Bethel United Methodist Church
Over 152 years ago three churches came together to form and build what is now Bethel-Oswego UMC. During this span of years people have come and gone. Some have never known any other “House of God”, which is the meaning of the word Bethel. Others have come and planted themselves firmly into the community which most who live here still call “Oswego.” I came to this beautiful place as the next Pastor of Bethel-Oswego, knowing that I follow a long line of gifted pastors who have been blessed by this place. I wait in heightened anticipation for what God will do next among these people and in this place that has long been dedicated to his service. Many changes have occurred since Methodists first dedicated Rembert’s Church in 1787 and Lodebar Camp Ground, near here as places dedicated to glory of God.
Over the years changes have been made to the church as changes have occurred in the community. Change is just a part of the nature God has adorned His creation with in this little corner of the world where many farmers still plan their lives around the season of the year. Seasons come and seasons go which is what you see as you live in this place day-to-day, week-to-week, and year-to-year. Change is always a part of our life in every time and every place. But some things stand the test of time. Bethel’s love of Christ, love for each other, and the love that reaches out and embraces others will never change. It is rooted into the rich soil that is made up of the people of Bethel-Oswego UMC and the community in which this church was planted. To be part of this church and its community is to be a part of sharing in the love and grace that Christ has blessed this community of faith with. Our hope is that during some season of your life you will give this rich blessing a try.
Pastor of Bethel UMC