The pandemic has impacted all of us and forced us to change the way we do many things, including church.  We have had to cancel many activities and make adjustments to how we do others.  Our small group Bible studies, youth activities, Sunday school classes, fellowship gatherings, and worship service have all changed significantly.  Although we have been tested and the technology that we have been forced to use has not always worked as well as we hoped, we are thankful that God has used this pandemic to challenge us to do things differently.  By broadcasting our services on Facebook live, we have been able to reach many people who would not normally participate in our worship services.  There are people throughout our state, the country, and even some in other countries who watch each week.
 
We are told in Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  With that in mind we have we have offered in-person worship for those who want to gather together while broadcasting the service online for those who do not feel comfortable attending. We have not been able to visit with members outside of our household, but our visitation pastor, Joan, has kept in contact with those in assisted living and nursing homes, and our elders and deacons have tried to stay in contact with our church family to encourage them and offered assistance as needed.
 
We will not be able to do many of the things we normally do this Christmas season because of the restrictions imposed by our state.  However, we do plan to have our Christmas Eve service at 4:00 p.m. on December 24, 2020.  It will be different this year with masks, social distancing, no singing, and no shared candle lighting.  We plan to read Scripture, light the Advent candles, and have a short Christmas message.  You are invited to join us at the church or to watch the service live on the Bethany Community Church group Facebook page.  You can go to bethanygrandview.org and click on the Facebook link on the top right of the page to get to the right page.
 
May we all be joyful, prayerful, and thankful during this Christmas season.  Remember to stay in contact as much as possible and let us know if you need prayer or assistance. We pray that you enjoy God’s richest blessings during this time.