Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
Sep
26
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.

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Blessing of the Animals
Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Blessing of the Animals

Bethany’s bringing back its popular Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 6, starting 5 p.m. Bring your beloved “socialized” pets to the special outdoor service—rain or shine (we’ll have canopies)—and each one will receive the traditional St. Francis “pet blessing.” Dogs on leashes, please, and cats/small critters in boxes or containers. Free refreshments will be served afterward.

St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, was born in the 12th century. He died on October 4, 1226 and was pronounced a saint in 1228.

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” -St. Francis of Assisi

We welcome you at this delightful and informal celebration of pets!

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3rd Annual Art Show is October 13
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

3rd Annual Art Show is October 13

You told us you liked stuff that tells a story. So we’re rounding up s’more!

The S’more Stuff of Story showing of original art and crazy collections will take place Sunday, October 13, from 1-4 p.m. at Bethany Church. All are welcome to enter and there’s no cost to participate. Simply bring your creation or collection (nothing of high monetary value, please) to the church social hall Saturday, October 12, any time between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please bring with it a copy of the space reservation form (download here) if you haven’t already sent it to us. (We’d prefer receiving it ahead of time if possible.)

What can you enter? Hmmm … paintings, sketches (even doodles), arts-and-crafts, knitting and other textile/thread projects, photographs, a poem, a scrapbook, your shoelace collection … you name it, we’ll display it. Please look carefully at the reservation form for details about framing artwork.

S’more Stuff of Story is the third annual art and collections show presented by The Gathering ministry, which is housed at Bethany. Treasured possessions and hand-crafted art tell many a story. Express yourself by offering something for display!

Questions? Want to help? Contact Cathy Sapunor.

Take a look at last year’s photo gallery to get an idea of what the show is all about!

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An Evening of True Stories: One Man's Journey in Addressing the AIDS Crisis in Rural Texas
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of True Stories: One Man's Journey in Addressing the AIDS Crisis in Rural Texas

Join us for an evening that celebrates “When Compassion Overcomes Fear.” Jerry Permenter, founder of the East Texas AIDS Project, will read excerpts from his forthcoming AIDS memoir about those years, including his personal struggles, to demonstrate the fear, compassion and aftermath of his years establishing a system of care for those living with HIV. This is his first public presentation of work from his AIDS memoir, “Red Dirt Boy.”

The event takes place Thursday, September 12, starting 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) at Bethany Presbyterian Church. It is FREE & open to all. Refreshments will be served.

This storytelling event is presented by The Gathering, an arts outreach ministry housed at Bethany.

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Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
Sep
12
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.

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Homecoming Sunday & Ice Cream Social
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

Homecoming Sunday & Ice Cream Social

Fall is the time for back-to-school and reconnecting with old friends. So Bethany is hosting Homecoming Sunday and hope former youth group members—as well as those who haven't attended church lately—to stop by Sunday, September 8, at 10:30 a.m. Jim Guida will have a special message for kids of all ages and Pastor Bill McGuinness has a cool story or two for the grown-ups. Children ages 3-11 will have a Sunday School time of fun and child care provider Ms. Galvez will lovingly watch over the tiny ones in the church nursery. 

You'll enjoy the free ice cream social and coffee bar (starts 11:30 a.m. in the social hall).

Live far away and can't join us? Post a pic and message at #bethanyishome. We'll share it with everybody!

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Annual Ladies' Camping Trip
Aug
23
to Aug 25

Annual Ladies' Camping Trip

  • Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bethany's annual women’s weekend campout is set for Friday, August 23–Sunday, August 25 at Lassen Volcanic National ParkAll ladies, church members or not, are welcome. Please consider inviting a friend or family member. 

A get-together for those who are interested and/or desire more details is set for Tuesday, July 30, starting 7 p.m. at Selland’s Market Café, 915 Broadway, Sacramento.

We will need to have the final list of names by Aug. 11 to allocate seats in car(s) and plan meals.

Download the information form (with details on departure/arrival, cost, what to bring, meals, etc.) park brochure and campground information.

We again look forward to beautiful scenery, hiking, and a time of fellowship in God’s great outdoors!

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Third Sunday Evensong Service
Aug
18
5:30 PM17:30

Third Sunday Evensong Service

Join us for a brief meditative service presented by The Gathering each “third Sunday” at 5:30 p.m. in the Bethany sanctuary. The service—called “Evensong”—offers a special time for reflection and worship to prepare for the week ahead. Everyone is invited to the Social Hall after the service for refreshments and fellowship.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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).

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