Updates due to COVID-19 & Gathering Restrictions
Worship is still happening!
Stay Connected while our campus is closed!
Our campus is CLOSED until further notice.
ALL EVENTS held on the Bethany UMC Campus are CANCELED, until further notice.
- The pastors will continue to monitor the situation and send out notices with any changes and plans going forward
Other Events which have been canceled or postponed:
This list is NOT comprehensive, so please check with your event's leadership if they have not already contacted you.
- CANCELED – Flowers & Fellowship on April 4
- POSTPONED – Special Needs Prom: Future Date & Details TBD
While I do not want us to be fearful, I do want us to be appropriately careful and understand why we are taking the precautions we are taking. COVID-19 is a "novel" virus, which means none of us has immunity to it. For some of us, an infection can be relatively mild. For others, it can be fatal. Even if we are not overly concerned about ourselves, we need to be concerned for others. As well, a large gathering that results in a rapid spread of COVID-19 can overwhelm our healthcare system, which can limit the system's ability to provide strong healthcare to those who are seriously ill. Maintaining proper physical/social distance creates a "fire break" that helps limit the spread of COVID-19. Our efforts to create this distance is very important
We are sorry for the inconvenience but want to take every precaution to keep people safe and healthy. We are continually reassessing the situation as gathering restrictions change, I appreciate all of your help and cooperation as we move through this. We have never done anything like this before in all the years I have served Bethany. I am sure there will be some bumps and questions. Feel free to contact me or any of the pastors and we will do our best to provide answers. Please follow all precautions for your own health in this time. But let us not fall into fear and panic. Let us walk in the confidence of children of God even in the face of such uncertainty about this illness and its spreading.
We will continue to assess and share information in a timely manner. Thank you for being the church that you are.
Tom Deviney, Sr.Pastor
- Follow the recommendations of the medical community – wash your hands often with soap and water for as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song two times, cover your face when coughing or sneezing, disinfect belongings when you must leave your home e.g. diaper bags, blankets, etc.
- Pray. It’s not a cliché. It’s a clarion call to do what we do as people of faith. For thousands of years, the local church has been the bedrock of support for communities grappling with fear about public disease. That starts with prayer: for the cessation of the spread of the virus; individuals and caregivers directly impacted by the illness: and all of us as we remember that God is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46).
- Act. We embrace service and preparation alongside our prayer. As always, BUMC will seek out ways to help those in need, from making our own worship environments safe to funding medical solutions to caring for those in need. It’s who we are as the people of BUMC.