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Homecoming is Sunday, August 20th

Homecoming at Bethesda is Sunday, August 20th. We will be having one worship service at 10:30 AM with our amazing Homecoming Covered Dish Luncheon following the service. Our speaker this year is the Revered Dr. Thomas Elliott, Jr.  Thomas Elliott, Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University where he serves as Director of Contextual Education II, Teaching Parish, and Ministry Internships, and teaches “Polity of the United Methodist Church,” “Leadership in the Small Membership Church,” and “Contemporary Wesleyan Spirituality and the Means of Grace” in the area of ...

Welcome to Our Newest Member, Rose Skold

Rose Skold became our newest member of Bethesda on Sunday, July 9th. Rose joined Bethesda at the 8:45 AM service by profession of faith. You have probably seen Rose around Bethesda already, but make sure to give her a hearty welcome for joining the Bethesda family!

Sizzlin’ Summer Study: What Makes You Happy – Starting May 28th

Summer is a time to slow down. Relax in shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. Sip on some cool lemonade in the shade. It’s also a great time for a laid-back, come as you are, come when you can Bible study! You’re invited to join one of our small groups for the six-week study, “What Makes You Happy” by Andy Stanley. In this video-based series Andy reveals what makes us happy and explores the three things all happy people have in common. Study starts the week of May 28th at several different times and places: Tuesday evenings at 7:00 at Eric and Robin’s home led by Pastor Dana; Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, led by Carolyn ...

Trinity Soup Kitchen Sunday – March 26th

On Sunday, March 26th, Bethesda will be helping at the Trinity Soup Kitchen in Atlanta. This is a very special mission project and thought of as a Bethesda tradition.  It takes many hands to make enough sandwiches for that day. For that reason, we will all be pitching in during the Sunday School hour to make sandwiches to take down to the Trinity Soup Kitchen to serve the hungry on that Sunday. For more information, please contact Judy Wood.

Pictures from Mother-Child Dinner

Here are some pictures taken at the Mother-Child dinner last month.  Hope you enjoy them!

March Mission – Layette Kits for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

The new mission for March is building layette kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  Many women do not  have swaddling clothes with which to welcome their child into the world.  Layette kits provide basic supplies for their baby's needs.  This mission serves women in the United States as well as other countries.  Each Layette kit includes:  (all items must be new and unwashed): 6 Cloth diapers (prefolded or plain cloth diapers only), 2 undershirts or onesies, 2 washcloths infant size only, 2 gowns or sleepers, 2 diaper pins (must have protective plastic closures), 1 sweater or jacket (must open from ...

Give It Up! A Lenten Study for Adults Beginning March 8

Join Pastor Dana on Wednesday nights at 6:30 for this six-week study, Give It Up! by Dottie Escobedo Frank. This Lenten study looks at things like social media, phones, the noise of life and focus on the external that can hold our attention, occupy our minds and monopolize our time, isolating us from God and the world around us. Imagine taking on the challenge of giving up each of these for a week during Lent! Come and join us for the challenge and lively discussion on this journey of self discovery, where we experience how the power of release brings great gain -- a stronger relationship with Christ. Cost: $10 for study ...

Chili Cookoff This Sunday, January 29th, After the 10:30 Service

The Youth will be hosting the Annual Bethesda Chili Cookoff this Sunday, January 29th after the 10:30am service (one service this Sunday) in the Fellowship Hall. This is a fund raiser for the Youth for their upcoming retreats and summer camps. The Chili Cookoff will work a little differently this year than it has in the past. This year, instead of having a few judges, everyone will be judging the chili. You will choose your favorite chili by your donation. If you like a chili, put some money toward it. The chili with the most contributions will win the coveted Golden Spoon Award! As we all know, Bethesda has some terrific cooks, so bring a hungry ...

A Disciple’s Path: Church-Wide Study Starts in January

We will be starting a church-wide study of discipleship entitled "A Disciple's Path," which is a getting back to the basics of being a Methodist. This is for everyone in the church to be a part of, adults, youth and children. Workbooks for adults are available for purchase for $9, and Optional Companion Readers are $7. Classes begin on January 18th and 22nd. The study times are as follows: Sundays 9:45am - Adults Sundays 6:30pm - Youth Wednesdays 6:30pm - Children & Adults Contact the church office for more information at 770-921-3753 or church@bethesdaunited.org.

Santa Supper – Saturday, December 17th at 5:00 PM

Everyone is invited to the Santa Supper on Saturday, December 17th at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Hamburgers with Santa are provided by the United Methodist Men. Santa will be making his annual appearance for all of the children to visit with him personally. 

Bethesda Chancel Choir Cantata is this Sunday, Dec. 11th at 11:00am

The Bethesda Chancel Choir, under the direction of Miles Gaultney and accompanied by Kayse Harshaw on piano, will be presenting their Christmas Cantata entitled "Invitation to a Miracle" by Joseph Martin on this Sunday, December 11th, during the 11:00am service in the Sanctuary. We invite you to come to this performance to hear the Christmas story presented in song and in dramatic reading. Come celebrate the third Sunday in Advent by listening to the Cantata!

Unfrozen Christmas Play – This Sunday at 11:00AM

Everyone is invited to join us this Sunday at the 11:00am service to see our very own Spread the Word Children's Choir perform "Unfrozen." The kids have been working hard. You won't want to miss this special Sunday in our Advent season!

Information for Those Planning on Walking with the Bethesda Float on Friday, Dec. 2nd – Lawrenceville Christmas Parade

If you are planning to walk along with the Bethesda UMC’s Gingerbread Church float in the Christmas Parade here are a few things you need to know/do. WALKER RESPONSIBILITIES: This event is for ALL ages. The route is approximately 1 mile Each walker needs to be dressed in holiday style – as crazy as you wish. Perhaps a Santa hat or an Elf hat or even a holiday sweater? Each walker need to have some kind of lights….as many as you wish! These can be battery operated Christmas lights, glow stick lights, flash lights, battery operated lanterns, etc. Walkers may hand out candy (please don’t throw it!) Please bring what you would like ...

Lawrenceville Christmas Parade is this Friday, Dec. 2nd at 7:00PM – Bethesda is in it to Win It!

Everyone needs to come out to support our Bethesda UMC float in the Lawrenceville Christmas Parade this Friday, December 2nd at 7:00pm in downtown Lawrenceville. There is a contest for best float, and this year's theme is "Peace on Earth." We think our little peaceful gingerbread church has a good chance! Kids, we would love to have you come out and join us in the parade, but you need to have an adult be with you at all times. Each child must have an adult with them, one adult per child in the parade, and the route is approximately one mile long. There is still time to help out with the float. Contact Lynn Moncrief, Bev Hombroek, or Robyn Ahern for ...

A Note From Pastor Dana

The election is finally over. I invite you to join me now in praying for our nation and our elected leaders. May God help us heal and move forward together in peace; and may God bless our leaders with the wisdom, humility and courage to unite and lead us into a future with hope for all people. Pastor Dana

Hanging of the Greens Service, Sunday, November 27th at 10:30am

Our first Sunday in Advent is Sunday, November 27th, and we will be celebrating it with our Hanging of the Greens special service. We will only be having one service that Sunday, and it will be in the Sanctuary. Afterwards, we will all gather in the Fellowship Hall for a delicious Soup and Cornbread potluck lunch. Please plan to attend as we start our Christmas season off right with worship and fellowship.

Stewardship Sunday Breakfast Reservation Form

Sunday, November 20, 2016 will be our Stewardship Sunday and everyone is invited to be our guest at breakfast in the fellowship hall at 9:30-10:15am.  This will take the place of Sunday School.  We will be serving, homemade biscuits, bacon, sausage, chicken, gravy, fresh tomatoes, homemade jams, grits, eggs, fresh fruit, donut holes, juice and coffee.  So that we will know how to prepare, we ask that you please fill out this form. The deadline for reservations is November 13.

Generous Toward God Stewardship Campaign Starts THIS SUNDAY!

Our Generous Toward God Stewardship Campaign is starting up this Sunday, November 6th and will go through November 20th. We will have special speakers, dramas, as well as Pastor Dana's sermons. You won't want to miss any of these services! Sunday, November 20th is Stewardship Sunday. We will have one combined service at 10:30am that morning. Everyone is invited to attend the Stewardship Breakfast Bar in the Fellowship Hall before the service at 9:30am - 10:15:am. The breakfast bar will have sausage, bacon, chicken, grits, eggs, homemade biscuits and jams, as well as fresh fruit, doughnut holes, coffee and juice. Keep your eyes on the  l...

Worship in Song on Sunday, October 30th at 10:30am

Join us this Sunday, October 30th at 10:30am in the Sanctuary for our Worship in Song service for the fifth Sunday in October. There will be lots of special music including music by our chancel choir, praise band, and maybe even a solo by a strange instrument that you don't hear every day. Afterwards, be sure to stick around for our Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat!

Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat, Sunday, Oct. 30th 12:00 – 2:00

The Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, October 30th immediately after our special 5th Sunday Music Service. From noon to 1:30 there will be lots of games, fun, candy, food and even a petting zoo! Then our Trunk or Treat will follow from 1:30 until 2:00 in the church parking lot. Spread the word to all of your friends to come out to our church service and our Fall Festival. It should be a great time here at Bethesda! If you would like to volunteer to help for the Fall Festival, there are sign up sheets in the narthex, or you can sign up on Wednesday night.