Worship Bulletin – May 31, 2020

Worship Bulletin – May 31, 2020


Bethany is a church family following Jesus together.

We sing His praises. We pray in His name. We teach His Word. We love His people. We share His message. All this and more we do together because THERE IS NONE LIKE HIM.

Whether you’ve been following Jesus for years or are just getting started, we hope today you experience the good news of Jesus and discover how to take the next step on the path of following Him.

Click here to learn more about Jesus.




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Welcome | Josh Beakley

Song: Our God Saves
Song: Lamb of God
Song: By Faith
Song: Lord I Need You

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-47
Sermon: Simple Church | Dr. Ritch Boerckel

Closing Song: O Church Arise


Closing | Josh Beakley




Sunday, May 31

• 8:15am | Pre-Recorded Online Service
• 11:00am | Drive-In LIVE Service & Radio on 88.5FM
• 3:00pm | Annual Meeting (online only)

Wednesday, June 3

• 6:30-7:00pm | Together We Stand – Livestream – Devotion on Facebook Live & Bethany’s website
• 7:30-8:00pm | Staying Real – Livestream – Student Ministries (Jr High, Sr High & College) on Bethany’s website

Sunday, June 7

• 8:15am | Pre-Recorded Online Service 
• 11:00am |Pre-Recorded Online Service



The church building is available for small gatherings of ten people or less. Please contact the church office if you would like to use the building (309-692-1755). You can also reference our Life Together during COVID-19 update page for more details and resources for your family.



  • We have a resource page designed to help you stay connected with your church family during this health crisis, including updates from our leadership team, worship service details, how-to videos for leading family devotions, and more! Check out Life Together during COVID-19.


  • New Members – We are excited to vote in affirmation of the following joining Bethany at the Bethany Annual Meeting today at 3:00pm:  Andrew Farmer, Zach & Lisa Kroehler, Marshall & Julie Schrader, Jim Sparks, Denny & Becky Unsicker, and Dustina VanBrocklin.


  • CARE CENTRAL: Get Help | Give Help – It’s in times of crisis that gospel love often shines brightest. Taking two minutes to share your current needs (and the ways you can help others in need) demonstrates this love in a simple and powerful way. Click here to complete the 2 minute Care Survey.


  • TOGETHER DAY BY DAY: Daily Email Devotional (Monday through Saturday) – Sign up to receive short email devotionals, written by our own Bethany elder team. This daily dose of truth in your inbox will help counter the barrage of fear and uncertainty around you. Sign up on myBethany.


  • NEW Children’s Ministry resources are available this week! Don’t miss out on the new Sunday School lesson video with RANGER DANGER! Each week our children’s ministry team provides teaching materials to help make your time at home with your kids fruitful and encouraging. Check out this week’s resources here!  


  • The easiest way to support Bethany with your tithes and offerings is to click here and make a one-time or recurring gift online. You can also use your own bank’s online bill pay tools or send a check by mail to: Bethany Baptist Church, 7422 N. Heinz Ln., Edwards, IL 61528.
    • Weekly Need // $52,746
    • Received Last Week // $24,287
    • Proposed 2020-2021 Budget // $2,742,800



  • Together We Stand – Livestream Bible Study | 6:30pm, each Wednesday
    Tune in on Facebook Live or live.bethanycentral.org as Pastors Ritch and Josh share from God’s Word, pray for our church, and lead us in worship during this informal 30-minute devotional time.


  • Staying Real Livestream Student Ministries Gathering | 7:30pm, each Wednesday
    Pastors Josh and Jimmy, along with Billy Schick go live each Wednesday night to answer students’ questions on the air, to talk about faith and real life, and to encourage our youth. Check out Staying Real at live.bethanycentral.org.


  • Bethany Annual Meeting | Sunday, May 31 at 3:00pm
    Join us online for a time of reflection, devotion and prayer, including:  budget summary and officer vote, new member vote, and a look ahead. More information, including the proposed budget, is available on myBethany.


  • Summer Bible Reading PlanBeginning June 1
    We are excited to offer a 10-week all church Bible Reading Plan starting tomorrow. The selected passages in this plan will give a broad overview of the main events and people in God’s Word, showing God’s plan of redemption from creation to our eternal home. We read six-days each week, and you can join us through the Bethany App (click on the BIBLE tab), by downloading the PDF from our website, or requesting a printed copy from the church office.


  • Ladies Bible Studies | Beginning in June
    Using the all-church, reading plan, Ladies Bible Study groups will meet weekly to read a portion of Scripture, discuss the passages, and pray together. These groups will meet online and are limited in size to foster discussion and encourage accountability. For those comfortable meeting in-person, small groups no larger than 10 people (heeding state guidelines of social distancing) will also be available. To learn more, see available groups, and to sign up, please click the Ladies Bible Studies link above.


  • Thinking TogetherShort Devotional Meditations from our Teaching Pastors
    This new bi-weekly series of short videos features our teaching pastors in their homes, helping us think about the Gospel together through this season of hardship and trial. The series explores relevant biblical texts to unleash clear gospel truth for real everyday impact.


  • Together at Home – How-to Videos for Family Devotions
    A series of short videos featuring our pastors filmed in their own homes as they demonstrate the practice of leading family devotions.