Dear Friends of Mt. Bethel,
I am Betty Berghaus, your brand new bridge interim pastor (filling the gap between Hedge until your Interim Pastor Nominating Committee finds an interim pastor). My task is to keep things moving forward for worship, pastoral care, and Session/Diaconate/committee leadership, as near to normal as possible. BUT these are not “normal” times in which we are living! The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus to be a global pandemic, and there are already known cases in our area.
After a lot of prayer and attention to health warnings and closings around us, the Session voted overnight via email to cancel worship and other activities at Mt. Bethel this Sunday, March 15. The Session will meet this week to further evaluate conditions for use of the church building as they strive to do what is best for all church members and visitors.
We will work on ways to provide some worship for you through the Mt. Bethel website page, Facebook or recordings. If interested, visit one of our sister congregations, like The Brick Presbyterian Church in NYC and watch their livestream service on Sunday. Here is a link to the Presbyterian Mission Daily Lenten Reading. We will continue to update you as we figure out how to continue to worship and be community in a time when being together physically poses risk to many.
You can help us to care for the sick and homebound during this time, since we will be unable to visit them in person, by sending them cards, or calling if they are available by phone. Maybe you can share food with a neighbor who does not cook. You may have other ideas of how to care for others, as we continue to be good Christian neighbors to one another.
Philippians 4:6-7 says: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
The peace of Christ be with you.