Bethany Weekly News
08/23/21 | Issue XVI.1.21
Thank you so much for worshipping with us this week. Above you can find the video of the service from this past Sunday. Our senior pastor, Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, Ph.D., continued the series "Detox," preaching "Choose Your Own Adventure" from Psalm 37:23. His sermon begins at approximately 1:01:38 (1 hour, 1 minute, and 38 seconds).
Upcoming Events/Hot Off the Presses
Summer Worship Music Series in the Month of August
Join us throughout the month of August for our Summer Worship Music Series. We have prepared a lineup of incredible musicians and worshippers to serve as guest artists for this month’s Sunday morning worship services.

Join us at either the 8 am or 11 am services, live on YouTube and Facebook, or in-person if you have registered. We look forward to worshipping with you.
Samara Joy and Pete Malinverni Close Summer Worship Music Series
Join us live next Sunday as we end our Summer Worship Music Series with Samara Joy and Pete Malinverni. Samara Joy is the winner of the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Her self-titled debut album was released this summer. Pete Malinverni is a pianist, composer, and educator who has been a fixture in the New York City jazz scene for the past thirty years. He is currently Head of Jazz Studies at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College of the State University of New York.

Registration for in-person service opens Tuesday morning at 10 am.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Newark Fire Division

The Newark Fire Division will be seeking highly motivated and qualified Newark residents to apply and train for the entry-level positions of firefighter.

Applicants must be US citizens of 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent education. Applicants must also be in possession of a valid New Jersey Driver's Licence.
"Nevertheless": New Single by Rev. Karlos Nichols
Our very own Associate Pastor of Worship and Arts, Rev. Karlos Nichols, has released a new single: "Nevertheless." It is available to be purchased digitally or streamed everywhere. Please show him your support!
"The Doors of the Church are Open" - Re-Entry Protocol
As you plan to attend services, please be sure to watch this video to be aware of our new, CDC-compliant, re-entry procedure. Registration for each week's service will open on Tuesday mornings at 10 am and close on Friday evenings at 5 pm. Please note that we only have room for 100 people in each service.

If you can’t make it in person, we will still be streaming on YouTube, Facebook, and our website. We look forward to seeing you soon, whether virtually or in person.
NJ Together Listening Campaign Survey
AND Fellowship with Jewish Congregation B'Nai Keshet
Earlier in the spring, we participated in a listening campaign with NJ Together to get a sense of the issues that different faith communities want to collaborate on. As the campaign nears its close, we want to give everyone an opportunity to express themselves. If you have not filled out the survey, please do so at the following link:
As was announced in service this Sunday, the barbecue we were scheduled to have with Congregation Bnai Keshet has been postponed because of the weather. Stay tuned for details about upcoming opportunities to connect.
Prayer Requests
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." --Matt. 5:4
Please keep the following members of our extended community in prayer:

Please pray for the improvement of Sister Barbara Roberts's health.

Please pray for the residents of Haiti as they continue to recover from a severe earthquake. Please pray for those who have lost loved ones, and for the country to be able to heal and recover.

Sister Shirley Way would like for the Bethany family to keep the following Senior Saints in prayer: Emily Smith, Sarah Hayes, Anne Foster, Mary Hawkins, Dorothy Jenkins, Warren Williams, Wilma Turner, Carolyn Lee, Mary Atkinson, Beulah Brent, Janet Hill, Elaine Slaten-Green, Frances Thomas, and Frederick Gilbert.

Please pray for Sister Bertha Miller's son, James Miller III.
Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, Ph.D.,
Senior Pastor
Ongoing Ministries
Adult Sunday School

The Adult Sunday School Classes taught by Deacon Linda Epps and Brother Ronnie Walker will be on vacation during the month of August.
Matthew 6:9 Prayer Call
The Matthew 6:9 prayer call continues on weekday evenings at 6:09 pm. To join the prayer call, as well as to listen to our Sunday morning worship services, you may dial 1-425-436-6372, and when asked, enter 146003 as the access code.

"In this manner, therefore, pray: 'Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name'." --Matt. 6:9, NKJV
This Week's Readings
August 23: Ephesians 5:21-6:9
August 24: 1 Kings 6:1-14
August 25: John 15:16-25
August 26: James 1:1-8
August 27: Psalm 45:6-9
#WayBackWednesdays Summer Sermon Series
Join us on August 18, as we continue our summer throwback sermon series. In the meanwhile, we invite you to watch (or rewatch) last week's sermon, "When Your Brook Dries Up" from Judges 7:1-8, by Rev. Dr. Marilyn Monroe Harris.
News from The Example Youth Ministry
Youth Sunday School and Refuge (Wednesdays) will be on Summer break for the month of August.
Resources
Seasonal Devotion Books

Due to COVID-19, Our Daily Bread devotion shipments have been slightly delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience. To see all the other ways you can read Our Daily Bread devotions, click the link below. The Secret Place devotions are available for pickup.
Trustee's Corner
Ways to Give
Thank you all for giving faithfully and sustaining our ministry during this time. As a reminder, you can give in the following ways:

ONLINE:

BY TEXT:
Text the "AMOUNT" to 973-339-0329

BY MAIL:
Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07103

NEW: Give using CashApp:
A Word of Encouragement from the Black History Committee
Classifieds
FOOD PANTRY: Male Volunteers Needed

The Food Pantry needs male volunteers on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. For further information, please call Jon Lee at 201-396-0857.
University Heights Charter School Accepting Fall 2021 Applications
COVID-19 Information Hub
COVID-19 Testing Every Sunday
COVID-19 testing will be available at Bethany every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm at no out of pocket cost. This service is provided by LAB Q Diagnostics.
COVID-19 Care Packages
Because we care, the COVID-19 Task Force will be mailing care packages for those who test positive for COVID-19. If you or someone you love receives a positive test result, call the church office to include their name on the list or email covidinfo@bethany-newark.org.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

The FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program has begun. In this program, any family member who paid for a COVID-19 related funeral can be reimbursed for up to $7,000. Please keep your funeral documentation and visit FEMA.gov to learn more about the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.
Addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Bethany family,

As the COVID-19 strain of the Coronavirus spreads, it is in our interest to keep you informed and protected. We encourage you to practice proper hygiene habits and be careful when interacting with others. Here are some precautions to take:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Instead of shaking hands, greet others with a fist bump, elbow bump, "Wakanda Forever," or anything that does not require direct physical contact.
  • Do not use your fingertips to touch shared surfaces. For example, you may use paper towels to open doors, press elevator buttons, etc.
  • Keep hand sanitizer and disinfectants within reach and in locations you frequently access, such as the entrance to your home, your car, and any personal bags that you carry.
  • Stock up on medications and other essentials you may need in the event of quarantine, such as nonperishable food items.

We especially encourage our Seniors to take extra precautions, as data has proven that they are most at risk of catching the Coronavirus.

In addition, we as a church have taken steps to increase the availability of hand sanitizers in common spaces.

Although we are no longer having in-person meetings, please join us live in worship on our YouTube channel and at bethany-newark.org. You may also give securely online through our website. In the midst of these uncertain times, we want you to be able to worship with us as you always do, except from the comfort of your own home. Please be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and click the icon that looks like a bell in order to receive all notifications in real-time.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We pray for your protection during this time, and for a safe and full recovery for anyone who has been infected.

For more information, see the following publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf
NEWARK URGES RESIDENTS WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS TO CALL NEW JERSEY HOTLINE AT 1-800-222-1222. Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day. More information at https://www.njpies.org/
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