We are a small, independent Christian congregation that follows the charismatic tradition.
How Do I Get To Bethesda? If you are coming from west (Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati), drive east on I-64 to Exit 110. Take a right on Highway 11 north. At the second intersection, take a right on Highway 686 (Indian Mound Drive). This is the bypass around Mount Sterling. Travel 2.5 miles to Highway 60 (Winchester Road). Take a right on Hwy. 60. Travel 2.5 miles and the Bethesda Church is on the right. If you are coming from the east (Morehead, Ashland, Huntington), drive west on I-64 to Exit 110. Take a left on Highway 11. At the second intersection, take a right on Highway 686 (Indian Mound Drive). This is the bypass around Mount Sterling. Travel 2.5 miles to Highway 60 (Winchester Road). Take a right on Hwy. 60. Travel 2.5 miles and the Bethesda Church is on the right. Parking and Handicap Accessibility: We have a large parking lot with plenty of spaces. The building is wheelchair and handicapped accessible.
Mission: What Can I Expect When I Visit Bethesda? Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12: 10, NIV We realize that to a new church can be intimidating. But, we at Bethesda Church are a non-judgmental group of believers who came here ourselves from diverse religious backgrounds. We’ve been in your shoes, and we want to help you feel welcome. Maybe you haven’t been to church since Nixon was in the White House. Maybe you’ve gone to several churches in the area, but haven’t found what you’re looking for. Maybe you’ve been invited by a member here or maybe you don’t know a soul. However you come to us, we love visitors. We might welcome you with a hand shake or a hug, but we’ll never single you out or ask you to stand up and be recognized. We’re just glad you chose to worship with us. Our Worship We are a small, independent congregation that follows the charismatic tradition. Charismatics do not represent a separate denomination within Christianity. You can find charismatics in almost every mainstream Protestant and Roman Catholic church. Charismatics are Christians who believe God still works through miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit that are spoken of in the New Testament. During each service, we welcome the Holy Spirit into our midst and sometimes we’ve experienced prophecies, miracles and healings. Those things don’t happen in every service, but anytime God wants to do something wonderful, we’re open to it. If you’ve never attended a charismatic service, it is not that much different from traditional Christian worship. We won’t yank you in the aisle, pound you on the forehead and demand that you be saved. We only believe that God is real and that He continues to move today in astounding ways in our lives. Whatever we do, we do it all for the glory of God. What Should I Wear We are very casual at Bethesda. The pastor never wears a tie, and most women wear slacks. When You Arrive We meet every Sunday morning at 10:30. When you first walk in the door, you’ll be greeted by a member of our congregation. Greeters can answer your questions about child care, class schedules, and the location of the bathrooms. The greeter will hand you bulletin and, if it’s your first time visiting with us, a goody bag that includes a Bible, a notepad and pencil. Sit anywhere you like. We don’t have hard pews, and we don’t have a seating chart. The Service Our service starts with music to praise and glorify God. We are led by a six-member praise and worship team, and we sing contemporary Christian praise and worship music. If you want sing with us, clap, or raise your hands in praise, that’s fine. If you want to pray quietly and worship in your seat, that’s okay too. After the music service, we take up our offering. We do not expect our visitors to contribute money. Next, we pray together, and our pastor delivers a sermon from the Word of God. The sermons usually last between 30-40 minutes. We offer communion on the third Sunday of each month. Everyone is welcome to participate and observe this memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection. Communion is served by two members of our congregation at the front of the sanctuary. We form a single line and walk forward to receive the bread and the juice that represent the slain body and blood of Jesus. Nursery and Sunday School We have a safe, clean and supervised nursery for children from birth up to four years old. You are welcome to stay in the nursery with your children or you can leave them with our capable staff. On Sunday mornings, we also offer classes for preschool through high school. Our Sunday School follows a structured curriculum, so that all the classes are discussing the same Biblical concept or story at the same time. We Welcome Your Questions If you have any questions about our services or what we believe, please feel free to ask Pastor Paul Prather 859-585-4176.
A LETTER TO BETHESDA CHURCH FROM PAUL
May 1, 2020
Happy month of May, everybody. I’ve got great news: Jesus is still the king!
Here are some items I want to pass along:
If you’re in any kind of need, please let me or one of the deacons or elders know. We’ll help you however we can, whether it’s with prayer, a friendly ear, food, or whatever else we can do. Just tell us. Bethesda Church cares about you.
Gov. Beshear has tentatively set May 20 as the date for allowing churches to reopen. What form such services might take, I don’t know. The governor has implied that when we go back, we shouldn’t offer activities such as Sunday school (in our case, children’s church). Clearly, some social-distancing guidelines will still apply after May 20. I’m a bit surprised the state is reopening churches this soon. I’m not convinced it’s wise. I’ll be talking with our deacons, elders, and worship leader in the weeks ahead for their input. Please pray we hear from the Lord. We’ll try to decide how we can best reopen, and exactly when, without endangering our at-risk folks or anyone else. If any of you have creative ideas, I’m all ears. God wants us to be controlled by faith, never by fear—yet he also expects us to weigh hard facts and use shrewd common sense. That’s the godly balance we’ll strive for.
Since we’ve been meeting remotely on Sundays, our Facebook Live connection has sometimes been aggravating—buffering, freezing up, skipping. I’ve spent hours going around and around with Spectrum, Belkin (which made our router), and everybody else from here to India, trying to straighten this out. I’ve read many techie articles I could barely understand.
Spectrum gave us a brand-new modem, free. Belkin doubled our internet speed, free. In fact, according to an article on how to improve live videos that I read in the Washington Post, we’ve pretty much made every improvement that can be made. We’re at optimal performance. That said, we noticed Wednesday in the Bible study Zoom meeting that we’re still having issues. The underlying problem apparently isn’t on our end, but with Facebook, Zoom, and/or Spectrum.
Point is, if you experience trouble watching this Sunday’s sermon live at 11 a.m., you can go back immediately afterward and watch the recorded version of it on my page. The recorded videos are bug free. This Sunday’s sermon is, “How to Know God’s Will for You.”
On Mother’s Day, May 10, we’ll celebrate communion again. Flowers will also be delivered to the women. Thanks to Team Spencer, Brenda, Liz, and Debbie for organizing this. God bless each of you. We’ll see one another soon face-to-face, Lord willing!
kentucky.com Deaths in the United States from the COVID-19 pandemic have passed the 60,000 mark. Those of us alive are locked down with too much time to brood.
[04/26/20] Good Sunday Morning! Join us for a sermon on “The Real Judgement Seat of Christ” from Paul Prather at 11!
kentucky.com The COVID-19 pandemic has led to massive shutdowns of businesses and record unemployment. We’ll likely experience the repercussions for years.
[04/19/20] It’s about that time! Join us for worship at 11 with Paul Prather on his page.
A letter from Paul Prather
Dear brothers and sisters,
I suspect most of us are getting a little squirrelly by now, having been more-or-less locked up in our houses for well over a month, most of us with various members of our family. I’ve heard from several folks who say that’s becoming a little too much “closeness” for comfort. Ha. Yet I’m sure those without family nearby are feeling unusually lonely.
So … those with spouses and/or kids in the house long for a few precious hours—or days—to themselves. Those who are by themselves envy those who’ve got others for company. I think that’s called the human condition: we’re always danged if we do and danged if we don’t. Wherever we are, we tend to think we’d be much happier somewhere else.
As I was praying this morning, I felt like the Lord was giving me several reminders for our church body, all of them encouraging. At least they encouraged me:
Wherever you are right now, God is there with you, right inside your very heart. He’s never left you and never will. I don’t think any of us likes that we’re cut off from each other and can’t worship together. I find it pretty frustrating. But God hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s here, right now, still working among us individually and as a church body.
Whatever condition you’re in, it could be worse. At least (as far as I’m aware) we’ve all got a roof over our heads and sweatpants to wear and food in our bellies. St. Paul said that if we’ve got those things, we should be content.
None of us knows exactly what the future holds. The news reports can be scary. But we know who holds the future. God has provided so beautifully for us so far during this difficult time. We can fully trust that he’ll continue to provide.
That too shall pass. Someday the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 will become the distant past. It will be a story our kids tell our great-grandkids. This is just a blip on the time-chart of history. A few weeks, a few months, are nothing in the grand scheme.
We can all use this time to draw closer to Jesus. Meditate on his word. Find somebody you can do something good for, even if it’s just making a phone call or sending a text message. Praise God every day. If you don’t feel like praising him—praise him anyway.
We’ll have services again this Sunday at 11 a.m. on Facebook Live. I’ll be preaching. I’m sure Jim, John, the Prather kidlets, Tennyson or whoever else the Lord leads will provide us some great music. Never forget, Jesus loves you, I love you, and we will meet together again on Bethesda hill—in the Lord’s perfect timing!
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Jesus has left the building! “He is not here, he has risen!” Luke 24:6-7 God is not calling us to Church He is calling us to be his church!
Join us tomorrow for Easter services. Jim Bean and John Prather will start with music around 10:30, Paul Prather wil begin his sermon at 11 on his personal page.
Tennyson singing Maudie's favorite song for Good Friday.
AN EASTER WEEKEND LETTER TO BETHESDA CHURCH
April 10, 2020
This is the holiest weekend of the year. Celebrate resurrection, St. Paul said! Without it, our faith is worthless. Celebrate God’s grace and love toward us! Praise King Jesus to the highest!
My heart is full as I watch God still blessing Bethesda Church even in these unprecedented conditions. He continues to provide for the congregation physically, financially, emotionally—and, most important, spiritually. I’ve heard from so many of you, and everybody
I’ve talked with says they’re doing fine, fine, fine. That’s amazing. Every day, I thank Jesus for all of you.
My sermon Sunday will be, “When Jesus Was Crowned King of Heaven and Earth.” You won’t want to miss it. I’ll preach live at 11 a.m. You can find that on my personal page. If you miss it at 11 a.m., watch the video later on my FB page or on Bethesda’s FB page.
We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper during the Sunday sermon! Amen.
John Prather and Jim Bean will also post Easter worship music online. Those songs will be on my page, their pages, and on Bethesda’s page, too.
Jim has already posted three wonderful worship songs on Facebook for Good Friday. Go listen. They’ll bless your Easter socks off! If you’re wearing Easter socks.
Last Sunday, we had problems with the sermon audio. I’ve been troubleshooting this week and still can’t say for sure what the cause was. But Liz and I have made technical adjustments I hope will clear this up. Let me know whether this week’s audio improves.
Both the women’s Bible study and the Wednesday night group are continuing—online. The response has been terrific. If you want to join in, contact Liz, and she’ll help you connect.
Many thanks to Team Spencer for distributing communion kits to all the members they could reach. If you didn’t get one, please contact Cathy, Casey, Janice—or me—ASAP, and we’ll try to get one to you before Easter. Team S also raised a cross in the church yard out on Bethesda hill. If you’re driving out U.S. 60, look that direction. It’ll put a lump in your throat.
Astoundingly, our tithes and offerings continue to match our pre-social-distancing norms. May God bless you for your faithfulness and return your gifts to you many times over. If you run into snags with Givelify or with knowing where to mail your check, contact Paul Purdon, Gary Humble or me. We are NOT currently using the church’s P.O. box. (Long story.)
DEACONS AND ELDERS. Wanda suggested we have a deacons/elders meeting soon, to make sure all the church’s needs are being met. That’s an excellent idea. I’ll be in contact after the first of the week to arrange a format in which we can all get together.
Everyone, please contact me if you’re having problems, whether they’re spiritual, financial, or physical. My number is (859) 585-4176. I love every one of you!
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Communion will be delivered this week to all members. Cathyand Daniel Spencer, JamesandJanice Riddle and Casey Puckett have made such a cute treat for us all. Be sure to check your front door!
I have sent out the weekly email with video links and prayer requests. If you are not receiving our emails or would like to be added you can send us an email at [email protected].
This is the link for giving that Paul Prather mentioned for giving!
givelify.com Conveniently give and track donations to Bethesda Church with the Givelify online and mobile donation app.
Join us this morning at 11 for service with Paul Prather on his personal page. Music with John Prather and Jim Bean around 10:30. Hope you can join us!
[04/04/20] Just a reminder we will have service tomorrow at 11 with Paul Prather on his personal page, we'll also have music with John Prather and Jim Bean around 10:30. Hope you can join us!
This week's column, frankly, is one of those cases in which after I've written something and it's already published, I wish I could go back and re-phrase some things differently. To be clearer than I am in this column, I'm enormously sympathetic with those who are suffering economic hardship right now, such as small-business owners (I used to be one) and laid off workers. Nonetheless, I strongly believe my main point: human lives are more important than money. Finances can eventually recover; dead people never do.
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[04/01/20] Reminder Adult Bible Study tonight at 7 via zoom. If you want to join the group let Katie or Liz know.
We will be having our service live again tomorrow at 11, we'll have music a little before from John Prather and Jim Bean followed by the sermon from Paul Prather.
We'd also like to thank everyone who has continued to give through this time. We have been able to keep up our food pantry and other missions because of everyone's generosity.
If the Givelify app isn't for you, now worries. Feel free to mail a check to Gary Humble at 317 W. High St, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353.
kentucky.com Dozens of people from two Kentucky congregations ended up self-quarantined this past week after they ignored Gov. Andy Beshear’s plea for churches to cancel services on March 15.
We’ve had several people ask how they can give through Givelify. You can follow the link below to do so! Paul Prather
givelify.com Conveniently give and track donations to Bethesda Church with the Givelify online and mobile donation app.
[03/22/20] Paul Prather will be live in 30 minutes on his personal page! come worship with us!
[03/21/20] Paul Prather will be live at 11:00 tomorrow on his personal page. We hope you will join us!
This is why we have decided to cancel services.
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[03/18/20] Adult Bible Study will not be meeting as originally planned. Please stay in and stay well!
[03/17/20] Adult Bible Study will not be meeting tomorrow as originally planned. Please stay in and stay well!
[03/16/20] After reassessing things regarding COVID-19 the Women’s Group will not meet tonight.
[03/16/20] Women's Bible Study tonight at 6:00 PM! Remember if you are feeling unwell, please stay home so we keep everyone safe.
kentucky.com Last Saturday my wife Liz and I drove down to Campbellsville so I could help memorialize a boyhood pal, Jimmy Whitlock who died in January at 63.
[03/15/20] Paul Prather will be live this morning with a sermon at 11 on his personal page! We hope you can tune in!
[03/15/20] Services for today have been cancelled! Join us for Women's Bible Study tomorrow or the Adult Bible Study on Wednesday!
[03/14/20] Paul Prather will be preaching live tomorrow from his home “pulpit” join us at 11:00 tomorrow morning for his sermon. Can’t tune in at 11, no worries it will be posted to his page and shared on the churches as well!! Again you will tune into Paul Prather’s page to view.
[03/14/20] Just a reminder there is no service tomorrow. There will be Women's Bible Study on Monday at 6 pm.
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