Thank you all for remaining a church that is patient and kind in such a time as this. There are countless stories of persons at Bethel caring for each other and watching over one another in love. If you have a need or know of someone who does, please let us know. Those who are able are continuing to give to the ongoing expenses of the church with grateful hearts. Those who serve are also continuing to do so, faithfully and often sacrificially. We praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!
By now, it has dawned on us that we will not be able to come to worship INDEFINITELY. All services and activities are postponed until further notice. Last week, however, with the help of TEAM Bethel, all else moved forward, quickly. By Sunday morning the message was recorded and available on the website – Bethelumchurch.com – along with the written text (and bulletins). It can also be found on YouTube (Bethel UMC – and Sunday’s date), and Facebook. An adult class was held via teleconference at 9 a.m.. A children’s message was on Facebook live at 10 a.m. and can be accessed any time. The April Banner will be emailed this week. All these ways to worship and share together as one body of beloved believers are in place for tomorrow and, as much possible, for the duration of this season of sheltering in place.
Let the words of I Peter 5b-9 resound in each heart:
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[a] 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
If you need help with this or any online accessing, please do not hesitate to ask. Continue to send your stories and prayers that can encourage us all.
May the joy of the Lord be your strength!
In faith, Pastor Hines