Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion
Mar
20
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.

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"Funny You Should Ask" Series
Mar
24
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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).

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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.

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"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).

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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"Funny You Should Ask" Series
Mar
17
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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Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
Mar
14
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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Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion

Jesus died for our sins, lives in our hearts and so we’re going to heaven someday. Well, yes. And hallelujah! But hat’s pretty much the sum of the gospel for too many Christian church-goers (and non-goers). Isn’t there so much more though? Heck, yeah. As we approach Easter, let’s take a closer look together:

“The Gospel in the gospels”

For seven Wednesdays in Lent, we will have 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.

The series continues every Wednesday 6-7 p.m. leading up to Easter. A light supper will be served each week. No need to RSVP and all are welcome, regardless of faith tradition. And you can come to any or all of the gatherings.

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"Funny You Should Ask" Series
Mar
10
7:00 AM07:00

"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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Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Wednesdays in Lent - Weekly Dinner & Discussion

Jesus died for our sins, lives in our hearts and so we’re going to heaven someday. Well, yes. And hallelujah! But hat’s pretty much the sum of the gospel for too many Christian church-goers (and non-goers). Isn’t there so much more though? Heck, yeah. As we approach Easter, let’s take a closer look together:

“The Gospel in the gospels”

For seven Wednesdays in Lent, we will have 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.

On the first evening March 6 (Ash Wednesday), we will gather at 6 o’clock with a brief service of scripture, song and the application of ashes. A light supper will follow. The series continues every Wednesday 6-7 p.m. leading up to Easter. No need to RSVP and all are welcome, regarding of faith tradition.

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Walking the Johnny Cash Trail
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Walking the Johnny Cash Trail

Walk Folsom’s new Johnny Cash Trail with Bethany friends! A carpool from Bethany leaves at 8:15 a.m. Meet at starting point (200 Stafford Street, near the Folsom Zoo) at 9 a.m. We'll have cocoa, coffee and treats waiting for everyone after the walk! Your choice of distance: 5K or 10K. Celebrate the musical legacy of Johnny Cash while you enjoy God’s great outdoors. Rain or shine! E-mail cathy.bethpres@yahoo.com or call or text (916) 832-3373 if you have questions.

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Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
Feb
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.

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Annual Congregational Meeting
Feb
24
11:30 AM11:30

Annual Congregational Meeting

Bethany members, please plan on attending the annual meeting of the congregation. You'll hear about plans for 2019 and beyond, plus have an opportunity to ask questions and see the church's 2019 budget. New officers will be elected as well. The meeting will take place in the sanctuary immediately following the Sunday morning worship service on February 24.

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Third Sunday Evensong Service
Feb
17
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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Theater Outing: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Theater Outing: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

See the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” with Bethany friends! We’ll be meeting Friday, February 15, at 7:45 p.m., at the the theater, located at 5051 47th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95824. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets—available at the door—are $15 (general public) and $10 (students, seniors, DDSO clients and those with disabilities). Bethany’s Director of Music Ministries, Dr. May Tuan Tucker, is music director of this charming production, which is based on the beloved characters created by Charles Schultz. Ticket proceeds benefit the Developmental Disabilities Service Organization.

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Writing Your Life Story: Free Workshop
Feb
14
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 "Winter Wander" Nature Walk
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Annual "Winter Wander" Nature Walk

Join us for a nature walk at the Cosumnes River preserve (off I-5 at Twin Cities Road). A carpool will leave the church parking lot at 8:30 a.m., or you can meet us at the parking lot near the nature center at 9. The walk will end around 11 a.m., and we'll return to the church by 11:30. Coffee, tea and cocoa will be served in a tailgate party at the nature preserve.

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Annual Chili Cook-Off & Talent Show
Jan
27
11:30 AM11:30

Annual Chili Cook-Off & Talent Show

Bethany’s annual Chili Cook-off and Talent Show happens January 27 at 11:30 a.m. Those who bring chili win a fun prize! The ever-popular “Burp”etual Fire Extinguisher trophy will be awarded to the best overall chili. Fellowship Commission volunteers will provide cornbread, salad and beverages. We’ll also serve macaroni and cheese for those who don’t eat chili. The chili is provided by those who like to cook! Everything is free, and you don’t have to bring chili to participate. Share your singing, dancing or other skill; all talent is welcome!

“All the chili you can eat … and all the talent you can stand” is our motto.

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Third Sunday Evensong Service
Jan
20
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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3 Kings Day
Jan
6
10:30 AM10:30

3 Kings Day

Diá de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) is coming Sunday, Jan. 6. The morning begins with a procession by the three wise men at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The traditional rosca de reyes cake will be served at 11:30 a.m. Small gifts will be given to kids of all ages!

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Christmas Eve Service
Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve Service

Join with family and friends Monday, December 24, at 8 p.m. for Bethany’s annual Christmas candlelight service. You will enjoy the retelling of the Christmas story through bible verses, special music and favorite carols. Wear your holiday finery OR that ugly Christmas sweater (or your pajamas—there’s no dress code). Stay after for cocoa, cider and cookies in the Social Hall.

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Women's Christmas Party
Dec
17
6:30 PM18:30

Women's Christmas Party

The Bethany Women's Christmas Party is Monday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethany's Fisherman's House (behind the main building.) All women are invited. Please bring a snack to share. You don't have to be a member of Presbyterian Women ... just come and share in the festivities! Wear your favorite Christmas sweater or other holiday apparel!

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"Dinner in Bethlehem"
Dec
16
6:30 PM18:30

"Dinner in Bethlehem"

Bethany’s Chancel Choir presents the one-act play Dinner in Bethlehem, the story of the nativity as told by Mary and Joseph. Hear familiar and much-loved carols as shepherds, the Angel Gabriel and others tell of that long-ago day in Bethlehem. Come at 6 p.m. for a free soup dinner! Dinner in Bethlehem, authored by Sandra L. Mack and Alene H. Betts, is directed by Dr. May Tuan Tucker, director of Bethany’s music ministries program.

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Free "Write Christmas" Holiday Writing Workshop
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Free "Write Christmas" Holiday Writing Workshop

Back by popular demand: the Write Christmas workshop presented by The Gathering ministry. Spend the evening of Thursday, Dec. 13, jotting down all those holiday memories for sharing with family members … or simply for your own enjoyment.

Rev. Judy Davis again leads this popular free workshop, which helps participants capture seasonal thoughts and ideas on paper, notebook, laptop … whatever you wish to use.

Come at 6:30 p.m. for socializing and free refreshments. The workshop starts at 7 p.m.

There is no cost to attend, and ALL are welcome. Donations of canned goods for the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Food Closet are gratefully accepted at the door.

Questions? E-mail sacgathering@gmail.com.

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10th Annual Sing-Along Messiah Concert
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

10th Annual Sing-Along Messiah Concert

The 10th annual FREE Christmas "Sing-Along Messiah" concert happens Sunday, Dec. 9, starting 4 p.m. at Bethany.

Everyone is invited to sing under the direction of conductors from area churches. Participants are encouraged to bring their own musical scores; a limited quantity of Messiah scores will be available for purchase (just $10) at the door. Listeners are welcome.

There is no charge to participate as a singer or audience member, and free refreshments will be served following the concert. A goodwill offering will be taken midway through the concert to benefit the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Food Closet, which is struggling to provide emergency supplies of groceries to thousands of in-need area residents this holiday season.

A special feature sets this event apart from other Messiah Sing events: everyone gets to sing the solos. The Sing-Along Messiah is sponsored by volunteers of Bethany, which houses the SSIP Food Closet.

Ample free parking is available. Donations of canned or packaged goods for the local food closet will be gratefully accepted at the door.

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Advent in Narnia Class
Dec
2
9:15 AM09:15

Advent in Narnia Class

/discussion, which is open free to all. The book, Advent in Narnia, by Heidi Havercamp, is available in electronic version (Barnes & Noble Nook and Kindle). But you needn’t have the book to participate.

Wednesday classes will be held 6-6:55 p.m. in the church library November 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Sunday classes take place 9:15-10 a.m. in the Social Hall December 2, 9, 16 and 23.

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Annual "Hanging of the Greens" Decorating Day
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

Annual "Hanging of the Greens" Decorating Day

Help prepare the church for the beautiful Christmas season! There will be wreaths to put up, wall hangings, the manger scene and other decorations that help celebrate and remind of the Christ child’s nativity and promise. Come dressed in casual clothes and we will find something for you to do! Report to the sanctuary.

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Advent in Narnia Class
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Advent in Narnia Class

Enter the magical world of the land of Narnia as you prepare for Christmas this year! This free class, which takes place four Wednesday evenings, will guide your holiday plans and help refocus your heart on what is most important. Bethany’s Spiritual Formation Commission will lead this weekly book study/discussion, which is open free to all. The book, Advent in Narnia, by Heidi Havercamp, is available in electronic version (Barnes & Noble Nook and Kindle). But you needn’t have the book to participate.

Wednesday classes will be held 6-6:55 p.m. in the church library November 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Sunday classes take place 9:15-10 a.m. in the Social Hall December 2, 9, 16 and 23.

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Sharing Holiday Blessings
Nov
25
to Dec 16

Sharing Holiday Blessings

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Would you like to share your blessings with others through providing them food for a holiday meal this year?

Consider making a donation to Bethany’s Deacons’ Christmas Basket Program.

Bring or mail a check made payable to Bethany Presbyterian Church; on the memo line write "For Deacons' Christmas Basket Program." Bethany’s Deacons will use these donations to share Christmas baskets with those in the community who will benefit from them.

PLUS … while you are shopping, please watch for sales and purchase non-perishable items suitable for a Christmas dinner. Examples: stuffing mix, boxed mashed potatoes, canned green beans. Place donated items in the collection box located in the narthex (the small lobby outside the sanctuary). On the final Sunday—December 16—fresh fruit (no bananas, please) and veggies, breads and perishables may be brought.

If you know of an individual or a family who could benefit from receiving a Christmas food basket from Bethany’s deacons, please contact Rev. Judy Davis or Jim Carter, Moderator of the Deacons.

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Third Sunday Evensong Service
Nov
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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All-Church Thanksgiving Lunch
Nov
18
11:30 AM11:30

All-Church Thanksgiving Lunch

Our annual Thanksgiving luncheon is Sunday, Nov. 18, after the worship service. Turkey and all the fixins’ will be served by Bethany’s Fellowship Commission. Members with last names starting M-Z, please bring a dessert; A-L, please bring a salad, veggies or side dish. Guests and non-members: bring nothing but your appetites! As always, the meal is free … a donations basket will be available for those wishing to contribute to the cost of the turkey.

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Annual Hot Cocoa Ministry
Nov
17
7:00 AM07:00

Annual Hot Cocoa Ministry

Come and serve warm beverages and smiles to those waiting in the long line at the South Sacramento Interfaith Parish Food Closet Saturday, November 17. Families will be standing in the cold quite a while, waiting for their Thanksgiving turkeys and groceries at the food closet, which is housed at Bethany Church.

Show up any time between 7-9 a.m. and we will have a volunteer job for you, whether it’s stirring cocoa on the stove or serving cookies to food closet clients. All ages are welcome; this is an excellent introduction to community service for young people. Kids as young as age four have helped in the past.

Wear comfortable shoes and layers because you will be going in and out of the building. Check in at the church kitchen, which is off the south parking lot.

Donations of instant hot cocoa mix, paper (not Styrofoam) “hot” cups, napkins, and cookies, brownies, crackers, etc. for us to serve will be greatly appreciated. You may bring those to the church kitchen; please label them “cocoa ministry.” The specially decorated “cocoa can” will be passed around each Sunday morning between now and then; your spare change will help us purchase supplies!

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