Pastor’s Blog

by Pastor Todd Bradbury

Going Marveling

A couple of years ago I mentioned in a sermon the idea of “going marveling.” What is marveling? I learned it from my favorite pastor, Fred Craddock. He said that when he was a child and was bored his parents would take him on walks and they’d stop to notice things like flowers, birds, or the way a cloud moved across the sky. Marveling is slowing down to pay attention to God’s creation; it’s recapturing a sense of childlike wonder.

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Faith in Action

Faith in Action

Faith in Action
 
Normally, I like to feature someone and their story of faith in my newsletter articles, but as we know, things aren’t normal. Rather than focusing on one story, I’d like to share with you how I’ve seen us put our faith into action over these last two challenging months.

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Goodbye for Now

We recently had to say, “Goodbye for now,” to one of the Saints of Bethel, our beloved brother in Christ, Wally Cordle.
 
Last year Wally had to step down as a Trustee of Bethel. The church offered Wally a beautiful gesture of love before he passed away. We voted to honor his life with a plaque which recognized his 47 years of devoted service to Bethel.

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Join God in His Work

In my journey of faith one of the most meaningful books that I’ve read was Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. In the book, Blackaby tries to help his readers to identify where God is working and how to join Him in his work. Blackaby affirms that, “My Father is always at his work to this very day (John 5:17).” But how do we know where God is working?

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COVID-19 Update

Dear Bethel Congregation,

We are all grappling with how to appropriately respond to the Coronavirus or Covid 19.  We have been in consultation with Local Emergency Management Officials, and, given Governor Northam’s declaration of a State of Emergency, we have elected to close church this Sunday, March 15.  Please note that we will have an “Online Service” starting at 11AM.   We hope you’ll tune in and watch at the following web address: https://www.bethelchurchmidlothianva.org/messages/

NOTE: Given the fluidity of this situation, we will evaluate from week-to-week as to whether or not we will have services.  Please check the church’s website and your email for further updates.

Please note that James Willis is in the midst of doing a thorough, deep clean of our facilities and is sanitizing all areas, including our nursery and classrooms. 

This pandemic is an unprecedented event for most of us and there is a lot of fear.   Let’s use this situation as an opportunity to pray for people who are scared and fearful.  Let’s pray for our community leaders, our Governor, Congress and our President.  Please pray for our church leadership to respond to this health crisis with wisdom and discernment. 

Finally, we fully understand this is a fluid situation.  We will be closely monitoring this situation and we will remain in contact with Local Emergency Management Officials to seek their guidance. Thank you for reading this and please pray for the Lord to be glorified through this worldwide pandemic.  May many people come to know Him as Lord and Savior during this time.  Amen. 

In the love of Christ,

Todd Bradbury



Unique Gifts

Unique Gifts

Unique Gifts
 
Have you ever noticed the communion table in the People of Hope Center? If not, please take note of it the next time you visit Bethel. Did you know it was handmade by four people connected to Bethel? The story behind the communion table is that at one time we worshiped in both the Historic Sanctuary and the People of Hope Center so we had to carry the communion table back and forth between the two buildings. So it was decided to make another communion table.

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