Join us at Bethany House for...

Mass on Sundays - at 10:30am (casual attire is our style)!

Rosary Prayer Group - at 6:00pm on the first Tuesday of the month!

Evening Prayer - at 7:00pm on Thursdays (followed by “Timely Topics with dessert and coffee)!

Come and join us!

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We’re located at 408 Levee Road in Mount Sterling, across from the MCHS football stadium.

Contact us at...

Saints Mary and Martha Church
at Bethany House
PO Box 502
Mount Sterling, KY
40353

859-404-8374
mamachurch4you@yahoo.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Happy Seventh Anniversary!!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A very happy seventh anniversary to you!!

When I looked at Facebook this morning, a “memory” popped up that I had completely forgotten about.  The pictures you see below were taken during Mass on February 20, 2011 (thank you Suzie Solis!)

This was only the third Mass celebrated by Saints Mary and Martha Anglican Church (the first was on Christmas Eve 2010 and the second was on February 13, 2011).  Even though we gathered for Christmas Eve Mass, we mark our beginning point (our mission-parish anniversary) as February 13, 2011.

Deacon Emily and I had moved all the furniture out of our dining room so that we could accommodate everyone.  We worshiped in the dining room until we moved to the Herald & Stewart Chapel in July of 2011.

It’s difficult to believe all the ground we’ve covered and all the ups and downs we’ve been through.  But the Lord has been faithful in keeping his vision for Saints Mary and Martha alive and well!  What’s more, the people he’s gathered to take part in that vision have been faithful, too!

God bless you all & happy belated anniversary!

Father Todd







Monday, February 19, 2018

The Sunday Sermon...

Hello, friends!

Welcome to Saints Mary and Martha Church at Bethany House!  We pray that you’ll be blessed by Father Todd’s sermon on the First Sunday in Lent – February 18, AD 2018.

We’re located at 408 Levee Road in Mount Sterling – across the street from the MCHS football stadium.

On Sundays we gather at 10:30am to pray the Diving Mercy Chaplet and at 11:00am for Mass.  On Thursdays we gather at 7:00pm for Evening Prayer (followed by coffee and dessert!).  And, on the first Tuesday of each month, we gather at 6:00pm to pray the Holy Rosary.

Come and join us!  If you need a ride, call us at 859-404-8374!

We love Jesus and we love you, too!

The Brothers and Sisters
of Mary and Martha

Monday, February 5, 2018

Save the Dates...

Good morning, brothers and sisters!

What an amazing time we had in the Lord and with each other yesterday!!  Your voices lifted in prayer and in song, and the joy of your fellowship at “Anglican 101” was beautiful beyond words.  Speaking personally, I badly needed a touch of the Lord’s presence, and I received it – through his Word and the Blessed Sacrament, AND through your smiling faces!

Please let me know if you'd like a copy of this week's “Our Life Together”.  If so, I hope it will be a blessing to you as we pray as a community – even when we’re apart from each other.  One of things that warms my heart each time I pray the Daily Office is the knowledge that, even though I’m by myself, I’m not praying alone!  Sometimes community is found in the heart as well as “in person”.

We’ve got a lot on the calendar over the next couple of weeks, so don’t forget to save these dates...

Tuesday (Feb. 6) at 6pm in the Chapel of Saints M&M we’ll pray the Rosary for those in need of employment and searching for ways to use their talents (this is also our monthly Mission Prayer Concern);

Thursday (Feb. 8) at 7pm in the Chapel of Saints M&M we’ll pray Evening Prayer followed by coffee and dessert (our last dessert until the end of Lent and we enter the Easter season);

Sunday (Feb. 11) at 10:30am in the Chapel of Saints M&M we celebrate The Feast of Our Lord’s Transfiguration;

Tuesday (Feb. 13) at 6pm on “the Porch” we’ll gather for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (and celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day early);

Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) at 7pm in the Chapel of Saints M&M we’ll celebrated holy Mass with the Imposition of Ashes to mark the beginning of Lent.  (We won’t gather for Evening Prayer on Thursday of this week.)

Stay tuned for a message (with both directions to obtain a PDF text copy and an e-link) for the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  There are many listed in our Intercessions who need us to ask the Lord to pour out his Mercy on them!  I thank the Lord that I serve a community whose hearts so readily fly to intercede for those in need!

May the Lord fill your week with his abundant grace and mercy!

Father Todd

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Coloring Our Way through Lent...


Hey, all!

MAMA Church has a fun announcement for Lent (not the usual thing you hear about lent, is it?)!!  We’re going to color our way through Lent!

In conjunction with our “Anglican 101” classes/potlucks and our Thursday evening “Talk Time” following Evening Prayer, we’re going to color!!  Each family will receive the Stations of the Cross to color and a devotional to go with them!

So, as we talk and discuss and learn, we can begin coloring and have something special to take home each week!

By the way, stay tuned for the start-up information for “Anglican 101” and how we’ll work the potluck arrangements.

Invite some friends - the more the merrier (even during Lent)!

God bless you!

A Word from the Vicar...

Dear friends,

Over the past few weeks I’ve struggled and wrestled with a sense of feeling lost in all the busy-ness of life.  It’s as though I looked around and suddenly realized that I’m far from where I used to be, as though I’ve been carried away by something or someone.

The question in my heart, since before Advent, has been “where am I, who am I?”  It’s provoked a nervousness within me - a sense of anxiousness.  It reminds me of being on a very fast and dizzying roller coaster ride, where I’m not in control of direction or pace, and where I can’t even really control my emotional response.

I have felt as though I’m losing myself.  But, if that is so, into what am I losing myself.  If the old order of my life is disappearing, then what’s replacing it?  The answer is twofold and quite surprising - at least to me.

It’s no coincidence that I became conscious of this feeling in the weeks before Advent; though, to be sure, it’s been building within me for months or even just over a year.  In that time period more and more of my time and energy have been poured into ministry at Saints Mary & Martha Church - into defining and deepening that ministry.  And then, over the summer and into the fall, more people joined in that ministry.

Since the weeks before Advent I’ve felt both a persistent urgency to live more deeply into my vocation as a priest and a sense of fear as I see myself moving away from the stable, friendly, and comfortable old order of my life.  It’s as though Jesus has suddenly called my name and pulled me from my dreamy slumber into the doing of my dreams.

I don’t mind saying that I am anxious, bewildered, and excited all at once.  It’s the truth, simply the truth.  And the questions “where am I, who am I?” are taking on new significance.  I am in a place of transition in my priestly ministry.  I am a servant who has been called for duty in a deeper way.  Perhaps, for the first time since my Ordination, I am seeing my vows being put into full practice.

This Sunday we will read of Jesus calling the first of his disciples and how they dropped everything to follow him immediately.  This first Sunday after The Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism has always been a favorite of mine because it marks a beginning point for all of us who are followers of Jesus.  But this year it takes on a new significance for me: I’m feeling some of what Simon and Andrew, James and John must have felt.

I’m dizzy, anxious, and in love with the One who’s pulling me along.  Pray for me that my emotions won’t get the better of me, that I won’t persuade myself to get off the roller coaster!

God bless you!
Father Todd

Monday, January 8, 2018

You’re Invited…


Come and join us for The Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism on Sunday, January 14 @ 10:30am!  We’ll gather to offer our praises to him and to remember how he’s made the way for us to be with him for ever!

If you need a ride, call 859-404-8374.

God bless you!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A New “Anglican 101” Class...


Hello, friends!

We’ve had some interest expressed in launching another “Anglican 101” class – not only for all the new folks at Bethany House, but also for those who’d like to re-visit that journey.

The plan would be to meet either every other Sunday after Mass (with a potluck meal) or one Sunday a month after Mass (also with a potluck meal).

If you’re interested, please let Father Todd know – either by Facebook message or by e-mailing him at fr.todd4you@yahoo.com.

God bless you!