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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 Update – March 31, 2020


Communication during these days of uncertainty is very important. If you have not yet signed up for Bethesda’s eNews emails, please do so. You can sign up on the Church’s website, call the office, or let Pastor Angela know and you’ll be added.

Worship Going Forward 
For the foreseeable further, Bethesda will continue to worship via the Zoom platform. There will be tweaks and changes as we learn how to best mange the system. If necessary, we’ll celebrate Christ’s resurrection together though virtually, AND we’ll plan another celebration and resurrection of sorts when we’re safely able to meet in person again.

Last Sunday’s Virtual Worship
Thank you to everyone who took the time to join in for virtual worship yesterday. We had over 80 households and phone numbers on the call. What a gift it was to be together while still keeping a safe distance. We remain God’s Church, alive and actively proclaiming Christ’s love for the world even when we can’t meet in person!

Sunday school 5 finger prayer was offered March 15. Some of you have requested it be sent out so you can use this tool again. You’re able to download HERE. Let me know if you’d like the office to mail you a hard copy too.

If you had any struggles with the Zoom platform and need assistance, please let me know. I’d be happy to see what I can do to make sure you’re able to connect and login. We had folks use landlines and cell phones to call in without the video service as well. I’m grateful for this platform’s flexibility!


Virtual Office Hours Tuesday 3/31 11:00 – 1:00
You’re welcome to ‘drop in’ to office hours this week. Use this time to connect with me and others on the call AND a time to practice with Zoom and learn the program a little better.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 758 220 6093

Call with mobile
+16465588656  7582206093#

Dial with landline
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Reminder to Continue to Give
While we do not have worship in person, our shared ministry continues. We recognize that not having worship in person may have a negative impact on our congregational giving. We urge you to please continue to give and support our shared ministries. Thank you for your faithfulness.

  • You can mail a check
  • You can have your bank send a check from your account via online billing or by calling your local branch.
  • You can easily sign up for online automatic giving through our online giving portal
    • If you need help or advice about online giving, please let Pastor Angela know.

Devotional Resource during a Pandemic continues to be a life-giving and meaningful tool for my personal reflection. I’ve shared it via email before, but offering it again here for you.

You can download it HERE or let the church office know you’d like a hard copy mailed to you. We’d be happy to do so.

Sermons & Sunday scripture are available on Bethesda’s website for your reflection and prayer. Additional materials are being emailed and/or mailed out to members.

Assistance needed? If you or someone you know needs assistance of any kind or even a listening ear during this time of community lock-down, please reach out to the church office or Pastor Angela directly.

Youth Group Annual Spring Plant Sale is open!   Order your spring flowers and vegetables from Dean’s Greenhouse through the youth group fundraiser. All money earned goes support Bethesda’s youth attending the National ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis in 2021! All orders must be placed and paid for online at the following website:

A link to our plant sale can also be found on the church homepage, and in the weekly eNews.   Delivery is Saturday, May 23th in the Bethesda parking lot. Please pick up your plants between 10:00-12:00; youth will be available to load plants into cars.

Prayer for a during pandemic…
     May we who are merely inconvenienced; Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors; Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home; Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close; Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips; Remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market; Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home; Remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other; Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

LIST OF CURRENT BETHESDA CANCELATIONS until further notice. Please stay tuned to further communications and updates. Some meetings and gatherings will be rescheduled for after Easter. If you are uncertain of when your next meeting/gathering will be, contact the group leader or the church office for more information. Thank you for your patience and your care of one another during this time.

Sunday School
VBS Planning Meeting
Acolyte Training
Prayer Group
Book Club
Book of Faith Bible Study
Sunday School
VBS Planning Meeting
Acolyte Training
Prayer Group
Book Club
Book of Faith Bible Study

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