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 Bulletin Update – May 17, 2019



ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the glory of God by Laura English for the beauty of the service.

ALTAR FLOWERS needed for June 9 & 30 and July 28. Sign up on the FLOWER CALENDAR in the Narthex.


Sunday School 9:45, Worship 11:00, Picnic 12:15

Stay for a fun end of the year picnic celebration! Games, face painting and other fun activities available for all ages!

SUMMER WORSHIP schedule begins NEXT SUNDAY, May 26, 9:30am. One unified worship experience through summer.

BETHESDA ADULT CHOIR concludes it’s season today! Thank you to everyone who shared your musical gifts this past year! Summer choir sings once a month and welcomes any and all new singers! See bulletin insert for more info!

NEOS ASSEMBLY June 14-15, Akron, OH, “Who is My Neighbor?” Northeaster Ohio Synod Assembly is the annual meeting of the congregations in this synod or area of the country. Bethesda is asked to send 2 voting delegates to the assembly along with the pastor. If you’d like to represent Bethesda, please contact Pastor Angela. This is a fabulous time to be together with other siblings in Christ from around the area, to worship together and be inspired!

SUMMER NEWSLETTER articles are being collected. If you have a story to share or information to pass along about Bethesda’s ministry, please send them to the church office by May 31st.

STAY CONNECTED while you’re traveling over the summer! Sign up for the weekly E-News and other information that’s sent out about the happenings of the Congregation! You can sign up easily through the Church’s website or by emailing the church office!

PURPOSE PALOOZA service & music festival

Saturday, July 20th!

Bethesda is forming a group to go to this awesome event! Catch some of your favorite Christian musical artists and leave inspired ready to serve! RSVP to Pastor Angela that you’re attending so Bethesda can buy enough tickets at the group rate to include you, your family and all your friends! Individual tickets are $15.00, coming with the group, only $12.50. The event is hosted by Zion Lutheran Church in Valley City.

OFFICE will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday May 27th. We wish everyone a very safe and blessed celebration!


AMELIA JOHNSON, a senior graduate from Bay High and member of Bethesda will be holding a senior Oboe recital at Bethesda on Sunday, May 26 at 7 p.m. The whole congregation is invited. She would like to thank everyone for all of their support over her high school years.


June 17-21st from 9:00-11:30 AM. Mark your calendars now for this fun-filled week of learning and faith formation! Registration is now OPEN! Registration forms are available in the narthex, or can be found on the church website. VBS will be held June 17-21 from 9:00-11:30 AM. We need lots of volunteers to make this week possible. If you can help out with any of these positions, please contact Chris Webner, 440-537-8322 or email:

Helpers Needed: Outdoor Games Coordinator; Storytime Leader (stories will be about a different country each day); Simulation Station Leader (activities from a different country each day); 1st/2nd/3rd grade Teacher: 4th/5th/6th grade Teacher; Classroom helpers, Craft helpers, Snack helpers, Floating helpers

We will be partnering with Lakewood Baptist Church and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church this year! Invite your friends and neighbors and plan to join us for the most fun week of the year!

YOUTH FUNDRAISER when shopping for your spring gardening needs, please think of The Rock Pile in Avon. Bethesda Youth received 15% of all purchase made there – all you have to do is mention Bethesda Youth when paying! This is valid on all purchases except propane tank refills.

SENIOR GRADUATE SHOWCASE will be displayed in the narthex in June. We would love to include all graduates – high school graduates, undergraduates, and those graduating with advanced degrees. Please bring a photo (5×7 is best, but we will work with whatever you have) and a short bio including where graduating from, future plans, and any special honors or info you would like included. These can be dropped off at the Christian Education office or left in the CE mailbox.

PIERSTORF MEMORIAL LOAN FUND – provides interest-free loans to Lutheran students who are or will be enrolled full time in a four-year undergraduate program at any accredited college or university. This year, the maximum interest-free loan is $3,000 for the school year. For information, go to Complete the 2019 – 2020 application by visiting the website. The deadline for all applications is Sunday, June 30, 2019







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

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