May 11, 2020
Fifth Week of Easter

Scripture:
Exodus 2:1-10


Sermon:
"Party of Five"

Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones,
Senior Pastor
Here is the video of yesterday's Mother's Day service. We encourage you to enjoy the music ministry of our guest artist, Peter Collins. The sermon begins at 01:05:10 (1 hour, 5 minutes and 10 seconds).
VIRTUAL WORSHIP CONTINUES

Join us LIVE on Sunday mornings at 8 A.M. and 11 A.M. for our weekly worship services. You can watch us on YouTube, Facebook Live, and on our website.
Prayer Requests

"Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." -- Matt. 5:4

It is with great sadness that we must inform you that Minister Crispin Johnson transitioned from labor to reward on yesterday evening. He was surrounded by love as he met Jesus face to face. We ask that you keep Minister Renee and their families in prayer as they grieve, and we will let you know of future opportunities to celebrate his life.

Let us pray for Sister Joyce Hamilton and family after the loss of her dear husband, Bill Hamilton, on Sunday afternoon.

Brother Barry Gray lost his brother, Dennis Gray, from COVID-19. Dennis was a former member of Bethany Baptist Church - Newark. Please lift the family up in prayer.

If you have any personal prayer requests, please know that you are always welcome to submit them to the church office or at our website: bethany-newark.org/resources/request-prayer .

We continue to keep in prayer all individuals and communities that have been affected by the Coronavirus. We pray for caregivers, individuals who are waiting for test results, and all who have lost loved ones in this season.

Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, Senior Pastor
PRAYER CALL LINE -- NOW ON SUNDAY MORNINGS, TOO!
Join the Matthew 6:9 Daily Prayer Call every weekday, Monday-Friday at 6:09 p.m.

Dial 1 (425) 436-6372 and type in the Access Code: 146003.

UPDATE: You can now call in to listen to Sunday morning services at 8 AM and 11 AM!

"In this manner, therefore, pray: "Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name." -- Matt. 6:9, NKJV
PASTORAL COUNSELLING

In these difficult and unprecedented times, members of the Bethany Baptist Church - Newark ministerial staff will be available to provide pastoral counselling to anyone who is in need. Appointments are available via phone call or Zoom conference. Just call the church office for more information and to see all available appointments.

"5 IN 5" INITIATIVE

Counselling and outreach aren't limited to our ministers, however. Consider participating in the "5 In 5" initiative. As part of this initiative, you--yes, YOU!-- can reach out to at least one member a day, especially one who is outside of your usual social circle, resulting in 5 members in 5 days. We hope this initiative will enable us to stay connected and, perhaps, emerge from this even stronger than before.
BETHANY BIBLE INSTITUTE CONTINUES...

Join us on Wednesday as we continue reading I Am A Church Member (modern church) by Thom S. Rainer in conversation with the books of Joshua (establishment of Israelite community) and Acts (growth of the community of Jesus followers). You may order a physical copy or e-reader version of the book online . Bible Study will be streamed live at 7 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.
TRUSTEES ' CORNER
WOMEN'S MINISTRY ANNOUNCEMENT

The Bethany Women's Ministry will hold a virtual meeting on May 14th and June 11th at 7pm. Please check your email inbox for a communication with further details.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE presents: SUPER SATURDAY
ATTENTION STUDENTS: 8TH GRADE THROUGH COLLEGE SENIORS!

Mark your calendar! May 30th is (virtual) SUPER SATURDAY @ Bethany! Now that you've submitted your scholarship applications, what's next? Super Saturday is a new initiative through the Scholarship Committee, consisting of interviews, mentorship, and professional advising. Follow the link below for more information:

COMING SOON: THE BLACK HISTORY COMMITTEE'S EYE-OPENER CORNER

There is a widespread misconception that the Bible excludes people of African descent.
This fallacy has been based on historical distortion, among a variety of other reasons. The family of Moses is featured as our first Eye-Opener. Moses’ wife, Zipporah, was a Cushite or Ethiopian—the daughter of Jethro and father-in-law of Moses. To read more about Zipporah, read Exodus 1:17-19; 2:5-10; 2:21; 4:25 and Numbers 12:1-5.

In Exodus 18:13-27, the family conversation is retold between Jethro and his son-in-law, Moses, on judicial administration in Ancient Egypt. Learn more about Jethro, the Wise Counsel, and his family by reading Exodus 2:11-12; 3:1; 4:18 and 18:1-12.

The Bible is a universal story of all humankind, and their role in the creation and development of Judaism and Christianity. Stay tuned Bethany, a virtual mini-course will be announced on The Presence and Role of People of African Descent in the Bible.

BETHANY MEMBERS’ PICTURE BOOK DIRECTORY

The Directory is available to purchase for $10 . 00. It can be purchased by mailing your payment to the Church Office, "Attn: Suzette Jones," or pay online by selecting "other" and indicating "Directory" in the note section. Once the order is received we will mail the directory to the address provided. The Committee responsible for overseeing the production of the Directory is composed of Deacons Patricia Fullilove , Dorita Newsome-Dobbins , Carl Watson , Richard Roper , and production manager, Sister Nicole Jean Baptiste . See any one of this group if you have questions about the document. 
UPDATE MEMBER CONTACT INFORMATION

Members: please update your contact information (address, phone number, email address, etc.) if any of it has changed, so we can keep communicating essential information to you. In times like these, having the correct contact information for you all is incredibly important. You may call the church office at 973-623-8161 or email Alice Turner at aperson@bethany-newark.org.
DON'T FORGET TO RESPOND TO THE 2020 CENSUS

A census is a method by which a particular geographic jurisdiction is able to get an (ideally) accurate count of its residents. Responding to the census allows your government to allocate funds and other resources towards infrastructure, education, employment, political representation and other needs in your community. If you have not responded yet, please visit my2020census.gov to do so online. You may also complete the paper questionnaire that was mailed to you. If you need help completing your 2020 Census questionnaire, please call toll-free 1-844-330-2020.
Bethany's 150th Church Anniversary
As we prepare for the anniversary of the church, please consider donating photos, church programs, bulletins and other memorabilia prior to the year 2000. The Archive Committee would greatly appreciate PHOTOS of founding church members, historic church events, and church ministries. Bring all items, with your contact information, to the church clerk’s office, or email them to  egallashaw@verizon.net.
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/