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December 1 Announcements

The December newsletter is now ready for your reading pleasure. Click here or pick up a copy in the narthex.

Faith Formation: Calling all kids in K-6 grades! Please join us for Sunday School for a special Advent lesson. We'll gather in the classroom just after the lighting of the Advent wreath and children's message during worship. As usual, we'll have a lesson, prayers, a craft, and a yummy snack! Adult education will pause throughout the month of December and resume in January.

Don’t forget to check out the Youth and Family bulletin board in the Narthex for important announcements, a calendar of events for Bethany families, and other fun things to know. In December, you can download Pastor Erin’s favorite Spotify Christmas playlist with the QR code posted on the bulletin board! 

December Bible Study: The Rachel Circle Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, December 6th at 10:00am, followed by quilting and a soup lunch. The Women’s Bible Study group will meet on Monday, December 12th at 9:30am. The Men’s Bible Study group will meet Tuesday, December 13th at 8:00am.

 

Advent: Mark your calendars for a special, interactive worship program on Sunday, December 11. We won't have Sunday school on that day so that we can all be together and participate in this special service. After worship, join us for caroling at Madison house where we'll spread the love of this Advent season.

A big thank you to Kathy Dudgeon for organizing and facilitating the Advent log and card-making workshop on Sunday, Nov 27, the first Sunday in Advent. It was a lot of fun! There are extra logs and greenery in the fellowship hall. Swing on by and make one if you missed the extravaganza on Sunday! The cards will accompany the cookies and caroling on December 11.

 

Christmas Poinsettias: The Altar Guild will be decorating the sanctuary with beautiful poinsettias again this year and welcomes your donations to help cover the cost. Please consider making a donation in honor or memory of someone special in your life. Envelopes for the special donations will be available in your bulletin or on the table as you enter the sanctuary.

Flannel Sheets for Baby Kits: As the weather turns colder and the flannel sheets come out of the closet, if they need to be replaced, please consider giving your old flannel sheets to Rachel Circle. As you change your wardrobe from summer to winter, they also can use large or extra large cotton tee shirts. These both are used to make diapers for the kits.

Supporting Helpline House: Helpline is helping the seniors of our community celebrate the holidays by providing $25 gift cards to Eagle Harbor Books, Safeway, Ace Hardware, Amazon and Starbucks. Bethany has been asked to provide 25 of these gift cards. The cards will be distributed mid-December, so ideally, they would like to receive them by December 6. Please hand in to the church office or place them in the offering plate.

Thank You for Your Support: A huge thank you to those who dropped off items or made a donation in support of Martha & Mary. The items have been delivered and will be much appreciated by the residents when they receive their holiday gift bags.

Amabile Holiday Concert: The Amabile Choir of Bainbridge will be presenting "Songs of Hope, Joy, and Peace" on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3 PM and 7:30 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church.   Tickets can be purchased from Sylvia Cauter or an Amabile member or at Dana's or online at amabilechoir.org.  Please invite your family and friends to join us for an evening of beautiful holiday music.

Drive-Thru Bethlehem and Nativity: Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church’s Drive-Thru Bethlehem town and Nativity is back! Within one week, the church’s parking lot is turned into the little town of Bethlehem allowing visitors to experience what life was like during the time of Christ’s birth - all from the comfort of their car. Roman soldiers, Wisemen, Villagers, live animals strolling though the town, and the apex of the visit - seeing the Christ child in His mother’s arms at the end of the experience. Drive thru 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. Free community event.

Altar Flowers: The altar flowers this weekend are given by Birgit and Norm Davis.

Thank You to this weekend's Worship Assistants:           
          Altar Duty: Kathy Dudgeon
          Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Dick Coar; Lay Reader: Barbara Michael; Hospitality Host: Gail Christensen
          Sunday 10:00am – Greeters: Jan Thrun & Lisa Deen; Ushers: Stephen Deines & Doug Dudgeon; Lay Reader: Barbara Deines; Communion Assistant: Barbara Deines; Hospitality Hosts: Linda & Tom Newlon 

Next weekend's Worship Assistants:
          Altar Duty: Gail Christensen
          Saturday – No 5:00pm service
          Sunday 10:00am – Greeters: Claire & Marty Dasler; Ushers: Alice & Bruce McCain; Lay Reader: Claire Dasler; Communion Assistant: Vicki Browning; Hospitality Hosts: Vicki Browning & Shirley Funk

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November 23 Announcements

Thanksgiving Eve Service: Bethany’s service of Thanksgiving is tonight, Wednesday, November 23 at 7pm. This service will include a lovely Thanksgiving litany and special music by the Bethany Choir.

 

Office Closed: The office will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Faith Formation: This week in Sunday school we'll be making Advent Logs and Christmas cards!  Kids K-6 are invited to join us in the fellowship hall during the Sunday school hour. Following worship, everyone is invited to join us for this fun event! The Adult Education group will not be held this week so that you may participate in the Advent log and card making event!

Advent Wreath: Are you or your family interested in lighting the Advent candle one of the four Sundays in Advent? We'd love to have you, so please don't be shy in letting Pastors Paul or Erin know! The Sundays of Advent are 11/27/ 12/ 4, 12/11, and 12/18.

Advent Fair: The first Sunday of Advent is this weekend, November 27! Plan now to stay after worship to enjoy some refreshments and Advent activities. There will be all the materials needed to make Advent Logs and Advent table wreaths to take home, as well as materials to make holiday cards for Bethany members who are no longer able to get out.

 

Flannel Sheets for Baby Kits: As the weather turns colder and the flannel sheets come out of the closet, if they need to be replaced, please consider giving your old flannel sheets to Rachel Circle. As you change your wardrobe from summer to winter, they also can use large or extra large cotton tee shirts. These both are used to make diapers for the kits. 

2023 Stewardship Campaign: 2023 Stewardship materials have been mailed, including a Pledge Card and Time and Talent Survey. In this season of thanksgiving, please return your thanks for the Bethany community by mailing or dropping off your Pledge Card and Time and Talent Survey by Sunday, November 27.

Supporting Martha & Mary: Our non-profit, senior care partners, Martha & Mary in Poulsbo, are still in need of a few items to provide an extra special holiday for the 100+ seniors in their care. They especially need packs (3 count) big, fluffy socks with non-skid feet and men’s razor kits (such as the Gillette ProGlide). You may also make a donation to Bethany noting ‘support for Martha & Mary’ that can be used to purchase needed items.

Supporting Helpline House: Helpline is helping the seniors of our community celebrate the holidays by providing $25 gift cards to Eagle Harbor Books, Safeway, Ace Hardware, Amazon and Starbucks. Bethany has been asked to provide 25 of these gift cards. The cards will be distributed mid-December, so ideally, they would like to receive them by December 6. Please hand in to the church office or place them in the offering plate.

Amabile Holiday Concert: The Amabile Choir of Bainbridge will be presenting "Songs of Hope, Joy, and Peace" on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3 PM and 7:30 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church.   Tickets can be purchased from Sylvia Cauter or an Amabile member or at Dana's or online at amabilechoir.org.  Please invite your family and friends to join us for an evening of beautiful holiday music.

Drive-Thru Bethlehem and Nativity: Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church’s Drive-Thru Bethlehem town and Nativity is back! Within one week, the church’s parking lot is turned into the little town of Bethlehem allowing visitors to experience what life was like during the time of Christ’s birth - all from the comfort of their car. Roman soldiers, Wisemen, Villagers, live animals strolling though the town, and the apex of the visit - seeing the Christ child in His mother’s arms at the end of the experience. Drive thru 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. Free community event.

Altar Flowers: The altar flowers this weekend are given by Luanne and Tom Croker in celebration of their grandchildren.

Thank You to this weekend's Worship Assistants:           
          Altar Duty: Nancy Wetzler
          Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Jennie Harris; Lay Reader: Jennie Harris; Hospitality Hosts: Marlene & Al Orwiler
          Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Colleen & Steve Chupik; Lay Reader: Barbara Deines; Communion Assistant: Colleen Chupik; Hospitality Hosts: Kathy & Doug Dudgeon

Next weekend's Worship Assistants:
          Altar Duty: Kathy Dudgeon
          Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Dick Coar; Lay Reader: Barbara Michael; Hospitality Hosts: Gail Christensen
          Sunday 10:00am – Greeters: Jan Thrun & Lisa Dean; Ushers: Stephen Deines & Doug Dudgeon; Lay Reader: Barbara Deines; Communion Assistant: Barbara Deines; Hospitality Hosts: Linda & Tom Newlon

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