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      Kent Cicerchi, Organist

Bethesda the week of   November 12-19

8:30 am  Service
9:30 am  Sunday School and Adult Class
11 am  Service

1:00 pm Intercessory Prayer
5:30 pm Confirmation Class



9:30 am Peacemakers/care quilters
7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal




ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by Kenny and Krystina Schmidt and in celebration of our mother, Marianne’s birthday and in celebration of our son, Soni.

SPECIAL GUESTS TODAY are Pastor and Missionary, Rev. Bennett Wilson and his wife Julie.  They will be with Bethesda for both morning services and adult education. Pastor Ben serves as director of the school and pastor of the community of Akrampa, Ghana in Africa. His ministry and the development of the school has been supported in large part by a close relationship with First Lutheran Church in Lorain. To read more about Pastor Ben’s missionary experiences, you can also refer to First Lorain’s website:

WELCOME to the family of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism to Eliza Gerard and Jack Gerard. We give God thanks for both of you and for your parents and sponsors!

MASSOTHERAPY MINISTRY by Karen Chorba will be at Bethesda on Monday, November 13 .  Call (440) 779-0221 for an appointment

LET’S EAT OUT on Wednesday, November 15 at Mahle’s Restaurant, 24945 Detroit Road, Westlake at 6:00 p.m.  Sign up in the narthex.

WALK IN THE PARK WITH PASTOR ANGELA, Wednesday, November 15, 2:30 pm Meet at the main parking lot of Huntington Reservation near the picnic area and main trailhead maps. \Come and enjoy God’s creation and build relationships.

 COFFEE & CONVERSATION, Tuesday, November 21, 10:00 a.m. at Mojo’s on Dover Center in Bay.  Come share in fellowship and conversation with Pastor Angela and others.  Causal time together and rich conversation.

BOOK GROUP to meet on Wednesday, November 15 at 10:00 am in the church lounge.   The Color of Water by James McBride is the book.

PERSONNEL & MUTUAL MINISTRY – As a means tend to the needs and care of Bethesda’s many staff members, the Council has established a Personnel Committee to care for non-ordained staff and a Mutual Ministry Committee to care for clergy. Members of the Personnel committee are: Doris Toelke, Lisa Johnson, Barb Woodburn, Bob Emmerich and Pastor Angela Freeman-Riley. Members of the Mutual Ministry Committee are: Doris Toelke, Fred Bower, Terri Pope and Pastor Angela Freeman-Riley.

For more information refer to the upcoming Nov. newsletter or contact the chairperson, Doris Tolke (

EMAIL UPDATES –  YOU ARE INVITED TO SUBSCRIBE for the weekly updates. Go to Bethesda’s website to do so automatically ( or by contacting the office. SOCIAL MEDIA – Find Bethesda on Facebook to get additional updates and interesting tid-bits!

NEXT WEEK IS BLANKET SUNDAY –50 blankets in one hour?! Can we do it?! Yes we can!  November 19th, during the Sunday School hour we will be having an Intergenerational Sunday School event to make 50 warm blankets for children at the Urban Community School. We want everyone to come and help — families, singles, couples — all are welcome and needed.  Everyone will meet in the Fellowship Hall and we will work from 9:45-10:45. No sewing skills are required, only the ability to tie a knot. Bring good scissors for cutting fleece if you have them.  This will be a fun-filled and productive Fellowship hour – don’t miss it!

CONGREGATIONAL FINANCIAL UPDATE – NOTE: monthly financial statements and Council meeting minutes are now being posted on a bulletin board in the church office for your reference.

Congregational Financial Info January through October 2017: Goal for Offerings and Income      $314,205.00 Actual Offerings and Income         $285,600.49 Goal Not Received to Date               $  28,604.51

GREENING THE SANCTUARY for Advent and preparation for Christmas on Saturday, December 2, 9:00 am. Additional help will be needed after worship on Sunday, December 24th after the Advent 4 worship at 9:30. Everyone is welcome!


BAKE SALE, Sunday, Nov. 19thHigh school and junior high youth will be holding a bake sale to raise funds to support the Adopt a Family Christmas Project. Lots of goodies will be for sale to give us all the energy we need to make 50 blankets in an hour. Baked goods to buy and take home too!

ADOPT A FAMILY CHRISTMAS PROJECT – Bethesda youth serve the community by adopting a family during the Christmas season.  The youth will be shopping for coats, pajamas, and toys to support the CRS (Community Resource Services) Christmas workshop, as well as providing a themed family Christmas basket.  Bake Sales and other work will be done to raise funds for this project. Thank you for your support of the Christmas giving project sponsored by our youth.

FALL CLEAN – UP FUNDRAISER – Let the youth help you with clean up in your yard! High school youth attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering in 2018 are working to clean up of your yard of leaves. They will be working for donations to our travel fund and are available Saturdays, November 18th and 25th.  Additional dates can be added if necessary.

Please contact Chris Webner to get on the work list: 440-537-8322, Call her with any additional questions about the above listed projects.

HOUSTON HERE WE COME! Check out the youth designed bulletin board in the narthex. It will keep you informed of the progress with fundraising efforts.  As collect funds are collected, you’ll notice filling in the word “HOUSTON” down the right-hand side of the board, as well as moving our airplane across the country. Thanks for your love and support of the Youth of Bethesda on the Bay!

YOUTH LOOKING FOR A GOOD INVESTMENT? Bethesda’s youth will be selling stock in their ministry to support their journey to National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas, 2018.

One share of stock is $10, and you can buy as many as you like.  Stockholders will receive updates of our progress along the way, a spaghetti dinner upon our return, a photo of our group in Houston, and a chance to win a Houston gift basket.  Stop at our table in the narthex before and after worship TODAY!

YARD WORK & GIVING! Consider helping Bethesda’s youth group get to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston summer of 2018 by purchasing your spring yard supplies at Landmark Lawn and Garden Supply, Dover Center Road in Westlake & The Rock Pile in Avon. Just mention your support of Bethesda Youth at the time of your purchase. 5-6% of each sale will be donated to Bethesda youth. Thank you in advance for your support.


Calling all E-Mail users! If you are email savvy, please sign up to receive an email update of your financial giving to Bethesda on the Bay. You may do so by emailing Carol Herrington, Financial Secretary at

Bethesda is delighted to have a variety of groups and gatherings use the building for a number of events throughout the year. When you, your group or church committee is scheduling meetings, please contact the church office to ensure the space is available and to request the time and date.


Calling all E-Mail users! If you are email savvy, please sign up to receive an email update of your financial giving to Bethesda on the Bay. You may do so by emailing Carol Herrington, Financial Secretary at

NEEDED:  USHERS  Tom Kelly is looking for a few people to complete or our ushering crew.  Ushers are needed now for the 9:30 a.m. service.  In the Fall, ushers for the 8:30 a.m. or the 11:00 a.m. are needed.   Call Tom at 440-892-7839 or the church office at 440-871-2276.

BETHESDA VISITOR – Newest version of Bethesda’s newsletter, Bethesda Visitor is available in printed or digital form. Go to Bethesda’s website or sign up for the enews blasts to receive it!

Financial Secretary News:

The 2nd quarter giving statements are due to be sent out for the end of June Update.
If you have not signed up for E-MAIL STATEMENTS, please consider doing that now.
Just e-mail your request to me:, and I’ll add you to the list.

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

Financial Secretary News: The end of the third quarter is coming up the last of September. If you have not signed up for E-MAIL STATEMENTS, I would encourage you to do so now. Just send me your request at, and I will add you to the list. Help save stamps, paper, envelopes, and time! Thanks. Carol Herrington

PLEASE REMEMBER to send your offering to Bethesda before you leave on vacation. This will help with our summer cash flow, or arrange Direct Deposit.

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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