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Bethlehem Church Officially Out of the UMC!

It is a day that we have been waiting for a long time. As of today, Bethlehem Church is free from the United Methodist Church.

The Kentucky Annual Conference met today and acknowledged and accepted the vote held in February to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church.

As of today, we are completely free and independent of the United Methodist Church!

Taryn Burnett represented our church, as well as Gamaliel UMC, as our lay delegate to Annual Conference. The vote was not unanimous, 22 delegates voted to not allow us to disaffiliate but only a simple majority was needed to pass and over 500 delegates voted to let us go free.

The disaffiliation is something that the church leadership has been working towards for over a year. It has been a long, drawn out process but it has finally come to a close. We will be celebrating our newfound freedom this Sunday Morning during our Worship Service!

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Disaffiliation Vote Today

The Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church meets today virtually via Zoom Conference. On the agenda is whether or not the Conference will uphold the disaffiliation vote our church passed in February.

If the vote passes, Bethlehem Church will be officially free of the United Methodist Church. This is something our church leadership has been working towards for over two years.

Please be in prayer today as the delegates meet and vote. Updates will be provided as we have them.

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New Service Times Start Sunday

Our new service times start this Sunday, June 6th. For the first time in over 15 years, Bethlehem Church will be starting a Sunday School program. Sunday School will begin at 9am.

Children's classes will be downstairs. There will be a group for elementary/preschool ages and another group for the teens. Adults will meet with Brother Paul Mills up in the sanctuary.

Sunday School will end at 9:30am and Morning Worship will begin at 9:45am. This will allow 15 minutes between Sunday School and Morning Worship and allow for those not at Sunday School time to get into the sanctuary before service. As Brother Paul has said, if you like a specific seat, you better come to Sunday School because it might not be there when you get here!

We are very excited about our new ministry opportunities and hope to see everyone there Sunday at 9am!

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Bethlehem Church Bylaws Adopted

It has been a great day at Bethlehem Church. The congregation met at the church at 1pm to discuss, debate, and adopt the bylaws drafted by the Church Formation Committee. The meeting lasted about an hour and a half and after debate the bylaws were adopted unanimously. The church board of directors also accepted those in attendance into membership of the church and the congregation voted Taryn Burnett Financial Secretary for 2021.

Here is what you need to know:

  • A copy of the bylaws can be obtained at the church website, but you must be a member of our Faithlife Group. All others can email the church for a copy.
  • Our full Statement of Faith can also be found on our website.
  • A membership class will be held on June 27th at 1pm to allow everyone else who would like to join Bethlehem Church the opportunity to do so. Details about this class will be announced soon.
  • A new church logo has been commissioned and is the Cover Photo for this post. Thank you to BJ Dandurand for working hard on branding for our church!

We are very excited about everything going on at the church and look forward to what is yet to come!

Bethlehem Church, Where, as Always, God is Good!

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Happy Mother's Day!

At Bethlehem Church we are so thankful for all of our moms. Whether you are a single mom, widowed mom, adoptive mom, foster mom, any mom at all, we celebrate you today!

Without moms, none of us would be here! Thank you to all of our moms for everything that you do and the sacrifices you make! May this Mother's Day be extra special!

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No Damage To The Church

It has definitely been a crazy 48 hours in Monroe County. We are praying for all of those who were impacted by yesterday's Tornado in Tompkinsville and the flooding that took place this morning.

As you can see, the creek behind the church crested over the banks early this morning and water threatened the building. Thankfully, the building did not sustain damage and is dry on the inside.

God has blessed our church repeatedly and He took care of our place of worship this morning as we inch closer and closer to being free from the denomination.

Let us give thanks for the things He has done!

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Volunteers Needed for Children's Ministry

We are excited about our children's ministry that started two Sunday's ago! We need and want your help!

Do you have a passion for working with kids? Do you want to have a way to impact the Kingdom of God? Children's Ministry is a great way to get started.

Jesus loved kids. Mark 10:13-16 shows Jesus ministering to kids as well as adults and encourages kids to come to him. We should follow that example and serve our youth well.

If you are interested in volunteering, or simply want more information about our Children's Ministry, see Debbie Burnett or fill out our form at the link below.

Volunteer Form

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Kid's Corner Launch!

Yesterday during our morning worship service we were excited to have our very first "Kid's Corner!"

Kid's Corner is a brief message given by a member of the church to the children at the front corner of the sanctuary during part of the service. It was exciting to see all of the kids up front hearing the Word of God on their level. And, yes, they enjoyed some candy at the end!

We appreciate Debbie Burnett stepping up to lead this initiative!

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Sunday School Coming Soon!

We are pleased to announce that we will soon be having Sunday School at Bethlehem Church.

We have long seen the need to have more instruction at our church but due to circumstances we were not able to do so. We are pleased to be able to say that with the formation of our new church we now have the flexibility to do things that we could not do before.

This past Sunday, the church announced plans to start Sunday School and a Kid's Ministry Moment on Sunday's in the coming weeks and months.

The new addition will force an adjustment of service times. Once we start Sunday School, the classes will start at 9am and run to 9:30 and our regular church service will start at 9:45am.

We do not yet have a specific date for when the new times and formats will begin. We are currently getting curriculum ready. There will be three classes, kids, youth/teens and adults.

We are excited and look forward to the start of this new ministry!

We will post more details as they become available.

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He Is Risen!

What a great morning service we had at Bethlehem with over 70 people in attendance! Brother Paul gave a stirring message about the events of that amazing Resurrection weekend thousands of years ago.

The story of Christ is not just history. It is alive and meaningful for us today. It is this act of love and this miracle that conquered death that allows us to be saved from our sin today. What a mighty God we serve!

After the service, we had quite a few kids battle it out in an Easter Egg Hunt in the field beside the church. It was truly a great morning!

God is moving at Bethlehem Church. Come and join us and see the great things He has done!

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