File: My Ten Year Report
Pastor Dan Baumgartner
To squeeze one last drop out of a tired old cliché- it’s hard to believe. Honestly. June 4th marked the completion of ten years for me as the Senior Pastor at Bethany...
Go to the principal's office! / Mark Cutshall
It’s morning at Mark Twain Elementary School in Federal Way, and, Maria, a six-year-old kindergartner, sees her principal coming down the hall...
Interviews with New Elders (Part One) / Dave Andersen
Every year, a new class of elders is elected to assist in leading the church. We thought you might enjoy reading a short “introduction” to each of the new elders...
Who are Deacons and What are they up to? / Linda Cutshall
Bethany Deacons explore how to serve out of the wide variety of gifts, personalities and callings that God has created us with. Our central calling is “to minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any that may be in distress."...
What If? / Kathy Cranston, MUPS
Do you remember the old Herbal Essence commercial back in the 70’s? You know the one….the woman is so impressed by her new shampoo that she tells two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on and so on…till finally the TV screen is filled with too many faces to count...
Somente Um Mes a Ir! / LauraLeigh Young
On the evening of Thursday, July 30th, a group of 37 Bethany High School youth and 8 leaders will board a plane bound for Lisbon, Portugal where they will experience ten days filled with service, fellowship, learning, worship, spiritual growth and whatever unexpected things God undoubtedly has in store for them there...
Men's Breakfast / Associate Pastor Todd Holdridge
Believe it or not, it was about more than bacon. On May 30, about 65 Bethany men met to pray, worship, talk about living a Christian life at work… and oh yeah, eat breakfast.
Children's Ministries Intern
Hi! My name is Natalie Sweberg, and I am thrilled to be the children's ministry intern for this summer. I am a 2009 graduate of SPU, where I majored in Educational Ministry and minored in Youth Ministries...
Secret Agents on the lookout...
...to discover what God is doing all over the world! That’s the theme of this year’s summer Sunday school! Each week in July our rising 1st-5th graders will be meeting at 9:20 am upstairs in room 202 to hear from various people who are coming or going from outreach experiences – both local and abroad.
All our children ages 2 and above will also have opportunities to bring their nickels, dimes and quarters and put them in our “pot” so that food (rice and beans) can be purchased for migrant families in the Skagit Valley. Watch the posters in the stairway to see how many bags of rice and beans your money has purchased!
Another way all our children (and the whole church family) can be involved in God’s work here on earth this summer is by bringing new or gently used books for pre-schoolers through 8th graders and depositing them in the CGA bin on the stairway. These will be shipped in the Fall to Christ Gift Academy in Mbito, Kenya.
Families in Service projects continue
In addition to the two projects mentioned above, there are also many other ways children and families can be involved in serving others this month. For more dates and events click on this brochure, or pick up a hard copy on the welcome table next time you are at church. The person to contact and their email address are listed by every event. We also encourage you to pick up the Family Devotional Guide for the summer.
Each week a different outreach partner is emphasized, and your family will learn more about this ministry and how to pray for the people involved. These are also on the web page, or may be picked up from the Welcome Table. Thank you to all who came to the “Kick Off” on June 7 and helped assemble 100 AIDS caregiver kits/refill bags, as well as to those who created beautifully encouraging cards for the caregivers!
On the Calendar
see interactive calendar for complete listing
Wednesday Night Dinner
Wednesdays in July, 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Sun, July 5 & 19, after the 5 pm service in the Sanctuary.
Bethany Women's Summer Bible Study
Tuesdays, July 7 & 21 in the Parlor
Families in Service July Events
WND (July 1), Farm Fun (July 11), Mission Trip (July 11-18),
Creation Care Farmer's Market Dinner (July 12, 26-by age),
"Invite a Friend" Pool Party (July 31)
Gold Basin Camping Trip
Fri-Sun, July 10-12 at Gold Basin
On Tuesday, June 9, the Elders gathered in the Parlor for our monthly Session meeting. The meeting began in prayer and Todd Holdridge provided a short devotional. Todd talked about being a Christian in situations where you stand out because of your faith and pointed to guidance found in 1 Peter 1:13.
This was the first session meeting for several new elders, so Pastor Dan spent some time describing how we approach our work, and how to serve communion. Everyone in attendance spent a few minutes introducing themselves, and we prayed in small groups.
- Financial and Facilities Update – Dan Wickline.
Bethany’s finances are reasonably strong and the normal mid-year deficit is smaller than 2008.
- Session was updated on the probable major seismic update building project.
- Economic Tough Times and our Bethany Community—
Session reviewed resources like Acts 4:32, Deacons Fund, Financial Counseling & Prayer.
- Jan Beriault, President
- Jane Frissell, Vice President
- Chuck McFarland, Secretary
- Dan Wickline, Treasurer
The next Session meeting will be held on July 28.
News & Notes
- Emmett Campbell Icasiano June 19
- Naomi Catherine Vance June 14
- Jack Matthew Eyler June 14
- Blake Steven Shelton June 14