CORONAVIRUS – CHURCH UPDATES FROM THE PASTOR
Grace and Peace to Our Bethany family and visitors.
I welcome you with the love of the Lord who is in total control and pray that all is well with you and your loved ones.
Many of you are looking forward, are curious, anxious and concerned about the reopening of the church, and these responses are all to be expected. Our covid environment is new to us, and in the absence of a vaccine, unpredictable. But I have good news for all those who are ready to return. Thanks be to God as of September 13th we will resume worship in the sanctuary with some restrictions. While the sanctuary has been prepared best as humanly possible and covered with prayers best as spiritually possible our capacity is reduced to 100 -120 persons between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall ( now the overflow room). We will also be worshipping with mandatory mask paraphernalia.
I also have good news for those of you who cannot at this time attend, as well as for our family and friends who are separated from us by long distances, some out of state and out of the country. We will continue to welcome your presence and support through remote access to worship from your respective homes. As of September 13th , worship can be accessed live via youtube which link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2360RiE4cYTignrzLnm6jQ . You will click on the video bearing the current date to access the service when it starts. There is also the option of experiencing audible worship via phone using the same identification and password used currently; tel: 646-558-8656, id 651-621-598, pw 000610
Do be reminded that we welcome you all not only for remote access to worship but to our bible study offered twice on Wednesdays as well as our hour of prayer. All these various accesses to worship and bible study is posted on the home page.
I am thankful for the Food Ministry that currently operates as a food pantry giving out ‘grab and go’ bags of food items to meet the needs of our immediate community. I am thankful for the steady growth in our bible study groups. I am thankful for the leadership of the class system and the care you are extending to each other. And I am excited about our future… about the possibilities that God is opening up for us to be a borderless church. God is doing a new thing! So we will dream big and prepare ourselves for what lies ahead. There are no limits to what we can achieve for God’s purposes through using all the creative abilities that God has blessed this church with.
And now I leave you in the best Hands, that of God, and remember:
“My Hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.”
My love to all, God bless.