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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

 

 

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Latest News

Maundy Thursday Altar

I wanted to show those who weren’t there how nice the altar looked for the Maundy Thursday service.  I also made a short video showing the stripping of the altar vestments.


Easter Eggstravaganza Pictures

Despite the rainy April weather, we sure had a wonderful time at this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza!  A big thank you goes out to Marshall and all the volunteers who helped make this event a success.  Be sure to like our Facebook page to see more pictures from the event.

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Join Bethesda’s Best This Week – Thursday

Bethesda’s Best will have their monthly meeting this Thursday, April 17th at 12:00 noon in the fellowship hall.  This is a covered dish lunch, so everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.  This month, Martha Gordon will be sharing about the upcoming GREAT DAY OF SERVICE.  We will ALSO be filling the plastic eggs for the Eggstravaganza.  Donations of individually wrapped candy will be greatly appreciated as well.

Fresh Flowers on the Cross on the Front Lawn

We invite all ages to bring a few buds of fresh flowers – whether  from a blooming tree at home or a special Easter gift and place them on  the Easter Cross on the front lawn before worship services on Easter Sunday.

 

Great Day of Service, April 26 – Project Highlight #3

Join us on April 26, 2014 for Bethesda’s Great Day of Service

Bethesda UMW needs everyone to sign up and get involved!

Below are highlights of 2 more  of the 9 different projects. Lookout for highlights of each of the others!

Please choose at least one and join in this ministry of service!

 

Homemade cookies for staff at Bethesda Elementary School – Contact Sandie Brooks (make cookies & wrap 2 in zip-lock bag.  To be delivered on Monday, April 28.)

Planting flowers for Joy Seekers and others – Contact Wanda Davis

 

If you have questions contact Martha Gordon or the church office.

Join us for Holy Week at Bethesda

Monday – 6:30pm 

Ladies Prayer Group

Tuesday – 6:30pm

Brooks/Turner Lenten Group

Wednesday, April 16

9:30am – Terrell Lenten Group

5:30pm – Pizza and Salad  and Ice Cream Supper

(Please make reservations for this meal)

6:30pm – Chancel Choir, ESOL, Pioneer Club, Waters Lenten Bible Study

Maundy Thursday, April 17

Bethesda’s Best – 12:00Noon

Supper – 5:30pm

Menu: Pork tenderloin, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, tossed salad, cranberry sauce, desserts

(If you do not have standing reservations, please e-mail the church office @ athelmorris {at} bethesdaunited(.)org)

Service – 6:30pm

Good Friday, April 18

Service of the Nails – 12:00pm

Lunch provided by UMW – 12:30pm

Tenabrae Service – 7:00pm

Holy Saturday, April 19

Eggstravaganza – 11:00am – 1:00pm

Easter Sunday, April 20

Sunrise Service – 7:30am

Pancake Breakfast – 8:00am

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

Bethesda UMC Kid’s Ministry Activities This Week!

BETHESDA UMC Kid’s Ministry Activities This Week!

Wednesday Night: 5:30pm Pizza and Salad Bar Dinner *Email Church office for reservations

(this is not the ‘normal’ standing reservation)

6:30pm Pioneer Club (No Kid’s Choir this week); Nursery Open

 Thursday: 5:30pm Dinner, 6:30pm Maundy Thursday Service (Kids attend with their family, Nursery open for 2 and under)

 Friday: 12pm Service of the Nails, 7pm Tenebrae Service (Kids attend with their family), Nursery open at both services for 2 and under

 Saturday: EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA!

11am to 1pm, the Egg Hunt will start at 1pm!

Bring your friends!

 Sunday Morning: EASTER SUNDAY!

Nursery Open during all services

BUMC Kid’s NEEDS:

-          Volunteers to assist with EASTER SUNDAY KID’S KINGDOM (8:45 and 11am)

-          Cardboard

 

Upcoming Events:

Pioneer Club: CRAZY HAIR NIGHT, April 30

MESSY GAME NIGHT, May 14 *Wear old clothes that can get really messy; bring a towel and change of clothes.* Last Pioneer Club meeting of the school year *

VBS Planning and Training Meeting, May 4, 4-7pm

Vacation Bible School: June 16-20, 6-8:30pm.

-          Register online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/bethesdaunited *Use Internet Explorer

BUMC KID’S Ministry This Week!

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on and how YOU can help with our Children’s Ministry!

 

Happy Spring Break!

Wednesday Night: No Kid’s Choir or Pioneer Club

Sunday Morning: PALM SUNDAY!

All kids are invited to join us at the beginning of both the 8:45am and 11am services to process in and wave palm branches. Meet Ms. Marshall in the narthex about 10 minutes before each service.

 

BUMC Kid’s NEEDS:

-          Volunteers to assist with EASTER SUNDAY KID’S KINGDOM (8:45 and 11am)

-          Cardboard (big pieces)

-          Candy for Egg Hunt (Due THIS Sunday, April 13)

 

Upcoming Events:

Easter Eggstravaganza: Saturday, April 19, 11am to 1pm

We are still in need of about 5 volunteers to work game booths and we are in need of 5 people to help set up and 3 additional folks to help clean up.

 

Vacation Bible School: June 16-20, 6-8:30pm.

-          Register online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/bethesdaunited *Use Internet Explorer

-          Mark your calendar for a planning meeting and crew leader training on Sunday, May 4 at 4pm in the church fellowship hall.

Vacation Bible School: Register Online Now!

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Vacation Bible School Online Registration is Open Now!

Click below to sign up your child:

www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/bethesdaunited

Please note: The sign up form works best in the Internet Explorer web browser.

Great Day of Service, April 26 – Project Highlight #2

April 26, 2014 will be Bethesda’s Great Day of Service

Bethesda UMW needs everyone to sign up and get involved!

Below are the next 2 highlights of the 9 projects. Watch for highlights of each of the others!

Please choose at least one and join in this ministry of service!

 

Help Bethesda’s children make cookies and deliver them to the local Fire Station, Police Station – Contact Karen Fewell

Trash Pick-up on Bethesda Church Rd, Bethesda School Rd, and pass out water bottles at Sweetwater Park – Contact Peggy Alford or Taylor Nunez

 

 If you have questions contact Martha Gordon or the church office.

Bethesda’s Best April Meeting

Everyone is invited to join Bethesda’s Best at 12:00noon on Thursday, April 17th in the fellowship hall for a covered dish lunch.  Martha Gordon will have the program on “One Great Day of Service”.  We will also be filling the plastic Easter eggs for the Eggstravaganza.  PLEASE BRING INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED CANDY THAT WILL FIT IN THE PLASTIC EGGS.

Outreach Circle

Outreach Circle will meet on Wednesday, April 9th at 11 am.  Shirley Wilder will host us at the farm and will provide lunch.  We will meet at the church at 10:15 and leave at 10:30, for those who want to car pool.  Our mission for April is a donation toward the NICU ambulance for Gwinnett Medical Center.  Looking forward to seeing you.

This Week at Bethesda

Monday – Ladies Prayer Group not meeting

Tuesday – Lenten Group not meeting

Wednesday – 9:30am – Lenten Group not meeting

11:00am – Outreach Circle at Shirley Wilder’s Farm in Auburn (Carpool from church, meet at 10:15am)

5:30pm – No Wednesday Night Supper, no programming

6:30pm – Chancel Choir

6:30pm – Lenten Group not meeting

Thursday 6:30pm – Lenten Group WILL MEET (Hombroeks/Brooks)

Join us for Holy Week Services

Lent and Easter Save-the-Dates!

Wednesday, April 16

5:30pm – Pizza, Salad Bar, and Ice Cream Bar Supper

6:30pm – Chancel Choir, ESOL, Pioneer Club, Waters Lenten Bible Study

Maundy Thursday, April 17

Supper – 5:30pm

Menu: Pork tenderloin, dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, tossed salad, cranberry sauce, desserts

Service – 6:30pm

Good Friday, April 18

Service of the Nails – 12:00pm

Lunch provided by UMW – 12:30pm

Tenabrae Service – 7:00pm

Holy Saturday, April 19

Eggstravaganza – 11:00am – 1:00pm

Easter Sunday, April 20

Sunrise Service – 7:30am

Pancake Breakfast – 8:00am

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


 

Great Day of Service, April 26 – Project Highlight #1

Join us on April 26, 2014 for Bethesda’s Great Day of Service

Bethesda UMW needs everyone to sign up and get involved!

Below are highlights of 2 of the 9 different projects. Lookout for highlights of each of the others!

Please choose at least one and join in this ministry of service!

 

Prayer Time – The Sanctuary will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 26, 2014

You can sign up for any 30 minute period during that time. – Contact Martha Gordon

 

 3,000 items in 3 hours! Bring non-perishable items for the Lawrenceville Co-op – Contact Judy Wood or Carole Bartleson

 

 

If you have questions contact Martha Gordon or the church office.

“I Love My Church” T-Shirts

Pre-Order your very own Bethesda UMC t-shirt, and show your Bethesda Spirit!  front:  as shown, back: white script “Bethesda UMC with cross and flame”.  Shirts will be sold for $13.  All proceeds will go back into our evangelism budget.  Please submit your order with your payments no later than Sunday, April 6th.  Forms will be available at both services on Sunday or you can e-mail the following information to athelmorris {at} bethesdaunited(.)org and mail in your check.

Adult Sizes: small, medium, large, x large, xxlarge, xxxlarge

Youth Sizes; xsmall, small medium, large, xlarge

Colors available (adult) brown, dark gray, green teal, light pink, purple

(Youth) blue or light purple

REMEMBER SUNDAY IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE TO HAVE PLACED YOUR ORDER.

Thank You to Larry Holcomb

Thanks to Larry Holcomb for building this beautiful bench beside our church’s Little Free Library. What an excellent place for us and our community to rest in the shade and pick up a good book. Also, thank the Tuttles for making the Little Library a part of our church’s ministry.

Bethesda’s Great Day of Service – April 26

Bethesda’s Great Day of Service

Saturday, April 26

It is time to sign up for one of the many projects.

Look for Sign-up poster at church or contact Martha Gordon or one of the Project Leaders listed below.

 

Projects and Leaders

1. Karen Fewell – Help the children to make cookies and deliver them to the Fire Station, Police Station, stores in area (Subway, Dollar Store, service station, etc.)

2. Carole Bartleson & Judy Wood – Lawrenceville Food Bank: 3,000 items in 3 hours. Need  people to help collect, sort, and pack can goods.

3. Peggy Alford & Taylor Brooks Nunez – Trash Pick-up on Bethesda Church Rd., Bethesda School Rd., and pass out water bottles at Sweetwater Park.

4. Sandie Brooks – Homemade cookies for staff at Bethesda Elementary School (make cookies & wrap in zip-lock bag.  Will be delivered on Monday, April 28.)

5. Wanda Davis – Planting flowers for Joy Seekers and others in neighborhood

6. Shirley Tallent  – Making Tutu for children hospital; Supplies ordered.

7. Nora Waters -  Visit nursing home (sing, visit,)

8.  Janice Williams –  PAVD  collect gently used spring women’s clothes and organizing their small clothes closet.  (This project’s date will be announced soon.)

9. Martha Gordon  -  Open Sanctuary for Prayers  7AM -7PM Need someone to be in the Sanctuary at all times.

 

 

This event is sponsored and coordinated by the Bethesda United Methodist Women

Outreach Circle UMW Meeting – April 9, 11 a.m.

The Outreach Circle will meet April 9th at 11a.m.

Shirley Wilder is hosting us at her farm and is providing lunch. (Thank you, Shirley)  Carolyn Beaty has our program and we may get some surprises when we visit the farm.  We will car pool from the church, meeting at 10:15 am and leaving for Shirley’s at 10:30.

Our mission this month is a donation towards the purchase of a NICU ambulance at Gwinnett Medical Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Now Hiring: Nursery Staff

Hi Church Family!

We are in need of 1-2 additional loving individuals to help out in our church nursery. If you or someone you know would be well-qualified to care for our youngest Bethesda members, please let me know! The nursery is open on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8pm, on Sunday mornings from 8:30am-12:30pm, and during various special services or meetings. Individuals must pass a background check and agree to attend our Safe Sanctuary training and be CPR certified.

Thanks!

Marshall Gordon

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