Jul
30
10:00 am10:00

Feast for Justice

On the final Sunday of our Feast theme, we want to celebrate by providing a feast for others as well. We’ll be taking a special collection of cans and other non-perishable items to donate to Common Pantry. Items on their wishlist this summer include:

• Cereal
• Soup
• Oatmeal
• Rice
• Canned Fruit
• Easy Prep Meals (such as Rice-A-Roni)
• Vegetable Oil
• Cooking Oil
• Condiments (ketchup, etc)

Aug
25
6:30 pm18:30

Volunteer at The CRIB

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food for The CRIB. This year, we will be giving of our time every other month. Our next CRIB date is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, August 12. Please fill out the form below if you would like to volunteer.

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Aug
27
10:00 am10:00

Gathering of Waters

Summer will take many of us away on trips around the country, around the world, or at least to Montrose Beach. We want a way to mark the journeys we have taken and the joy of being back together again as we launch into our fall program year. So, on August 27th we’ll hold Bethany’s first Gathering of Waters service. This is a tradition that Vince brings to us from the United Church of Gainesville, who in turn got the idea from a church in North Carolina.

Here’s how it works, as you travel this summer, collect a little bit of water from a special location, just an ounce or three, enough to fly with. It could be from your childhood home downstate, or the snow at the peak of Everest, or a particularly sweet time running through the sprinkler in your backyard. Wherever you find it, collect a little water this summer and bring it with you on the 27th. We’ll combine them as a symbol of our community, and we’ll use it for baptisms and blessings in the coming year. Come be part of a new tradition!

Oct
13
6:30 pm18:30

Volunteer at The CRIB

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food for The CRIB. This year, we will be giving of our time every other month. Our next CRIB date is scheduled for Friday, October 13th. Please fill out the form below if you would like to volunteer.

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Dec
9
7:00 am07:00

Volunteer at The CRIB

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food for The CRIB. This year, we will be giving of our time every other month. Our next CRIB date is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, December 9th. Please fill out the form below to volunteer.

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Jul
9
Jul 10

Volunteer at The Night Ministry

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food with The Night Ministry. This year, we will be giving of our time every second Sunday of each month. Our next opportunity is Sunday, July 9th. Please fill out the form below or speak to Robin Schultz if you are interested in volunteering.

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Jun
24
9:00 am09:00

Summer Leadership Council Meeting

These quarterly meetings are an opportunity to worship with and be in fellowship with member congregations from communities in Chicago that are immediately impacted by issues we read about on the front pages. It’s a great, compact shot of information, experience, and learning about CRS’s platforms and their process for advocating for social and economic justice. 

The gathering is about 45 minutes from Bethany at Maple Park United Methodist Church (11705 S Elizabeth St). In the past, we’ve carpooled from Bethany and stopped for coffee and a bite to eat. (There’s no pressure to do so.)

With questions about any of this, reach out to Melissa, Ryan, or Rebecca.

Jun
11
6:30 pm18:30

Volunteer at The Night Ministry

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food with The Night Ministry. This year, we will be giving of our time every second Sunday of each month. Our next opportunity is Sunday, June 11th. Please fill out the form below or speak to Robin Schultz if you are interested in volunteering.

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Jun
11
10:00 am10:00

Outdoor Worship and Picnic

Sunday, June 11th at 10 AM
During the summer months, Bethany worship moves into our  “outdoor sanctuary” in the courtyard of the Bethany grounds.  Please note the time change as well to 10 AM. We will move indoors in case of inclement weather.

To celebrate our move outdoors, we will be having a  picnic on the lawn following worship. The church will be providing some items, but feel free to bring additional food for grilling, your favorite picnic sides and desserts, and be prepared to have a lot of food and fun as we start summer at Bethany. 

If you are interested in bringing a dish or volunteering to set-up/clean-up for the event, please sign up on the sheet in the front narthex of the church or contact the church office.

Jun
9
6:30 pm18:30

Volunteer at The CRIB

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food for The CRIB. This year, we will be giving of our time every other month. Our next CRIB date is scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 9. Please fill out the form below to volunteer.

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Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

Faith in Action Meeting

Tuesday, June 6th, 7 pm
Join us for a conversation about putting our faith into (further!) action. We’ll be meeting to discuss the policy and goals that Community Renewal Society has, the tools in which they accomplish these goals, and what our contribution is as a member congregation. We’ll also have snacks and refreshments!

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Jun
4
10:30 am10:30

Pentecost Planting

Sunday, June 4th after worship
Our Pentecost service usually includes the purchase of geraniums to celebrate the season and add a splash of red to the altar. We are continuing this tradition and you can use the enclosed form to make that purchase. Click Here to download an order form!

However, after worship that Sunday, weather permitting, please join us in the Bethany courtyard to plant these flowers around the Bethany grounds in anticipation of summer worship. Help us start the summer with flowers!

May
23
7:00 pm19:00

Prayer for Beginners (and Experts)

Whether you’ve never found a way of praying that really fit for you, or you’re looking to refresh your prayer life, this group will give you new ways to connect to God and expand your spiritual practice. We’ll explore many different forms of prayer, both ancient and modern, including breath prayer, body prayer, the prayer of examen, lectio divina, the labyrinth, and others. Vince will introduce the practices, and there will be plenty of time to try them out. Give yourself the gift of time to be renewed and recentered. Please sign-up online or on the clipboard to attend this group, which will meet Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 7-8:30pm at Bethany.

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May
21
11:30 am11:30

Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting is just over a month away. While all Bethany visitors are welcome to join us we strongly encourage all of our current members to attend. We will review notes from the president, pastors, and trustees, as well as vote on new members. Help us ensure a quorum and add this to your calendar today!
 

May
16
7:00 pm19:00

Prayer for Beginners (and Experts)

Whether you’ve never found a way of praying that really fit for you, or you’re looking to refresh your prayer life, this group will give you new ways to connect to God and expand your spiritual practice. We’ll explore many different forms of prayer, both ancient and modern, including breath prayer, body prayer, the prayer of examen, lectio divina, the labyrinth, and others. Vince will introduce the practices, and there will be plenty of time to try them out. Give yourself the gift of time to be renewed and recentered. Please sign-up online or on the clipboard to attend this group, which will meet Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 7-8:30pm at Bethany.

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May
14
6:30 pm18:30

Volunteer with The Night Ministry

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food with The Night Ministry. This year, we will be giving of our time every second Sunday of each month. Please fill out the form below to volunteer.

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May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Prayer for Beginners (and Experts)

Whether you’ve never found a way of praying that really fit for you, or you’re looking to refresh your prayer life, this group will give you new ways to connect to God and expand your spiritual practice. We’ll explore many different forms of prayer, both ancient and modern, including breath prayer, body prayer, the prayer of examen, lectio divina, the labyrinth, and others. Vince will introduce the practices, and there will be plenty of time to try them out. Give yourself the gift of time to be renewed and recentered. Please sign-up online or on the clipboard to attend this group, which will meet Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 7-8:30pm at Bethany.

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May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Prayer for Beginners (and Experts)

Whether you’ve never found a way of praying that really fit for you, or you’re looking to refresh your prayer life, this group will give you new ways to connect to God and expand your spiritual practice. We’ll explore many different forms of prayer, both ancient and modern, including breath prayer, body prayer, the prayer of examen, lectio divina, the labyrinth, and others. Vince will introduce the practices, and there will be plenty of time to try them out. Give yourself the gift of time to be renewed and recentered. Please sign-up online or on the clipboard to attend this group, which will meet Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 7-8:30pm at Bethany.

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Chili and Dessert Cook-Off
Apr
30
4:00 pm16:00

Chili and Dessert Cook-Off

  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School

Help our Refugee Family - Chili and Dessert Cook Off
Sunday, April 30th from 4-6 pm, Admission is free
Pilgrim Lutheran Church (Maring Hall) 4300 N. Winchester

Benefit for the refugee family that has been matched with the Bethany Pilgrim Project. There is no admission fee, but we ask people to bring cash bills to place in front of the best pot of chili and the best dessert. Your monetary donations will determine the Chili and Dessert King or Queen of Chicago’s North Side!!!

Music will be provided by the Irving Park Trio.

Apr
16
10:30 am10:30

Easter Sunday

WORSHIP SERVICE
A service of new life led by Pastor Vince Amlin and Pastor Rebecca Anderson, featuring music conducted by Music Director Yasuko Oura and featuring a beautiful string quartet and vocalist.

EASTER EGG HUNT
Immediately following the service, join Bethany's members and friends on the church lawn for a fun Easter Egg Hunt. All are welcome at this wonderful family event.

Apr
9
6:30 pm18:30

Volunteer with The Night Ministry

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food with The Night Ministry. This year, we will be giving of our time every second Sunday of each month. Please fill out the form below to volunteer.

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Apr
9
7:00 am07:00

Volunteer at the CRIB

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food for The CRIB. This year, we will be giving of our time every other month. Our next CRIB date is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, April 8th. Please fill out the form below if you would like to volunteer.

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Beer and Bible: Wandering in the Wilderness
Mar
30
7:00 pm19:00

Beer and Bible: Wandering in the Wilderness

  • Dovetail Brewing Company

Wilderness is one of those words that is both positive and negative. Many of us love to escape into the natural world to play or find peace. But wilderness can also be dangerous. It’s where we get lost or come into contact with wild things. The Bible captures both these ideas of wilderness. It is a place of wandering and temptation. And it is also a place of being found and being fed.

Join Vince at a local watering hole (Location TBA) as we explore the theme of wilderness in the Bible and in our lives. We’ll read a short passage each week and discuss its meaning and its relevance for us. You don’t have to drink or know anything about the Bible to participate. Come to one or all five nights. Thursdays March 9-30, from 7-8pm.

Beer and Bible: Wandering in the Wilderness
Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

Beer and Bible: Wandering in the Wilderness

  • Dovetail Brewing Company

Wilderness is one of those words that is both positive and negative. Many of us love to escape into the natural world to play or find peace. But wilderness can also be dangerous. It’s where we get lost or come into contact with wild things. The Bible captures both these ideas of wilderness. It is a place of wandering and temptation. And it is also a place of being found and being fed.

Join Vince at a local watering hole (Location TBA) as we explore the theme of wilderness in the Bible and in our lives. We’ll read a short passage each week and discuss its meaning and its relevance for us. You don’t have to drink or know anything about the Bible to participate. Come to one or all five nights. Thursdays March 9-30, from 7-8pm.

Beer and Bible: Wandering in the Wilderness
Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Beer and Bible: Wandering in the Wilderness

  • Dovetail Brewing Company

Wilderness is one of those words that is both positive and negative. Many of us love to escape into the natural world to play or find peace. But wilderness can also be dangerous. It’s where we get lost or come into contact with wild things. The Bible captures both these ideas of wilderness. It is a place of wandering and temptation. And it is also a place of being found and being fed.

Join Vince at a local watering hole (Location TBA) as we explore the theme of wilderness in the Bible and in our lives. We’ll read a short passage each week and discuss its meaning and its relevance for us. You don’t have to drink or know anything about the Bible to participate. Come to one or all five nights. Thursdays March 9-30, from 7-8pm.

Mar
12
6:30 pm18:30

Volunteer with The Night Ministry

One of our regular ministry volunteer opportunities is preparing and serving food with The Night Ministry. This year, we will be giving of our time every second Sunday of each month. Please fill out the form below to volunteer.

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Mar
12
10:30 am10:30

RefugeeOne: Next Steps

  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church

By March 12th, we will be well into fundraising and planning for the refugee family we’re sponsoring with Pilgrim Lutheran! We’ll gather to coordinate and plan for what’s next. Interested? Join the work at a meeting at Pilgrim Lutheran at 12:15 that day. For more details and info, click here

Beer and Bible: Wandering in the Wilderness
Mar
9
7:00 pm19:00

Beer and Bible: Wandering in the Wilderness

  • Dovetail Brewing Company

Wilderness is one of those words that is both positive and negative. Many of us love to escape into the natural world to play or find peace. But wilderness can also be dangerous. It’s where we get lost or come into contact with wild things. The Bible captures both these ideas of wilderness. It is a place of wandering and temptation. And it is also a place of being found and being fed.

Join Vince at a local watering hole (Location TBA) as we explore the theme of wilderness in the Bible and in our lives. We’ll read a short passage each week and discuss its meaning and its relevance for us. You don’t have to drink or know anything about the Bible to participate. Come to one or all five nights. Thursdays March 9-30, from 7-8pm.

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Mar
5
10:30 am10:30

Getting Organized: Community Renewal Society Visit

Bethany is a member congregation of Community Renewal Society (CRS). Lori Radder is our congregational organizer, the CRS staff person who connects us with actions, opportunities, and trainings. On Sunday, March 5th, she’ll be with us both during and after worship to introduce the work of CRS. Some of us have already had the chance to learn about CRS’s mission of creating racial and economic justice in Chicago and beyond — this is your chance to join the conversation. Find out what CRS is about and how you can get involved.

Ash Wednesday
Mar
1
8:00 am08:00

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the Christian holiday that marks the beginning of the season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday we begin a journey of reflection and introspection that leads us to the cross, to the tomb, and ultimately to the promise of new life. But the first step toward that new life is the reminder that “you are dust, and to dust you will return.”

This year at Bethany we’re offering a different Ash Wednesday experience. We will open our sanctuary to folks to receive ashes on their way to and from work or school. The sanctuary will be open during drop-off and pick-up for Ravenswood and Montessori Schools (8-9:30am and 3-4:30pm) with different devotional stations to help us center ourselves for Lent. There will be candles, music, a prayer wall, and other opportunities to connect to God and reflect on the ways you plan to mark this important season.

If daytime hours won’t work for you and your family, we’ll also have open sanctuary time at 6:30pm followed by a short evening prayer service at 7pm. During all of these times, we will have child-appropriate ways to pray and reflect as well. The season of Lent is an invitation to listen more deeply to our inner lives and the God who is still speaking in us and in our world. Join us for the journey!