When: currently our Shabbat gatherings are the second and fourth Shabbats of each month.
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: near Sugarcreek Ohio location may vary at times.
What to bring: new guests don't have to bring anything. Although we do encourage everyone if able to bring food to share.
What we do: we typically start with parashah readings followed by oneg (basically lunch & fellowship) usually by 1:00.
For more Information contact the administrator through the contacts page.
If attending an event with Beth Shalom, typically Oneg, please be aware that we do maintain kosher guidelines.
If you are planning to bring a food dish to an event please be sure it is kosher. If you are not sure it may be best to bring a vegetarian dish, or follow these basic guidelines below.
No pork, rabbit or shellfish, read Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 for further information.
No meats that were not bleed properly.
Do not mix meat and dairy products.
If you bring a dairy product please let us know so it can be labeled if needed.
Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries founded in 2006 is the first and only Messianic community in the counties of Holmes, Coshocton, and Tuscarawas in Ohio.
In 2004 a group in Canton Ohio formed, known as Canton Messianic, today is known as Beth Yeshua. From that group one Jewish family moved to Holmes County Ohio then others came. In 2006 we formed Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries. The ministry is centered near Sugarcreek Ohio. We are interested in developing a stronger messianic presence and community in this area.
Beth shalom means, house of peace, our intent and goal is to teach the whole Bible from a Biblical Messianic perspective and unite both Jewish and gentile believers in the true body of Messiah.
We are a Torah Observant ministry and in many ways we are much more traditional in practice than most in the mainstream Messianic movement. We do not follow every custom of Rabbinic Judaism nor do we follow the typical Christian churches. However, we are open to fellowship with other Messianic groups and a small number of conservative Christian churches that we feel do not lay in contradiction of the completeness of Scripture.
Our audio messages and teachings have been recorded in a number of settings; from our small meeting place, to home meetings, to individual recordings, to meetings in various congregations that we would be comfortable fellowshipping with.
If attending one of our meetings or spending Shabbat with us one of the first things you would probably notice is that we do not use modern Messianic or Christian contemporary music. The second thing often noticed is the issue of head covering. We do believe that the New Covenant practice, as set forth in the Messianic Scriptures (1 Corinthians 11: 3-16), is that the women wear a head covering and the men do not. The third thing often noted is that we do not display a Cross, a Star of David, or any other symbols that are not directly mentioned in the Bible. We feel that too many people put too much emphasis on these and other symbols.
As much as we dislike doctrinal statements or ?this is what we believe? kinds of approaches, sometimes it is necessary to make some distinctions. So here is a basic about us kind of thing. Hopefully it will give readers some idea of who we are and are not.
1. Jews, Gentiles, and Segregation - We are a group of people who follow and obey the Creator. Some are Jews by birth and some are gentiles by birth, yet we are all Israel. We believe that gentiles are grafted into Israel they are not to remain separate in faith or identity. When a gentile accepts Messiah they are converting to the faith of Messiah which was, and is to be, what we might call ancient Judaism. Therefore they are no longer gentiles.
2. One Will for All People - We are a Torah Observant ministry. We believe that there is one Creator (God) who has one will for all people not many different wills for many different people. We believe that all people are to take the Torah upon themselves within the framework and direction of Messiah.
3. Conservative and Orthodoxy - The people in our fellowship are of conservative viewpoints on most issues. Some of our backgrounds are: Orthodox Judaism, Mennonite, Amish, and others who have similar conclusions. However, our focus is on the Scriptures and not the teachings of men. Although culturally, we attempt to maintain the early culture that grew up around the Bible.
4. Music - When attending one of our meetings or spending Shabbat with us, you will probably notice that we do not use modern Messianic or Christian contemporary music.
5. The issue of head covering - We believe that the New Covenant practice, as set forth in the Messianic Scriptures (1 Corinthians 11: 3-16), is that the women wear a veiling on their heads and men are not to wear a veiling but a kippah is optional.
6. Modesty Issues - We believe in maintaining a distinction between the sexes. Men ought to wear pants not shorts, and loose fitting shirts. Women ought to wear modest dresses or skirts that are not form fitting or revealing. Jewelry and trendy clothing ought to be avoided as it is following after the ways of this world.
7. Education and Scholarship - We believe in studying the entire Bible, and that everyone should be educated about the context and times in which the Bible was written. We believe leadership should be educated and not novices, or self appointed.
8. Extra-Biblical Texts - We study extra-biblical texts for their historical significance. We do not want our focus to be on extra-biblical writings. These writings give a glimpse into the possible beliefs, practices, and expectations of the people of a particular time period. Yet they are not doctrinal, nor do they receive the same reverence as the Bible.
9. Community - We define community as being in fellowship with other believers. Community requires toleration and acceptance of others with differing viewpoints. We do not tolerate obvious issues of sin but we may differ on issues that are not prerequisites of Salvation.
10. Names & the Sacred Name - We are not a sacred name assembly. Yet we are not offended nor willing to cut off people for using some type of pronunciation of the sacred name. We are well aware that many of the pronunciations floating around are grammatical impossibilities. Some of the people we fellowship with say God, HaShem, Yahweh, or Creator. Concerning the Messiah most say Yeshua and some say Jesus. We are not offended by any of these and make no additional rules concerning them.
Why do you call Jesus Yeshua or Yahushua?
Because that is His real Name. What most people do not realize is the name Jesus has only recently developed in the last 300 to 400 years. His Hebrew Name is Yahushua (sometimes written as Yahoshua); His name in Aramaic is Yeshua. His name was written in Greek in the Messianic Scriptures, then the Greek version of His Name was translated into Latin, and from there into the other Romance Languages, including English. But even English was changing. In the seventeenth century Jesus was written as Iesus and pronounce like Ye-s-us. As the letter "I" began to be written with a tail the letter "J" eventually emerged, which sounded like a "Y". Sometime later the "J" began to take on it’s present sound. We are not offended by the use of the name Jesus we believe it is acceptable but we also believe the Mashiach is more honored when His name is pronounced correctly. Just think about how you personally feel about your name. You are hopefully not offended if someone mispronounces your name, but you probably feel more respected and honored if they pronounce your name correctly. Here are a couple of questions and I’m asking you to stop and consider each question one at a time.
If you went to shop at a certain store or some place all the time and always saw the same clerk and he always called you Joe even if Joe is not your name; how would you feel?
Then think about this, what if one day that clerk started calling you by your real name and remembered you every time you came in; how would that make you feel?
Remembering your answers and your feelings to these questions; do you think it is more honoring to be called by your rightful name?
Why do you teach people to keep the Old Testament Law?
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil (interpret or make known).
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For further information we refer you to our audio messages and articles on the topic of Torah.
What does Torah and Tanakh mean?
Tanakh is the Jewish term for what most Christians call the Old Testament. Torah means Teachings or Instruction the term is used to refer to the first five books of the Bible. Torah is also the word that is incorrectly translated as Law.
Why do you call the New Testament ‘the Messianic Scriptures’ or ‘Brit Hadashah’?
Brit Hadashah is the Hebraic way of saying New Covenant. We prefer the term Messianic Scriptures though; because it is talking about the Mashiach (Messiah) and His works and life, and it is talking about the works and lives of the early followers of the Mashiach who were continuing His works. We do not have any major problems with the term New Testament in fact at times we do use the term New Testament because it is the most familiar of these terms, for most people. What we do not agree with is the false concept that the New Testament is some how usurping the so called Old Testament, we believe the Bible is one continuous collection of books that are in harmony with each other from the beginning to the end.
Why do you put vowels in the words L-rd and G-d if you are so traditional?
We do not mean to offend anyone. We know that it is customary to omit vowels from words that are used to refer to God. There are several reasons that we do not do this. One of those reasons is that it is not really consistent. For example we can write Adonai, Elohim or HaShem and it is thought to be alright but if we write God we should omit the vowels. In this example these words are simply titles, but we are using them to refer to God so shouldn’t we remove those vowels as well? No, because it is just a word used to refer to God it is not His Name. The same logic should apply to the word God, it is just a title it is not His Name. The same can be said of the word Lord or several other English titles or words used to describe our God. If we are going to remove vowels when writing some of these words then we ought to remove vowels when writing any of these words. That is probably our biggest issue we would have with this tradition. Another reason that we write the vowels is it can be very confusing to anyone not accustomed to the practice. Another reason that we write the vowels is it is not commanded anywhere in the Scriptures. Having said all that, I want to emphasize that we do not think it is wrong to exclude the vowels; you can leave them out if you want to. But these are the reasons that we as a ministry do not practice or encourage this tradition.
Conversion is mostly something that takes place in your heart. It is a change of heart, a change of direction, a change of priorities, a change in who you follow and what you live for. Conversion to Yeshua takes place through convictions in your heart. Once this has happened and you have made a clear conscious decision to follow Yeshua your heart is converted and all that is necessary to be saved is to continue to live and learn of the Mashiach and God’s Commandments.
One of the things the Scripture clearly teaches as an outward sign of this inward conversion is that a new convert attend the mikvah, what most Christians call baptism. Prior to mikvah any male not previously circumcised must be circumcised, not as a requirement of Salvation but in keeping God’s commandment. Prior to mikvah a Hebrew name is chosen for the candidate, which is announced at mikvah.
First mikvah candidates are immersed three times forward at a kosher mikvah site. A kosher mikvah is a natural flowing source or a tank feed by a natural source and containing two hundred gallons or more. Candidates are immersed in the name of the Father, Yeshua the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Eligibility for first mikvah through Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries also requires discipleship training classes or ability to show that this education has been adequately acquired through another ministry. Mikvah through Beth Shalom does not require candidates to become members or remain affiliated with our ministry. If desired and requested by the candidate we can provide a certificate with dates, name, etc. at the time of mikvah.