Faith Formation: This week's Sunday School lesson builds on the theme of God's Compassion with the story of David's kindness to Jonathan's son Mephibosheth. Kids are welcome to join the fun after the Children's message in worship. This week's memory verse is, "Do not be afraid for I am a friend of your father's and I will show you kindness." Kindness is powerful! It brings us out of fear and lifts us up instead. David's example shows us how we too can be kind to each other, too.
Nursery Care is available in the upper level of the Education building throughout the service. Please be sure to fill out a registration form for your child (available in the nursery). The children's corner in the sanctuary is always available for your use.
Finch Green LLC Forum: Plan to stay after worship this Sunday, October 8, when Jonathan Davis and Marja Williams from the Finch Green LLC will be at the Adult Education forum to share the latest news from Finch Green and its progress for building 20+ affordable homes on Bethany’s property. Jonathan and Marja will also lead us in an envisioning exercise of what a village could look like around the church and school. All are welcome.
October Impact Gathering: Our next intergenerational meeting we call “Impact” will be this Sunday, Oct 8, at 4:00pm. Everyone is invited all the time, but for this particular gathering, we’re extending the invitation to your PETS! In keeping with our Season of Creation and in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of the environment and animals, we’ll be blessing the animals! We’ll likely meet outside the front of the church for this event, and instead of a sharing a meal as usual, this month we’ll enjoy animal-themed snack bags to go. For planning purposes, please let Pastor Erin know if you’re planning on coming and what pets you’ll be bringing with you—but as always, if you didn’t have a chance to RSVP, come anyway!
A Note of Thanks: Words do not seem adequate to express my family's and my thankfulness for the outpouring of support from the Bethany Community in prayers, notes, and cards. You have accompanied us through months of challenges to Evan's health. Your prayers were answered in God's strength and peace not only for myself but for Evan as well. Following his death, we continue to be comforted by God's mercies expressed so well through all of you. Isaiah 40.28-31. With a thankful heart, Helen Stoll
Bookkeeper Needed: Bethany’s long-time bookkeeper, Ric Becker, has decided to retire from the position at the end of the year. We are grateful to Ric for his long dedication to this aspect of the church. We are now looking for a part-time bookkeeper and Ric is happy to help our next bookkeeper get started. If you, or someone you know, is interested in the position, please contact Debbie or visit the website for more information: http://bethanyofbainbridge.org/job-opportunities-at-bethany/
October Bible Study: The Women’s Bible Study and Book Group will meet on Monday, October 16, at 9:30am. The Men’s Bible Study group will meet later in October than typical. They will meet on October 24, at 8:00am.
Fellowship Fun: Mark your calendars for November 4, 7:00pm (please note date change!) and plan now to come to the irregularly scheduled and always unpredictable Bethany Variety Show. We are looking for audience members and acts—music, dance, skits, readings, demonstration of skills. Please let Mary Jensen know if you have ideas at
Bethany Endowment Fund Grants: The Bethany Endowment Committee is still accepting grant applications for the 2023 distribution cycle until October 15. Application forms are available on the table in the narthex. They can also be downloaded from our website. Completed applications can be dropped off in the office or sent by email as an attachment.
Benefit Concert: A concert to help victims of the West Maui wildfire featuring virtuoso pianist Henry Adam Curtis will take place at St Barnabas Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 14, 7:00pm. Pianist “Hank” Curtis is a Kauai resident, virtuoso pianist, and composer, who has played in many acclaimed US music venues. A $25 donation is suggested. All the net proceeds received from the concert will go towards the Diocese of Hawaii “A Cup of Cold Water” program that is providing direct relief efforts to the Maui victims. Attend in person or via Facebook Livestream at https://www.facebook.com/stbbi
HRB Speaker Series: The third installment of the HRB speaker series takes place Monday, October 16, 7:00pm at the Bainbridge Public Library. The theme of this installment is “Housing Decommodified, A Global Exploration with New York Times Writer Francesca Mari”. Ms. Mari promises to be an engaging presenter, sharing scenes from Vienna where limited-profit and social housing allow people of all incomes to live with comfort and security, great photos, and a skilled journalist’s facility with articulating trends and history. To register for free tickets, visit https://www.housingresourcesbi.org/events/
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 Mabel Keeney in remembrance of Ray’s birthday.
Prayers are Requested: For Jessica Wilson’s grandson Luke who experiencing some health issues; for Steven Selvar & Stephany Taylor who will be married on October 14.
Thank You to this weekend's Worship Assistants:
Altar Duty: Kathy Dudgeon
Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Joe Sommerseth; Lay Reader: Carol Fenner: Hospitality Host: Carol Fenner
Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Nancy & Harry Wetzler; Lay Reader: Harry Wetzler; Communion Assistant: Linnea Chu; Hospitality Host: Kristi Sutton & Linnea Chu
Next weekend's Worship Assistants:
Altar Duty: Vickie Bech
Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Jennie Harris; Lay Reader: Jennie Harris: Hospitality Host: Marlene & Al Orwiler
Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Eve & Mike Curtis; Lay Reader: Mike Curtis; Communion Assistant: Doug Dudgeon; Hospitality Host: Kathy & Doug Dudgeon