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

Wednesday Morning Book Club

The Wednesday Morning Book Club on World Religions has come to an end.  They finished off with a trip to the Temple in Atlanta and then the varsity for lunch,  Looks like they enjoyed the day!

United Methodist Women General Meeting

All ladies are invited to the UMW General Meeting on Sunday, September 28th immediately following the 11:00 o’clock worship service.  The Outreach Circle will be hosting this meeting and providing lunch.  We hope you all will attend.

This Week At Bethesda


Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer Group

Wednesday – 9:30am – Book Club Field Trip 5:30pm – Supper

Menu:  Fried or Rotisserie chicken, green beans, pinto beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, tossed salad, bread (rolls, cornbread, biscuits).  Desserts:  banana pudding, heath bar cake, German chocolate cake, yellow cake with chocolate icing, butter cake with butter cream icing)

6:00pm – Bethesda Kid’s Club

6:00pm – ESOL

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

8:00pm – Praise Band Practice

Thursday – 12:00 Bethesda’s Best

6:45pm – Painting with a Twist – Painting for a purpose

Friday – 6:00pm – Children’s Retreat for 3, 4, and 5 year olds

Saturday – 7:30am – Run for God 9:00am – Bethesda Accountability Class

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am – Worship

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Youth

5:30pm – Children’s Choir

Register Today for Camp Bethesda

September 19-20, 2014

This is an overnight event for kids in 3rd,4th and 5th grades.

Register today at:


Hurry, because spaces are limited! Hope to see you there.

Time to Register for Paint With a Purpose

Paint with a Purpose at Painting With a Twist in Lawrenceville.

Thursday evening, September 18th from 6:45-9 p.m. Come and enjoy some snacks, fun, and fellowship as we paint.

Painting experience is not necessary! All supplies are included and the cost is $35 per person; register on-line at http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/lawrenceville/calendar/

The church will receive 1/2 of the ticket price and funds raised will support Conference Missional Giving.

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

(Photo used with permission; this is an example of what we will be painting.)



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

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

Run For God – Bible Study & 10k/Half Marathon Challenge starts September 13

Join us for the Run For God Bible Study and 10k/Half Marathon Challenge

All are welcome! Come run….walk…or do run/walk intervals with us!

We will begin September 13. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the BUMC Fellowship Hall.

Each session will include a short Bible study, discussion of a running topic, then outside for running/walking.

If you have any questions please talk to one of the class leaders listed below.

Class leaders are:

Week 1 – Sep 13 – Alisha Voutas

Week 2 – Sep 20 – Joe Banas

Week 3 – Sep 27 – Ken Fewell

Week 4 – Oct 4 – Joe Banas

Week 5 – Oct 11 – Alisha Voutas

Week 6 – Oct 18 – Kendra Skellen

Week 7 – Oct 25 – Isabel Stafford

Week 8 – Nov 1 – Ken Fewell

Week 9 – Nov 8 – Bev Hombroek

Week 10 – Nov 15 – Kendra Skellen

Week 11 – Nov 22 – Isabel Stafford

Week 12 – Date TBD – Bev Hombroek

United Methodist Women

The Agape Circle will meet on Tuesday, September 9th in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm.  Martha Gordon will give the devotion and Bev Hombroek and Vicky Leyva will provide refreshments.   Our program is the Thank Bank and  Shoe Box Ministry.  Please bring your donations for the Thank Bank and your items for the Shoe Box Ministry to the meeting.  All are welcome, hope to see you there!

The Outreach Circle will be meeting on Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00am at the Chew Chew Café in Lawrenceville where lunch will be provided.  The hostess for this meeting is Carole Martin and Shirley Tallent has the devotions.   Our missions are Hope Clinic (office supplies, copy paper, etc.) and Bethesda’ Kitchen Shower (pairing knives, long fork for cooking, large cutting board, large funnel, small, medium, large cooking pots, medium serving spoons.  A wonderful way to begin our fall meetings, hope to see you there.

“I Love My Church” T-Shirt Orders

We have several who have asked for ”I Love My Church” T-Shirts, so we are placing an additional order.  The cost is $14 per shirt and the order will be placed on Monday, September 8th.  Please e-mail the church office – athelmorris {at} bethesdaunited(.)org to place your order.  This will be the last time we can order these shirts.  When e-mailing your order, we need the following information.

Name, Phone Number, Size, Color (grey, brown, pink, teal, purple, green)



This week’s happenings

Wednesday – 10:00am – Book Study – Read chapters on Judaism, Islam, and Christianity

5:30pm – Wednesday Night Supper – Mexican

Menu – Beef or Chicken Tacos, Chicken Quesadillas, Chicken Taquitas, Mexican Salad,Chips, salsa, cheese dip, quacamole, Mexican rice, fiesta corn, pies

6:00pm – Club Bethesda for Kids

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

8:00pm – Praise Band

Thursday – 9:30 am – throughout the day and early evening – Steam Clean Fish Fry Equipment

Friday – 6:00pm – Meet at Bethesda Elementary to cut onions and package slaw

Saturday – 9:00am – Cut and wrap cake for to go boxes

2:00pm – Workers arriver

3:00pm – Cooking begins

4:00 – 7:30pm – Dine in or drive through

Sunday — 8:45 & 11:00am Pastor Jessica’s Sermon - Meeting Your Match

9:45am – Sunday School

5:30pm – Children’s Choir

5:30pm – Youth




One more week until the KISS THE PIG finale!

Just one more week to ‘vote’ for your favorite team!

Who will kiss the pig…..will it be Team Jessica or Team Reid?

It’s been great fun watching Duke Pig and his travels looking for someone to kiss.

GET READY…..GET SET…..Let’s finish strong!

The finale will be at the 59th annual Fish Fry on Saturday, September 6th. (You can even get in your last minute votes at the fish fry.)

All funds collected will go to Conference Missional Giving (Apportionments).

2014-08-24 Sermon – How to Have a Great Life

How to Have a Great Life – Reverend John Barnes

Sermon Podcast

We welcome Gennie Bowles this Sunday

Hello, my name is Gennie Bowles and I am beginning my second year at Candler School of Theology where I am pursuing my Masters of Divinity and I will be doing my second contextual education internship at Bethesda this year.  I am originally from Fishersville, VA, which is a small town in the Shenandoah Valley; moving to the big city has been and continues to be an exciting adventure. I graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!!!) in 2013 with a degree in physics, and I am very excited that football season is upon us.  At Virginia Tech I was involved with the Wesley Foundation campus ministry where I felt called to the ministry, which brought me to Candler. I love all kinds of music, from early music to alternative rock; I sing with the Candler Singers, play the piano, and am slowly learning how to play the accordion. My plans are to become an ordained Elder in the Virginia Conference of the united Methodist Church, I am passionate about worship and about hearing how God is acting in the lives of others and through others in the world. I am so excited to be a part of the Bethesda UMC community this year; I am looking forward to meeting everyone and hearing your stories as we journey together.

We hope all of you will join us for the Breakfast Bar this Sunday at 9:45am in the fellowship hall.  It is a great time to get to know Gennie.


Fish Fry

Fish Fry time is fast approaching and the Men’s Club is in need of your help.

1) Thursday, September 04, 6:00 PM at the Church.  We need men to clean the cooking equipment.

2) Friday, September 05, 6:00 PM at Bethesda Elementary School’s Cafeteria.  We need a lot of volunteers to prepare the coleslaw and chop the onions.

3) Saturday 06, 8:00am at pavilion – all hands on deck, especially fish cleaners!!

9:00am – Ladies meet in fellowship hall to wrap cakes for to-go boxes.

4) Saturday 06, 3:00pm – Cooking begin.  If you can help cook in any way, please contact Matt Retter (770-231-0652) or Steve Pealock (404-317-2247).

5) Saturday 06 – 4:00 – 7:30pm – Serving time begins.  We can always use more servers in the fellowship hall.  To help with desserts call Wanda Davis (770-921-3722).  To help with beverages call David Rothmeier (770-861-3342).

Homemade Cakes – We need about 100 homemade desserts/cakes.  Please bring them to the fellowship hall on Friday, September 05 or Saturday morning between 9 and 10.


A great big THANK YOU to each of you who gave blood at the August 20  drive.  There were 23 units collected which exceeded the goal of 17.  The next drive is scheduled for November 19.

This Week at Bethesda -Lots Happening

First of all, thank you to everyone for making Homecoming a great day here at Bethesda.  The grounds looked great!  Thanks to all who came out and worked last week.  We had a total of 187 yesterday!  Thanks to Reverend John Barnes for being our guest preacher, to Logan Brooks and the Chancel Choir for the wonderful music.  Thanks to the Family Ministries Committee for decorating and setting up the fellowship hall, and last but not least, thank you to all of the wonderful cooks.  The food was fantastic!

Look at what is going on this week!

Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer

3:00pm – Staff Meeting (in office)

6:00pm – Nominations Committee Meeting (Conference Room)

Wednesday 10:00am – Book Study

5:30pm – Supper (Chicken Pot Pie, choice of baked potato or sweet potato, blackeyed peas, cornbread, rolls, salad, trifles (strawberry, cherry-blueberry, chocolate mousse, turtle, fresh peach)

6:30pm – Pioneer Club

6:30pm – ESOL Class

6:30pm – Chancel Choir

6:30pm – Adult Bible Study

8:00pm – Praise Band Practice

Thursday – 7:00pm – Preschool Parent Night

Saturday – 8:00am – Run for God

9:00am – BUMC Healthy Living Class

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am – Worship in Song – 5th Sunday Hymn Sing

9:45am – Breakfast Bar

5:30pm – Children’s Choir

5:30pm – Youth

Monday, September 1st – Office will be closed for Labor Day



Ladies Bible Study – Montclair Subdivision

All ladies are invited to participate in a Ladies’ Bible Study to be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month, beginning September 2. All classes will be at the Montclair Subdivision clubhouse located across the street from Al and Bev Hombroek’s home. (near Ronald Reagan Parkway and Webb Gin House Road) We gather at 7:00 p.m. for fellowship with study time from 7:30 p.m. to approx. 8:30 p.m.

This study will begin Tuesday, September 2 and we will be working on the video Bible study, ‘The Case for Christ’ by Lee Strobel.

This is a multi-denomination group of ladies and we have great discussions in a very relaxed atmosphere. There is no cost to join this study group.

If you would like to attend or have any questions, please contact Bev Hombroek 678-462-3051

Help Needed for Bethesda Elementary Shuttle

We are still in need of 2-4 assistants to help in the parking lots @ Bethesda Elementary on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:45-8:00.  Please contact Cheryl Miller if you are available.

Run For God – Pre-Class group runs – 7:30 a.m. Saturdays at Bethesda Park

For those wanting to get back into running/walking we will meet for run-only dates at Bethesda Park, 7:30 a.m. each Saturday leading up to the Sept 13 start of the Bible Study/challenge class. We will meet at the trail head next to the soccer fields at Bethesda Park on Bethesda Church Road.

Run For God 10k/Half Marathon 12 week challenge will officially begin on Saturday, September 13. These classes will meet in the Bethesda UMC Fellowship Hall and include a mix of Bible Study, Running Tips, and then outdoor running.

All levels and abilities are welcome…..walk, run, intervals. Invite a friend!

If you have questions please contact Joe Banas or Bev Hombroek.

Penny Pig War is in full swing!

Bethesda’s Penny Pig War and Kiss the Pig Challenge is a totally fun event designed to increase awareness of Conference Missional Giving aka Apportionments. The funds raised through the Kiss the Pig challenge will help to pay Bethesda UMC’s portion due for 2014.

For the purposes of this fun challenge, the word “PIG” is an acronym meaning People Interested in Giving…..that’s YOU!



From August 3 – September 6, 2014 Team Jessica (Pastor Jessica Terrell) and Team Reid (Youth Pastor Reid Turner) have graciously agreed to be in a ‘friendly’ competition to help raise funds to be paid toward Apportionments with the loser having the ‘opportunity’ to pucker up and kiss a pig. Each coin helps raise your team’s total and each bill or check is subtracted from their total! The finale will be at the 59th Annual Fish Fry on September 6 and the team that receives the least amount of money by then will be puckering up to Kiss the Pig! Look for your team’s jar at Wednesday night suppers as well as on Sunday in the Narthex!

Bridal Shower

Ladies, you are invited to a Bridal Shower in honor of Justin Davis (Ann and Randy’s son) and Madison McEver (Madi) who will also be married in October.  Justin and Madi are registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target.

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