Bethany Church updates for March 2019

For your calendar:

March 2 (Saturday) Walk the 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. 

March 6 is Ash Wednesday, marking the start of the Lenten season, the 40 days leading up to Easter. Gather at the church starting 6 p.m. with a brief service of scripture, song and the application of ashes. A light supper will follow. Wednesdays in Lent gatherings will take place weekly through April 17 (Wednesday 6-7 p.m.) featuring a light supper and conversation 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. All are welcome to attend. As with all Bethany activities, church membership is not required.

March 9 (Saturday) When you go to bed tonight, set your clock FORWARD one hour. Daylight Saving Time starts 2 a.m. Sunday.

March 10 (Sunday) Plan on wearing something blue today in celebration of the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

March 10 (Sunday) Our new Funny You Should Ask series starts today. This fun and stimulating series gives you a chance to bring up all of your questions about Christianity, the church and more! Meets weekly 9-10 a.m. in Farrand Hall (off the main hallway by the stairs) at Bethany.

March 13 (Wednesday) Wednesdays in Lent gathering Every Wednesday through April 17. 6-7 p.m. at the church.

March 14 (Thursday) “Writing Your Life Story: Free Writing Workshopheld the second/fourth Thursdays of the month. Presented by Rev. Judy Davis, director of The Gathering. No cost to attend! Meet 10-11:30 a.m. in the church library.

March 17 (Sunday) Our new Funny You Should Ask series continues. This fun and stimulating series gives you a chance to bring up all of your questions about Christianity, the church and more! Meets Sundays 9-10 a.m. in Farrand Hall (off the main hallway by the stairs) at Bethany.

March 17 (Sunday) Spend a contemplative, restful half-hour at the third Sunday Evensong Service, held 5:30-6 p.m. in the Bethany sanctuary. Presented by The Gathering ministry. All are welcome to attend,

March 19 (Tuesday) Presbyterian Women host their monthly Bible study and fellowship morning 10 a.m. at the church.

March 20 (Wednesday) Wednesdays in Lent gathering Every Wednesday through April 17. 6-7 p.m. at the church.

March 24 (Sunday) Our Funny You Should Ask series continues. This fun and stimulating series gives you a chance to bring up all of your questions about Christianity, the church and more! Meets Sundays 9-10 a.m. in Farrand Hall (off the main hallway by the stairs) at Bethany.

March 27 (Wednesday) Wednesdays in Lent gathering Every Wednesday through April 17. 6-7 p.m. at the church.

March 28 (Thursday) “Writing Your Life Story: Free Writing Workshop” held the second/fourth Thursdays of the month. Presented by Rev. Judy Davis, director of The Gathering. No cost to attend! Meet 10-11:30 a.m. in the church library.

March 28 (Thursday) Halt Gesang! (Keep Singing!) evening of live music and stories, presented by The Gathering ministry. Come to the Bethany Social Hall for a free dinner at 6 p.m. and a program starting 7 p.m. featuring the talent of Michael Hersher. No need to RSVP and all are welcome. Free!

March 31 (Sunday) Our new Funny You Should Ask series continues. This fun and stimulating series gives you a chance to bring up all of your questions about Christianity, the church and more! Meets Sundays 9-10 a.m. in Farrand Hall (off the main hallway by the stairs) at Bethany.

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EACH SUNDAY MORNING:

9-10 a.m. “FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK” discussion series in Farrand Hall.

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. Join us in welcoming Rev. Bill McGuinness to the pulpit and to Bethany as he serves as interim pastor.

  • March 3—Communion will be served and Rev. Bill McGuinness will speak on the topic Thin Places.

  • March 10—Rev. Bill McGuinness’s sermon will focus on “God Talk.”

  • March 17—Rev. Bill McGuinness will talk about “Next Year in Jerusalem.” Scripture reading: Luke 13: 31-35.

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

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MARCH: THIS MONTH, THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE WORLD.

MARCH: THIS MONTH, THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE WORLD.

SAVE THE DATES!

Saturday, April 13Annual Creek Clean-Up Day in Sacramento County. Be part of Bethany’s team picking up trash at the creek running through Sheldon Park (near Florin Mall). 9-11:30 a.m. at Sheldon Park.

Sunday, April 21—Easter Sunday service, complete with a free continental breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids before the worship service.

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. 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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Mission focus for MARCH:

  • Start collecting those pennies, nickels and dimes for the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which will be collected Palm Sunday (April 14) and Easter Sunday (April 21). Your gift will help the Presbyterian Church (USA) restore hope to individuals and families around the world through three initiatives: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People.

  • The weather is warmer, but those “sleeping rough” still need our donations of: 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. Items will be given to the Loaves & Fishes program that supports those who are homeless in the Sacramento area,

  • 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 still underway to assist those affected by the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, CA. Click here for ways you can help.

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