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May 19, 2024

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Summer Kick-off Service & Picnic
Sunday, May 26, 10:00 am

This is a single outdoor service with a picnic to follow. It’s a special Sunday of fellowship and celebration for the upcoming summer. There will be no Sunday school, children’s church, or ABC’s that Sunday. Join us for a Sunday of fellowship and food!

VBS Registration is Open
June 10
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VBS is four weeks away! Now is the time to start registering your children for VBS. You can use your myBethany or visit the table in the foyer. We also need many of you to volunteer to jump in and help us make VBS a reality this year. Visit bethanycentral.org/vbs to register your kids or to volunteer.

We also want to encourage you to be inviting friends and neighbors. To help you with that, we’ve created a display in the foyer with cards you can hand out.

May 12, 2024

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Serve in Children's Ministry

Our children’s ministry team is still looking for volunteers to fill various roles. If you are interested in joining our team you can go to bethanycentral.org/servekids to see open roles and let us know of your interest. We need people like you using their gifts to serve and disciple kids!

Membership Class

This one-session class features videos & class discussion. You’ll learn more about Bethany and discover the importance of membership and joining your local church. It’s a great next step toward joining community here at Bethany. Sign up by going to bethanycentral.org/membership.

May 5, 2024

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Children's Ministry Volunteer Recognition

We want to recognize and thank all of our children’s ministry volunteers. They run our nursery, are Awana leaders, work with special needs, and teach in Sunday School and children’s church. We are so thankful for each of you!

If you are interested in joining our children’s ministry team you can go to bethanycentral.org/servekids to see open roles and let us know of your interest. We can’t serve and minister to kids without the body of Christ.

Membership Class
Sunday, May 19, 9:00 am
This one-session class features videos & class discussion. You’ll learn more about Bethany and discover the importance of membership and joining your local church. It’s a great next step toward joining community here at Bethany. Sign up by going to bethanycentral.org/membership.

April 28, 2024

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Newcomers Lunch Today
Sunday, April 28

Anyone new to Bethany is invited to join. Meet Elders & Pastors, ask questions, and get to know us. Go to bethanycentral.org/lunch to register or join us after the second service.

VBS Save the Date
June 10
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VBS is about 7 weeks away. We want to let you know you can start registering your children as well as let us know if you can volunteer to jump in to help us make VBS happen this year. Don’t forget to mark your calendar! Visit bethanycentral.org/vbs for more info.

April 21, 2024

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Annual Meeting & Single Service Today

Our Annual meeting is a time to hear ministry updates and, if you are a member, take part in the vote for the annual budget and elected officers. This year we’ve scheduled our services to allow more attendees and members to join this important meeting.

We will have a single service at 10:00 am (no Sunday School, ABC’s, or Children’s Church). With the annual meeting following that service at 11:30am.

VBS Save the Date
June 10
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VBS is about 8 weeks away. We want to let you know you can start registering your children as well as let us know if you can volunteer to jump in to help us make VBS happen this year. Don’t forget to mark your calendar! Visit bethanycentral.org/vbs for more info.

April 14, 2024

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Annual Meeting & Single Service
Sunday, April 21

Our Annual meeting is a time to hear ministry updates and, if you are a member, take part in the vote for the annual budget and elected officers. This year we’ve scheduled our services to allow more attendees and members to join this important meeting.

We will have a single service at 10:00 am (no Sunday School, ABC’s, or Children’s Church). With the annual meeting following that service at 11:30am.

Pray the Miracle

Our emphasis on praying the miracle continues as we pray for two people close to you but far from God. We are thrilled that all of the books and T-shirts we offered last week were used for God’s glory. We want to challenge you this week to share with someone in your Bethany church family how God has used the emphasis on praying the miracle in your life so far this year. Continue to pray the miracle!

April 7, 2024

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Annual Meeting & Single Service
Sunday, April 21

Our Annual meeting is a time to hear ministry updates and, if you are a member, take part in the vote for the annual budget and elected officers. This year we’ve scheduled our services to allow more attendees and members to join this important meeting.

We will have a single service at 10:00 am (no Sunday School, ABC’s, or Children’s Church). With the annual meeting following that service at 11:30am.

Pray the Miracle Book Giveaway
April 07
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As we continue to pray for two people close to you but far from God we want to continue to equip you to do that. Starting this week we’ll be giving away a book for you to pick up and read to help you in evangelism. In Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. I. Packer shows how our understanding of God’s sovereignty can be a powerful source of motivation for our evangelism rather than a hindrance to it. Look for the table in the foyer to pick up your copy.

March 31, 2024

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Pray the Miracle Book Giveaway
April 07
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As we continue to pray for two people close to you but far from God we want to continue to equip you to do that. Starting next week we’ll be giving away a book for you to pick up and read to help you in evangelism. In Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. I. Packer shows how our understanding of God’s sovereignty can be a powerful source of motivation for our evangelism rather than a hindrance to it. Look for the table in the foyer to pick up your copy.

Name Tag Sunday
Sunday, April 07

At Bethany we love to use name badges to help people get to know us and make guests feel welcome. Please be sure to wear your name tag next week! If you’ve never had one or need a replacement please visit or contact the church office to have one made for you in preparation for name tag Sunday.

March 24, 2024

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Easter & Good Friday Services

Friday March 29th, 6:30 pm join us for a special event meant to help us reflect on the sacrificial death of our Savior Friday night. The evening will include baptisms and communion (NO nursery or childcare provided).

Sunday March 31st, 9:00 & 10:30 am join us for Easter Sunday at Bethany. There will be no ABC’s, Sunday School, or Children’s Church this week. Nursery will be provided for ages 2 and under.

Adoption Care Ministry Info Lunch
Sunday, April 14, 12:00 pm

Our Adoption Care Ministry (Open Hearts, Open Homes) is a team of experienced individuals in foster care and adoptions. They work to provide support for placements, equipping for those involved, financial resources, and a support network within the Bethany church family.

They have an upcoming informational lunch for those interested in fostering and adoption as well as those who want to support & champion the ministry. You’ll be able to hear testimonies, ask questions, and meet the team. Go to BethanyCentral.org/ohoh to RSVP or get more information.

March 17, 2024

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Upcoming Membership Class
Sunday, March 24, 9:00 am

The class meets in Rm 813 in the adult wing. This one-session class features videos & class discussion. You’ll learn more about Bethany and discover the importance of membership and joining your local church. Sign up by going to bethanycentral.org/membership.

Easter & Good Friday Services

Friday March 29th, 6:30 pm join us for a special event meant to help us reflect on the sacrificial death of our Savior Friday night. The evening will include baptisms and communion (NO nursery or childcare provided).

Sunday March 31st, 9:00 & 10:30 am join us for Easter Sunday at Bethany. There will be no ABC’s, Sunday School, or Children’s Church this week. Nursery will be provided for ages 2 and under.

March 10, 2024

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Spread Truth NY City Evangelism Trip Info Meeting
Sunday, March 17, 12:15 pm

As we continue to Pray the Miracle this year we have a special short-term evangelistic trip opportunity coming this summer, July 14-20 with Spread Truth. In preparation for the trip we are having a representative from Spread Truth come to talk about the trip, answer questions, and explain how the trip will work. Go to bethanycentral.org/nyc2024 to learn more and register.

Upcoming Membership Class
Sunday, March 24, 9:00 am

The class meets in Rm 813 in the adult wing. This one-session class features videos & class discussion. You’ll learn more about Bethany and discover the importance of membership and joining your local church. Sign up by going to bethanycentral.org/membership.

March 3, 2024

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Upcoming Baptism Opportunity

There is an opportunity to be baptized at our upcoming Good Friday service. If you are interested in participating, email [email protected] or call the church office. Connect with us to begin the process or to talk with someone from our ministry staff team with any questions or concerns you may have. Go to bethanycentral.org/baptism to get more info.

Can-a-thon Bag Distribution
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The Peoria Area Anti-Hunger Coalition kicks off its annual Can-a-thon this week! They are working to support the Hands of Grace ministry in partnership with Bethany and Grace Baptist Church this year. Check the table by the gym entrance to pick up your bag for the collection and contribution of your canned goods. The collection will run for the following two weeks.

February 25, 2024

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Night of Worship

Our next Night of Worship is happening this Sunday. As a church we embrace the biblical encouragement to sing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, using music as a means to praise the Lord. Join us for an extended time of worship, followed by a dessert fellowship where we can share in the joy of community.

Baptism Opportunity
Friday, March 29

There is an opportunity to be baptized at our upcoming Good Friday service. If you are interested in participating, email [email protected] or call the church office. Connect with us to begin the process or to talk with someone from our ministry staff team with any questions or concerns you may have. Go to bethanycentral.org/baptism to get more info.

February 18, 2024

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New Series Notebooks

To accompany our new series on the book of 2 Peter we’ve created a special notebook for you. The notebook includes sermon notes, group discussion, and prayer requests. You can pick up a copy on your way into the sanctuary or get a digital version at bethanycentral.org/seriesguide.

Night of Worship
Sunday, February 25, 6:00 pm

Our next night of Worship is happening next week. As a church we embrace the biblical encouragement to sing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, using music as a means to praise the Lord. Join us for an extended time of worship, followed by a dessert fellowship where we can share in the joy of community.

February 11, 2024

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New Series Notebooks

To accompany our new series on the book of 2 Peter we’ve created a special notebook for you. The notebook includes sermon notes, group discussion, and prayer requests. You can pick up a copy on your way into the sanctuary or get a digital version at bethanycentral.org/seriesguide.

Membership Class
Sunday, February 18, 9:00 am

The class meets in Rm 813 in the adult wing. This one-session class features videos & class discussion. You’ll learn more about Bethany discovering the importance of membership and joining your local church. Sign up by going to bethanycentral.org/membership.

February 4, 2024

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Pray the Miracle: Take the Challenge!

We want to help you “Pray the Miracle” this year for 2 people close to you but far from God. To do that we created the Weekly Evangelism Challenge. You select whether you will do the challenge for 13, 26, or 40 weeks. Each week you get an action step to help you stay focused on your goal throughout the year. Go to bethanycentral.org/praythemiracle to sign up for the challenge. Sign up now before the challenge begins on Tuesday!

Newcomer's Lunch

Anyone new to Bethany is invited to join. It’s our way of getting to know you and letting you learn more about us as a church. You can meet Elders & Pastors, ask questions, and learn more about Bethany. Go to bethanycentral.org/lunch to register.

January 28, 2024

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Pray the Miracle

We want to help you “Pray the Miracle” this year for 2 people close to you but far from God. To do that we created the Weekly Evangelism Challenge. You select whether you will do the challenge for 13, 26, or 40 weeks. Each week you get an action step to help you stay focused on your goal throughout the year. Go to bethanycentral.org/praythemiracle to sign up for the challenge.

Congregational Meeting This Afternoon
Sunday, January 28, 3:00 pm

Our Congregational Meeting is this Sunday. We’ll be sharing ministry updates from around Bethany, financial updates, and more. We’ll also welcome new members who have been voted into membership with a dessert fellowship afterward.

January 21, 2024

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Pray the Miracle: Take the Next Step Challenge

We want to help you “Pray the Miracle” this year for 2 people close to you but far from God. To do that we created the Weekly Evangelism Challenge. You select whether you will do the challenge for 13, 26, or 40 weeks. Each week you get an action step to help you stay focused on your goal throughout the year. Go to bethanycentral.org/praythemiracle to sign up for the challenge.

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 28, 3:00 pm

Our next Congregational Meeting is next week. We’ll be sharing ministry updates from around Bethany, financial updates, and more. We’ll also welcome new members who have been voted into membership with a dessert fellowship afterward.

January 14, 2024

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Pray the Miracle
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Our Pray the Miracle series continues this week. We are excited to share that starting this week the website is live with important tools to help you Pray the Miracle this year. Get the new evangelism toolkit, check out the Pray the Miracle podcast, and discover the Weekly Evangelism Challenge. Our outreach goal for the year of 2024 is to pray for two people who are close to you but far from God. Go to BethanyCentral.org/praythemiracle.

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, January 28, 3:00 pm

Our next Congregational Meeting is in just a few weeks. We’ll be sharing ministry updates from around Bethany, financial updates, and more. We’ll also welcome new members who have been voted into membership with a dessert fellowship afterward.

January 7, 2024

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Pray the Miracle
Sunday, January 14

Our Pray the Miracle series starts this Sunday. Starting next week we’ll be sharing important resources such as a new evangelism toolkit, a special Pray the Miracle podcast, and the Weekly Evangelism Challenge. Our outreach goal for the year of 2024 is to pray for two people who are close to you but far from God.

Save the Date 2024

Get a full list of 2024’s major events here at Bethany. This is a great way to look ahead for the year and save important dates in your calendar. Go to bethanycentral.org/cal to see the full list and save these important dates to your calendar. Once on the page click the “Subscribe to Calendar” button on this page to add these dates to your device’s calendar app.

December 31, 2023

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Last Chance: Staff & Pastors Christmas Gift
Sunday, December 31

This is your last chance to give to the collection of gifts given to our pastors & staff at this special time of year. You can give using envelopes available at the welcome tables or use the online form at bethanycentral.org/staffgift.

Pray the Miracle Series
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Starting in January Pastor Ritch will begin a new series called “Pray the Miracle,” which will be a series of messages about prayer and evangelism. This series will kick off a year long emphasis on praying for the lost. We are all going to be challenged to pray for 2 people that are near to us but far from God.

December 24, 2023

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Staff & Pastors Christmas Gift
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The elders are collecting gifts to express our love and appreciation for our pastors & staff at this special time of year. You can give using envelopes available at the welcome tables or use the online form at bethanycentral.org/staffgift.

Christmas Eve Service Tonight
Sunday, December 24, 4:00 pm

Join us this Sunday evening at 4pm, for our special Christmas Eve service. We’ll celebrate the birth of our Savior as Pastor Ritch continues the series, “Crowning Glory” with a message from Isaiah 9.

December 17, 2023

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Staff & Pastors Christmas Gift

The elders are collecting gifts to express our love and appreciation for our pastors & staff at this special time of year. You can give using envelopes available at the welcome tables or use the online form at bethanycentral.org/staffgift.

Holiday Services Schedule

Check out our upcoming holiday services schedule.
Special Christmas Eve Service: Sunday, December 24th, 4pm. No child care provided.
Combined Worship Services: Sunday, December 24th and Sunday, December 31st will each be a single service at 10:00 am. We will also not have Sunday School or Children’s church but nursery is available (0-2yrs).

December 10, 2023

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Christmas Carol Sing-Along Tonight
Sunday, December 10, 6:00 pm

Bring your family, community group, and invite your neighbors and join us for this fun night as we celebrate Christmas together. We’ll sing lots of favorites, from “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night,” to “Jingle Bells,” and many more. We will gather in the foyer and enjoy hot chocolate with Christmas cookies throughout the evening.

Holiday Service Schedule

Check out our upcoming holiday services schedule.
Special Christmas Eve Service: Sunday, December 24th, 4pm. No child care provided.
Combined Worship Services: Sunday, December 24th and Sunday, December 30th will each be a single service at 10:00 am. We will also not have Sunday School or Children’s church but nursery is available (0-2yrs).