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:

JV TEAM

08/23 – Green Hope High

08/30 – @ A.L. Brown High

09/06 – East Lincoln

09/13 – Clover

09/20 – @ Watauga High

09/24 – Bye (No Meal)

10/04 – Forestview

10/11 – Crest

10/18 – Kings Mountain

10/25 – @ Stuart Cramer

11/1 – North Gaston

11/8 – @ Hunter Huss

11/10 – Mt. Tabor – PLAYOFF

Dates with strikethrough have been claimed

 

VARSITY  TEAM

08/23 – Green Hope High

08/30 – @ A.L. Brown High

09/06 – East Lincoln

09/13 – Clover

09/20 – @ Watauga High

09/24 – Bye (No Meal)

10/04 – Forestview

10/11 – Crest

10/18 – Kings Mountain

10/25 – @ Stuart Cramer

11/1 – North Gaston

11/8 – @ Hunter Huss

11/10 – Mt. Tabor – PLAYOFF

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

Have you noticed that the moment you set a goal for your life, people start saying, “Who do you think you are?”, “You can not do it,” “Forget it.”

The way to overcome the voices of doubt is to hear the voice of God instead!

Think of all the criticisms that Noah faced in his life. “That guy, Noah, thinks God talks to him, but he’s devaluing our properties by building that ark in his garden.”

The Bible tells us that Noah heard God!

And what did he hear? He heard God’s warning that the world was going to be destroyed.

He believed what he had not yet seen.

This is REAL Faith: be sure of something we do not see.

Noah did not turn away from the vision that God had given him. Instead, he built the ark.

God is going to give you a passion for something in life, and some people may think it is very CRAZY!

But you have to stay focused on what you know God has said through his Word, the Bible. Then, you have to build your ark!

WE LOVE YOU! DO NOT MISS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT- Great service-Great message-INVITE A FRIEND TO COME WITH YOU!

7PM- It will be the same message/music as Sunday and we have kids programming too!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

Email us with any requests.

Be patient with God and with yourself!

One of the frustrations of life is that God’s time is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God is not.

You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you are making in life.

Remember that God is never in a hurry, but always on time. He will use your whole life to prepare you for your role in eternity.

The Bible is full of examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders.

He used eighty years to prepare Moses, including forty in the desert. For 14,600 days Moses had to wait and ask himself, “Is it time yet?” But God kept answering “not yet.”

Great souls have grown through problems, storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. James warned, “So let it grow, for once its constancy has fully developed, it will be perfect and complete, and nothing will be lacking” (James 1:4).

Do not be discouraged!

When Habakkuk got depressed because he did not think God was working fast enough, God had to say this to him: “It will take a while to be fulfilled, but do not despair; The time has not yet come for all this to be fulfilled, but I can assure you that it will be fulfilled without fail “ (Habakkuk 2: 3).

Remember how far you have come, not just how far you have to go. You’re not where you want to be, but you’re not where you were before either. Years ago people had a bumper sticker on their car which said- “Please be patient, God has not finished with me yet.”

God is not finished with you either, so keep moving forward. Even the snail reached the ark, persevering!

Tammy and I love you! Email us with your prayer requests.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

God will not only use your gifts to fulfill your destiny, he’ll also use your limitations.

Let’s look at Esther.  She had several big limitations that made her perfect for the role God wanted her to fulfill. She was an orphan adopted by Mordecai; she was a minority, a Jew living in a Persian country; and she was a single woman. A single woman in a male-dominated society had zero rights.

And God used all of these things, along with the gifts of her beauty, brains, and personality, to fulfill her destiny.

Think about it … if she had been a married man, she wouldn’t have become queen. And if she hadn’t been a minority, she wouldn’t have cared about the Jews and what was going to happen to them.

So what am I saying? Sometimes what looks like a disaster in your life is part of a much bigger plan.

But you will never fulfill your destiny if you are having a pity party.

Esther could have just said, “If only I hadn’t been chosen, if only I wasn’t Jewish, if only I was like someone else.”

A lot of people do that. They live their lives in resentment, always looking at people and saying, “Well it must be nice to be them.”

If you have that attitude you will never fulfill your destiny. You have to realize that the unpleasant obstacles in your life are often God-ordained opportunities to make a difference.

It’s hard to see that when you’re in pain. Look at Job. He was the wealthiest man in the world and then God allowed everything to be taken from him – his family, his wealth, his health.

Then, when Job started asking God why, he was silent. Job said, “I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I turn to the south, but I cannot find him. But he knows where I am going … His mind concerning me remains unchanged … Whatever he wants to do, he does. So he will do for me all he has planned. He controls my destiny” (Job 23:9-10, 13-14).

You might be in a situation right now where everything is going wrong and you can’t figure it out. But God knows. Nothing in your life is accidental. The pleasures and pains, the opportunities and obstacles, God can use it all. There is nothing God cannot use for good in your life if you’ll give it to him.

We LOVE you! If you have a prayer need, email Tammy and me at and let us know how we can pray for you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy  

In Jesus’ most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, he explains the choices that help us heal from our hurts and hang-ups, and the habits that mess up our lives. The first Beatitude, Matthew 5:3, says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” .

What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”? Jesus is saying that nobody gets into Heaven who is full of pride. We get there by grace. To be poor in spirit, you must humbly admit you need help.

Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.” You’ve got to face the truth about yourself and stop living in denial.

But the truth is, we don’t like the truth. We love the truth about everybody else, but we don’t like the truth about ourselves. It feels a whole lot safer to avoid the truth about yourself because it is painful to face. The truth will set you free, but first it makes you miserable when you realize what needs changing in your life.

The good news is your habits and your hurts and your hang-ups can be healed. The bad news is it takes humility. You’ve got to humble yourself and swallow your pride. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” .

There are some facts that you need to admit about yourself if God’s going to bless your life, and the first one is this: You are broken.

We live in a broken world where nothing works perfectly. The economy doesn’t work perfectly, our relationships don’t work perfectly, and our bodies don’t work perfectly.

Everybody’s confused today. They don’t know what they’re supposed to be or what they’re supposed to do. We’ve confused attitudes, attractions, and addictions. Even our identities are confused.

Yet, all you have to be is yourself. But that includes the understanding you’re broken! And that’s OK, because once you make the choice to admit it, you’re on the path to humility, which leads to grace.

And God’s grace will cover your brokenness, hurts, habits, and hang-ups. That’s good news!

If you need prayer, let Tammy and me know! Email us.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

“Everything on earth has its own time and its own season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

On this beautiful Sunday morning…Remember these 3 things!

Believe God is working in your life even when you don’t feel it. Spiritual growth is sometimes tedious work, one small step at a time. Expect gradual improvement. The Bible says, “Everything on earth has its own time and its own season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

There are seasons in your spiritual life, too. Sometimes you will have a short, intense burst of growth (springtime) followed by a period of stabilizing and testing (fall and winter).

What about those problems, habits, and hurts you would like miraculously removed? It’s fine to pray for a miracle, but don’t be disappointed if the answer comes through a gradual change. Over time, a slow, steady stream of water will erode the hardest rock and turn giant boulders into pebbles. Over time, a little sprout can turn into a giant redwood tree towering 350 feet tall.

Be patient with God and with yourself. One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God isn’t. You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you’re making in life. Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.

WORSHIP IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOUR GROWTH! DON’T MISS OUR SERVICES TODAY…WOW…IT IS GOING TO BE GREAT!

If you need prayer, email Tammy and me with your requests.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

God knows everything that gets you stressed. For instance, many of us today are concerned about the economy, and so we have financial fears.

And then we act as if God is unaware of our bills?  “Don’t you see, God?  I’m going under!  I’m not going to make it!”  We’re trying to stretch and make ends meet. We get uptight, upset, and we worry.

When we think that God doesn’t know what’s going on in our lives, then we think we have to take matters into our own hands.  In effect, we’re saying, “I’ll be God.”

Worrying is taking responsibility for things God never intended you to have. 

The truth is God is aware of all your needs.

He’s aware of every single need you have: financial needs, spiritual needs, sexual needs, social needs, emotional needs. In fact, the Bible says God knows what you need before you ask. 

Prayer is never giving information to God. He already knows what’s going on in your life.

What’s the use of praying, then?  God’s waiting for you to ask Him for help. The Bible says, “You have not because you ask not.”

We will have an INCREDIBLE time of prayer, a time of worship, a time of encouragement at Bethlehem TOMORROW…DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES!!

We can’t wait to see you!  If you need prayer, email us with your request.

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

When life seems to be falling apart, your most “spiritual” decision may be a surprise: Get alone with God, and wait.

The Bible tells us this in Lamentations 3:28, “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The ‘worst’ is never the worst” (Lamentations 3:28).

Most of us don’t know how to “enter the silence.” We’re always anxious. We don’t like to wait on God because it stresses us out. We like to be in control.

What does it mean to wait on God? You sit down, close your mouth, and just listen to God. You may read your Bible. You may pray. But most all, you’re quiet in front of God.

Anxiety comes when we’re not “waiting for hope to appear,” as Jeremiah tells us. God wants to talk to us. He wants to give us the hope we crave. But we’re way too busy. All of our circuits are busy! When he calls, we’re on a different line.

If we want to listen to God and experience the hope he has for us, we have to get alone with him. We must “enter the silence” and be ready to hear him.

Jesus also said this in Matthew 6:6: “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace” .

Get honest with God, and your focus will shift from just seeing your problems — no matter how overwhelming they seem — to the grace of God.

Lamentations 3:25-26 says, “The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him, so it is best for us to wait in patience — to wait for him to save us”.

Before you go out and try to solve your problem on your own, let God save you. It’s like in those war movies when the enemy is marching toward the hero’s army — which is usually an inferior, ragtag group. The hero tells his men to wait until he gives the order to shoot. Then, at the last possible moment, he yells, “Shoot!” Firing at the right moment means success.

The same is true for us. No matter what obstacle you’re facing, you’ve got to wait for God’s timing. He’ll time your next move perfectly.

So wait and listen.

If you have a prayer need, email Tammy and me.

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Pastor Dickie and Tammy

When people go through loss, there are always two common reactions. One is fear, and the other is grief. Grief is good.

Grief is the way we get through the transitions of life.

In fact, if you don’t grieve, you get stuck! Grief will not kill you if you let it out.
On the other hand, fear is a bad thing. Not once in the Bible does it say, “Grieve not,” “Sorrow not,” “Weep not,” or “Cry not.”

What it does say is “Fear not.” And it says that 365 times! Because grief doesn’t paralyze; fear does.

David says in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (ESV).
Some of you are going through the valley of the shadow right now — maybe the valley of the shadow of death.

It may be the valley of the shadow of debt.It may be the valley of the shadow of conflict.It may be the valley of the shadow of depression. It may be the valley of the shadow of discouragement.

Shadows are scary. Remember how you used to be afraid of shadows when you were lying in bed as a kid? I’ve learned a few things about shadows.

First, shadows can’t hurt you.

And — here’s the good news — wherever there’s a shadow, there has to be a light.

You can’t have a shadow without light. So the key when you’re going through the valley of the shadow is to turn your back on the shadow and look at the light. Because as long as you keep your eyes on the light — Jesus, the light of the world — the shadow won’t scare you.

That’s how you go through the valley of the shadow of death.

That’s how you lower your stress.

You trust God in you valley!

Tammy and I are praying for YOU! Email us with your requests. We love YOU!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy

If you’re still holding on to resentment, then someone is controlling you. Have you ever said, “You make me so mad”? What you’re admitting at that point is, “You are controlling me.” The only way you get this person out of your mind and heart is to heal it with grace — God’s grace.

Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many”.

Have you ever known a family where a bitter mom poisoned the whole family? Have you ever known a family where a bitter dad poisoned the whole family? Bitterness is contagious, and it can actually become generational. Somebody has to break the chain, and it better be you. If your parents are bitter because their parents were bitter because their parents were bitter, you’re going to have to break the chain. And there’s only one way to break it: Heal it with grace.
Friends, if you don’t get God’s grace in your life, life will make you bitter. Because life isn’t fair. Why? Because sin is in the world. We live on a broken planet. This is not Heaven. Evil people get away with evil things all the time. Life is not fair.

And if you don’t get grace in your heart, it’s going to make you bitter.

Is forgiveness fair? Absolutely not.
But it is not about fairness. It is not about justice. It’s about grace. You don’t forgive a person because it’s the fair thing to do. You forgive a person because it’s the right thing to do, and you don’t want your heart full of poison. You don’t want your heart holding on to the hurt and the hate.

Forgiveness is free, but it is not cheap. It cost Jesus his life. It cost God his Son. And as Jesus was dying on the cross, with his arms outstretched and the blood dripping down, he said, “Father, forgive them! They don’t know what they’re doing.” He was saying, “I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.” He was saying, “They don’t deserve it. They don’t even know what they’re doing. But Father, forgive them.”

Leave justice to God. Heal your bitterness with his grace.

DO NOT MISS OUR SERVICES TOMORROW…GOD HAS A MESSAGE FOR YOU!

If you have any prayer needs, email us.

Tammy and I love you!

Pastor Dickie and Tammy