Our Bethlehem Drive (formerly Bethlehem Walk) planning team has made a difficult decision to move to an online experience this year, rather than a physical one. With the re-classification of San Diego County to Tier 1 (purple), and the likelihood to remain there for awhile, we have prayerfully evaluated our status.
We understand that this decision brings a sense of loss for many in the community. For 32 years, Bethlehem Walk has been an important part of our Christmas tradition as we remember and experience the Love that God sent to us that first Christmas. Part of our Christian witness, as individuals and in our churches, is to care for our neighbors. In practicing our faith, we value people over a tradition. The spirit/season of Christmas reminds us that God meets us wherever we are.
This year, we will adapt our telling of the Christmas story to our times with a virtual Bethlehem Walk. In early December, watch our Facebook Page (Bethlehem Drive – Escondido, CA) and church webpage fumcescondido.org for details of the online experience.
This year’s Bethlehem Drive was to focus on giving to our community. Continuing that theme, we will provide links for contributions in the spirit of Christmas to Interfaith Community Services, Wounded Warriors, or United Methodist Committee on Relief -UMCOR).
God be with you and your family as you continue your journey through Christmas and into the new year. We look forward to seeing you in “Bethlehem” in 2021.
1 John 4:11 (NRSV)
Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.