June 1, 2018
We hope this letter finds you and your family doing well. We are so excited to share with you the amazing things happening at Bethel AME Church.
As we approach the 6 month anniversary of the church fire, Bethel has persevered. We have landed on our feet and have maintained our worship services despite the fire. The Lebanon United Methodist Church assisted us the day of the fire by letting officers of the church meet with First Responders and contractors to secure our church. They also hosted a prayer service the evening of the fire with Bethel members and community. The Lebanon Theater Company (LTC) extended their facility during the weeks just after the fire. We were able, with the help of the community, to hold our Christmas Food Drive. We had worship services, celebrated Christmas with our Children’s play and held important meetings at LTC. We celebrated the New Year with our sister church, Bethel AME Church of Middletown, for communion. We held our own Bethel AME worship services every week at various locations including Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church and the Black Barn greenhouse while we searched for a rental property for our temporary church home. We would like to thank all the churches who extended invitations for us to worship with them during this challenging time.
We were blessed to find a location next to Hair-N-Now on Mound Ct. near Colony Square, not too far from our neighborhood. We have worshiped at 550 Mound Ct. for over 2 months with our first service held on Easter Sunday.
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This historic African Methodist Episcopal Church was impacted by an early morning fire on December 13, 2017. “Bethel’s members and officers have been working diligently through the process of restoration. We have been told the building’s foundation is strong, so our hope is to restore the church interior. It will be a long process but we are continuing to be blessed by the support of the community and our AME church family.”
WE THANK GOD FOR YOU!
The officers and members of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Lebanon, Ohio, extend our gratitude to the caring individuals and organizations that have donated of time, talent and resources. Your help is making it possible to bring restoration and growth into reality!
Lunch On Us is a collaborative project of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Coalition of Lebanon, OH, Inc., Bethel AME Church and Resurrection Lutheran Church. This fundraising effort has the support of Lebanon City Schools and helps to pay lunch fees for students who may not qualify for free or reduced lunch, but face financial challenges that have resulted in lunch debt. Children in this situation may have to eat a cheese sandwich instead of what the other children are given for lunch. This project aims to make sure every child is offered the same full school lunch daily.