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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 Bulletin Update – Mar. 10, 2019



ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the glory of God by Dave and Andria Lembke in loving memory of parents George and Viola Lembke and sister and brother-in-law William and Ellen Mourton.

ALTAR FLOWERS are needed for April 7 & 21. Sign up in the narthex of the Flower Calendar. Thank you!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL meets in the lounge every Sunday at 9:45am. Sundays during Lent we’ll explore different ways of prayer together. Come for conversation and for a time of practicing prayer together.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST! SUNDAY, MARCH 17 SCOUTS BSA TROOPS 40 and 41 will be hosting a pancake breakfast 9:30am-11:30am in the fellowship hall. The breakfast will feature samples of Scout’s Own Maple Syrup, drawn from the trees of the Beaumont Scout Reservation near Ashtabula. A donation is requested for the breakfast. Bottled syrup and locally-sourced pancake mix will be available for sale.

ADA RUTH CIRCLE will gather on March 13th at 12:30 in the lounge. The program will be a fun round of “Name that Tune” with Judy Minium on piano. Hostesses are Andria Lembke and Bev Hine. All ladies of the church are invited.

MIDWEEK SOUP SUPPERS are being organized by WELCA. Suppers will be Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm beginning Ash Wednesday. If you’d like to help with set-up, take down or to bring soup, please contact Mardi Welch or Betty Osen.

LENTEN MID-WEEK EVENING PRAYER March 13-April 10 – 7:00pm following soup suppers. The evening prayer series is entitled “How to speak Jesus: Words that Matter”. Come each week and receive the Word proclaimed and prayer shared. Together we’ll on God’s Word pondering themes such as “Truth”, “Grace”, “Forgiveness”, “Healing” and others.

LENTEN Mid-Week BIBLE STUDY based on the lectionary scripture will be Wednesdays during Lent at 10:00 am (beginning Wednesday, March 13). Come and spend some additional time in the Word of God and time with one another in prayer as we await the good news Easter.

BOOK GROUP to meet on March 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the church lounge to discuss Every Note Played by Lisa Genova. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you’d like more information contact the church office.

MORNING SET APART – Saturday, March 16 10:00am – 12:00, Bethesda Lounge; Come for some time in quiet reflection with others to help foster your prayer during the season of Lent. Together we’ll practice the spiritual discipline of Lectio Divina, or holy reading of scripture. Opportunity for the practice of “praying in color” will also be offered. No previous experience in these practices necessary. You’ll receive all you need that morning and be gently guided.

EXPLORING HOLY WEEK – Palm Sunday, April 19, 9:45 – 10:45 am – Everyone is invited to an all church Sunday school program about Holy Week. There will be shared conversation, opportunity for craft making, and learning for all ages. Share in refreshments and meaningful conversation together! This is for everyone. – singles, families, couples, all ages. If you have small children, we encourage you to attend together!

SUNDAY SCHOOL will be on break – on Sunday, April 21st for children and adults so that we may spend more time with family and loved ones for the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord.

AGAPE MEAL traditionally occurs on Maundy Thursday, April 18. 6:00pm. It would be helpful to have someone help to prepare by setting up a RSVP sign-up sheet and pre-order food. If you’re interested, please contact the church office.





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 $495.  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