Category Archives: Announcements

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

e-Giving at Bethany Now Includes Text-to-Give Option

Giving is an act of worship and makes possible the many ministries and missions of Bethany United Methodist Church.  As believers, we know that obedient giving glorifies God and meets the needs of many in our church, community, and the world.  As we give to meet the needs of others God will also supply everything we need (Luke 6:38, Philippians 4:19).

There are many ways to give at Bethany!  You can support the ministries and missions of our church by:

  • Praying for our church
  • Actively serving in our church
  • Providing financial support in a number of different ways:
    • Traditional giving by check 
    • Giving through the bill payment service of your bank
    • e-Giving options:
      1. Online giving through our website (click button below)
      2. Giving via  the mobile app (download from your device’s app store)
      3. Text-to-give —  Simply text the amount of your donation to 877-566-3409, then follow the prompt to set up your payment.  It’s quick and easy! You will receive a confirmation text and an emailed receipt acknowledging your gift.

 To donate online, click the button below:

Visit the App Store (for iPhones, Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices) to download the  mobile app.

Need technical help with online giving?  Call the church office at 804-642-2110 or email bethanyumc3@verizon.net.

COVID-19 UPDATE (5/28/21)

Grace and peace to our Bethany family and friends,

Currently we have one 10:00 a.m. Sunday in-person worship service. Social distancing is required for the safety of all of our families and friends. Families may sit together. Beginning on Sunday, May 30th, fully vaccinated persons may be unmasked if desired during our in-person worship service. Pastor Mike will preach unmasked. We will not ask for proof of vaccination and operate with an honor system. We will also be discontinuing temperature checks. If you have not received a vaccine, we ask that you mask.  Thank you!

We are scheduling committee meetings, ministries, and Bible Study groups. Please call the church office to schedule your event. The church office is open 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Thursday. Phone messages and emails will be monitored during normal business hours.  Please let us know if you have a need or a prayer request that needs to be shared with our congregation.  (Phone 804-642-2110; email bethanyumc3@verizon.net)

We invite you to join us for online worship on the Bethany United Methodist Church-Gloucester Point YouTube channel  Click HERE or visit the Media/Resources page for the latest video messages and worship services.

For Pastoral emergencies, please contact Pastor Mike Derflinger (540-631-4469) or Lay Leader Judy  Burner (804-642-6016) .

If you or a family member are affected by COVID-19, please contact Pastor Mike directly to let him know.

God bless and keep you.
— Pastor Mike