Good Friday Service

Come and worship and leave inspired by mediations presented of the Seven Last Words of Christ by


Pastor Jermine Alberty 


  Susan Houston 


  Rev. Janice Green

You will learn what they meant then and how they can guide and strengthen us today.

Good Friday Service
March 30, 2018
The Seven Last Words of Christ

Welcome and Opening Prayer           Pastor Jermine
Scripture Reading                         Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do

Luke 23:32-34
Meditation  Pastor Jermine
Hymn #3  Congregation
“Amazing Love”

Today you will be with me in paradise

Luke 23:39-43
Meditation  Rev. Janice
“Mercy Called Me By Name” Bethel Choir

Behold your son: behold your mother

John 19:25-27
Meditation  Susan
Hymn #324 . Congregation
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Mark 15:33-34
Meditation Pastor Jermine
Hymn #302 Congregation
“Lamb of God”

I thirst

John 19:28-29
Meditation Rev. Janice
Hymn #314    Congregation
“What Wondrous Love is This”

It is finished

John 19:30
Meditation  Susan
“The Carpenter”  Bethel Choir

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit

Luke 23:45-46
Meditation   Pastor Jermine
“Were You There” Susan

Extinguishing the Last Lenten Candle

Please leave in silence.



America’s Original Sin “Racism, White Privilege, and the New Bridge to a New America

In recognition of the Lenten Season and as a part of a Reconciliation grant, Bethel will be participating in a book study of the book America’s Original Sin “Racism, White Privilege, and the New Bridge to a New America. 

We invite you to join us on this journey. 

 Below you will find the study schedule and study guide

America’s Original Sin “Racism, White Privilege, and the New Bridge to a New America

Session 1: February 21, 2018  6:00 PM-7:00 PM

America’s Original Sin: Acknowledging and Repenting of the Embedded Sin of Racism

Session 2: March 6, 2018  6:00 PM-7:00 PM

The Sin of Historically Systemic Racism and the Idolatry of Whiteness

Session 3: March 13, 2018  6:00 PM-7:00 PM

The Meaning of Repentance and the Beloved Community

Session 4: March 20, 2018  6:00 PM-7:00 PM

From Warriors to Guardians: Reforming the Criminal Justice System

Session 5: March 28, 2018  6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Welcoming the Stranger: Racial Justice and Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

Session 6 April 7, 2018  6:00 PM-7:00 PM

The Bridge to a New America: Having the “New Talk” in Our Schools, Communities, and Congregations

To download the study guide for this book please click this link America’s Original Sin “Racism, White Privilege, and the New Bridge to a New America

If you are interested in learning more about the study contact Pastor Jermine Alberty at  pastorjermine@bethelbethelovechurch.com 


3PM Afternoon Worship Service 1-7-18

Due to Inclement Weather, we are having an

Afternoon Worship Service

Good Afternoon,

After much consultation and looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow, January 7, 2018. We are moving morning worship to 3 PM in the afternoon. I would encourage all who can be present to please attend. I’m looking forward to seeing you on tomorrow

Pastor Jermine 


Message from Pastor Jermine

SMART Goals for 2018

Each new year we often find ourselves writing a list of things we want to do more or less of in the upcoming year.

This year I want for you to write down at least one goal that you would like for us as a faith community to assist you with through prayer. If you desire to share that goal with an individual or group for accountability that is okay too. On this Sunday, December 31, 2017. Please write that goal on a 2018 SMART GOAL CHALLENGE Card. I will also provide cards for you if you forget to bring them on Sunday. You will choose whether or not if you want to disclose your name or remain anonymous. I will pray for your goal(s) and assist those who would like my help. When working on your goal I would like for you to consider using this formula.

SMART Goals Worksheet


Answers at time of development                          6 Month Update


  • What is the desired result? (who, what, when, why, how)



  • How can you quantify (numerically or descriptively) completion?
  • How can you measure progress?

  • What skills are needed?
  • What resources are necessary?
  • How does the environment impact goal achievement?
  • Does the goal require the right amount of effort?

  • Is the goal in alignment with the overall mission or strategy?



  • What is the deadline?
  • Is the deadline realistic?


Final Goal:

To download this template please click the link below.


I can’t wait to celebrate with you as you accomplish your heart desires.


Pastor Jermine



Bethel hosts Missouri Faith Voices -November Faith Assembly:Listening Campaign

On November 7th Co-convener Molly Housh Gordon welcomes clergy, laity, and other representatives of Columbia’s interfaith community to a Faith Assembly hosted by Bethel Baptist Church.


Represented at Bethel that night were members of the Islamic Center of Columbia, Hillel Jewish Campus House, Show Me Dharma, VA chaplaincy, the United Methodist Church, the Disciples of Christ Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, Congregation Beth Shalom, the Lutheran Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia

We open our assembly with prayer and then learned a very important lesson on listening and hearing. What’s the difference between listening and hearing? In Hebrew, the word for “listen” shares a root with the physical “ear,” while it’s the word for “hear” that has a deeper meaning. There is no word for “obey.” The word is “hear,” as in, “Hear, O Israel, the LORD your God, the LORD is one.”

Campaigns of listening are intentional, structured times to gain understanding and build relationships by sharing stories developing a plan for and a commitment to action. Styles and structures vary as is authentic for the particular community but the goals are creating space to share stories, make connections between stories and policy, and making an invitation to action.

On that night the Bethel community learned about the first step in discerning our call to justice: listening. At the Assembly, attendees were trained in how to host and facilitate conversations in our congregations and neighborhoods so our justice agenda is firmly rooted in the dreams and struggles of our community.

To learn more about Missouri Faith Voices of Columbia, please visit their website at http://www.missourifaithvoices.org/columbia/

Announcements, Community

Trunk or Treat

October 31st, 5:30 PM

Each year we get a couple of new trunks for our Trunk or Treat, If you haven’t participated in this activity

in the past maybe you could join us this year. Decorate your trunk and provide a box or dish to hold a treat.

Children trick or treat down the rows of our cars and get their treat from each one.  If you aren’t available to come to the parking lot and hand out treats that night maybe you would like to provide a bag or two of candy or other goodies for those that decorated their trunks. We also do s’mores so there will be a sign up poster in the foyer for you to help with providing supplies.

Trunk or Treat starts at 5:30 pm so if possible have your car lined up with the others by 5:00 pm. If you are providing candy, please have it at the church on the kitchen counter, marked for Trunk or Treat, by Sunday, October 29th. Kin us if you can!



Kids Night Out

We invite all children and youth Pre-K-6th grade to a Kid’s Night Out on Friday, October 27th from 6:00 -9:00 pm. Kids bring a sack dinner. Wear orange or your favorite pumpkin shirt.

We will have fun crafts, pumpkin games and activities, snacks and Bible lesson! Kids are welcome to invite friends to this fun event. Adults please RSVP to Connie Adams (cell# 573-999-1400) by Tuesday, October 24th so we can plan ahead accordingly.