New Bethel Pastor’s Statement for October 19, 2020
Greetings to all our members and friends,
The New Bethel Presbyterian task force decided that on June 14, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. the sanctuary would be reopened under the CDC guidelines for places of worship. The task force members realized that the Covid-19 virus could make it impossible for some of the members of our congregation to worship in the house of the Lord with others. So, the task force requested equipment to allow the church to offer virtual services for the Sunday morning services. The 2020 global pandemic continues to be a challenge for God’s children throughout the world.
That being said, the global pandemic continues to cycle though our community and in recent days the virus outbreak has increased once again. The New Bethel Session voted on October 18, 2020 to once again close the church’s live service. New Bethel will move to a virtual format only until the first meeting in January of 2021 at which time the session will review the conditions for live services.
In the following days you will receive emails that will provide more details for new events in the coming weeks. For example: our services will be prerecorded and made available for each Sunday on our web page and YouTube site. Our leaders have plans to include Zoom meetings for some Wednesdays in a town hall format to include anyone (Start date TBA). Invitations can be requested by providing a name and email of a friend to Larry Smith or Denise Torbett.
We hope to discovery new ways to create a children’s virtual program in the coming days. We do ask for volunteers for a children’s program, and other social events. Your feedback and suggestions would be helpful. I would like anyone to send me an email at email@example.com with suggestions. I am reminded of Paul’s writings below. I hope it provides some comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-6
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
In Christ’s name,