Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

I Love to Tell the Story

October 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 7 pm

Rebecca Anderson: Maybe you’ve gotten the sense that I think a lot about stories and storytelling.  What’s the big deal?

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. 

I also happen to believe that true stories can save lives. We’re empowered by telling our own stories, rather than consuming the stories others create about us. We find out we’re not alone when we hear about the lives of others. We learn about the on-going work of God in the world when we hear and tell stories from the Body of Christ. 

Join me 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. 

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Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

I Love to Tell the Story

October 23, 30, Nov. 6, 7 pm

Rebecca Anderson: Maybe you’ve gotten the sense that I think a lot about stories and storytelling.  What’s the big deal?

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. 

I also happen to believe that true stories can save lives. We’re empowered by telling our own stories, rather than consuming the stories others create about us. We find out we’re not alone when we hear about the lives of others. We learn about the on-going work of God in the world when we hear and tell stories from the Body of Christ. 

Join me 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. 

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Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

I Love to Tell the Story

October 30, Nov. 6, 7 pm

Rebecca Anderson: Maybe you’ve gotten the sense that I think a lot about stories and storytelling.  What’s the big deal?

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. 

I also happen to believe that true stories can save lives. We’re empowered by telling our own stories, rather than consuming the stories others create about us. We find out we’re not alone when we hear about the lives of others. We learn about the on-going work of God in the world when we hear and tell stories from the Body of Christ. 

Join me 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. 

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All Saints' Day Memorial Rose Service
Nov
4
10:30 AM10:30

All Saints' Day Memorial Rose Service

Our annual tradition on All Saints' Day continues this year. We will remember those we’ve lost this past year and beyond with this beautiful service. Roses will be placed on the altar in memory of dear loved ones and plaques for our most recent losses will be installed on the memorial wall. Order forms for these roses will be available in October. 

Please join us in celebrating the memories of all of Bethany’s angels on Sunday, November 4 at 10:30 a.m.

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Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

I Love to Tell the Story

Nov. 6, 7 pm

Rebecca Anderson: Maybe you’ve gotten the sense that I think a lot about stories and storytelling.  What’s the big deal?

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. 

I also happen to believe that true stories can save lives. We’re empowered by telling our own stories, rather than consuming the stories others create about us. We find out we’re not alone when we hear about the lives of others. We learn about the on-going work of God in the world when we hear and tell stories from the Body of Christ. 

Join me 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. 

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Thanksgiving Meal
Nov
18
11:30 AM11:30

Thanksgiving Meal

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving potluck meal! Sign up at worship to bring your favorite side for the season and bring enough to share! Invite all your family and friends and share in the gratitude and joy of being here together.

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Living Nativity
Dec
14
3:00 PM15:00

Living Nativity

We continue this Bethany tradition with some new twists. Experience the Bethany Living Nativity Photo Booth, Cookies and Treats, Outdoor Petting Zoo, Carols around the Fire Pit, and share the season with your dear family and friends at Bethany. Admission is free, but we will be taking cash donations to support The Night Ministry’s Holiday efforts.

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Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch
Mar
3
11:30 AM11:30

Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch

Plan to stay after church on March 3, the last Sunday before Lent.  We'll do our Mardi Gras feasting a little early, with pancakes and waffles. Bring something to share if you'd like: fruit, a breakfast casserole...whatever suits you.  And if not, don't worry, there's always plenty.

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Ash Wednesday
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. It is a day to remember our mortality, that we come from ashes and return to them. Or, as a friend’s tattoo says, “This is temporary.” Maybe that sounds like a dark reason for a holiday, but Ash Wednesday doesn’t have to be morbid. Remembering that life is short is a way to focus ourselves on the things that are most important, the essentials. And Ash Wednesday is a great time to set an intention (something to give up or take on) for the forty days of Lent. So gather with us for music and prayer at 7pm on Wednesday, March 6. Or stop by on your way to work, between 7:30-9:30 for ashes on the go.

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Maundy Thursday
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Maundy Thursday

Join us for a simple soup dinner and a service of Tenebrae, or gathering darkness. We will read the stories of Holy Week by candlelight, as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday and Easter morning. Dinner at 6:30. The service will begin at 7. Children are welcome. If you are interested in reading as part of the service or helping to make soup or bread, please contact Vince or Rebecca.

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Easter Sunday Service and Egg Hunt
Apr
21
10:30 AM10:30

Easter Sunday Service and Egg Hunt

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 collection of musicians.


Easter Egg Hunt immediately following worship
Immediately following the service, join Bethany’s members and friends on the church lawn for a fun Easter Egg Hunt.

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Ravenswood Run
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Ravenswood Run

Join a Bethany UCC team in the Annual Ravenswood Run. The funds raised by this 5K run are dedicated to supporting the Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry. You can read more about them below. Interested in joining the Bethany team? More details are coming soon.

To run as an individual, register here.

Ravenswood Community Services Food Pantry provides groceries, meals and more to neighbors throughout Ravenswood and surrounding neighborhoods. Your participation in the Ravenswood Run directly supports the work of the organization. You can also help by participating in the food drive and by making monetary donations.

Join us in giving back to your community by bringing a food item with you when you pick-up your packet at Fleet Feet Sports or on race day. If you choose to make a monetary donation you can do so during online registration or at packet pick-up. Thanks for your extra effort and support!

Learn more about everything Ravenswood Community Services does in the neighborhood by checking out their website.

 

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Volunteer at The Night Ministry
Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

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, October 14. Please fill out the form below or speak to Pastor Rebecca Anderson if you are interested in volunteering.

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Pet Blessing
Oct
7
10:30 AM10:30

Pet Blessing

The tradition of the Pet Blessing is coming back to Bethany. This time around, it will be part of the service itself. Join us on October 7th at 10:30 am with your pets and we’ll meet on the lawn (or in the gym in case of inclement weather) for fellowship with our furry or feathered family.

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Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Russian Collusion: Chamber Music at Bethany

Chamber Music at Bethany's 2018-19 season opens with American and Russian music - just in time for the midterms.

If you need a break from the upcoming mid-term election campaign (and why wouldn't you), or all the news about Russian collusion, come experience the musical side of these two countries: music of Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Barber, Stacy Garrop, Ryan Brown, and Natalie Diettrich.

With Nick Photinos (cello), 
Aurelien Pederzoli (viola), 
Timothy Munro (flute), 
bass baritone Sam Handley, 
Sarah Plum (violin), and 
Andrew McCann (violin). 

General admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Student/senior: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Chamber Music at Bethany (CM@B) was founded by Northwestern faculty pianist Yasuko Oura and Grammy-winning flutist Tim Munro to bring world-class chamber music to Chicago’s north side in an intimate, accessible setting. Nestled in the beautiful Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, the historic Bethany United Church of Christ offers an ideal setting for musicians and audiences to come together in an acoustically pleasing venue. Read more at the CM@B website: https://www.chambermusicatbethany.com

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Sep
30
11:30 AM11:30

Service and Justice Meeting

Calling all Service and Justice folks! After worship, we’ll gather for 45 minutes to get on the same page and to bring newer folks into the work we’re already doing. If you work, or want to, with any of the following ministries, please plan on coming: The Night Ministry, The Crib, Refugee One, Community Renewal Society.

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Pastoral Installation
Sep
23
10:30 AM10:30

Pastoral Installation

We return to indoor worship and jump start the program year with a special “Homecoming” event Sunday, September 9th at 10:30 AM. As we welcome everyone back into our sanctuary, we will be welcoming our newest Bethany Church members. We will also be introducing our new nursery care provider, Bri Crumbley Following the worship service, join us on the lawn for a potluck cookout and some fun, intergenerational lawn-games and activities, designed to be shared by the young and the young at heart alike! Mark your calendars now for this fun day as we celebrate being together and say farewell to our summer worship.

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Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Good News Community Church at Bethany

On Sunday, September 16th, at 3pm, Good News Community Church will be holding a service of installation for their pastor, Rev. Kim Shelton at Bethany! Good News is a UCC church in Rogers Park, but the congregation uses it’s space to feed hungry folks on Sunday afternoons. So they asked us to host this important event. Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright will preach the service and Bethany members are encouraged to attend.

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Volunteer at The Night Ministry
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

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, September 9. Please fill out the form below or speak to Pastor Rebecca Anderson or Robin Schultz if you are interested in volunteering.

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Sep
9
10:30 AM10:30

SAVE THE DATE: Homecoming

“The greatest commandment of them is love. And that’s what this homecoming is about“ according to Mama Tammye from the first episode of Season Two of Queer Eye on Netflix. And she is absolutely right. Mark your calendar for our Homecoming this September. We will be accepting new members and celebrating with each other our return to each other and to indoor worship. Come home to Bethany September 9th. And meanwhile, join us on OUR front porch this July for summer worship.

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Gathering of Waters
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Gathering of Waters

Summer takes 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 26th we’ll hold Bethany’s second ever Gathering of Waters service. 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. Bring it with you on the 26th. 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! 

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Volunteer at The Night Ministry
Aug
12
5:00 PM17:00

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, August 12. Please fill out the form below or speak to Pastor Rebecca Anderson or Robin Schultz if you are interested in volunteering.

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Vino and Vaughan Williams
Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

Vino and Vaughan Williams

You don’t have to have been at Bethany long to know we love classical music! Spend a summer Friday evening with Bethany folks and others on the Great Lawn at Millennium Park. Friday, August 10th, at 6:30 pm, enjoy some wine and a program of Prokofiev and Vaughan Williams with Pablo Ferrández on the cello. Bring your own food and drink and meet the pastors in Millennium Park as early as 5:30 pm.

In case of rain, we’ll go the following Friday, August 17th at 6:30 pm to hear Carmina Burana. Keep your eyes peeled for clipboards to sign up.

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MLK Faith-in-Action Assembly
Jan
15
8:30 AM08:30

MLK Faith-in-Action Assembly

Bethany joins Community Renewal Society for the annual Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly and Governor's Candidate Forum on Monday, January 15, 2018. Hundreds of people of faith from across the Chicagoland area will come together in the spirit of Dr. King to worship together and take action on police accountability.

We will ask Chicago aldermen to make public commitments of support to police contract reform. We will ask candidates running for governor to answer questions about issues most important to our communities: police accountability, restoring rights and justice reform, community development – affordable housing and jobs, and making our communities safer. All democratic governor candidates are confirmed to participate.

You are invited to be part of a powerful day of action!

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. registration

* Parking will be tight. * Consider carpooling, using public transportation, or at the very least securing a spot with an app like Spothero

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Ugly Sweater 5K Run
Dec
16
8:00 AM08:00

Ugly Sweater 5K Run

Well: it's happening! We're running (or walking!) a 5K together. Leslie O'Donnell is also planning a few training runs for those of us who MAY not have done that much running of late.

It costs $45 to register but if that's prohibitive, please let us know! We'll keep it confidential and make sure your name is on the list. Kids under 5 run (or ride) free.

Click Here to register at the run's website. Be sure to search for the Bethany United Church of Christ team. 

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Caroling at the Bean
Dec
15
5:30 PM17:30

Caroling at the Bean

Every year, Chicago hosts Christmas caroling at Cloud Gate. This year, Bethany is getting in on it! On Friday, December 15th, meet Rebecca (847-814-9898) at 5:30 for hot chocolate. (She’ll have cups and a thermos.) Then from 6 - 7, we’ll sing carols with hundreds of fellow Chicagoans led by Broadway in Chicago!

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