Welcome to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which was founded in 1857 and has been a beacon in the Ann Arbor, Michigan community. Here at Bethel things are happening and people are working together to advance the kingdom of God. We invite you to worship with us each Sunday at 10 am
God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, The Holy Spirit our Comforter, Humankind our Family
The mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.
The Rt. Rev. John F. White, Presiding Prelate
Rev. Larry J. Bell, Presiding Elder
Rev. Mashod A. Evans Sr., Senior Pastor
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Congregational Letter, Reopening Phase I
I trust and pray that this letter finds you enjoying good health and peace of mind as we move through the autumn season.
In March of 2020, Bethel, like many congregations, stopped in person worship and gatherings as a means to protect our members from the spread of the Covid – 19 Virus. Within months of closing our building, church leaders began discussing when, where, and how to reopen safely. It was determined that Bethel would only resume in person worship when, it was safe, when it was permissible, and when Bethel was prepared to worship safely. We are grateful that all of those criteria’s have been satisfied.
SAFETY – The most effective means of protecting yourself and other’s from COVID – 19 is by being vaccinated. Vaccines are widely available in Michigan and Washtenaw County for those who are 12 and older. \Ve strongly encourage all of our members to get vaccinated, and if you have questions or concerns, to contact your health care provider.
PERMISSIBLE – The State of Michigan lifted mandates for in – person gathering, and our Bishop, The Right Reverend John F. White, has allowed African Methodist Episcopal Churches to reopen after completing a reopening plan.
PREPARED – For over a year, the Reopening Committee has worked to outfit the church with the necessary signage, equipment and established policies and procedures for our reopening.
In September, we launched a “soft opening” with our stewards and trustees to determine the most effective flow of worship during a pandemic. Those two worship services were successful and through critique and evaluation, we made improvements on the process and protocols which had been established.
As of this month, we are prepared to receive our congregation once again at 900 John A. Woods Dr. Enclosed, please find a flyer which provides answers to frequently asked questions. After reviewing the flyer, if you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate in contacting our church office at (734) 663 – 3800. For those who will continue to worship virtually, please lmow that our worship services will continue to air each Sunday at 10 a.m. via our various platforms. In this process, I am asking for several things from our members:
- Pray. Please pray that God would continue to cover and keep us as we return to in-person worship.
- Exercise Patience. Adapting to “virtual worship” and returning to “in-person” worship are unprecedented and unfamiliar processes for any congregation. Please be patient as we work through the unexpected aspects of this journey.
- Stewardship. I encourage members to continue in the spirit of stewardship and generosity that has been demonstrated during the last nineteen months. Even during our time apart, members have given of their time and their financial resources to support the ministry of Bethel. As we move forward, that support is still needed, and appreciated.
We are in a new season, a new paradigm of ministry. Adapting and adjusting to our “new normal” will not always be comfortable or convenient, however, I do believe that God will be glorified, and we will be blessed in the process.
Rev. Mashod A. Evans, Sr.,
Our greatest resource as a people of faith is the resource of prayer. Prayer allows us to access the power, presence, and promises of God. We believe God to be the source of healing, and wholeness, and we pray that God would heal our land as we call upon him. We invite you to join us for our daily prayer call, Monday – Saturday, at 7 am
The dial-in number is: 1 (605) 313–5086. The access code is: 382023#
Please join us in worship by streaming our services online at www.bethelameannarbor.org on Sundays at 10 am. The media ministry will be providing DVDs for those who are unable to join us online. For members with no access to computers, tablets, or smartphones, the church is loaning a limited number of Chrome Books, (requires Wi-Fi access), please call the church office for more information. ALSO: Our online worship will be on telecast at different times throughout the week on local channel CTN Channel 17 (or 99 with AT&T).
CHURCH SCHOOL/CHURCH EVENTS
All rehearsals and meetings have been postponed until further notice. Church School will meet via conference call on Sunday Morning at 9 am.
The dial-in number is: (425) 436–6356. The access code is: 402592.
New: YOUTH BIBLE STUDY
We will have youth bible study sessions for ages 2-17 on Sundays at 11:30 am via Zoom. Feel free to invite a friend! Click this link to join.
Meeting ID: 875 2130 7658 Passcode: 289367
As believers, we understand that stewardship is a spiritual discipline that deepens our faith and demonstrates our commitment to God and God’s kingdom. We strongly encourage our members to continue to support the ministries of Bethel through their tithe, offering, and other sacrificial gifts. There are three ways in which you can give.
Text to Give: Text (734) 224–2707, enter the amount you would like to give, after sending the text, you will be directed to Bethel’s secure giving platform for a one-time registration, and to confirm your contribution.
Website: You can give by visiting our website at www.bethelameannarbor.org.
Mail: Checks and money orders can be mailed to Bethel AME Church, 900 John A. Woods Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105. (Please do not send cash via mail)
In times of crisis, the church is called to be a source of strength, comfort, hope, and healing. The leadership of Bethel is identifying needs to be addressed in our congregation and community. While our office hours will vary during the remainder of the crisis, know that your pastor is praying for each and every one of our members.