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

You can contact us at...

MAMA Church at Bethany House
PO Box 502
Mount Sterling, KY
40353

859-404-8374

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Father Todd’s Anniversary...

Today is the anniversary of my Ordination to the Priesthood!

Thirteen years ago today I was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church!  What a day that was!  It happened to be on the Feast of Christ the King. Emily was there with me, as were my Mom and Dad, and my Church family at Old Springfield (the parish I was serving in 2007), and, of course, Archbishop Russell McClanahan.

Im thankful to the Lord that he has given me thirty years of fruitful pastoral ministry - thirteen of them as a priest.

Father Todd










Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Sunday Mass...

Dear Friends,

If you would like to view Father Todd’s sermon only, go to the 36:44 minute mark.  To view the complete Mass, just hit “play”!



We pray that this video will be a blessing to you!  Maybe you aren’t able to physically attend worship right now (especially as we continue to deal with the Corona Virus).  If so, we’d be very pleased to know that you’re worshiping Jesus with us “virtually”!  This virtual Mass at Bethany House was celebrated on the Feast of Christ the King – November 22, AD 2020.

Because of the current spike in COVID-19 cases we are not celebrating in-person Masses.  But, even though you can’t attend in person, you can still watch this video of Mass and receive Spiritual Communion.  At the point when you would normally receive Holy Communion, you can pray the following prayer to receive Spiritual Communion...

“Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament.  I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul.  And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart.  I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people gathered around every Altar of your Church, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul.  Never permit me to be separated from you.  Amen.”

If you feel comfortable doing so, come and join us sometime (when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted)!  We gather for worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings!  :)

Always remember – We love Jesus and we love you, too!

Your Brothers and Sisters at Bethany House

Saturday, November 14, 2020

We have a Bishop-Elect...

Brothers and Sisters,

We have a Bishop-Elect!  Father Mark Engel was selected by the Special Synod as our new Bishop.  Bishop-Elect Mark will now go before the College of Bishops for final approval.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Father Todd

Monday, November 9, 2020

The Sunday Mass...

Dear Friends,

If you would like to view Father Todd’s sermon only, go to the 17:30 minute mark.  To view the complete Mass, just hit “play”!



We pray that this video will be a blessing to you!  Maybe you aren’t able to physically attend worship right now (especially as we continue to deal with the Corona Virus).  If so, we’d be very pleased to know that you’re worshiping Jesus with us “virtually”!  This virtual Mass at Bethany House was celebrated on the Twenty-second Sunday of Trinitytide – November 8, AD 2020.

This Mass contains the tenth in Father Todd’s series of sermons looking at Rod Dreher’s book “The Benedict Option”.  If you have questions you’d like to ask Father Todd or points you’d like to raise, please e-mail us at mamachurch4you@yahoo.com!  Father Todd is producing a weekly “Chapter Meeting” video in which he answers those questions and deals with the points you raise.  He would love to have your input!

Even though we are again celebrating in-person Mass (with Social Distancing), not everyone is comfortable attending in-person – whether for health reasons or other concerns.  So, even if you aren’t attending in person, you can still watch this video of Mass and receive Spiritual Communion.  At the point when you would normally receive Holy Communion, you can pray the following prayer to receive Spiritual Communion...

“Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament.  I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul.  And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart.  I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people gathered around every Altar of your Church, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul.  Never permit me to be separated from you.  Amen.”

If you feel comfortable doing so, come and join us sometime!  We are socially distancing and always wear our masks.  We gather for worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings!  :)

Always remember – We love Jesus and we love you, too!

Your Brothers and Sisters at Bethany House

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Something to Think About...

Truly, a beautiful reminder for our times!  May we take it to our hearts and lift it before the Lord!

Father Todd



Friday, November 6, 2020

No In-Person Mass...

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT…

Hello, MAMA Church family!!

Because Montgomery County is in the “Red” category for COVID-19 cases, we will not be celebrating “In-Person” Mass this Sunday.  Additionally, because Morgan County (where I serve as a full-time prison chaplain) is also in the “Red” category there is extra reason to take this precaution.  I do not want to be a danger to any of you.  You are precious to me!!

Video of Mass will be uploaded, hopefully, by Sunday afternoon!

Please pray that this spike in COVID-19 cases subsides and that our family, friends, and neighbors will be kept safe in the Lord’s hands!

God bless you!

Father Todd

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Some Questions to Ask God...

Hello, MAMA Church family!

As we explore – in our prayer times and quiet thoughts – whether to continue the ministry and work of MAMA Church, I’d like to share some thoughts and questions.  These are not intended to sway us one way or another.  They’re meant only to help us discern God’s will.  As I shared two Sundays ago, having put this in God’s hands I feel lighter and freer than I’ve felt in years!  I hope that’s how you’re feeling about this, too!  After all, there’s no better place to be!

It was a blessing for me to be able to go to Michigan last week.  Not only was I able to see family that I haven’t seen in more than two years, it was also an opportunity to spend 16 hours travelling and praying!  One of the things that came to the fore in my mind was something that surprised me: I’ve been engaged in parish and/or chaplaincy ministry for the equivalent of 33 years – eleven years at Springfield Presbyterian Church, twelve years at EKCC, and ten years at MAMA Church.  What’s more, I’ll be eligible to retire from EKCC in eight years.

For me, there are two ways to see that.  I could look at it as “I’ve done my time and I need to move on.”  Or, I could look at is “I need to make the most of next few years and give it all I’ve got.”  Even as I type these words a sense of wonder and openness to God’s leading is coming over me.  I can see how he might lead me to push on with things as they are, but I can also see how he might lead me to transition into the next phase of my ministry and life.  I have many open-ended questions that I have laid before him, and I’m waiting to hear from him.

What about you?  In each our individual lives he wants to hear our open-ended questions – “Lord, what do you have in store for me?” “Lord, show me how I can serve you and your people more completely.”  “Lord, where am I not serving you as I should?”  “Lord, what transitions are you wanting me to make, and how am I helping/hindering that?”

What about us?  I really believe that MAMA Church is at a crossroads.  So what kind of open-ended questions is the Lord wanting us to focus on as a family?  They might look like these – “Lord, has your intention and anointing for MAMA Church come to an end?”  “Lord, is our way of thinking about ‘Church’ helping/hindering your mission for us?”  “Lord, where have we listened to you faithfully/unfaithfully?”  “Lord, what changes in our life together do you want us to undertake?”  “Lord, are you calling me/us to move on to other fellowships of believers?”

No matter what his answers to our open-ended questions, this is an exciting moment to live in.  He might lead us to stay together.  He might lead us to transform our ministry and mission.  He might lead us to disperse and join with other believers.  In spite of all the ‘mights’, we know this: Jesus loves us and will never forsake us.

God bless you as you pray and offer the Lord these open-ended questions!

Father Todd