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 – July 13, 2019



ALTAR FLOWERS are dedicated to the Glory of God and for the beauty of worship by Laura English.

BOOK GROUP Wednesday, July 17, 11:00am. (note different start time). The book is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

LET’S EAT OUT coming up on Wednesday, July 17, 6:00 p.m. Luca West at 24600 Detroit in Westlake. Please let Bob Miller know if you’re interested in joining for dinner and/or sign up in the narthex.

PURPOSE PALOOZA service and music festival Saturday, July 20th NOT JUST FOR YOUTH!! 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.

Lorain Mission Days

Next service days: Tuesday, July 30, and Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Together, we’ll work on projects in Lorain that include home repairs, serving meals, and helping to build a community garden. This opportunity is open to adults as well as middle and high school youth. Contact Pastor Angela with questions, to sign up, or sign up in the narthex!

ACTS of the Apostles Bible Study Wednesdays in July, 10:00am – 11:00 am Church Library Come for an exploration of the life of the early Church, the building up of the church through relationship and service to one another and to the community. What might God have for us to learn today’s apostles from the foundation of the early Church? Come of one conversation or come for them all!

SUMMER CHOIR will sing on Sunday, July 14 and will rehearse at 9:00. All welcome to come and participate.

MOJOS COFFEE & CONVERSATION     Thursday, July 25 @ 2:30pm

Come for casual conversation and coffee (or tea, or water, or a muffin, or just great conversation!) at Mojos on Dover Center in Bay Village. Pastor Angela will be there to visit with those who are able.

ELCA CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY highlights and pre-info session Sunday, July 28th after worship. Pastor Angela was elected by the NEOhio Synod Assembly in 2018 to be a voting member at the upcoming Churchwide! Come for some conversation about what our church will be discussing at this national gathering including the election of our presiding Bishop, learn how you can be a part of it even from your home, and be informed! Churchwide Assembly happens every 3 years – this year it will be Monday, Aug 5 – Friday, Aug. 9 in Milwaukee, WI.

FAITHFUL FOOTPRINTS energy audits free the month of July! If you’re in the Columbia Gas service area, this is for you! Receive a free audit of your home that will offer you suggestions on how to conserve energy, save money, and be a good steward of God’s creation at the same time! Use the Promo Code: BOTB19. Call 877-644-6674 to sign up.

STAFF TRANSITION: The board of BCCC and Pastor Angela want to be sure you know the news that our Director, Christa Elias has resigned from her position. Christa’s last day will be August 23. She and her family are relocating to Texas in the fall. We are very sad to say good-bye but remain grateful for Christa and all her gifts share has shared these last 12 years. The Board and Church council will be entering the hiring process soon.

CHURCH OFFICE COMMUNICATION during the time of transition in the office should be directed to the email address: or

Pastor Angela at

YOUTH OUTING to Cedar Point on August 1st! High School students please RSVP Mrs. Webner ASAP!

BOILER REPLACEMENT is in process! After a generous gift form a member helped to fund the Capital Improvement Fund for Bethesda, the property team set to work to begin the needed process of replacing the boiler system. Bethesda partnered with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light (Ohio IPL) to ensure that we make wise steward decisions being as energy efficient as possible.

Over the last year, thermostats were updated, heating piping fixed and repaired, and asbestos carefully removed from basement around piping. Now the big part! Bethesda’s 2 boilers from the 1960s have been removed, the boiler room cleaned and the new boiler system will be installed in the coming weeks! We are grateful to Ohio IPL and their partners for helping us in this process and ensuring we receive large energy grants to save Bethesda with the install as well!

Thank you to Jim Chorba and his crew for all the hard work! Speak with Jim if you have questions or are curious about the process.





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