Monday, August 20, 2012

Change of Location for tonight!

Attention Ladies

 - We are changing locations for tonight's Focused Fellowship as Monica is not feeling well.

We will be meeting at Panera Bread 
at Westlake Shopping Center at 7pm.
 Though the format is a little different when we meet in public it is still a great time of encouragement.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August Focused Fellowship

August Focused Fellowship!

Monday, August 20, 2012


Place: Home of Monica Lonergan, 1111 W. Burnside Dr., Peoria

No need to RSVP and feel free to bring a snack to share and a friend!

Focused Fellowship is  an ongoing ministry of the Open Hearts, Open Homes Orphan Ministry.  Women meet to pray, share, and encourage each other in our desire to follow the Lord in the care of the orphan.  Our group changes monthly and consists of moms and moms-to-be that are anywhere in the process of fostering or adopting whether it is domestically or internationally.

You do not have to be an attender of the Bethany Fellowship of Churches to attend, in fact about 50% of our ladies are not.  Our desire is to encourage each other in a way that honors the Lord.

If you have questions feel free to contact Amy -

Fall Happenings!

Fall is upon us and with fall comes the beginning of many activities.  Open Hearts, Open Homes Orphan Ministry has a couple of exciting opportunities for those looking for ways to become involved in some way in the care of the orphan.

Always something we look forward to is the start of a new Orphan Care Bible Study!  Mark your calendars now for this study.  This study is not only for those considering foster care and/or adoption but for anyone who is interested in hearing what God's Word says about the church's care for orphans.  We will be using some new video clips to get us started and the resource written by Dr. Daniel Bennett, Bethany Community Church, entitled The Passion for the Fatherless: Developing a God-Centered Ministry to Orphans.  While our study will take place on Sunday mornings, those outside of the Bethany Fellowship of Churches are also welcome to join us!  Jerry Sanderson will lead this study.

Open Hearts, Open Homes Orphan Care Bible Study      

Beginning Sunday, September 23 - October 28, 2012

Time:  11am 

Place: Bethany Baptist Church; 7422 N. Heinz Lane, Edwards,IL 
      We will meet in the Living Stones Classroom.

Questions? Jerry Sanderson - or Amy Park -

Secondly,  there is an opportunity through The Forgotten Initiative to take part in Mentor Training being hosted at Bethany Baptist Church.  The Forgotten Initiative provides training for anyone in the Body of Christ that would like to mentor a child that is currently in Foster Care.

You do not need to be a licensed foster parent to mentor a child.  The requirements are as follows:

- 21 years old (or older)
- valid driver's license
- Completion of TFI training
- minimum of 1 year commitment to mentor
- Successfully pass DCFS background check
- Successfully completes Application Process at Agency
- Belief/commitment to the TFI Statement of Faith

TFI Mentoring Training

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Bethany Baptist Church
7422 N Heinz Lane, Edwards

To RSVP for training:

Questions? use above email address or 1-309-531-5824