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Sunday School:    9:30 AM
 
Sunday Worship:  10:30 AM
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Wednesdays:  6:30 PM
Worship with us on Sundays and join us on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 PM for Bible study and prayer. All are welcome.

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9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 
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(804) 794-8590
 
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Physical Address:
1100 Huguenot Springs Rd
Midlothian, Virginia 23113

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Bethel Preschool is a ministry of Bethel Baptist Church whose purpose is to show the love of Christ to children and their parents by nurturing children to grow in mind, in body, and in relationship with God and with others. Our preschool program provides Christ-centered preschool education for children ages two through five. The program offers fun, structured classes with learning objectives and a focus on the social, spiritual, academic, and behavioral development of preschoolers. Find out more about Bethel Preschool.

FOOD PANTRY HOURS

2nd Wednesdays
5:00 – 6:30 PM
 
4th Fridays

9:00 – 11:00 AM

Charlotte’s Pantry will provide a bag of non-perishable groceries to those in need each month on the 2nd Wednesday from 5-6:30 PM and the 4th Friday from 9-11 AM in the People of Hope Center.

TGIM: Thank God It’s Monday!

Ann Beacham thanks God it is MondayTGIM – Thank God It’s Monday! Have you ever heard anyone say those words? Me neither until recently. I recently visited Ann Beacham at Sutherland Place, which is an assisted living facility. For those of you who don’t know Ann, she is a long time member of Bethel. Ann’s husband Lamar passed away last year and, as you can imagine, the last year has been quite an adjustment for her. In my most recent visit with Ann I asked her if she had a good weekend. She said most of the time the weekends are really quiet around Sutherland Place and that there is not much to do because most of the staff is enjoying their weekend. She said, “Around here we say, ‘Thank God it’s Monday’, because on Mondays all of the staff is back and we have all sorts of activities to enjoy during the week.” That statement, “Thank God it’s Monday,” stuck with me. I never heard anyone thanking the Lord for a Monday. For most folks in a 9-5 job, Monday is rarely met with enthusiasm. Most of us are too busy looking forward to Friday to actually stop and thank the Lord for Monday. Ann’s words stuck with me because they made me think about things from a different perspective. While much of the world lives for the weekend, people like Ann look forward to days when their facility is fully staffed with activities to enjoy.

I suppose it’s human nature to “look forward,” to anticipate, to dream, to hope; these are all good, God given emotions. But I sometimes wonder if we don’t spend too much time “looking forward” and not enough time immersed in the present? Unfortunately, I’ve had to repent from spending too much time thinking about the future and “looking forward.” When we allow our minds to live in the future we rob ourselves of the gift of THIS day,  THIS moment. One of the things God continues to impress upon me is that there is grace, and gift, and life, and blessing in each moment. Frederick Buechner says something similar,

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and   gladness:  touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

Indeed, all moments are key moments. Life is Grace. Thank you, Ann Beacham, for reminding me to thank God for Mondays, and Tuesdays, and Wednesdays…you get the picture. Thank you Lord for THIS day, thank you Lord for ALL days, for life, for grace, for blessings and to be alive on your good, green earth and to participate in your Kingdom. Let us proclaim Psalm 118:24, “THIS is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in IT.”

Amen