New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal  Church

500 South Lake Drive

Lexington, SC   29073


                         The Rev. Dr. Elaine Eskew, Pastor


From the Pastor's Desk:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dear Church Family,                                                                                                                                                                                                                             As I have been reflecting on the events of the past two months and looking forward to the progress of the coming year, I am reminded of how precious you are to me.  I must admit my first inclination was a very familiar scripture Mark 6:4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”  Your acceptance of me, one that grew up in the community defied reasoning.  Over the years I have been jokingly referred to as the “Hill Preacher.” I am humbled to have been assigned pastor of New Bethel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Without your generosity in giving to the overall mission of the church, without your labor of love and sacrificial giving in the area of ministry, without all our volunteers working on the building and grounds, our property would fall apart.  Without your joyful voices singing together each Sunday morning, our worship would be dull and lifeless.  Without our volunteers faithfully working with our children each week, the life of our church would be as dry as a chip.  I could continue, but what I am trying to say is that without you, we would not have a church.  I am most thankful for your commitment and faithfulness to the Lord and His church.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             My heart wants what will lead to your greatest good and God’s highest glory.  My commitment is to uncompromising faithfulness to the Word of God and the proclamation of His gospel throughout the Lexington Community.  My goal is that every decision I make for the church would be perfectly in line with the will of God.  It is my desire to live my life in such a way that the people of New Bethel Church would prosper the most from my daily activities as your servant leader.                                                                                                                                       As we look forward to the opportunities given to us in this New Year, I ask for your team support once again.  The return of Christ, I believe, is coming soon.  We have an opportunity in 2018 to prepare Lexington for the return of Christ.  Pray with me like never for the salvation of our community and the growth and the revival of our church.                                                                                                                                                                                                                There are four things I would like to challenge our church to do faithfully in 2018:                                                                                                                              PRAY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would like to invite all the men and women in our church to commit to prayer.  Make time in your daily schedule to pray like never in your Christian life.  I would like for the church to begin our year with 21 days of fasting and prayer.  Many believers who want a new start desire to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying about their lives.  The days of our fast are January 7-27.                                                                                                                                                                        READ THE BIBLE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I am encouraging the whole church to read the Bible daily.  I want to also encourage members to attend weekly Church School and Bible studies designed to meet the spiritual needs of the congregation (coeducational, men, women and youth) this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                              FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS                                                                                                                                                                                              It would be impossible to overstate how important this crucial activity is for the local church.  NEVER let a week go by without spending some time with your fellow brothers and sisters outside the walls of the church.  We need each other more now than ever before.  Visit our shut-ins and let them know we love and miss them.  On Sunday mornings, instead of doing your regular routine, look around the church for someone you haven’t talked to in a while and spend some time catching up.  Pay attention to who has been missing services and give them a call that week.  Let them know you missed them and that church just isn’t the same without them.  The bottom line is really all about loving each other the way Christ loved us.  Look around at the church this week and ask: “Who in this room needs me to love them?’                                                                                                                                                                                                        WORSHIP PASSIONATELY                                                                                                                                                                                                            When you come to church on Sundays, give God your most passionate worship.  Enjoy His exaltation like never before.  Lift holy hands before His throne and bow humble hearts before His cross.  Let us not just sing, but do as the Psalmist said and shout to the Lord a joyous sound.  Let your hearts be filled with the never-ending truth that He has saved you!  Let the reality of that truth consume your joy and lead you to tears and shouts of worship to the Lord who saved your soul.  I pray that our time together on Sunday mornings would be filled with excitement over the incredible grace that has been given to us in Christ.  I pray that we would stand before His throne with unspeakable joy.  Let our visitors see that at New Bethel Church, Jesus is our first love and it is felt throughout the entire congregation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If we faithfully commit ourselves to these four things throughout 2018, I believe God will bless our church in miraculous ways.  Please do these things for the Lord since He has proven Himself worthy of our service in 2018!                                                                                                                                                            Your servant pastor who loves you,                                                                                                                                                                                            Pastor Elaine Askew