Welcome to Bethesda UMC!  Whether you’ve walked through the doors or are coming in through your computer screen, we’re glad you’re here. Like you, all of us at Bethesda are searching for meaning, for strength, for relationships, for hope, and for a place to make a difference.

We believe we find what our hearts are looking for in God’s love for us as demonstrated in Jesus Christ. Our mission is to love God and our neighbors with everything we are and everything we do. We live this out through our ministries of hospitality, study, worship, and hands-on service to others.

We invite you to explore who we are and what we stand for. We are a church that is open to all of God’s children. You’ll be warmly welcomed wherever you are on your faith journey, whether that means you want to take it slowly or jump right in. In fact, warm welcomes are one of the things we do best.

No matter who you are or what you have done or left undone, you are WELCOME at Bethesda!

We invite you to explore our webpage, worship with us on Sunday mornings, join us for Wednesday Night Suppers , sign up for our weekly email, or contact us to arrange a meeting with the pastor or other staff members by calling the church office at 770-921-3753 or emailing us chur897 {at} bellsouth(.)net

So one more time, welcome to Bethesda. We are glad you made it here.

Pastor Jessica

Latest News

Set Your Clocks Forward

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward before going to bed Saturday night.

Upcoming Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A

Men’s Breakfast

All men are invited to Men’s Breakfast Sunday, March 8th at 7:30am.  The speaker will be our Music Director, Miles Gaultney.  We hope that all men will come out and enjoy a good country breakfast as well as learn more about Miles.

New Info on VBS 2015

2015-03-01 Sermon- Giving It Up for Life: Our Expectations – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Giving It Up for Life: Our Expectations – Pastor Jessica Terrell

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Come join us Thursday, February 26th at 7 pm at our first Relay for Life Bunco Night. Games will be played in the fellowship hall.

There will be a $10 entry fee.  Light refreshments will be served and small prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

You don’t have to know how to play, you’ll learn and have a great time. The games start at 7 and will be over by 9.

All proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life team.  Please RSVP by February 20th to either Janice Williams janicewilliams5011 {at} yahoo(.)com or Brenda Falkler baf47 {at} aol(.)com.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Due to the threat of bad weather today (Wednesday), the American Red Cross Blood Drive has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Wednesday Night Activities Canceled for Feb. 25 Due to Inclement Weather

Dear Bethesda Church Family and Friends,
After much research, forecast watching, and conversation with other churches and between the leadership of our church we have decided to cancel Wednesday Evening activities.  The morning Lenten Bible Study will go on as planned.  Please read chapter 1.

We are called to care for each other. And while weather reports may turn out better than the worst case scenarios they are predicting at the moment, I would rather all of us keep one another in mind and err on the side of caution.
Keep safe and stay warm.
In Christ’s love and mine,

Coming Soon…Easter Eggstravaganza!!

This Week’s Happenings

Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer Group

Tuesday – 6:30pm – Lenten Study led by Gennie Bowles

6:30pm – SPRC – Staff Evaluations

Wednesday – 10:00am – Lenten Study led by Carolyn Beaty & Pastor Jessica

1:30pm – Staff Meeting

5:30pm – Supper – Catered by Chew Chew Café (Beef Roast, Rice and Gravy, Broccoli Casserole, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls, Strawberry Shortcake)  REMEMBER RESERVATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS HAVE TO BE MADE TODAY! 

6:00pm – Bethesda UMKids /ESOL

6:30pm – Preschool Pals/Youth/Chancel Choir

6:30pm – Lenten Study led by Carroll Waterrs

8:00pm – Praise Team Practice

Thursday – 7:00pm – BUNCO – Relay for Life Fund Raiser – Fellowship Hall – Lots of prizes and loads of fun!!!!!!  The cost for playing is $10 per person.

Saturday – 8:00am – BUMC Fitness

9:00am – Accountability Class

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am Worship

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Youth


2015-02-22 Sermon Giving It Up for Life: Giving Up Control

Giving It Up for Life: Giving Up Control – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

Benefit Concert for Imagine No Malaria

Francine Reed will present a Benefit Concert for Imagine No Malaria on Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 PM at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Ms. Reed is an accomplished singer who has performed with Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Etta James, and many others. She was recently inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. 

 The Jez Graham Trio will appear with Francine and Kelley’s Feed and Seed Band will open the evening.

 Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.dunwoodyumc.org/INM. 100% of the proceeds go to Imagine No Malaria.

Gethsemane Project Prayer Walk

Matthew 20:16  “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

It’s only fitting that the first cross turned in for the Gethsemane Project prayer walk is the ‘Amen’ cross.

It will be so awesome to see the prayer walk when all all the crosses are placed.

They will all be up for viewing and prayer during Holy Week.


Please remember to turn your cross in to Bev Hombroek or Shirley Tallent by March 1st.


Jack and Charlie Kreider Baptized

Kreider family Baptism

Heather, Charlie, Jack and Damon Kreider with Pastor Jessica

Jack and Charlie Kreider, sons of Heather and Damon Kreider, were baptized by Pastor Jessica during the 11:00 service this past Sunday.  Please welcome Jack and his little brother Charlie into the family of Christ.

2015-02-15 Sermon: Delivered into the Kingdom

A Prayer and a Plan: Delivered into the Kingdom – Gennie Bowles

Sermon Podcast

2015-02-08 Sermon: Forgiving and Forgiven

A Prayer and a Plan: Forgiving and Forgiven – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

2015-02-01 Sermon: Asking for What You Need

A Prayer and a Plan: Asking for What You Need – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

2015-01-25 Sermon: Following God’s Agenda

A Prayer and a Plan: Following God’s Agenda – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

This Week at Bethesda

Monday – Office closed due to President’s Day
Wednesday – 5:30pm- Supper
Athel’s Menu:  Barbecue Pork, Brunswick Stew, Texas Toast, Fries, Corn on Cob, Baked Beans, Slaw, Peach Cobbler, Cherry Crunch, Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake.
If you plan to join us for dinner, but do not have standing reservations, please e-mail Athel at athelmorris {at} bethesdaunited(.)org.
6:00pm – ESOL
6:30pm – Ash Wednesday Service
Thursday – 10:30am – Bethesda’s Best trip to the Railway Museum in Duluth

Lenten Bible Study

We will begin our Lenten Bible Study, Easter From the Backside, on February 25 and end on April 1.  There will be a classes on Wednesday at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm after Wednesday nite supper. If you would like to participate in this study please email the office.  The book is $15.00 and you can purchase it on either Amazon.com or Cokesbury.com.  If you prefer you can get your ebook .

 There will also be a Lenten Study on Prayer (see 2nd picture below), on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 given by Gennie Bowles.  You will not need to purchase a book for this study.

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