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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 – November 17, 2019


ALTAR FLOWERS are given by the Schmidt Family in honor of two birthdays on November 15: Soni Nguyen who turned 21, and Marianne Schmidt.

LARGE PRINT BULLETINS are available. See an usher or the pastor for assistance.

WELCOME back to Rev. Jim Kulma to Bethesda today! Rev. Kulma serves as chaplain at Cleveland’s Metro Hospital and is ordained in the ELCA. He lives with his wife in Lakewood where they are both members of Trinity Lutheran Church also in Lakewood.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL meets 9:45 today in the church lounge with Pastor Kulma.

THE JOY OF GIVING is this year’s theme for Bethesda’s Stewardship focus time. During the Sundays of November, we are invited to ponder and pray about the act of giving and the blessings we have each received from God. Together we will ponder the ways God stirs within in our hearts as we share out of our abundance for the sake of the world. Have you ever noticed that little spark of surprising joy that happens when you make a difference in someone’s life, or when you see growth and beauty and didn’t expect to?

This season of intentional reflection on stewardship will culminate on Sunday, November 24th with Thanksgiving Sunday. On that day, you are invited to bring with you your completed financial commitment card and time and talent sheets and we will give God thanks and praise for all of those gifts!

PHOTO DIRECTORY additional photo sessions will take place Thursday, Nov. 21st. from 2pm – 9 pm. Alternatively, you can schedule at another location. For questions or to get help with registration, please contact the church office. **Reminder – when you come for your photo, please ONLY come in the church through the Beach Lane entrance.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS If you can help for a few hours to check folks in for their photo appointments on November 21, please contact the office.

LET’S EAT OUT November 20 at 6:30PM (note time change) at Stella Mia Ristorante (28751 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake). Sign up in the Narthex.

BOOK OF FAITH – GOSPEL OF LUKE begins again this week after 2 weeks on break. Come meet on Wednesday Nov. 20th at 10:00 am and share in the conversation on the Word given in the Gospel of Luke!

DONATIONS WELCOMED: Needed – garland or evergreen greenery for the Advent Wreath project on November 24th. It does not have to be new but should be in good shape. Please drop any donations off at the Christian Ed office.

BOOK CLUB – December 18, 2019, 10:00AM in the lounge. This month’s selection is Educated by Tara Westover. Stop in the office if you would like a copy of the book. We hope you can join us!

ADVENT SUNDAY SCHOOL – Nov. 24th 9:45 – Come and Prepare! Together, we will be making advent wreaths for each household to take home and learning about the upcoming season of Advent! Come on for time of fun, learning and preparation! All ages welcome! Meet in the fellowship hall 9:45-10:45. Families, couples, singles – all are welcome to make a wreath. No special skills required! Please sign the sign-up sheet in the narthex, or email Chris Webner to sign up so we can have the enough supplies for everyone!

Our annual ADVENT TEA is planned for Monday, December 9 at 7:00. If you have never attended the Tea, why not make plans to attend this year? The cost is only $5. You are invited to RSVP in the Narthex with one of the WELCA ladies after worship. The Advent Tea is a special night where the Fellowship Hall is transformed into a candlelit wonderland. Tables are decorated and lights are dimmed. Please consider bringing an appetizer or finger dessert to share. Bethesda’s confirmands are there to help welcome and serve hot spiced cider and coffee. Begin in the sanctuary to share in prayer and sing carols as we prepare our minds and hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. Our program this year is music provided by violinist Mary Beth Ions.

Volunteers Needed for the Advent Tea – Our Annual Advent Tea is scheduled for December 9. As always, many volunteers are necessary to make this event possible. Please consider giving your time to: decorate the church for Christmas, help in the kitchen, take reservations, put up tables and chairs in the Fellowship Hall prior to the Tea, or take down tables and chairs to return the Hall for BCCA. If you can give some of your time, please call Betty Osen at 440-934-5063 or

Christmas Gift Bag Ministry – The Christmas gift bags (formerly shoe boxes) will be ready in the Narthex beginning November 24. This year’s gifts will be given to the elementary children and their parents who attend the Christmas Party given at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, Ohio on December 19. Bethesda members are invited to join the party on December 19. Your gift bag may be one of the only gifts these low-income families receive this Christmas. If you can’t shop, but would like to donate, we will use any money donated to purchase sweatshirts or gift cards.

Redeemer Crisis Center Christmas Shop, Saturday December 7, 2019 NOON – Redeemer Crisis Center hosts a Christmas Shop where children can select gifts for two family members. The children are thrilled to be able to provide a gift for a family member when it might be beyond their means otherwise. Preselected clients are invited to this activity. Items are provided at no charge to the clients.

No donations needed, only helpers. Volunteers are needed to: walk through the gift area with a child to help them select a gift, help wrap gifts; help with arts and crafts for the children to make gift tags for the packages; and help keep the children entertained while they are waiting their turn.

Redeemer is on West 30th Street two blocks south of I-90. We can arrange to meet at the church and travel down together. We hope you would like to join us in this activity. If you have any questions please call Doris Finlay at 440-892-3859 or 727-536-5647. If you have gone in the past please let Doris know you plan to help again. Thank you.


CALLING ALL YOUNG ARTISTS! We are inviting children to help design the bulletin cover for this year’s Children’s Christmas Program on December 15th. If your child/children (any age!) like to draw or create, we invite them to submit a design for a bulletin cover. Please use a half sheet of paper (bulletin size) for the design and drop it off at the Christian Education office or in the CE mailbox. Deadline is Sunday, December 8th.

*Youth to Community Meal in Lorain – November 21st 5:00-7:15
*Family Advent Sunday School – November 24th. Make an Advent Wreath and enjoy some fellowship time
*Youth Bake Sale on November 24th to raise money for Adopt A Family Christmas project
*Sunday, December 1st – Youth to lunch and shopping for Adopt A Family gifts — 12:00-3:00
*Christmas Program practice during the Sunday School hour – December 1st, 8th, and 15th
*Saturday, December 14th – Christmas Program Practice 9:00-10:30
*Annual Children’s Christmas Program – Sunday, December 15th during the 11:00 worship service. Family luncheon to follow.

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