COVID-19 Official Response Page

Update for June 1, 2020


Dear Family and Friends at Bethel,

In my Doctor of Ministries studies, I looked at "Lessons in Leadership from Israel's Time in the Wilderness" . . . (mainly the books of Exodus and Numbers). There are also lessons for God's people for Israel's time in the wilderness. For Israel, the wilderness was the "time between" between "what was" (life in Egypt) and "what will be" (life in the Promised Land). So also for us between "what was" (the routine and normal) to "what will be."

The wilderness for Israel and now for us is a time of testing:

  • of whining and complaining or of focussing on the blessings God has provided;

  • of focussing on the "giant-like" problems of the future or of trusting that God is with us;

  • of expecting to rush through the wilderness time or of slowing down and enjoying the simple things of life;

  • of being overcome with anxieties of uncertainties and insecurities or of a growing dependence on God and living one day at a time.

In the wilderness, relationships are tested - our relationship with God and with one another. It is a refining time as we begin to see the really important things in life. It is a time when we can more clearly see God's provision and presence. In the wilderness times of life, God has an opportunity to shape and mold his people - so that we become more like Jesus.


It is in this "in-between time" that we are offering the Lord's Supper - Jesus' presence as he gives himself to us for our strength and encouragement - for our hope and peace. Communion will be offered via Google Meets on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 and Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00. To register please call Ann or Heather and they'll help you get connected online for one of the evenings.


Some congregations are beginning to hold worship services. However, the maximum we could have in the sanctuary is 50 . . . and we certainly can't provide 12+ worship services to accommodate our entire worship community, so at this time we'll continue to worship online at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday.


If there is anything I can do or if you have a question please don't hesitate to contact me. Praying for you.  Miss gathering person to person.


God's blessings,

Pastor Marv

RESOURCES you may find helpful:
Covid-19 Financial Help for Individuals
Covid-19 Financial Help for Businesses
Covid-19 General Assistance

Additional cancelled programs:

Club Quest Events

Wednesday Afternoon Al-Anon meeting

Tuesday Evening Al-Anon ("Strength and Hope" group) suspending meetings until April 17

Sunday Evening Men's Basketball

Bible Study with Esther

Pre-Marriage group meetings cancelled


  1.  All Sunday Worship Services (8:30, 9:45 and 11 AM) are cancelled. We will live-stream one service at 9:45 am.

  2. Wednesday Lenten Services and suppers are cancelled but service will be live-streamed at 7:00 pm.

  3. Sunday School is cancelled.

  4. BLESS Preschool has been cancelled.

  5. All Youth Ministry events are cancelled. This includes Junior High Youth, Confirmation, Senior High Youth, Senior High Guys Group, and Senior High Girls Group.

  6. GriefShare is now cancelled.

  7. Men's Monday Bible Study is cancelled. 

  8. Monday Evening Ladies' Bible Study will meet via "Zoom". Contact Damaris for details.

  9. Parkinson's Support group is cancelled.

  10. SUN (Seniors United Now) is cancelled.

  11. Spring Choir Practices are cancelled.

  12. Bethel's Wednesday Quilting Group is cancelled.

  13. Wednesday Women's Fellowship is cancelled.

  14. Club Quest Events are cancelled.

  15. Recycled Teens gathering for April 6 is cancelled.

  16. Children's Musical practice is cancelled.

  17. Cookie Club Baking is cancelled.

  18. Parent to Parent is cancelled.

  19. Wollaston Family Games Night is cancelled.

  20. All hockey parties are cancelled.

  21. "Eternal Anchor" Dinner and Silent Auction has been cancelled.

Blood Donor Clinics will continue to happen as they are an essential service.

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