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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)

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Jul
9
to 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.

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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.

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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!

Please RSVP using the form below for further details.

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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!

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