A Special Thanksgiving
During his time of Thanksgiving and the Advent season along with the celebration of Christ’s birth, I pause to give thanks for all that that I have been blessed with.
My name is Reverend William L. McNeal usually called Pastor Bill and I am the pastor of Bethany (United Methodist church) UMC. In the last few days, I have been thinking of the many blessings I have been given.
On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, the Bethany UMC sustained heavy damage due to a fire at the church. This in its self is not a blessing but the outpouring of support has been.
I wish to thank all of the men and women first responders who arrived at the scene of the fire and quickly assessed the situation and did their best to save the structure and the surrounding building. I personally would like to thank Captain Stump from the Milton fire company for his leadership and decisions that accomplished that goal. For all who gave of their time for training and preparation I say you should all be commended.
I want to thank all who were involved in the emptying of the church office and church building to save all that we could of the contents. Your actions were one of tireless action. To all of the local churches that offered physical help and Spiritual help, you can never be thanked enough. For those Churches who supplied trailers to transport and storage of the saved items a special thanks to Christ Wesleyan, and to Revival Tabernacle for their help.
The building may have some damage but the church is going strong. God’s word tells us God will be with us through the water and the fire (Isaiah 43:2). As a church, we survived the flood and we will survive the fire.
In the season of Advent, the first lesson is a lesson of Hope so we are filled with the hope of resurrection that out of chaos God created all so out of the chaos of the fire God will create a new church.
The Bethany church will continue to meet at the West Milton UMC at 310 High Street in West Milton at 11:00 am until the New Church is ready for worship.
Several people have asked how they can help us during this time and prayers are first and foremost as we seek God’s direction, second if anyone would like to help in the recovery checks can be made out to Bethany UMC and in the memo line write fire fund and mail them to Bethany UMC 18 Center Street in Milton PA 17847.
Thank you to all in this community we call Milton PA.
God is good,
Pastor William (Bill) McNeal
Bethany Goes Green!
In an effort to take better care of the resources that God has so richly given us, we are excited to share ways that we here at Bethany are making efforts to lower our carbon footprint. We have proudly instituted Recycling here at Bethany for items that are used in the church and offices. Aluminum, cardboard, clear plastic, glass, paper, and Styrofoam items are accepted and must be separated. In the main building, there are green bins located below the coffee station table in the Contemporary Sanctuary that are labeled with the items to be placed in them. In The Parish House there is a box for paper in the administrative assistant’s office and bins in the break/kitchen area for the other items.
Please do your best to help Bethany go green and do our part to save the planet!!
“Washed Clean Kits”
Next Community Dinner's (which Bethany members helpout):
Milton Harvest Community Dinner on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm at St. Andrew's UMC, 102 Lower Market St, Milton PA.
Community Dinner - Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm at Christ Evan Lutheran Church, 1125 Mahoning St, Milton PA.
(Members needed for setup (3 PM) and desserts)
December 15th, 2019
"Christmas Treats & Movie"
We apologize the event is
canceled due to fire.
Movie Nights will be canceled due to loss of sanctuary.
Our temporary place of Worship during the restoration of the church:
As of December 8th, 2019 will be held at
West Milton United Methodist Church
310 High St, West Milton PA
11:00AM Gathering of the Family of God (Worship) | Sunday
BETH "Washed Clean Kits" (Hygiene Kits)
Bethany is proud and excited to announce we are launching a personal hygiene packs ministry for members of our community! This will be an ongoing ministry and collection of materials will continue to be placed in the bins in the sanctuary. There will be events held at the church on tables that will be set up and individuals will be able to select from the items available for their own needs. We delivered 20 BETH Washed Clean kits to the HandUp women's shelter “Renewed Hope Women’s Home” .
The items that we are accepting for the packs are:
Soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body sprays, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand/body lotion, wash cloths, hand towels, disposable personal/baby wipes, feminine products, toilet paper, and both baby and adult diapers. (Items mostly needed are hand towels, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, feminine products, and individual packets of tissues.)
The small individual, hotel-sized bottles are preferred but any donations are welcomed!
We thank you in advance for your support of this exciting new ministry!!