November 16, 2020
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture:
Mark 2:1-5

Sermon:
"Thank You for Being a Friend"

Rev. Dr. 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. The sermon begins at 48:28 (48 minutes and 28 seconds). Thank you to Sister Kaiel Maynor for joining us in worship.

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:

Sister Cheryl Thompson-Martin is requesting prayers from her Bethany Family for the same day surgery she had today, Monday, November 16th.

Sister Katie Robinson’s son, Frederick Robinson, III had a short hospital stay.

Congratulations - Sister Edna Baugh retired on Friday, November 13.
 
Sister Bertha Bell is in Beth Israel Hospital after contracting the coronavirus.



"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
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
TRUSTEES' CORNER
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS -
VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS NEEDED

As the holiday season approaches, your Bethany trustees welcome anyone who is willing to submit a video testimony for the Count Your Blessings campaign. Please contact MIT Rebekah Keazer at hkeazer@bethany-newark.org if you would like to volunteer.
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
UPDATE MEMBER CONTACT INFORMATION

Members: Please call or submit your contact information (address, phone number, email address, birth date, etc.) 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 or Brenda Galarza at bgalarza@bethany-newark.org.
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.  
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND TRILOGY OPERA COMPANY:
PERFORMANCE OF SELECTIONS FROM
"EMMETT TILL" BY MICHAEL RAPHAEL

On Tuesday, November 10, Deacon Kevin Maynor and the members of the Trilogy Opera Company joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for a virtual performance of "Emmett Till: Selections by Michael Rafael." Below you can find videos of the full performance and panel discussion, including familiar faces such as Sister Candace Wildy, Deacon Frantz Masse, and our beloved Pastor, Rev. Timothy L. Adkins-Jones, Ph.D.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE NEWARK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Employment Opportunities with the Department of Health | ...

by H. Rebekah Keazer on November 13, 2020 Attached you will find a variety of job openings with the Newark Department of Health: 1. Medical Records Supervisor2. Senior Physician3. Senior Medical Social Worker4. Social Case Worker5. Senior Payroll ...

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bethany-newark.org
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!
A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE BLACK HISTORY COMMITTEE
BIBLE STUDY: BECOMING A THEOLOGICALLY WELL-INFORMED FELLOWSHIP

Thank you for joining us for “Becoming A Theologically Well-Informed Fellowship.” Bible Study will be on a hiatus for one more week, so join us again on Wednesday, November 25 as we delve into something new.
SEASONAL DEVOTION BOOKS STILL AVAILABLE

The fall Adult Sunday School books, "Our Daily Bread," and "The Secret Place" devotionals are still available. You may pick up a copy at the church.
BETHANY CARES IN SEARCH OF VOLUNTEERS

Bethany Cares is looking for volunteers with grant writing experience to assist in seeking funding as BCI will soon celebrate its 20th year of operation. For more information, contact Bill Lee at welee@me.com or the church office (office@bethany-newark.org).
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.
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
GET ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE WHILE DEVELOPING ARTISTIC SKILLS
Youth Entrepreneurship

GlassRoots' academic-year-long business and entrepreneurship programs are now collectively known as YES! Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit, and are offered either during the school day in our FLAME program, or as an after-school program. GlassRoots'...

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www.glassroots.org
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has 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.
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/
ANNOUNCEMENT AND COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES

If you would like to submit a graphic (flyer, poster, etc.) for the newsletter or video announcements, please ensure that it is an image file with the suffix .png or .jpg affixed to the end. PDF files are also acceptable. However, Microsoft Word documents may be resized or otherwise damaged in the process of conversion. PDF files and image files are preferred.

We would also appreciate if all announcements are proofread and edited before submission, as it would make the writing and distribution of our newsletter much more expedient.

In addition, if you know someone who is not receiving the biweekly email newsletters, please encourage them to follow these steps in order:

  1. Check your spam email folder.
  2. Add "office@bethany-newark.org" to your contacts.
  3. If you still do not receive our emails, you may sign up for the newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of our homepage (bethany-newark.org) and typing your email address under "Newsletter Sign-Up", OR
  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.