May 2, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Easter



Sermon:
Ancient Aftermaths, Pt. 1:
"After The Fall(?)"

Scripture:
Genesis 3:21-24



Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, Ph.D.,
Senior Pastor
VIRTUAL WORSHIP CONTINUES
Thank you for worshipping with us this week! Above is a replay of yesterday's service. Pastor Adkins-Jones's sermon begins at 52:38 (52 minutes and 38 seconds).

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 or on our website. Visit bethany-newark.org/liveservice/.
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 Marva Mack. Her brother Kevin Mack passed away on Saturday, May 1st. She also lost her father, Deacon Marvin Mack, on Saturday, April

Please continue to pray for Sister Tricia Brown's maternal uncle, Chester Lee Cyrus, as well as her paternal aunt Bea Moore who had a stroke, and her daughter Keisha who is also in the hospital. Keep Sister Tricia's father-in-law, James Arthur Brown's health in prayer.

Please pray for David Love, Sr., the brother of Sister Zelda Patterson, who is suffering from a terminal brain tumor. Please pray for the entire Love family back in Iowa, who are dealing with a number of illnesses.

Rev. Shawn Torres-Anderson requests prayer for his family. His mother is recovering after being hit by a car. His great-aunt, Wilhemenia Johnson, passed away. Please pray for the Johnson-Dyer family.



"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. We also pray that all leaders will seek wisdom as they prepare to reopen their communities.

Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, Ph.D., Senior Pastor
MOTHER'S DAY GUEST ARTIST:
C. ANTHONY BRYANT
Join us next Sunday, May 9, for a special Mother’s Day service featuring musical guest C. Anthony Bryant. Mr. Bryant is Music Leader at Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan and Music Visionary at First Corinthians Baptist Church in Harlem. He is also a prolific vocalist, composer, conductor, and music educator. As always, services will be streamed at both 8 AM and 11 AM live on YouTube and Facebook. We hope you will join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day at Bethany.
MATTHEW 6:9 WEEKDAY 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
TRUSTEES' 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:

*NOTE: When using CashApp, please put your name and purpose (tithe, offering, etc.) in the description.
PLEASE READ TO THE END FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM OUR COVID-19 TASK FORCE
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE COMPETITION

Do you know a New Jersey high school junior or senior who is looking for a college scholarship? The Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition deadline has been extended to May 7th.
SAVE THE DATE:
BETHANY CARES, INC. GOLF CLASSIC -
JULY 19, 2021
ONLINE CHURCH DIRECTORY

The church directory is now online. If you need to update your contact information or stay in contact with other members, just create an account. From there, you will be able to create your own profile.
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.

There are also two Youth Sunday School classes. Children ages 11 and younger meet at 9:30 a.m. and teens between the ages of 12 and 18 meet at 10:00 a.m. Please call the church office (973-623-8161) for login information.
BIBLE STUDY: "WHO STOLE MY CHURCH?"

Join Bethany Bible Institute on Wednesdays at 7 pm for “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.” In this study, we continue to build upon our study from last year. You may join us live on YouTube or Facebook.
SEASONAL DEVOTION BOOKS

Due to COVID-19, Our Daily Bread devotions 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.
NEWS FROM THE EXAMPLE
YOUTH MINISTRY
NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL LINK FOR LITTLE SAINTS
REFUGE FOR YOUTH ON WEDNESDAYS
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BLACK MALE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY TO PRE-MED PROGRAM

Please note this opportunity from Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University and National President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Mrs. Barbara Murrell, her Community Affairs Liaison.

Tennessee State University (TSU) and Meharry Medical College are offering a joint program in which students will be able to graduate from TSU in three years and then complete medical school at Meharry in 7 years instead of the traditional 8 years.

Although both male and female students are welcome to apply, they have only received female applicants and strongly encourage male applicants to apply.

Any Black male high school seniors who aspire to become medical doctors, have scored at least 29 points on the ACT, and have earned at least a 3.5 GPA are eligible to receive a full scholarship at Tennessee State University.

Please send prospective candidates' information to Gussie.fuller@gmail.com ASAP. Ms. Fuller will forward the information to President Glover and Mrs. Barbara Murrell.
YOUTH EMPLOYMENT
WITH NY/NJ PORT AUTHORITY

The Port Authority recently opened up the application process for this summer’s paid internships for college students. Most of them are virtual/remote internships due to COVID and last anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks in duration. There are opportunities in various departments & for various majors and interests. It is a good opportunity to get government/public sector experience on a resume, regardless of someone’s long-term plans.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH
NJ DEPT OF HEALTH & COMMUNITY WELLNESS

The City of Newark, Department of Health & Community Wellness has a few open positions. Click the title of each position for more information.
 
2.       Medical Case Manager
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.  
A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE BLACK HISTORY COMMITTEE
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS CHARTER SCHOOL ACCEPTING FALL 2021 APPLICATIONS
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND MEDICAID ENROLLMENT OPEN WITH NO PENALTY

The Biden Administration has re-opened enrollment for the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Anyone who has lost their health insurance or is unemployed is eligible to apply for coverage until May 15.
COVID-19 INFORMATION HUB
PRE-MOTHER'S DAY FREE COVID-19 TESTING, VACCINE REGISTRATION, AND FLOWER GIVEAWAY: SATURDAY, MAY 8
Bethany Baptist Church, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, City Hope Ministries & Metropolitan Baptist Church have partnered together to celebrate Mother’s Day. In efforts to keep everyone safe for Mother’s Day, we have organized a Pre-Mother’s Day testing event to be held at Bethany on May 8, 2021 from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

In addition to testing, each person who is tested will have the opportunity to create their own bouquet to give to a person they love free of charge. We are asking each person to pre-register using the information on the flyer or contact Rev. Shawn Torres-Anderson at covidinfo@bethany-newark.org for assistance. On-site registration is also available.

As an additional service, those who have not yet been vaccinated and come out to be tested will also be registered to receive a vaccine if they choose. We look forward to seeing you on May 8th.

The Bethany Baptist Church Men's Fellowship is also hosting a special treat for Bethany mothers at this event.
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. 
VACCINE ENCOURAGEMENT: #BETHANYBEATSCOVID
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 covidinfo@bethany-newark.org 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 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
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 8 AM—8 PM.
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 covidvaccine.nj.gov 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. 
CRISIS COUNSELING FOR ANYONE
EMOTIONALLY 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 https://www.njpies.org/
ANNOUNCEMENT AND COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES

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  1. Check your spam email folder.
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  4. Email our Director of Media and Communications, Min. H. Rebekah Keazer, at hkeazer@bethany-newark.org with your name, preferred email address, and any other relevant contact information.