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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UMW – Outreach Circle Meeting

The Outreach Circle will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 11 a.m. in the BUMC Fellowship Hall.

Lunch will be provided by hostess Norma Scharff.

Our speakers are representatives of Gwinnett Senior Services.

Missions are: Toys for Tots and Community Food Co-Op. 

Together – We did it!

The pig has been kissed….. the paintings have been painted….now, let’s celebrate that by working together we have increased our Conference Missional Giving!

The Penny Pig War proceeds were $1,429.15

Painting With A Twist proceeds were $350.00

The grand total collected for apportionments is $1,779.15! That is wonderful, Bethesda!

A HUGE thank you goes out to each and every one of you that spread the word about these events and our church, worked on or participated in them,  or added to this total.

What fun we had doing both events!

2014-10-26 Sermon – A Hope for All Seasons

A Hope for All Seasons – Pastor Jessica, featuring messages of hope from Felix Martin and Cathy Longino

Sermon Podcast

Chik-fil-A Spirit Night this Thursday 5-8pm

Join us for food, fun and a Costume Contest!

Chik-fil-A located at Hwy 316 and Sugarloaf.

Proceeds benefit Bethesda UMC Children’s Ministry and Preschool.

Advent Book Study


The Christmas Experience is a 6-week small group study that examines the Christmas story in detail, helping groups (and families) prepare for the Christmas season. Each episode will focus on how God chose each individual in the Christmas story for a specific purpose. Those participating in The Christmas Experience study will be able to find themselves in the Christmas story, as they learn that what happened then changes everything now.   You are invited to join this Book Study Group on Wednesday morning at 10:00am in the church fellowship hall beginning November 5.  Please note we will meet for six consecutive Wednesdays with the exception of November 26th which is Thanksgiving week.  This study will be facilitated by Pastor Jessica and Carolyn Beaty.

Congratulations to Justin and Madi Davis!

An Invitation to Join Us

We would like to invite you to an After the Wedding Celebration for Justin and Madi Davis. Bethesda has always been a very special place in our lives and Justin grew up here in his early years. They were married on October 10th in Acworth and we would love for you to share in this special time. Join us Saturday, November 8th any time between 3-5 in the Fellowship Hall of the church and view the video, browse pictures and share time with the newlyweds. Thank you!! Ann and Randy Davis

This Week at Bethesda

Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer Group

Wednesday – 5:30pm – Dinner

Menu:  Soups (Isabel’s Seafood Chowder, Vegetable Beef, Potato, Chicken Tortilla, Chili, Chicken and Dumplings)

Cornbread, Salad Bar, Desserts: Butter Pecan Cake, Gooey Chocolate, German Chocolate, Caramel, Krispy Kreme Donut Bread Pudding

Hotdogs and chips available too

6:00pm – Club Bethesda

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

Thursday – 5:00 – 8:00pm – Chick-fil-a Spirit Night.  WEAR YOUR COSTUMES – there will be prizes

This will be at the Chick-fil-a on Sugarloaf and 316.  Be sure and sign in when you arrive so that BUMC can get credit.

Saturday – Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed.

Sunday – All Saints Day – We will have some votives available or you may bring your own to light during the service for a loved one that has passed on.  We will also be remembering the members of the church who have died since All Saints Day last year:  Gene and Sarah Lowry, Rita Castleberry and Samuel Jabain…………

8:45 & 11:00am – Worship

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Youth/Kids Choir



Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Will Nobles

Logan Brooks and Will Nobles were married here at Bethesda Saturday night.  We wish this couple God’s best as they begin their lives together as Mr. and Mrs. Will Nobles.  Congratulations to Sandie and Andy, who now have two son-in-laws and a granddaughter, Maddi Nobles.

Bethesda UMC’s Little Free Library Featured in Gwinnett Daily Post

Take a look here to see a feature that the Gwinnett Daily Post did about our very own Little Free Library. A video is included with Beth Tuttle and Pastor Jessica. Great job, ladies!

Children’s Events

November 9 – Children’s Sabbath at 8:45 and 11:00- Join us for a family focused service. If your child would like to participate please see Ms. Cheryl.

November 16 – Bible Blast 2014

12:30-2:30- 3rd graders will receive Bible during 11:00 service. Grades 3-6 will meet for lessons on using your Bible.

2:30-3:30 All families with children are invited to join us for the Family Devotion segment of Bible Blast. Our focus will be on helping your family to get ready for the Advent season.

December 7-Children’s Musical at 11:00 service.

2014-10-19 Sermon

Enough: Defined by Generosity, Part 2 – Pastor Jessica Terrell

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This Week at Bethesda

This Week

Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer Group
3:00pm – Staff Meeting

Wednesday – 5:30pm – Supper
Menu:  Tilapia (broiled or fried), sauteed Brussels sprouts with kale, green beans, baked potatoes or fries, hush puppies, rolls, layered salad, desserts: cheesecake with strawberries, key lime pie, lemon pie, gooey pumpkin cake, chocolate cake. Chicken available upon request, but I need to know today.
6:00pm – Club Bethesda
6:30pm – ESOL, Youth, Pioneer Club, Chancel Choir, Adult Bible Study
8:00pm – Praise Team

Saturday – 7:30am – Run for God
9:00am – BUMC Accountability Class
3:00pm – Logan Brooks & Will Nobles Wedding

Sunday – 8:45am – Gennie Bowles Preaching
9:45am – Sunday School
11:00am – Sunday of Hope – We will recognize everyone who has experienced a cancer diagnosis.  Whether you’re facing treatment, currently going through it, consider it a part of your past or have been a caregiver, we invite you, your family, friends and neighbors to attend the 11:00 service.  We want to celebrate the lives of these courageous people.  There will be special speakers, personal testimonies, special music, cancer information, and other treats.

5:30pm – Youth
5:30pm – Children’s Choir

2014-10-12 Sermon – Enough: Defined by Generosity

Enough: Defined by Generosity, Part 1

Sermon Podcast

2014-10-05 Sermon – Enough: Cultivating Contentment

Enough: Cultivating Contentment – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

Sunday of Hope, October 26, 11:00 am Service

Sunday of Hope Flyer, October 26, 11am

This Week at Bethesda

Monday – Office Closed

Tuesday – 6:30pm – Agape Circle

Wednesday – 5:3-pm – Supper – Pork Chops, mashed potatoes or rice, gravy, broccoli, creamed corn, tomato and cucumber salad, rolls, biscuits, pies – pecan, pumpkin, key lime, peanut butter, apple

6:00pm – Club Bethesda

6:30pm – Children’s  imagine No Malaria Walk

6:30pm – Youth, ESOL, Adult Bible Study, Chancel Choir 8:00pm – Praise Team


Saturday – 7:am – Run for God

9:00am – Healthy Living Accountability Class

4:00pm – Fall Festival

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am Worship – Stewardship Commitment Sunday – Pastor Jessica Preaching

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Youth and Children’s Choir




United Methodist Men’s Breakfast

This Sunday, October 12th all men are invited to the UMM monthly breakfast at 7:30am in the fellowship hall.  Come join us for a wonderful breakfast (grits, eggs, biscuits, ham, juice and coffee) and enjoy the fellowship with the men of the church.

UMW Agape Circle Meeting – Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30

Agape Circle will be  meet on Tuesday, October 14th in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm.

Bev Hombroek will give the devotion. Donna Kay Mitchell and Marcia Drawdy are providing refreshments.

We will be writing “Thank You Letters” to our troops.

All ladies of the church are welcome.

Reminder – BUMC Children walk for ‘Imagine No Malaria’

Our BUMC children will be collecting money to support ‘Imagine No Malaria’ at Wednesday night dinner on October 8. They are also earning money at home by doing extra chores. Please support our Bethesda Children as they work and walk to support United Methodist Missions and the children affected by malaria. (If you would like to write a check please make it payable to BUMC and put ‘Imagine No Malaria’ in the subject line.)

The children’s Imagine No Malaria Walk (formerly Wesley Walk) will be 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 15 at BUMC on the softball field. Please come out to encourage and cheer them on or join in and walk with them!

Ignite Winter Retreat

Ignite Student Ministires will be going to Behold Conference on MLK weekend January 17-19th.  The cost of the trip will be 100 dollars and a 30 dollar deposit will be due on October 22nd.  This trip will be help at Camp Sumatanga in Gallent, Alabama.  Hope that everyone student at Bethesda will join us on this retreat.  If you have any questions just ask Reid Turner.

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