Author:Andy Anthony

Bethel Town Hall Invitation

On September 9, 2018 the leadership of Bethel UMC is holding a town hall meeting. Any who consider Bethel UMC their church home are invited to attend, listen, and ask questions. The following issues will be discussed:

#1

The United Methodist Church is at a crossroads concerning the issue of human sexuality. In April of this year, the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church called for a Special Session of General Conference* to take place in February of 2019. This General Conference “will be ‘limited to receiving and acting on a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward.’ The 32-member Commission was appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in their charge to lead the church forward amid the impasse related to homosexuality. The Commission’s task includes examining paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.”**

The legislation being put before General Conference delegates is the “One Church Plan”*** which seeks to keep the United Methodist Church in tact by allowing conferences and churches to decide how to handle the matter of homosexuality for themselves.

Two other plans will be considered – the Traditionalist Plan (keep the Book of Discipline wording the same with stronger enforcement) and the Connectional-Conference Plan (a mixture of several different solutions aimed at keeping the denomination intact).

Only the Lord knows what February holds for the United Methodist Church. If the One Church Plan is approved, we will have a decision to make concerning our stance on homosexuality. At the town hall meeting, we are not voting or deciding anything, rather it is an opportunity to know more about the issue at hand. Please come with a humble and discerning heart.

#2

Thanks be to God for ministry happening at and through Bethel! Children, students, and adults are moving the mission to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus forward. Each Sunday morning we have new guests at worship. We are engaged in mission and ministry in Mascoutah. God is moving through Bethel to make a transforming difference in our community!

Many of the ministries through Bethel relate back to our facility. Children, students, and adults gather at different times throughout the week (the facility is used 5-7 days every week). We host Classical Conversations, a home schooling group. They used the facility weekly for several hours for structured, communal learning time. We also host several Girl Scout troops throughout the school year.

We are incredibly blessed with our facility, though there have some significant challenges. Perhaps the easiest to identify is our lack of handicap accessibility to various parts of the building. These challenges need to be addressed. The town hall meeting will give us opportunity to identify and discuss potential solutions.

When you come to the town hall meeting, have in mind one way our building is helpful to the mission and one way our building could be improved to be more helpful to the mission. Again, please come with a humble and discerning heart.

 

Please put September 9 Bethel Town Hall Meeting in your calendar now. Thank you!

 

Andy Anthony, Senior Pastor

 



*For more information on what General Conference is and why it is important go here: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/general-conference. For the press release calling for the special session go here: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/umc-bishops-call-special-session-of-general-conference-for-2019

**For the full Book of Discipline Statements regarding Homosexuality go here: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/homosexuality-full-book-of-discipline-statements

***For more information on the One Church Plan go here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/bishops-propose-plan-for-way-forward

 

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Overcoming Worry

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Easter Sunday 2018

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The Return of the King

Return of the KingLuke 19: 37-40Welcome to Bethel United Methodist Church. We are blessed you have joined us today.

Posted by Bethel United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 25, 2018

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3 Circles: the Gospel

Good Morning Friends…..Welcome to Bethel United Methodist Church. We are blessed to have you join us today!!!

Posted by Bethel United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 4, 2018

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2017 Confirmation Service

INTRODUCTION TO THE SERVICE

 

Jake Franck, Youth Pastor

Brothers and sisters in Christ:

Through the Sacrament of Baptism

we are initiated into Christ’s holy Church.

We are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation

and given new birth through water and the Spirit.

All this is God’s gift, offered to us without price.

 

Through confirmation,

and through the reaffirmation of our faith,

we renew the covenant declared at our baptism,

acknowledge what God is doing for us,

and affirm our commitment to Christ’s holy Church.

 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES

Mentors of Confirmands (See Bulletin)

 

RENUNCIATION OF SIN AND PROFESSION OF FAITH

Pastor Andy to Mentors and Confirmands:

On behalf of the whole Church, I ask you:

Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness,

reject the evil powers of this world,

and repent of your sin?

Mentors and Confirmands: I do.

 

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you

to resist evil, injustice, and oppression

in whatever forms they present themselves?

Mentors and Confirmands: I do.

 

Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior,

put your whole trust in his grace,

and promise to serve him as your Lord,

in union with the Church which Christ has opened

to people of all ages, nations, and races?

Mentors and Confirmands: I do.

 

 

Jake to Confirmands:

According to the grace given to you,

will you remain faithful members of Christ’s holy Church

and serve as Christ’s representatives in the world?

Confirmands: I will.

 

Pastor Andy to Mentors:

Will you who sponsor these candidates

support and encourage them in their Christian life?

Mentors: I will.

 

Pastor Andy to Congregation:

Do you, as Christ’s body, the Church,

reaffirm both your rejection of sin

and your commitment to Christ?

We do.

 

Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life

and include these persons now before you in your care?

With God’s help we will proclaim the good news

            and live according to the example of Christ.

We will surround these persons

            with a community of love and forgiveness,

            that they may grow in their trust of God,

            and be found faithful in their service to others.

 We will pray for them,

            that they may be true disciples

            who walk in the way that leads to life.

 

Jake to all:

Let us join together in professing the Christian faith

as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

 

Do you believe in God the Father?

 I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

            creator of heaven and earth.

 

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

            [who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

            born of the Virgin Mary,

            suffered under Pontius Pilate,

            was crucified, died, and was buried;

            he descended to the dead.

            On the third day he rose again;

            he ascended into heaven,

            is seated at the right hand of the Father,

            and will come again to judge the living and the dead.]

 

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

            [the holy catholic church,

            the communion of saints,

            the forgiveness of sins,

            the resurrection of the body,

            and the life everlasting.]

 

CONFIRMATION OR REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Pastor Andy to Confirmands:

Remember your baptism and be thankful. Amen.

 

______________, the Holy Spirit work within you,

that having been born through water and the Spirit,

you may live as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Pastor Andy to Congregation:

Remember your baptism and be thankful. Amen.

 

RECEPTION INTO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Pastor Andy to Confirmands:

As members of Christ’s universal Church,

will you be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church,

and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries?

Confirmands: I will.

 

RECEPTION INTO THE LOCAL CONGREGATION

Jake to Confirmands:

As members of this congregation,

will you faithfully participate in its ministries

by your prayers, your presence,

your gifts, your service

and your witness?

Confirmands: I will.

 

COMMENDATION AND WELCOME

Pastor Andy to Congregation:

Members of the household of God,

I commend these persons to your love and care.

Do all in your power to increase their faith,

confirm their hope, and perfect them  in love.

 

We give thanks for all that God has already given you

            and we welcome you in Christian love.

As members together with you

            in the body of Christ

            and in this congregation

            of The United Methodist Church,

we renew our covenant

            faithfully to participate

            in the ministries of the Church

            by our prayers, our presence,

            our gifts, our service, and our witness

            that in everything God may be glorified

            through Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor Andy to all:

The God of all grace,

who has called us to eternal glory in Christ,

establish you and strengthen you

by the power of the Holy Spirit,

that you may live in grace and peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAPTISM

 

THANKSGIVING OVER THE WATER

 

Let us pray.

 

Eternal Father:

When nothing existed but chaos,

you swept across the dark waters

and brought forth light.

In the days of Noah

you saved those on the ark through water.

After the flood you set in the clouds a rainbow.

When you saw your people as slaves in Egypt,

you led them to freedom through the sea.

Their children you brought through the Jordan

to the land which you promised.

 

 

In the fullness of time you sent Jesus,

nurtured in the water of a womb.

He was baptized by John and anointed by your Spirit.

He called his disciples

to share in the baptism of his death and resurrection

and to make disciples of all nations.

Pour out your Holy Spirit,

to bless this gift of water and those who receive it,

to wash away their sin

and clothe them in righteousness

throughout their lives,

that, dying and being raised with Christ,

they may share in his final victory.

All praise to you, Eternal Father,

through your Son Jesus Christ,

who with you and the Holy Spirit

lives and reigns for ever.  Amen.

 

BAPTISM WITH LAYING ON OF HANDS

 

Rebecca, I baptize you in the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

The Holy Spirit work within you,

that being born through water and the Spirit,

you may be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

“Rebecca, child of God,  you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.”

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A Walk Through Exodus – Week Two


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Liberation Sermon Handout

Exodus 8 Week Reading List

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