Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

The Beacon

When we were children we learned a simple poem, probably taught to us by one of our parents. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." However well-intentioned that poem may be, as we've grown we have come to understand that it really is not true. Words, both spoken and written, can be devastatingly destructive. The power of words is absolutely incalculable. Words sometimes end longtime marriages and friendships . . . they can destroy life . . . they can dissolve joy . . . they can twist a reputation. Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." To our shame we must admit that we have learned to use our tongues like the edge of a leather-sharpened dagger, and often in a very cavalier manner.

Coming   Soon!
Registrations needed ASAP

What: Summer Camp Trips 2012
Who: Junior Camp for those going into Grades 3rd – 6th in the fall (7th graders also)
Teen Camp for those going into Grades 7th – 12th in the fall
When: Junior Camp is Monday, July 16 to Saturday, July 21, 2012
Teen Camp is Monday, July 16 to Saturday, July 21, 2012
Where: Camp CoBeAc in Houghton Lake, Michigan. The camp is situated in northern Michigan woods. Here is a list of things to do at Camp CoBeAc taken from their brochure: Archery range, carpet ball, craft shop, hayrides, gymnasium, paintball, slingshot range, waterfront, fishing, hiking, outdoor basketball courts, rifle range, tournaments, NEW waterslide, canoe trip, climbing wall, Frisbee golf, human foosball, sand volleyball courts, water wars, zip line, challenge course, coffee shop, snack shop, video game room, bookstore, patriotic service, sand soccer stadium, boating, swimming, team competitions, miniature golf…
Cost: Junior Camp is $250.00 and includes lodging and food
Teen Camp is $250.00 and includes lodging and food
* Some financial scholarships are available
Scholarships: We have 13 scholarships available so far, for $50.00 each camper. These will go to the first 13 campers registered by May 31, 2012.
Register: Fill out the registration form on the brochure and send it to Bethel Baptist Church with a $50 registration fee. The church will send in all the registration forms together with one check to Camp CoBeAc.

Bet You Didn't Know - I didn't

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
  Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE 2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that.)
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
There are more chickens than people in the world. .
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Bonus!! All the ants in Africa weigh more than ALL the Elephants!

Vacation Bible School
VBS is just around the corner - June 18-22. This year's school will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. for children starting Kindergarten through eighth grade in he fall. A brief, but important organizational meeting will be held on Sunday, May 20 after the evening service. If you cannot attend this meeting, please let Judy Landenberger know before May 20. Please pray for VBS and those who will be helping this year.


Nothing Like a Good Cup of Coffee
One morning, a grandmother was surprised to find that her 7-year old grandson had made her coffee! Smiling, she choked down the worst cup of her life. When she finished, she found three little green Army men at the bottom. Puzzled, she asked, "Honey, what are these Army men doing in my coffee?" Her grandson answered, "Like it says on TV, Grandma. 'The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup.'"

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
'If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.'

2. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
'If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!'

3. My mother taught me LOGIC.
'Because I said so, that's why.'

4. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
'If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me.'