Bethany Weekly News
06/1/21 | Issue IV.1.21
Thank you for worshipping with us this week. Above you can find the video of service this past Sunday. Pastor Adkins-Jones preached "Longing for the Lord's House" from Psalms 27:4-6. His sermon begins at 54:50 (54 minutes and 50 seconds).
Upcoming Events/Hot Off the Presses
We are excited for you to join us this upcoming weekend as we celebrate our 150th Anniversary in worship. We are especially grateful to be able to worship with you in person.

For this special celebration, we will have three services. The first will be on the evening of Saturday, June 12th at 6 pm. Then, on Sunday, June 13th, we will have our usual services at 8 am and 11 am. Beginning on Tuesday, June 8 at 10 am, you will be able to register online at Please note that we only have room for 100 people in each service.

If you will be attending worship in person, please make sure to watch the video on our website that explains our re-entry protocol in compliance with CDC regulations. The video is also reproduced below.

If you cannot 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.
Join us on Saturday, June 12th in the church parking lot from 10 am - 2 pm for an outdoor fellowship as part of our 150th-anniversary celebration.
New Jersey Division on Civil Rights presents a White Supremacy Listening Session

White Supremacy & Youth Extremism: Virtual Listening Sessions Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm
The purpose of this virtual event is to "foster active listening and engaging with the community around white supremacy, youth extremist and hate group linked experiences and raise awareness of extremist tactics and hate group related youth recruitment."
Mental health and subject matter experts will also be available.
Trilogy: An Opera Company Presents: Kevin Maynor as "Robeson"
You are invited to attend the performance of "Robeson" on Saturday, June 19 at 4 pm at the University Heights Charter School Amphitheater. Music is composed by Adolphus Hailstork.
High School Juniors and Seniors are Invited to Take Part in Inaugural Rutgers Pre-College Summer Law Academy

This two-week program taught by a distinguished member of the Rutgers Law faculty through virtual lectures, guest speakers, and law student teaching assistants rising high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to explore topics from a legal view that are among the most controversial issues of the day such as climate change, gun control, and immigration policies.

The program offers not only an introduction to jurisprudence but also a look at how laws are adjudicated and administered. This specialized program will also advance your college preparedness by enhancing your critical and analytical skills, boosting your academic and personal confidence, informing your college interest and career choice.

Applications are due on June 7, 2021.
Faithful Families, Thriving Communities - Continues Tomorrow Evening
Bethany has partnered with the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition for another year for Faithful Families, Thriving Communities workshops. The workshops will aid families in planning, shopping and preparing healthy meals on a budget while exploring ways to be physically active during the day. We have slots to register 20 families for these weekly zoom sessions and each family will receive a gift. Although the first workshop was last Tuesday, there is still time to register.

Please call the church office or email to sign up. 
Summer 2021 Write On Sports Camp for Grades 6-10

Write on Sports Online Summer 2021 will run virtually for four weeks in July, and we expect students to participate in classes for one or two hours a day, four days a week. During scheduled meetings, students will get support and feedback on their chosen projects (e.g., feature stories, videos, podcasts, fiction stories). Students will also be able to schedule additional one-on-one meetings with staff. We will also welcome guest athletes and journalists to speak about their profession and give an opportunity for students to interview them directly. 

We understand that students will have spent a lot of time on the computers during the school year, so we will combine a limited amount of direct instruction with time for students to work on their own or together with other students. We expect much of the work to be self-directed, with Write on Sports staff providing tailored support. We will still share students’ projects on the Write on Sports website and via a virtual press conference on the last day of camp.
2021 Freedom School Application Open
Applications to Summer 2021 Freedom School are now open for children between kindergarten and fifth grade. Breakfast, lunch, and homework help will be provided free of charge. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 18.
Freedom School Instructional Internship - PAID Position
Freedom School is hiring college students for the position of Servant Leader Intern this summer. This is a paid position and requires a commitment from June 28th to August 13th. If you or someone you know is interested in the position, please email with your name, the desired position, your email address, phone number, and a short description of why you would like to serve in this position. Applications are due on June 18th.
Bethany Cares, Inc. Golf Classic
Bethany Cares, Inc. invite you to join us on Monday, July 19 at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston, NJ for a fun-filled day of networking and challenging golf in support of our mission as the nonprofit arm of Bethany Baptist Church - Newark. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Freedom School summer academic enrichment program.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Leadership Development Institute
Please call the church office to learn more about this opportunity.
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 Sister Barbara Roberts who was admitted to St. Michael’s Hospital on Sunday, May 30th to undergoing a Medical procedure for her heart. She is currently home resting and recuperating.  

Brother Jefferson Barden passed on Sunday, June 6th. The funeral arrangements for Jefferson Barden are as follows:

Saturday, June 12th
Perry's Funeral Home, 34 Mercer Street, Newark, NJ
Wake: 9 am to 10 am
Funeral: 10 am to 11 am
Burial: Fairmont Cemetery, Newark. NJ
Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, Ph.D.,
Senior Pastor
Ongoing Ministries
Youth and Adult Sunday School

There are two Adult Sunday School classes. The Contemporary Sunday School class is taught by Deacon Linda Caldwell Epps at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. The Traditional Sunday School class is taught by Brother Ronnie Walker via conference call immediately following the 8 a.m. service. Please contact the church office for login information.

Children ages 11 and younger meet at 9:30 a.m. Please contact the church office for login information.
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
June 7: 1 Samuel 7:3-15
June 8: 1 Samuel 8:1-22
June 9: 1 Samuel 9:1-14
June 10: Hebrews 2:5-9
June 11: Psalm 20
Bible Study: "Who Stole My Church?"
Join us on Wednesday at 7 pm for the last session in "I Am A Church Member 2: Who Stole My Church?" based on the book by Gordon MacDonald: Who Stole My Church? What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century. You may join us live on YouTube or Facebook.
News from The Example Youth Ministry
Little Saints Sunday School:

Every Sunday at 9:30 am
Children 12 years old and younger

Meeting ID: 975 9579 0040
Passcode: 296496

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Meeting ID: 999 8961 9117
Passcode: 220088
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:


Text the "AMOUNT" to 973-339-0329

Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07103

NEW: Give using CashApp:
A Word of Encouragement from the Black History Committee
A Special Message from the Black History Committee
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 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
Vaccine Encouragement: #ImVaccinated
As the COVID-19 vaccines become available, you might be asking yourself, "Should I get it?", and that's a valid question. Science and scientists prove that the vaccine (Moderna and Pfizer) works and reduces the harshness of COVID-19. Members of Bethany have been vaccinated, and we are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated or even consider vaccination.
If you or someone you love needs to schedule an appointment, you may email Rev. Shawn Torres-Anderson at or call the church office. Join us in helping Bethany to beat COVID so that you can join in when they sing "reunited and it feels so good."
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 to learn more about the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.
COVID-19 Hotline

The state has established a hotline – 855-568-0545 – for New Jersey residents seeking support or information on the COVID-19 Vaccine — including information on how to register and schedule an appointment.

The vaccine call center is now live and agents will be available from 8AM—8PM.

The COVID-19 Vaccination is Now Available

New Jersey now has an online portal that enables you to register for a vaccine. Once you are eligible to receive the vaccine, you will be notified and can then find a vaccination site, pre-register, and schedule an appointment. Some vaccination sites may offer walk-up/on-site registration as well when doses are more readily available. Visit to register.

The COVID-19 Mobile Alert App

Currently, there is a surge in the number of positive cases of the COVID-19 Virus in our community. 

The NJ Department of Health is working to decrease the spread by strongly encouraging the use of the COVID Alert App. 

They are also working to dispel the myths that prevent us from taking advantage of this tool to save lives. 

Once the APP is downloaded it provides multiple services to a person who has tested positive. 

It can also alert another App user if they have come in close contact with one who has tested positive. 

Please take advantage of this tool. It can be downloaded through Google Play Store and the App Store.
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 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:

Crisis Counselling for Anyone Struggling with COVID-19
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
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