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June 27 Announcements

Faith Formation
Sunday school is paused for the summer and will resume in September. This Sunday, June 30 we will have our first "Playground and Popsicle Sunday" when children are invited down to the playground to enjoy fellowship and a cool summer treat! Kids will be escorted to the playground after the Children's Message in worship and supervised by an adult and teen volunteer at the playground. You may pick up your child directly after worship. Please note that a Sunday school registration form is required. 


We are pleased to welcome Eve Palay and Anne Lovejoy this Sunday, June 30 for a special Adult Forum in honor of Pride month. Anne and Eve will share important information about services in our community for LGBTQ+ people and their families, and how people of faith can support them. We'll talk about a number of issues in an "interview" format, leaving plenty of time for your questions. Please join us after worship in Fellowship Hall for what promises to be an informative and enjoyable learning experience. 


Summer Sermon Series
Throughout July, we'll Dine with Jesus...or at least we'll reflect on Jesus' mealtime ministry in our worship. We have much to learn from the radical and often scandalous hospitality Jesus offered to his guests–most of whom were marginalized by society. We are called to offer the same kind of hospitality–but do we really offer the same welcome God offers us? Join us throughout July as we learn together what it means to be a disciple of Christ around the table–maybe you'll be inspired to practice by hosting a dinner party yourself!

Transition Surveys
The Transition Team is thankful for the eleven responses they received as of June 24. They ask that completed surveys be returned to the box on the table in the narthex by this Sunday, June 30. It is important that the Transition Team have your ideas and suggestions so that they can move ahead and complete the Ministry Site Profile and begin the Call Process. Copies of the survey are available on the nametag table in the narthex or from the manila pocket attached to the Transition Bulletin Board in the fellowship hall. You can also view one to print at home by clicking here. The Transition Team will be offering an opportunity to discuss the survey questions, results and the transition process later in July. Watch for the date and details in a future announcement.

Cleaning up the Basement!
A dedicated group of people have been hard at work cleaning up the lower level in anticipation of Stephens House relocating their program to Bethany. There are a number of items that are still serviceable but will no longer be needed by Bethany or Stephens House. These have been moved upstairs and are “free to a good home”. Any items left after the weekend will be donated to the Rotary auction. Are you able to help transport items to Rotary on Monday? If so, contact Debbie at


A Painting Party!!
Once the clean-out of the lower level has been completed, it will be time to paint. Andy Rimkus has generously offered to spearhead this effort. We are planning on July 19-22 as painting party days. And while Andy is a multi-talented guy, he won’t be able to tackle this project all on his own. He will need volunteers to help prep and/or paint. If you have a few hours – or even a couple of days – you can help, contact Debbie at  

July Bible Study
The Rachel Circle Bible Study group will meet at 10:00am on Tuesday, July 2. The Women’s Bible Study and Book Group takes time off for the summer and will meet again in September. The Men’s Bible Study group will meet at 8:30am on Tuesday, July 9. 


Pie Weekend
Due to popular demand—it's back.  Plan now to bake (or buy!) for Pie Weekend at Bethany on July 6 & 7 after the services.  Treat your friends and family to your favorite pie (or pie-related) dessert.  Fruits, nuts, meringues, chiffons, crisps, crusts, crumbs, we will love it all.  No problem if there are left-overs as people can take some home for even more enjoyment.  Nothing says Happy Independence Day more than home-made pie!


Housing Resources Bainbridge (HRB) Forum
HRB is pleased to offer “Good for Everybody. Accessible Spaces, Inclusive Communities, and Beautiful Design.” Architect and accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer will present a brief history of the disability civil rights movement, the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and its impact on building design today. Braitmayer will also share projects that exceed the minimum compliance, elevating our expectations of good design, and helping to build inclusive communities. The forum takes place on Thursday, July 11, 7:00pm at the Bainbridge Public Library. For more information, or to register for free tickets, see the flyer on the hallway bulletin board or visit https://www.housingresourcesbi.org/events/

Altar Flowers: The altar flowers this weekend are given by the Deines family. 

Thank You to this weekend’s Worship Assistants:
          Altar Duty: Barbara Swartling
          Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Charlene Selvar; Lay Reader: Carol Fenner; Hospitality Hosts: Veronika & Jim Rohrscheib
          Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Debbie & Andy Rimkus; Lay Reader: Andy Rimkus; Communion Assistant: Lynn Nordby; Hospitality Hosts: Benay & Lynn Nordby               

Next Weekend’s Worship Assistants:
          Altar Duty: Alice McCain & Nancy Wetzler
          Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Dick Coar; Lay Reader: Gail Christensen; Hospitality Host: Jennie Harris
          Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Stephen Deines & Andy Rimkus; Lay Reader: Barbara Deines; Communion Assistant: Barbara Deines; Hospitality Hosts: Debbie & Andy Rimkus

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