"First of all, as someone with all relatives back East, Bethel means extended family to me. The congregation is a wonderful blend of ages, ethnicity, and beliefs. It’s core concept revolves around showing love (not just talking about it) especially to those less fortunate. Finally, Bethel means a sense of freedom to me. You can feel it with the way the children roam about, or the enjoyment of fellowship (both at church and after). As a musician, I’m appreciative of the various styles of worship material and approaches we are encouraged to perform. Thanks both to our pastor and the many people that give so much of themselves to make Bethel a beacon of light."
- Bill Meyers
"Bethel is a place where I can be completely me. Bethel is a place of loving community, a place of deep peace, a place of joy, a place of quiet, a place where I can encounter the presence of God."
"Bethel represents family, friends, and a place to receive positive affirmations that motivate me in life."
- Marissa B.
"We attend Bethel to get nourished through God's word, the music, and through others who attend. We also see how God works through the people, and they express it by sharing His love throughout the community and the less fortunate. We are excited and proud to say Bethel is our church."
- Paul and Linda
"Bethel is a feeling of warm comfort-- knowing that when my kids run and play and I can't find them, that they are safe. Bethel is the friendly faces I see at fellowship after service, of old friends and new people I am just getting to know. It is a spiritual garden where I have grown, and where my children grow. It is a place of singing, sometimes dancing in the pews, of crying at a moving sermon, of connection with God and each other and community. A place where my husband and I sit together and hold hands no matter how challenging the week has been, or even that morning. An altar where I lay down my burdens and blame, and rejuvenate and unfold all the beauty inside me. Bethel is not just a place, but a part of me that gives me strength and never leaves me. Bethel is Rustin, my pastor and friend, who moves me with the Holy Spirit and humanity in his sermons. It is a place of giving and receiving, of life on earth, a place I never hope to leave until God takes me. Come see what Bethel means to you."
"I am grateful that Bethel is a place for folks to grow closer to God. We continue to come alive and grow deeper in faith, community service, holiness, prayer, and justice. I am especially grateful for my personal opportunities to grow stronger in my faith walk and in ministry and equally excited about the presence of God at Bethel. We see prayers being answered; prayers of healing, employment, and peace within the family units.
I am grateful for the small groups and bible study discussions. The digging deeper into the Word and contemplate the daily application in my live has been transformation. Not too long ago, I had stopped by a Denny’s. On my way out I saw a gentleman that appeared to be homeless. He was not asking for anything and normally I would have passed by. But Pastor Rustin had just preached on having the eyes of Jesus to see those that have been marginalized. So I stopped and asked if I could by him breakfast. He smiled and said no he just wanted a light to smoke his cigarette. Not the answer I was expecting, but have to believe that I still was a blessing to him. He smiled and was noticed. He blessed me by the look in his eyes.
'Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 '"
"I'd been searching for a religious community that was both intellectual as well as oriented toward service. Bethel is this perfect combination for me. First, rather than emphasize a blind devotion and acceptance of religious teachings, Bethel encourages open discussions and intellectual discourses on God. Perhaps more importantly, it calls for us to put our own beliefs and thoughts to practice. I love how it combines the intellectual aspects and the call to service. It challenges both your mind and your soul. That makes it ideal for me."
"Bethel is my sanctuary."
"Bethel is a place of love, compassion, understanding and acceptance for all! It is made up of a community of people from all walks of life, but with the same understanding of love and compassion for their fellow man. I am part of a community that allows others to come and be who they are while receiving God's Grace. A community of people who strive to make a difference in the lives of others through the many Mission and Outreach Ministries."
"What does Bethel mean to me, Bethel is a community and my rock. A place grounded in real people who care about others. Based on principles of love and compassion and a desire to work to create change and compassion in our community and our world."
"Bethel is an authentic community where I experience love, support and belonging. It is a place that brings me freedom, peace, and rejuvenation, no matter what life brings. I love bethel because it is a place where I can bring friends and know that everyone will be met with love, compassion, and acceptance. Bethel is a community that is committed to serving and loving the world to model and live out Jesus message. It offers me the opportunity to join with friends and develop my gifts and passions to serve my community and our world."