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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Are Visions of Sugarplums Dancing in Your Head?

If they are then the UMW can make that dream a reality!

Bethesda’s UMW will be sponsoring a Cookie Walk on December 14th so you can purchase your Christmas cookies, candy, and ‘sugarplums’ in the Fellowship Hall after each service.

Many kinds of homemade Christmas goodies will be available, you may choose one of a kind or a dozen.

We invite the entire church to participate and enjoy the cooking talents of the UMW women.

The proceeds will benefit Imagine No Malaria.

Mother Daughter Banquet – Dec. 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Calling all moms and daughters from Bethesda and beyond! Please come out and celebrate Jesus’ birthday with us at the UMW sponsored Christmas banquet. Bring a covered dish to share.

The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m, Thursday, December 4th in the Bethesda Fellowship Hall.

The program will be a cup cake ministry provided by The Icing Angel and is family friendly…with lots of surprises!

If you will need babysitting after dinner for your younger children (under 3 years old) please contact Martha Gordon at 404-314-7506.

To find out more about The Icing Angel check out her website http://www.theicingangel.com/

This Week

The office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  However, if you have an emergency you may reach Pastor Jessica at 678-361-7275.  For any other information you may reach Athel at 404-452-5392.  Safe travels to those traveling and a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

 REMINDER – This Sunday at 10:45am will be our Hanging of the Greens Service.  We will have one worship service together.  Pastor Jessica, the Worship Team, Chancel Choir, Praise Band and Children have worked hard to make this a wonderful service with special music.  Immediately following the service everyone is invited to the fellowship hall for a soup and cornbread lunch.  Each family is asked to bring soup, cornbread, or dessert.

Cookie Walk sponsored by UMW – December 14

Mark your calendar and get ready to purchase your Christmas cookies and candy here!

The United Methodist Women of Bethesda will host a Cookie Walk in the Fellowship Hall after each service on December 14th.

Many kinds of homemade Christmas cookies and candy will be available, you may choose one of a kind or a dozen.

The proceeds will go towards Imagine No Malaria.

We invite the entire church to participate and enjoy the cooking talents of the UMW women.


2014-11-16 Sermon Podcast – Wise Choices and Wonderful Words

Wise Choices and Wonderful Words – Pastor Jessica Terrell

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This Week’s Opportunities

Bethesda’s Best will meet this Thursday at noon for a covered dish Thanksgiving Feast.  We invite everyone, 50 and up to join us for a great meal and time of fellowship.  If you have never been, please come and check us out.  We would love to have you.


Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer Group

Wednesday – 2:30 – 7:30pm – Red Cross Blood Mobile will be here for the Blood Drive

5:30pm – Supper Thanksgiving Meal – Chicken and dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, collard greens, English peas, corn casserole, rolls, desserts: Fruit Cake, Pecan Pies, Pumpkin Pies, Chocolate Cake w/Icing, Coconut Cake, Hummingbird Cake

6:00pm – Bethesda Club for Kids

6:30pm – ESOL 6:30pm – Youth/Pioneer Club

6:30pm – Chancel Choir

6:30pm – Adult Bible Study

Thursday – 12:00Noon – Bethesda’s Best

Saturday – 7:30am – Run for God

9:00am – Bethesda Accountability Class

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am Worship

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Children’s Choir/Youth

Custodian Needed

We are in need of a Church custodian. The position is open to non-church members, and is a 30 hour position. In general, the custodian is responsible for the regular cleaning and maintenance of all Church buildings, including the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, kitchen, education facilities, Pavilion and Chapel. If you know of anyone who might be interested in this position, please let us know or share this contact info with them. Thank you.

Cammie Jane Anderson

SPRC Chairperson



Cammie Jane Anderson

andersoncjay {at} gmail(.)com

(770) 963-9736


UMW Agape Meeting (Date Change) Nov 18 – 6:30

The Agape Circle will meet on the 18th of November at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Isabel Stafford will provide the devotion.  Refreshments will be provided by Isabel Stafford and Janice Williams.

All are welcome.  We will be discussing the Mother Daughter Dinner and our 2015 Calendar of Programs and Missions.  Please join us as we plan for the upcoming events.

Upcoming Dates and This Week at Bethesda

Mark these dates:

Hanging of the Green – Sunday November 30th – A combined service at 10:45am. We will have our regular soup and cornbread meal at lunch time immediately following the service.

Mother Daughter Banquet – December 4

Children’s Christmas Play – December 7th 8:45 & 11:00am

Chancel Choir Cantata – December 14

Santa Supper – December 13– 5pm

Christmas Eve Service – December 24 – 8pm

This Week’s Opportunities

Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer Group

Tuesday – 6:30pm – Agape Circle

Wednesday –10:00am – Book Study

11:00am – Outreach Circle

5:30pm – Supper DON’T MISS THIS ONE!  Reid’s Dad, Russ is taking the day off and coming to Lawrenceville so that he and Reid can prepare our Wednesday night meal.  Their menu sounds great:  Turner Tenders, mac and cheese, lima beans, green beans, fries, slaw, and desserts (cakes: Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet, Carolyn’s Pound Cake, Camie Jane’s Carrot Cake and Strtawberry Cake,

6:00pm – Bethesda Club for Kids

6:30pm – ESOL

6:30pm – Youth

6:30pm – Chancel Choir

6:30pm – Adult Bible Study

8:00pm – Praise Band Practice

Saturday – 7:30am – Run for God

9:00am – Bethesda Healthy Living Class

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am Worship

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Children’s Choir/Youth

2014-11-02 Sermon

All Saints Day – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

Bethesda Spirit Night Pictures

In case you missed it, here are some pictures of the fantastic costumes that people wore to our Spirit Night, which was held at the Sugarloaf Parkway Chick-Fil-A last week.

View the entire album here 

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Bible Blast 2014

Sunday November 16, 2014


12:30-2:30 Bible Blast for 2nd Grade-6th Grade

2:30-3:30 Family Bible Blast- Families w/children of all ages

Click on the link below to register.



Men’s Breakfast – Sunday, November 9th – 7:30am

All men are invited to the church fellowship hall this Sunday at 7:30am for a country breakfast, prepared by some of our men.  They serve ham, biscuits, grits, eggs, coffee, and juice.  Hope to see you there!

Operation Christmas Child

The Shoeboxes for the Samaritan Purse have arrived.  Anyone who would like to participate in this project may pick up one of the boxes in the fellowship hall.  The boxes need to be returned by November 16th with a $7 donation for shipping.

Here is a great link that helps everyone learn how to pack a shoebox! All the steps are on the website and you can watch videos of the kids getting boxes too! 



An Invitation: 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. Please no gifts, just come and enjoy time with the newly weds.  Thank you!! Ann and Randy Davis


This Week at Bethesda

Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer

Tuesday – 7:00am – 7:00pm – Elections

Wedneady – 5:30pm – Supper

Pork Tenderloin, Cracked Potatoes, Field Peas, Carrots, Fried Okra, Ceasar Salad, Rolls

Desserts: Pumpkin Cheesecake, New York Cheesecake with cherries, Carmel Pie, Peanut Butter Pie, Hershey Chocolate Pie, Coconut Pie, Pecan Pies

6:00pm – Club Bethesda

6:30pm – ESOL, Pioneer Club, Youth, Chancel Choir

Saturday – 7:30am – Run for God

9:00am – Healthy Living Class

9:30am – 3:30pm – Leadership Academy – Norcross UMC

Sunday – 8:45am & 11:00am – Children’s Sabbath

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Youth/Children’s Choir


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.

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