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

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Day Mass...

Join us for Mass on Sunday, Christmas Day at 10:30am!  Call 859-404-8374 if you need a ride.  God bless you!

The Christmas Vespers...

What a lovely, Jesus-centered time we had at the Bethany House Christmas Vespers! Hearing God’s Word, singing to him in Advent and Christmas carols, and enjoying fellowship with each other was a wonderful way to make our final preparation for the Feast of Our Lord’s Nativity on Christmas Day!










Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Christmas Celebration...


Christmas Vespers at Bethany House

Join us as we sing Christmas Carols, hear the Salvation story in readings from Scripture, and sing “Silent Night” by candlelight!

It begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, December 22 at 408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling (across from the MCHS football stadium).

We’d love to share this time with you!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chairs for Bethany House Fundraiser Update...


Hello, Friends!

Here's an update on the Bethany House Fundraiser for Chairs...

Through donations on Go-Fund-Me and donations mailed to Bethany House, we've already raised $200!!

You can help us by donating at...

or by sending a check to...
Chairs for Bethany House Fundraiser
PO Box 502
Mount Sterling, KY
40353

Please consider a donation (in whatever amount) to this fundraiser – it will help us provide chairs for Bible studies, multiple weekly worship times, parenting classes, our Children's Guardian Angels support group meetings, and much more!

Thank you & God bless you!
Father Todd

Monday, December 5, 2016

Partnership with New Beginnings...


An announcement from the vicar of MAMA Chruch...

Dear friends,

I am absolutely delighted to share that Saints Mary and Martha Church will soon be sharing Bethany House (in Mount Sterling) with New Beginnings of Winchester!

New Beginnings equips expecting mothers with parenting classes, Bible study, and supply of physical needs.  They also offer character classes (including abstinence encouragement), mentoring for new fathers, pregnancy tests, ultra sounds, and referrals for medical care.

As Anglicans, we are pro-life, and in partnering with New Beginnings we will be able to help foster pro-abundant life in the lives of women and men who are unexpectedly thrust into the role of parenting!  Please take a moment to look at the New Beginnings of Winchester​ Facebook page (click on the link below)!


Please keep New Beginnings, Bethany House, and our outreach in Montgomery County in your prayers!

Father Todd Boyce,
Vicar of MAMA Church
at Bethany House

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Surprising Discovery Tonight...

From the vicar…

Well, Bethany House was broken into and a note was left (on a dry erase board) apologizing for the broken glass.  The man indicated that he was in need of warmth and shelter, and that he would never steal from the Church.

To his credit, nothing was missing, though it appears that he was drawn to three items in the Chapel: The Baptismal Font, the Chalice and Paten on the credence table, and the Tabernacle containing the Reserve Sacrament (each was moved, but unharmed).  But it raises the question for us as Christians: How far does our hospitality go?  Are we willing to follow Jesus when it's not easy?

I just returned from sitting in my car at Bethany House from Midnight until 1:00am, not so much to catch the man in the act (the Sheriff's Deputy who responded to our call believes he knows who the man is and we believe he's in need of our help), but to see his need being expressed.

Bethany House, as a community of Jesus-followers, is being pushed and pressed by the Lord right now.  We've been praying for people to help.  We've been praying for the Lord to flesh out his vision for our ministry.  And, in a multitude of ways (including this evening's discovery), we believe that we're seeing the Lord's hand guiding and nudging us.

Though we would rather have been asked (thus avoiding the broken glass and repairs), there is something heart-warming about a soul seeking shelter in the Lord's house and leaving it unharmed.  We know, now more than ever before, that Bethany House does not belong to us.  As we say during the Mass "I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but speak the word only and my soul shall be healed."

Lord, send those to Bethany House who need your shelter, whose roofs are torn and tattered by the changes and chances of life.

Father Todd

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A New Season Is Upon Us...


Dear friends,

A new season of the Church's year is upon us: Advent.  Advent means "coming" and is intended to help us focus our attention (in the midst of commercialism and many other "isms") on the coming of Jesus.

We look backward to his first coming as a Baby in Bethlehem, but we also look forward to his coming (his return) as our glorious and victorious King who will bring human history to its appointed end.

I hope these pictures of the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha at Bethany House will help us to focus our hearts on the coming of our Savior and King!  (Of course, the Chapel is much more beautiful to behold in the context of worship...in person!)

May our awesome God bless your Advent with spiritual insight and growth!

Father Todd



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Worship at Bethany House on Sunday, November 13...


Hello, friends!

I’m excited to share that Deacon Emily will lead Morning Prayer and preach at Bethany House on Sunday, November 13!  I am still in Michigan (with my mother in hospital in ICU - thank you for your prayers!) and won't be coming home until Monday at the earliest.

Please bring your “Our Life Together” from last Sunday (it has the liturgy for Morning Prayer for this Sunday).  There are also extra copies of last week’s “Our Life Together” for visitors in the narthex.

May our awesome God bless your time of worship (you’re in for a treat to hear Deacon Emily preach)!

Father Todd

Monday, October 31, 2016

Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak the Truth...

From the vicar...

Sometimes a “celebrity” comes along who tries to be a preacher – Jen Hatmaker is one of those cases. What she preaches concerning LGBT issues does NOT line up with Sacred Scripture. We must choose either her word or God’s Word – but not both – because only one is right. My bet is that God knows what he’s talking about.

I invite you to read the following article about the issue of sin versus the life of holiness.  It’s important – very important. Even though the presenting issue is homosexuality, it applies equally to lying, stealing, adultery, taking the Lord’s Name in vain, et cetera.

Father Todd


A Response to Jen Hatmaker by Rosaria Butterfield

October 31, 2016

If this were 1999—the year that I was converted and walked away from the woman and lesbian community I loved—instead of 2016, Jen Hatmaker’s words about the holiness of LGBT relationships would have flooded into my world like a balm of Gilead. How amazing it would have been to have someone as radiant, knowledgeable, humble, kind, and funny as Jen saying out loud what my heart was shouting: Yes, I can have Jesus and my girlfriend. Yes, I can flourish both in my tenured academic discipline (queer theory and English literature and culture) and in my church. My emotional vertigo could find normal once again.

Maybe I wouldn’t need to lose everything to have Jesus. Maybe the gospel wouldn’t ruin me while I waited, waited, waited for the Lord to build me back up after he convicted me of my sin, and I suffered the consequences. Maybe it would go differently for me than it did for Paul, Daniel, David, and Jeremiah. Maybe Jesus could save me without afflicting me. Maybe the Lord would give to me respectable crosses (Matt. 16:24). Manageable thorns (2 Cor. 12:7).

Today, I hear Jen’s words—words meant to encourage, not discourage, to build up, not tear down, to defend the marginalized, not broker unearned power—and a thin trickle of sweat creeps down my back. If I were still in the thick of the battle over the indwelling sin of lesbian desire, Jen’s words would have put a millstone around my neck.

I died to a life I loved. To be clear, I was not converted out of homosexuality. I was converted out of unbelief. I didn’t swap out a lifestyle. I died to a life I loved. Conversion to Christ made me face the question squarely: did my lesbianism reflect who I am (which is what I believed in 1999), or did my lesbianism distort who I am through the fall of Adam? I learned through conversion that when something feels right and good and real and necessary—but stands against God’s Word—this reveals the particular way Adam’s sin marks my life. Our sin natures deceive us. Sin’s deception isn’t just “out there”; it’s also deep in the caverns of our hearts.

How I feel does not tell me who I am. Only God can tell me who I am, because he made me and takes care of me. He tells me that we are all born as male and female image bearers with souls that will last forever and gendered bodies that will either suffer eternally in hell or be glorified in the New Jerusalem. Genesis 1:27 tells me that there are ethical consequences and boundaries to being born male and female. When I say this previous sentence on college campuses—even ones that claim to be Christian—the student protestors come out in the dozens. I’m told that declaring the ethical responsibilities of being born male and female is now hate speech.

Calling God’s sexual ethic hate speech does Satan’s bidding. This is Orwellian nonsense or worse. I only know who I really am when the Bible becomes my lens for self-reflection, and when the blood of Christ so powerfully pumps my heart whole that I can deny myself, take up the cross, and follow him.

There is no good will between the cross and the unconverted person. The cross is ruthless. To take up your cross means that you are going to die. As A. W. Tozer has said, to carry a cross means you are walking away, and you are never coming back. The cross symbolizes what it means to die to self. We die so that we can be born again in and through Jesus, by repenting of our sin (even the unchosen ones) and putting our faith in Jesus, the author and finisher of our salvation. The supernatural power that comes with being born again means that where I once had a single desire—one that says if it feels good, it must be who I really am—I now have twin desires that war within me: “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Gal. 5:17). And this war doesn’t end until Glory.

Victory over sin means we have Christ’s company in the battle, not that we are lobotomized. My choice sins know my name and address. And the same is true for you.

The cross never makes an ally with sin. A few years ago, I was speaking at a large church. An older woman waited until the end of the evening and approached me. She told me that she was 75 years old, that she had been married to a woman for 50 years, and that she and her partner had children and grandchildren. Then she said something chilling. In a hushed voice, she whispered, “I have heard the gospel, and I understand that I may lose everything. Why didn’t anyone tell me this before? Why did people I love not tell me that I would one day have to choose like this?” That’s a good question. Why did not one person tell this dear image bearer that she could not have illicit love and gospel peace at the same time? Why didn’t anyone—throughout all of these decades—tell this woman that sin and Christ cannot abide together, for the cross never makes itself an ally with the sin it must crush, because Christ took our sin upon himself and paid the ransom for its dreadful cost?

We have all failed miserably at loving fellow image bearers who identify as part of the LGBT community—fellow image bearers who are deceived by sin and deceived by a hateful world that applies the category mistake of sexual orientation identity like a noose. And we all continue to fail miserably. On the biblical side, we often have failed to offer loving relationships and open doors to our homes and hearts, openness so unhindered that we are as strong in loving relationship as we are in the words we wield. We also have failed to discern the true nature of the Christian doctrine of sin. For when we advocate for laws and policies that bless the relationships that God calls sin, we are acting as though we think ourselves more merciful than God is.

May God have mercy on us all.

Rosaria Butterfield is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University and author of “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert” (Crown & Covenant, 2012) and “Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ” (Crown & Covenant, 2015).

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A New Altar for Bethany House!

Hello, friends!

Bethany House has been blessed with a new Altar for the Chapel of Saints Mary and Martha!

Pictured here, the Altar was built by the Inmates who are studying in the Vocational Carpentry Shop at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex in West Liberty - where Father Todd serves as the Institutional Chaplain (they did a beautiful job!).

It's constructed from red oak and has five Greek-style crosses made from walnut inlaid on the top of the Altar (representing the five wounds of Christ).

Come and worship with us sometime!  We gather at Bethany House at 10:30am on Sundays and 7:00pm on Thursdays.  We're located at 408 Levee Road in Mount Sterling (across from the MCHS football stadium).




Sunday, October 2, 2016

Homeless Coalition Dinner...



On Saturday, September 24 Bethany House (Saints Mary and Martha Church) had the privilege and honor of serving meals to nearly 75 people at the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition's monthly dinner!

There were folks who needed that meal to help them stretch their food budget at the end of the month and there were folks who needed that meal because there would no other food that day.  We truly saw Jesus in those we served and prayed with - including the couple who opened their home to someone needing shelter.

The Bethany House community is a group of Christians who are seeking to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in all persons.  We center ourselves in worship and prayer, through the sharing of God's Word and the Sacraments, as we seek to expand the reach of God's loving embrace.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

An Important Meeting...


Hello, Bethany House family and friends!

We'll be cancelling Bible Study on Thursday, September 15.  Instead, we'll attend this very important Heroin Forum at the Montgomery County High School Auditorium at 6:30pm.  Please spread the word about this important event!

Don't forget to join us this Thursday, September 8 for Evening Prayer at Bethany House at 7:00pm (followed by coffee and dessert!).

God bless you!
Father Todd

Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Visit to Bethany House...


From the vicar...

I stopped in at Bethany House this evening to crank the AC up and make sure everything is ready for Mass in the morning.  As I entered, I was reminded again how special that place is!  I came through the narthex into the Chapel, dipped my fingers into the Baptismal font and made the sign of the cross (giving thanks to the Lord that he claimed me as his own in Holy Baptism!).  I turned, facing the Altar and Tabernacle, knowing that Jesus, in the consecrated hosts, is physically present to us - how could I help but kneel before him!

If you want to come closer to the Lord, come to Bethany House any Sunday morning at 10:30.  You'll receive something more than a sermon, you'll do something more than sing wonderful songs.  You'll come face to face with the Lord in his Word and in Holy Communion - the very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus!

Come and join us!
Father Todd

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vespers & Bible Study...


Calling all Bible study friends!  Come and join us for Vespers (a short evening prayer service) and Bible study at 7:00pm at Bethany House - 408 Levee Road in Mount Sterling.

This week we'll be studying 2 Samuel 7:10-29 - so read up and join us!

We'll pray Vespers at 7:00pm followed by dessert and coffee and Bible study.  Come and join us!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reunion Sunday!


Come and join us for Reunion Sunday on August 28, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling)!

A year ago - August 23, 2015 - was our first Sunday in Bethany House, and we want to say "thank you" to all our friends who contributed in so many ways through the years to make Bethany House possible. What better way than to have a reunion!

In the life of every Church there are comings and goings. We'd love to have a reunion with those whose lives have taken them elsewhere - to renew the bonds of friendship!

If you were a part of Saints Mary and Martha Church but have moved on, we'd love to see you again and say "thank you"! And, if you've never worshiped with us at Bethany House, we'd like to invite you to join us!

We'll worship together at 10:30 am and then enjoy a potluck! We'd love to see you again or meet you for the first time!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Prayer for Our Times...


Almighty God, the reign of terror continues in our world with senseless acts of violence overwhelming us almost daily now. Have mercy on us, Lord. Have mercy on us. Teach us how to lament as we fall down before you on our faces and knees.

• We pray for presidents, prime ministers, legislators, judges, military leaders, governors, mayors, police officers and medical personnel everywhere to think clearly, lead courageously and pray unceasingly. We ask you, O God, to raise up women and men who will speak the truth in love and lead with compassion and humility.

• We pray for Orlando, Istanbul, Nice, Dallas, Kabul, Munich and countless other cities who continue to mourn the loss of so many innocent lives in recent days. We pray for confused and grieving families to know the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit.

• We pray for impoverished and oppressed people everywhere who earnestly believe that the remedy to their plight is hatred and violence. In the words of the Prophet Amos, "Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."

• We pray for hate-filled persons whose twisted thinking somehow believes that destroying other human beings pleases God. We hear the voice of Jesus crying out from the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing."

• We pray for those who conceive terror to receive a new heart and a new spirit from you. Take away their hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh. We pray for the utter destruction of all terror in our world and the ideologies that inspire it.

• Finally, God, we pray for ourselves that the darkness will not overwhelm us, that hatred will not consume us. May your light and love at work in us bring hope, reconciliation and peace as we eagerly await the Return of Christ. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

A prayer by Greg Gallaher

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's Lonely in Our Own Little Worlds...


I think I was born just as something I've learned to love (and now long for) was beginning to die.  Each time I think about it, my heart sinks.  I'm not talking about "the way things used to be", I'm talking about the way in which people used to process and meet the needs of others - the way we lived together.

It was still fully alive in my grandparents' generation.  It was spoken of by my parents' generation, it was known (if not always practiced) to my generation.  It seems to have died, though, in the insulated, separated, cocooned, sealed-off lives most of us now lead.

Interaction - real interaction, both when we want it and when it's inconvenient - is a thing of the past.  We've traded reality - with all it's roughness - for cyber reality.  Everything in our lives is marketed to us so as to fulfill our individual, personal pursuits.  The sense of community has given way to "online community".  We're encouraged to plan or map out our lives in a vacuum, as though no one else will figure into the equation - and if they do, and if they get in our way, we're encouraged to eliminate them from the picture.

Don't misunderstand me.  I'm grateful for technology.  Without it I probably wouldn't be in touch with many of you.  Even so, I wonder what it will take to push us toward recovering the human touch in our lives and in the inconvenient interactions we strive to avoid.

Karl Marx believed that people's alienation from the means of production would eventually bring about enough disgust to foment revolution.  He was wrong.  The human person is so much more that the sum of their materialistic relationships and needs.  The thing that will really foment revolution is the alienation of the human person from meaningful relationships through which sympathy and empathy are cultivated.

Why is there a black lives matter movement?  Why are people taking verbal swipes at each other on social media and treating one another as though disagreement is the equivalent of murder?  It's because people are reacting to a creeping sense in their lives that they are alone and that no one cares about them.  We have personalized our way of life to such an extent - we have exalted the individual to such an extent - that we've finally realized it's lonely to be alone in our own little world.

It's time to return to front porches.  It's time to live and work in the same community.  It's time to put up with what we don't like in our neighbors so that we can find what we do like.  It's time to see that our goals and plans and desires do not rule the universe.  It's time to tell ourselves that we're not as important as we think we are.  It's time to learn, once again, how to interact with one another.  It's time to leave our insulated, hermetically sealed bubbles of self-satisfaction.

Father Todd

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Join Us for Bible Study...


Join us for Bible study on Thursday evening (July 21)!  We begin in a brief prayer service and then dig into the Word (accompanied by dessert and coffee, of course)!

Join us this Thursday at 7pm at Bethany House (408 Levee Road in Mt. Sterling)!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

An Encouraging Word...


What a joy it was to meet with a young couple this evening at Bethany House for their first pre-marital counseling session.  It's wonderful to see how the Lord has brought them together, is drawing them closer, and will use them wonderfully in the years to come.

We took a few moments to step into the Chapel.  As we talked about the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist, the Rosary, the Icons, the Tabernacle, the chanting of the Psalms, et cetera, I realized again the incredible heritage we have as Christians in the Anglican way.

As I looked at the Chapel through their eyes, I also realized just how much the folks at Bethany House have been able to do with what the Lord has given us.  I'm so thankful for a committed little group of Anglicans who are as hearty as they are dedicated.  Bethany House really has become quite a little gem!

Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Father Todd

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Prayer for Our Nation...


From the vicar...

Last Sunday (July 3) during Mass we spent time praying for our beloved country - both giving thanks to the Lord for what he's given us and asking him for help as we grapple with conforming ourselves to his vision of justice and righteousness.  In the week that has just passed my heart has been filled with distress and grief.  I'm worried about our country and all the ills that bore fruit in the events of this week.  Would you pray with me?

God of our fathers and mothers, the holy and righteous Judge of all men, we come before you admitting our weaknesses, our failings, our secret fears, and our total dependency on you: Take us, both individually and as a nation, and place us in the refining fire of your love.  Consume away from us the dross of hatred, fear, selfishness, small-mindedness, and shortsightedness.  Challenge us to hear in your Word the only truth that will compel us to repent and change.  Drive far from us all options for partial transformation.  Grant us the grace to turn our eyes upon Jesus and not look to the left or the right.  Call us to remember that it is only in loving him that we may love our neighbor as ourselves.  We ask this through the same Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

God bless you!
Father Todd

Monday, July 4, 2016

Our First Year in Bethany House...

Having worshiped in the beautiful Herald & Stewart Chapel for free for four years (the generosity of the Herald & Stewart Home for Funerals still amazes us!), we saved up enough money to purchase Bethany House!

Our first Mass at Bethany House took place on Sunday, August 23, 2015! As you can see from the slide show, we've made a few changes to this beautiful old house. In the coming weeks, we'll be highlighting some more of those changes from the past year.

Come and worship with us on Sunday at 10:30am. We're located at 408 Levee Road (across from the MCHS Football Stadium) in Mount Sterling. We don't dress to impress, we dress to be comfortable as we worship Jesus! Come and join us! If you have any questions, call us at 859-404-8374.








A Possible Idea...


From the vicar...

Conversations at dinner parties have long been among my favorite things to witness (if not participate in).  I just love the interesting things that are shared.  I exult in just being present for those conversations.  There's something fascinating and intellectually stimulating about being with a group of bright and lively people.

That's why I LOVE it when Bethany House has potlucks.  That's why I LOVE having a group of friends to go out to dinner with.  That's why I now LOVE the Moth Radio Hour!  (I don't know why, but I had never listened to it before this past Saturday.)  I find myself longing to create such an occasion and environment here in Mount Sterling.

Just a thought, but I wonder whether Bethany House could host, perhaps, a quarterly "Moth Evening" and invite the community in?  I found myself coming alive as I listened to the stories being shared (even though I didn't always agree with some of the content).  Just a thought!

God bless!
Father Todd

The Star Spangled Banner...

Happy Independence Day!

As you enjoy this holiday, also take some time to enjoy this poignant moment following the 9/11 attacks of 2001 (the singing of The Star Spangled Banner at Saint Paul's Cathedral in London).

We are never more free than when we stand together!  We are never more free than when we reach out to bless others!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Independence Day...

Dear friends,

We invite you to join us at Bethany House for Mass on Sunday, July 3.  We will be singing special hymns and offering prayers for our beloved Republic in celebration of Independence Day.

Independence Day, for Anglicans, is remembered in the Book of Common Prayer and offers us an opportunity to thank God for the liberties and goodness he has granted us in this free land.

Please join us!  Mass begins at 10:30am and our attire is casual.


Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Monday, June 27, 2016

This Week at Bethany House...

Hello, Bethany House Family and Prayer-Partner Friends!

We’re in the midst of Trinitytide – the season of the Church year that follows Easter and Pentecost.  As we make our way through this rich time of exploring God's Word, we’re also singing some of our favorite hymns at Mass on Sundays and at Evensong on the second, fourth, and fifth Thursday evenings of the month (on the first and third evenings we’re engaged in Bible study)!  Come and join us, if you can!

This Sunday, our readings at Mass included 1 Kings 19:9-21; Psalm 16:5-11; Galatians 5:1, 18-25; and Luke 9:51-62.  What rich material the Lord provided for us as we worshiped, heard the Word proclaimed, and received Jesus in Holy Communion!  (You may notice that we were a little informal - we had a situation with our air conditioning that is now fixed.)  You’ll find the link to the sermon here…


May your week be filled with the Presence of the Lord!

Father Todd

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This Week at Bethany House...


Hello MAMA Church Family and Prayer Partner Friends!

We've had quite a week as we've worshiped, received much-needed advice and tips about Children's Guardian Angels from some awesome professionals, and attempted to upgrade and update as we move forward!  I had the pleasure of meeting with Pastor Scott Holley (First Christian Church in Mount Sterling) and Sandy Romenesko (Executive Director of the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Industrial Authority and Chamber of Commerce).  They, along with our friend Debbie Helton, have been incredibly generous in sharing their experience and insight.

I'm happy to report that we met with three families on Tuesday evening (April 26) and that it looks like we'll be meeting with them again next Tuesday evening - along with an additional three families.  Nothing could've prepared us for what we heard tonight.  The struggle to keep things going for the "Guardian Angels" of children of parents dealing with addiction is so very real.

We know we've got our work cut out for us, but we also know who's leading us in this ministry!  In fact, we're in the initial stages of forming an Advisory Council for CGA - to help us find solutions and resources, and to be a sounding board and source of ideas.  More to follow on that, but it must be said that we've been highly encouraged by the advice we've received thus far and hope to receive much more of it!  (By the way, special thanks to Bonnie Centers for not being afraid to share what the Lord laid on her heart regarding CGA and the possibility of an Advisory Council!)

Below, you'll find the link to this week's sermon from Mass (April 24 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter).  The Lord really touched us as we examined how victory is obtained in the Christian life.  We read from Acts 13:42-52; Revelation 19:1-2a, 4-9; and John 13:31-35.  I hope you'll be blessed by what was shared in our midst!


Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for this coming Tuesday evening and as we attend Synod for the Diocese of the Great Lakes!  We covet your prayers and we'd love to pray for you, too!

Yours in the love of Jesus!

Father Todd

At the Gospel Reading...


Have you ever wondered why we make a miniature sign of the cross over our forehead, mouth, and heart just before the reading of the Gospel during Mass?  Here's why!  (Pretty cool, eh?)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A Word of Sharing...


Dear MAMA Church Family,

I've been doing something that has taken my heart into the very depths of God's love for us.  What's more, I've been taking you with me when I do it!  The result is simple, profound, and transformative.

I used to do it "just for me".  And that was good, but nothing like it's been over the past few weeks.  It used to provide me with some insights and consolation.  Now, over the past few weeks, it has enlivened my soul, jump-started my brain, re-invigorated my sermon preparation (and, I think, my preaching), and given me a new heart for evangelization.

So, what have I been doing - where have I been taking you?  I've been praying the Rosary, with the prayer intention that our life together as believers (and our lives lived separately through the week) will be transformed by the power and love of Jesus.  I've been sitting with the Blessed Mother before the cross of Jesus, asking her to pray with me for the deeper conversion of our souls.

What, exactly, has happened?  Pondering with her the mysteries of her Son's life, asking him to help us and spiritually grow us, has lit the flame of his love within me in a new and fresh way.  There's a revival of his Presence in my heart.  There's a renewed desire to approach him with the attitude of his Mother.  There's a re-kindled longing within me to share the Good News of the Gospel.

As the Church, we are each called to intercessory prayer - to pray for one another.  We are also called to make our prayer needs known to each other.  We are called to be prayer partners for others and to seek prayer partners who will pray for us - and, yes, that includes prayer partners in heaven!  After all, who is better able to be a prayer partner than those who stand in the Presence of Jesus and know everything?

Please know that I'm praying for you daily and that I'm taking you with me as the Blessed Mother and I sit before Jesus.  May the flame of his love invade your heart as it has mine!

Father Todd

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Highlights from the Third Week of Easter...


Hello, MAMA Church Family and Prayer-Partner Friends!

We're finally back up and running following the High Holy Days of Passiontide and Easter!  Were happy to share some wonderful news...

What a time we've had at Bethany House!  We got everything "gussied up" for the Children's Guardian Angels open house on Tuesday evening (including a whole lot of baking, sandwich making, and rearranging).  We were blessed to have some wonderful conversations with folks who are acting as Guardian Angels for grandchildren, and we were blessed to receive some wonderful advice from Debbie Helton - a dear friend in the Mount Sterling community!  Stay tuned for further updates, and please keep us in your prayers as we have our first CGA meeting at Bethany House next Tuesday.

As we continue in the Easter season (the fifty days from Easter Sunday to the Sunday of Pentecost), we're just basking in the Good News of Jesus' resurrection and how that "ripples" in our lives.  Here are the highlights from Sunday's Mass on the Third Sunday of Easter (April 10), beginning with the Scripture lessons and psalm, Fr. Todd's sermon, the Creed, Prayers of the People, and celebration of Holy Communion...


We have dedicated ourselves to Daily Prayer, including prayer concerns for those who ask.  If you would like to have your prayer concern added to our list, we'd be happy to pray for you!  Just send an e-mail to mamachurch4you@yahoo.com.  We only use first names on our prayer list, and no names if you prefer.

Please keep us (especially Children's Guardian Angels) in your prayers!  The Lord is at work and we want to be faithful in following him!

Yours in the joy of our risen Lord,
Father Todd

Monday, March 28, 2016

Highlights from Resurrection Day (and much more!)...


Hello, family!

"Alleluia!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!"

Wow!  What a wonderful whirlwind of a week and weekend we’ve had at Saints Mary and Martha!  We prayed the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, celebrated The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (including the stripping of the Altar and Sanctuary), gathered for The Solemn Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion on Good Friday (with Holy Communion from the reserve Sacrament at the Altar of Repose), participated in the Montgomery County Homeless Coalition’s “Trade Fair” on Holy Saturday, celebrated The Great Vigil of Easter after sunset on Holy Saturday, and then rejoiced in celebrating Mass on The Feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection on Sunday!!!

Here are a couple from pictures of Bonnie, Sandra, and Alice (with Pete and Liz providing support) at the “Trade Fair”…



Here is the video from Mass on The Feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection…


Please keep us prayer over the next couple of weeks!  We are in the final stages of planning for the open house that will introduce “Children’s Guardian Angels” to the community.  In fact, we’re already receiving support and help – even before we’ve officially announced the ministry!  The need for this ministry is genuine and so very wide-spread in Montgomery County.

Please pray: 1. That God will bring us those who most need this ministry;  2. That God will raise up people with needed talents and resources to help these folks (beyond what we’ve already assembled), and;  3. That those who participate (both ministry recipients and helpers) will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ if they do not already have a personal relationship with him.

If you would like to receive fliers to distribute to people who may need what we’re offering in “Children’s Guardian Angels”, please e-mail us at mamachurch4you@yahoo.com!  Also, please keep us in your prayers as we begin talks with a crisis pregnancy center regarding a partnership with them at Bethany House!

Please keep us close in your prayers, and may the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection fill your hearts and minds to overflowing!

Laudetur Jesus Christus!  (Praised be Jesus Christ!)
Father Todd