?” by Sinclair Ferguson)

   Since our society and church are in a constant state of change due to technology and other factors, we are always in a state of having to discern what actions God is calling us as individuals, and as a congregation, to do. We have to constantly be discerning what God is calling us to be and do in regards to ministry and mission. Over the past year, Bethany, especially the Consistory, has been in a state of discernment. Lots has taken place…a new Pastor and Secretary settling in, fundraising to have the Fellowship Hall renovated so there are no more “floods”, updating the Wi-Fi and sound system, engaging in the Appreciative Inquiry Process and hosting “Visits with Santa for those with Special Needs”, the Handbell Choir starting back up, hold a Blue Christmas Service, and, an Outdoor Concert to be held in August. All of these things occurred because of prayerful discernment by the church’s leadership. Your support and participation in making these things successful is much appreciated.

  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Peace and Grace,
Pastor Elizabeth