Bethany Church updates for January 2019

For your calendar:

Jan. 6 (Sunday) Three Kings Day (also known as Epiphany) will be celebrated during the 10:30 a.m. service. Following a procession by the 3 wise men, refreshments will be served and small gifts given to everybody! Preaching at the service will be Rev. Jack Eisel.

Jan. 12 (Saturday) Robert Burns Birthday Celebration, 1 p.m. in Bethany’s Social Hall. You are invited to an afternoon in honor of the 258th birthday of Scotland’s favorite bard, Robert Burns. Bagpipes, refreshments, poetry recitations and more! Suggested donation: $10 ages 11 & older • free for 10 & under. The Presbyterian Church has its roots in Scotland, so what better way to celebrate our heritage? Tickets are available at the door. See Mary Harbison-Sindle or Diane Arellano if you have questions. Presented at Bethany by Kilwinning Lodge #203 of the Daughters of Scotia.

Sunday, Jan. 27Annual Chili Cook-off and Talent Show. Starts 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. 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!

Feb. 2 (Saturday) Bethany’s annual “Winter Wander” nature walk at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Meet there at 9 a,m. and stay for tailgate snacks before you leave around 11. No cost to attend; some trails are wheelchair- and walker-accessible.

NO CHOIR REHEARSALS in January. Rehearsals will resume in February.



9:15-9:45 a.m. SERMON PRETALK in the Social Hall. Discussion topics include:

  • January 6: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3: 1-12

  • January 13:  Isaiah 43: 1-7; Acts 8: 14-17. Preaching today is Elder Jim Guida.

  • January 20:  Isaiah 62: 1-5; John 2: 1-11

  • January 27:  Nehemiah 8: 1-3; 5-6; 8-10. Luke 4: 14- 21

10:30-11:30 a.m. WORSHIP SERVICE in the sanctuary. Sunday School for kids ages 5 and up. Free nursery care for younger children. Preaching this month will be: Rev. Jack Eisel (Jan. 6), Elder Jim Guida (Jan. 13), Rev. Bill McGuinness (Jan. 20) and Rev. Bill McGuinness (Jan. 27).

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SOCIAL TIME in the Social Hall. Free coffee and goodies prepared by Fellowship Commission volunteers!





Mission focus for JANUARY:

  • Help Bethany collect winter items for homeless clients of Loaves and Fishes. Needed are: socks and underwear (new and gently used), reading glasses (no prescription), feminine hygiene products, clothes (new, all sizes) bottles & sippy cups for toddlers, baby food and juices,bottled water (cases)  gas cards, daily bus passes. Contact Mary Harbison-Sindle of Bethany’s Mission & Social Action Commission for more information. Your donations may be brought to church Sundays and placed in the collection box in the narthex (the lobby just outside the sanctuary) … or given to Mere in the church office during weekday office hours.

  • The Presbyterian Church is at work in the world helping with relief efforts for victims of recent hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, floods and typhoons. You can partner with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance by praying and by donating online or giving a check (made payable to PDA) to Bethany. Special giving efforts are underway to assist those affected by the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA. Click here for ways you can help.

  • Many thanks to all who contributed to the Christmas food baskets prepared by our deacons. Baskets containing food items for a Christmas dinner were delivered to individuals and families in need.

  • Please consider prayerfully how you can contribute to the works and ministries of Bethany. It’s not too late to submit a pledge of financial and volunteer time for 2019. If you’ve misplaced your pledge form, please contact Mere in the church office. Your support can make a great difference in Bethany’s ability to reach out and serve in the local and world community. The “per capita” (amount we are asked to contribute per member to the Presbyterian Church USA) is $28.95; members’ contribution of that amount to help cover the cost is most appreciated.


Pastor Nominating Committee

Bethany’s Pastor Nominating Committee has completed the church’s Mission Study, one of the first steps on the way to identifying the candidate best suited to help lead Bethany into the future. Please keep this committed group of church members, led by Jeff Mills, in your prayers.


The Communicator (Quarterly Newsletter)

The Communicator is published quarterly in the last week of every January, April, July, and October. It includes a column from the pastor, as well as entries from the church session and commissions, reporting on past events, and informing about upcoming opportunities for ministry and fellowship. Watch for the latest issue, soon to be posted!

The Presbyterian Church (USA)

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