Sunday Morning Worship
Hello Bethany Friends and Family,
With the recent uptick of Coronavirus and it’s variants, the church council decided to move Sunday Morning Worship to online only.
The decisions made were unanimous based upon the large rising numbers of COVID cases (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) in Cowlitz County, and the ecumenical report forwarded by Synod and based upon the CDC recommendations. Our county’s COVID cases have risen, and our hospital is filling up. Although the vaccination (like the flu shot) gives one a lighter case, it does not prevent the variant from making people very sick.
Summarized from the report, we are reminded: As Christians we seek to act responsibly in the exercise of our faith as we fulfill the obligation to love our neighbors as ourselves. Christians will refrain from judging the witness of others as long as others are NOT endangering the common good. That means it is not only protecting ourselves but caring for others.
We are not closing the church, but ask that if you enter at any time, please follow our request of protecting others and yourself by wearing a mask. The council will be monitoring our county’s numbers and revisiting this with the Re-opening committee in September.
We realize this is disappointing but are keeping in mind the instruction found in Galations 6: 9-10 “”Let us not grow weary in doing what is right.”
We believe that it is important to provide that opportunity for those who are unable to attend in person so we will continue streaming live to Zoom, YouTube and Facebook.
Each ministry team will be able to decide if they wish to meet in person, virtually, or a combination of the two, as best suits their team members and their work.
Watch Most Recent Sunday Worship
Please consider connecting with at least one or two other members from our church directory via phone and asking them to regularly check in with you as well. This may be daily phone calls or every other day. Let us know who you’re connecting with via email or phone so that we can make sure no one is being left behind.
Women of Bethany Bible Study is meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30am.
Small Seeds & Sprouts will be on Zoom the second Saturday of every month at 1:00pm.
Our Parent’s Group is meeting on Zoom every Wednesday at 3:00.
Offering @ Home
To continue with your offering, checks may be mailed to the church office, you can sign up for Simply Giving here: http://www.thefellowship.com/downloads/simplygiving.pdf . For assistance, give us a call to walk you through any of these processes.
The church office will be open Tuesday through Thursday 9:30 to 3:00
We continue to pray for those who are affected by COVID-19, for those who are self-quarantined, for those who are experiencing isolation, anxiety, and fear, we lift all afflicted to our Lord in prayer. Know that you are not alone, God is with you and we are in this together. Please call, email, and reach out as you need.
For more information on the Novel Coronavirus, please visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus and for the most up to date information for our county please visit http://www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/205/Health-Human-Services . You can also find resources from our denomination, the ELCA, here: https://elca.org/publichealth