Two years ago TODAY (Sunday, August 23, 2015) Saints Mary and Martha Anglican Church celebrated Mass in Bethany House for the first time!
Happy anniversary to Saints MAMA Church!! What follows below is the original Facebook post from that day...
From the vicar...
“To God be the glory!”
Yes, we gave God the glory today (August 23, 2015) as MAMA Church offered the Mass for the first time at Bethany House (our home in Mount Sterling)! Today’s Mass (and the delicious potluck and wonderful fellowship that followed) marked the culmination of nearly two years of searching, praying, and discerning.
For some time we began to think that Bethany House would only be a dream...and then God showed us what only he can do! After having given up on the purchase of this house, we suddenly received word that the asking price had been lowered. We then received word that the family who owned the house wanted to help us by lowering the asking price still further! How could we not see God’s hand in that?!
There’s a good deal of cosmetic work to be undertaken on Bethany House in the weeks and months to come. There will be painting, rearranging, the knocking out of a wall, the addition of air conditioning (no vestments for the vicar today because of the heat and humidity!), cutting down of some trees (precariously overhanging the house and/or blocking the view from the driveways onto the busy street), among many other things.
Most importantly, though, we now have a space into which we can invite those who are in need of Jesus (no matter how that need presents itself)! We are blessed to have life teachers, lay counselors, and care givers in our community. Indeed, God has provided for our every need through the gifts and talents of those who have come to be brothers and sisters of Mary and Martha of Bethany. And we know that it doesn’t stop with our needs. We know that he will send us from this house into the streets of Mount Sterling.
So I close as I began, “To God be the glory!”