Bethany Church updates for February 2019

For your calendar:

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.

Choir rehearsals resume this month! Singers of all ages and abilities are welcomed. Meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the church.

Feb. 14 (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.

Feb. 15 (Friday) See the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brownwith Bethany friends! We’ll be meeting at 7:45 p.m., at the the theater, located at 5051 47th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95824. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets—available at the door—are $15 (general public) and $10 (students, seniors, DDSO clients and those with disabilities). Bethany’s Director of Music Ministries, Dr. May Tuan Tucker, is music director of this charming production, which is based on the beloved characters created by Charles Schultz. Ticket proceeds benefit the Developmental Disabilities Service Organization.

Feb. 19 (Tuesday) Presbyterian Women invite interested people to come for monthly bible study and fellowship 10 a.m. at the church. Meet in Fisherman’s House (the building behind the church).

Feb. 24 (Sunday) Annual Congregational Meeting to elect new church officers and to hear about the 2019 budget. Will be held in the sanctuary immediately following the morning service.

Feb. 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 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. More details to come about an Ash Wednesday service and Lenten study series.

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



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

  • February 3: Jeremiah 1: 4-10; Psalm 71: 1-6; Luke 4: 14-21

  • February 10:  Isaiah 43: 1-7; Acts 8: 14-17.

  • February 17:  Jeremiah 17: 5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 6: 17-26

  • February 24:  Genesis 45: 3-11, 15; Psalm 37: 1-11,39, 40; Luke 6: 27-38

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.

  • February 3—Communion will be served and Rev. Bill McGuinness will speak on the topic of Freedom. Woodstock was 50 years ago this coming summer. The weekend opened with a 6’6” tall black folk-soul singer songwriter from Brooklyn named Richie Havens. He electrified the half-million young people with his performance of the song “Freedom.”.  Rev. Bill McGuinness went to school in Brooklyn, too, and arrived at Woodstock that weekend (in his words) “not really understanding freedom but has since learned a lot more about it.” Come and hear him deliver a memorable message!

  • February 10—Get inspired to raise your level of spirituality as of Rev. Bill McGuinness talks about stepping into Deeper Waters.

  • February 17—Rev. Bill McGuinness shares insights on the topic All the Light We Cannot See.

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



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.





Mission focus for FEBRUARY:

  • 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.

  • 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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