Pastor Bill Sterling

8648 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: 410-641-2186

(NEW)Listen from the church parking lot at FM 93.9

JOIN ZOOM BY PHONE: 1-301-715-8592 or 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 2181121842 # Password: 21811 #

Hey Folks,

Thanks for Checking-in with Bethany UMC.

This Sunday, February 28, is the 2nd Sunday of Lent. I’m continuing my series on the Seven Last Words of Jesus. This week, my sermon is entitled, “Salvation Begins Now”. We will be looking at a conversation between Jesus and two criminals being crucified with him. The text is Luke 23:39-43(NV)
“39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?
41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.””

In the midst of his own suffering and pain, Jesus had the love and compassion to give the dying criminal the assurance of salvation-today. No waiting. He would be with Jesus. What a thought. Have you ever thought about death as “being with Jesus”? That’s what he promises his disciples. Join us Sunday as we explore this wonderful text of assurance of promise.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR NORMA BULL-This Saturday, February 27 at 1:00pm, there will be a celebration of life at Bethany for Norma Bull.

FM TRANSMITTER ADDED TO TECH SYSTEM-This week, we added a short range FM transmitter to our tech system which covers the parking lot. In the event of overflow, or if someone is not yet comfortable coming into the building, they can listen to the service from their car. The FM channel is 93.9. SAFETY NOTE: If you are listening from your car, please keep the windows open a little for ventilation and safety.

EMERGENCY DISASTER RELIEF-Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to receive a special offering for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) for helping recovery in areas devastated by the storm. The annual goal of UMCOR for disaster relief is 20,000,000. To date they have received $3,003,617.19. If you make a gift, please put in the memo section: UMCOR #901670.

HOME COMMUNION KITS-In an effort to ensure that persons who are ZOOMing our worship services and are not yet ready to come to church are able to celebrate communion, we are making available communion kits which containing a small cup of grape juice and bread for you to use at home. If you would like one, please contact the church at


Wednesday March 3
Family Fellowship At Church
Thursday, March 4
Prayer Group-ZOOM
Thursday, March 4
Book Study-”Seven Words” ZOOM
11am & 7pm

GIVING TO BETHANY-Some folks have asked about giving to bethany. There are several ways.

First, if you are able to attend on Sunday, you may put it in the offering plate.

Second, you an mail it to: Bethany UMC, 8648 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD 21811

Through PayPal. Simply go to the Bethany Website, clik “give”, scroll down to donate, clik, and it will take you to paypal. Then follow the instructions. If you wish to designate your gift, send an email to, attention: Jane and let her know how you want it used.

SCRIPTURE: John 141-3
““Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”


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