Chamber Music @ Bethany
Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

Chamber Music @ Bethany

Join us for the second concert of our inaugural season of Chamber Music at Bethany. Come out of the cold for a program of warmth and friendship in cozy, intimate surroundings. Co-Artistic Director Tim Munro will be joined by some of Chicago’s finest chamber musicians in music for winds and strings, including Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet, with clarinetist Cory Tiffin, and a quirky suite by Telemann.

WHEN
Sunday Jan. 28th, 2017 at 5pm

WHAT
Beethoven: Serenade in D major
for flute, violin, viola

Mozart: Quartet in D major
for flute and strings

Telemann: Ouverture à 5 in F Major
for sextet

Mozart: Quintet in A major
for clarinet and strings

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Dinner and the Irving Park Trio
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Dinner and the Irving Park Trio

  • Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Irving Park Trio (featuring Bethany's own Ann Ridge!) plays live jazz at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro twice a month, just around the corner from Bethany.  And we're going out to hear them. Come warm up with tasty dinner in a cozy pub. Or just come listen to the music — there's no cover charge!

The Irving Park Trio starts at 8 but we'll be there starting at 7 to grab a bite.

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Faith in Action Team Meeting
Feb
4
11:45 AM11:45

Faith in Action Team Meeting

Our whole life as a church is our faith in action, but the Faith in Action Team (FIAT) is also the name of the folks working to keep our attention turned toward issues of justice as we partner with Community Renewal Society. The work of the FIAT is to educate us, connect us with opportunities for action, and to organize with others to make change.

Come join us. We’ll meet for one hour to debrief the MLK Assembly but also plan next steps. Wonder what exactly we’ll be talking about? CRS priorities for 2018 are Police Accountability; Restoring Opportunities and Justice Reform (for those with criminal records); Community Development (housing and jobs); Just Economy; and a Commitment to Anti-Racism. 

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Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch
Feb
11
11:30 AM11:30

Shrove Sunday Pancake Brunch

Plan to stay after church on February 11, 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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Volunteer at The Night Ministry
Feb
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, February 11. 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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Volunteer at The Night Ministry
Mar
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, March 11. 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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Volunteer at The Night Ministry
Apr
8
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, April 8. 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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Ravenswood Run
Apr
29
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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Copy of Volunteer at The Night Ministry
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

Copy of 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, May 13. 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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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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Volunteer at The Night Ministry
Jan
14
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, January 14. 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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Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service
Dec
24
4:30 PM16:30

Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service

Join us in celebrating Christmas Eve with a service that is fun and engaging for the whole family. A candlelight service will be included and, weather permitting, will spill out onto the Bethany grounds to close the service.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no service Sunday Morning, December 24th and no service Monday, December 25th - Christmas Day. Please enjoy your Christmas

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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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Vigil to End Gun Violence
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Vigil to End Gun Violence

Join with hundreds of nationwide vigils to remember victims of gun violence in Chicago and across the U.S. on the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Gather with friends and neighbors at Giddings Plaza (Giddings St and Lincoln Ave) at 6 pm on Thursday, December 14th. Gun violence has put out many bright lights but we will not live in darkness.  Instead, we will let our light shine by working for change.

Sponsored by the 47th Ward Clergy Coalition and Alderman Pawar.

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Justice and Gingerbread
Dec
13
6:30 PM18:30

Justice and Gingerbread

Each year, the member congregations of Community Renewal Society focus on 3 - 5 key issues, the Platform for Renewal. On Wednesday nights during Advent, several churches from the North Side Action Team are hosting events for fellowship and learning about several of these issues. Each meeting will offer food, fellowship, and a specific action item that we can gather around and get done! 

On Wednesday, Dec 13th, Bethany will host a conversation about housing opportunities over a fun project: making gingerbread houses. Come for a cozy evening (including dinner!) and bring a friend. Contact pastor Rebecca Anderson if you want to help host: rebecca@bethanychicago.com

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Dec
10
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, December 10th. 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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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. Find info here about what it takes and then please fill out the form below to volunteer.

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Living Nativity
Dec
8
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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Celebration of Friends
Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

Celebration of Friends

Please join us as we share an afternoon with our refugee family, Setara, Dilnara, Alia and Fatima Sunday, December 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. We are nearing the end of our co-sponsorship of these wonderful new Burmese friends, and we felt this Celebration of Friendship would be a perfect opportunity for all of you who have contributed to the project—financially, or with your time, energy and  prayers—to meet them. If you haven’t met our partners from Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School, it’s a great time to do that as well.

We’ll meet at the home of Pilgrim Pastors Kristian and Anna-Kari Johnson, 4332 Winchester Ave. Bring your family and a snack or dessert to share. Questions? Ask Judy Beaupre.

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Thanksgiving Meal
Nov
19
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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Volunteer at The Night Ministry
Nov
12
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, November 12th. Please fill out the form below or speak to Robin Schultz if you are interested in volunteering.

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One-On-One Training
Nov
5
12:00 PM12:00

One-On-One Training

After coffee hour on All Saints Sunday, we’ll have the chance to practice having a one-on-one conversation with Drea Hall of Community Renewal Society.  Lunch will be provided, so plan to stay!  Even if you think one-on-ones aren’t for you (or especially if you think one-on-ones aren’t for you), plan to stay.  We’ll be done by 1 pm.

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Faith in Action Team
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

Faith in Action Team

Faith-in-Action Teams (FIATs) do the work of Community Renewal Society in and with their congregations. At Bethany, Melissa and Ryan Andrews have formed the core of our de facto team and now we’re ready to make it official: stay after coffee hour on Sunday, Oct 29th for a conversation in the parlor about what a FIAT at Bethany would look like and how you can be involved.

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Fall-Oween!
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

Fall-Oween!

Come celebrate the season with your Bethany friends at a Fall-o-ween Party at the parsonage! We’ll have fall-themed activities for all ages, (Apple-bobbing anyone? Sorry, no hayride!) plus some snacks. Bring a drink to share. We hope you can join us!

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Annual Budget Meeting
Oct
15
11:30 AM11:30

Annual Budget Meeting

Please be sure to join us for worship Sunday, October 15th. Immediately following worship Financial Secretary Dean Arnold will present Bethany’s budget for the coming year. All are welcome, but members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.

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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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Oct
8
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, September 19th. Please fill out the form below or speak to Robin Schultz if you are interested in volunteering.

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Oct
8
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 8th 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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Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Community Renewal Society training:Statewide Advocacy and Springfield 101

What is advocacy and how do you do it? Using interactive, discussion-based activities, the training explains how a bill becomes a law in Illinois. It also addresses the importance of faith-rooted civic engagement and advocacy as discipleship. Participants will learn how to prepare for and run effective legislative meetings. Upcoming opportunities for advocacy involvement will also be offered. Register at: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50480/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=96060

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Sep
24
10:30 AM10:30

Anniversary Party!

September 24th marks one year of being Vince and Rebecca being in ministry together here at Bethany: They started on Sunday, September 25th. The year has held a whole lot of firsts, and much promise for the future. Plan on joyful worship, giving thanks for the foundation we’ve laid together, and all that is to come.

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Sep
17
10:30 AM10:30

Sunday School Returns

Join leaders and educators Sara Haas and Kate Amlin to kick off this year’s Sunday School class for ages 4 years to 2nd grade. We use a fun, creative, progressive curriculum, and meet every other Sunday (so families have the chance to be together in church sometimes too). Have friends with kids this age? Make sure to mention Sunday School. 

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Bethany Night Out: storytelling
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Bethany Night Out: storytelling

Join Rebecca and other Bethany folks on Tuesday, September 12th to hear great, true stories told by friends and neighbors (who are also accomplished performers and writers). This Much is True is a free, monthly storytelling event held at Mrs. Murphy's and Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N Lincoln). Meet upstairs there at 7 pm to have a drink and conversation (or gather earlier to have dinner). Stories start at 7:30.

More info at http://www.thismuchistruechicago.com/

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Sep
10
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, September 19th. Please fill out the form below or speak to Robin Schultz if you are interested in volunteering.

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Sep
10
10:30 AM10:30

Homecoming Celebration

After a summer of travels and outdoor worship, we’re moving back into our sanctuary for 10:30 worship.  But, wait!  There’s more!  After worship, we’ll be back outside: we’ve got a bounce house coming and Chicago musician Bill Brickey, too.  Bill’s a beloved teacher of both children and adults at Old Town School of Folk Music; he’ll play music for people of all ages on the 10th. Take a postcard and invite a friend!

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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!

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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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