New Bethel Pastor’s Statement for January 18, 2021
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 through 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 our session on March of 2021 at which time the session will review the conditions for live services.
We now offer Sunday services on the church's web page and YouTube site. Our leaders have created a Zoom meeting for Wednesdays nights in a town hall format to include anyone (see calendar for time and dates). We have started adult Sunday school studies online through our Zoom program. Invitations can be requested by providing a name and email of a friend to Larry Smith or Denise Torbett for both programs.
Your feedback and suggestions would be helpful. I would like anyone to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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,