The Bethany Pilgrim Partnership
Once again Bethany UCC and Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School are coming together to support a refugee family. We have the opportunity to be co-sponsors of a family arriving to the States in just a few short week. To become official co-sponsors, we now need to raise $8,000, which RefugeeOne will use to subsidize their rent and provide other needed services for the family’s first six months. Once they arrive, we’ll have details on hands-on ways to get involved, but for now, you can support the project by giving here.
I Love to Tell the Story
Join Rebecca for 4 weeks ( October 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 7 pm ) of stories! As people of faith, we value stories for the meaning they carry and convey. We hear and tell ancient stories of scripture, and bear witness to each other about what we have experienced of God in our lives and in the world. And of course: Jesus told an awful lot of stories. Join Rebecca for 4 weeks of stories, from the Bible, from award-winning tellers, and from our own lives. We’ll look at themes like grace and forgiveness, hope and new beginnings. We’ll think about how stories work, generate ideas for your own stories (no pressure!), and develop some tools to build them, too. Register for the workshop using the sign-up sheet in the narthex or online.
On Sunday, October 21st, after worship, Bethany will hold its annual Congregational Budget Meeting. This important meeting will include information about Bethany staff restructuring, a presentation and vote on the proposed 2019 budget, and a preview of our upcoming stewardship campaign. We need all Bethany members to be present for this brief but important discussion. Bethany is a congregational church, which means we depend on our members for the direction and support of our ministry. All Bethany members are eligible to vote in congregational meetings, and interested visitors are encouraged to attend to see how our church makes decisions.
All Saints’ Sunday
It is Bethany’s tradition to celebrate and remember our friends and family who have died on the first Sunday in November, the Feast of All Saints. At our regular service on November 4th, we will dedicate a memorial plaque to Scott Esser’s mother as well as acknowledging each other’s loved ones and reflecting on love and loss.
You are invited to purchase roses in honor of those you would like to remember. You can follow the link here or fill out the form in your Sunday bulletin. The roses will beautify our sanctuary on All Saints’ Day, and after the service you are invited to take them with you. We hope to see you for this beautiful and solemn service.