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September 15 Announcements

Faith Formation Begins This Sunday!

Sunday School: This week our Sunday School lesson is all about prayer and what a privilege it is to pray for one another! We’ll focus on the scripture lesson from our lectionary reading, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, which begins with the exhortation “First then, I urge that supplications, intercessions, prayers and thanksgiving be made for everyone…” We’ll enjoy a story, snack, craft, and of course, a special prayer. 
Children in Kindergarten through sixth grade will be dismissed after the children’s message–but older children are welcome to join us as well! This week Pastor Erin will be teaching Sunday school. Are you interested in joining the Sunday School Team to help with future lessons? If so, please email .

Adult Education: For our Adult Education program , we’ll begin the series The Economy of Love: Creating a Culture of Enough, presented by Christian author and activist, Shane Claiborne. Each of our sessions will provide an opportunity for guided discussion centered on a short video clip on the theme. Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to join us and check it out!
Shane Claiborne describes the course in this way: America thrives on a simple message - That what we have is currently not enough. Not big enough, not nice enough, not fast or hip enough. The American Dream is based on wanting more. But does God's dream for the world look like the American Dream? In this multi-week study, unpack what the patterns of God's kingdom look like compared to the patterns of our world. What is the value of enough, and how do we become more like the God who is close to the poor, the hungry, the meek and the merciful?

BI/NK CROP Walk: This year’s CROP walk is taking place on Sunday, September 25th! NEXT WEEK!! Please consider joining this walk as a walker or as a sponsor for a walker, as we together work to make hunger history. Here is the link to register or support the Bethany team:  https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/event/bainbridgeislandwa.  Remember, all donations are matched by an island donor, so this provides a great opportunity to make a difference in fighting hunger locally and globally.

But wait, there’s more...the Mini-CROP Walk will take place at Bethany that same day, a half mile walk around the Bethany grounds with Pastor Erin and Pastor Paul right after worship on the 25th. this is for everyone in the church, and especially our children. A Bethany donor is pledging $50 for every child at Bethany who participates, an amount that will be matched (making it $100) with the larger walk. But, each person needs to sign up as a walker on the website indicated above in order for the $50 to be contributed. Contact Pastor Paul for any questions. Bethany youth will be setting up the walk route on BI, as has been our tradition for the past several years. Let’s work together to faithfully make hunger history.

A “Noisy” Offering: We will have a “noisy” offering next Sunday, September 25th. There will be a collection during Sunday morning worship to benefit the CROP Walk. Pastor Paul also invites families with children and those unable to participate in the CROP Walk, to plan on a walk after worship around the property. Come with noisy pockets - quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies. Change is good!

Opening Up the Nursery: After being closed for two and a half years because of the pandemic, the Bethany nursery is reopening! We plan to have the nursery staffed and ready for children aged four and younger beginning Sunday, October 2. We are looking for a couple more high school students and an adult to round out our nursery team. If you, or someone you know, are interested please contact Debbie at .

Bethany Choir Rehearsals Begin Tonight: The Bethany Choir will hold its first fall rehearsal tonight Thursday, September 15 at 7pm in the education building. The following week and going forward, rehearsals will be on Wednesdays at 7pm in fellowship hall. All are welcome. Contact Sylvia Cauter with any questions.

Rachel Circle Breakfast Meeting: Come for breakfast and help us plan for the new year on September 20th at 10:00 am.  Meet our new officers, reconnect with those that you've missed over the summer, and make new friendships.  All are welcome.  Please RSVP to Jennie at  .

Updated Address: Louise Urness has moved to Providence Mount St. Vincent assisted living! Her new address is: 4831 35th Ave, # 304, Seattle WA 98126

Upcoming Memorials: It was with sadness that we learned of the death of former Bethany choir director, Shirley Jenkins. Shirley died on August 18, following a battle with cancer. Her memorial service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2pm, at Vinland Lutheran Church in Poulsbo. There will be an opportunity to sing at Shirley’s memorial as part of a group now being formed. For details contact Jeff Sievertson at 360-621-1909. There will also be a memorial service for Bud Johnson, known at Bethany as the husband of Myrna Johnson.  Bud died during Covid, and Myrna moved to Vancouver (Camus), but it was always the plan to have Bud's memorial service at Bethany when the timing was right.  That time has been set for Saturday, October 1st at 11am at Bethany.  The service will be held in our fellowship hall, followed by a reception in the same space.  

LWR School Kit Supplies Needed: Thank you so much for your generous donations of school supplies for our LWR School Kit project! There are a few items that we still could use:

  • Notebooks, wide or college-ruled, 8”x10.5” (no loose leaf paper)
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Children’s blunt safety scissors
  • Ballpoint pens, black or blue ink (no gel pens)
  • 5” erasers

We will be collecting supplies to fill our book bags until October 16th. There is still time to support this important ministry!

Altar Flowers: The altar flowers this weekend are given by Gail and Dave Christensen in honor of their 62nd wedding anniversary.

Prayers are Requested: For Miriam Barrenger, as she recovers from shoulder surgery; for Mark Sather, son of Pat and DeMar, contending with serious health concerns.

Thank You to this weekend's Worship Assistants:           

          Altar Duty: Carol Fenner

         Saturday 5:00pm – Greeter/Usher: Joe Sommerseth; Lay Reader: Carol Fenner; Hospitality Hosts: Veronika & Jim Rohrscheib
         Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Eve & Mike Curtis; Lay Reader: Claire Dasler; Communion Assistant: Vicki Browning; Hospitality Hosts: Vicki Browning & Kristi Sutton

Next weekend's Worship Assistants:

          Altar Duty: Barbara Swartling

         Saturday 5:00pm 00pm – Greeter/Usher: Barbara Michael; Lay Reader: Barbara Michael; Hospitality Hosts: Carol & Ron Fenner
         Sunday 10:00am – Greeters/Ushers: Andy & Debbie Rimkus; Lay Reader: Andy Rimkus; Communion Assistant: Kathy Dudgeon; Hospitality Hosts: Kathy & Doug Dudgeon


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