Updated 2019-04-16-19

Bethany Church updates for April 2019

SUNDAY MORNINGS

9-10 a.m.FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK” discussion series.

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.

  • April 7—Communion will be served and the church choir will sing. Pastor Bill’s sermon title is “Check the Rearview; Focus on the Windshield.” Today’s scripture reading will be Isaiah 43: 16-21 and Philippians 3: 4b-14. Please bring donations of plastic eggs and small wrapped candy for our kids’ Easter egg hunt, which takes place April 21.

  • April 14—Palm Sunday. Each person gets a small palm frond as a reminder of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Today’s scripture readings are Zechariah 9: 9-10 and Luke 19: 28-40. Pastor Bill will talk about “Deeds of Power” and Dr. Peter Baird will present special music.Volunteers are needed after church to stuff eggs for next week’s Easter egg hunt. Bring your One Great Hour of Sharing offering today!

  • April 21—Easter Sunday. Come at 9:30 a.m. for a free continental breakfast prepared by our Fellowship Commission volunteers. The children’s Easter egg hunt starts promptly at 10 a.m. on the church lawn. Stay for a moving and inspiring Easter service at 10:30 a.m. Special music will feature Justin Au on the trumpet.

  • April 28—Jesus has risen. Where do we go from here? Come and find out!

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

For your calendar:

April 3 (Wednesday)Wednesdays in Lent study series continues, 6-7 p.m. at the church. Free dinner included!

April 10 (Wednesday)Wednesdays in Lent study series continues, 6-7 p.m. at the church. Dinner and discussion.

April 11 (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.

April 13 (Saturday)Annual 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.

April 14 (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,

April 16 (Tuesday) Presbyterian Women host their monthly Bible study and fellowship morning 10 a.m. at the church.

April 17 (Wednesday)Wednesdays in Lent study series concludes tonight; 6-7 p.m. at the church. Includes dinner.

April 18 (Thursday)Passover Meal starting 6 p.m at the church. Share a roast lamb dinner with traditional Passover side dishes as we learn about Passover—the great Jewish celebration of deliverance from slavery. Dinner will be followed by an optional Christian communion service (with bread and grape juice). No cost to attend, and all ages are welcome. A freewill offering will be accepted for those wishing to contribute to the cost of the meal. RSVPs appreciated; call or e-mail the church office at (916) 428-5281 office@bethpres.com.

April 21—Easter Sunday. See “Sundays” above.

April 25 (Thursday) “Writing Your Life Story: Free Writing Workshop.”

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Celebrate a loved one by dedicating an Easter lily in his or her honor! Beautiful lily plants will be displayed at the Easter Sunday service and ready to take home by those who made a donation (suggested $10) by April 17.    E-mail the church office    if you would like to make a donation and take home a lily. You can alternately ask that your donated lily plant be given to a shut=in.

Celebrate a loved one by dedicating an Easter lily in his or her honor! Beautiful lily plants will be displayed at the Easter Sunday service and ready to take home by those who made a donation (suggested $10) by April 17. E-mail the church office if you would like to make a donation and take home a lily. You can alternately ask that your donated lily plant be given to a shut=in.

APRIL: AS WE MARVEL AGAIN AT CHRIST’S RETURN TO LIFE, WE CAN THINK ABOUT HOW WE—AS GOD’S CHILDREN—ARE EACH DAY GIVEN NEW CHANCES AND NEW CHOICES TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND TO BE CHRIST’S PRESENCE IN THE WORLD.

APRIL: AS WE MARVEL AGAIN AT CHRIST’S RETURN TO LIFE, WE CAN THINK ABOUT HOW WE—AS GOD’S CHILDREN—ARE EACH DAY GIVEN NEW CHANCES AND NEW CHOICES TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND TO BE CHRIST’S PRESENCE IN THE WORLD.

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Mission focus for APRIL

Pick up a  One Great Hour of Sharing  fish bank at Bethany to collect your spare change!

Pick up a One Great Hour of Sharing fish bank at Bethany to collect your spare change!

  • Continue 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 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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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!

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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. No cost to attend! Ladies are encouraged to wear hats. We will be collecting donated items of quality such as jewelry, vases, kitchen accessories and miscellaneous items (no clothing) every Sunday until the event.