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!

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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

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!