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.
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).
"... the past as read through the sources that have survived, as selected by countless generations of historians, as interpreted from our own present and from the future for which we hope.”
THE CHURCH IS...
"... the group of people who believe that God entered into history uniquely in the person of Jesus Christ, and who, guided by the Holy Spirit, live their lives in response to this belief"
CHURCH HISTORY IS...
“… the story of these believers and their collective life as read through the sources that have survived, selected by countless generations of historians, interpreted from our own present and from the future for which we hope.”
BUT MORE THAN THAT:
Church history includes the fullness of the deeds of the Spirit in and through the men and women who have gone before us in faith … it is not simply the history of an institution, but a history of God’s activity in the created world.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (every year) which happens to be on Valentines Day, Feb. 14th (this year), so Bethany is taking a cue from the calendar and beginning our Lenten Season with a sermon from Song of Songs titled "Love is Strong as Death."
Near the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a young woman named Rose says "we're going to win this war, not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love." Traditionally, Lent is a season during which people choose to abstain from certain activities or behaviors that are seen as vices--which is kind of like fighting what we hate. We think that the church and the world may be better served by making Lent a season in which we save what we love. Seen this way, Lent is not first a foremost a season to turn off all our troublesome activities and behaviors (though that may result), but to turn on life-giving activities and behaviors.
This sermon series explores six #LentOn Practices found in the Gospel readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. On the surface, these less explicitly religious (and sometimes bizarre) practices may not seems ultra spiritual, but join us for worship, and try them on.
On Good Friday, we'll revisit the opening theme with a sermon titled "Death is Strong as Love," and then on Easter Sunday will conclude the series with a sermon titled (spoiler alert) "Love Wins!."
All members are encouraged to be present in worship and stick around for the annual congregational meeting, at which time we will hear ministry reports from our commissions, elect a new slate of officers for the next year, vote on the 2018 budget, and all kinds of other fun activities!
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 8:30am, or you can meet us at the parking lot near the nature center at 9am. The walk will end around 11am, and we'll return to the church by 11:30.
Come join us for the 23rd annual Chili Cook-Off and Talent Show in the Social Hall Sunday, January 14, starting 11:30 a.m. Everybody who brings chili wins 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. The chili is provided by those of you who like to cook!
Got a talent? Singing? Dancing? Magic tricks? Playing an instrument? Joke telling? You name it, we’ll watch it AND applaud for you. No talent will be turned away. Everything is free, and you dont have to bring chili to participate. Bring friends! P.S. Non chili-eaters, there will be macaroni and cheese for you to enjoy.
“Día de los Tres Reyes Magos”
- 10:30 a.m. – Procession of the 3 Kings during the worship service
- 11:30 a.m. – Cake and selfies in the Social Hall
This will be our seventh annual observance of the visit by the three wise men to the baby Jesus. We’ll serve the traditional rosca de reyes cake … and the 3 Kings will have small gifts for children of all ages! Snap a selfie with the Kings! Bring the kids and grandkids for this annual event.