Everyone is welcome to our congregational activities.
Sunday services are cancelled beginning March 15, 2020, and into the foreseeable future. We will notify people when services resume, based on recommendations of health officials.
During this time we are worshiping together via Zoom at our regular time of 9:30 am Sunday. If you would like to join the service and do not have a link, contact the pastors. A link will be sent every Friday with the announcements.
Below is a statement from the pastors, sent March 13, 2020, with a few updates:
Due to the public health crisis of Covid-19 the officers of BMC have decided (in consultation with a local doctor) that Benton will not have worship services this Sunday, March 15. This will likely be the case for several weeks to come – we will keep you informed.
We are doing this out of an understanding that the virus is among us, and that limiting group gatherings is one of the best ways we can help protect the most vulnerable in our community. For many this virus will be a mere inconvenience, but for some it will be fatal.
We are working on ways that we can stay connected during this time:
- PRAY: for each other, for health-care workers, for those in positions of decision-making, and for those who are especially vulnerable because of age, health, or not having adequate housing or health care
- CHECK IN by phone or other electronic means: communicate with friends and those who usually sit next to you in the pew, or to let someone know what you need. Send a few sentences of update on your life or your prayer requests to the pastors to be included in the weekly announcement sheet. (attached)
- WORSHIP BY ZOOM: This option worked well on March 15 and we will continue to use it. We will send a link for the next worship every Friday.
Feel free to contact Doug or Brenda with concerns, questions, or more ideas for staying connected.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
A number of Mennonite agencies and people have created resources for responding to COVID-19. Here we offer some highlights.
The Mennonite Church USA’s resource website for responding to COVID-19 has the theme: “Staying healthy and hopeful.” The continually updated site includes COVID-19 prevention tips and information and resources for at-home worship.
Mennonite Mission Network, in response to the COVID19 crisis, has started a hope series. More information at https://www.mennonitemission.net/news/Mission-Network-creates-series-to-infuse-hope-during-harrowing-times
Below you will find weekly, monthly, and quarterly updates on congregational events, including the most recent bulletins, monthly calendars, and worship schedule. Our weekly announcements and leadership meeting minutes are available on request. You will need Adobe Reader to read these documents.
Given uncertainties about our schedule, there will not be an April 2020 calendar.
Worship Planning Schedule
Sunday Service time: 9:30 am via Zoom