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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 – Dec. 10 – Bulletin Update


ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by the Schmidt Family. Thank you to God for the many blessings this year.

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING scheduled for today Sunday, December 9th, 9:45am. Focus of the meeting is to have the 1st of two votes to move forward with the updated and revised Congregational Constitution and Bylaws. Please save the Dec. 9th date!

CHRISTMAS MAIL BOXES are in the Narthex. You can leave greeting cards to other members of the congregation. This saves you postage.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT & WORSHIP will be offered next Sunday, December 16th, 11:00am. We hope you’ll come to hear the Christmas story told from the children. Stay for Pizza fellowship lunch after worship!

SHOEBOX MINISTRY – Please return your wrapped Shoebox in the narthex today, Sunday, December 9. The shoeboxes are for the youth in the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry After School Prevention Resources Program at St. Paul’s for their Christmas Party on Friday, December 14. A list is provided to assist you. Only NEW items please.

BAKE SALE SUCCESS! Thank you for your generous donations to last Sunday’s youth bake sale! The youth group raised over $300. The funds will all go toward the purchase of household goods, warm coats and other such items for a family in need this holiday season.

2019 ALTAR FLOWER CALENDAR is in the narthex for you to sign up for your special day to have altar flowers. Altar flowers are still needed for January 20 and February 17 & 24. Thank you!

2019 FINANCIAL COMMITMENT cards are available in the office and table in the narthex. You are invited to prayerfully fill one out and place in the offering plate or mail to the office. Thank you for your commitments to God in this place of ministry.

BOOK GROUP will meet on Wednesday, December 19 at 10:00 am in the church lounge. We will discuss The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen.

BIBLE STUDY – Short stories of Jesus, will conclude next Wednesday, December 12th. Meet at 10:00 am or 7:00pm. 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?

DO YOU RECEIVE BETHESDA’S WEEKLY E-NEWS? Don’t miss out on regular updates, ministry stories and other information about the ministry we share at Bethesda! Sign up on the church’s website or let the office know you’d like to be added to the mailing list. DEVOTIONAL EXCHANGE – Looking for some inspiration? Doing some year-end cleanout? In either case, please participate in our free, no-obligation Devotional Exchange. Please bring in your “old” page-a-day type devotional books to give others new inspiration for the new year. There will be a box in the library for you to drop off the books you’re passing on and/or select a new-to-you version for 2019. No need to leave one in order to take one–inspiration is for all. However, if you are dropping off one (or more), feel free to tuck in a card with your name and the year–hopefully we can track how these books travel over time. We will leave the box in the library until a couple of weeks into the new year, so don’t despair if you’re not done with your 2018 selection yet, or if you get a slow start in 2019.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE – The season will be upon us quickly! See below some special and important details about the coming season and participate as you are able and moved! Come, O come Emmanuel!

Sundays in Advent

Advent 11 – December 9, Worship 8:30 & 11:00

Advent 111 – December 16, Worship 8:30 Christmas Program 11:00

Advent 1v – December 23, **Unified Worship 10:00

Christmas Eve Family Worship with Holy Communion – 5:00PM Candle Light Worship & Holy Communion – 7:30 PM & 10:00PM

1st Sunday of Christmas December 30, **Unified Worship 10:00



The Annual Children’s Christmas Program will be on Sunday, December 16th during the 11:00 service. All children, age three through high school are invited to participate. See Chris Webner with questions.

LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) Winter Youth Gathering – Jan. 4-6, Crowne Plaza hotel in Independence. This is a mini-national youth gathering for all Lutheran high school youth in Northeastern Ohio. 500-700 local youth are expected to attend! There will be big group events and opportunity to break out into smaller personal interest group, as well as entertainment all weekend by the Christian rock band, Mass Anthem. There will also be opportunity to volunteer for positions on the LYO Board, which is completely youth led.

A $35 deposit is due at registration & an additional $40 before the event. (Bethesda youth fund will cover the remaining $30/child). Cost includes programming, hotel, & some meals. Please email or call Mrs. Webner if you would like to attend. or 440-537-8322. High School and Junior High Youth are invited to help with the Adopt A Family Christmas project today Sunday, December 9th immediately following second service. We will go out for lunch, and then shop for our family at Avon Commons. We will return to church to get our gifts ready, and should be done by 3:00.





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

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