Be ChurchBeyond the Walls
May 13 Update
Dear Bethany Family and Friends,
Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time of deep disconnect but holy opportunity. After consulting with council, staff, and others we have determined that the best course of action as it relates to in person worship at Bethany is to wait before moving forward. This decision will be in effect indefinitely. We do wish to join in person soon; however, limitations due to social distancing guidelines, sanitation requirements, and overall crowd-care inhibit us from providing our best environment. We invite you to continue to join us for worship online, keep meeting in your small groups safely or on Zoom, and look for serving opportunities to give back to the community. Please stay connected as we will continue to update you in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Again, thank you for your patience, God is still in control and we can’t wait to gather in person again!
We can’t go to church,
but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop being church.
Helpful tech tips
How do I prepare?
Once you setup and test your device, you are done with the hard part! Even though we are a “scattered church” does not mean that you have to be a passive observer. We still want you to participate in the service: sing along with our worship team, and connect with our online giving & prayer requests.
Each time we begin Sunday worship we will invite you to gather communion elements from your own kitchen in preparation for Holy Supper later in the worship service. You can gather bread and wine, or a bagel and juice, or other elements available. The exact nature of the element is less important than the sincerity of faith to receive these elements as the very ‘real presence’ of Jesus’ body and blood. If you only have one of two elements, the fullness of Christ is present. At the time of communion, the Pastor will direct you to lift up your elements as the Words of Institution are said, and then you may take turns distributing the elements to one another with the words; “the body of Christ given for you”, and “the blood of Christ shed for you.” Any leftovers can be discarded into the ground. For those children who have yet to receive communion instruction, we invite parents and sponsors to make the mark of cross on their foreheads saying the words, the Body and Blood of Christ is Given and Shed for You. We hope that Holy Communion in your home will be one more practice of many practices to nurture your faith life as a follower.
Engage with us on social media
Snap a photo of your family worshipping with us online, and tag us @bethanyelkhorn in your Facebook & Instagram posts to further engage with our growing online community.
Weekly Discussion Questions
Weekly sermon questions related to the message are available for individual or small group reflection.
Join our online discussion group | Wednesdays at 7 pm
Each Wednesday at 7 pm we’ll connect through the online meeting platform Zoom. Download the weekly sermon questions and be ready to dig deeper into the lesson. This is a great way to stay connected and get support and encouragement from one another. Click the Sermon Discussion Group Registration to be added to the online group. See you there!
Need Prayer or Support?
If you are struggling with anxiety, grief, depression and/or addiction please know that you don’t have to go through this alone. Our pastors and ministry leaders are available to support you in what you’re going through. Contact the church office at (402) 289-4440 to connect with one of our pastors who can provide one-on-one listening sessions, prayer and recommendations on counseling and other local resources.
You may also submit a prayer request to our dedicated prayer team.
Give Help / Need Help
Food 4 Families
Helping local families impacted by COVID-19
Help Bethany take care of children in our community by donating family friendly food items and/or funds to purchase food. Many families rely on school breakfast and lunch and now these families along with many more who have been impacted by COVID-19 are in need. Here are ways you can help:
- Bring family friendly food items to Bethany (4200 N 204th St) Monday-Satureday 11 am – 1 pm , or Sunday 11 am – noon.
- Items requested: toilet paper, boxes of cereal, spaghetti noodles, peanut butter, jelly, bread, chips, canned tuna, macaroni & cheese, fruit cups, canned vegetables, granola bars
- Please pull around to the back of the church (north side) where a volunteer who is taking all necessary sanitary precautions will receive your donations.
- To donate funds to purchase food, please click HERE
- Average cost per family food pack is $25
Food pick up Wednesdays 5-7 pm
- Elkhorn Public School families only
- Drive up to Bethany’s center entrance
- Take home one food pack/week/family
If you or someone you know who has a student in Elkhorn Public Schools needs assistance, please contact Devanee at [email protected] or call 402.991.4391
Small Groups Meeting on Zoom
Many of our current small groups have transitioned to Zoom gatherings. If you’d like to start using Zoom for your small group, please contact Anna at [email protected] for help getting set up.
Overcoming Anxiety During Covid-19
A 4-week group study beginning June 1
Today it seems as though we’ve lost all control as the virus spreads and it fills us with anxiety. We can turn intrusive disruptive thoughts of being afraid into conversations with the Father. Join this 4 week study and be encouraged in how to overcome anxiety in these troubling days and explore ways you can remain faithful to God and to others.
Our kids & youth ministries are a priority within our church community. Kids are always welcome in the Worship Center, and we want to continue their involvement in our online services. Our staff has found resources that are aligned with the teachings your kids currently receive in the Bethany programming. Check out the resources below that your family can explore together. Be sure to also watch our Facebook groups and the weekly E-News for additional ideas, activities, and guidance throughout the week.
Communication and content has been arranged through confirmation and youth small group leaders. Contact Barb for more information at [email protected]
Need a Spark Story Bible for kids? Borrow or purchase one HERE.
Join our Children’s Ministry Facebook group for live stories and conversation.
Check back often for regular additions, or contact Gera at [email protected] with questions.
Click the dated buttons below for weekly children’s lessons and activities.
Outdoor Bible Verse Scavenger Hunt
Use your Bible and the list below for a scavenger hunt. Take photos along the way and post your progress in our Children’s Ministry Facebook Group. Have fun and be safe!
May Family Devotions
This kit contains 14 different family devotions, 2 of each theme: art, music, baking, story time, missions, game time and movie time. Instructions included.