We have been told that summer on Bainbridge Island begins on July 4th. With the temperatures of the past week pressing that timeline forward, we are beginning our summer worship schedule this weekend. We are moving our in-person worship service out of the parking lot (unless we have an unseasonal rain/snow shower) and into the patio area between the church and education building. There we will enjoy an outdoor experience with the benefit of shade; we have half a dozen or so parking spots if any prefer to remain in their cars, listening to the FM transmitter. (Originally, we had planned on meeting on the north lawn, but there is no protection from the sun in that area)
For this 10am Sunday morning worship, you are invited to bring a folding chair, or use one of the church’s plastic chairs, which will be on location. Those who would like to sit on the lawn may do so, in an area that is just behind the worship leadership, on the hill above the playground. (Children are very welcome to play in the playground during the worship if that is OK with their parents)
This Saturday, Bethany will hold a 5:00pm Saturday evening worship service indoors for those who are vaccinated. The singing will be limited, but we will share in prayer, in the Word, and in Holy Communion, in a worship liturgy that is similar to that of Sunday morning. The next Saturday evening worship will be on July 17th at 5pm.
On Sunday morning, July 4th, Pastor Paul is organizing the outdoor fellowship hour, and promises coffee and ROOT BEER FLOATS. See below for how to sign-up to provide the goodies for coffee hours in the weeks to come.
Summer Coffee Hour: Pastor Paul has kicked off the return of coffee hour after the 10am Sunday morning worship service. Bethany will provide the coffee, juice and lemonade as well as disposable cups and napkins. Volunteer hosts will provide light snacks, set up and clean up. There will be a sign-up sheet to host on the coffee hour table Sunday mornings, or sign up by calling Debbie in the church office.
Summer Bible Study: The Rachel Circle Bible Study group will next meet on July 6 at 10am. The Women's Bible Study group is on hiatus for the summer and will meet again in the fall. Stay tuned for details on the next meeting of the Men's Bible Study group.
Prayers are extended for: David and Jennifer Mueller's granddaughter Penelope who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and for her parents as they worry and care for her.