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

Bethesda the week of   March 11 – 18

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

5:30 pm Confirmation Class
7:00 pm  Church Council

10:00 Book Group

6:00 pm Soup Supper/Church Council
7:00 Lenten Service

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



ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by Laura English and in honor of my Mom, Sally’s birthday, March 20th. Love you Mom.

ADA RUTH CIRCLE will continue to collect new kitchen & bathroom items for “Fill This House” until March 25th. These items are for the needy local Foster youth who have aged out of their foster home. Place items under the table in the narthex.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL meets in the lounge every Sunday at 9:45am. The topic during Lent will be “Making Sense of the Cross” part video and part discussion to accompany the book with the same name. Come as often as you’re able. Each study is independent of the others. Everyone is welcome.

LENTEN GIVING OPPORTUNITY ends today, March 18th. Bethesda collected GENTLY used coats of all sizes (men’s, women’s, children’s) and GENTLY used blankets. Thank you to everyone who gave! Ministry program and Lakewood Baptist Church who provides warm coats to the refugee community.

AGAPE meal occurs on Maundy Thursday, March 29th. 6:00pm. Sign-up sheets are in narthex: to make reservations, to help set up and clean up and to bring 2 or 3 food items.

EASTER BREAKFAST sign-up sheets in the narthex. You’re invited to share in a breakfast feast between Easter morning services on April 1st at 9:45. This isn’t an April Fool’s! J Everyone is welcome!

BRIEF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st at 6:15pm (during soup supper). Congregational officers have been named and will be voted upon for approval from the congregation. Robert Emmerich, president; Mark Richardson, vice pres.; Doris Toelke, secretary.


Palm Sunday, March 25 Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, March 29 Agape Meal & Worship at 6:00 p.m.

Good Friday, March 30 worship at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 1 worship 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast 9:45 a.m. between worship services.

COOKIES are being collected for the USO Cookie Drive. The USO of Northern Ohio is an organization whose mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected with their families. Your donation makes it possible for USO to continue their service in the canteens and lounges. Cookies must be store-bought and brought to the church kitchen by SUNDAY, MARCH 18th.Thank you for making it possible for USO to continue this very worth-while cause.

Barb Kirk, Church Women United

ADULT CHOIR REHEARSAL happens Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. You’re welcome to sing along! Questions about or to join the choir, speak with Eric Richardson the music director,

SOUP SUPPERS & DEVOTIONS Wednesdays during Lent at 6:00pm. Wed. March 21st is the final week. Thank you to Mardi Welch for organizing soup suppers and to all the folks for help with soup, salad, set up and clean up!

BOOK GROUP next meeting is March 21 at 10:00 AM in the lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend. This month’s book: America’s First Daughter

Authors: Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

PALM SUNDAY PASSION READERS are needed, Sunday, March 25th for both 8:30 & 11:00 services. If you’re interested in participating in the dramatic reading of the passion, please let Pastor Angela know. Brief rehearsal and check-in will happen that morning before services.

BETHESDA GIVES THANKS to Nancy McGrew and Ellen Menzies for their dedicated service in Bethesda’s library and altar guild ministries (respectively) over the last many years. Both women have served faithfully, diligently, and with such gifts of grace and organization! Both women will be ending their leadership rolls. If you’re interested in getting involved in either ministry or would like to learn more, let Pastor Angela know.


First Communion classes will be offered on March 11th, 18th, and 24th for all fifth graders. First Communion will be celebrated on March 29th at the Agape Dinner. Email Chris Webner for more information:

SHOP at FIVE BELOW in Avon Commons and support the Youth Group heading to Houston! From March 24th-30th 10% of all purchases that week will be donated back to the youth group. Five Below carries school and home supplies, sporting goods, games, t-shirts, jewelry, candy, storage solutions, and much more! Everything is priced at $5.00 or less! Just turn in our flier with your purchase for the youth to receive credit. Thanks for shopping!

Next Youth Getting Ready Meeting – Sunday, March 25th at Noon. Lunch is served. Youth who can’t make it let Mrs. Webner know.




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.

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

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.  Asking price is $895.  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

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