Waiting / Kimberlee Conway Ireton
I had twins in July. Four months into this adventure, I am very, very tired. I am waiting—eagerly longing—for the day when the twins sleep through the night. Sometimes I get tired of waiting...
Bethany recently donated money to purchase a Piki Piki (lightweight motorcycle) for the orphan’s care department of Christ’s Gift Academy, in Mbita, Kenya. Before the vehicle could be driven, the department’s head, Lillian Omobori, needed to obtain a driver’s license...
Lessons from Wednesday Night
Wednesday Night Dinner is teaching and stretching me unexpected ways. This past year, I have been feeling the Holy Spirit’s tugs ever so clearly—and have been responding. That is a sentence I never imagined myself saying!...
Worship in the Hall (WITH)
As we move closer to the start of the seismic retrofit beginning sometime in February or March, one of the huge tasks before us is the transition from our beloved Sanctuary to the Fellowship Hall...
Seismic Retrofit Update
The seismic retrofit is scheduled to begin in February or March, 2011, after we receive a permit from the City of Seattle. Please pray that the request moves smoothly through the proper channels. Here are several areas we are thinking about and acting upon in preparation for the start of work in the Sanctuary...
Holiday Magic / by Michelle McFarland
It’s hard to believe, but December is just about here…and that means that Bethany’s “Holiday Magic” is close at hand. Though Holiday Magic started as a neighborhood merchants’ event (and still remains so), Bethany has long participated with its own flavor of celebration. Both young and old, church-goers and non-church-goers gather on the lawn to count down to the lighting of the enormous tree, with a moment of scripture, prayer, and a carol. After that, the fellowship hall doors fling open, as folks are warmly greeted by smiling Bethany-ites and Christmas music. Folks from the community pour in to sip hot cider, visit with friends and neighbors, decorate cookies for the homeless, stuff stockings and make cards for our WND guests, create gorgeous advent wreaths, discover ways to honor God with good stewardship and by “giving” alternative Christmas gifts, sing carols in the sanctuary, and much more!
If you would be willing to volunteer for an hour or two that evening (or for a few projects prior), please contact Michelle McFarland. (Picture by Bob Harrington, 2008.)
Read Good Books
While we may ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?”, and perhaps even have a pretty good idea of the answer, the harder question can be, “How would Jesus do it?” How do we put into practice Christlike actions and attitudes that can seem utterly impossible to achieve in our real lives? Does life-changing transformation through the work of the Spirit really happen?
Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness, by Jan Johnson, considers seventeen characteristics of Jesus (e.g. authenticity, hospitality) and helps us learn how to integrate them into our daily lives through specific, concrete “experiments
in connecting with God.”
Join other Bethany folks at a “Read Good Books” discussion
of Invitation to the Jesus Life on January 23 at 12:15 pm in the Bethany parlor. This will prepare us for the February renewal weekend with Jan Johnson on the topic “Loving Your Difficult Neighbor.”
Orchard Adventure for the Family
As part of their 5th grade servant leadership milestone, this month our 5th graders will have two opportunities to put their gifts into service.
- Wreath Making Table
Friday, December 3 at Holiday Magic
All 5th graders are invited to serve for 30-60 minutes at the table, between 6-8 pm
- Christmas Eve Family Services
Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 and 5:30 pm
Our 5th graders will help lead both our early family services at 4:00 and/or 5:30 pm. Students are invited to play an instrument for the prelude, read scripture, usher, carry the nativity figures, draw a picture for the front of the bulletin, or lead the congregation in prayer. All 5th graders participating will meet for a “walk through” practice on Wednesday, December 22, from 10:30-11:30 am. We’ll begin in the lobby, preparing the candles for all Christmas Eve services (and we’ll end by taking a 5th grade tour of the tower, before the retrofit!
All parents who are interested in having their child baptized
here at Bethany are required to attend a one time baptism class, which is offered 3 times a year. Next class: Wed, Dec 8, 5:00 pm Parlor. Please RSVP to Holly Royston and also let her know if your
child will need childcare.
2010 Financial Perspective - Budget $1,552,951
Year-to-Date status as of October 31 - $1,370,692
It would be very helpful if 2010 giving could be fulfilled and 2011 pledges received by December 10. Thank you for your faithful support of Bethany ministries!
On the Calendar
see interactive calendar for complete listing
Wednesday Night Dinner
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall
1st Sunday of the month after the 10:45 am service on the Sanctuary balcony
3rd Sunday of the month after the 5 pm service on the Sanctuary balcony
Women's Bible Study
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, offered at 9:30 am & 7:00 pm in the Parlor
Studying 2 Corinthians. Childcare is available in the morning.
Seismic Retrofit Fundraiser
Sunday, December 12, after all 3 services in the Fellowship Hall
Fri, December 3 at 6:00 pm at Bethany & Queen Anne
Sunday. December 12 after services in the Fellowship Hall
Christmas Eve Worship Services
Friday, December 24 at 4pm, 5:30pm, 8pm & 11:00pm in the Sanctuary
Read Good Books
Sun, January 23 at 12:15 pm in the Parlor
Invitation to the Jesus Life, by Jan Johnson
Annual Meeting Worship & Meal
Sun, January 30 at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall
Worship & meeting. Dinner follows.
News & Notes
- Ruby Elizabeth Ziegler - October 26