A common refrain in churches and other organizations is, "We've always done it this way!" Hopefully you don't hear that too much at Bethany. (We don't.) But it can be tempting to stay in our comfort zones, to get caught in ruts, to rinse and repeat. In our work lives, our love lives, our family lives, our spiritual lives.

How do we find the courage, the vision, and the energy to set out in a new direction? To take what we've inherited and make it our own? To try something we've never done before?

The bible is full of stories about people facing radically changed circumstances and figuring out a way onward. Bringing the best of the old ways into the future and leaving everything else behind. Blazing a new path toward meaning, and community, and God.

As individuals we face crossroads like that all the time. A job stops working, or a relationship and we need to make a change. We get sick or injured and can't live the same way going forward. We hit a dead end and we need to find a new direction. This month we're going to talk about it.

As a church, Bethany is at that kind of crossroads. About half our members have arrived in the last 5 years. What's the new way we want to journey as a community? How can we dream it and do it together this year? Let's start the conversation. See you in worship!


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Lending a Helping Hand

On a regular basis, Bethany volunteers with The Night Ministry, a local organization who prepares and serves meals for those in need around the Chicagoland area. Small groups of four to six individuals age 14 and older can provide and serve hot dogs, soup, or sack lunches alongside the Health Outreach Bus for 60 to 200 people. We partner with Ravenswood UCC and typically serve on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Prep begins at 6:00 pm, meals are served at 8:00 pm. If you’d like to volunteer, you can sign up on a clipboard at church or by emailing info@bethanychicago.com.

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Going Deeper:
Spiritual Book Group

Join Vince this fall for a monthly spiritual book group. We’ll read a book that helps us go deeper into our faith journeys and discuss how it impacts us. We’ll meet on the first Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm in October, November, and December (and maybe into the new year if the group wants.)  The first meeting will be at Vince’s house, and hopefully we’ll rotate around after that. Come to all of them, or whatever months you can make! Here are the books for the fall (if the group continues, we can pick together!):

Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber.
Thursday, October 3rd

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
Thursday, November 7th

Miracle on 10th Street by Madeline L’Engle
Thursday, December 5th

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Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 6, 10:30 a.m.

Bring your furry, feathered, scaly, slimy friends to church on Sunday, October 6th for our annual Blessing of the Animal’s service! We’ll be outside (weather permitting) and have a special blessing for your pet!