News & Announcements

Growing and Serving in Christ so that all may know God’s love.

The Rev. Angela Freeman-Riley, Pastor
Eric Richardson, Director of Music      Matthew Dion, Organist, Gerald Crawford, Summer Organist

Bethesda Bulletin Update – Jan 13 



ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the glory of God by Krystina Schmidt and her family for the beauty of the service and their many blessings from God.

THANK YOU to Howard & Bev King, Dale & Ria Solloway, Marion Zelinski, Betty Osen, Bob Miller, Laura English, Sharon Swarm Todd & Barb Semroc, Michael Neylon and David Lembke for putting up and taking down the Christmas decorations in the sanctuary this year.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER to meet on Monday, January 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the church library. Everyone welcome to come and pray together.

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING, Monday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m.

CONGREGATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING will be Sunday, February 3 between services at 9:45am in the fellowship hall. Please plan on attending and being part of the discussion about our life together as a congregation. ANNUAL REPORTS are due into the church office. Please email or drop off asap to be included into the final document. Any questions about the report or if you should be submitting one, please speak with Minnie in the office

PEACEMAKERS quilting group will meet on Thursday, January 18 at 9:30.

ADULT CHOIR REHEARSAL meets on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Questions about or to join the choir, speak with Eric Richardson the music director, – New singers always welcome!

LETS EAT OUT on Wednesday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the Bonefish located at 1900 Crocker Road in Westlake. Sign up in the narthex.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL meets every week at 9:45am in the Lounge. Topic for the next few weeks: Bad Girls of the Bible and what we can learn from them. Based on 1999 book with the same title by Lizz Curtis Higgs. All are welcome to attend.

BOOK GROUP will meet on Wednesday, January 16 at 10:00am in the church lounge. We will discuss The Race For Paris by Meg Waite Clayton.

PROFESSIONAL LEADERS’ CONFERENCE is the annual gathering of the Bishop and all of the rostered leaders, pastors and lay professionals. This is a gathering of all 3 synods and bishops in Ohio. This year’s conference is Tuesday evening, Jan. 22 through Thursday afternoon, January 24 at Sawmill Creek Conference center. Note that Pastor Angela will not be in the office those days but is available for pastoral emergencies if they should arise. Please lift in prayer the Bishop and all those gathered this week.


SUNDAY SCHOOL every Sunday for children 9:45am for all children. Speak with Mrs. Chris Webner with questions or to enroll your children in Sunday school.

CONFIRMATION CLASS to meet on Monday, January 14 as the students complete the Luther unit and continue onto study of the New and Old Testaments.

Scouts BSA, Troop 40:

Bethesda on the Bay is starting a Scouts BSA Troop for young women who have completed the fifth grade, or who are age 11 through 17. This outdoor program will follow the same Eagle Scout track as our young men’s Troop 41. Troop 40 will officially start on February 1st, 2019. Please email Randy Risch,, if you know someone who may be interested in joining as a youth member or adult volunteer.

LYO – Lutheran Youth Org. – Bethesda youth, Randy Risch and Pastor Angela attended the Winter Youth Gathering of the NE Ohio Synod last weekend. Thank you for your prayerful support! The theme was C.O.F.F.E.E – Christ Offers Forgiveness for Everyone Everywhere! The youth are already gearing up for the summer gathering in Akron in June!





It has come to our attention that several Bethesda members have extreme sensitivities to perfumes and colognes, a condition that is worsened in a gathering of people in enclosed areas. Allergy symptoms due to fragrance sensitivity can cause respiratory problems or skin allergies. In addition, individuals with fragrance sensitivity can become increasingly sensitized over time to the point they cannot tolerate any exposure. Please be aware and considerate of our fellow members before applying perfume or cologne.

2018 Altar Flower Calendar is up in the narthex.  Please sign up for your special Sunday.

Offer To Help, Locally
The Knickerbocker Senior Center provides residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments, with educational forums, musical events, holiday parties, summer cook-outs, and many other regularly scheduled activities.  While the residents that are able to contribute do so, increasing costs have put some programs at risk.  HUD regulations prohibit any rental or operating income being used to fund these events.  Such activities must be funded by private donations.  Your consideration, when making charitable contributions, would directly impact the lives of the residents.  The center, under the auspices of Bay Interfaith Housing, has the IRS designation of 501(C)(3) and therefore is tax deductible.  Please make checks out to Bay Interfaith Housing (on memo line write KSC) and place in the Narthex table container.  Another way of giving is after-party leftovers.  Chinet or decorative plates, cups, napkins, coffee and tea are welcome.  Giving brings out the best in us!
-Gayle Cajka, Knickerbocker trustee    835.3577

Violin for Sale:   Price reduction!  A violin was donated to the church and we will be selling it since we have no need for it.  Asking price is $495.  The full size violin has a full, clear, resonant sound. It was sold by the Lyon and Healy company and was probably made in Germany circa 1911.  It was appraised by Peter Horn in 2014 for $3,000.  The violin comes with a shaped case, bow and shoulder rest.  Recent adjustments were made by Luthier Terry Carlin so it is ready to be loved by a new owner. .  Contact Liese Nainiger at 440-871-2854 or

Here is the Weekly Calendar for Bethesda. Click here for Calendar information

Information about Redeemer Crisis Center Click here for information on Redeemer Crisis Center