Friday, June 28, 2013


SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.,

at the church--parking lot. We will be renting spaces, $15 each, includes permit fee (cash or checks only). Space rental is open to the community, too! If you would like to rent a space, call Dania Beard, 848-5149 week days from 6:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Registration deadline is July 19 or when the spaces are gone, whichever comes first. All proceeds benefit our Bethany Christian Learning Center. 

If you aren't interested in renting a space, be sure to mark your calendar to attend--we need shoppers, too! You never know what you'll find at a Yard Sale.


Hospitality and the Future

One of the things I love about Bethany Church is the gift of hospitality. When the CrossWalk Community mission congregation joined Bethany in 2008, one of the leaders of Bethany, joyful to welcome a group of newcomers, even suggested changing the name of the church. Every time we welcome someone new, we change. And that openness to change, to the stranger and guest, is a spiritual practice that marks the people of God.

Leviticus 19:34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

Matthew 25:40 Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

Romans 15:7 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Moving into the future, I want to encourage you to continue your practice of hospitality. Welcome guests who come to us in worship. Welcome your new pastor, "PD", and his wife, Jean, and so give him the space to not only be your pastor but become your pastor. And continue to support the Safe Access project, which has made our building fully accessible, fully prepared to welcome everyone. We still need about $45,000 to retire the debt on that project.

I will miss all of you, miss the partnership we share, miss the joyful laughter, the silly jokes (thanks Curvin!), the focus on our mission, the effectiveness in ministry. Thanks again for welcoming us crazy Bohanans into your lives, for feeding us, for praying for us, for sharing the journey of discipleship and ministry. We love you!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Killer in the Dark

From Bishop Bickerton, chair of the Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church.

Each Tuesday night during this past TV season, 21.9 million people watched Pauley Perrette play Abby Sciuto, the forensic specialist on the No. 1 TV series “NCIS,” as she combated formidable killers.

Her involvement in the "NCIS" storyline was key to taking down these killers. But in real life, Pauley is a United Methodist helping to take down the real Killer in the Dark -- malaria. And, Pauley says, YOUR involvement is key.
Go here to contact your local NBC affiliate and download a sample script for emailing them.
Pauley narrates the updated version of the compelling documentary, "A Killer in the Dark,” that will air on NBC stations through Nov. 3. Produced by United Methodist Communications in collaboration with Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, this television event features diverse voices from both the United States and Africa who work together to stop this preventable and treatable disease that claims a life every 60 seconds. First produced in 2011, this new version reflects progress, new research and scientific advancements.

Spread the word and save lives!
Thanks to your support, malaria’s death rate is almost half of what it was in 2006. Let’s wipe out the other half! We need your support to do it. Please contact your local NBC affiliate and request they air this lifesaving program.

To find the contact information for your local NBC affiliate and to download a sample script for emailing them, go to

Thank you!

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton
Chairperson, Global Health Initiative

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Three Ways We Censor the Bible

By Dave Barnhart, pastor of new church Saint Junia. Check out the full article!

In a post on my blog last fall, I talked about the “secret” history of Red Alabama, and how that history gets sanitized. How we sanitize history is the subject of the book Lies My Teacher Told Me, which argues that how we teach history affects our thinking and our politics. There is a similar “secret” history of biblical interpretation, which also affects both our thinking and our politics.

I’m doing a Bible study called “Your Vulgar Bible” on Monday nights in a local pub. I’m sharing the stories and passages that don’t get preached. These are stories that do not get shared, either from the pulpit or in Sunday schools, and so people get a skewed vision of the Bible.

I argue that there are three ways the Bible gets censored:

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Vacation Bible School is coming! Mark your calendars.
"EVERYWHERE FUN FAIR" Where God's World Comes Together
All children, ages 3 through 12, are welcome. There will be a Program on Sunday, July 21, at 11:15, which will feature the children of VBS. Breakfast will be served prior to the program at 10:00 a.m.
Join in the fun by wearing the following color each evening:  Monday-Orange; Tuesday-Red; Wednesday-Blue; Thursday-Purple; and Friday-Green.

Songs, Story Telling Time, Crafts, Discovery Time, Games, Snacks, and More! Come join the fun, and bring a friend along to join you in the adventure.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sunday School

Our summer session Sunday School for adults and youth is underway, with one class in the Gathering Place and one in the Social Hall. Class continues this Sunday!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chicken BBQ

Bethany is hosting a Chicken Barbeque to benefit York Habitat for Humanity's Building on Faith 2013 Project, which is the building of two homes on Albemarle Street. Come on out on June 22, 2013, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a great meal--1/2 a chicken, baked potato, applesauce and dinner roll--only $8.00. Walk-ups welcome! For more information on the building project, check out York Habitat.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Listen online or download Sunday messages, and here!
Pastor JP's last message at Bethany.

Deuteronomy 26.1-11 with Genesis 12.1-3

Moses’ final message series
My last two messages start from Deut
Israel on the verge of the Promise – but Moses not to enter

"A wandering Aramean was my father"
Me: My father was a wandering intelligence officer
Ordination prep: "How do you feel about the itinerant system?"
Mantle passed 2013: "I’m gonna move when the Spirit says move"
Boys/Robin: My father/husband was a wandering/itinerant UMC ...

In this text from Deuteronomy, Moses instructs Israel on how to give thanks once they have come into the land, once they have "arrived". It is about giving thanks by telling a story, the story of their people, beginning with the "wandering Aramean". It is about blessing and victory through hardship. And it is about our calling. The thanks giving ritual begins with this memory, this rehearsal of story, and concludes with a feast. It is only appropriate today that we begin with story and conclude with feast – both at the table of the Lord and at tables in the Social Hall and Gathering Place.
In the prayer that we share in Holy Communion, the church has always – even in the New Testament documents – rehearsed the story, shared the memory, as preparation for the feast. And, the traditional Greek word for Holy Communion, "eucharist", is the root for "giving thanks". We give thanks by story telling and table fellowship: "On the night Jesus gave himself up for us, he took bread . . ." (See Christenson, 59 and Cody).

Monday, June 17, 2013

Baptism Fellowship

The afternoon baptism service also came along with fellowship and hot dogs! Thanks to our wonderful hosts!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

More baptisms!

Last Sunday afternoon, we celebrated baptisms outdoors. Congrats to Sarah and Khris (who also became a member) and thanks to Laura and Jim for presenting.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


We celebrated three baptisms during the Celebrations service. Congrats to all, and thanks to Marsha and Laura for presenting.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Smarter to travel in groups

A video shared at annual conference. Keep traveling, keep stepping out on new adventures with Jesus - no matter the risk - because together we not only persevere but overcome.

New member

Barb joined the church during the Traditions service. She was presented by Sue. Congrats!

Thursday, June 13, 2013


Congrats to the graduates of the 2012-2013 class of Disciple, an intensive and transformational survey of the Bible!

BCLC Graduation

Congrats to these kids who are moving up to kindergarten in the fall!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BCLC Celebration

Thanks to the great BCLC staff team and congrats to the kids and families on another wonderful school year. Summer camp is already up and running!

The Breakfast Spread

Thanks Jim and crew for the wonderful breakfast for BCLC graduation. Don't forget to RSVP to the office for the celebration luncheon for the Bohanans on June 16 and the welcome breakfast for the McClearys on July 7.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Living Life in Love with the God Who Is in Love with Us

Listen online or download Sunday messages, and here!Deuteronomy 6.1-10

Deuteronomy, background:
Moses’ final message series
My last two messages start from Deut
Israel on the verge of the Promise – Moses missing out
Me missing out on your future

Shema and Great Commandment "all your, all your, all your"
"The LORD is one": unity of God and the unity of our devotion
"The LORD alone": single God, single affection

My blood test song, "eres tu"

How do you know when you have found the "One"?
Do you have to change to be loved?
Or is the power of love and being loved changing you?

Baptism – laying life down in the love of God
willing to give up your life for those you love?
willing to give up your life every moment for those you love?

Romans 12.1:
Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship.

Worship is not just a Sunday activity
it is living life in love with the God who is in love with you

Glad Grads

We honored five graduates from high school and one from business school this year. Congrats, best wishes, and prayers in your futures!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Compassion in Action

My friend Katelyn has been an inspiration to me.  Her life has been transformed by God’s love at New Life For Girls.  At NLFG’s Katelyn found people who were clothed with compassion.  In 2012 Katelyn went to the Dominican on a mission trip with Good News FMC Mission, and was blessed by the experience.  This year, in July, she is returning once again with a heart filled with compassion for the children.
Have you ever wondered what compassion looks like in the life of a disciple of Christ?  Perhaps the following quote says it best.

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Boo-Chomp Live Action

The story of four anonymous women who changed history by saving a child. Check out the message notes ("Boo-Chomp") and audio (and here).

New Railings

While under construction ... now fully installed except the finish coats. Thanks to those who gave to support this project to add safety and accessibility - and do it beautifully - to our worship space.

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Listen online or download Sunday messages, and here!
An audience participation story from Exodus 1.22 - 2.10, for our Bethany Christian Learning Center graduation on Sunday June 2.
Story told:

Richness of the story:
Irony – the Hebrew mother exposes her child on the Nile;
Pharoah’s daugher saves him
The Hebrew woman "obeys", the Egyptian doesn’t (Wicke)

Sexist humor – Pharoah is trying to kill the boys,
but the girls are much more trouble

God Moment

From Mission Central, our partner in the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church:

All Terrain Vehicle

Jean Norris had gathered a pallet of supplies for a lady named Hadiza Fox for a mission's trip to a maternity clinic in Niger, West Africa. When Hadiza came to pick up the supplies this morning, she asked if we had a wheelchair which could be used on all types of terrain for a young boy in Niger. We did not have anything which would work for her [in the morning].

Due to the amount of supplies, Hadiza had to return this afternoon to pick up the rest of the items. Right before she came into the building, another ministry (Derry Street UMC) was dropping off furniture for New Digs. Beth Ridgeway (from Derry Street) mentioned that she had a wheelchair which had bicycle tires on the back wheels and large, hard rubber wheels on the front which would work on all types of terrain...

As I brought the wheelchair into the warehouse, Hidiza was walking in to pick up the rest of her supplies. I showed her the wheelchair and she exclaimed, "God works miracles!" Yes, He does!

Friday, June 7, 2013

BCLC Moving-on-up

Congrats to the kids on another great school year! And thanks for sharing your gifts and stories in worship on June 2.

Holy Trinity

Listen online or download Sunday messages, and here!
Message for Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2013
Nicene Creed, Genesis 18.1-15, Romans 5.1-5, John 16.12-15

Trinity Sunday, the only Sunday named for a doctrine!
The word "Trinity" is NOT in the Bible
developed to describe biblical language for God as Father, Son, Spirit
equally God, distinct as persons, completely one
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer? All persons share in the work

Schism of 1054, the first "church split"
filioque controversy
Nicene creed: "The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father filioque (Latin: and the Son)" OR "through the Son"
language, culture, personality, politics, and theology

The Matrixfilms, "Trinity" first directions to "Neo": "follow the white rabbit"
nod to Lewis Carroll, and Through the Looking Glass

is that all the Holy Trinity is?
Strange nonsensical language, a bad trip
Social commentary

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Robin Mark Conference/Concert

Hi folks,
Last year, we were so blessed to host Robin Mark and his band from Northern Ireland, and we just received confirmation that Robin and his band will return again this summer!
Like last year, we are planning to hold an afternoon seminar and a buffet-style dinner prior to the concert. The cost of the dinner is included for all who attend the afternoon conference.
We wanted to give those of you who attended last year...the first opportunity to know about the event and make plans if you wish to come again this year.
The costs from the band have increased for this year's tour, but we're going to keep the costs the same as last year.
Registration for the conference and/or requests for concert tickets can be made at any time. Please remember that both the conference and concert were filled last year and we could not honor everyone's request by the time some orders were submitted. All the information needed for conference registration and/or ordering tickets can be found below.
We hope we will see you again this summer! If you have any questions or comments please contact me, Pastor Carvel May. (Contact information is included at the end of the registration form).

Monday, June 3, 2013


Working through files, books, and other materials as I sort and clean out in preparation for the move, and found a great hymn lyric by Kristian Ostergaard (1892), titled "That Cause Can Never Be Lost or Stayed". It is a hymn with perspective for the metaphorical storms of life. The final verse:

Be then no more by a storm dismayed,
for by it the full-grown seeds are laid;
and though the tree by its might it shatters,
what then, if thousands of seeds it scatters!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Kids with Easter Paintings

These two paintings were painted during our Easter worship services by Mel. She later gifted them to the two children who helped her finish them. Thanks, Mel.