Dear Bethel Family and Friends,
In an act of love, we are choosing to open our doors tomorrow morning for those who would like to gather with us to pray, to worship, and hear from the Scriptures. We will have live services at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Traditions, adult classes, and children’s classes (except for birth to age two) are cancelled for tomorrow.
The question of whether to meet at all or to cancel is difficult to address and we are relying on the wisdom of many counselors to get to an answer that is best for the Bethel Church family.
Permission to Stay Home
We expect that many will choose to stay home from church tomorrow to avoid being in a crowd. If that is you, please join us online at
at 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Guidance from the
recommends that older adults and those with chronic conditions should avoid a crowd.
Practice Good Hygiene
Please continue to practice good hygiene to include these personal preventative measures, as encouraged by the
- Stay home if you or a family member is sick.
- Cover your cough.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Avoid shaking hands.
Walk by Faith
During uncertain days and times of increased social anxiety is good to remember passages like Isaiah 41:10:
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
God is not surprised by our circumstances. He is Lord over all and near to His children. Ours is an opportunity to walk by faith and live out our mission to Love God, Love Others, and Serve the World.
We will continue to communicate with you as our ministry is affected by this pandemic through these email updates as well as posting updates to
. Our Ministry Leadership Team is working together to notify those impacted by any other changes with regard to their specific areas of ministry.
We care about you and want to assist you in any way that we are able in this time of need. Please contact the church at 701.232.4476 if you find yourself wanting additional pastoral care or spiritual support.
Serving our good and powerful God,
Pastor Andy Veith
PS. Some of you have asked, “What can I do to help?” I can think of three simple next steps:
- Pray for God to use this situation for His glory.
- Check in on and offer to help those who live near you.
- Gather with your small group regularly and check in with your friends from church over text, phone, or shared meals.