Bethany Church Updates September 2019
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ON SUNDAY MORNINGS IN SEPTEMBER:
10:30-11:30 a.m. WORSHIP SERVICE in the sanctuary. Free nursery care for infants through preschoolers, with Sunday School offered for kindergarten through sixth grade.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22—”Do Small Things With Great Love” is the topic of Rev. Bill McGuinness’s sermon.
Special guest musician Vaughn Wolff will present selections on the violin.
Scripture readings are
Zechariah 4: 1-7
Romans 12: 2-8
For your September calendar:
September 8 (Sunday) Homecoming Sunday and Ice Cream Social. Enjoy the free ice cream and coffee bar, and experience an all-ages worship service that is sure to inspire. The worship service starts 10:30 a.m. with festivities commencing at 11:30 a.m.
September 12 (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.
September 12 (Thursday) The Gathering ministry presents “When Compassion Overcomes Fear.” Jerry Permenter, founder of the East Texas AIDS Project, will read excerpts from his forthcoming memoir. He’ll talk about his personal struggles to demonstrate the fear, compassion and aftermath of his years establishing a system of care for those living with HIV. This is his first public presentation of work from his AIDS memoir, "Red Dirt Boy." 7-8:30 p.m. at Bethany. Free! Come at 6:30 for refreshments.
September 15 (Sunday) Reception of new members during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Come and welcome them to the congregation!
September 26 (Thursday) “Writing Your Life Story: Free Writing Workshop.”
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Mission focus for September:
Bethany continues to collect personal care items for those in our community who are homeless. Your donation of the following will help clients of the nonprofit organization Loaves & Fishes: underwear and socks, sunscreen, re-usable water bottles, feminine hygiene products, non-prescription reading glasses plastic baby bottles and toddler sippy cups, baby food and juices, gas cards and daily bus passes. Please see Mary Harbison-Sindle, chair of the church’s Mission & Social Action Commission if you have questions or need donated items picked up.
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.
Coming in October…
October 6 (Sunday) 5 p.m. “Blessing of the Animals” in honor of St. Francis, patron saint of animals. Bring your beloved (socialized) pets to the special outdoor service—rain or shine (we’ll have canopies)—and each will receive the traditional St. Francis blessing. Dogs on leashes, please, and cats/small critters in boxes or containers. Free refreshments will be served afterward.