At this site you will learn something about our church, our congregation and our activities. Following the mandate of Christ to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, and to spread His Gospel, and in keeping with John Wesley's dictum, "The world is our parish," our congregation participates in many local and world-wide ministries of Christ. We hope you find the information you are seeking on these few pages. If not, send us a note and we will gladly answer your questions. Better yet, stop and visit us the next time you are in downtown Bethel.
Our mission is to welcome everyone to God’s House of Worship in the Heart of Bethel.
We are committed to active spirituality, Bible-based learning applied to everyday life, and service to our brothers and sisters in communities near and far.
We are committed to leading by example:
· Spirituality – To lead through engaging worship, fellowship and ministry, the unconditional acceptance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to demonstrate compassion and charity for all God’s children.
· Learning – To pass on the Good News of God’s love for all through learning, teaching and applying practical, Bible-based Christian education.
· Service – To act as Christ’s hands and feet to support our brothers and sisters in need.
Pastor ----- Rev. Karen S. Cook
Pastor Emeritus --- The Rev. Robert T. Johnson
Certified Lay Minister --- Fern Blair
Director of Music ----- Todd Gorski
Director, Village Pre-School ---- Margaret Malatestinic
Administrative Assistant ----- Cheryl DePoi
Adult Education ---- Steve Temple
Sunday School ---- Ann McLellan
Youth Minister ----- Paul Rogers/Uta Robertson
Sexton --- Jim Kulp/Alan Brown
As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
— Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
A few days ago, a junior worker came to me with his identity card. He asked me to sign the card so that he could return to his home “after hours.” He lived in a restricted area, and the identity card was an essential part of his being able to come and go as he needed. The card was proof of his identity.
Likewise, whenever we attend a seminar or conference, we usually wear a name tag, our “identity badge,” so that others can know who we are and where we are from.
Reading the third chapter of Colossians has challenged me to ask this question about my Christian identity: Is my identity as one of God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clear to all those who come in contact with me? After all, the world around me is God’s vineyard, where I am placed to serve my fellow human beings as I carry out God’s mission. To do that, I live so that others can recognize me as God’s own because of my “compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.”
The challenge is clear: In our day-to-day attitudes and actions, we are to live our Christian identity, going about the compassionate work of God.