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      Gerald Crawford, Organist

Bethesda the week of   January 15 – 21

1:00 pm Intercessory Prayer Group
7:00 pm Church Council

10:00 am Listening Post
2:00 pm Needlers
5:30 pm Confirmation Class

9:30 am Peacemakers
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal

8:30 am Worship
9:45 am Sunday School for all ages
11:00 am Worship


ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the glory of God by Laura English in thanksgiving for the many blessings that lie ahead in 2018.

ORAGANIST TRANSITION UPDATE: Bethesda said good-bye to Kent Cicerchi, organist for the last year and half on Sunday, December 31st. Bethesda welcomes back Gerald Crawford to the organ bench with gratitude for his service as an interim organist. Mr. Crawford will be with Bethesda for the month of January as the search process continues. Please be praying for this transition and for the leadership involved.

LISTENING POSTS have been schedule by the Mutual Ministry Team as an opportunity to not only get to know our new pastor better but also to talk about transitions in the life of the church and the importance and impact of our shared worship experience. See insert for more details and to sign up for one of the times.

The next Listening Post is Tuesday, January 16th at 10:00am. RSVP to Pastor Angela if you would like to attend.

MASSOTHERAPY MINISTRY by Karen Chorba will be at Bethesda on Monday, January 8. Call 440- 779 0221 for an appointment.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER to meet on Monday, January 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the church library. Everyone welcome to come and pray.

CONGREGATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING will be Sunday, February 4 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 17th 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. Today’s topic will be Lutheran Baptism. Everyone welcome into the conversation

BOOK GROUP will meet on Wednesday, January 17 at 10:00am in the church lounge. The book to be discussed is Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? By Rhoda Janzen.


The 2017 year-end giving statements were sent out January 2nd. The final date for recording 2017 contributions was December 31, 2017. Any contributions received after that date will be posted to the 2018 records. Thank you for your generous gifts.

Please pick up your 2018 giving envelopes that are in the narthex, if you have not done so. You can also return your pledge cards either by e-mail, by placing them in the offering basket, or mailing to the office.

Happy New Year,

Carol Herrington

PROFESSIONAL LEADERS’ CONFERENCE is the annual gathering of the Bishop with all of the rostered leaders, pastors and lay professionals. This year’s conference is Tuesday evening, Jan. 16 through Thursday afternoon, January 18 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 will not meet on Monday, January 15th. Because of MLK Day. Class will resume on January 22nd.


Our automatic electronic giving program, myEoffering” is available for you to sign up on our website: Just click on “Donate Now: and fill in your information.
Any questions or help needed, contact me and I’ll be glad to guide you through the form.

Thank you, Carol Herrington, Financial Secretary


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.

2017 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


Have you signed up for automatic online contributions?
Signing up is as simple as going to our church website and clicking on the “myEoffering” button. You’ll register an account and fill in what you wish to donate, how often, and from what checking account or credit card.The rest is automatic! So convenient and no more check writing or missing a timely contribution when on vacation, etc.
Call me at (440) 871-3348 or e-mail me at with questions?Your Financial Secretary,
Carol Herrington

Calling All Singers!
Please consider joining the Adult Choir this year. It is a good group of musical Christians who vary greatly in ability, but not commitment! Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30, and we sing at the 11:00 service. There are some members who attend the 8:30 service and then go home after singing the anthem in the later service! Others sing with us and then join their families in the congregation. We are flexible! The main thing is to praise God with our time and our talents. What a wonderful thing! Come. Sing.     Eric Richardson, Director of Music

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.  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. Asking price is $1,200.  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