Bethany Lutheran Church
CHURCH IS BACK!
We are excited to share with you that we are taking steps to reopen the sanctuary. This will take a few weeks and some work, so we are asking for your patience with us as we get all of the details in place and all of the supplies ordered to make this happen. We also want to do this safely, so with the church family’s health in mind, there will be some changes to our worship procedures and settings that we need to share with you so that you understand what’s coming.
Alternating Worship Services
The sanctuary will officially be open starting on June 20th for the 11:00a.m. worship service. What will happen is this:
8:00a.m. worship service that Sunday will be in the Fellowship Hall and the 11:00a.m. worship service will be in the Sanctuary that Sunday.
The following Sunday, the services will alternate.
Whichever worship service is having communion that Sunday will be held in the Fellowship Hall.
For those of you who are new to the congregation, our communion schedule is as follows:
- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month – 8:00a.m.service
- 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month – 11:00am service
- 5th Sunday will be announced in advance if there is one
Our reason for doing this is so that we do not have to sanitize the sanctuary between the services. We do not want to use harsh chemicals on our wood finishes and painted surfaces, but we also do not want to take unnecessary chances with our church family’s health. Having only one service in the Sanctuary each Sunday eliminates the need for sanitizing that room.
Specifics on Worship Procedures
- MASKS ARE OPTIONAL!
- SELF-STANDING AUTOMATIC HAND SANITZER STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING.
- THE SERVICE LITURGY WILL BE PROJECTED IN BOTH LOCATIONS.
- OFFERINGS WILL BE SELF-DROP IN BOTH LOCATIONS.
We are transitioning step-by-step as new information about the situation in our area becomes available. Our hope is in our Lord; we pray He continues to guide us and bless us all with good health.
Please continue to pray for relief from COVID-19 and other struggles that are preventing us from worshipping as one.
Our church has been contacted by the Health Department to alert us to a problem that has been occurring at other churches in our local area. We have been asked to pass along the request that if you contract COVID-19, please do not walk into the church office to notify the leadership of your health condition. PLEASE CALL the church office if you have potentially exposed others, and do not show up in person at the office. This has not been an issue at our church, but it has happened at churches in our area. In particular, our church would like to know if your health is at risk so we can pray for you, but as the Health Department is requesting, we are asking that you call in rather than show up in person. Thank you all for your cooperation with this.
Who are we?
We are a loving church family who follows the teachings of Martin Luther as expressed in Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.“
What are we?
We are a Missouri Synod congregation, established in 1931, of approximately 150 communicant members.
Where are we?
We are located in Salisbury, MD on the corner of Camden Ave. and South Blvd.
Why do we exist?
We exist, as a church body in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to learn of Him through His Holy Scriptures, to worship Him only, and to serve Him by meeting the needs of others and by sharing the gift of salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our verse for July:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15:13
The Bible is filled with verses that remind us to be happy, joyful, and content. Continue to rejoice and be glad that we have been granted His gracious gift of salvation which we can share as we witness to those around us. Christ died for us – be filled with joy!
Before retiring for the evening, thank God for the day’s joys.
We are a member church of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Click on cross icon to visit L.C.M.S. website.