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Healthy Church Team Announcement (9/28/20)

Bethany Family and Friends,

    The Healthy Church Team met yesterday after worship to review our first six Sundays of returning to in-person worship in the sanctuary.  We are glad to see a good spirit in our worship, see familiar faces and greet seven worship guests, and consecrate Liam and Scott McClellan as acolytes. We’ve been encouraged by the preaching, the music, the pre-recorded anthems via video, our times of prayer and being together. We’ve been inspired to see pictures about a recent mission trip to McClure VA.  We’ve had 100% cooperation with mask wearing, social distancing, and health assessment and we’ve not had turn anyone away or deny anyone entrance.  No Sunday School classes have met on-site during these first six weeks. We think all things have gone very well. 

     After discussion, we decided unanimously that we should continue with one 10:00a.m. worship service through October.  We will continue to review each Sunday.  We will evaluate again after the October 25th service and decide about services for November, Advent, Christmas Eve and Epiphany at the October 25th review. 

     We will abide with our Bishop’s mandatory guidelines and our Virginia Conference Technical Assistance Manual (TAM).  Also, we will review all suggestions for creative ways to worship, programming our church’s ministries, and staying connected as a church family during this pandemic. 

     We are able to host committee meetings and community groups on site and have in-person Sunday School.  Mask wearing, social distancing, and health assessment are health and safety measures and still in effect for all of us.

     We appreciate the Callers on our Congregational Care Phone Tree sharing this news with folks who do not have Internet or email.

     Thank you from all of us to all of you for your thoughts, prayers and support as we seek to guide our church through these unusual times.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Mike Derflinger at 540-631-4469 or MikeDerflinger@vaumc.org, or Lay Leader Judy Burner at 804-413-8888 and aburner@cox.net.  God bless you!

For a copy of our phased reopening plan, please click here.

In order to keep the congregation safe and healthy, you will be required to respond to the health acknowledgement  below. 

In Christ,
Your Healthy Church Team
Jane Sterling, Laura Glaze, Milton Hudgins, Donna Andersen, Sandy Fox, Judy Burner, and Pastor Mike Derflinger   



Due to the coronavirus pandemic all in-person worship services and activities are canceled through early June.  Since we can’t meet in-person, we invite you to join us for online worship via our YouTube channel.  Services are recorded and uploaded weekly so that you can worship at a time that is convenient for you. 

If you miss a service, you can listen to previous messages, read the Sunday bulletin, or download our monthly newsletter by clicking HERE.   Even if you are on the go you can still be “in the know”!  



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 (9/23/20)

Grace and peace to our Bethany family and friends,

Currently we have one 10:00 a.m. Sunday in-person service with a maximum capacity of sixty-five persons. Social distancing and masks are required for the safety of all of our families and friends. The Healthy Church Team and Pastor will decide whether to return to two services or remain with one service for the remainder of 2020 after the September 27th service. Please check our website often for future updates. To read our monthly newsletter, Bethany Banner, click HERE.

We are scheduling committee meetings, ministries, and community groups in the sanctuary and Warren Belvin Fellowship Hall. 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