Join us at Bethany House for...

Mass on Saturdays - at 5:00pm (casual attire is our style)!

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

Bible Study - at 6:30pm on Thursdays (the Life of Jesus - Serendipity Bible Study)!

Come and join us!

Click the picture for directions...

Click the picture for directions...
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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Please Pray for the Synod...


Click this text to go to the Synod Website

From the vicar...

Dear friends, please pray for the Synod Fathers and Mothers (both priests and deacons of the diocese), and for the Synod Brothers and Sisters (lay delegates of the diocese) as they pray about, take counsel over, and select three candidates for Bishop.

Once selected, those candidates will each meet with the College of Bishops, who will then pray about, take counsel over, and select our new Bishop.  The aim in both stages of this process is for the Synod Fathers and Mothers, Brothers and Sisters, and Bishops to be guided by the Holy Spirit in selecting our new Ordinary.

The link above should take you to the Synod web page.  Once there, you can open pictures and biographies of the nine candidates who will be considered by the Synod.

Thank you for your prayers!

Father Todd

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

More Wow!


One of the joys of serving as vicar of MAMA Church is found in the fact that I get to see the many and wonderful ways God has blessed my brothers and sisters with gifts.  The task that appears easy to the casual observer (because of the expertise and skill of those performing the task) is really a work of intricate beauty.

On Tuesday night, I happened to pass by Bethany House.  Something looked different about it.  I pulled into the driveway and saw that Pete and Jonathan had been at work jacking up the sagging portion of the front of the house.  Their work and dedication have helped Bethany House to already stand taller and prouder!

Before heading out for West Liberty this morning, I stopped by Bethany House to snap a couple of pictures showing the progress - I happened to "catch" the artists at work!  Thank you, Pete and Jonathan for what you're doing.  You're a blessing to us!

Father Todd

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wow!


Wow!  What an exciting day we had at Bethany House!  Alice, Liz, Pete, and Father Todd met with our friend Sue Brown and John and Nancy Prince (from Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Westchester, Ohio) to assess what projects are feasible for our "fix-it-up" weekend in October (16-18).

Words can't begin to describe how grateful we are for brothers and sisters who are willing to come alongside us and give us a boost in our ministry!  What's more, we were completely impressed with Nancy, John, and Sue's ability to size up the situation, connect our needs with their talents, and lay the groundwork for what promises to be an exciting and wonderful weekend!

Thank you, Lord, for brothers and sisters like Sue, Nancy, and John!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thanks be to God...


There are so many wonderful things happening for MAMA Church at Bethany House! The Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha is coming along nicely, we're deeply engaged in our vocational discernment process "Becoming a Church for the Sake of Others", we're ramping up our outreach activities, and we're about to engage in a fix-it-up weekend (thanks to the help and support of our dear friend, Sue Brown, and our new friends from Saint Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Parish in Westchester, Ohio)!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Call from GAFCON...


Dear MAMA Church Members and Friends,

This is well worth reading.  We are blessed, as Anglicans in North America, to have our spiritual DNA rooted in the GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) movement!  Please take a moment to read...

“GAFCON calls for ‘truth on the table’”

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for a meeting of Primates in January 2016 shows that he has recognised the deep concerns of faithful church leaders around the world, including those belonging to the GAFCON movement who represent the majority of the global Communion’s membership.

GAFCON began with the first Global Anglican Future Conference in 2008 as an initiative to restore the integrity of Anglican faith and order as the Communion descended into deepening crisis.

We are now a global family standing together to restore the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion with a strength and unity that comes from our common confession of the Lord Jesus Christ, not merely from historic institutional structures.

It is on this basis that the GAFCON Primates will prayerfully consider their response to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s letter. They recognize that the crisis in the Communion is not primarily a problem of relationships and cultural context, but of false teaching which continues without repentance or discipline.

Consistent with this position, they have previously advised the Archbishop of Canterbury that they would not attend any meeting at which The Episcopal Church of the United States or the Anglican Church of Canada were represented, nor would they attend any meeting from which the Anglican Church in North America was excluded.

It is therefore of some encouragement that the Archbishop of Canterbury has opened the door of this meeting to the Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, Archbishop Foley Beach. He has already been recognized as a fellow primate of the Anglican Communion by Primates representing GAFCON and the Anglican Global South at his installation in Atlanta last October and he is a full member of the GAFCON Primates Council.

In the end, our confidence is not in any structural reorganisation, useful though it may be, but in the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and in the abiding truth of the Bible. That is what empowers us and this is the assurance we bring to our broken world.

September 17, AD 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

A Remembrance...


From the vicar...

My alarm clock (which happens to be my cell phone) went off at 4:50 this morning.  Normally, I'm not too observant at that hour - I'm lucky to hit snooze before I turn over to return for a few minutes of stolen slumber.

But this morning was different.  I had forgotten what today's date was and what that meant.  As I grabbed for my cell phone, when the obnoxious alarm began sounding, I saw something that gave me an unexpected pause and caused a moment of thoughtfulness before I was even remotely awake: "Fri, Sep 11".

Immediately, the thought came into my head, "What were they doing at this moment on that day?  Were they on their way to the airport, already there?  Were they thinking about all the things they had to do - but never would?"

The older I get, the more I feel the frailty of life.  May God keep us from casual living, and may we never forget.

Father Todd

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Anglican Immigrant Initiative...


From the vicar...

Because, as Christians living in the Anglican way, we take our cues from the Word of God (not any news media or pundits or politicians), we need to remember what God says regarding the social issues that surround us. My wife, Deacon Emily (whose ministry as a Deacon in the Anglican Church is just blossoming) shared her insights (see the quote immediately below) on the Anglican Church in North America's stance on immigration. She said it more beautifully, truthfully, and faithfully than I have seen elsewhere...

"All life is worthy of honor, whether not yet born or at the end of life; whether an athlete or disabled; whether a parent or a child; whether working 9 to 5 or in a nursing home; whether we agree with each other or not; whether a native or an immigrant; whether sharing our skin color or wonderfully different than us. Part of exhibiting Christ's character to a watching world means welcoming the stranger, the outcast, the poor, the refugee. (Check out James 2.) I'm so pleased to see the body of Christ doing just that all over the world. Here is just one wonderful example..."

Here's the link to the website of The Anglican Immigrant Initiative (please take a moment to visit it!)...

http://greenhousemove.wix.com/immigrantinitiative

Father Todd

Monday, September 7, 2015

The "Aha" Moment...

As the days and weeks pass, we're beginning to see Bethany House "reveal" itself to us!  As with a move into any new home, we start by moving our things in, setting them up where we think they ought to be, and moving them around until that "aha" moment comes.

Suddenly, it all starts to fit together and we see what is intended.  We invite you to look at these pictures of the Saints Mary and Martha Chapel at Bethany House!  Our "aha" moment is starting to happen!  (Come and worship with us sometime!)