Bethesda COVID-19 Update:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
– 1 Peter 5:6-10
 
1) What about worship?
It is always the very last option to cancel in-person worship. We firmly believe that worshiping together is a vital practice for our faith and well-being. That said, evidence shows with this virus that the most significant risk of transmission occurs in instances of close social proximity. Without widespread testing to know who does or does not carry the virus, we cannot in good faith risk transmission to those most vulnerable in our community. With that in mind, we will be worshiping exclusively online for the next two weeks.
 
You can join us in worship from the comfort of your living room at 10:00 on Sunday mornings. You can do this in two ways.
 
First, you can click over to our LIVE page to find a livestream of worship.
 
A second option, if you have a Facebook account, you can join us via a Facebook Live stream from our page (www.facebook.com/bethesdaweatherford).
 
 
 
2) What about other events?
We are suspending all other in-person events for the next two weeks that occur on or off-campus. Current wisdom encourages people to practice social distancing and minimize gatherings of ten or more individuals. In response, we are offering opportunities to gather online throughout the week for prayer and scripture.
 
Monday through Friday at 12:15pm, you can jump on our Facebook Live or Zoom stream for a time of scripture, prayer, and encouragement. These will be 15-20 minutes in length and offer guidance and spiritual grounding amid the uncertainty of our world right now.
 
Our Wednesday devotional time will be longer and more akin to our Pastor’s Bible Study. Come with your Bible, and we’ll dive into the scriptures and discover how God is speaking and moving in our world today.
 
3) How are we responding to need?
Care Team
Social distancing does not reduce the spiritual, social, emotional, and physical needs we all have. One aspect of worship that cannot be replicated online is the social support we receive when we welcome one another. During this time, we are putting together a Care Team committed to calling and checking in on our community.
 
The Care Team members will receive a list of names from our church family to call and touch base with regularly. We are committed to caring for the needs of each other during this time. If you would like to be a part of our Care Team, please respond to this email to let us know.
 
Assisting Schools to Help Feed Children
We are providing weekly food boxes for 11 families at Garner ISD. These food boxes will consist of bread, peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, crackers, fruit, milk, and cereal.
 
You can help in three ways:
1) Donate a box worth of food (or a portion of a box)
2) Give to Bethesda’s Our Daily Bread program to fund a box. Boxes cost $25-$40 depending on family size.
 
4) What can I do right now?
Pray for our church as we enter into this season of change.
 
Pray for your neighbors. Uncertainty creates anxiety in people as they feel a loss of control over their daily lives. This anxiety looks different for every person. In one person, it seems like anger. In another, it seems like depression. Graciously assume that everyone is dealing with heightened stress and anxiety and, with God’s help, respond with grace.
 
Heed the advice Peter offers the church. Pray for wisdom and a clear mind so that we are prepared to respond as God calls us. Trust that this is a temporary disruption. God promises to restore, confirm, establish, and strengthen the church through our faithfulness during this season.