Bethany Church updates for December 2018

For your calendar:

Dec. 1 (Saturday) Hanging of the Greens decorating morning at the church. Help trim the tree and get the manger scene ready! All ages are welcome (9 a.m. in the sanctuary)

Dec. 2 (Sunday) First Sunday in Advent. Lighting of the first Advent candle—the Candle of Hope—during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Preaching will be Rev. Janice Kamikawa. Come at 9:15 for the Advent in Narnia class in the Social Hall.

Dec. 5 (Wednesday) Advent in Narnia class 6-6:55 p.m. in the church library.

Dec. 8 ISaturday) Theater outing to see the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street” at Sacramento City College. Tickets are $10/student, $15/senior and $18/general admission—payable with check or cash at the door. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Contact Cathy Sapunor by December 5 if you wish to join in the fun.

Dec. 9 (Sunday)

  • Second Sunday in Advent. Lighting of the second Advent candle—the Candle of Peace—during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Preaching will be Chelsea Page. Come at 9:15 for the Advent in Narnia class in the Social Hall.

  • Annual community-wide Sing-Along Messiah Concert; free—donations will be accepted for the SSIP Food Closet (4 p.m. in the sanctuary) 

Dec. 12 (Wednesday) Advent in Narnia class 6-6:55 p.m. in the church library.

Dec. 13 (Thursday) Free “Write Christmas” writing workshop presented by The Gathering & led by Rev. Judy Davis (7-8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall) 

Dec. 16 (Sunday)

  • Third Sunday in Advent. Lighting of the third Advent candle—the Candle of Joy—during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Preaching will be Rev. Judy Davis.

  • Advent in Narnia class in the Social Hall (9:15 a.m.)


  • Evensong third-Sunday service (5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary)

  • Free soup dinner (6 p.m, in the Social Hall)

  • Dinner in Bethlehem play with music presented by the Bethany Chancel Choir (6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary)

Dec. 17 (Monday) Presbyterian Women's potluck Christmas party starts 6 p.m. at the church. Bring a snack to share and show off your favorite festive holiday clothes! You don’t have to be a church member to participate—all are invited to attend.

Dec. 19 (Wednesday) Advent in Narnia class 6-6:55 p.m. in the church library.

Dec. 23 (Sunday) Fourth Sunday in Advent. Lighting of the fourth Advent candle—the Candle of Love—during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Preaching will be Elder Jim Guida. Come at 9:15 for the Advent in Narnia class in the Social Hall.

Dec. 24 (Monday) Christmas Eve candlelight service in the sanctuary (7 p.m.) followed by hot cocoa & cookies in the Social Hall Leading the service will be Rev. Judy Davis.

Dec. 30 (Sunday) Get your 2019 off to a good start at this year-end service, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Preaching will be Elder Jim Guida.

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!

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.

COMING IN JANUARY-FEBRUARY (date to be announced): The annual Chili Cook-off and Talent Show!





Mission focus for December:

  • Know someone who could use a food basket for Christmas? Contact your deacon or Deacons Moderator Jim Carter to nominate an individual or family who might be in need of assistance. Please start bringing canned and packaged goods to church on Sundays so the deacons can prepare Christmas baskets for those in need. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 16.

  • 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 diapers to the two refugee families Bethany is assisting. Dozens of packages of diapers were presented to the parents during the church’s Nov. 18 Thanksgiving lunch.

  • Please consider prayerfully how you can contribute to the works and ministries of Bethany. Financial and volunteer time pledges are now being accepted. If you’ve misplaced your pledge form, please contact Mere in the church office. Planning for the 2019 church budget will shortly be underway, and your support can make a great difference!

Position Opening: CARETAKER

Bethany Presbyterian Church is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Caretaker. Duties include making security rounds at the campus, some lightweight janitorial duties in the church facilities along with some minor repair/handyman duties, opening the facilities for various meetings, and ensuring the grounds are secured when not in use. Preferred characteristics include good people skills, handyman or repair experience, or security experience. Detailed job description available upon request. Compensation is provided in the form of rent-free housing at the home located on the church grounds. Interested parties should contact Jeff Mills at (916) 996-7318 or through the Bethany Presbyterian Church office at (916) 428-5281.

church leadership: IT’s HAPPENING!

Bethany has two committees working on recruiting a pastor. The Interim Pastor Search Committee has been busy interviewing candidates; the finalist will serve as the church’s temporary pastor in the year ahead. The 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.

In the absence of a regular full-time pastor, Parish Associate Rev. Judy Davis has been filling the role as moderator of Bethany’s Session. (“Session” is another name for Board of Directors.) Many thanks to Rev. Judy, Elder Jim Guida (chair of Bethany’s Worship & Arts Commission) and Rev. Janice Kamikawa (who serves on Bethany’s Spiritual Formation Commission) for providing leadership and inspiring sermons at our worship services until an interim pastor is selected.

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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