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 – Nov 4 – Bulletin Update

We bless you for the lives of the saints who now rejoice in your salvation face-to-face. Join us with all whom you have made righteous and preserve us in eternal life.

Today we remember:

Lorielie Schaffer
Norma Cecys
Barry O’Sullivan
Sheila Winkler
Eugenia Sansone
Beverly Barringer
Elizabeth Amelia Johnson Field
Carl Clarence Zelinski
Terrence James Wincester
Florence Theresa Rosene Heuring

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.  Enfold all things in your compassion, O God, and bring us into your life through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.      Amen.


ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by Marguerite Gosewisch and in loving memory of her husband, Bill.

ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by Robert and Malinda Emmerich in loving memory of Deanie.

BLESSINGS upon Bethesda’s 3rd Graders today who receive a specially engraved Bible for their faith formation – Madeline Eaton, Clayton Johnson, Berliyn Pubentz and Elizabeth (Lizzy) Schmidt (note: Lizzy is out of town and will receive next Sunday.)

PARISH NURSE, Joan Appleby, is in the library TODAY, Sunday, Nov. 4 between worships to answer any health-related questions.

BAPTISM PILGRIMAGE today, Sunday, November 4th at 2:30pm, St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Parish in Bay Village. Explore in-depth the theology of baptism in the Roman Catholic tradition, how it intersects the other 6 sacraments, and compare how it relates to the Lutherans tradition. Please RSVP to Pr. Angela if you’re attending.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL, today 9:45 in the Lounge. Share together in conversation over the various practices of being a disciple. Today’s topic: The Practice of Worship.

MASSOTHERAPY MINISTRY by Karen Chorba will be at Bethesda on Monday, November 5. Call (440) 779-0221 for an appointment.

WELCA Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 6 at 9:30 in the lounge.

BIBLE STUDY – Short stories of Jesus continues Wednesday, November 7th. 10:00 am or 7:00pm We’ll study 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.

ADA RUTH CIRCLE Wed. Nov. 7th at 12:30 in the lounge – program topic: Redeemer Crisis Center in Cleveland. Doris Finlay & Diane Zellmer will share stories how donated items collected here at church make an impact on the ministry of the Crisis Center. Judy Minium & Ria Solloway are hosting. All women of the church are invited to attend. You’re invited to bring hygiene products, cereal, pet food, blankets as donation.

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.

BLANKET & THANKSGIVING SUNDAY, November 18th during the Sunday School hour in Fellowship Hall. The challenge will be to make 50 blankets to be taken to an inner-city Cleveland school. This is a partnership with Bay Village schools and Barb Woodburn’s class. No sewing skills needed! Helping is as easy as tying a knot!

THANKSGIVING dry goods and canned food drive collection during worship on Sunday, Nov. 18th. Food goods collected will be donated to Redeemer Crisis Center. Thank you for taking time to Give Thanks and Give Back through this special collection!

GREENING THE SANCTUARY for Advent and preparation for Christmas on Saturday, December 1, 9:30 am. Additional help will be needed after worship on Sunday, December 24th after the Advent 4 worship at 9:30. Everyone is welcome!

THE VISITOR, Bethesda’s Newsletter is hot off the presses! Pick up the latest version in the narthex or receive it via Email Blast. (Haven’t signed up for the email news yet? Let the church office know you’d like to be added to the list!)

NEW TO BETHESDA? Interested in learning more? Discerning becoming a formal member? Sunday, Nov. 11th after the 2nd worship, you’re invited to share conversation with Pastor Angela about the ministry and congregation of Bethesda on the Bay. We’ll meet in the church library. Please contact Pastor Angela with questions and to RSVP.

BOOK GROUP will meet November 28 at 10:00 am. The book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Books are available to borrow in the bottom drawer of the storage case outside pastor’s office, if needed. Please sign the list for any books borrowed.

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.

WOMEN’S RETREAT November 9-11, 2018 – Come and sign up for ‘Your Life Journey’ – join us for a weekend away to rest, reflect and refocus: Bible study, prayer, walks in the woods, spending time with old friends and making new ones. Talk to or call Marcia Starr, 440-835-2097, Hopie Barth 440-871-8678, Bev Hine 440-871-7773. More information is on the table in the narthex.

2019 COMMITMENTS to God and God’s ministry at Bethesda are being gathered. Extra Financial Commitment Cards and Time & Talent sheets are available on the table in the narthex or via email. Thank you for taking time to pray over your commitment to God’s ministry in this place! You may turn in your cards in the offering plate or send to the church office.

Special COUNCIL MEETING has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5th at 6:30pm to review the updated draft of the constitution and bylaws. Please speak with Mark Richardson, chairperson of the subcommittee or Pastor Angela if you are unable to attend.

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING has been set for Sunday, December 9th, 9:45am. Purpose of the meeting is to have the 1st of two votes to move forward with the updated and revised Congregational Constitution and Bylaws. Once the church council and the synod council approve the final draft, the documents will be available for the congregation to review. Please save the Dec. 9th date!

ORGAN RECITAL AND CHOIR CONCERT, Sunday, December 9th 4:00pm is being scheduled and arranged! This is a special concert to celebrate our recently cleaned, repaired and tuned organ! Save the date and look for more information soon!





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