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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 – Bill Zurkey, Organist

Bethesda Bulletin Update – January 26, 2020


ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God by Rachel Musser in honor of Barbara Munro.

SIGN UP FOR ALTAR FLOWERS – Bethesda needs people to sign up to provide altar flowers in February! Please consider signing up today to honor a special person or event, or just because. See the calendar in the Narthex for available dates and for more information.

ANNUAL REPORTS are available to pick up! They are in the narthex on your way out of church today! Digital copies will also be available. Contact the church office for more info or with questions.

2019 CONGREGATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING, TODAY Sunday, January 26th 9:30 between worship services. Come for conversation about the past year’s ministry and look forward together for what God is up to among us at Bethesda for 2020!

BOOK CLUB – February 19, 2020, 10 AM in the lounge. This month’s selection is Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo. Stop in the office if you would like a copy of the book. Everyone is welcome to participate!

THEATER FELLOWSHIP OUTING – The Youth are organizing a group to go see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat in Avon February 9th for the matinée. We welcome adults and youth to join us. If you’re interested in going please let Mrs. Webner know ASAP!

From fill this house – A HUGE THANK YOU to the Bethesda community for making 40 blankets for foster children served by Fill This House! We are so grateful to Malinda Emmerich, Chris Webner and everyone who participated in cutting and tying blankets. They are now safely stacked in the warehouse waiting to bring warmth and comfort to the children they serve. Your generosity is truly a demonstration of the ELCA call: “God’s Work, Our Hands.”

Prayer ListAs you can see, our prayer list is very full! If you have included a prayer concern on the prayer list that you know has been answered or a prayer that can come off the list, please let the office know.

BOOK OF FAITH Bible study – on break for January 29th. Bible study resumes on Wednesday, February 5th, 10:00 – 11:15 AM in the church library. Final lesson on the Gospel of Luke. Weeks following will begin the book of Acts and Letters to the Apostles. No prior experience or knowledge necessary. Come for prayer, discussion and fellowship!

“I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY….BUT” – Workshop, Sunday February 9 at 12:15, Christ Lutheran Church in Lorain. A light lunch will be served. Come learn how easy and affirming it is to share your faith story whether in personal conversations, a temple talk or in sharing the work of the greater church. The ideal workshop for ANYONE wanting help with identifying and sharing their faith story. For more information Contact Pastor Angela.

SEASONS of LENT & EASTER are around the corner! Bethesda traditionally has midweek soup suppers on Wednesdays during Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday and has an Agape Dinner on Maundy Thursday, April 9th. WELCA is unable to host this year. If anyone is interested in helping to organize those evenings, please contact the office ASAP.

SPRING NEWSLETTER is being put together! If you have news to share about your ministry team or committee for the good of the community, please send to the church office this week to be included in the upcoming issue of The Visitor!


CONFIRMATION CLASSES next meeting is, tomorrow, Monday, January 27th, 5:30 – 7:00pm. Youth ages 7th and 8th grade invited to this special time of learning and faith development.

FIRST COMMUNION for children at Bethesda is traditionally given in their 5th grade year. However, Communion preparation is offered as needed for children of all ages. Each child is at a different stage of learning and development and are invited to participate in this class more than one year in a row. Communion classes will be available during Lent and a special communion distribution for children who have gone through the class will be Maundy Thursday, April 9th. If you would like your child to participate, please let Mrs. Webner know by calling the church office or email, .

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