Dear Bethany Family,
Our time of exile will soon be over. We will be holding worship in the sanctuary this coming Sunday (May 10). At the same time, we will continue to provide audio for those in the parking lot who may be uncomfortable or unable to come inside.
In addition, we will continue to …
– Encourage people who feel sick to stay home.
– Practice appropriate social distancing.
– Place hand sanitizer and disinfectant in the narthex.
– Not hug or shake hands for a time.
– Pick up our own bulletins.
Thank you for being patient in these strange and uncertain times. We know from God’s Word that all things work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Our Loving Lord will continue to provide all that we need for body and soul to life eternal.
Please join us this month for our series from the Book of Daniel – “A Faithful Life in A Foreign Land.”
Feeling like you are in exile? You are not alone. Just ask Daniel. Join us for worship at Bethany in the month of May for a series on the Old Testament Book of Daniel – “A Faithful Life In A Foreign Land”.
5/3 – When Your World Ends (Dan.1)
5/10 – When You Have To Do The Impossible (Dan. 2)
5/17 – When The Heat Is On (Dan. 3)
5/24 – When The Handwriting Is On The Wall (Dan. 5)
5/31 – When You’re Thrown To The Lions (Dan. 6)
This Sunday (April 5) we will begin offering a Drive-In worship service here at Bethany. The service will begin at the normal time of 9am. Please park in the main parking lot and roll down your windows since we’ll be using the church’s speakers and sound system. The order of service will be sent out ahead of time so you can follow along in your car. At the end of the service of the Word, you may pull into the circle drive to receive Holy Communion in your car.
Please be patient with us in this new venture as we try our best to minister during the corona crisis. If all goes well, we will continue with the drive-in service on Easter Sunday and for the next few weeks. As has been said before, we don’t know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future.
If you are in need of pastoral care during this time please contact me via text, phone, email, or facebook. I am available for prayer, confession/absolution, and private communion. If any of our seniors need assistance with groceries or errands, please let us know. We’re all in this together and we’ll do our best to trust in God and serve our neighbor in love.
Remember to send in your offerings or bring them on Sunday. God’s peace and comfort be with you all.
Based on the advice and direction of civil and spiritual authorities, after our Lenten Service this evening we will be postponing church activities for at least two weeks. Most of our sister churches in the area have decided to take this step, and we feel that it is necessary for us to do so as well.
During this time of anxiety and unrest, we will attempt to send out expanded video messages, devotionals, and resources for your spiritual enrichment and edification. Please feel free to come to the church sanctuary at any time for prayer and meditation. Take a hymnal or bible home with you if you’d like. Make sure you have your portals of prayer or other devotional for use in the home. Let me know if you would like a catechism or other resource from CPH and we can order it for you.
Remember that this will be also be a challenging time financially for our congregation and community. The costs that are part of our annual budget continue whether we are physically assembled or not. There also may be families in our sphere of influence who experience financial difficulties during this time that we may be able to help. This is a time for us to put our faith and trust in God that we might “live generously” as He has called us to do. After supporting your own congregation here at Bethany, you may want to consider giving to the Ministerial Alliance, Food Pantry, or other local charity.
Again – if you are in need of pastoral care during this time please contact me via text, phone, email, or facebook. I am available for prayer, confession/absolution, and private communion. If any of our seniors need assistance with groceries or errands, please let us know. We’re all in this together and we’ll do our best to trust in God and serve our neighbor in love.
Our hope and prayer is that we can gather again for corporate worship on Palm Sunday and continue with Holy Week and Easter. May the Peace of Christ be with you all.
During this time of uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic, here is what we will be doing at Bethany:
– Proclaiming hope in the midst of suffering because Jesus is our Crucified and Risen Lord and Savior.
– Praying for those who are affected, and also for the leaders of our nation.
– Encouraging people who feel sick to stay home and listen to the Lutheran Hour.
– Placing a bottle of hand sanitizer in the narthex to use as you enter or leave church.
– Not shaking hands for a period of time until we are advised otherwise.
– Leaving bulletins on a stand in the sanctuary for you to pick up yourself.
– Sharing updates through email, facebook, and website.
It is in times like these when the Church has opportunity to be a light in the darkness. It is a great time to show the world how we put our faith and trust in God while also submitting to the governing authorities. We know from God’s Word that all things work out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. God is in control, and He will continue to provide all that we need for body and soul to life eternal.
The peace of the Lord be with you.
When Jesus enters a place, He never leaves it as He finds it. The most troubling places in our lives become amazing places of God’s grace when Jesus comes to visit. Join us at Bethany for our Lenten Series, “Places of the Passion”.
“Places of the Passion”
2/26 – Bethany – 7pm
3/4 – Bethphage – 7pm
3/11 – Mount of Olives – 7pm
3/18 – Gethsemane – 7pm
3/25 – Courtyard – 7pm
4/1 – Trial – 7pm
4/5 – Golden Gate (Palm Sunday) – 9am
4/9 – Upper Room (Holy Thursday) – 7pm
4/10 – Golgotha (Good Friday) – 7:30pm
4/12 – Empty Tomb (Easter Sunday) – 9am
We are beginning a new series for the new year here at Bethany entitled “Knowing God”. Hope you can join us!
1/5 – All Knowing God
1/12 – All Powerful God
1/19 – Ever Present God
1/26 – Gracious God
2/2 – Faithful God
2/9 – God of Light
2/16 – Righteous God
2/23 – Holy God