A Message From Pastor Nate
Hello Bethany family,
As you know, we have been navigating unusual times. After a year of completely virtual worship services we have transitioned into a hybrid model which serves those in the local community and our in-person worship experience, while also meeting the needs of those who are not physically in the facility. This approach has proven fruitful as we have welcomed new members to our family as a result, and recently received new first time guests whose initial interaction with us was solely through our virtual platforms.
Initially, we incorporated a number of protective measures based on the conditions at the time of our initial regathering. As time has passed and new information has been learned, we believe that we are in a good place to begin to yet again make some modifications to our processes. As such, this Sunday will be the last Sunday that registration will be required for service participation, and temperature checks to access the building. Masks will still be required within the facility for the time being.
Throughout this process we have sought to provide the safest and most comfortable environment that we could. We have intentionally taken measures to care for all of our members, friends, and families. As of today we are seeing great reports within the State and County that are helping us make key decisions. Many things are opening around us with caveats for masks in certain environments. As the State and Counties reopen, we are again taking precautions to assess the impact of such changes in our surrounding community. We have intentionally taken a posture to observe the impacts around us, as a consideration for our posture. Memorial Day saw a shift in the dynamics of our community with many gatherings occurring across the State. Over the next few weeks we will be monitoring the State and County dashboards with the hope that our community contends to trend in a positive direction regarding coming out of this pandemic. As positive results continue to be reported regarding COVID, vaccinations and potential risks we believe that we will be able to make more adjustments in the future.
We thank God for you, and continue to look forward to all that God is doing in, through, and with Bethany Community Church!”
Congrats to Our Grads
Congratulations to all of the Bethany graduates on a major milestone in your lives. Whether you are graduating from High School or College, we are excited for you and the next phase of your journey.
Also, Congratulations to all of our school aged children and youth who are wrapping up another year of school and preparing to rise to the challenges of the next step in your academic journey.
We are so proud of you and all that God is doing in your lives
Opportunities to Serve
We would love to hear from you! If you are between the ages of 18-35 and have a desire to establish a ministry that specifically seeks to address the needs of this generation Pastor Nate would love to hear what you have to say. If you are interested in such a ministry led by and seeking to help young adults continue to grow in our faith we are looking for you. Please email [email protected].
Pastor Nate has a heart to serve the needs of our community. Do you have experience with food distribution, food banks, or coordinating efforts to feed those who lack food security? Are you interested in helping to establish a Bethany ministry aimed at meeting the needs of others in this tangible way? We are looking for those with interest and those who desire to lead in this effort. If this is you, please email [email protected]
Are you gifted in video streaming, production, or any part of our AV ministry? Would you like to see how you can serve to help us expand the gospel through our virtual platforms while also aiding in our in person worship experience? Please contact [email protected]
Do you have a heart for people, and have an interest in helping new family and friends feel welcome, while also helping us stay connected with other members here at the church? We would love to hear from you as we seek to establish and grow this ministry around community connections within our church. Please email [email protected] if you have interest in being a part of this effort.
Our children are not the future, they are a part of our present. Aid us in the discipleship of our children by serving to help them grow. Connect with our children’s ministry and see how impactful you can be by serving one Sunday a month. Contact Sheri Becraft for more information at [email protected].
It was great getting to see some of you in-person and we are excited about continuing our phased regathering. If you are planning to attend the June 13th service in person, please register here. Registration closes at 7pm on Thursday. We hope to see you there!
We are excited about the updates that are happening around the building in preparation for meeting together again.
In addition to these updates we would like to improve the stage lighting in our sanctuary as a part of this modernization process. We are inviting the Bethany Family to partner in helping us raise the $25,000 to complete this project.
If you wish to partner with us, you may do so through online by choosing the “Building” option, by check (please note “Sanctuary Modernization” in the memo), or by clicking the link below. We thank our Bethany Family, who continue to financially partner to ensure that the work of this church is accomplished.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Online Men's Group
Every Saturday morning, a group of men meet together via Zoom to study, pray and help each other in our walk with Christ. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
What better way to start your Saturday; grab a cup of coffee and join together with other men to strengthen your walk with Christ.
For more information, please contact Edd Beavers at [email protected].
We find things that test our faith every day, especially navigating the COVID19 crisis, racial injustice, and the cruel loss of family and loved ones due to gun violence.
In the Gospels, we find two stories where Jesus was amazed at the faith of someone that he encountered. Did you ever meet someone who had “Unshakable Faith”-faith that never wavered no matter how bad worldly trials became?
Over the next six weeks, we will talk about how to rediscover and refuel our faith by trusting God despite our inadequacies and weakness. God is most honored by our living, active, death-defying in-spite-of trust in Him.
Saturday morning, May 8th at 7:30, we begin this series and over the next six weeks, we will talk about how to rediscover and refuel our faith by trusting God despite our inadequacies and weakness.
Tuesday Night Prayer
Join us as we gather for some brief fellowship and a time of prayer. Each week (hearing prayer room meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 5:30 and the Deaf prayer room meets on Thursdays at 12:30 – 1:00) we take time to reconnect and pray over one another.
There is no expectation that participation means you have to lead in prayer. We would simply love to see your face and pray for, and with, you. The Bible tells us, “If my people who are called by name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land,” 2 Chronicles 7:14. We hope to see you there.
The Bethany Youth Group meets on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm via Zoom. This middle and high school meeting is a vibrant ministry that can introduce students to Jesus Christ, help them grow a personal relationship with Him, and help them find their sweet spot of service doing the important work he has prepared in advance for them to do. Join the fun by emailing Alli at [email protected].
Your Children’s Ministry is excited to announce that we will now be hosting weekly Zoom meetings for all interested children and families!
We are craving connection with your children; not only for ourselves, but also for their connection with one another. Email [email protected] for more information.
Right Now Media
If you’ve grown up in a Christian home or have had some exposure to Christianity, you are probably familiar with “The Lord’s Prayer.” Perhaps, you can recite it verbatim. Or perhaps you’ve recited it so many times that the words fail to make much sense to you anymore.
In this eight-part series, pastor Ranjit David, explains how the Lord’s Prayer is much more than a model prayer. Instead, it is a declaration that establishes God’s reign not just in Heaven, but on Earth as well when we mean what we pray.
Eventually, the Lord’s prayer is not ritualistic dogma or a magical mantra but a deeply conversational, one-on-one appointment with our Father.
Check out this study and more on RightNow Media. If you haven’t signed up for your account yet, click here.