September 13, 2020
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture:
Psalm 119:139

Sermon:
"Black Rage"


Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer,
Pastor, Bethel A.M.E Church, Woodbury, NJ
Founding Director, Salvation and Social Justice
Guest Preacher
Thank you for worshipping with us this week! We encourage you to watch a replay of yesterday's service. We are grateful to Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer for bringing us the Word yesterday. If you would like to go straight to the sermon, it begins at 01:01:42 (1 hour, 1 minute and 42 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 or on our website. Visit bethany-newark.org/liveservice/.
UPDATE MEMBER CONTACT INFORMATION

ALL MEMBERS: Please remember to ensure that we have your correct contact information in our system. If the contact information we have for you is incorrect, please make a note on the document and return it to the church office.
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 youth between the ages of 12 and 18 meet at 10:00 a.m. Please contact the church office for login information.
Send all notes, cards, and well-wishes to:

Ms. Beulah Brent
Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Maple Creek, Room 8 Bed 1
48 Colonial Drive
Horseheads, NY 14845
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:

Sister Laurel Pryor has been admitted to Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. Please lift her up in prayer.

Sister Elizabeth E. Fall and her family would like to thank you for your prayers on the passing of their loved one. They ask that you continue to pray for their strength in the Lord.

Sister Saundra Cook is battling cancer and undergoing a battery of tests. Let us pray for strength, faith, and a favorable outcome.

Brother Rudolph Davis is home from the hospital, doing well under occupational and physical therapy. Sister Dorothy Davis solicits your prayers for him.

Acquaintances of Minister Renee Brown-Johnson:

Her neighbor and Bethany member, Mr. Scanks, who lives in Apt.3a at 141 South Harrison Street, EO, NJ has been hospitalized twice in the last Month at UMDNJ for Anxiety. He has been taking care of his mother, who is in her 90’s, for years.

Rev. Robin Webb, Assistant Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church - East Orange. Her daughter transitioned yesterday.

Gayle Duras, one of Min. Renee's colleagues, whose brother was found dead at work on Friday.


"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, Senior Pastor
PROJECT 18:12 "NO MEMBER LEFT BEHIND"

Matthew 18:12 - "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?"

  • Every Fellowship Circle Leader will call their members
  • Every Ministry Leader will call everyone in their ministry
  • Reinstating our "5 in 5" Initiative:
  • Every member will call someone different every day


"5 IN 5" INITIATIVE

Consider participating in the "5 In 5" initiative. You can play a part in "Project 18:12" by reaching 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.
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
WOMEN'S MINISTRY CONFERENCE:
"BEAUTY FOR ASHES"

The Bethany Baptist Church - Newark Women’s Ministry presents “Beauty for Ashes,” the 2020 Virtual Women’s Conference. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 19 for the second day of this two-day conference. We are honored to welcome back Minister Candace Simpson to Bethany Baptist Church as our keynote speaker. Further conference information will be emailed to all registrants. We are excited for you to join us!
DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY AT EAST ORANGE GENERAL HOSPITAL
BIBLE STUDY RESUMES ON WEDNESDAY

We know you've been counting down the days...But Bethany Bible Institute is back! We are excited to gather with you again starting this Wednesday, September 16 at 7 pm, live on YouTube.
GENESIS DANCE MINISTRY RECRUITMENT

Bethany Baptist Church's Genesis Dance Ministry is welcoming new members. If you are interested in serving through dance and embodied worship, call the church office for more information.
BLACK HISTORY COMMITTEE RECRUITMENT
BBC BLACK HISTORY COMMITTEE PRESENTS:
THE INVESTIGATION OF INDIVIDUALS OF AFRICAN DESCENT IN BIBLICAL ANTIQUITY


This mini-course will investigate the substantial presence of people of African descent in the Bible. The journey of the children of Israel can be thought of as coterminous with the life and culture of the Ancient Africans. This view has been denied and ignored in biblical translations and scholarship of the Bible. This course will inquire, explore, and re-discover our fore bearers who became the icon of hope for Ancient Israel in the Bible. This mini-course will be held in six sessions* via Zoom.

Sessions three through six will take place on September 18 and 25, and on October 6 and 13.

Contact the church office to gain access to the Zoom call login credentials.
Last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instituted a federal order establishing a moratorium on evictions for the remainder of this year. 
 
In order for tenants to qualify for eviction moratorium protection, they must submit this form to their landlords. The renter must attest in the form that they cannot pay rent or find government assistance and that an eviction would likely render them homeless.
 
Tenants will still be required to pay the rent owed and owners may collect fees as a result of the failure to pay rent although residents will be allowed to stay in their residence through the end of the year.
TRUSTEES' CORNER
REMINDER FROM THE EXAMPLE YOUTH MINISTRY
Parents and youth, please email theexample@bethany-newark.org and provide your name, child's name, Date of Birth, phone numbers for parent and youth, address, and email address. Thank you!
SEASONAL DEVOTION BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE

The fall Adult Sunday School books, "Our Daily Bread," and "The Secret Place" devotionals are now available. You may pick up a copy at the church.
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS CHARTER SCHOOL
VIRTUAL JOB FAIR

Anyone interested in pursuing a career in education should email jsurgeon@uhcs-newark.org for more information. Applications for 3rd-6th grade Science teachers are especially encouraged.
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS CHARTER SCHOOL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

University Heights Charter School is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applications can be found at www.newarkenrolls.org . Visit www.uhcs-newark.org for more information.
BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH IS BACK TO REGULAR HOURS

As of September, the church office hours are now 10:00 - 5:00 on Mondays - Fridays.
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. 
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.
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.
ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

As the election is less than three months away, we want to encourage you to ensure that you are registered to vote in your state. Because of the restrictions surrounding COVID-19, it is likely that many people will receive mail-in ballots. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot in New Jersey is October 27, however, it may be wise to apply earlier if you can to ensure that you receive your ballot.
HOW TO VOTE IN THIS YEAR'S ELECTION
We are now two months away from the 2020 presidential election, which is why you must ensure that you are registered to vote and request a mail-in ballot as soon as possible. You can visit vote.org or your local board of elections to find out how to register for the first time, or how to check your registration status.

This year, all registered voters in New Jersey should receive a ballot with prepaid postage to vote by mail. You may submit your ballot to a designated dropbox, drop it off at a polling place, or send it by mail, postmarked with a date of November 3rd or earlier. You may also vote in person with a provisional ballot. Please make sure to check the voting regulations for your state and county.


Visit the following websites for more information:

Everything You Need to Vote - Vote.org

"For this Nation to remain true to its principles, we cannot allow any American's vote to be denied, diluted, or defiled. The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties, and we will not see its luster diminished."

Read more
www.vote.org
PLAN YOUR VOTE: How to vote by mail and register to vote ...

Source: NBC News Decision Desk and NBC News Data Graphics. Information was collected by contacting state and local election officials, monitoring official websites, executive orders from governors, announcements from government officials and...

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www.nbcnews.com
Welcome to the Essex County NJ Board of Elections -...

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting." -Franklin D. Roosevelt Here in Essex County, we want to make voting as easy and fair...

Read more
essexboardofelections.com
NJ DOS - Division of Elections

Governor Phil Murphy * Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

Read more
voter.svrs.nj.gov
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/