Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thinking Ahead with Pastor Jim

The Pride of Our Heart! Obadiah 1:1-21 

Many of us have come to grips with who we are in comparison to God and His mercy & grace.  We keenly are aware, at least on a reasonable level, that we do not deserve the forgiveness we have received and the kindness that has been shown to us.


There are a significant number of individuals who have not humbled themselves. They believe they have a right to the breaks they have received & the opportunities that have come their way.  That is called pride!  Thinking of themselves ‘more highly then they ought to think’!

The book of Obadiah is addressed to Edom, who was like that.  When God asked them to forgive the past and move on to do what is right, in the future, they refused to listen.  They had forgotten God’s goodness towards themselves.  Their pride would not let them acknowledge their need to let go of the past.  They would rather experience the judgment of God, than to acknowledge their pride and trust God to deal with the injustices they may have experienced.


It’s a great book for our time!  Contemporary, decisive, and heart searching!  It asks us to evaluate our own relationships in life. 


See you Sunday!

Pastor Jim

Monday, September 16, 2013

Missions at Bethel


Having a heart that is burdened for world evangelism is what God desires of every believer. The Bible states that because God loved the world He gave His only Son. Developing lives that invest in the world and taking the Gospel to the world is a vital ministry at Bethel. From the annual Faith Promise Missions Conference to the short-term mission trips by church members to help on mission fields, we are making investments that are impacting lives in world evangelism. Our desire is to support quality missionaries but also to send out those from our ministry who have been impacted and called by God.

Below is a list of missionaries supported by Bethel. We thank God for their willing and faithful hearts and urge everyone to pray for the work they are doing.

  • Joel & Veronica Culberson - Awana missionaries serving in Kansas and Missouri.
  • Howard & Marcia Davidson - serving in Scotland
  • Geoff & Michelle Freeman - Campus Crusade missionaries serving in Rhode Island.
  • Rex & Jan Harmon - serving in Jamaica
  • Dorothy Johnson - Campus Crusade missionary serving in France
  • Jim & Patty Love - serving in England
  • Arlyn & Marcy Nies - Awana missionaries serving in North Dakota
  • Ricky & Jaime Ownes - missionaries to Wales
  • Dick & Linda Redding - serving in Mexico
  • J.A. & Pam Richards - serving in Wales
  • John & Beabea Rogers - serving in Indiana
  • Rocky & Ruth Schmied - serving in Wichita.
  • Jeremy & Jodi Smith - building churches with CBM
  • C.T.L. & Sharen Spear - serving in Florida.
  • Willis & Neusa Stitt - serving in Brazil
  • Leandro & Julie Tarrataca - serving in Brazil
  • Dr. Greg and Linda Waller - serving in Mexico
  • Tony & Elizabeth Weedor - serving in Colorado
  • Don & Lola Winans - serving in Australia
  • Topeka Rescue Mission -
  • Hospitals of Hope -
  • Lighthouse -
  • KBUZ

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Life Groups

    Life Groups

    Will begin, Sunday, January 11th. We have 4 adult groups to choose from all meeting on Sundays at 6:00 pm.

    · Jonah a ladies’ Life Group, facilitated by Jeanne Keller and meeting in homes. “Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted”  is a DVD series by Priscilla Shirer. This Bible study challenges you to see life’s interruptions in a positive light. Life doesn’t always turn out like you plan but God knows exactly where you are and has a plan for your path. 
    · Colossians led by Pastor Jim, meeting at the church. The purpose of Paul’s epistle to the Colossians is to instruct the believers that salvation is only in Jesus Christ. When Jesus died on the cross he put an end to the civil and ceremonial laws of Judaism. Believers can trust in the finish work of Christ.

    · Truth Project facilitated by Dwight Linder, meeting at the church. The Truth Project is a DVD-based curriculum taught by Dr. Del Tackett. This study is the  starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. Each lesson discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life.

    · Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships led by Dan & Lynelle Ruiz, meeting at the church. You have an opportunity to take a journey that can have the potential to change your life. Everyone wants great relationships but not everyone is willing to take the steps to get there. This study will give you some practical, proven tools to get you on your journey.








Thursday, August 16, 2012

Adult Ministries

A vital ministry, of Bethel, is the Adult Bible studies that meet at 9:30 AM every Sunday. These groups are designed to teach the Scriptures, minister to the needs of people through personal contact and to provide fellowship within the individual age groups. Like other ministries, at Bethel, the Adult Bible study groups are more than a program; it is people touching the lives of other people. These study groups offer something for everyone and we invite you to become a part.

Sometimes we need the encouragement of others who are struggling through the very same issues. You don't have to go through those struggles by yourself. Others have experienced God's peace and you can too. These classes are designed to deepen your Bible understanding and your relationship with Christ and others within the church.

Our other Adult Ministries are: Life Groups, Men's Ministry and Women's Ministry.

Senior Saints

If you picture age 50+ as nap time and a rocking chair, then you don't attend Bethel! The Senior Saints are Bethel's youth group for grown-ups. This group is anything but boring and uneventful!

The fellowship times allow you to meet people and strengthen friendships.

Whether you're an 'empty-nester', have children yet at home, or you are a grandparent, come spend time with us!

Fellowship Times:

Valentine Party
Christmas Party
Attending Plays
Other events that look interesting

Meet the Staff: Youth Pastor Drew Culberth

Youth Pastor Drew Culberth and his wife, Marta have 5 children, Drew IV, Elias, Gabriel, Alexia and Jacob.

 Drew's vision, for the youth at Bethel, is to see that they continue to grow, in the Lord, through discipleship and teaching. This enables our youth to not only be the church of the future, but a vibrant part of the church today.

Drew can be contacted at

Children's Ministries


Ministries for children on Sunday morning:

Infant Nursery - 0 to 2 years
We consider it our privilege to care for your precious little ones while you attend our Bible studies, worship service and other special events at Bethel. Our goal is to provide a secure, safe and healthy atmosphere for your child.

Kids' Classes (Sundays 9:30 AM hour)
*Toddler Class - 2 - 4 years old
*Kindergarten - 1st Grade
*2nd - 3rd Grade
*4th - 6th Grade

Toddler's Church (10:30 AM)
Children ages 2-4 years old learn about salvation and Christ's special love for them through the media of stories, games and crafts.

Children's Church (10:30 AM)
A special time for those children in grades K - 4th to experience the aspects of a worship service at their level of understanding.

Men's Ministries

Growth and fellowship opportunities

Men's Saturday morning prayer breakfast
Men's basketball
Men's Life Group












Women's Ministries

Bethel Baptist Women's Ministries

Exists to Help Women:

GROW in their walk with the Lord,
CULTIVATE their relationship with other believers,
BLOOM in their ministries,
PLANT the seed of Christ in their community
GLORIFY God in their beauty.

                                         Bethel's Women's Ministry Team


   Opportunities for
  growth and fellowship:

Ladies' Life Group
· Jonah  facilitated by Jeanne Keller and meeting in homes. “Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted”  is a DVD series by Priscilla Shirer. This Bible study challenges you to see life’s interruptions in a positive light. Life doesn’t always turn out like you plan but God knows exactly where you are and has a plan for your path.   


Wednesday, January 25, 2012