Last updated on March 20, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Dear Bethel Family,
The global pandemic caused by the COVID – 19 virus, has ushered us into a new reality. With each hour, there are new concerns, new data on the numbers of those infected, and new precautionary methods enacted. Life as we have known it has been interrupted.
In the last several days, I have participated in conference calls with Michigan Faith Leaders hosted by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist. In these conferences, our state leadership stated that the pandemic will get worse before it gets better and that social distancing and self–quarantining is the most effective way to mitigate the spread of the virus.
While I strongly believe the church is a symbol of God’s presence here on earth, and that access to corporate worship is essential in times such as these, the threat to public health, and the safety of our members is too great at this time. To that end, beginning Sunday, March 22, our worship will be online only until further notice.
We praise God for the technology which allows us to gather in worship without physically being at our church facility. On the reverse side of this page is information regarding the measures which we are implementing. Bethel’s leadership is currently working on our way forward in the midst of these precarious times. However, we move forward in faith knowing, “God is our refuge, an ever-present help in a time of trouble.
God Bless, Stay Well,
Yours in Faith,
Rev. Mashod A. Evans, Sr.,
Prayer – 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 7:00 a.m.
The dial in number is: 1 (605) 313–5086
The access code is: 382023#
Worship – Please join us in worship by streaming our services online at www.bethelameannarbor.org on Sundays at 10 a.m. 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.
Church School/Church Events – As of today, Monday, March 16, all rehearsals and meetings have been postponed until further notice. Church School will meet via conference call on Sunday Morning at 9 a.m.
The dial in number is: (425) 436–6356
The access code is: 402592
Giving – As believers, we understand that stewardship is spiritual discipline which 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)
Service – 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. If you need to contact me, I can be reached at (205) 240–5655, or firstname.lastname@example.org.