Steady On

Sisters and Brothers,

I just wanted to send a quick note regarding the newest mandates by the Governor of Indiana and the Mayor of Indianapolis.

First, the statewide mask mandate from Governor Holcomb does not change any of our current procedures for either building use or Sunday Worship. We continue to require facemasks for any inside gathering. So no change there.

Second, the most recently updated mandates from Mayor Hogsett also changes nothing that we have been doing. Even though places of worship are now limited to 50% capacity, we have been under that plan since returning to in-person worship. Our sanctuary is marked off to allow 6 foot sections in which persons sit, and 6 foot distance-keeping sections between. It just so happens that our full-length pews are 24 feet, which is perfect to allow four sections per pew—two for seating and two for distance. So, as with the facemask mandate, nothing is changing for us.

All that is to say we continue under our current procedures for in-person gatherings. Sunday morning Worship is still at 10:00 am and reservations are necessary for us to continue to plan accordingly. Beginning Monday, July 27, you may make worship reservations for the entire month of August if you wish. Remember your telephone number must be included with your reservation request and reservations are due by 10am each Thursday. When the number of reservations dictate, we can move to two or more services, as needed while still maintaining proper distance.

And if you have yet to return to in-person worship, you continue to be under no pressure to do so! You are loved and missed, but please do whatever you are comfortable doing. Please continue to join together in worship either via livestreaming (on Sunday beginning at 10:00 am) or by an archived version of the service located on our YouTube channel (accessed anytime through our website under the tab “Video Worship” or by searching “old Bethel United Methodist Church” on

So friends for us, as a ship’s captain will say when he or she wants the vessel to continue in a straight direction, steady on!

Remember you are loved, you are precious, and because of God’s great love for you in Jesus Christ, you are holy!

Pastor Rusty <><


  1. We celebrate our community partnership with Pleasant Run Elementary School. While we currently are unable to tutor students as we have done the last several years, we can still help. The school is in need of very specific items – pencils, small individual pencil sharpeners, erasers, pencil boxes or bags, kid size scissors, and glue sticks. Through September, we are collecting these items only. There is a tub in the lobby for your donations. You may contact Nancy Bellinger at 317-375-0711 or with any questions.

  2. Due to possible and unknown COVID-19 related restrictions, Summer Fare as we are used to has been canceled. HOWEVER, the Summer Fare Steering Committee is planning a Summer Fare Celebration for Old Bethel members and attendees. Note, this event is dependent on State and County restrictions and is NOT open to the public. Your free dinner will include a fish sandwich, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, and a cookie. Bring your own soft drinks or water. RESERVATIONS are required by AUGUST 15. You will go through the Drive Thru to pick up your dinner. Then you may tailgate in the parking lot, picnic in the grove or take your dinner home. To make your reservation, contact Janet Tucker at 317-989-4562 or

  3. The Message Notes for this Sunday’s Message are below.

July 26: Life of Faith: Sacrificing on Purpose

A “hero” sacrifices for the ____________ of __________ _____________.

God __________ me to give myself ____________.

I am wired to ________ and _________ God in _________ and ________ others. (This is the secret of _________________.)

Give yourselves completely to God--every part of you--for you are back from death and you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for His good purposes. Romans 6:13b (Living)

Two things to notice: First, I can be an instrument in the hands of God to _________ a ______ _________________ in this world. Second, in order to fulfill God’s purpose, there are some things I’m going to have to _________ _____.

Three reasons I must learn to sacrifice on purpose:

1. Because God ______ ____ for ______.

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)

Genuine love is always _________________.

I can give without ___________, but I cannot ________ without ____________.

2. Because it is what I’m ___________ ____ ____.

“[God] creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” Ephesians 2:10b (Msg)

God put me here to __________ and _________ others. (Not just myself.)

When I try to live for a purpose for which I was never created, there will be _____________.

One of God’s universal principles of life: I _______ by _________.

God wants me to learn to be generous with ________ my _______. (Not just certain parts.)

________________ is not a goal of life. It is a by-product of _________ what ______ made me to be in the first place.

3. Because God ____________ and _______________.

For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for others… Hebrews 6:10 (NLT)

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