Annual Readers Theater is July 17
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Annual Readers Theater is July 17

Enjoy an evening of good stories and tasty popcorn in air-conditioned comfort! This yearly event, led by local actor Tim Sapunor, and sponsored by The Gathering, is a crowd favorite!

What is readers theater? Readers theater is a style of theater in which the actors do not memorize lines. There are no sets, costumes, or props. Because readers theater takes a “minimalist” approach to theater, the performer’s goal is to enable the audience to visualize the action without actually seeing it.

Special this year: if you have a favorite poem or short piece (two minutes or less), bring it to read aloud—or have someone else read it—during the first half-hour. Original work is welcomed, but keep in mind the two-minute limit.

All are invited to attend…participate as an actor (reader) or as an audience member! Note that this event is suited for adults and teenagers.

It’s happening Wednesday, July 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and conversation!

View Event →
Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop

Rev. Judy Davis, director of The Gathering, leads a free “writing your life story” workshop on second and fourth Thursday mornings at Bethany. Through group discussions, writing exercises and individual reflection, we will remember the stories of our lives and discover our spiritual journey. No cost to attend, and ALL are welcome. Bring your own writing materials (paper, pen/pencil, laptop … however you like to write). No RSVP required! Meet in the church library 10-11:30 a.m.

View Event →
Annual Friends & Family Retreat is Aug. 9-11
Aug
9
to Aug 11

Annual Friends & Family Retreat is Aug. 9-11

  • Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark your calendar and reserve your place for Bethany’s annual Friends and Family Retreat, happening August 9-11 at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center. This year’s theme— Facets of Faith—focuses on how we can enhance our faith through a variety of ways. Parish Associate Rev. Judy Davis will again lead this inspiring and relaxing weekend.

Held on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, this annual event offers a chance for spiritual reflection, creativity, fellowship and more. Just a few of the “facets of faith” we will explore this year include music, prayer, rituals, meditation, learning, prayer, service and mindfulness. You’ll come away refreshed and with new insights!

Church membership is not required. Ride-sharing is available. Participation costs (below) cover lodging (double-occupancy) in hotel-style accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, meals, and your retreat materials.

Participation cost::

  • Adult (in a shared room) $175/person

  • Youth sharing a room with parent or another youth $95 person

  • Child (ages 4-12) sharing room with parent(s) $50

To reserve your space, a $50/person deposit is due by May 19, with the remainder of your payment due June 30. Some scholarship funds are available for financial assistance; please contact Rev. Bill if you are in need of financial aid.

View Event →

Bethany's Annual Shakespeare Festival Outing
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Bethany's Annual Shakespeare Festival Outing

Enjoy seeing the classic comedy “Twelfth Night” with Bethany friends as we attend the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival on Sunday, July 14. Meet at the performing arts center on the Sacramento City College campus (3835 Freeport Boulevard) by 1:45. Tickets are $15/seniors and $18 general admission; checks and cash accepted at the door. A refreshment stand will offer beverages and snacks for purchase. No reservations are required; just show up and see the show in air conditioned comfort!

View Event →
Lunch & Legacy: Planning Your Future
Jul
14
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch & Legacy: Planning Your Future

Have you made a provisions for your favorite causes after your death? Are you interested in learning about trusts? Learn about how your giving can “keep on going” even after you are no longer present to contribute in person.

On Sunday, July 14, join at 11:30 a.m. for a free lunch we hear about legacy planning. A special guest from the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be our speaker.

Questions? Contact the church office.

View Event →
Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop

Rev. Judy Davis, director of The Gathering, leads a free “writing your life story” workshop on second and fourth Thursday mornings at Bethany. Through group discussions, writing exercises and individual reflection, we will remember the stories of our lives and discover our spiritual journey. No cost to attend, and ALL are welcome. Bring your own writing materials (paper, pen/pencil, laptop … however you like to write). No RSVP required! Meet in the church library 10-11:30 a.m.

View Event →
Women's Potluck Supper
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Women's Potluck Supper

Presbyterian Women meet for their end-of-year potluck supper., a time of fellowship and delicious goodies. All—including men—are welcome to attend. You don’t have to be a member of Bethany, nor a participant in Presbyterian Women, to attend. Meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, in Fisherman’s House, the small building behind the church … and bring a dish to share, if you are able!

View Event →
Annual Potluck Picnic
Jun
9
11:30 AM11:30

Annual Potluck Picnic

Come and enjoy a lunch oon the church lawn with friends! Bethany’s Fellowship Commission will supply the BBQ hamburgers (including veggie burgers), hot dogs and drinks. Members of the congregation, please bring a dish to share. if the initial of your last name begins with A-L, please bring a dessert; M-Z, bring a salad or side dish.

Guests and visitors, you needn’t bring anything except your appetites!

Today is Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the birth of the Christian Church. In honor of the occasion, wear something red!

View Event →
Pentecost Sunday
Jun
9
10:30 AM10:30

Pentecost Sunday

On Sunday, June 9, wear red in celebration of Pentecost. Pentecost is a time to rejoice that we have been filled with God's spirit. Many consider this day the “birthday” of the Christian Church. Today's worship service will be uplifting and fill of joy. Stay afterward for a free picnic lunch!

View Event →
Graduate & Sunday School Teacher Recognition Sunday
Jun
9
10:30 AM10:30

Graduate & Sunday School Teacher Recognition Sunday

We’re celebrating the achievements of graduates Sunday, June 9, during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. If someone in your family is graduating from high school, college, a trade or certification program, please provide his or her name to the church office by Wednesday, June. AND invite the honoree to attend the service to be recognized!

Today we will also be honoring our wonderful Sunday School teachers. These volunteers nurture and help guide young children every Sunday during the school year. Please join us in thanking them for their faithful service.

View Event →
Officer Ordination & Installation
Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Officer Ordination & Installation

 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  

—1 Peter 4: 10

Bethany welcomes its newly elected church officers during the Sunday, June 2, worship service:

Elders: Barbara Greene, Jim Guida, Dolores McMackin, Janice Douglas

Deacons: Paul Douglas, Cherie Upchurch, Dr. May Tuan Tucker

View Event →
Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
May
23
10:00 AM10:00

Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop

Rev. Judy Davis, director of The Gathering, leads a free “writing your life story” workshop on second and fourth Thursday mornings at Bethany. Through group discussions, writing exercises and individual reflection, we will remember the stories of our lives and discover our spiritual journey. No cost to attend, and ALL are welcome. Bring your own writing materials (paper, pen/pencil, laptop … however you like to write). No RSVP required! Meet in the church library 10-11:30 a.m.

View Event →
May 19 is Reservation Deadline for Church Retreat
May
19
9:30 PM21:30

May 19 is Reservation Deadline for Church Retreat

Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center. A $50/person deposit is requested May 19, wiith the remainder of your payment due June 30. Some scholarship funds are available; please contact Rev. Bill if you are in need of financial aid. Questions? E-mail the church office.

This year’s retreat theme— Facets of Faith—focuses on how we can enhance our faith through a variety of ways. Parish Associate Rev. Judy Davis will again lead this inspiring and relaxing weekend.

Church membership is not required. Ride-sharing is available. Participation costs (below) cover lodging (double-occupancy) in hotel-style accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, meals, and your retreat materials.

Held on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, this annual event offers a chance for spiritual reflection, creativity, fellowship and more. Just a few of the “facets of faith” we will explore this year include music, prayer, rituals, meditation, learning, prayer, service and mindfulness. You’ll come away refreshed and with new insights!

Participation costs are:

  • Adult (in a shared room) $175/person

  • Youth sharing a room with parent or another youth $95/person

  • Child (ages 4-12) sharing room with parent(s) $50/child

View Event →
Free Mother's Day Tea & Boutique
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

Free Mother's Day Tea & Boutique

Saturday, May 11, is Bethany’s annual Mother's Day Tea and Women's Bazaar. Mark your calendar and invite your family and friends. Men, please bring your favorite female relative or friend. No cost to attend! Ladies are encouraged to wear hats.

We will be collecting donated items of quality such as jewelry, vases, kitchen accessories and miscellaneous items (no clothing) every Sunday until the event. There will be a box in the kitchen clearly marked for your donations. Many thanks to our Fellowship Commission volunteers for organizing the fun event. See Kathy Kenny Frank if you would like to help.

View Event →
Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop

Rev. Judy Davis, director of The Gathering, leads a free “writing your life story” workshop on second and fourth Thursday mornings at Bethany. Through group discussions, writing exercises and individual reflection, we will remember the stories of our lives and discover our spiritual journey. No cost to attend, and ALL are welcome. Bring your own writing materials (paper, pen/pencil, laptop … however you like to write). No RSVP required! Meet in the church library 10-11:30 a.m.

View Event →
Yumm! Bake Sale & Auction
May
5
11:30 AM11:30

Yumm! Bake Sale & Auction

Get ready for Presbyterian Women’s annual Bake Sale and Auction, coming Sunday, May 5, after the worship service. This event showcases culinary delights whipped up in the kitchens of some of Bethany’s best bakers. Donations of pies, cakes and other baked goodies will be gratefully accepted. Bidding is fast, furious and fun … and the proceeds benefit the works of Presbyterian Women.

View Event →
Easter Egg Hunt
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Egg Hunt

Bring the children to Bethany’s annual pre-church Easter Egg Hunt! Free fun for kids up to sixth grade. Special section reserved for toddlers and preschoolers! Easter Sunday, April 21, starting PROMPTLY at 10 a.m. Don’t be late or the children will miss out!

View Event →
Celebrate Easter at Bethany
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Celebrate Easter at Bethany

Rejoice! Easter—the observance of Jesus’s triumph over death—is a time to celebrate all that is new and promising in the world. Bethany is hosting several activities on Easter Sunday:

  • 9:30 a.m. free continental breakfast in the Social Hall

  • 9:55 a.m. — arrive for the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on the church front lawn. The hunt starts promptly at 10 a.m.

  • 10:30 a.m.Easter service with special music featuring Justin Au on trumpet and the Bethany choir. An inspiring message by Rev. Bill McGuinness will round out the morning.

View Event →
Passover Supper
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Passover Supper

Jesus and his disciples met for Passover dinner the night before he was arrested and put to death. Christians call that last supper Maundy Thursday, a time to commemorate the Great Commandment Jesus gave us: to love one another. This year Bethany is celebrating Passover, the great Jewish celebration of deliverance from slavery, on Maundy Thursday, April 18, starting 6 p.m. with a roast lamb dinner and traditional Passover side dishes. We’ll learn about Passover from the perspective of both our Jewish roots and the new thing that came of it for those who see Jesus as the Messiah.

Dinner will be followed by an optional Christian communion service (with bread and grape juice). There will be a natural interlude for those wishing to take their leave before the communion service.

There is no cost to attend, and all ages are welcome. A freewill offering will be accepted for those wishing to contribute to the cost of the meal.

The-Last-Supper-2.jpg
View Event →
Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion

For each of the Wednesday evenings in Lent, we’ve been enjoying a light bite to eat and some conversation together with Pastor Bill and Kathy McGuinness about the fullness of the gospel—including taking a closer look at what these things called “death” and “heaven” actually are.

Today is the last meeting of the seven-part series. All are welcome to attend, even if you missed some or all of the previous gatherings. Meet 6-7 p.m. at the church for a free supper and great conversation.

View Event →
"Funny You Should Ask" Series
Apr
14
9:00 AM09:00

"Funny You Should Ask" Series

Join us for a new weekly series that offers a chance to think together about God, ourselves, faith, scripture, life, death, creation, miracles, history, the past and the future!

Bring your questions and let's tackle them! We will hear and note your questions … organize them into categories … and—week by week—find answers through scripture and traditional Christian teaching. You can even e-mail your questions to Pastor Bill ahead of time!

The discussion series meets Sundays at 9 a.m. in Farrand Hall at the church (off the main hallway by the stairs).

View Event →
Be a Creek Clean-Up Volunteer
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Be a Creek Clean-Up Volunteer

In observance of Creek Week in Sacramento County, Bethany will again sponsor a team to help clean up the small creek that runs through Sheldon Park (near Florin Mall). Meet at Sheldon Park, 6000 Orange Avenue (about 10 minutes away from the church) at 8:55 a.m. Everyone who helps gets a Creek Week t-shirt to wear to church on Sunday morning! Wear clothes that can get dirty … bring yard gloves … and if you have a “trash grabber pole” please bring it. An optional outing to Carmichael Park for a free hot dog lunch and Creek Week Fair will follow our clean-up activity.

View Event →
Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion

Join us any or all of the Wednesday evenings in Lent (March 6-April 17) for a bite to eat and some great conversation. Rev. Bill and Kathy McGuinness will lead discussions about the fullness of the gospel—including taking a closer look at what these things called “death” and “heaven” actually are.

Meet 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. No need to RSVP and all are welcome, regarding of faith tradition. As always, there is no cost to participate.

View Event →
"Funny You Should Ask" Series
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

"Funny You Should Ask" Series

Join us for a new weekly series that offers a chance to think together about God, ourselves, faith, scripture, life, death, creation, miracles, history, the past and the future!

Bring your questions and let's tackle them! We will hear and note your questions … organize them into categories … and—week by week—find answers through scripture and traditional Christian teaching. You can even e-mail your questions to Pastor Bill ahead of time!

The discussion series meets Sundays at 9 a.m. in Farrand Hall at the church (off the main hallway by the stairs).

View Event →
Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion

Join us any or all of the Wednesday evenings in Lent (March 6-April 17) for a bite to eat and some great conversation. Rev. Bill and Kathy McGuinness will lead discussions about the fullness of the gospel—including taking a closer look at what these things called “death” and “heaven” actually are.

Meet 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. No need to RSVP and all are welcome, regarding of faith tradition. As always, there is no cost to participate.

View Event →
"Funny You Should Ask" Series
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

"Funny You Should Ask" Series

Join us for a new weekly series that offers a chance to think together about God, ourselves, faith, scripture, life, death, creation, miracles, history, the past and the future!

Bring your questions and let's tackle them! We will hear and note your questions … organize them into categories … and—week by week—find answers through scripture and traditional Christian teaching. You can even e-mail your questions to Pastor Bill ahead of time!

The discussion series meets Sundays at 9 a.m. in Farrand Hall at the church (off the main hallway by the stairs).

View Event →
Haltn Gezang! Songs & Stories of Jewish America
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Haltn Gezang! Songs & Stories of Jewish America

The Gathering ministry presents Haltn Gezang! (Keep Singing!) Songs & stories of Jewish America” Thursday, March 28 at Bethany Church. Featuring Michael Hersher, this free event will include live music and an overview of how music is central to Jewish worship and life events such as weddings. A free dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 7-8:30 p.m. More details are available from The Gathering. There is no need to RSVP or pre-register, and all are welcome to attend this joyous and interesting evening of song.

View Event →
Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
Mar
28
10:00 AM10:00

Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop

Rev. Judy Davis, director of The Gathering, leads a free “writing your life story” workshop on second and fourth Thursday mornings at Bethany. Through group discussions, writing exercises and individual reflection, we will remember the stories of our lives and discover our spiritual journey. No cost to attend, and ALL are welcome. Bring your own writing materials (paper, pen/pencil, laptop … however you like to write). No RSVP required! Meet in the church library 10-11:30 a.m.

View Event →
Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion

Join us any or all of the Wednesday evenings in Lent (March 6-April 17) for a bite to eat and some great conversation. Rev. Bill and Kathy McGuinness will lead discussions about the fullness of the gospel—including taking a closer look at what these things called “death” and “heaven” actually are.

Meet 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. No need to RSVP and all are welcome, regarding of faith tradition. As always, there is no cost to participate.

View Event →