Bethany UMC NewOrleans

Reverend Anice Moses

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Our Mission Statement

"A community of God's people to model God's Love"

A Word from Our Pastor

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”
Matthew 5:43-48 (The Message)

“Grow Up.” This is what God is calling us to do. I know some of you are saying right now, “I am grown and I’m a Christian, but I’m not going to bend over backward for those who do not respect, love, or honor me.” Well, what do you think Jesus is saying about that statement? As we know, his earthly ministry was not easy. There were people who denied him, persecuted him, and even crucified him; he still loved them enough to give his life as a ransom. Even for his enemies. What good is it for us to just love those who love us? Have we sacrificed anything? Jesus is love. He wants us to share in this same ministry. For, if we are truly Christians and are really grown (mature) in our faith, then we know we must love everyone.

I love the way the writer is challenging us to, “Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.” For, it is in times of trials that you get to know the real you. Loving those who love you means nothing in the eyes of Christ, it’s when we are able to extend love to those we know hate us that grant us an opportunity to receive our reward. Many of us find reasons or ways to exclude our enemies, even finding Scripture such as, Matthew 22:39, “Love thy neighbor”, to justify our decision. Think about it, if we look at the text with this concept in mind we then find a way to choose our enemies. Yet, we must remember Jesus allows the sun to shine on the just and the unjust; the rain to nourish everyone whether good or bad.

So, I encourage each of us to put away childish acts. Remember, love and holiness begins with God. The way we show that we have matured is to let that love flow out to others. It is not our job to monitor the acts of others; to be accountable for our own actions. If someone has hurt you along the way, I challenge you to go to them and allow the love of Christ to flow from your heart to theirs. As kingdom subjects we must “Grow Up.” We must live like it, we must love like it, if we are going to lead others to Christ. We must do our best — Grow Up!!

Rev. Anice Moses
Senior Pastor

March 2014

Bethany UMC's Musical Concert

Bethany UMC Musical Concert

featuring

Dillard University's Concert Choir

Come out and hear the awesome voices of the Dillard University Concert Choir.

4:00 p.m. Sunday April 27th 2014 at Bethany Church. You'll be glad you did!

Donations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00

United Methodist Itinerant Tradition


Transitions is the way of the United Methodist Church, as our ministers/pastors are itinerant and only guaranteed appointments one year at a time.

 
 
 

Faithbook 2014

It's still not too late to submit your writing.


 

I hope you're writing!

For the Lenten season, we would like to have a new edition of the Faithbook. (See example below.)

IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!

Faithbook submissions are still being accepted.

Thank you in advance!

You can email your submissions. When you're ready, click the name below to send an email to:

Shari Smothers


Details and more options are available. Click here for details.


You can also scroll down a little further to click on the links to each section posted for you to

Read and be Inspired.

Faithbook 2014

 

Bethany Faithbook 2014

Read online, or print the PDF document. Click the link(s) below to view the Faithbook Devotions.

Faithbook 2014 - Part I

Faithbook 2014 - Part II

Faithbook 2014 - Part III

Faithbook 2014 - Part IV

Faithbook 2014 - Part V

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Profession of Faith:
If you have never been a member of any church, you may join by professing Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Renewal of Vows:
If you have been a member of a church at one time, but have been inactive, you may join by renewing your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Transfer: If you are a member of another church, you may join by requesting that membership be transferred to Bethany.
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Start the process by calling the Bethany Church office at
504-324-5057

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Phone 504-324-5057 or email Bethany4533@aol.com

4533 Mendez Street
New Orleans, LA 70126

 

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