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 – June 3 Bulletin

9:30 am Worship Service




9:30 Peacemakers




ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by Dave and Patty Petro in celebration of their 10th Wedding Anniversary.

PARISH NURSE, Joan Appleby, will be at Bethesda on Sunday, June 10 to take blood pressure reading and answer any health related questions.

MASSOTHERAPY by Karen Chorba will be at Bethesda on Monday, June 4 call (440) 779-0221 to make an appointment.

BOOK GROUP Wednesday, June 13, 10:00am. (note different start time). The group is reading The Way Life Should be by Christina Baker Kline. Everyone welcome to the conversation.


June 26 2:00 p.m. Meet at the main parking lot of Huntington Reservation near the picnic area and main trailhead maps. We’ll walk roughly for an hour afternoon through the Metropark. Distance and terrain depending on weather and ability of walkers.

SUMMER CHOIR will sing on Sunday, June 10 and will rehearse at 9:00. All welcome to come and participate.

SUMMER SINGERS are needed to supply music for the services in June, July and August. Contact Director of Music, Eric Richardson (Mobile: 440-935-6293), if you would like to share your time and talents during the 9:30 summer service.

FINANCIAL & COUNCIL reports are always available for those interested. They’re posted in the church office on bulletin board. Either stop in or contact the office and copies can be sent to you.

AUDIT COMMITTEE has been formed to review financials for 2017 and bring Bethesda up to date with its annual audits. Thank you to this year’s volunteer auditors!


June 11 – 15th Sign – up sheet in the narthex with a list of supplies that will be needed for VBS this year. See Chris Webner with questions or if you can help. Thank you!

CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW TEAM has been formed for Bethesda. Mark Richardson, Council VP is chairing the team. They will be partnering with lay leaders from the Synod Office


Sunday, June 24th

10:45 – 12:00

Help to share Christ’s gift of Sacrament of Holy Communion and the gift of your presence with Bethesda’s shut-in & homebound members. Lay visitation ministry will be in addition to the visits Pastor Angela makes and will ensure that Bethesda’s many homebound members receive more frequent visits from their church family. During this training, Pastor Angela will provide

helpful ‘how tos’ for the visits including a brief handbook, answer questions you may have, and discuss when to visit. If you’re interested in participating or have questions about this training, please connect with pastor Angela. Note, that a light brunch will be provided on the morning of the training.

LIBRARIAN(s) NEEDED for Bethesda to help maintain Bethesda’s library and keep things tidy. If you’re able and willing to help, please contact the church office. Thank you!

BLOOD DRIVE Sunday, June 24 9:00 – 12:00 am Bethesda will host a blood drive through Life Share Community Blood Services. Invite your family and friends to come for this time of serving the wider community. Summer is when blood banks are at their lowest. Donation takes aprox. 30 per person. Sign up sheets forth coming.

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.


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!


Anyone graduating this year, let Bethesda know! We’ll feature you in the showcase and be able to congratulate you! Send information with name, where graduating from and any future plans to Chris Webner


BAY HIGH BACCALAUREATE 2018 Congratulations to this year’s Seniors! May God bless all your future endeavors!

Today – Sunday, June 3, at 3:00 pm,

St. Raphael Parish, 525 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village, OH.

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

or online on Bethesda’s website under Christian education.

ENVELOPE CHALLENGE – Thank you to those who participated and supported the youth thus far! There are still envelopes available! Pick one up in the narthex, offer a donation to the youth ministry program and you’ll receive a note from the youth as they’re on their adventure this summer in Houston.

YOUTH & PARENT MEETING final prep meeting TODAY!

Teens and parents please come to a final prep at 11:00am (after morning worship). This is a very important meeting! Please make it a priority. Thank you!


Final collection date, Sunday, June 10

Partner with the youth heading to Houston by providing very needed books for school libraries throughout Houston! Houston schools estimate the 74% of their students come from families who struggle to provide books at home for their children. We are invited to help by donating books to the Blast Off for Books campaign. In the narthex find a suitcase and a list of the book titles that are needed. We are asking all of you to help the youth fill this suitcase with books for us to take with us to The Gathering. The collection will be open until early June. Books should be new or very gently used. Blast Off for Books is only accepting the books on the list. Thank you for partnering with the youth!


ALTAR FLOWERS needed for July 1 & 22. Please sign up on the Flower Calendar in the narthex.

LET’S EAT OUT on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Houlihan’s 25651 Detroit Rd., Westlake. Sign up in the narthex.


 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.




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