A very Brief History....... (In descending date sequence)
Lord willing, much more to come.......... Check back later!!!!
April 29th, 2018 - Building Dedication Sunday. We had mornring services, followed by a brunch, followed by a 2pm Dedication Service. The Holy Spirit moved amongst what was almost a full house. Jim Wollums, our DOM, brought the Message, based on the Great Commission and the tremendous opportunity the Lord has put before our church. A great day!
April 1st, 2018 - What an Easter Service! There was 126 people in attendance, a fantastic Easter Cantata, and the following people were baptized: Tyler Ricken, Kara Price, Alitta Barnett, Noah Allen, and Allison Allen. Praise the Lord for an awesome day!
March 25th, 2018 - 40 Easter Baskets were prepared and taken to Beech Grove Elementary School.
March 10th, 2018 - 30+ ladies attended the 1st ever "Bibles & Brushes - God's Masterpiece" event. The Message was proclaimed and Paulette Hensley shared her painting skills with everyone who had the opportunity to create their own masterpiece. Great time and fellowship in the Lord!
March 5th, 2018 - After 12+ years serving the Lord at Bethesda, Reverend Jerry Miles, Sr. and his wife Jenny are moving on to their next place of service. The Lord has been leading them out but allowed them to stay through the building being completed. We ask the Lord's blessings on the Miles family and are grateful for their ministry, service, friendship, and love.
March 4th, 2018 - 1st Service in New Building. Praise the Lord we had our highest attendance yet with about 130 people! Pastor Tim preached from Ephesians 3:20-21. Our God is able to do abundantly more! There were salvation deciscions, folks joining the church, much prayer, and praise.
February 21st, 2018 - Praise the Lord we obtained our Occupancy Permit for the new Building addition. This has been an answer to persistent and lengthy prayer!
December 19th, 2017 - Several members participated in the backpack giveaway at the Moore Activity Center (South Side Baptist Church). We were given the opportunity to meet the children, open their backpacks with them, and then share the Gospel Message. It has given us an idea to host a party in 2018.
November 19th, 2017 - Praise the Lord for 2 baptisms! Sarabeth Grant and JJ Miles were both baptized. It was a great day to see these 2 young people please our Heavenly Father by following up their professions of faith in Jesus Christ with a baptism!
October 5th, 2017 - October 8th, 2017 - Shelly Johns-White from the KBC completed Emmaus Walk #106.
September 28th, 2017 - September 30th, 2017 - Pastor Tim had the privilege of serving as the Spiritual Director on the SEI Emmaus Men's walk #105. Erik White (Shelly's husband) completed his Emmaus walk.
July 30th, 2017 - Praise the Lord that Matt Hodge was baptized by his brother Dale. Matt was new to Bethesda and had made a profession of faith a few weeks prior. And since the water was ready and the Holy Spirit was moving........ Jordi Miles, who had made a profession of faith while with traveling in the car with with his parents Jerry Miles Jr. and Shelly and brohter JJ, decided he wanted to also be baptized. So to the praise of our Lord, his grandfather Jerry Miles Sr. had the privilege of baptizing Jordi, and he went home wet! What an awesome day!
July 27th, 2017 - 16 youth and 7 adult leaders went to the 1st ever Bethesda-based youth camp. God moved in a mighty way!
July 24th, 2017 - Mexico Baptist Church from Marion, Ky arrived for the week to help with the construction of the new church building. Weather shortened their trip but they were able to get the shingles, windows, and soffetts installed, which got us dry! It had been an extraordinary wet July! These folks were amazing and a blessing to be with throughout the week. Mid-week we had a great Prayer and Praise service with the team. Praise the Lord for Dennis and Charlotte, Danny, Jamie, Greg, Tyler, Jack, and Baron!
July 22nd, 2017 - The Praise and Worship Team played at a faith-based community event at Grant County park. They were awesome!
July 13th, 2017 - Todd Gray, KBC Director of Evangelism and Church Planting Team visited the new building site and presented Bethesda a check. The monies came from Todd's team as well as some from Church Revitalization. The NKBA had also provided financial assistance to Bethesda! Praise the Lord!
July 6th, 2017 - The Ladies went on another retreat to the Manseh Center in northern Indiana and came back Spiritually uplifted and refreshed.
June 17th, 2017 - A 'Dads and Dudes' Dinner was held where the women served the men dinner and provided some cowboy-based entertainment. A great time of fun and fellowship!
May13th, 2017 - A Mother's Day Banquet was held. We had prayer, music, food, and fellowship as the men served the ladies.
May 8th, 2017 - Digging officially began on the new building.
May 6th, 2017 - A one-day VBS called Operation Arctic was held with 35 children in attendance.
April 30th, 2017 - A full day of activities with Sunday School, Morning Worship, lunch, the Ground-breaking ceremony, followed by a Florence Choir concert, and ice-cream social. The Ground-Breaking service was held under a tent on the site of the new building. Our Director of Missions shared some comments, Bro. Tim reiterated Bethesda's Vision, and the Elders, Deacons, and Building Committee all broke the ground! A Great day!
April 24th, 2017 - New Building Update!!! On 3/27 we were turned down by a local bank for financing the new church build. This had happened several times with other institutions. We had been working this for 3 years+ and felt 2017 was the time to build, without doubt and delay. On 3/28 Bro. Tim in his devotion read from Joshua 3:13 where the priests carrying the Ark across the Jordan had to touch the soles of their feet upon the water before the river would divide. After a 4/4 elder meeting confirmation, the elders and deacons met 4/9 and agreed to move forward in a 'self-finance' mode. This meant we would build what we could and someone inside the church (known then to church but anonymous for historical purposes as desire is to keep focus on the Lord) was going to obtain and loan the money to the church to finance the build. On 4/10, Kentucky Bank calls Bro. Tim and offers to work with us to try and secure a loan. We begin that process, one last time. On 4/16 (Easter Sunday) the 'self-finance' plan is shared with the church. On 4/20 we sign the contract with Wright construction - point of no return. On 4/21, Kentucky Bank sends us a letter confirming their offer to finance the loan. And not only that but even for more money than we asked! Our God is able to do immeasurably more - Ephesians 3:20...... The proposal was reviewed and signed 4/24 so the remaining appraisal process could begin. Meanwhile a ground-breaking service was planned and the 'dig' for the new building was being planned for early May. This 'test of faith' was similar to our beginning - both awesome testimonies to His faithfulness! God was faithful then and He remains faithful now! Praise Him!
April 20th, 2017 - Tom Elliott, pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Walton, went on Emmaus Walk #103. Bethesda sponsored him as a gift of agape and with the hope his church would connect with the Emmaus community.
April 15th, 2017 - An easter egg hunt was held for the children and well attended.
April 9th, 2017 - Praise the Lord as Abigail Holt was baptized after confirming an earlier acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ! An Easter Contata was held by the choir and it was absolutely wonderful.
April 3rd, 2017 - Dozens of Easter baskets are deliverd to Beech Grove Elementary.
March 14th, 2017 - Ladies hold a session called "Perfect your Gift" where ladies are encouraged to discover and use their gifts from the Lord.
March 11th, 2017 - Men make a trip to Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
February 25th, 2017 - Church hosts a "God's Love for All" church-wide and more, banquet at Beechgrove Clubhouse. Well attended and great evening of fellowship.
February 18th, 2017 - A number of youth attend WinterJam and this has become an anuual event.
January 15th, 2017 - Wow what a day! 5 baptisms to the praise of His name! One guest told Pastor Tim that while she so enjoyed the baptisms, that she also felt the Lord had anointed and baptized the entire congregation! He did!
Frank Branstutter Sr, who had asked the Lord in his life while in the hospital was baptized with 2 of his great-grandchildren, Stevi Riley and Hunter Duncan. This exemplified the magnitude of God's grace! James Duncan, our deacon chairman, baptized Steve and Hunter as he is their 'papaw'. Mamaw Pearl has been praying for salvation for her family for several years since she was the 1st in the family to start attending Bethesda. She saw her father and 2 grandchildren baptized today. The Lord answered and blessed her faithfulness!
Travon Miles was also baptized after making a decision for Christ. Pastor Jerry Miles Sr., Travon's adopted father, had the priviledge of baptizing his son. A very special moment for Jerry, Jenny, and family.
Alexis Grant, a precious 7 year old girl, was also baptized after making a decision for Christ. Ed and Shirley Neville, former members who had retired to Tennessee, came back to join their son James Gulick and his wife Jennifer (Alexis' parents), in this very special day for the family.
Bill Schreiner was our Gideon speaker. He and his wife Bonnie really enjoyed being part of the service with us. They are also part of the Emmaus Community.
January 8th, 2017 - Tim Sheehan and his wife Lisa are captains in the Salvation Army and were special guests for the day. Tim delivered the Message and shared a great deal about the Salvation Army ministry which was very enlightening. Wendy Smith's sister Dannie Simmons, whom we had been praying for, and who has been in the Salvation Army's Rehabilitation program for addictions, had recently given her life to the Lord! So literally from the streets of Covington to on her way to the streets of gold! Praise the Lord and bless the Salvation Army!
December 18th, 2016 - A Christmas dinner was held with absolute capactiry for the space we were in! We had a great dinner and a host of people singing and playing musical instruments. A great night of fellowship!
December 11th, 2016 - Les Moses shared his personal testimony and a Message about Jonah, in what was a great service, all to the praise of God.
November 20th, 2016 - The Church provided Thanksgiving boxes for 6 families, and the food was well appreciated.
November 19th, 2016 - The last Emmaus event was held at Oldenburg, Indiana. The building we had been using was sold and we will be moving the Emmaus walks to the Southeastern Indiana Baptist Boys Camp.
October 27th, 2016 - Rose Croley and Terri Moses both completed Emmaus Walk #102 and were blessed as a result. Praise the Lord!
October 20th, 2016 - Linza Croley completed his Emmaus Walk on #101. Praise the Lord for Linza's step of faith!
August Disaster, 2016 - Bud Wills from the Disaster Relief team, along with his son Travis, took materials and a church offering to a West Virginia family who had lost most of their home due to flooding. The family was very grateful.
July 23rd, 2016 - A one-day VBS titled Ocean Commotion was held and it was an awesome day!
May 4th, 2016 - A group from Bethesda joined the nearly 6,000 people on the steps of the Capital Building in Frankfort to pray for our country. It was called the Decision America Tour and was hosted by Franklin Graham.
May 1st, 2016 - Praise the Lord that Steve and Annette Oldiges were both baptized, having previously given their lives to Christ. It was a great day of celebration, all for His glory!
April 14th, 2016 - Two men (Les Moses and Daryl Spaulding) took a big step of faith and attended Emmaus Walk #99 in Oldenburg, Indiana. Les rededicated his life and Daryl also testified to how awesome the weekend was. Both men came back on fire for the Lord!
March 27th, 2016 - Great attendance for Easter Service - 111 people. Praise the Lord. Really good considering we have 80 seats in the Sanctuary!
March 12th, 2016 - Youth served with Lifeline ministries in delivering furniture to families in the area. We were blessed!
February 10th, 2016 - Youth attended 'Winterjam' at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati. A great and worshipful experience!
January 31st, 2016 - 'Blessing Boxes' provided to families of Beech Grove containing essential winter items.
January 25th, 2016 - A team participated in the service at the Racetrack and Bro. Tim shared a Message. Great experience.
January 17th, 2016 - The movie 'War Room" was shown. Anyone reading this history and have not seen it, check it out!
January 2nd, 2016 - People from our church participated in a statewide 'event' where the Bible was read in its entirety in the state's 120 counties over a period of 4 days beginning at midnight New Year's Eve/Day. The following people read at the Independence Courthouse: Paulette Hensley, Les and Terri Moses, Bud and Debbie Wills, Mary Spaulding, Saundra McLoney, Travis, Cara, Micah, Bekah, Leah, and Moriah Wills, Tim and Judy Freimuth. It was especially awesome to witness the children reading God's Word!
December 27th, 2015 - We had a church-wide birthday party for Ms. Ina Adkins who turned 80 Years old. Praise the Lord for a full house and great time of fellowship!
December 20th, 2015 - The 1st Bethesda Family Christmas event. We had a great meal and numerous people shared stories, sang songs of praise, and Stevie was the first person to play a dulcimer at BCC!
December 8th, 2015 - A group went to Potter's Ranch for lunch and a concert by the Kentucky Dulcimers.
November 1st, 2015 - We packed 90+ Christmas shoe boxes and sent them to Great Commission Fellowship ministries for the children on the Indian Reservation near Monticello, Utah.
October 25th, 2015 - A sad day for Bethesda as this was Troy and Amy Wills' last service at Bethesda. Troy has been our worship leader and Amy our piano player since the church started in 2005. But God has other plans for them and has been revealing this to them for a while now. We will miss them terribly but trust the Lord will bless their obedience and His church as well.
September 27th, 2015 - A special service. We dedicated 3 babies (Joel Merkle, CJ Hodge, and Zoey Bowling). There were 2 baptisms, one being Olivia Spaulding who made a profession of faith a few years prior and was not ready to take the next step in her walk. Her grandfather Daryl Spaulding was also baptized and shared an awesome testimony of being baptized at an early age with not much memory of it. Being in church his whole life, it was in the last few years that he really began to grow in the Lord and realize the grace and freedom found in the Lord Jesus Christ. He encouraged the body immensely with his testimony!
September 26th, 2015 - A Ladies luncheon was held with over 50 ladies attending. The biggest one thus far!
September 23rd, 2015 - Bro. Tim and Judy participated in the "See you at the pole" event at Cooper High school. Christian students and adult encouragers/leaders meet at 7 am to sing and pray around the flagpole before school.
July 25th, 2015 - A One day VBS was held with 50+ children attending!
July 18th, 2015 - Pastor Tim retired from his secular career June 30th and began full time ministry as Senior Pastor. A Retirement party was held and it was a particular hot day but a lot of fun!
May 9th, 2015 - A Mother's Day Dinner was held, hosted by Dale Hodge and the Men's Ministry. Great Music, food, fellowship, and the ladies were waited on by the men. A fun evening!
April 30th thru May 3rd, 2015 - Melissa Rust completed Emmaus walk #96 at Oldenberg and rededicated her life over the weekend! Wow did she ever come back fired up!
April 16th thru April 19th, 2015 - Tim Covey and Dale Hodge completed Emmaus walk #95 at Oldenberg. Praise the Lord!
April 12th, 2015 - The choir, for the 1st time, did an evening Easter Cantata, which was just awesome, to the glory of He who rose!
March 2nd thru March 5th - The Pastors and their wives (Jerry and Jenny Miles, Greg and Betty Fightmaster, Tim and Judy Freimuth attended their 2nd Refresh conference in Pigeon Forge, a gift from the church for Pastor Appreciation. These conferences have been wonderful and fruitful times for the pastors and wives.
February 1st, 2015 - We celebrated Bethesda's 10 year anniversary with a special presentation showing all the things the Lord has done, which turned into a time of praise. After the service we had a nice dinner and time of fellowship. The Church was full Sunday morning and we are looking forward to writing some more history with the Lord!
December 14th, 2014 - The Children's Christmas program called David's Dynasty was held to a full house, all for the glory of God. It was such a tremendous blessing!
October 16th thru October 19th - Eva Covey and Paula Hodge both completed Emmaus walks #94 at Oldenberg. Praise the Lord!
October 12, 2014 - The Florence Community Choir sang in the afternoon and it was an awesome time together.
October 1st, 2014 - Praise the Lord the NKAPC approved our conditional use permit for the new church building!
September 27th, 2014 - Ladies Luncheon held with 30 ladies attending.
September 13th, 2014 - Gospel group "In His Hands" sang an outdoor concert at Bethesda with about 80 people in Attendance. It was a great time of worship, food, music, and fun.
August 24th, 2014 - Sheralyn Duncan was baptized today. Praise the Lord!
August 9th, 2014 - A One Day VBS was held and it was a good day!
May 10th, 2014 - The first ever Mother's Day dinner was held with the men of the church serving the ladies dinner. It was a big hit and the food was pretty good as well!!
May 4th, 2014 - Praise the Lord Dale Hodge was unanimously approved by church vote to serve as a deacon. Dale was previously ordained, has been serving on the Building Committee, and leading the men's ministry.
April 20th, 2014 - A full house for Easter! Message was 'Go Beyond the cross' with primary thought walking in Resurrection Power (John 14:12). Easter baskets had been prepared and taken to Beech Grove the prior week. God is good!
April 13th, 2014 - Praise the Lord in the morning service Allie Willoughby was baptized!
March 30th, 2014 - Saundra McLoney and Heather Staples attended Emmaus Walk #92 at Oldenburg. Another awesome weekend for those involved. Judy Freimuth and Mary Spaulding worked the event. Also on this day in the morning church service, Julian Ingram was baptized! Praise the Lord for a great day!
March 16th, 2014 - A defining Visioning Service was held that evening to discuss the new church building. Things are moving forward with plans to break ground in the next few months and complete the building sometime in the fall. Needless to say, satan has started attacking, to the praise of God! And especially when the men roped off the new building for everyone to see and get a clear picture of where we will be physically worshipping come fall. God is our strength and a whole lot greater is Jesus in us than the old devil of this world!
March 3rd, 2014 - The Pastors and wives (Tim and Judy Freimuth, Jerry and Jenny Miles, Greg and Betty Fightmaster) all attended a REFRESH conference led by Sherwood Baptist Church. It was awesome and everyone came back refreshed.
February 15th, 2014 - A great time of fellowship at the Valentine's banquet at the Beech Grove club-house!
February 11th, 2014 - Judy Freimuth began leading "The Daniel Plan" Bible study on Tuesday evenings.
February 9th, 2014 - Praise the Lord as Gina Owens was baptized after making a profession of faith!
February 8th, 2014 - Our first Emmaus Community gathering, led by Jerry Miles was well attended. We plan on coordinating people to be involved in future walks, as well as have some scheduled gatherings in our own church, as well as the normal SEI gatherings.
November 25th, 2013 - 11 Thanksgiving boxes were delivered to some families in the Beech Grove community.
November 10th, 2013 - 182 shoe boxes were packed and shipped to Utah through GCFM Ministries.
November 3rd, 2013 - We hosted the CMA (not the Country Music Awards but rather the Christian Motorcycle Association) and Rev Dan Hillard brought the Message. The house was full and it was a good day!
October 17th thru 20th, 2013 - Two women, Bobbie Wilson and Mollie Deo, attended Walk #90 at Oldenburg, Indiana. It was an awesome weekend for them and the 30+ other women who attended. Plans are underway to formalize the Emmaus Community at Bethesda. We plan to have chosen directors, regular gatherings, and more, to promote the walks with the SEI Emmaus Community,
October 6th, 2013 - Praise the Lord as Heather Staples was baptized, from a decision during the Revival!
September 29th through October 2nd, 2013 - We had out first Tent Revival with Bro. Scotty McDowell from Edifying Christ Ministries as evangelist. The Services were awesome, several decisions were made, and attendance was good. Praise the Lord for the time of refreshing, re-dedication, and renewal!
September 22nd, 2013 - Donald Spicer, upon a rededication of his life, was baptized. When asked if he had anything to share, he did so in the form of a prayer, to the praise of God! And then unexpectedly, as the Holy Spirit was moving in the hearts of people, Jacob Rust asked the Lord into his life and was also baptized! He did not want to wait or plan his baptism, so he did it right then! God is awesome!
September 8th, 2013 - Suzanna Wills was baptized! It was a glorious day seeing what God has done in this child's life and the church was full, to the praise of His glory!
September 2nd, 2013 - 19 members plus 4 other friends took a train trip to Charleston. This was the 3rd year of this annual event. Several walked or ran in a 5K Charleston benefit for wounded warriors. We had church in one hotel room, sang on a street corner, visited the Capital, and just had a great weekend of fellowship!
August 18th, 2013 - Sharon Turner, a charter member now living in Michigan, shared her recent mission trip to Honduras. About 2,000 people went into the schools, churches, and neighborhoods for one week. Amazing stories of people being healed! Also of salvation as 26,000 people made professions of faith in the one state Sharon was in, and the missionaries were spread across 15 states!!!!
July 21st thru 26th 2013 - Another awesome VBS called Kingdom Rock!
June 2nd, 2013 - Praise the Lord as Brooke Shoupe who had recently made a profession of faith, was baptized!
June 1st, 2013 - With the Men's ministry taking the lead, there was a church-wide pig roast with games in a picnic type setting. About 125 people or so attended and it was a fun day!
May 13th, 2013 - The first Men's Softball team began playing at Mills Park in Taylor Mill. Volleyball teams had started playing at Hickory Grove sometime the prior winter.
March 28th, 2013 - 40 Easter baskets were delivered to Beech Grove for distribution to families through their resource center. They were very appreciative and we also were able to help some families with some groceries. Its all good!
March 3rd, 2013 - 3 men from the church, Bud Wills, Travis Wills, and Malachi Miles spent one week working in West Liberty building homes that had been damaged and/or destroyed in tornadoes. This was a coordinated effort of the KBC Disaster Relief teams working with Habitat for Humanity.
January 20th, 2013 - Praise the Lord, Donnie and Kim Littrell were baptized today!
December 16th, 2012 - We delivered Christmas presents to 10 children from Beech Grove Elementary.
December 9th, 2012 - The Christ-giving Dinner and Children's Christmas Program were held at Beechgrove Elementary School because the church could not physically accommodate the approximate 125 guests. We had a wonderful dinner, time of fellowship, and were blessed by the children. A great night!
November 18th, 2012 - 10 boxes filled with turkeys and other essentials were taken to families in the neighborhood. Everyone that delivered the boxes praised the Lord because of how they were blessed.
November 4th, 2012 - To the Praise of God, 200 shoe boxes were prepared and shipped! In years past, we had been able to do ~100 so this was a huge blessing to be part of.
October 18th thru 21st, 2012 - Three women (Ina Adkins, Paulette Hensley, and Shelly Miles) attended Walk #86 at Oldenburg, Indiana. At the time of this writing, they are still there so a praise report is coming!
October 11th thru October 14th, 2012 - Two men (Donald 'Mac' Spicer and Jerry Miles Jr.) attended Walk #85 at Oldenburg, Indiana. This was another awesome weekend and these men were blessed to have been a part of the weekend and now be a part of the growing Emmaus Community at Bethesda!
October 7th thru 10th, 2012 - Bro. Richard Collins from Great Commission Fellowship preached God's Word, and Greg Krull led the music during this fall Revival. God blessed and spoke to all that were there as many were at the altar each service. Praise the Lord for this time of refreshing and renewal!
September 23rd, 2012 - We held an ordination service for Nathan Bruins into the Elder ministry and Jerry Miles Jr into the Deacon ministry. There was a great turn-out with a dinner after church. Praise the Lord for these 2 men and God bless them as they begin their new ministries!
September 16th, 2012 - Praise the Lord as 3 young people were baptized today! They were Libby Wenz, Isabella Wills, and Micah Wills. God is good!
September 5th, 2012 - Wednesday services were changed to 6:30 pm so the little ones could get home and to bed on time!
August 26th, 2012 - The church, at the recommendation of the acting elder body confirmed the following changes: Reverend Jerry Miles, already licensed into the Gospel ministry, to fulfill a staff position as Pastor of Education. Reverend Greg Fightmaster, also licensed with prior pastoral experience, to fulfill a staff position as Pastor of Outreach. Nathan Bruins to be ordained and serve as a lay elder, also assuming the men's ministry at Bethesda. And Jerry Miles Jr to be ordained and serve as a deacon. Praise the Lord the vote for all 4 men was confirmed!July 23rd through July 27th - The Amazing Wonders VBS was the best one yet! There were 75 children registered. On average there were 53 children in attendance each night plus 36 workers. High attendance was Monday night (60 children and 31 workers). We collected $324.95 to send to the Alaskan missionary, as well as the 450 items collected and to be mailed! And most importantly - there were 12 children who raised their hand at an invitation to have Jesus come into their hearts! Praise God for He is good!!!
June 9th, 2012 - A church-wide picnic was held and even though many had already started their summer vacations, there were about 75 people in attendance.
May 28th, 2012 - A large group of folks participated in the city of Independence Memorial Day parade, handing out VBS fliers, and candy to the people who came out.
May 20th, 2012 - In a bittersweet moment, Amy Wills, our church pianist held her last piano student recital at BCC. She had been teaching piano and having her recitals every spring at church. Amy is putting her piano teaching 'on hold' for now.
May 19th, 2012 - The annual spring Men's Wild Game night was well attended. No, there were no wild games, but there was a lot of wild game that we ate! There was alligator, elk, kangaroo meatballs, you know the normal stuff you fix for family dinners! The food was adventurous and fun! Brian Berger was the guest speaker and shared an awesome testimony and word of encouragement. A good evening to the glory of God!
April 14th, 2012 - 5 ladies attended the Women of Faith conference at the Taft theater in Cincinnati. Later that day, there was a large post-Emmaus gathering in Rising Sun, Indiana. A busy but awesome day!
March 29th through March 31st - Four women (Bev Staples, Donna Merkle, Pearl Duncan, and Carla Newman) attended the Emmaus walk #84 at Oldenburg, Indiana. This was another awesome weekend and these ladies came back to the Bethesda family refreshed and anew. Like others before them, they gave awesome testimonies of what God had done. And we look forward to seeing all that God is going to do through their experience!
March 22nd through March 24th, 2012 - Three men (Jim Duncan, Aaron Greene, and Tony Merkle), like those before them, with a pioneering spirit and big step of faith in the Lord, attended the Men's Emmaus Walk. Their walk was #83 and was also held at Oldenburg, Indiana. They also returned testifying unto the Lord what He had done for and through them. They were and will continue to be encouragers for others to follow!
February 24th, 2012 - 3 ladies participated at a ladies-lock-in at West Chest Baptist Church. After a night of fellowship and study, with some sleep, they culminated the trip with a little shopping at a local outlet.
February 14th, 2012 - 2 more youth (Malachi Miles and Nick Miles) attended Chrysalis. Malachi testified as to what the Lord had done in his life. Praise the Lord!
January 29th, 2012 - Praise the Lord Alex Graber, who had attended BCC for a few weeks, was baptized.
January 14th, 2012 - Angelica Turner-Merkle became the 1st student to attend Chrysalis (the youth version of the Emmaus walk). Praise the Lord for her leadership and example for others to follow! She gave the church an awesome testimony as to how the Lord had grown her!
December 17th, 2011 - The ladies held a cookie exchange and a good time was had by all!
November 20th, 2011 - Thanksgiving boxes, with turkeys and all the sides, were sent to 10 families in the area who needed a little help. Names were provided through the social services department of Beech Grove Elementary School.
November 16th, 2011 - 100 shoe boxes were prepared and shipped through Samaritan's Purse. Praise the Lord for this ministry. It is such a blessing to see our children work so enthusiastically in the preparation, along with the ladies knitted hats, and so much more.
October 20th through October 22nd, 2011 - Four women (Jenny Miles, Carolyn Campbell, Mary Spaulding, and Roxanne Shannon), also with a pioneering spirit and a big step of faith in the Lord, attended the Women's Emmaus Walk #82 at Oldenburg, Indiana. They also came back refreshed, anew, and testifying to the glory of God! And their enthusiasm has already been catching! Praise the Lord for these faithful women!
October 13th through October 15th, 2011 - Three men (Nathan Bruins, Jerry Miles Sr., and Don Bridges), with a pioneering spirit and big step of faith in the Lord, attended the Men's Emmaus Walk #81 at Oldenburg, Indiana (Southeast Indiana Emmaus Community). They came back testifying unto the Lord what He had done for and through them, which was quite evident by the way! Praise the Lord for these men who will be a source of encouragement for others to follow.
September 25th, 2011 - The church celebrated the retirement of our first Church Office Manager, Debbie Wills. There was a meal, hymns of praise, testimonies, and gifts. It was a celebration for one who so faithfully served our Lord and our church so well. Debbie is going to remain a member of Bethesda and will continue to serve the Lord, just in other areas. Thanks Debbie and we praise the Lord for you!
September 24th, 2011 - The Men's Seafood Feast was held with all kinds of things out of the lakes and oceans that one would not normally eat! There was a full house and the men were encouraged in their faith walk. A good night!
July 18th through July 24th, 2011 - The Big Apple Adventure VBS was held during the week with a commencement on Sunday July 24th. It was an awesome week with record highs in attendance. 7 children made professions of faith in the Lord during the Evangelism-focused service! Praise the Lord.
July 3rd, 2011 - Jake Staples made a decision for Christ and then 'schemed' with Bro. Tim to have a 'surprise' baptism this Sunday morning. Everything went great and there were many tears of joy when the congregation learned of Jake's decision. Jake had previously built the podium and the cross, and helped in various projects around the church. He had really always been a part of us! In recent months he had begun playing drums in the Praise Band. Praise the Lord!
June 5th, 2011 - Cara Wills was unanimously approved by the acting elder body and church vote to be the new Office Manager following Debbie Will's resignation to pursue other interests within the church. Praise the Lord!
April 18th, 2011 - 40 Easter Baskets were prepared, prayed over, and delivered to Beech Grove Elementary School for children who are in need.
April 10th, 2011 - Aaron Greene was baptized after rededicating his life to Christ 2 weeks before. Praise the Lord! That evening the church prepared 40 Easter baskets for children at Beech Grove Elementary.
March 17th through March 20th, 2011 - Bro. Tim attended the Emmaus walk of Southeastern Indiana at Oldenburg. It is hoped that many more from the church will follow. Judy attended the women's walk the following weekend.
March 13th, 2011 - A great day as Jerry Miles was ordained into the Gospel Ministry. Jerry had been approved by the church body for licensing and also for serving as our first lay elder. Bro. Tim brought the Ordination Charge and after laying on of hands, Bro. Jerry preached his 1st Message as an ordained minister of the Gospel. A meal and fellowship came after the service and the church was full, to the glory of God!
February 20th, 2011 - A special day! Kevin Richardson addressed the church in the morning service regarding Sunrise Children's Home. Last year we had given them a 'mile of pennies' and are prayerfully considering supporting them on a monthly basis. In the evening, 3 men (Travis Wills, Jim Duncan, and Chuck Smith) were ordained as deacons. God's house was full and a fellowship also pursued. And Travis's grandmother Virginia Wills shared privately with Brother Tim (now it will not be private anymore to the Praise of God), this story... In 1952, she, a prayer warrior from New Banklick named Coella Callen, and the owner of the church property (Ms Wills could not recall her name), met here (in the owner's home), and prayed that someday there would be a church on this very site. Ms. Wills shared with Bro. Tim through tears of joy, how God had answered that prayer, and the joy she had since her son, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, are all attending Bethesda! God answers prayer! Praise His Name!
February 12th, 2011 - A very special Valentine's Banquet was held with Bro. Tim's former pastor, Rev Randy Wallace from Oak Ridge Baptist Church coming to play music and sing.
January 30th, 2011 - A great day in God's House as we celebrated 6 years, the birth of Bethesda! Bro.Tim preached a Message on Servant Leadership. The following men were recommended by the acting Elder body and confirmed by church vote as follows: Travis Wills, Jim Duncan, and Chuck Smith to serve as Deacons. Jerry Miles to serve as an Elder and also to be licensed into the Gospel Ministry, having a calling upon his life to preach. God confirmed through much prayer, speaking to different people at different times with the same Message, and the vote of the church. With the recent announcement of the formation of a Praise and Worship Team, these are very exciting days at Bethesda. Praise Him!
January 16th, 2011 - Praise the Lord as Damion Catteran was baptized!
November 20th, 2010 - The Nehemiah project ended with great results! Just some of the accomplishments:
November 7th, 2010 - 110 Shoe boxes were packed to be sent through Samaritan's Purse, to the glory of God!
October 17th, 2010 - Carolyn Campbell was baptized. It was a great day in the Lord's house!
September 30th, 2010 - The Nehemiah project began which was a 52 day project scheduled to end November 20th. Like Nehemiah who built the walls of Jerusalem, we were doing some major renovation on the property and buildings. 12 teams were assigned with leaders and 'wall builders'. And we were literally living the word as Bro. Tim preached a Sermon series from Nehemiah during this time.
August 22nd 2010 - Awesome Service. 2 families joined the church, 2 people rededicated their lives, and the following 3 people were baptized: Hannah Newman, Rebekah Wills, and Randall Miles. Praise the Lord for an awesome day!
July 17th 2010 - Work began on the Prayer Garden.
June 21st thru 25th 2010 - Another great VBS called Saddle Ridge Ranch. 6 children made professions of faith. Praise the Lord!
April 16th and 17th, 2010 - Several ladies attended an Escape retreat and were blessed!
April 2nd, 2010 - We made Easter baskets and took them to the Women's Crisis Center and also some to St. Elizabeth Pediatrics.
March 14th, 2010 - Reverend Troy Cates resigned his Associate Pastor position. Troy, his wife Camille, and 3 children served Bethesda well for 3+ years. They had left a paid position in Georgia to come here to serve bi-vocationally. A business venture failed, and while continuing to pray about what the Lord would have them to do, He told them it was time for them to move on. Brother Troy established the Youth and Young Adult programs in his time here. We wish them all the best!
March 7th, 2010 - A Big day in the life of Bethesda as Sunday School started. There were 50 people in attendance and every room in the original building including the Sanctuary, and also the Youth building (original garage) was used.
February 27th, 2010 - We took grocery bags to needy neighbors and were blessed in the process!
January 31st, 2010 - What an awesome day! Bethesda celebrated its 5 year anniversary. We had a special AM service with a commemorative video that showed just how far God has taken us in the first 5 years. In the evening we gathered at Beech Grove Elementary with a dinner, a wonderful cake, a video, some heart-felt testimonies, and a Message from our guest speaker, Rev. Harold Pike from the NKBA. God reminded us that day of His faithfulness, His provision, His care, and His love. What a day! PTL!
November 22nd, 2009 - William McCall and Zac Richards were baptized, Praise the Lord! We also took 9 Thanksgiving meals to families in need. The names of the families were received from the Beech Grove Elementary Resource Center.
November 8th, 2009 - 100 shoe boxes were prepared and sent to children through Samaritan's Purse.
September 27th, 2009 - The 1st Servant Appreciation banquet was held. This was a chance for all those who serve to be able to reflect on the service of our Lord and be refreshed with a good dinner and a message from George Shanks, our guest speaker. George coordinates the Disaster Relief efforts for the NKBA and works a lot with Bud and Daryl, 2 of our deacons.
September 12th, 2009 - At the end of a long work day, the original church building stood completed. The stone was completed on the front porch, new siding and shutters installed, and painting finished. This represents a significant milestone as the original building was now completely remodeled as well as the original garage converted to a Youth Center.
June 26th through 29th, 2009 - Another awesome VBS! We had the VBS each evening Wednesday through Friday, then a commencement, dinner, and celebration on Sunday. To the glory of God 3 children made professions of faith in the Lord!
May 25th, 2009 - We loaded up the Boomerang Express (VBS theme) and participated in the Independence Day Parade. We distributed over a 1,000 each of fliers and plastic boomerangs! Even though it 'rained on our parade' we had a great day in the Lord! Well attended and well received!
April 8th, 2009 - Delivered 25 Easter Buckets to the Campbell County Boy's Club. Also this week we delivered 25 buckets to Fairhaven Women's Ministry.
April 3rd - 4th, 2009 - 16 ladies attended the 'Escape' Retreat and came back energized for the Lord!
March 29th, 2009 - An awesome Visioning Service. Well Attended. Many ministries reported such inspiring results, including 48 people being saved during the Disaster Recovery efforts earlier this year.
March 20th through March 22nd 2009 - Bro. Tim preached at 'The Meadow 33 day Revival' in Maryville, Tn. This is the new ministry start of the Raucci's.
February 22nd, 2009 - Movie night showing 'Fireproof'. This movie touched a lot of lives!
February 8th, 2009 - Another great time at the Annual Valentine's Dinner!!
January 18th, 2009 - Praise the Lord! Rebecca and Zach Hutchinson (siblings) were baptized today!
December 31st, 2008 - The 1st New Years Eve Service. We had a great time of testimony, singing, some games and fellowship, food, and then we prayed in the New Year. Thanks to Ed and Shirley Neville for coordinating the event.
November 9th, 2008 - Praise the Lord for another great celebration of His grace! Eric Bradshaw and Christian Brown were both baptized on this day! That evening the church packed 100 shoe boxes for Samaritan's Purse.
October 12th, 2008 - Another great day! The church ordained Bro. Ed Neville as a deacon. There was also a music sing-a-long and ice cream social afterwards.
October 11th, 2008 - Our first Pastor Appreciation dinner held at Ockerman Middle School due to number of people attending. Praise the Lord and a special thank you to Wendy Smith for obtaining the school, Debbie and Amy Wills for cooking and many others!
September 28th, 2008 - Our first Gideon speaker, Tom Melhorn shared with us on Sunday morning,
September 21st, 2008 - Our first Mission Recognition Service for children.
June 25th thru June 29th, 2008 - VBS theme of Outrigger Island culminating in a Luau on Sunday after morning services.
June 1st, 2008 - Another awesome day! The following 3 people were baptized: Kathy Vannarsdall, Jennifer Vannarsdall, and Sarah Evans.
May 2nd, 2008 - Our first Independence Day Parade! Bro. Dan Ison from True Vine Church loaned us a tractor. Many of the folks from Bethesda participated in the decorating of our 'float' as well as walking the route and giving out leis, candy, VBS fliers, and a lot of Aloha's since the theme was Outrigger island. It was a good time, we handed out about 600 leis and 400 fliers, as well as several buckets of candy.
April 20th, 2008 - The prior week saw 6 people join the church and 5 of those 6 also requesting Baptism! The Baptismal Service was held on Sunday morning. Bro. Tim had the privilege of baptizing Janice Carpenter, Gloria Kerns, John Kerns, and Pearl Duncan. Bro. Troy Cates had the privilege of baptizing his first person at Bethesda, Samantha Lutes. Many families and friends were in attendance and it was another awesome day!
March 22nd, 2008 - In what has turned into a yearly ministry we took 25 Easter baskets to the Women's Crisis Center. We also took 8 baskets to Homeward Bound, the runaway shelter in Covington.
February 13th, 2008 - Our first official Youth Bible Study. Troy Cates and Zac Richards led the study on sharing your faith. There were 9 youth in attendance. PTL!!!
January 5th, 2008 - Bethesda got into the church rotation manning a booth at the Richwood Flea Market, where we share the Gospel, give tracts and Bibles away, and pray with people. Zac Richards is leading this ministry.
December 16th, 2007 - Another first for Bethesda! The children put on a Christmas Musical and Play that was absolutely awesome! Cara Wills led this effort along with the help of many others. Jack Cheek made a 'Happy Birthday Jesus' cake that everyone also enjoyed!
November 9th - 11th, 2007 - Pastor Ed Ainsworth from Generations Church in Lubbock Texas led us in a weekend revival. The Services were absolutely awesome as the Spirit of God moved in the lives of the believers. 3 new believers were also added to the Kingdom!