Congregational Meeting, August 28th After Worship: Bethany will hold a Congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, August 28th to vote on extending a call to Pastor Erin Grayson to the position of "Pastor for Faith Formation". Information about this position and call, approved by the Bethany Congregation council, has been sent to Bethany households via email and regular mail, but in short this is a half-time pastoral position that includes leadership for our Child and Family Ministry. It is “budget-neutral" and is coterminous with Pastor Paul's call to Bethany. "Meet and Greet" opportunities to get to know Pastor Erin will be provided on Saturday evenings (8/13 and 8/27) in advance of the congregational vote. Come and meet Pastor Erin this Saturday following our 5pm worship.
Sanctuary Project Update: The ceiling and wall demolition are completed! Next up is the electrical work, which should happen next week. Towards the end of the month, the insulators will be here to blow in the insulation. The building will be closed to everyone else while the insulation work is being done. This is currently scheduled for the week of August 29 – September 2. We will let everyone know if the dates for this change and be sure there is plenty of signage to make sure no one enters the building while insulation work is happening.
Holden Evening Prayer: The 5pm service this Saturday, August 13 will be Holden Evening Prayer. The FM channel (87.9) will be available for this service for those who want to worship from the safety of the car.
Blackberry Weekend: Let’s celebrate blackberry season with a blackberry weekend! Bring your favorite blackberry dish to share during the fellowship hour next weekend, Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.
LWR School Kit Supplies Needed: Back-to-school supplies sales are already happening! Again this year Bethany people will make book bags to be filled and sent to school children around the world through Lutheran World Relief. We will fill and ship the book bags in October, for delivery in early November, when we also send quilts and baby kits. We’d love your help! Scan store sales ads for school supplies, purchase some of the items, and bring them to the labeled box in the narthex. Needed items include: 70-sheet spiral notebooks (wide- or college-ruled), 30-centimeter or inches/centimeter rulers; pencil sharpeners; blunt/safety scissors; unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink); boxes of 16 or 24 crayons; 2 and ½ inch erasers. More supply lists are also in the box. Office Depot/Office Max, Staples, Target, WalMart, Fred Meyer, Amazon, etc. may have what you want at good sale prices. Last year we shipped 81 school kits! With donations of supplies and book bags from many Bethanians, who knows? Maybe we’ll send 100 this fall!
Supporting Martha & Mary: At the last Martha and Mary Church and Community Committee meeting, it was decided that sponsoring churches would select a month to supply treats for the M and M staffers (nearly 400 strong) when they have to get regularly tested for Covid. (Currently, twice weekly.) The CEO says it’s a great morale booster for staff to know that people in churches are thinking about them. Bethany’s month is this September, and we will collect donations throughout the month of August. Treats/snacks must be individually commercially packaged; people can either donate actual snacks or contribute $$ for purchases. Ideas include granola bars, single serve bags of popcorn, nuts, chips, jerky sticks, fruit rollups, and/or individual beverage containers. Please put items in a basket provided in the fellowship hall; checks, made out to Bethany designating Martha & Mary in the memo line, should be placed in the offering plate, or given to Debbie in the Bethany office. Thank you for your generosity and for your support of these vital healthcare workers.
Kitsap Ride for Refugees: Come and support the Ride for Refugees on August 20. There will be food, live music, a beer garden, and a great cause all waiting for you at Silverdale Lutheran Church. Join kickoff at 9am, or anytime throughout the day as riders return to cross the finish line, between 10:30 and 3pm. Come join the fun, bring the kids, and make some noise for the riders! Please email if you plan on joining for lunch. And it’s not too late to register to ride. Register for either the in-person ride (10 to 30 mile open course routes) OR for the virtual ride, which you can do on your own any day in August and still receive swag. To register or to donate to this great cause visit https://tinyurl.com/2p87ce2c.
Altar Flowers: The altar flowers this weekend are given by Joe and Barbara Michael in celebration of their 56th wedding anniversary.
Prayers are Requested: For Sandy Young, as she grieves the death of her husband, Denny Young; for Mark Sather, son of Pat and DeMar, contending with serious health concerns; for David Ballaine, recovering from hand surgery.
Thank You to this weekend's Worship Assistants:
Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Jennie Harris; Lay Reader: Jennie Harris; Hospitality Hosts: Jim & Veronika Rohrscheib
Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: David & Barbara Swartling; Lay Reader: David Swartling; Communion Assistant: Bruce McCain; Hospitality Hosts: Alice McCain & Miriam Barrenger
Next weekend's Worship Assistants:
Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Charlene Selvar; Lay Reader: Barbara Michael; Hospitality Hosts: Dave & Gail Christensen
Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Nancy & Harry Wetzler; Lay Reader: Doug Dudgeon; Communion Assistant: Doug Dudgeon; Hospitality Hosts: Karen & Ed Kushner