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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 – Oct 14  Bulletin Update

ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by Marguerite Gosewisch in loving memory of their son, Bill.

BETHESDA BLOOD DRIVE TODAY Sunday, October 14 9:00 am – 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you to everyone who donated last time and helped to save at least 24 lives with 8 quarts of blood!

CONSTITUTION REVIEW– TODAY, October 14th 9:45 am in the lounge. The team continues to work through Bethesda’s constitution and bi-laws to update to the current ELCA guidelines. Come for discussion and introduction to the process and proposed updates. Contact Mark Richardson for questions.

BETHESDA BOOK GROUP: The next Book Group meeting will be October 17 at 10:00 am. We will discuss The Day the World Came to Town: 911 in Gander Newfoundland by Jim DeFede. The group meets in the church lounge.

LET’S EAT OUT on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at STELLA MIA, Kensington Square 28751 Center Road at Schwartz Road, Westlake. Note the date change.

REFORMATION & CONFIRMATION SUNDAY October 28th – UNIFIED WORSHIP at 10:00am. Bethesda will celebrate the Affirmation of Baptism of 7 young people & a fellowship lunch following worship. Plan on attending this special celebration and pray the Holy Spirit will continue to these young people in their lives and empower them in their serving.

2018 ADVENT TEA, Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 – Each year the ladies of Bethesda look forward to attending the Tea where we can enjoy good fellowship as we slow down and prepare our hearts for the birth of our Lord. All women of Bethesda are welcome to share in this event. This year the program will be presented by the Choraleers from Bay Village High School.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP meets Mondays at 9:30am* in the church library. Anyone is welcome to come and join in prayer. To be added to the prayer list, please call or email the church office. (*Note the updated start time)

BAPTISM PILGRIMAGE continues – Wednesday, Oct 17th at 7:00pm with a visit to the Park Synagogue and the Community Mikvah. We’ll explore the roots of the Jewish purification rites and the origins of the Christian tradition of baptism & Sunday, November 4th 2:30pm, St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Parish in Bay Village. Learn more in-depth the theology of baptism in the Roman tradition, how it intersects the other 6 sacrments and compare how it relates to us as Lutherans. Please RSVP to Pr. Angela if you’re attending.

BIBLE STUDY – Short stories of Jesus begins Wednesdays, October 24th. Meet at 10:00 am or 7:00pm for 5 weeks. Together we’ll dive into some of the parables such as The Lost Sheep, The Good Samaritan, and The Mustard Seed. How Can we re-read Jesus’ provocative parables? Come and explore the parables together. What are they? Why did Jesus use this method of storytelling in his teaching? What do they mean to us today? Short video clips will be used in the class featuring Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies.

FALL CLEANUP DAY, Saturday November 10th, 9:00 – 12:00. Come for all or a portion of the time. Many hands make light work! If able, please bring some of the following tools to help out: weed-whacker, sidewalk edger, sharp shears, leaf rake. Contact Todd Semroc with any questions (440) 759-4619 Rain date Saturday Nov. 17th.

GIVING MADE EASY! has been adopted as a new and simple way to give to the ministries of Bethesda! Go to online to set up your free account, select “Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church” as your place to give! Sign up for a help session to sign up and/or pick up instruction sheet in the narthex.


YOUTH GROUP OUTING to Mapleside Farms, Sunday, October 21st mid-afternoon and returning to church to pack care packages for Bethesda’s college students. Please RSVP to Pastor Angela if you’d like to come to Mapleside. Hayrides, corn mazes, the world’s longest slide and more fun!

SUNDAY SCHOOL for children ages 3 – senior high every Sunday at 9:45am. If you have questions or would like to know more, please speak with Pastor Angela or Mrs. Chris Webner.





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 $695.  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