What a year! I bet you never saw that coming. In a year when we could use the term “20/20” as being a year of perfect vision we certainly seemed to get blindsided in every possible way. The great thing is that God is never blindsided by anything. He is always in control. With that mind we went forward and saw God do some pretty incredible things in 2020!
At Bethel we want to be the Light that shines in a world that desperately needs to know the peace and love of God…a light that is steadfast in troubled times. This past year we made strides as we did some original things, such as turning our building into a cinema. We also rallied to support our local homeless shelter, and created a new avenue of online ministry in the midst of this COVID crisis. We learned how to minister together even if we couldn’t be together. Furthermore, we realized we are more resilient than we thought we were. I want to thank every person who worked so hard to make those realities happen.
As doors begin to open, and the clouds of COVID-19 begin to disappear, our hope is to take big strides forward with a new approach to ministry in our new world. These may be some of the biggest strides we have attempted in a long time! Strides that are so exciting and so faith filled that we are thrilled to see what God is going to do. We want to be a church in our community, for our community. A church which is multigenerational with all ages worshipping and growing together. We are quickly becoming more multicultural as the face of our community changes. We are also desiring to be multifaceted as we become versatile in changing times. We truly want to be a church that invites people to a life that matters!
At this point we can truly say that hindsight is 20/20. It, 2020, is now behind us. Already we see incredible things for 2021. We are excited as we begin to regather. As we meet in a more regular fashion and worship together, we have a renewed appreciation for the family of God and what we mean to each other. I believe God has awesome things in store this year at Bethel. When all of the residue of a challenging year clears, we will find that there will be new opportunities and doors that will be opened that would not have been available if we hadn’t faced the challenges of yesteryear. It is crucial to be the church that is the Light, the Life, the Love and the Link that God is intending us to be!
Thanks so much for your continued support and prayers as we move forward. Believe me, they were very much felt and very much needed in 2020. Let us continue to rise to the challenge God gives us!
Pastor Mike Gordon
Report from Devoted Ministries on ministry for Children (6m-Grade 4), Junior Youth (Grades 5-8) and Senior Youth (Grades 9-12) ministry at Bethel Brandon. Presented at Bethel Brandon's 2020 Annual General Meeting (April 25, 2021).
2020 Annual Missions report resented by Sherilyn Bambridge at Bethel Brandon's 2020 Annual General Meeting (April 25, 2021).
2020 Annual Financial Report presented by Neal Boyce at Bethel Brandon's 2020 Annual General Meeting (April 25, 2021).