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      Kent Cicerchi, Organist

Bethesda the week of   September 3 – September 10

8:30 am  Service
9:30 am  Sunday School and Adult Class
11 am  Service

Church Closed for Labor Day

9:30 am WELCA Board Meeting

12:30 pm Ada Ruth Circle Meeting
7:00 pm Sunday School Teachers meeting

7:30 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal




ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by Jack and Kathleen Neal and with thanksgiving for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

ADA RUTH CIRCLE meeting on Wednesday, September 6 at 12:30 in the church lounge. Doris Toelke will show a video Celebrate What’s Right in the World. Please come for the fellowship.

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY will be held on Sunday, September 10th from 9:45-10:45.  On Rally Day, all grades Preschool-High School will meet together in the Fellowship Hall for a kick-off lesson to be presented by our high school students!  This  is a great day to meet the teachers and get to know your new classmates.

Classroom assignments will be posted in both hallways-please meet in classrooms and teachers will bring children to Fellowship Hall.   Classes are offered weekly for 3 year olds through adults.  Please come and join the fun!

PARISH NURSE, Joan Appleby, will be at Bethesda on September 10, to take blood pressure readings and answer any health related questions

THANK YOU Cheryl & Bill Morris, Lynne & Bill Zeidler and Barb & Jeff Darkow for hosting  Bethesda’s Annual Church Picnic.  Thank you Randy Risch and the Boy Scouts for your help.  A BIG THANK YOU to all those who helped to make our annual picnic a success.

NEEDED:  USHERS  Tom Kelly is looking for a few people to complete or our ushering crew.  Ushers are needed now for the 9:30 a.m. service.  In the Fall, ushers for the 8:30 a.m. or the 11:00 a.m. are needed.   Call Tom at 440-892-7839 or the church office at 440-871-2276.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES will begin Monday, September 11th from 6:00-7:00 for all 7th and 8th graders.  This first evening will be a potluck dinner with the parents (siblings are welcome).  We will be discussing an overview of this year’s program.  Confirmation class will then meet every Monday from 5:30-7:00.  If you have a Confirmation age child, and did not receive a letter in the mail, please contact the Christian Education office.

Tuesday, September 19, 10:00am  Mojo’s on Dover Ave. in Bay
Come share in fellowship and conversation with Pastor Angela and others. Casual time together with rich conversation.

 WELCOME to Rev. Elizabeth Dilley who is presiding and preaching this morning while Pastor Angela is away. Rev. Dilley serves as Minister for Ministers in Local Churches, part of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization ministry team of the national offices of the United Church of Christ. Prior to her work in the national setting, Rev. Dilley served as pastor at First Congregational UCC in Red Oak, Iowa. She is married to Rev. Paul Richardson, a chaplain, and together they parent a first grader and are humans to two crazy dogs.

BETHESDA VISITOR – Newest version of Bethesda’s newsletter, Bethesda Visitor is available in printed or digital form. Go to Bethesda’s website or sign up for the enews blasts to receive it!

BOOK GROUP to be on Wednesday, September 20 at 11:00 the church lounge.  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf is the book to be discussed.

SAVE THE DATE! The next Women’s Retreat is October 27-29, 2017, again at beautiful Camp Mowana. Join us! For more info call Hopie Barth, Marcia Starr or Ursula Cohrs.

FLU SHOTS:  Bethesda’s Parish Nurse, Joan Appleby, will offer flu shots on September 17, 2017.The time is 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The type of shot offered is called quadrivalent, meaning it contains 4 bacteria in the shot. The price has gone up to $35.00 because of the type of shot offered. Maxim health services will again be giving the shots. Most insurances should cover the cost.

MASSOTHERAPY by Karen Chorba will be at Bethesda on Monday, September 11.  Call (440) 779-0221 for an appointment.

Congregational Financial Update

January through August 2017
Goal for Offerings and Income:      $249,395.00
Actual Offerings and Income:        $226,907.24
Goal Not Received to Date:          $ 22,487.76


Consider helping Bethesda’s youth group get to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston summer of 2018 by purchasing your spring yard supplies at Landmark Lawn and Garden Supply, Dover Center Road in Westlake & The Rock Pile in Avon. Just mention your support of Bethesda Youth at the time of your purchase. 5-6% of each sale will be donated to Bethesda youth. All products in both stores are included — mulch, garden supplies, plants, animal care supplies, everything they sell except propane tank refills.   Thank you in advance for your support!

Financial Secretary News:
The 2nd quarter giving statements are due to be sent out for the end of June Update.
If you have not signed up for E-MAIL STATEMENTS, please consider doing that now.
Just e-mail your request to me:, and I’ll add you to the list.

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.

2017 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

Financial Secretary News: The end of the third quarter is coming up the last of September. If you have not signed up for E-MAIL STATEMENTS, I would encourage you to do so now. Just send me your request at, and I will add you to the list. Help save stamps, paper, envelopes, and time! Thanks. Carol Herrington

PLEASE REMEMBER to send your offering to Bethesda before you leave on vacation. This will help with our summer cash flow, or arrange Direct Deposit.

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Have you signed up for automatic online contributions?
Signing up is as simple as going to our church website and clicking on the “myEoffering” button. You’ll register an account and fill in what you wish to donate, how often, and from what checking account or credit card.The rest is automatic! So convenient and no more check writing or missing a timely contribution when on vacation, etc.
Call me at (440) 871-3348 or e-mail me at with questions?Your Financial Secretary,
Carol Herrington

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.  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. Asking price is $1,200.  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