At Bethesda-On-The-Bay Lutheran Church, we believe we are “Large Enough To Serve; Small Enough to Care.” This means we connect with each other as individuals with individual needs, but also that we have sufficient resources to reach out to the community in a mission of service.
Pastor – Angela Freeman-Riley
Email me at: Pastor.email@example.com
My idea of a perfect day is… either sitting on a white sandy beach enjoying salty ocean breezes or hiking through the mountains…
My biggest challenge is… trying to tackle too many tasks at the same time.
My biggest pet peeve is… when people do not follow through with things they say they would do.
My life verse is… “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
My last meal would be… Anything made with fresh local ingredients. I love food…!
My worst habit is… eating too much…. Have I mentioned I love food!
I am happiest… when I am outside with the sun shining walking through the woods or on the beach in the company of the ones I love – human and canine.
My favorite Bible character is… after Jesus… Deborah the only female judge in the OT.
The best advice I could give a 20 year old is… to travel. See the world and be sure you travel some of the time alone.
My guilty pleasure is… I try not to feel guilty about pleasures… Life’s too short.
The one thing I want to make sure people know about Bethesda is… that this congregation is warm welcoming place for all to learn and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Anything else you’d like to share about yourself? Pr. Angela lives in Lakewood with her husband, Pastor Jonathan Glass-Riley, 12 year old stepson and 2 furry and loveable canines (Black Labrador and Miniture longhair Dachshund). She enjoys the outdoors and anything nature; she loves good coffee; she appreciates the company of people. Feel free to contact Pr. Angela with questions about Bethesda or to have a companion for a walk through the woods or a visit to a local café.
Director of Bethesda Child Care Center – Christa Elias
Call me at: (440) 808-8802
Email me at: Christa.Elias@bethesdaonthebay.org
For more information see: BethesdaChildCare.org
My idea of a perfect day is… spending time with my family.
My biggest challenge is… to not worry.
My life verse is… Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
My last meal would be… Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Diet Coke
My worst habit is… using too much salt.
I am happiest… when I am with my puppies.
My favorite Bible character is… Job because of his faith.
The best advice I could give a 20 year old is to believe in yourself and follow your dreams.
My guilty pleasure is… Ice cream.
The one thing I want to make sure people know about Bethesda is… it is a warm and caring environment.
Anything else you’d like to share about yourself? I have been working in child care for 25 years.
Christian Education and Interim Youth Director – Chris Webner
Email me at: Chris.Webner@bethesdaonthebay.org
My idea of a perfect day is… Any day spent with my whole family together
My biggest challenge is… Time management!
My life verse is… Psalm 121:1-2
My favorite meal is… any meal that ends with chocolate
My favorite Bible character is… Ruth
The one thing I want to make sure people know about Bethesda is… that it is a welcoming and loving place full of caring and wonderful people.
Music Director – Eric Richardson
Email me at: Eric.Richardson@bethesdaonthebay.org
My idea of a perfect day is…
Being with family and friends, bathed in good music, yummy food and warm sun.
My biggest challenge is…
My putting! (sometimes my entire golf game!)
My biggest pet peeve is…
People who think of themselves first, especially those in Life’s left lane!
My life verse is…
Micah 6: 6-8
My last meal would be…
Ideally…given to someone who needs it.
My worst habit is…
Probably my impatience.
I am happiest…
With my family, (A large ensemble of engaged singers can constitute ‘family.’)
My favorite Bible character is…
The best advice I could give a 20 year old is
Life is short – enjoy. However, if things get rough, there are people who care, Seek them.
My guilty pleasure is…
Mitchell’s Ice Cream. Any flavor. Any time. Cup or cone. One scoop or two.
The one thing I want to make sure people know about Bethesda is…
Most of the people who sing in the Adult Choir have your same ability. They give of their time and talents as a volunteer to enhance the beauty of our service. Also, that I will gladly listen privately to anyone.
Anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
I feel blessed to have had, and still enjoy, my teaching career, and to now share my love of God’s music in such an appreciative environment as Bethesda. I am excited about our next steps!
Organist – Job Opening
Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church is seeking its next organist. If you are a qualified candidate and have aspirations of working with a vibrant congregation and excellent staff, you are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by Friday, January 19, 2018.
A general job description of the open position of organist is below. Please fill out the Job Application PDF document and send along with an updated resume or CV as well as any other materials that would help Bethesda get to know you to the Music Director, Mr. Eric Richardson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Organist at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church:
The Organist is an important role in the life of Bethesda on the Bay. Our expectations are that this person provides faithful, professional leadership in planning and preparing music appropriate to the liturgy, works under the Director of Music to support the coordination of musicians, and works with staff collaboratively to nurture and uphold these core values:
- Deep spirited worship
- Music that supports the liturgy of the church with reverence and joy
- A strong music program that proclaims and illuminates the written and spoken word
- Music in worship that is received with enthusiasm and appreciation by the congregation and the community
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Provide organ or piano music at all regularly scheduled Sunday worship services.
- Provide organ or piano music at congregational midweek or seasonal worship services such as but not limited to, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Thanksgiving.
- Provide music to be played for prelude, postlude, offertory, communion distribution and other times as needed during worship services.
- Attend Thursday choir rehearsals for the 11:00am worship, and special additional rehearsals when scheduled by the Music Director.
- Provide organ accompaniments when needed for special musical events scheduled in collaboration with the Pastor(s) and Music Director.
- Under the direction of the Director of Music, works collaboratively with the Director of Music, Pastor and Worship and Music Committee in the area of general planning of music programs and worship.
- Report to the appropriate committee the condition and needs for the maintenance of the church organ and pianos and work in cooperation with the appropriate personnel to provide for maintenance and repair.
- Attend the regularly scheduled meetings of the Worship and Music Committee, Staff and other committees as appropriate.
- In collaboration with the Director of Music and in partnership with the pastoral staff, help to equip congregational members to learn and lead liturgy and other worship needs.
- The Organist shall assist the Director of Music as needed and reasonable.
SKILLS AND TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
- To have an appropriate bachelor degree and/or other training in Organ performance. (preferred church music with organ concentration considered)
- To be skilled on the piano and other keyboards.
- Be able to sufficiently accompany congregational and choir singing.
- Have a practical knowledge of and experience with Lutheran (ELCA) liturgy and music as well as an understanding of the church to sufficiently and appropriately select music for traditional worship.
- Sight reading and accompanist skills appropriate for choral rehearsal support.
- The ability to play and work comfortably in a range of styles.
- The Organist is permitted to use the church organ and pianos for personal practice and private lessons as appropriate. When private lessons are offered, the scheduling must be done through the church office and work around church scheduling needs. Students who use the church organ or pianos outside of their lesson are expected to pay a reasonable fee to the church.
- The Organist shall have right of first refusal in regard to providing organ music at all weddings and funerals that are held within the Church. Services of other organists may be used only in consultation with the staff organist and / or the Director of Music. The minimum fee for performing at a local wedding ceremony and providing one consultation (either by phone or in person) shall be in accordance with the Bethesda on the Bay Wedding Guidelines. The minimum fee for a funeral or memorial service shall be in accordance with the Bethesda on the Bay Funeral and Memorial services guideline. Additional remuneration shall be negotiated for rehearsals with soloists or for extraordinary practice time necessitated by unusual musical requests.
- Guest organists or recitalists shall not be permitted to use the church organ without prior consultation with the staff organist and/or the Director of Music.
- The Organist shall read and abide by the personnel policies and procedures handbook of Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church.
Office Manager – Minnie Tissue
Email me at: Minnie.Tissue@bethesdaonthebay.org
Facilities Coordinator – Marion Zelinski
My idea of a perfect day is… Walking by the lake on a sunny day.
My biggest challenge is… not getting distracted.
My biggest pet peeve is… bad drivers (of course that isn’t me…)
My life verse is… “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24
My last meal would be… Surf and Turf.
My worst habit is… Procrastination.
I am happiest… when I am with family or friends.
My favorite Bible character is… Mary and Martha and how to strike a balance in my own life between both character traits.
The best advice I could give a 20 year old is… Follow your dreams.
My guilty pleasure is… Dark Chocolate.
The one thing I want to make sure people know about Bethesda is… How spiritual and friendly the people here are. We are like a family.
Anything else you’d like to share about yourself? I have two children, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and another one on the way!
My biggest challenge is… Responding to questionnaires about myself (ha-ha)
My life verse is… “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
My last meal would be… Clambake that would also include lobster and steak.
My worst habit is… I’m not sure at this time, can I answer this at a later date. (OK, so maybe it’s Procrastination)
I am happiest… When walking on an ocean beach with my wife taking in the beauty of a sunrise or sunset.
My favorite Bible character is… Joseph, due to his confident attitude in knowing that God had a purpose for him, even in the most difficult times. He remained faithful to God and learned that good could come out of any negative situation. He showed integrity, sensitivity, perseverance and stayed commitment to God.
The best advice I could give a 20-year-old… Acquire a relationship with the Lord. Grow that relation by knowing and understanding of how God works to improve our lives day by day. Allow the Holy Spirit speak to you thru the Bible and Christian fellowship. Find a Christian mentor to help guide and keep you accountable.
The one thing I want to make sure people know about Bethesda is… The people here Love the Lord and share that Love with others.
Massotherapist – Karen Chorba
Call me at: 440-779-0221
Email me at: email@example.com
My life verse is… “Judge not that you might not be judged.”
My favorite Bible character is… Young Samuel who heard God’s voice calling in the night.
The best advice I could give a 20 year old is … Trust in God and listen for God’s voice. Set aside all the screens, music, and activity for a short time each day. God’s voice will be there if you quiet yourself and listen.
The one thing I want to make sure people know about Bethesda is…
Bethesda is a warm, welcoming community that is open and non-judgmental