March 18, 2020
Dear Bethel Family:
Jesus Joy! During this time of unique challenge, I assure you that the officers, ministerial staff and I continue ministry to meet your spiritual needs. I request that you inquire of other members, especially the senior saints, to see if you can be of assistance. The church office will be open (according to CDC and Government regulations) so please call if we can assist.
Bible Study, Church School and Worship Service will be streamed weekly. Bible Study will be steamed on Wednesday at Noon and 6:00 p.m. Sunday Service will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the weekly Church School lesson immediately followed by the worship service. The information to connect to the streaming channel will be on the church's website (bethelame-bflo.org). Bible study and church announcements will be on the website. I request that you mail or use PayPal for your tithes and offerings. The PayPal information will be on the website. If you desire for someone to pick up your tithe and offerings, please call the church.
Guidelines for funerals will be on the website. The arrangements for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Resurrection Sunday will be determined and provided on the website.
Let us pray for one another under these present circumstances. God will see us through and He will provide for our every need. As we care for each other, God will take care of us. God bless.
Reverend Richard Stenhouse
The Reverend Richard A. Stenhouse is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. A Native of Buffalo, NY, he was educated in the Buffalo Public Schools, received a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics from The State University of New York Buffalo, and a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary.
Reverend Stenhouse began his pastoral ministry in 1982 as pastor of The Bethel AME Church Lackawanna, NY. In August 1984, He became the pastor of the Bethel AME Church, Norwalk, CT. In June of 1997 he was appointed to the pastorate of the historic Bethel AME Church, Buffalo,NY where he has a twenty year tenure as Senior Pastor. Also Bethel-Buffalo has the distinction of being the oldest African American Congregation in Western New York.
Rev. Stenhouse has served in many capacities both religious and civic. He currently serves as the Presiding Elder of the Buffalo-Rochester District. He also serves the Connectional Church as a Connectional Trustee.
Rev. Stenhouse is married to the former Sharon Davis and has one daughter, Nicole; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.