Time Change: Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend! Enjoy that extra hour when you set your clock back before bed on Saturday.
Faith Formation: Sunday, November 5 is the first Sunday of the month, and there will be NO Sunday school or nursery care so that all of us might be present in worship together. Sunday school and nursery care will resume next week, November 12.
Join us next Sunday, November 12 for a special Adult Education discussion based on Barbara Deines' newly published book, Sleepy Eyed Dreams (available on Amazon), a collection of stories told through her father's eyes growing up in a small town in Minnesota. Come join the discussion to hear about Barbara's inspiration and writing process...and be inspired!
All Saints: This weekend, November 4 & 5, we will be celebrating All Saints. This is a special time to remember and honor those we love who have gone before us. During both the Saturday evening and Sunday morning services, there will be an opportunity to light candles in remembrance of those you love and see no more.
Bethany Variety Show: Come this Saturday, November 4, for "The Better Than Average (?) Variety Show”. Beverages--wine and non-alcoholic options--and light hors d'oeuvres at 6:00. Show starts at 7:00. We hope to raise funds to benefit World Central Kitchen. Their mission is to serve chef-prepared meals to communities who have been impacted by natural disasters and during humanitarian crises. Brian Stoll, who works for World Central Kitchen, will be with us to talk about the organization before the show. (https://wck.org for more information) There is a suggested donation of $15 cash or check. Checks should be made out to Bethany Lutheran Church with WCK Fundraiser in the memo field. Come see your Bethany friends and people from the community at large entertain with music, skits, dance, and poetry!
Finch Green Update (and Brainstorming Session, Part 2!): Come and participate in Part 2 of the Finch Green brainstorming for the future session this Sunday, November 5 at 11:00am! (Those who attend the Saturday evening service are encouraged to return for this brainstorming session.) Finch Green consultants, Jonathan Davis and Marja Williams, will follow up on the first brainstorming session in early October, and this time they will present illustrations of what a sustainable, multi-generational, affordable housing community could look like on Bethany’s property. In this time of transition from ideas into options, your input and ideas are invited! Whether or not you attended the brainstorming session (with Legos) in October, don’t miss this opportunity to comment, ask questions, and help to translate a vision into reality. All are invited!!
Holden Evening Prayer: Our next Holden Evening Prayer service will be Saturday, November 11 at 5:00pm
November Bible Study: The Rachel Circle Bible Study Group will meet on Tuesday, November 7 at 10:00am. The Women’s Bible Study and Book Group will meet on Monday, November 13 at 9:30am. The Men’s Bible Study Group will meet on Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00am. All Bible Study groups meet in fellowship hall.
November Impact Gathering: Mark your calendars for our next Impact Gathering on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 4:00-5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. Being the "official" season of Thanksgiving, we'll be doing a "Bring-Your-Favorite-Thanksgiving-Side-Dish" potluck (no turkey, just sides and desserts). We also invite you to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to contribute to the food bank. Join us for a festive gathering when we will give thanks, break bread, pray, and offer ourselves as the hands and feet of Christ in the world. Please let Pastor Erin know if you think you might attend.
Quilts, Kits, and More Kits: A huge thank you to the Rachel Circle who made and boxed up 54 quilts, 82 school supply kits, and 51 baby care kits. Thanks also to Joe Sommerseth for loading up the boxes and delivering them so Lutheran World Relief can ship them to those in need all over the world. And a special thanks to the congregation for supporting this ministry with donations towards the cost of shipping!
Join the Altar Guild Flower Team: Enjoy fiddling with flowers? Do you love the fun and creativity of putting together flowers into arrangements? If so, you are invited to put together arrangements for worship, placed each week at the right of the altar. Depending on your schedule, you can do this a couple of times a year, for special occasions or on a more regular basis. Expenses reimbursed. For questions or to volunteer, contact Altar Guild member Rachel Pritchett at (206) 498-0920 or .
Compline Services: Compline services will be offered once again this year on the first Sunday of the month at St Cecilia’s Church at 7:00pm The next compline service will be Sunday, November 5.
Altar Flowers: The altar flowers this weekend are given by Jan Thrun in celebration of her 85th birthday.
Thank You to this weekend's Worship Assistants:
Altar Duty: Barbara Swartling
Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Charlene Selvar; Lay Reader: Carol Fenner: Hospitality Host: N/A – Stay for the “Better than Average Variety Show”!
Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Barbara & David Swartling; Lay Reader: Linnea Chu; Communion Assistant: Linnea Chu; Hospitality Host: Kathy & Doug Dudgeon
Next weekend's Worship Assistants:
Altar Duty: Barbara Swartling
Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Jim Rohrscheib; Lay Reader: Gail Christensen: Hospitality Host: Jennie Harris
Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Nancy & Harry Wetzler; Lay Reader: Harry Wetzler; Communion Assistant: Vicki Browning; Hospitality Host: Miriam Barrenger & Alice McCain