For several months I have been praying about a Bethany Challenge for 2015. In 2014 you may recall we did the Bethany Challenge to provide 5000 meals. We crushed it.
I am pleased to share the 2015 Bethany Challenge “300”. The goal is to welcome 300 new visitors to Bethany Congregational Church before December 31st.
“Bethany Congregational Church seeks to be compassionate worship community that welcomes, equips and sends us out in Jesus’ name.” The 2015 Bethany Challenge is something we have been challenged to do all along with our mission statement. The challenge officially will begin June 28th and run through December 31. Again we will keep record of the progress of the challenge.
How does the Challenge Work?
Every time you invite someone to church and they attend simply drop off a card in the office or narthex that says I welcomed ………. to Bethany and today they came. If you invite someone to a Bible Study, Small Group, Prayer Group, Youth Group, Community Supper, Volunteer Project, Potluck, Sunday School, etc it all counts towards the goal of welcoming 300 new people to Bethany. If you are the first person to welcome someone new take a minute to fill out a visitor card and drop it in the office or narthex. You can count them as someone you welcomed to Bethany.
Efforts are being made to reach out to the wider community. It is important every week we make time to welcome everyone to Bethany. There are Bethany postcards in the narthex you can use to mail to friends and neighbors to welcome them to Bethany. There are also Bethany magnet calendars you can share to welcome someone new.
A member of Bethany has offered an additional incentive for you to welcome someone new to Bethany. Every time you submit a card with the name of someone you successfully welcomed to Bethany it will go in a drawing. Grand prize is 4 tickets on the 50 yard line 20 rows up from the field Patriots side to the Nov. 23rd Monday Night game Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills. The drawing will be Nov. 15th. So invite 3 people and tell them if you win you will bring them to the game.
Let us all work together to glorify the Lord in fulfilling the request of Christ. “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” Matthew 10:40