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Job Opening: Church Office Administrator

We are seeking Christian with strong computer skills, including MS Office Suite and website, and communication skills in both verbal and written form who is enthusiastic about the outreach and growth efforts of our church. Should be attentive to detail and can multitask. Thirty hours per week, salary based on experience and proficiency.

Send your resume to Pastor Moonsup “Paul” Song, Bethany UMC, P.O. Box 527, Gloucester Point, VA 23062 or email to bethanyumc3@verizon.net.

Pastor’s Welcome Message

Hi,
My name is Moonsup “Paul” Song, pastor at Bethany United Methodist Church.

I am here to greet you, and welcome you to Bethany faith community where we are encountered by the life of Jesus Christ, life-giving, life-saving, life-restoring, and life eternal.

As we continue to grow in his love, as we love each other, love God and love our neighbors, also we grow into the full measure of Jesus Christ.

So if you have any questions, want to know more about Bethany United Methodist Church, please contact us.

We welcome you. We invite you to come so that we can be a part of our growing community together.

Thank you!

Bethany will have new Pastoral Leadership in July.

Note: The appointment for new Pastoral Leadership will be confirmed at the Virginia Annual Conference Meeting on June 18, 2021.

Name: Rev Moonsup “Paul” Song, 62.
Born in South Korea and became a US citizen.

Family: Married for 32 years to Mihwa Kim Song, Licensed
Pharmaceutical Technician, with three grown children:
Joseph, Physician in New York.
Timothy, Lead Engineer for GE, Atlanta, GA.
Daniel, Second year student at UVA, Bio-medical Engineering,
major, Computer Science, minor.

Education: Wesley Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry.
Wesley Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity. Seoul Methodist Seminary, Master of Theology.
Soongsil University, BA, Social Work major, English minor.

Ministry: Ordained Deacon in 1992 and Ordained Elder in 1994.
Since appointed to First Church in Hampton, associate, he has served the churches in the Districts of Ashland, Winchester, Arlington, Alexandria, Fredericksburg, and
currently serving St Paul UMC, Christiansburg, Roanoke
District, for six years.

Connectional Ministry: The Conference Board of Discipleship, Ethnic Local church concern, Board of Ordained Ministry, Former
President of Asian American Ministers’ Association, Current chair of Roanoke District Committee of Ordained
Ministry.

Guiding Scripture passage:
“The Greatest Commandment.”
(Matthew 22:35-40).

Gifts and graces, and passion for pastoral ministry: Spiritual
formation for discipleship, forming transformative spiritual leadership, discerning to be attentive to God and responding faithfully to the work of God, contemplative congregational life for mission and ministry.

Three Biblical models of mission and ministry of the local church:
Exodus 17:8-16— Collaborative Leadership.
Acts 2:42-47 —Spiritual vibrancy.
I Corinthians 12: 12-30 — Christ’s body in love.

Books frequently read for pastoral ministry and congregational life:
The Bible.
Experiencing God (revised and expanded), by Henry Blackaby.
The Presence Based Church, by Terry Teykl.
Becoming a Blessed Church (2nd edition), by N. Graham Standish.
Pursuing God’s Will Together, by Ruth Harley Barton.

A recent book to recommend for spiritual formation:
Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, by
Brennan Manning.

Easter Worship Service

Please join us for our in-person Easter Worship Service on Sunday, April 4th at 10:00a.m.  All are welcome!  Masks, social distancing, and touchless temperature are mandatory.  Families can sit together.

We’ll conclude our Lenten/Easter series Crossroads. The service will be uploaded to our YouTube channel on Monday, April 5th. Questions?  Please call our church office M-TH at 804-642-2110 or email bethanyumc3@verizon.net.

Sunday / April 4 / 10:00am

How the CARES ACT Will Impact You

Article from Virginia United Methodist Foundation

The CARES Act passed in late March 2020.  This was the federal government’s initial relief package which included $2.3 trillion worth of provisions to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic.  It was intended to help 90% of the U.S. population.

Breakdown of the some of the CARES Act provisions:

  • The CARES Act suspends the required minimum distributions (RMDs) for 2020. This includes anyone who turned 70 1/2 in 2019 who were supposed to take their first RMD by April 1, 2020. This change applies to both the owners of the retirement account and beneficiaries who inherited the account taking a Stretch distribution.
  • If anyone has already taken their RMD, there’s a 60-day rollover rule allowing them to reinvest it in the account.
  • The Act also suspended payments and interest on federal student loans until January 2021.
  • The CARES Act allows individuals to pull up to $100,000 from their vested retirement accounts as either a penalty-free disbursement or a loan to pay for expenses and disrupted income related to the pandemic. The distribution can be taken over a three-year period. You have to pay taxes on it or you have to pay it back, but you’re given three years to pay it back.

Charitable Changes from the CARES Act:

  • The new legislation allows up to $300 given to a qualified charity to be claimed as an above-the-line deduction. This is a permanent change that’s available to taxpayers who don’t itemize their deductions.
  • The CARES Act also effectively suspends the limit on individual taxpayers’ deductions from cash contributions to public charities for 2020. Prior to the Act, individuals could only deduct up to 60% of their annual gross income (AGI). That limit has been raised to 100%.  The deduction is only for donations to qualified charities.

To take advantage of the CARES Act changes, the charitable donations have to be in cash, not in a donor advised fund or in stock. Individuals whose cost basis on marketable securities is less than current market value may prefer to sell themselves and capture the loss, donating the net proceeds in cash.

The CARES Act may have subsequent changes, as legislative action on COVID-19 relief is reconsidered. The staff at the Virginia United Methodist Foundation are not tax advisors, but we hope this information will help you as you think about your 2020 tax situation.  Our churches need your help this year, and we hope you will consider carefully what you can give and have given to your church.

Authors: Tommy Herndon, Bo Bowden

Now and Then

I’ve been looking in the sky a lot lately.  I like the astronomical things.  We just passed Astronomy Day on May 2nd, and the final super moon of 2020 will be on Thursday, May 7th.  Since we live near a lot of natural lights it can be hard to see the meteor showers.  I’m not a die-hard watcher.  But I’ve been looking in the sky a lot lately.

 I read a story recently when Halley’s comet appeared almost a century ago in 1910.  Maybe you recall when it came around again back in 1986.  As the story goes, a small boy was with his father and mother and he saw it: Halley’s Comet.  It made a deep impression on him and he said, Wow, I want to see that it again.  His father said, “Well, it won’t happen.  Astronomers say it won’t return for 76 years and people don’t live that long.”  The little boy said he thought he would.  His first name was Norman.  His middle name was Vincent.  His last name was Peale.

Dr. Peale lived to be 95 and before he died, he did see Halley’s Comet come back again, but in all the years he wrote his books, preached at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City, and in his radio and TV appearances, every so often he would tell them about seeing Halley’s Comet when he was a little boy and what his father said, and he said to his parents:  I’m going to live long enough to see it come back again.  And his father said, “Well, that isn’t nearly so important as to what you believe God is going to do in your life between now and then.”

What is God going to do in your life between now (today) and then?  Whatever the then is to you.  It may be a week from now or a decade.  It may be after graduation. Or, when the stay-at-home order is lifted. What would you like God to do?  Ask God to help you.  May is the month of graduations.  The month to thank, love and remember Mothers.  The month to remember those who perished in wars so that we could even have the opportunity to have a life now and life later.  The month of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit being poured out. God can use anything to accomplish God’s purposes and often uses what’s around us.   — Pastor Mike

 

 

An Easter Poem to Encourage You

Photo Credit: Kirk Bell

 

Thought we’d share this poem, seen on Facebook, to encourage, uplift, and inspire you this Easter.  Enjoy!

How the Virus Stole Easter
By Kristi Bothur
With a nod to Dr. Seuss 😊

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.
People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.
As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.
People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.
April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.
“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”
Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.
“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.
The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.
“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.
“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.
“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.
And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.
But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!
The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!
Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!
It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
“Just how can it be?”
“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”
Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
And what happened then?
Well….the story’s not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?
The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.
So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.
May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that –
Let it start a revival.

Hybrid Fall Bible Study

“Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God.”
Goal: Train to live God-Centered life.

Will you set aside?
One hour daily for five days a week for reading and praying,
One and half hour weekly for group meeting.
On Wednesdays either in-person at 10:00AM or
virtual via Zoom at 7:00PM,
for twelve weeks
Oct 6–Dec 22.

  Registration:
Sign-up sheet at both Sanctuary entrances.
Email: bethanyumc2@verizon.net
      Call: 804-642-2110 (Church Office)

             Study Book: Each participant is asked to purchase.