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 – Sept. 2  Bulletin Update

Welcome to Rev. Shelley Nelson – Bridger, guest preacher and campus Pastor for United Protestant Campus Ministries. UPCAM serves the campuses of CSU, Tri-C Metro, and Case Western. Pastor Shelley was recently called to this ministry and is the first ELCA pastor to serve in this position in many years. Pastor Shelley lives in North Olmstead with her husband Rev. Seth Bridger and two sons. She is a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Fairview Park where her husband Pastor Seth serves as Associate Pastor. Thank you, Pastor Shelley for being with Bethesda today to teach us about UPCAM and the ministry to young adults!

GRITTY CITY fundraiser walk/run for Lutheran Metro Ministry of Cleveland is Saturday, October 13th. 5k run/ 1mile walk. Post run activities include music, local vendors, food, awards ceremony and more! Bethesda team is being assembled! Let Pastor Angela know if you’d like to participate!

WIFI has been installed throughout the campus at Bethesda! Much thanks to Randy Risch, the soon-to-be Eagle Scout, Sean and his fellow scouts! To connect to the network go to Bethesda_Guest network. Password to join the shared guest network: BethesdaBay

 The Visitor, Bethesda’s Newsletter is available! Please pick up a hard copy in the narthex.

WOMEN’S RETREAT November 9-11, 2018

Come and sign up for ‘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 to or call Marcia Starr, 440-835-2097, Hopie Barth 440-871-8678, Bev Hine 440-871-7773. More information is on the table in the narthex.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP meets Mondays at 9:30am* in the church library. Anyone is welcome to come and join in prayer. To be added to the prayer list, please call or email the church office. (*Note the updated start time)

LET’S EAT OUT on Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m. on at MOOSEHEAD HOOF LADDER 7989 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls. Sign up in the narthex. Sign up in the narthex.

BOOK GROUP will meet on September 19 at 10:00am.  The book we will discuss is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  A few books are available in the bottom drawer outside pastor’s office. 

MISSION & OUTREACH team meeting scheduled ahead for September 13th at 6:00pm. Additional members of the team are needed to help grow our outreach ministries! Are you interested in partnering with some meaningful and fun ways to serve the wider community? Connect with Michele Gillum for more information!

EMAIL UPDATES are sent out periodically to keep the community of Bethesda connected and updated to ministry happenings. To be added to the list, you may let the church office know, or go to Bethesda’s website to sign up. 

FLU SHOTS will be available Sunday, September 30th 9:30 am – 11:00 am in the church library. Cost is $35. Voucher given for coverage from a variety of insurance plans. No sign up is needed. Just come that morning! If, you are on Medicare the Flu Shot is free.

BETHESDA BLOOD DRIVE on Sunday, October 14 9:00 am – 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you to everyone who donated last time and helped to save at least 24 lives with 8 quarts of blood! To sign up ahead of time, you can email Pastor Angela or you may just come that morning. 

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS worship service, Sunday, October 7th 2:00pm. Gather on the north lawn of Bethesda’s campus. Bring your favorite animal friend, making sure he or she is safe and secure. You may also bring your favorite stuffed animal or a photo of a beloved pet. This worship is a partnership with our brothers and sisters from St. Barnabas Episcopal of Bay Village and their newly called priest, Rev. Alex Martin. If you’d like to help to plan or lead worship or be a greeter that day, please contact, Pr. Angela!

CONSTITUTION REVIEW team discussion – Sunday, October 14th 9:45 am in the lounge. The team continues to work through Bethesda’s constitution and bylaws to update to the current ELCA guidelines. Come for discussion and introduction to the process and proposed updates. Contact Mark Richardson for questions.

Drafts of the documents will be available for review for those who cannot attend as well. Contact the church office to receive copies.

GIVING MADE EASY! has been adopted as a new and simple way to give to the ministries of Bethesda! Go to online to set up your free account, select “Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church” as your place to give! You can give automatically from a credit or debit card of your choice OR have an auto draft from your bank account set up.  For more information contact Krystina Schmidt or Pastor Angela. 


CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BAGS are now available. Pick them up in the narthex near ushers. Please return after worship ends to be refreshed and used for next Sunday! Thank you to the children of Bethesda Child Care Center for decorating the bags and to the staff of BCCC for providing them for Sunday morning worship! 

CONFIRMATION CLASS begins Monday, Sept. 17th 6:00pm – 7 pm.  For more information contact Mrs. Webner or Barb Woodburn

YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S permission slips available for update for 2018/19 program year! Parents and responsible adults, please be sure to fill out and update forms before Sunday school and youth outings. Contact Chris Webner with questions or to receive a form.





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

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