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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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

GUATEMALA: MUSIC THAT INSPIRES & LIBERATES

Come to Bethany Thursday, Nov. 15 for the next storytelling evening hosted by The Gathering. Peter Baird will talk about his recent travels to Guatemala to lead a music workshop entitled Music that Inspires & Liberates (“Música que Inspira y Libera”). This trip was sponsored by the Sacramento Presbytery, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and The Gathering.

In Guatemala, Peter partnered with Rev. Osmundo Ponce and  the Presbytery of Suchitepéquez (Presbiterio de Suchitepéquez). Hear stories about his journey and those he met along the way–there will be a lot of pictures and music to accompany the program.

A DIY-style taco dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. As with all of The Gathering’s events, this is FREE and will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church.

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All Saints Day Remembrance
Nov
4
10:30 AM10:30

All Saints Day Remembrance

If a loved one of yours has died since October 2017 (our last All Saints Day observance), you may have that person's name read aloud during the Sunday, November 4, worship service. Please contact the church office by October 31, providing your name, the name of the deceased and the date of his or her passing. We also invite you to submit names of persons who have passed away, but whose names were not mentioned in any of our prior observances.

On November 4, all are welcome to bring photos or mementos of late relatives and friends (whether they passed away years ago or recently) for display on special "memorial tables" in the Social Hall after church. We will again have a special "St. Francis" table for photos of your dearly departed pets.

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Reformation Sunday
Oct
28
10:30 AM10:30

Reformation Sunday

Bethany will again observe Reformation Sunday by celebrating with special Scottish music and refreshments on Sunday, October 28. The worship service starts 10:30 a.m., with Scottish refreshments at 11:30 a.m. Wear tartan or plaid!

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2nd Annual "Stuff of Story" Show
Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

2nd Annual "Stuff of Story" Show

The original works and eclectic collections of two dozen people will be on display the afternoon of Sunday, October 14. This second annual showing of “The Stuff of Story” is sponsored by The Gathering. Come and check out this fun, all-ages event! Free admission and free refreshments! Donations of canned goods for the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Food Closet will be greatly appreciated at the door.

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World Communion Sunday
Oct
7
10:30 AM10:30

World Communion Sunday

The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. Tastes of breads from cultures around the world will be served during the worship service. Stay afterward for a free soup supper provided by Fellowship Commission volunteers.

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Annual Church Women's Campout
Aug
24
to Aug 26

Annual Church Women's Campout

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Bethany's annual “Ladies of the Lake” women’s weekend campout is set for Friday, August 24–Sunday, August 26 at Lassen Volcanic National ParkAll ladies, church members or not, are welcome. Please consider inviting a friend or family member. We will be enjoying beautiful scenery, hiking, and a time of fellowship. 

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Officers' Retreat
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Officers' Retreat

A combined meeting of Elders and Deacons (classes of 2019 and beyond) for the purpose of fellowship and prayer, training new officers and refreshing and renewing our understanding of our particular calls, some practical stuff, such as calendaring, and dinner! All officers who will serve past May 31 should plan to be present.

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Membership Class: "Being Christian"
Apr
29
to Jul 1

Membership Class: "Being Christian"

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Bethany Presbyterian will be holding an Introduction to Christianity class that will double as New Member/Inquirer class and Faith Refresher for current members. The class will be held in four sessions, during which we will discuss the book “Being Christian” by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams (don’t worry, its less than 100 pages), as well as some of the particulars of Presbyterian faith.

Classes will be held in the Adult Library after worship on Sundays 4/29, 5/27, 6/24 & 7/1. Books can be purchased from Rev. Will for $9 (the Kindle price is only $8, if you prefer). 

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