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

STARTING SOON – Run For God Bible Study and 10k/Half Marathon Challenge

Run For God Bible Study and 10k/Half Marathon Challenge starting in August!

We will meet Saturday mornings.

This challenge is for all walkers and runners – any level. So lace up your shoes and join us!

Questions? Contact Bev Hombroek or Joe Banas

2014-07-20 Sermon – The Prepared Heart

Ashley Smith (summer intern)

Sermon Podcast

Family Movie Night – Friday, July 25

Family Movie Night – Come enjoy a free movie and snacks with us!

Movie Hint: You can come out and build friendships with us, but you’ll have to ‘Le’Go’ of the calories to eat the snacks.

Snacks and play 7:30 p.m. Movie will start at dusk.

Bring  a chair or blanket for your comfort. In the event of rain the movie will be shown in the Chapel.


444 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville. Questions? Call the church office or contact Bev Hombroek at beverly {at} multiplebenefits(.)com


Be sure to add August 15 to your calendar for our next Family Movie Night! Watch for hints on that movie.

New Book Study to Begin August 6th

During the month of August we will study Adam Hamilton’s book, Christianity and World Religions. If you have ever wondered about the beliefs of other religions or how we as Christians can interact with them-this is a great study for you. Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10am in the Church Fellowship Hall. Books can easily be purchased from Amazon or Cokesbury online.

This Week at Bethesda

Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer Group

Tuesday – 7:00am – 7:00pm – Election

Wednesday – 6:30pm – Chancel Choir

6:30pm – Youth

6:35pm – Children – Gwinnett Braves (Bring your blanket and sit on the berm with us)

8:00pm – Praise Band

Friday – 5:00pm – Youth leave for beach trip to Laguna Beach

7:30pm – Family Movie Night

(Snacks and play – 7:30 – movie begins at dusk) If it rains, movie will be shown in chapel

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am – Worship Services

9:45am – Sunday School

Youth return from Beach Trip



The Penny Pig War is about to Begin!

Family Movie Night – Friday, July 25th


Welcome Miles Gaultney

I am so pleased to announce that we have hired a new Director of Music Ministries, Miles Gaultney.  Miles is originally from Thomasville, Georgia, but he and his lovely wife, Ashley, now live in Dacula.  Miles has been a very active church musician for a long time, having served Internships in Churches in Atlanta, Thomasville, and Valdosta. Miles graduated from Valdosta State University, with a degree in Music Education, and has served as a Choral Director in the Gwinnett County school system.  We are very excited to have Miles join us. He will begin his work at Bethesda by coming to rehearse with the choir on July 23rd. I know you will want to give Miles and Ashley a warm Bethesda welcome when he leads our 11:00 Church service for the first time on July 27th.

Cammie Jane Anderson

SPRC Chairperson

Kickball for Kids!

All kids are invited out for a game of kickball, this Wednesday, July 16th at from 6:30 to 8:30 on the church ball field!  Don’t miss out on the fun!




Youth Pool Party

This Wednesday, July 16th – Be at the church by 5:30pm.  We will leave and go to Charles and Peggy Alford’s for a pool party!  Don’t miss the bus, be on time!


This Week at Bethesda


Wednesday –6:30pm – Youth/Chancel Choir

8:00pm – Praise Band Practice

Saturday – 8:00am – BUMC Fit Club

Sunday  – 8:45 & 11:00am – Worship – Our Summer Intern, Ashley Smith is preaching

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Youth

Give your change to make a change! Get ready for the Penny Pig War!

Let’s ‘clean up’ our Conference Mission Giving.

The Penny Pig War will kick off August 3rd and the challenge will begin!

The finale will be on September 6th at the annual fish fry!

The losing team captain will ‘get’ to kiss a pig!

Will you give to TEAM JESSICA or TEAM REID???

Who will KISS THE PIG???

Stay tuned for more details, but start saving your change now!


Painting For a Purpose – Thurs, Sep 18th 7-9 p.m. – SAVE THE DATE!


Bethesda UMC will be hosting an evening of fellowship, fun and painting with a purpose at Painting With a Twist in Lawrenceville.

Thursday evening, September 18th from 7-9 p.m

The cost is $35 per person; register on-line at http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/lawrenceville/calendar/

 All supplies are included.

The church will be receiving 1/2 of the ticket price and funds raised will support Conference Mission Giving.

178 E Crogan St, Ste 230
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(678) 226-4970

Invite your friends, neighbors and everyone you know! Let’s fill the room and paint with a purpose!

If you have any questions just call or email Bev Hombroek: beverly {at} multiplebenefits(.)com

2014-07-06 Sermon – Innocence of a Child – Reid Turner

Reid Turner (youth director)

Sermon Podcast

I’m sorry I took so long to get this sermon out.  The recording was bad so I had to extract the audio from the DVD.

Men’s Breakfast – July 13th – 7:30am

Eddie Staub, Founder and Executive Director of Eagle Ranch will be the guest speaker at this month’s Men’s Breakfast.  Eagle Ranch provides a Christ-centered home for boys and girls in crisis and in need of hope and healing. Partnering with their families, they pursue family restoration and reunification.  They seek to influence and equip others who share a similar calling to impact children, families and future generations.  All men are invited to join us for a time of fellowship, a good country breakfast, and a tremendous speaker.   Hope to see you all at 7:30am this Sunday.


This Week at Bethesda

Monday – 6:30pm – L:adies Prayer Grouop

Wednesday – 6:00pm – SPRC Meeting

6:30pm – Youth, Chancel Choir

8:00pm – Praise Band

Friday – 1:00 – 4:00pm – Children meet at Bethesda’s Aquatic Center for fun in the water.  For more information contact Noel Kitchen (4047900972)

7:30pm – Movie Night

Sunday 8:45 & 11:00am – Worship in Music and Song

9:45am – Sunday School

12:00pm – Covered Dish Lunch in honor of Brock Derringer

5:30pm – Youth

July 13th

Sunday, July 13 will be Brock Derringer’s last Sunday with us as Director of Music Ministries.  Not only is Brock working on his Doctorate, but his full time job, at Wesleyan Christian School has increased his course load, making Brock’s plate very full. After much prayer, he felt Bethesda deserves more time than he is able to give at this time. Brock has been Music Director for 5 years as well as our friend.  We have laughed with him, sung with him, and dunked him good with water.  Through it all he has been a good sport and a wonderful leader. To honor the leadership Brock has given us, he has been asked to put together a music worship service with the Praise Band for the 8:45 service and a service with the Chancel Choir for the 11:00 o’clock service.  Madison Breda, who has taken private voice lessons from Brock for several years will be singing at the 11 o’clock service.  We hope that you and your family will make every effort to attend one or both of these services to show your love and appreciation to Brock for a job well done.  Then at 12:00pm, everyone will join together in the fellowship hall for a covered dish lunch in honor of Brock.  The meat (ribs, pulled pork, and chicken tenders)  will be provided, but you are asked to bring sides (salads, vegetables, bread, and desserts, etc.) .  We wish Brock and Jennifer God’s best in all their endeavors. See you Sunday!

July 11 – Family Movie Night Hint

July 11 – Snacks and play 7:30 p.m. Movie will start at dusk

Movie Hint: You’ll have a chance to get a meatball sub (while they last), but be careful…..it might be cloudy!

Remember add July 25 and August 15 to your calendar for our next Family Movie Nights! Watch for hints on those movies.

Picnic Pix!

Here are some pictures from Sunday’s picnic.  You may want to check out the slideshow on our picture page, or view our photostream directly on Flickr, since there were a few more than would fit in this post.

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Family Movie Night July 11 – Mark your calendar!

Come out and enjoy our first family movie night of the summer!

Friday night, July 11

Snack and play at 7:30         Movie will begin at 8:30/dusk

Bring a chair or blanket

Snacks will be movie themed! Look for hints on posters around the church…..


Stay tuned for updates on future movie nights – July 25 and August 15.

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