Thank you for taking time to consider partnering with the Ashbrook High School Football team during their 2019 Season. Please take a look below at what is involved in hosting a game day dinner. As a fellow minister to students and chaplain of the Greenwave football team, I want to thank you for your consideration and to encourage you to be a part. Not only will you have the opportunity to minister to these students by preparing a meal for them, you will be given a moment (10-12minutes) on that afternoon to share from God’s Word. Imagine the impact this ministry could have!

Thanks again,
Cody L Mummau
Youth Pastor – Bethlehem Church
Team Chaplain – Ashbrook Football

Football Schedule with Dates Still Remaining! Please always consider doing both the JV and Varsity in the same week to help with scheduling in logistics.

Football Schedule:

First date is for JV TEAM
Second date is for Varsity

08/22 – @ Hunter Huss – Redeemer Lutheran
08/23 – Green Hope High – Redeemer Lutheran

08/29 – A.L. Brown High – Bethlehem Church
08/30 – @ A.L. Brown High – Bethlehem Church

09/05 – @ East Lincoln – Bethlehem Church
09/06 – East Lincoln – O’Charley’s

09/12 – @ Clover – Parkwood
09/13 – Clover – Parkwood

09/19 – No JV Game
09/20 – Watauga High – Bethlehem Church

09/23 – Bye (No Meal)

10/03 – @ Forestview – Queen of The Apostles
10/04 – Forestview – Queen of The Apostles

10/10 – @ Crest – O’Charley’s
10/11 – Crest – O’Charley’s

10/17 – @ Kings Mountain – Hickory Tavern
10/18 – Kings Mountain – Hickory Tavern

10/24 – Stuart Cramer – Bethlehem Church
10/25 – @ Stuart Cramer – Bethlehem Church

10/31 – @ North Gaston – Eastside Church of The Nazarene
11/1 – North Gaston – Eastside Church of the Nazarene

11/7 – Hunter Huss – TAKEN
11/8 – @ Hunter Huss – Bethlehem Church

Dates with strikethrough have been claimed

What Is Required of You:
Two Meals: You will be feeding two teams. The JV on Thursday and the Varsity on Friday. Meal time will be from 4:00-5:00pm generally
Volunteers: You will need about 4 volunteers to help prepare the meal on game day. It is relatively simple but it takes a small crew to do it.
Space: You will be hosting 45-50 people on game day for a meal. If your church does not seat that many but you would still like to host, you can lead the meal at Bethlehem Church’s Student Facility!
Message: You will be given the opportunity to share with these students a short devotional, a testimony, or an encouragement. We are asking that this be short (approx. 10m) and that it be rooted in Scripture. This is YOUR week to speak into the lives of almost 100 young men. Pray now!

What Is Provided to you:
Food: Food will be purchased by the Booster Club for this meal. It will be delivered to you prior to game day with the exception of the drinks ON game day.
The Team: The Team will come to you. They will arrive around 4pm most weeks. They will be ready to eat upon arrival. They will be with you 45-50minutes

Atmosphere:
Focus: It is game day. You don’t need to plan on music or lighting or anything entertaining. They will be focused and quiet. The setting should be as well. It is a pretty cool thing to be a part of.

Cost to feed The GreenWave:

$3.00 per player
Varsity – 50 (Players + Coaches)
JV – 40 (Players + Coaches)
Total Funds requested to help Purchase Food: $250
* We are asking churches to cover the cost of the meals as much as possible. All checks should be made out to  “Ashbrook Booster Club.” However, Inability to cover some or entire cost should NOT deter a church from saying yes!

HOW TO CONFIRM:
For questions or confirmation:
Email – cody@bethlehembc.com
Text – (336) 213-0272

You’re not going to hear God unless you really, really want it. I’m not saying it’s an option. I’m not saying it would be nice. It is a necessity!

God won’t tell you about His dream for your life if he knows you’ll want to debate it.

God doesn’t tell you what he put you on Earth to do just so you can say, “Let me think about it.”

No! It has got to be a necessity. You have to say, “I’ve got to know why I’m here. I’ve got to know what you want me to do with my life. I’ve got to hear your voice. I’ve got to have your vision.”

King David wrote in the book of Psalms, “My God, I want to do what you want” and “What I want most of all and at all times is to honor your laws” (Psalm 40:8).

David was passionate in his declaration that what he wanted most of all was to honor God. Being obedient and following God were not options for him. It was the only thing David wanted to do. He used words for seeking God like, “I long for it,” “I crave it,” “I hunger for it,” and “I’m like a dear panting for water.”

When you get that desperate, you’re going to hear from God.

A lot of people talk to God, but they never hear from God. For them, prayer is a monologue. But you can’t have a relationship when it is wrapped up in a monologue from you.
Just as important as talking to God in prayer is listening to God and letting him talk to you. How does that happen? First, you’ve got to want it more than anything else.

Deuteronomy 4:29 says, “You will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him”.

That is Guaranteed!

We are praying for Y O U!  Email Tammy and me with any and all of your requests…we love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Paul, one of the greatest followers of Jesus ever, was on trial in Rome, and not one person stepped forward to defend him. Not one!

Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:16, “The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them”.

He was absolutely by himself. Nobody stepped forward to say, “This is a good guy. He’s alright.” Yet Paul did not say, “Those jerks — after all I’ve done for them all these years!” Instead, he said, “May it not be counted against them.”

In other words, he was not going to let himself become bitter. Because bitterness always makes loneliness worse.

This is just one of the ways Paul teaches us how to live when we are going through a season of loneliness. When you feel lonely, you need to minimize your hurt. You need to play it down and pray it up. Don’t rehearse it over and over in your mind. If you do, it just gets bigger and bigger and out of control.

Refuse to become resentful, because bitterness will eat you up.

Bitterness and loneliness go together because they become a cycle. You become lonely. Then you start feeling bad about it and have a pity party. Then you become bitter. Your bitterness makes you even lonelier, which makes you more bitter. Soon, you’re a hardhearted, depressed person that nobody can get close to.

Nobody wants to be around a bitter person. Nobody wants to be around a cynic. Nobody wants to be around a person who is angry.

Bitterness will only perpetuate your loneliness. That’s why, when you go through a season of loneliness, you should minimize the hurt. Don’t build a wall around your life!

Tammy and I are praying for you this beautiful Monday! Email us with your prayer requests.

We love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

We can have hope this Sunday morning because God is preparing us for eternity.

He’s using everything in our lives — the good, the bad and the ugly — to do so. Once you understand this, life begins to make sense. You stop saying, “Lord, why is this happening?” because you know why: He’s preparing you for eternity.

The Bible says, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:6-7).

Those verses describe three truths about problems that are the same today as they were in Peter’s day.

  • Problems are necessary. They are an indispensable part of preparing you for Heaven.
  • They are varied. You’ll experience trials of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of intensity.
  • They are temporary. They won’t last forever. But God is using those trials for his purposes. This passage also describes three results of trials in your life.
  • They test your faith. You build muscles by testing them. The same is true with your faith.
  • They purify your motives. God is much more interested in your character than your comfort. He’ll use trials to refine your character.
  • They prepare you for your rewards. The trials you’re going through now don’t compare to the rewards of Heaven.

Sure, the troubles you’re experiencing now aren’t fun. But the Bible makes it clear they are good for you. They’ll make your faith stronger and your character godlier, and they’ll get you ready for future rewards.

Tammy and I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU THIS MORNING- THE MESSAGE TODAY WILL BE FOR YOU!

We love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

God wants you to ask him for help when you are in trouble. He says, “Call on me in times of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15).

I call this a “microwave” prayer because it is quick and to the point: Help! SOS! Mayday!

For instance, when temptation strikes and you don’t have time for a long conversation with God, simply cry out! David, Daniel, Peter, Paul and countless others have prayed this kind of instant prayer for help in trouble.

The Bible guarantees that our cry for help will be heard because Jesus is sympathetic to our struggle. He faced the same kinds of problems we do. He “understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

If God is waiting to help us, why don’t we turn to him more often? Honestly, sometimes we don’t want to be helped! At that moment we think we know what’s best for us — that we’re more qualified than God is. At other times we’re embarrassed to ask God for help. But the Bible says, “Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it” (Hebrews 4:16).

God’s love is everlasting, and his patience endures forever. Ask him for help and then watch how He provides!

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES TOMORROW! IT WILL BE INCREDIBLE!

Email Tammy and me with any requests you have.

See you in the morning! Have a great Saturday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

The best way to get off a guilt trip is to first admit your guilt. Don’t bury it, don’t deny it, and don’t ignore it. Just own up to it!

Even when we know this truth, we still try to run from our guilt. But when you run from guilt, it’s going to catch up with you. The problem with always moving is that you take you with you.

The problem is in your mind! No matter how busy you are or where you run, you’re going to be just as stressed if your stress is coming from regrets, shame, or guilt. When you finally slow down, all those feelings come crashing back in again. God doesn’t want you to live that way.

The Bible says you can’t run from yourself: “The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves” (Proverbs 20:27). You may be able to hide your guilt from everybody else, but you can’t hide it from yourself.

We as human beings have an amazing ability to lie to ourselves. You say it’s not bad when it really is bad and it’s getting better when it isn’t getting better. You tell yourself you’re really further along and better than you really are.

To stop defeating yourself, you have to stop deceiving yourself. You have to tell yourself the truth.

What is it that defeats us? All kinds of things. Worry defeats us. Envy defeats us. Bitterness and jealousy and guilt defeat us. Fear and anxiety and insecurity defeat us.

I suggest you do a little spiritual Spring cleaning. A lot of people take time in the spring to go through the house and give it an extra scrubbing or organize things that are normally neglected. Ask God to cleanse your Soul!

TONIGHT AT 7PM IS GOING TO BE AMAZING! DO NOT MISS IT! FRIDAY NIGHT CHURCH AND WE HAVE KIDS PROGRAMMING TOO!

Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests.

See you tonight!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

The world defines freedom as a life without any restraint: “I can do anything I want to do and say anything I want to say without anybody telling me what to do.”

Yet, the Bible says the ONLY WAY to true freedom is through Jesus: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Real freedom is freedom from fear, where you’re truly free from guilt, worry, bitterness, and death.

You’re free to quit pretending because you’re free to be yourself.

How do you get rid of those kinds of fears? By letting God love you!

The apostle John teaches that “there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).

When you realize how much God loves you, you’ll begin to live in true freedom. In fact, you worship God when you recognize that “God is love.” It is an act of worship to agree that he is a loving, caring, generous God and that we can “rely on the love God has for us” (1 John 4:16).

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7PM!  THE MESSAGE THAT WILL BE FOR YOU!

Email Tammy and me with any prayer requests you have.

Have a Tremendous Thursday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

God has given you the gift of your body, and it comes with an owner’s manual: The Bible!

In it are all the instructions you need to take care of yourself and live a long life.

You already know the basics: proper nutrition, exercise, a good night’s rest. Here’s a health factor you may not have thought of for living long and well:

Trusting God is good for your health!

The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

Why is trusting in God good for your health? Because when you trust him, you don’t worry.

Psalm 116:7 says, “I said to myself, ‘Relax, because the Lord takes care of you’”.

If you really trust in God, you’re going to be less stressed!

The Bible also says in Proverbs 14:30, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones”.

It’s not just what you eat that matters; it’s what eats you!

You can have all the right macrobiotics and organic food, but if your body is filled with resentment, worry, fear, lust, guilt, anger, bitterness, or any other emotional disease, it’s going to shorten your life.

But the good news is this: When we replace our worry with greater trust in God, we take a major step toward living a healthier life!

Tammy and I are grateful for you! Email us with any prayer requests. 

We Praise God for YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Forgiveness is free. But it’s not cheap. It cost Jesus Christ his life. And it’s also not easy.

Forgiveness can only occur when the offended person volunteers to assume the debt and not to get even or seek revenge. That’s what Jesus did for us. That’s what He calls us to do for others.

But how can you release your hurt?

The Bible tells us there are three steps we can take to find freedom from unforgiveness.

  1. Leave it to God. Give up your right to get even. Trying to get even only escalates the conflict. Instead, let God settle the score.
  2. Heal it with grace. The only way to let go of your hurt is to get a hold of God’s grace. The Bible says, “Be careful that none of you fails to respond to the grace which God gives, for if he does there can very easily spring up in him a bitter spirit which is not only bad in itself but can also poison the lives of many others” (Hebrews 12:15). Bitterness is contagious.
  3. Nail it to the Cross. The Cross is God’s answer to all your needs. Jesus died so you could be forgiven. He died so you could be set free from fear, bitterness, and resentment. There is no psychology, no therapy, no pill, no self-help seminar that can set you free like the power of the cross.

The Bible says, “We know that our old life died with Christ on the cross so that our sinful selves would have no power over us and we would not be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6).

Don’t be a slave any longer to the sin of unforgiveness. Release your grip on the person who hurt you. Do it every day if you have to. No matter how often that painful memory returns, bring it to God, ask for his grace, and then leave your hurt at the cross!

Tammy and I are praying for you this Tuesday! Email us with any prayer requests.

We are here for YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

There is a strong belief in our culture that influences every one of us, whether we want it to or not: If it feels good, do it.

But when you allow yourself to be manipulated by your moods, you are living your life according to your feelings. God wants you to live a different kind of life. He wants you to live a life of faith, not a life of feelings.

We don’t always feel like doing the right thing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel like being nice to people. I don’t always feel like washing the dishes with my wife. I don’t always feel like stopping what I’m doing to help someone.

But God can give you the kind of faith that persists above feelings.

Anybody who’s successful at anything does things they don’t feel like doing. An Olympic athlete exercises when she doesn’t feel like it. A great musician practices his craft, even when he’s tired. If you’re going to be a great salesperson, you make calls that other people don’t feel like making.

If you want to deepen your relationship with God, you have to spend time with him even when you don’t feel like it. People who have a regular, consistent quiet time with God didn’t get there because every morning they woke up and wanted to spend time with God. They got there because they woke up and spent time reading the Bible and praying even if they were tired or didn’t feel like it.

Faith is being persistent. Faith is refusing to give up no matter how tired you are or how many other things you think you should or wish you could be doing.

The Bible talks about how you can begin to develop persistence in your life through the example of Moses. Hebrews 11:27 says, “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible”.

That’s how you get there. That’s how you persist — You begin to see the Invisible.

Only those who see God for who He really is can persist in the most difficult times of life. Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. Believe in faith what God can do in your life, and thank Him in advance for how He is going to work!

Email Tammy and me this Monday with any prayer requests.

Have a Magnificent Monday!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Faith unlocks the promises of God, it shows us the power of God, it turns dreams into reality, and it gives us the power to hold on in tough times.

God doesn’t always take you out of the problem. He stretches your faith by taking you through the problem.

He doesn’t always take away the pain. He gives you faith-filled ability to handle the pain. And God doesn’t always take you out of the storm because he wants you to trust him in the midst of the storm.

Study after study has shown that probably the most important characteristic you could teach a child (and that you need in your own life) is resilience. It’s the ability to bounce back. It’s the ability to keep going. Nobody goes through life with an unbroken chain of successes. Everybody has failures and mistakes. We all embarrass ourselves. We all have pain. We all have problems. We all have pressures. The people who make it in life have resilience.

Do you know how many times I’ve wanted to give up as pastor at Bethlehem Church? Just about every Monday morning! I say, “God, you got the wrong guy! It’s too much responsibility. I’m not smart enough. What am I supposed to say to that many people? Get somebody else who can do a better job than this.”

Yet God says, “Keep going.”

Where do you get the resilience to keep going? Faith.

It’s believing God could do something at any moment that could change the direction of your life, and you don’t want to miss it, so you keep moving forward. It’s believing that God will give you exactly what you need when you need it as you learn to rely on him to accomplish his purpose in you.

This is the testimony of Paul, a great man of faith: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

GET UP AND GET IN CHURCH THIS MORNING!! I’m telling you- God has a MESSAGE FOR YOU TODAY!!

Email Tammy and me with prayer requests- God bless you!!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy