Bethel University Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations

Bethel University Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations Our Mission is to EQUIP the Body of Christ to share the love of Jesus. To SERVE the Body of Christ with joy, enthusiasm, and vigor. To GLORIFY God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through our actions, words, and ministry.
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All are welcome at the Mu Kappa Backyard Pizza & a Movie! CFCR is pleased to partner with Mu Kappa—a Student organizatio...
09/03/2020

All are welcome at the Mu Kappa Backyard Pizza & a Movie! CFCR is pleased to partner with Mu Kappa—a Student organization comprised mainly of third culture kids (TCKs), missionary kids (MKs), and international students. RSVP today so we can make your pizza crust. :)

09/02/2020
This is Pastor Matt with Paige Revering. Paige is a student, a disciple, a leader, and a minister. This year, she will l...
08/31/2020

This is Pastor Matt with Paige Revering. Paige is a student, a disciple, a leader, and a minister. This year, she will lead BSG Student Ministries as Executive Director and CFCR could not be more excited to partner with Paige and her team!

08/31/2020

“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18-19)

08/31/2020
08/31/2020
Bethel University Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations

After 172 days away, Chapel resumes TOMORROW! We could not be more excited to see what God has in store!
10:25am tomorrow. Seating in Benson is very limited (just over 200), so join us in the Underground or gather friends outside and enjoy chapel on the lawn, in the hammock, or on the dock!
Follow CFCR for info on the chapel livestream. streams: https://www.facebook.com/BethelCFCR/

Our Mission is to EQUIP the Body of Christ to share the love of Jesus. To SERVE the Body of Christ with joy, enthusiasm, and vigor. To GLORIFY God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through our actions, words, and ministry.

08/28/2020
Bethel University Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations

Move-in continues today at Bethel! This is one of our favorite times of year. Plan now to hop-on the Chapel and Vespers live streams!
Chapel every week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Vespers begins on Sunday, September 5 with services held at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm. All these services will be held in Benson with very limited seating (just over 200 at each service).
Like or follow CFCR on Facebook to be notified of all these live streams: https://www.facebook.com/BethelCFCR/

Our Mission is to EQUIP the Body of Christ to share the love of Jesus. To SERVE the Body of Christ with joy, enthusiasm, and vigor. To GLORIFY God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through our actions, words, and ministry.

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08/28/2020

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08/27/2020

Like CFCR on Facebook for information on Fall 2020 Chapel and Vespers live streams! Chapel will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. Vespers begins on Sunday, September 5 with services held at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm. All these services will be held in Benson with very limited seating (just over 200 at each service).
Like or follow CFCR on Facebook to be notified of all these live streams: https://www.facebook.com/BethelCFCR/

The Office of Campus Ministries gives God glory and thanks for the fruitful worship ministry of Pastor Curtis Hunt. May ...
08/26/2020

The Office of Campus Ministries gives God glory and thanks for the fruitful worship ministry of Pastor Curtis Hunt. May God bless and keep you and your family in this next chapter of life and ministry! Thank you, Curtis, for your service to Bethel!

Welcome back to campus! As the school year begins you may have questions about how the campus will look, feel, and opera...
08/26/2020
Navigating Life at Bethel in a COVID-19 World - COVID-19 - Bethel Confluence

Welcome back to campus! As the school year begins you may have questions about how the campus will look, feel, and operate. The campus pastors are eager to walk with you through this time. In this new Covid-19 environment, Bethel has instituted protocols for all to follow when on campus. The web resource "Navigating Life at Bethel in a Covid-19 World" is your best resource for up to date information (may require a Bethel login). More information about our particular office and our ministry activities coming soon!
https://confluence.bethel.edu/display/COVID/Navigating+Life+at+Bethel+in+a+COVID-19+World

I am delighted to take this opportunity to welcome you back to Bethel University! I cannot believe we are almost at that point where students will begin returning to campus. While you have been away, we have been diligently planning for your return so that we can ensure the wellbeing of the entire B...

The CFCR Team is on the move! Headed to new faculty orientation currently. Ready to welcome students back to this incred...
08/17/2020

The CFCR Team is on the move! Headed to new faculty orientation currently. Ready to welcome students back to this incredible campus! @bethelumn #Bethel #WelcomeWeek #BUWelcomeWeek2020

Students, we are READY for you! The grass is green, the flowers are in bloom, the mulch is refreshed, and the desks are ...
08/14/2020

Students, we are READY for you! The grass is green, the flowers are in bloom, the mulch is refreshed, and the desks are appropriately distanced! We can’t wait to welcome you back. @bethelumn #BUWelcomeWeek #Fall2020

Calling all intercessors! Join us to pray for Bethel on August 17. President Ross Allen and his wife Annie will lead the...
08/11/2020
Drive-Thru Prayer Walk | Bethel University

Calling all intercessors! Join us to pray for Bethel on August 17. President Ross Allen and his wife Annie will lead the way as we seek God's best for the upcoming school year. Click and register below.
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https://www.bethel.edu/events/2020/prayer-drive-thru?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=31937%20-%20National%20Prayer%20Initiative%20-%20Drive-Thru%20Prayer%20Walk%202020%20-%20Email&utm_content=31937%20-%20National%20Prayer%20Initiative%20-%20Drive-Thru%20Prayer%20Walk%202020%20-%20Email+CID_1396f07a6a042f74ccd0db5a4819d34d&utm_source=Carlyle%20Delivers&utm_term=Register%20Today

Drive through campus and pray at various outdoor locations on campus.

08/10/2020
We'll see you this fall!

A couple hundred pages of guidelines and planning docs, orientation videos, guidance, guidance, guidance. And we are ready. More details to come on things like Chapel!
https://vimeo.com/431585703

In the midst of unprecedented challenges, our world needs Christ-centered education more than ever—and that's why we're inviting students back to…

Our own Pastor Paul Kong provided some deep insight into our collective push for biblical Shalom in the face of all kind...
06/04/2020
Shalom Amidst the Rioting — Asian American Christian Collaborative (AACC)

Our own Pastor Paul Kong provided some deep insight into our collective push for biblical Shalom in the face of all kinds of signs that would show otherwise. Thanks to Pastor Paul for offering his leadership in these important days.
https://www.asianamericanchristiancollaborative.com/blog/shalom-amidst-the-rioting

A Hmong-American pastor and a Korean-American pastor share recommendations for seeking healing, reconciliation, and justice in a time of deep grief and anger.

06/03/2020
Service of Lament

Dr. Ruben Rivera shared his poem "Heaven is Other People" at our Service of Lament yesterday (recording here: https://vimeo.com/425306903).

Here it is in its entirety:

HEAVEN IS OTHER PEOPLE
By Dr. Ruben Rivera
(Bethel University, Chief Diversity Officer)

There will be no tribes or nations, only people from every tribe and nation.

There will be cultures but no captivity, differences but no bigotry, resources but no rivalry, feasts but no gluttony.

The busiest libraries will contain the histories of the forgotten, the slave, the poor and disenfranchised, those beaten, robbed and left for dead in a ditch, and the few who helped them.

The history books will contain heroes, but they'll be someone else's, and the only metanarrative will be God's. This will be hard.

There will be colors but no racism, sexes but no sexism, order but no classism, languages but no imperialism.

There will be no gerrymandering of scriptures to elevate a flag or nation, for there will be no flags or nations, or scriptures to elevate them. This will be hard.

Every treasure will be buried again, and every riddle, including this one, explained.

There will be work but no oppression, goals but no ambition, gain but no possession. This will be hard.

There will be no system of wealth and the importance and power based on it.
This will be the hardest thing for some, and many will demand a refund from their religion on the spot.

Money will not rule political parties because there will be no political parties or money to rule them.

Nothing will ever be eaten in which one must suffer and die that another may flourish. Happiness will never again be the result of a zero sum game. This will be hard.

There will be no right to bear arms for private protection or to repel all enemies foreign and domestic, for 'enemies, foreign and domestic' will cease to be, except as outdated terms in the Encyclopedia of Unreason. Some will experience shock
and awe when their weapons are fashioned into symbols of peace.

There will be no deportation of undeserving immigrants,
for that would empty heaven.

There will be lands but no fences, space but no distance, favor but no preference. This will be hard.

Everyone will have access to pure, life-giving water.

Things will begin with a great feast that will feature someone else's food, guests that will be someone else's friends, dress will be based on someone else's styles,
and conduct will respect someone else's mores; and the only metanarrative will be God's.

This video is about Service of Lament

"It is not enough to believe that George Floyd was unjustly killed. What is important is how we believe it. We cannot si...
06/03/2020
A Tale of Two Kings: Reflections on MLK in the Wake of the George Floyd Riots

"It is not enough to believe that George Floyd was unjustly killed. What is important is how we believe it. We cannot simply believe that King’s words are wise and true, without figuring out how to believe them." Dr. Sara Shady, Bethel University Professor of Philosophy, wrote a challenging piece on reading and acting on Dr. Martin Luther King's words in all its fullness. A great challenge to the Church and to followers of Jesus seeking God's glory and our neighbors' good.
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2020/06/mlk-george-floyd-riots/

06/03/2020
Service of Lament

Pang Moua shared Psalm 17 with us at our Service of Lament yesterday (recording here: https://vimeo.com/425306903).

Here it is in its entirety:

Psalm 17
A prayer of David.
1 O Lord, hear my plea for justice.
Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
for it comes from honest lips.
2 Declare me innocent,
for you see those who do right.

3 You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
I am determined not to sin in what I say.
4 I have followed your commands,
which keep me from following cruel and evil people.
5 My steps have stayed on your path;
I have not wavered from following you.

6 I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.
7 Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
By your mighty power you rescue
those who seek refuge from their enemies.
8 Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
9 Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
from murderous enemies who surround me.
10 They are without pity.
Listen to their boasting!
11 They track me down and surround me,
watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—
like young lions hiding in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord!
Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
14 By the power of your hand, O Lord,
destroy those who look to this world for their reward.
But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.
May their children have plenty,
leaving an inheritance for their descendants.
15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

This video is about Service of Lament

06/02/2020
Service of Lament

Our service of lament was a beautiful time to grieve, listen, and call out to God as we all walk through these difficult days considering racial pain in our country. We invite you to set aside some time to take it in and let the Holy Spirit minister to you in your sadness.
https://vimeo.com/425306903

This video is about Service of Lament

Join us for an online Service of Lament tomorrow to grieve the brutal deaths of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 (preceded b...
06/02/2020

Join us for an online Service of Lament tomorrow to grieve the brutal deaths of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 (preceded by the equally brutal deaths of Breonna Taylor on March 13, Ahmaud Arbery February 23, and countless others before them.) The purpose of our time will be to grieve, to cry out, to pray, to worship, and to bring our collective sorrow before the one true God who both heals us and empowers us to change.
Click here (Bethel University Community): https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/d7b60408-e469-423d-ab4e-6e09858021ed
For friends outside the Bethel community, the recording will be posted later in the day on CFCR Vimeo, Podcast, Facebook, and Instagram.

Bethel University students, the CFCR staff are here. We ourselves are grieving and lamenting the horrific death of Georg...
05/27/2020

Bethel University students, the CFCR staff are here. We ourselves are grieving and lamenting the horrific death of George Floyd while in police custody. We are feeling the heaviness of these long days. And we are here. Ready to hold space for you as you process your thoughts and feelings. We know our God stands with the brokenhearted. Reach out to us via social media direct message, direct email, or email [email protected]. #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery, #BreonnaTaylor

We would like to pay tribute to Dr. Ravi Zacharias who passed away into eternal glory yesterday. Ravi had a brilliant ...
05/20/2020

We would like to pay tribute to Dr. Ravi Zacharias who passed away into eternal glory yesterday. Ravi had a brilliant mind and a truly Christlike heart. He worked tirelessly for decades helping Christianity make sense to millions. And he trained tens of thousands to multiply his ministry. I was campus pastors, he made a tremendous impact on each of us. He will be missed around the world and at Bethel. we encourage you to check out his organization Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

05/18/2020

Bethel University, none of us planned for this sort of semester. Dissolving in the middle and ending with every member of the Bethel community at home. But God is not surprised. God's work is not frustrated. Bethel, keep seeking God's perspective and keep believing that God is the one who began the good work in you and God will be faithful to complete it in you!
"No less God within the shadows
No less faithful when the night leads me astray
You're the Heaven where my heart is
In the highlands and the heartache all the same"

@cultural_connection_center ・・・LIVE: Lunch With P&P today @ 12pm - 12:30pm! Come connect with Pang and Paul as they shar...
05/08/2020

@cultural_connection_center
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LIVE: Lunch With P&P today @ 12pm - 12:30pm!
Come connect with Pang and Paul as they share their college experience and adulting stories this week. Bring a lunch, snack, coffee or tea and sit with us!

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Hop on the bus to Urbana Student Missions Conference, Bethel University! PM Pastor Matt for a discount code for Bethel students, then register at urbana.org/register
Cling to the One who is your Refuge, Bethel! “The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:9‬‬
"When the rain falls, the Church has to rise."--Pastor Paez, The Anchor Church As a Bethel student, have you wondered what you can do to help with ​Hurricane Relief in and around Houston? Spring Break 2018 you could put your feet on the ground alongside the local church in Houston! Bethel University Spring Break Teams 2018! @bethelumn #GetOutBU www.tinyurl.com/BUSMPApplication Deadline: November 1 https://vimeo.com/232782965 Zack Strehler
"When the rain falls, the Church has to rise." --Pastor Paez, The Anchor Church (Houston) As a Bethel student, have you wondered what you can do to help with ​Hurricane Relief in and around Houston? Spring Break 2018 you could put your feet on the ground alongside the local church in Houston! Bethel University Spring Break Teams 2018! #GetOutBU www.tinyurl.com/BUSMPApplication Deadline: November 1 https://vimeo.com/232782965 Zack Strehler
We are taking applications for Spring Break Teams! Apply today for a deeper glimpse into what God is doing in some incredible communities in the US and abroad!
Today in chapel! Pastor Laurel will continue our month-long series entitled "Why Jesus?". Bring your roommates, your friends, your questions. We'll explore who Jesus is and why is Jesus the foundation for our relationship with God? This foundational series will set the tone for our year in chapel as we glorify God and deepen our relationship to God, through Christ, by the power of the Spirit.
Campus Ministries is pleased to help Bethel Student Government in their partnership with Hopper Middle School in Houston, TX to provide help after Hurricane Harvey recently devastated this area. Hopper students are in need of school supplies, so we are asking members of the Bethel community to assist them in the following ways: - Donate school supplies for students (#2 pencils, colored pencils, composition notebooks, glue sticks, pencil pouches, regular notebooks). - Write notes of encouragement to students and teachers who were traumatized by the recent events. There will be commons tables in the BC Wednesday September 13th through Tuesday September 19th. Stop by and pick one up! - Donate money. All money donated will be converted into gift cards for families to buy clothing and food. The Hope for Houston Drive will run until Wednesday, Sept. 20. Donations will be collected at drop box locations found in The Loft, Student Life, Campus Ministries, Seminary Faculty Hall, and Anderson Center Lobby. Check out this informative video from Hopper Middle School administration for more information on how you can help!
Dr. William Washington (VP of Student Life at Bethel University) will bring our final "Covenant Community" message tomorrow in chapel. Be there! And bring a few friends. This chapel will also offer the opportunity to voluntarily participate in a unique ceremony that will center around a new symbol of our covenant community here at Bethel. See you tomorrow!