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Pastor Chris Ek

Thank You
Our family is so grateful for welcoming us so warmly into the Bethany Covenant Church family. Your words, gifts, and time have been so important for us in this transition from Illinois to Connecticut.

People have wondered what has been different from the Midwest to this part of the country and a
few things we have noticed are:
Chris noticed the complete absence ofBears, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, and Bulls paraphernalia.

Rachelle discovered that when driving in New England going either right or left will ultimately get you to the same place. This is sort of a directional universalism.

Alayna continues to impress us with facts she is learning about Connecticut.
Did you know…
• Cattle branding in the United States began in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark all of their pigs.
• In Hartford, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands!
• Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), and color television (1948).
• The first automobile law was passed by the state of CT in 1901. The speed limit was set at 12 mph.

Connecticut is feeling more and more like home as the weeks go on. There is that excitement in beginning, but the real excitement for me is getting to know the Bethany family better in the years to come. Thank you again for making us feel so welcome.

A great book was published in 1907 by E.M. Bounds called The Preacher and Prayer. In the first part of the book he has a message that is still impactful for the church today. He writes:

“We are constantly on a stretch, if not a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure the growth and efficiency of the gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the person or sink the person in the plan. God’s plan is to make much more out of people, far more of them than anything else. People are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better people.”

It is a great reminder that even though we will work to develop the best programs, the most efficient strategies, and wisest directions to take Bethany Covenant, ultimately people will be the ones God uses to expand God’s church. Think about how God could be calling you in the next few months to
be a part of the ministry of Bethany Covenant Church.

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