Bethany Briefs

July 2013

Doug KellyHelp! I Can't Get Connected at Bethany!
Pastor Doug Kelly, Head of Staff
I want to talk to those of you who desire a deeper community connection at Bethany but are finding it a bit daunting. And I have a request of those of you who have clearly found a home here at Bethany...

Director of Music Ministries Search Team
In our first search committee meeting this past week, we began by sharing stories of how God has met us through music. It was a source of encouragement for us all to hear verbalized some of what makes music—across a broad range of styles—so powerful as a part of worship...

Sharing the Journey Together
Dave Andersen
We were new to Bethany in 1983. It felt difficult to connect, and everyone seemed to know most everyone else. Fortunately, we were invited to join a wonderful home group...

Money Matters: Responding to Sticky Situations
Janet Moore, Social Services / Director of Wednesday Night Dinner
Many of us have read a great book called “When Helping Hurts.” I agree with this book that giving cash to people we do not know is not a good thing for them, for us, and/or for the possibility of having a Christ-like relationship with them. So how might we respond to the needs we see around us? Here is what I’ve learned...

Mark Russo: Elder for Local Outreach
My wife Becky and I got involved at Bethany quite reluctantly. She started coordinating weddings and I started helping with the sound board. A trip to China with Pastor Dan and others from Bethany changed our lives and deepened our relationships at the church…that and a worship service filled with screeching feedback that ended my sound engineering career!...

Meet Our New Summer Interns
Learn more about interns Zach Christensen and Stephanie Jenkins-Napoli, who will be serving in Children and Families Ministries this summer.

Job opening in Children’s Ministries
Our Children’s Ministry Assistant position will be opening later this summer. This is a 16 hour a week job that someone can do partly from home, and includes overseeing the 10:45 hour of Children’s Ministries on Sunday mornings. Applications are currently available and interviews will take place on Monday, July 15.
The role includes purchasing supplies, snacks and curriculum; being a department coordinator for one of our 18 Children’s Ministry teams; assisting with recruitment and training of CM volunteers, coordinating the annual Godly Play inventory night, helping with Advent Gatherings, Easter Celebrations, VBC and Families in Service. Questions? Contact Dianne Ross (staff). 

Please see our upcoming Briefs for Part 2 of The Prayer Corner.

On the Calendar

Quilting Group
Wednesdays, 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. On break: July 31.

Wednesday Night Dinner
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Middle School Fun Event
Monday, July 1, 6:00 pm

BPYG Hollywood Mission Trip
July 5-14

BPYG Hollywood Mission Trip Prayer Team
Youth House-July 6 (Sat, 8-9 am); July 7 (Sun, 10:45-11:45 am); July 8-10 (Mon, Tues, Wed, 7-8 am); July 11 (Thurs, 7-8 pm); July 12 (Fri, 5-6 pm); July13 (Sat, 8-9 am); July 14 (Sun, 10:45-11:45 am)

Gold Basin Camping Trip
July 5-7 Gold Basin

Young Adult Lunch with College Students
Sunday, July 7, 12:00 pm at the 11 Howe patio

Session Meeting
Tuesday, July 9, 6:00 pm in the Parlor

Vacation Bible Camp Teachers Orientation
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 pm in Room 201

Middle School Fun Event
Friday, July 19, 6:30-9:00 pm in 11 Howe

Young Adult Lunch
Sunday, July 21, 12:00 pm in 11 Howe

Prayer for Honduras
Sunday, July 21, 12:00 pm in the Parlor

Low Tide Walk with the Plunketts
Sunday, July 21, 1:15 pm at Constellation Park

Middle School Fun Event
Tuesday, July 23, 1:30 pm

Deacon Meeting
Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm in the Parlor

High School Youth Group
Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm in the Youth House

Vacation Bible Camp
July 29 - August 2, from 9:30 am to noon, daily at Bethany

News & Notes

Children & Family Ministries
Dianne Ross, Minister to Children & Families


Sundays in July
9:00 am - Summer Sunday School (all ages)
10:45 am - Summer Children’s Church (for 2-4 year olds)
July 1-3 (Monday-Wednesday)
9:30 am Bethany Kitchen - Urban Impact Lunch Making
July 5-7 (Friday-Sunday)
All Church Gold Basin Camping Trip
July 7 (Sunday)
Elementary Kids in Worship (Intern Zach is worship leader!) Sermon listening guides are available.
July 16 (Tuesday)
7:00 pm Room 201
Planning & Prayer Meeting for SonSurf VBC Lifeguards (teachers)
July 21 (Sunday)
1:15 pm Constellation Park
Low Tide Walk with Mark & Janette Plunkett
Open to all Bethany-ites.
July 24 (Wednesday)
2:00-3:00 pm Youth House
VBC Training for Middle School youth helpers
July 28 (Sunday)
11:00-2:30 pm - SonSurf VBC Set Up
July 29 - August 2
9:30 am - noon, daily - SonSurf Vacation Bible Camp!
August 1 (Thursday)
12:00-1:30 pm - Fellowship Hall & lawn
SonSurf Program, Lunch and Beach Blast (Carnival)
For all Bethany-ites!

Providing Lunches for Kids at Urban Impact
Each summer, we partner with Urban Impact by taking one week to make lunches for children and staff at Urban Impact’s Summer Academy.

Lunch Making Schedule
Sunday, June 30, 9:00 am
Elementary children make lunches as part of their “HEROES” program.
Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, 9:30 am Bethany Kitchen
Volunteers help with lunch-making.

Lunch Delivery & Meal Service
Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, 10:30 am Bethany
To learn more and/or to sign up, contact LauraLeigh Young.

A Summer Tradition: Low Tide Walk with Mark & Janette Plunkett
Come discover some of God’s most creative creatures as a great kick off for our SonSurf VBC—even if you aren’t attending VBC. Sunday, July 21, 1:15 pm Constellation Park (West Seattle, south of Alki Beach) Wear shoes that can get good and wet.

It’s Not Too Late to Help at Vacation Bible Camp IDEAS...
Contact Stephanie Jenkins-Napoli if you can help in any of these ways:

  • Bring treats or fruit for the Volunteer Lounge
  • Co-teach for 2-4 days
  • Help Doug Rutherford: Thursday Beach BBQ
  • Help with Thursday’s Beach Bash (carnival) on the lawn from 12:00-1:30 pm.
  • Help prepare crafts ahead of time.
  • Be a prayer partner for a group of kids (praying at home, or while on vacation)

Vacation Bible Camp Reminders for Campers!
Our great week of SonSurf adventure features games, singing, skits, Bible learning activities, snacks, friends and lots of fun! If you’ve signed up, be sure to come on Monday, July 29 at 9:30 am and have a parent pick you up daily at noon.* Thursday is a special program, lunch and carnival—and the whole church is invited. Then Sunday, August 4, all VBC campers sing a favorite camp song in worship at 9 & 10:45 am (at the beginning of each service!) So let the fun and joy begin! Questions? Contact Co-Directors Janet Markwardt or Michelle Layton.

Session Notes

by Craig Barwell, Clerk of Session
Carol Andersen led the June Session with a guided meditation on Mark 6:30-46 and an opening prayer. After some initial business, Session received the Treasurer’s report from Gerry Champagne, summarized in the Table (below). The YTD deficit reflects both a one-time stock gift of about $40,000, and the fact that some outreach ministries have been paid ahead to take advantage of the Give Big matching campaign.

  Income Expenses Surplus/Deficit
May 2013 $139,709 $132,475 $7,234
2013 YTD $568,000 $627,570 -$59,560

Zach Christensen presented his Communications report; a paper written for a school project. Overall, Bethany communications is very good with improvement needed in communications to new members and visitors. Pastor Doug presented three motions on behalf of Mig Schaaf and the Personnel Committee:

  • Motion #1 - Approve expenditure of $11,296 for interim music staff and music director search
  • Motion #2 - Approve the position of Outreach Intern ($11/hr)through August 2014
  • Motion #3 - Approve a Music Director Search Team (Lisa Hudson, Fred Drummond, Curt Burnett, Nels Berg, Amy Eyler, Mona Zuill, Brooke Willis, Pastor Doug Kelly)

Session moved to the Sanctuary and Anne van Roden led prayer for Bethany’s Musicians and Music Ministry. After a fellowship break, Susan Forshey shared on technology upgrades for the Parlor, as well as a summary of Bethany’s recent annual Financial Review. As a result of this Review, action items were identified and some process changes are underway. Pastor Doug proposed Session read “Transforming Church” by Kevin Ford together, which Session approved. After noting that Session does not meet in August, Pastor Doug closed the meeting with prayer.

Community Life

Eva Juliet Leonard - April 11
Elliott Douglas Conner - May 14
Lukas Owen Christensen - May 25
Keaton Scott Huizinga - June 11
Alexander Nicholas Ward - June 23

Baptisms - June 9
Declan Tanner Campbell
Willa Constance Marston
Madeleine Elizabeth Wilhite

Bye for Now / Pastor Dan Baumgartner
I have a couple of different friends who normally sign off phone conversations with the words “Bye for now” ...

Men’s Breakfast
8:30 am Sat, June 25, in the Fellowship Hall
The text of Pastor Dan’s talk on male sexuality at the April Men’s Breakfast, “What’s Driving Us and Where Are We Going?” is online.

Session Notes
Session met May 10 in a short meeting.