Welcome

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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

 

 

Click here to register for Weird Animals Vacation Bible School, June 16 – 20

Latest News

Blood Drive

Our next Blood Drive will be on Wednesday, May 7th from 2:30 – 7:00pm in the afternoon.    Thank you in advance for helping to save a life.

Mother’s Day Steak Dinner – May 10th

 The United Methodist Men invite all the ladies (and men) to the Annual Mother’s Day Steak Dinner

On Saturday, May 10th at 6:00pm in the fellowship hall.  The cost is $10 per person.  The menu is steak (or chicken if preferred), baked potato, salad, rolls, dessert bar.  The entertainment this year is going to be Brock Derringer and the Praise Team.  This will be a real treat for everyone to enjoy.  So, men bring your wives, mother, sister, aunt or friends and treat them to a special night out.  To make reservations see any of the men and give them a check for your dinner tickets.  All reservations must be made no later than Sunday, May 4th.  See or contact one of the following men:  Wendell Cain (wendell {at} cainandtodd(.)com), Steve Pealock (billy@bethesdawalkdentalcare.com) or Randy Reynolds (randy.reynolds {at} amec(.)com) if you have questions..  All widows are the guests of the UMM, but please let one of these men know if you are coming so we can get you in on the reservation count.

Jewel Merritt

One of our faithful long time members, Jewell Merritt, is moving to Texas to live with her Daughter and family.  Sunday was Jewell’s last Sunday with us.  If you would like to send Jewell a card wishing her well, her new address is 2074 Langdon Drive, Frisco, Texas 75033.  Our prayers and love go with Jewell. She will certainly be missed here at Bethesda.

Bethesda UMC Kid’s Ministry Weekly Update!

Wednesday Night: 5:30pm Dinner

6pm Kid’s Choir! Come learn the VBS Songs!

***BUMC Preschool BOOK FAIR OPEN 6-6:30pm***

6:30pm Pioneer Club


Saturday, April 26: Great Day of Service!

9am to 12pm  Come help us bake cookies and then deliver them to local firefighters and store owners

Sunday: April 27: Kid’s Choir Party! 12:30-2:30pm

BUMC Kid’s NEEDS:

-          Volunteers for Vacation Bible school

-          Cardboard

Upcoming Events:

Pioneer Club: CRAZY HAIR NIGHT, April 30 *Wear your hair crazy!*

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

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night, May 15, 5-8pm

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

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

Bethesda UMC Preschool Book Fair, This Wednesday!

Bethesda UMC Preschool will be holding their spring book fair this week! The book fair will be open every day from 9 to 9:30am. The book fair will also be open WEDNESDAY from 6 to 6:30pm in the Education building. Everyone is welcome to come and shop; the preschool receives a portion of proceeds from the book fair, so come out and support our preschool!!

 

This Week at Bethesda

Monday – Office Closed

Tuesday – 6:30pm – Agape Circle

6:30pm – Lenten Group

Wednesday – 5:30pm – Supper – Barbecue chicken, baked beans, hash brown casserole, slaw, pea salad, corn on the cob, rolls, cobblers for dessert.  To make or cancel reservations please e-mail Athel at athelmorris {at} bethesdaunited(.)org by noon on Monday.  $7 for adults and $3 for children.

6:30pm – Pioneer Club, Youth, Chancel Choir, Adult Bible Study

8:00pm – Praise Band

Saturday – One Great Day of Service

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am Worship  (Confirmation Sunday)

9:45am – Sunday School

2:00pm – 30 1/2

4:30pm – Youth

Amazing Holy Week Services

Many thanks to all of you who participated in any way during Holy Week.  The services were all amazing and very touching.  It takes a lot of folk to make this happen and Bethesda is blessed with those folk.  Whether you participated in attendance, in song, in preparing food, in being a reader, an altar stripper, played an instrument, took photos, ran the video camera, recorded the services, helped with props, made financial donations to purchase supplies needed, help set up, pulled weeds, move tables, move chairs, painted a child’s face, donated candy, stuffed eggs, cooked hotdogs, served food, help decorate,  served as an usher, cleaned, prayed for Pastor Jessica and the staff, worked at the eggstravaganza games, hide eggs, cooked pancakes, sang in the choir or on the worship team, we thank you.  Every one of these are so important.  Pastor Jessica and the staff truly thanks each of you.  We do want to do a “SHOUT OUT” to Randy and Bobbie Wages for the countless hours they spent preparing props and setting everything up for the services.  WOW, you are amazing and so talented.  Thank you for using your gifts and graces for the Kingdom of God.  We ministered to over 581 people during these services.  This is what being a community church reaching out is all about!  Thank you Bethesda!

Thank You

 I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all the loving people at Bethesda.  Since mine and my mom’s breast cancer diagnosis last fall, we have received so many prayers, cards, visits, meals, child care, etc.  You have always asked about my mom when asking about me, and it has meant so much to both of us.  We are both in the last stages of reconstruction and are so thankful to be here to share this message of gratitude with you.
 
Love in Christ,
Denise Holmes and Judy Rollins

Agape Circle

The Agape Circle will meet Tuesday night the 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome.  The program will be lead by Debra Rogers and Sandie Brooks.  Food items will be collected for the Great Day of Service “3000 items in 3 hours”.  Please join us.

Great Day of Service, April 26 – Project Highlight #4

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 the last 3 of the 9 different projects.

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

Make Tutus for local children’s hospitals – Contact Shirley Tallent

Visit nursing home (sing, visit) – Contact Nora Waters

Collect gently used Spring women’s clothes and organize the small clothes closet at the PADV – Contact Janice Williams

 

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

UMW Agape Circle Meeting – Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

 

The Agape Circle will meet Tuesday night, April 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome.

The program will be lead by Debra Rogers and Sandie Brooks.

Food items will be collected for the Great Day of Service “3000 items in 3 hours”.  Please join us.

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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