Preschoolers Are Natural Mathematicians

Preschoolers aren’t yet ready to memorize multiplication tables, but that doesn’t mean they cannot learn and explore math concepts they will use when they move on to primary school. Try these ideas at home to help your preschooler explore math. Offer containers filled with small treasures. Think of lids, buttons, shells, beads, pieces of ribbon, pinecones, acorns, and similar items as the...
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Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing

Did you know that children begin their path to reading as babies when they hear and respond to the sound of a human voice? Literacy—the ability to comprehend and communicate through reading and writing—begins as babies understand your spoken words. Listening, talking, reading, and writing are all parts of early literacy learning—and they’re all connected. On the road to becoming readers and...
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A letter from Pastor Rustin

Dear beloved friends of Bethel Encino, It is with mixed emotion, and after much prayerful reflection, that I submit to you my resignation as pastor.  I have recently accepted a call to serve as Pastor of Faith Formation at Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata Minnesota. Although we are excited for the new adventure God is bringing, our deep affection for you makes Bethel an extremely difficult...
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The Fear of Failure: Becoming The New You

Check out this recent talk from Brendan Alley, our Mental Health Ministry intern: “The Fear of Failure: Becoming the New You” podcast by Brendan Alley July 29th 2016 Often we fixate on our failures rather than successes.  Failure is inevitable but what matters is how we use failures to become something better and new.  In this podcast, I use the lens of the process theological concept ...
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Be The Concierge Desk to The Kingdom

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New Series: BE The Church

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Mental Health Ministry

Dear Bethel Family, As someone with depression and anxiety disorder I know how challenging it can be to feel connected, loved, and engaged in community. One’s mental health can be a difficult and uncomfortable subject due to cultural stigmas associated with mental illness and mental health in general.  To further live out Bethel’s values of love, acceptance, and compassion for...
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The First Tuesday of Advent

The First Tuesday of Advent Luke 1:57-66 Preparing for the One Called John In many cultures babies are automatically named after their father or grandfather. In some you can even tell what the child’s birth order is by what the child is named, and in others the infant might have four or five names to honor several of their ancestors. So when Elizabeth told the crowd that she and Zechariah had...
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Solar Power & Green Initiatives

Bethel has been, and continues to be, grounded in the grace of resurrection.  We take this journey very seriously. We believe resurrection happens in our lives, in our hearts, but also on our campus and in our homes. Thanks to such an amazing community, Bethel has taken huge steps to creating the most sustainable campus possible.  Over the last six years we have done everything we can to make...
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July Videos From Sabbatical

Rustin is on a sabbatical journey and wanted to share a few videos with us from Northern Ireland…a 14 mile hike is bound to make one quite contemplative!  
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