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Preliminary Worship Schedule moving through the summer:  With a sense of hopefulness and a deep yearning to be back together in-person for our worship services each week, Bethany is crafting a summer worship schedule with the expectation that we will be worshiping in the Bethany sanctuary in September.  Here is what we have dreamed up for the summer at Bethany.

                             May and June Sunday mornings:  10am Worship in a Drive-in setting, inviting people to bring lawn chairs to sit by their cars in the parking lot.  The first three Sundays in June, our worship leaders will be Pastor Erin Grayson (June 6, 13), and Pastor Kristy Daniels (20), while Pastor Paul is visiting grandson Fritz in Iowa.

                             Saturday Evening 5pm Indoor Worship Services will be held periodically throughout the summer, starting this Saturday, May 29th, and then picking up again in July (when Pastor Paul returns).  These will be socially-distanced worship services, with no congregational singing, but will include prayer, scripture, a sermon, and holy communion.  People attending the worship services are expected to be vaccinated, and there will be no fellowship hour.  Stay tuned for more information.

                              July and August Sunday morning worship services and fellowship will take place at 10am, ON THE LAWN west of the church. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, recliners, etc. or choose to remain in your cars, and join us for this outdoor worship experience in the beauty of summertime on Bainbridge Island. If people express an interest in hosting an outdoor coffee hour, we will share that joy together as well. (Pastor Paul will host the first one on Sunday, July 4th.) When the weather is stormy, we will hold our worship as a drive-in worship oriented toward the stage.

We celebrate the baptism of Asher Paige, son of Matt and Holly Paige.  This baptism is taking place in a Covid-sensitive private service on Saturday morning.    Please keep Asher and his family in your prayers of celebration and accompaniment.  Remember the promise the "assembly" makes in the course of this service: "People of God, do you promise to support Asher, and pray for him in his new life in Christ?"   We do!

Pastoral Care in June: Pastor Sonja Selboe will be available for pastoral care calls while Pastor Paul is away (June 4 – 26). Pastor Sonja can be reached at 360-297-1779.

Welcome Debbie Rimkus! Debbie began her role as church administrator this past week. She is excited to begin this ministry with Bethany and looking forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones. Debbie’s office hours will be Monday – Thursday, 10am – 1pm. Please feel free to stop by the church office to say hi and welcome Debbie.

Faith Action Network is holding its Spring Summits, to consider what legislative priorities and actions might be taken together in the year ahead.  The final one takes place on Sunday, June 6th from 2-4pm.  Register at http://bit.ly/2021SummitJune.  For more information, check out fanwa.org.

Rachel Circle Bible Study will next convene on Tuesday, June 1st at 10am, in person in the Bethany fellowship hall.  Copies of the Bible Study can be found in Gather Magazine, or on a table in the library at Bethany.  Come and join us for this holy conversation.

The Bethany Garden, orchestrated by Mary Douglas, with great assistance from Gus and Stina Pena, is tilled and ready to be planted.  If anyone would like to adopt a planter, please contact Mary at 206-755-3170 or Pastor Paul at 206-842-4241.  This requires about a 90 minute/week commitment.  All harvest will go to Helpline House.  All seeds and plants are provided.  Thank you, Mary, for providing this fun opportunity.

BI/NK CROP Walk is seeking a couple people to join the local leadership team.  (More info coming soon) Contact Chris  or 206-842-5830 for more information.

Prayers are extended for:   Jeff Sievertson upon the death of his 95 year old father, Albert Francis Sievertson; Jeff Jensen as he prepares for knee replacement surgery on Monday;  Tony Meza who is recovering from hip replacement surgery; Dave Christensen as he continues to heal from back surgery; Dick Heine who is battling congestive heart failure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


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