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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!