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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 – July 29th  Bulletin Update


ALTAR FLOWERS dedicated to the Glory of God by Marianne and Ken Schmidt.

FELLOWSHIP TIME is after worship today. Stay for a few min to share in a cool drink and conversation. Thank you to the ladies of WELCA for hosting.

PARISH NURSE, Joan Appleby, will be available on Sunday, August 5 after worship in the Library to take blood pressure reading and answer any health related questions.


July 31 & August 21 at 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.

FELLOWSHIP IN AUGUST scheduled for Sunday August 19 after worship. If you’re free and can help host this light fellowship hour, please contact the church office or Pastor Angela. BOOK GROUP will meet on August 15th at 11:00 AM in the Church Lounge. The book is The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller. Books are available in the bottom drawer outside pastor’s office. If you borrow one of these books, please signs your name and the CCP Library number on the list provided. Return these books at the book group meeting on Aug.15, NOT to the library.

AUGUST CHOIR on Sunday, August 12 rehearsal at 9:00am. Come for a blessed time of singing together and sharing God’s word in song! This is a one time rehearsal and everyone is welcome!

SUMMER SINGERS are needed to supply music for the services in 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 monthly 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.

ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for October 7 and November 4. Sign up on the Flower Calendar in the Narthex. Thank you for helping to adorn the altar area.

COFFEE AT MOJOS     10:00am – 11:00am, 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!

THE GOLDEN CRESCENT CHORUS offers “Happy Days!” Dinner Show, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2:00 – 5:00pm at Tom’s Country Place, 3442 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon. The cost for both dinner and show $25 per person. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For reservations contact chorus member Mark Christ at 440-665-2392 before July 31. More information or tickets also at


Sunday, August 19 during worship children and adults invited to bring their backpacks and briefcases for a special blessing! As the school year and fall semesters open up again, we’ll take time to invite God’s blessing and to give thanks for the accompanying of the Spirit through life’s transitions.

WOMEN’S RETREAT at Camp Mowana, November 9-11, 2018

Come and sign up now, before cost goes up! ‘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 t

Barth or Ursula Cohrs, or call us. Scholarships available. More information is on the table in the narthex.

WEEDERS & GARDENERS needed to help clean up around the outside of the church. Flower beds and areas around trees and bushes are needing some attention. Even if you’re able to give one hour, it would make a big difference. Questions or need help getting started, contact the church office or Todd Semroc. Thank you!


YOUTH WORSHIP next Sunday, August 5 – Come and share in worship next Sunday and hear all about this summer’s ELCA national Youth Gathering while worshiping or Lord!

BRUNCH NEXT SUNDAY, August 5th after worship! Youth and their parents are providing brunch as a THANK YOU for the congregation’s support and to share stories of their adventures in Houston. Everyone welcome!




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

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