Bethany United Methodist Church

IMG_1765I talk a ton about what I learn on Sundays at my church and what points my pastors make that in turn stir up my own thoughts.  These ponderings (think this is a word)  subsequently lead to GEM blogs.

SO, I thought I would share with you a list of questions that I was recently asked to answer because I was being interviewed for a DVD they were putting together for a campaign to raise money for a new building and renovation.

As much as I love to chat, this question/answer thingy was right up my alley!!!

If you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love my church and I really think my adoration shows in my answers.  I think it is abundantly clear that the Holy Spirit is working in and through this congregation and I feel very fortunate to call Bethany United Methodist Church my family!!

I hope you enjoy getting to know my church family through my answers!!  I love my church (yep, already said that) and I’m blessed to have found such support, love, joy and hope with people who do their best to be Christ-like and love as Jesus did.

Therefore, if you live in the Austin, Texas area, I encourage you to come visit us!!!

Who is Bethany UMC?

Bethany is a congregation of God’s servants who are committed to giving local residents a church home where they can grow in their faith, serve as they are called and use their gifts for God’s purpose.

Why Bethany?

Because they love you enough to push you further in your faith walk.  They don’t leave you behind and the Holy Spirit has always worked wonders here.  It’s exciting to be a part of such a loving, caring and courageous community in Christ.

What does Bethany do?

I think it would be easier to come up with what they don’t do than list the plethora of things that Bethany does!!

How does Bethany transform lives beyond its walls?

Bethany goes out into the world to help.  They never sit around and wait.  Instead, they seek out the world’s least, lost and lonely and provide as they can and in return, Bethany gets to see a lot of miracles.

What does Bethany do to reach out?

From Africa to El Salvador, Mountain Top Tennessee to Brownsville in the Texas Valley, and right here in Austin; Bethany is always sending someone somewhere to help those in need, regardless of where they are on the map.

How does Bethany bring people to know Jesus Christ?

Bethany brings people to know Christ by being Christ-like.  It’s about loving unconditionally, not judging and meeting people right where they are.  When we share our experiences and the reasons why we have peace and joy throughout any circumstance, others can than see why following Christ is a freedom like no other.

How does Bethany help you and others Grow in his Image?

Bethany encourages growth in Christ’s image through the teaching of scripture.  We won’t know Christ’s characteristics unless we delve into His Word on a regular basis.  Bethany helps me do that by providing classes, sermons and activities that are based on the Bible.

How have you experienced God’s love here at Bethany?

I experience God’s love every time I’m greeted by a smiling face at Bethany.  For 17 years I have been included, encouraged, comforted and urged to move towards Christ.  I have served in many capacities and have always found my place regardless of what was happening in my life at the time.  However, I am a firm believer that your experience is what you make it and I’m forever grateful for Bethany’s support throughout all of my changes.  Bethany has helped me become a willing vessel to ‘go beyond walls and transform lives’.

Have you found that church family that pulls you in Christ’s direction??

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 31:27 – She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

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