Bethesda’s annual Homecoming service will take place October 21, at 10:15 a.m. This year’s theme is “God is with Me in Times of Change.”
Our special speaker is Rev. Mark Farnell. As many will remember, Farnell was Bethesda’s minister from 1998 to 2004. Since then he has been pastor at the Millington/Crumpton Charge, and is currently the pastor of Centreville United Methodist Church. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesley College, in Dover, and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, in Washington, D.C. He has been a member of a number of conference committees, including the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the Conference Committee of Clergy and Lay Leadership. This year’s Homecoming will see Rev. Farnell delivering a Sunday sermon from Bethesda’s pulpit for the first time in nearly ten years. We extend him a hearty welcome!
In addition to Rev. Farnell’s presence, Bethesda will also have music from the choir, the bell choir, and from the Andrew Family Singers. The latter group, made up of Mrs. Donna Andrew and her daughters and granddaughters, will perform several special pieces.
In keeping with recent tradition, the History and Archives Committee will also honor Bethesda’s volunteer or the year. Readers may nominate a volunteer by email until October 18.
A luncheon will follow the service. All are invited to attend.