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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 – May 20 Bulletin

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

7:00 Church Council Meeting

2:00 pm  Walk in the Park with Pastor Angela


9:30 Peacemakers




ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the glory of God in celebration of the birthdays of Alice Bednaza & Krystina Schmidt from the Schmidt Family.

ALTAR FLOWERS needed for Sunday, July 1 & 22. Sign up on the Flower Calendar in the narthex.

NEEDED:  USHERS –  We need volunteer members to complete our usher crew.  This is a fine opportunity to serve our church and our Lord.  If you are available for service and would like to assist, please call Tom Kelly at 892-7839.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR today! 9:45 AM – come and celebrate the birthday of the church with cake, coffee, fellowship and rejoicing! Gather in the fellowship hall for the festivities. Sunday school children invited to come for a special time of learning about the Birthday of the Church!

THE CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

WALK WITH PASTOR ANGELA: Tuesday 2:00 pm – May 22. Come and meet at the trailhead of Huntington Reservation. Trailhead is near the parking area and bathrooms of the Wolf Road picnic area across Porter Creek Drive and the Nature Center.

NEEDED: USHERS – We need volunteer member to complete our usher crew. This is a fine opportunity to serve our church and our Lord. If you are available for service and would like to assist, please call Tom Kelly at 892-7839.

SUMMER WORSHIP schedule begins Sunday, June 3 – one unified worship at 9:30AM.

VBS HELPERS June 11 – 15th Come and participate in an important and fun ministry of Bethesda! You can pick! We need: craft coordinator and helpers, game coordinator, storyteller, world hunger station leader, and teachers for preschool/kindergarten. See Chris Webner if you can help.

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP opportunities! If you are curious about participating in worship leadership by offering a prayer, reading scripture, chanting a psalm, distributing communion, and even setting up the altar area, please connect with Emerson talking with Pastor Angela. The word “Liturgy” means “work of the people” and it is a gift when we serve together.

BETHESDA ORGANIST, Matthew Dion is having a recital, TODAY – Sunday, May 20th 3:00PM St. Stanislaus, 3649 East 65th Street, Cleveland. Matthew will perform Mendelssohn, Langlois and more. May 20th will also be Matthew’s last Sunday until the fall semester opens. Bethesda will welcome back Gerald Crawford to lead us through much of the summer.

CONSTITUIONAL REVIEW team is being formed to review and update Bethesda’s 1991 church Constitution. Mark Richardson (Council VP) is leading this team. If you’d like to be involved in this process, please speak with Mark or Pastor Angela.

COFFEE AT MOJOS |10:00am – 11:00am – Thursday, June 21, July 26, August 23 Take a little time out to share fellowship and friendship with others. Mojos Coffee is located on Dover Center in Bay Village. Pastor Angela will gather there and invites anyone to come and visit. Stay the whole time or drop in. Come take chance to get to know one another better! No coffee drinking required!


BAY HIGH BACCALAUREATE 2018 Congratulations to this year’s Seniors! May God bless all your future endeavors! Sunday, June 3, at 3:00 pm, St. Raphael Parish, 525 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, OH.

FINAL DAY of SUNDAY SCHOOL for this season is Sunday, May 27th. Thank you to all the children, youth, teachers and helpers for a great year! Still a few weeks left to be involved! Let’s end with a bang!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – God’s Good Creation! June 11-15th 9:00-11:30AM Mark your calendars now for this fun-filled week of learning and faith formation! Registration is open! VBS is for children potty trained – 6th grade. Older children are welcome to come and volunteer! Speak with Mrs. Webner if you have questions. Registration forms are available in the narthex or online on Bethesda’s website.

ENVELOPE CHALLENGE – Bethesda youth invite you to help them get over the final financial hurdle toward their ELCA National Youth Gathering experience. You’re invited to choose a numbered envelope from the display in the narthex. You’ll receive a personal note from one of the youth and you’re invited to write a note to the youth in return. Then, you’re welcome to bring the envelope with a donation corresponding to the number on that envelope and your note. Youth will be reading notes from the congregation each day while in Houston for the Gathering.


 We are looking for musicians to perform during the Offertory this Summer!  Please consider one of the open dates on the calendar on the Choir bulletin board near the robe storage area.

Instrumentalists as well as vocalists, from high school through higher, are encouraged to share their talents in His Name!

Simply give Director of Music, Eric Richardson, a call:  440.935.6293.


 The famous Summer Choir will debut June 10, July 8, and August 12 (the second Sunday of each summer month.)  This is a great chance to sing with us!  Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. that Sunday.  If you would like the music beforehand, let Director of Music, Eric Richardson know, at 440.935.6293.




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

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

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