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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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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"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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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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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.

Each year’s Christmas Eve service concludes with a candlelight procession out the church’s front door … where all join in singing “Joy to the World.”


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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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7 Days of Church History - A Lenten Study
Feb
21
to Apr 4

7 Days of Church History - A Lenten Study

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HISTORY IS...
"... 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.

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"LentOn" Sermon Series
Feb
18
to Mar 25

"LentOn" Sermon Series

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!."

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Annual Congregational Meeting
Feb
11
11:30 AM11:30

Annual Congregational Meeting

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! 

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Winter Wander Nature Walk
Feb
3
8:30 AM08:30

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 8:30am, 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.

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Chili Cook-Off & Talent Show
Jan
14
11:30 AM11:30

Chili Cook-Off & Talent Show

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.

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Three Kings Day
Jan
7
10:30 AM10:30

Three Kings Day

“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.

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