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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Now that the holidays are over, our Fitness Classes start back up this Saturday.

The Workout Class is from 8 – 9am in the chapel

The Accountability Class if from 9 – 10am in the fellowship

There is no cost for either of these classes and EVERYONE is invited to join.  Alisha Voutas leads the workout class and Laura Cooper leads the accountability class.

United Methodist Women – General Meeting – Sunday, Feb 1, noon

2015-01-18 Sermon: Honoring Who God Is

A Prayer and a Plan: Honoring Who God Is – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

2015-01-11Sermon: Keeping it Short and Simple

A Prayer and a Plan: Keeping It Short and Simple – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

Join the BUMC Run For God runners & walkers for our celebration race!

Bethesda’s Run For God (we have walkers and runners!) has worked out for months and has decided on running and/or walking the Run the Reagan for our ‘graduation’ 10k.

We would love for you to join us! The race is the morning of February 14th and features a half marathon ($40), 10k ($25), 5k ($20), and 1 mile fun run ($10). Bethesda UMC will have runner/walkers in the 10k race as well as a few in the 5k race.

We hope you will either run/walk with us or come out to cheer and join us for some fun and fellowship as we Run For God!

Copy and paste this link to sign up for the race: http://www.active.com/snellville-ga/running/distance-running-races/run-the-reagan-half-marathon-10k-5k-1-mile-2015

If you have any questions please contact Bev Hombroek at 678-462-3051 or by email beverly {at} multiplebenefits(.)com


Congratulations to Dr. Billy(Steve)Pealock

The United Methodist Men named Dr.Billy Pealock “Man of the Year, 2014″.  Steve and Michele and their two children, Maddox and Hannah hvie been at Bethesda for several years.  Steve is currently serving as Vice President of the UMM as well as heading up the Mentoring Program with Bethesda Elementary.  Steve is  Cub Master to Cub Scout Group meeting at the pavilion each week.  We are blessed to have this entire family at Bethesda.  Dr. Pealock and Michele have their Dental Practice across the street at Bethesda Walk Dental Care

Ladies’ Bible Study – Montclair Subdivision

Ladies are you looking for an evening Bible Study? Join the women of Montclair Subdivision on an 8 week, evening Bible study – beginning Tues. Jan 20th.

We will be studying Andy Stanley’s “Taking Responsibility for Your Life”


 We meet at the Montclair clubhouse the 1st & 3rd Tues of each month located across the street from 1185 Montclair Way, Snellville, GA.

Social time 7 pm / study begins at 7:30 pm and ends around 8:30 pm.

The lesson and discussion should be about an hour. There is no homework – all the work is done in the class with a guided video to introduce the topic for discussion each evening.  Book & DVD are shared so no cost for this study.

Mark your calendar and show up – very relaxed atmosphere.  No RSVP – just show up.  Can’t make one? That’s ok – come to the next. No pressure & no expectations – this is for You – so see you there!

Jan 20 – Feb 3  - Feb 17 – Mar 3  - Mar 17  - Mar 31   – April 21 – May 5 Salad Dinner

If you have questions please contact Bev Hombroek at beverly {at} multiplebenefits.com



Bethesda’s Best

Bethesda Best will meet this Thursday, January 15th at 12:00noon in the fellowship hall for a covered dish lunch.  Please bring a covered dish to share.  We will be working on projects to help our Relay for Life Team.  See you there.   Brenda Falkler and Janice Williams

Exciting changes to the Children’s Programs at Bethesda UMC beginning this week!

These changes will help us build stronger relationships with all the kids who attend Bethesda events, provide more meaningful spiritual experiences, abide by Safe Sanctuary guidelines, and create fun memorable moments for all of us.

As always the children need both weekly and occasional volunteers our program. Contact Cheryl (cherylmiller {at} bethesdaunited(.)org or 770-921-3753) to find the right place for you.

Thanks again for your patience, flexibility, support and everything you do for children’s ministries at Bethesda.


Wednesday nights (Remember that Wednesday night supper begins at 5:30PM):

6:00PM – 6:45PM

  • Bethesda UMKids (K -5th) – Fellowship Hall

6:30PM – 7:30PM

  • Preschool Pals – Education Building
  • Nursery – Education Building


  • “Spread the Word” Bethesda UMKids Choir  (K-5th) – Sanctuary

Sunday Children’s Programs will be one Sunday each month from 4:00PM – 5:30PM:

  • Café 45 (4th& 5th) – Chapel- 4th Sunday
  • J.A.M. (K-3rd) – Chapel- 2nd Sunday
  • Jr.J.A.M. (Preschool- 3-5 years old)- Dates Vary

About our Programs:

Bethesda UMKids (K-5th) Group games, mission projects, and weekly Bible Lesson based on faith lessons from songs in musical. Small Group Leaders will be needed to help facilitate group discussions and activities. Lesson overviews will be provided to small group leaders prior to Wednesday nights. Large group teaching can be rotated. Meets in the back of the Fellowship Hall on Wednesdays at 6pm.

Preschool Pals (Preschool) A playtime opportunity for your little ones to learn about Jesus’ love for us. Meets in the Education Building on Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

“Spread the Word” Bethesda UMKids Choir (K-5th) Moving to Wednesday nights!  Another exciting musical is planned for the spring which is open to all elementary aged children.  Lots of new songs to be learned by all.  Children who are not interested in performing in the musical will be encouraged to use talents for making props, assisting with rehearsals, helping younger children, working with preschoolers, etc. Meets in the Sanctuary on Wednesdays at 6:45PM.

Café 45 (4th & 5th) Small group activities for the older children.  Meets in the chapel on the 4th Sundays from 4:00PM until 5:30PM.

J.A.M. – Jesus and Me (K-3rd) Small group activities for the younger school-aged children. Meets in the chapel on the 2nd Sundays from 4:00PM until 5:30PM.

Jr. J.A.M. – Junior Jesus and Me (Preschoolers) Small group activities for the youngest of our children.  Special days – TBD.


This Week at Bethesda

Monday – 5:00pm – 8:00pm – Church Wide Leadership Planning Meeting

Tuesday – 6:30pm – Agape Circle (fellowship hall)

Wednesday – 11:00am – Outreach Circle (fellowship hall)

5:30pm – Wednesday Supper – Menu:  pork tenderloin, baked potato or sweet potato, mixed vegetables, salad and pies

6:00pm – Bethesda UMC Kids/Children’s Choir

6:30pm – Preschool Pals

6:30pm – Chancel Choir

6:30pm – Adult Bible Study

6:30pm – Youth

6:30pm – ESOL

Thursday-12noon-Bethesda’s Best

Friday – 5:00pm – Youth leaver for winter retreat

Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am – Pastor Jessica’s Sermon “A Prayer and A Plan: Honoring Who God Is”

9:45am – Sunday School

Agape Circle meeting, Tuesday, Jan 13, 6:30 p.m.

United Methodist Women’s Agape Circle will have their first meeting of 2015 on Tuesday evening, January 13th, 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Judy Wood has the devotion and will introduce the program. The speaker will be Lisa Hennessey from Promise 686.  This project supports foster families in our community. She will be speaking about starting a foster care community that provides meals, clothes, mentoring, etc. The kinds of support needed are meals, clothes, transportation, babysitting, leadership, overnight and Love

Our mission this month is the Lawrenceville Food Co-op, so please bring a few items to pass along to the Co-op.

Refreshments will be provided by Donna Kay Mitchell and Judy Wood.

All ladies are welcome and we hope you will start 2015 by joining us. If you have any questions contact Janice Williams.

Lent and Easter events for your calendar!

Outreach Circle

All ladies are invited to join The Ooutreach Circle next Wednesday, Jan. 14th at 11:00 o’clock in the fellowship hall for January’s meeting.  The guest speaker will be a representative from the United Methodist Children’s Home.  We will have lunch following the program.

Annual Father-Son Breakfast

Men, Young Men, and Boys do not miss this Sunday’s Father-Son Breakfast at 7:30am in the fellowship hall.  The UMM cooks will have eggs, grits, biscuits, ham, juice and coffee ready for you to enjoy.  The speaker for this year’s Breakfast is Jim Kitchen.  Jim and his wife, Noel have been here at Bethesda for a couple of years now and are very active in many areas.  They have two sons, Nick and Brandon.  Jim is a fabulous father, and we are sure you will enjoy hearing him speak.  Jim is also our Youth Coordinator and works very closely with Reid and our youth.

Birthday Bash 2015!

Everyone had a great time eating hamburgers and hotdogs.  The kids loved the puppets!



2015-01-04 Sermon: Following Stars

Following Stars – Pastor Jessica Terrell

Sermon Podcast

This Week at Bethesda

This Week’s Opportunities:

Monday – 6:30pm – Ladies Prayer Group

Wednesday – 5:30pm – Birthday Bash -Our guest entertainment will be “That Puppet Guy” and has a program for those 0 – 100.  Our menu is our regular Birthday menu of hamburgers, hotdogs with all the trimmings, slaw, baked beans, onion rings, fries and birthday cake and ice cream.  If you have not made reservations and do not have standing reservations, please e-mail Athel at athelmorris {at} bethesdaunited(.)org to make them.  The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.


Sunday – 8:45 & 11:00am – Pastor Jessica’s Sermon “A Prayer and a Plan: Keeping it Short and Simple”

5:30pm – Youth

2014-12-28 Sermon: Anticipation and Expectation and Excitement! Wait- Did I just miss Christmas?

Anticipation and Expectation and Excitement!  Wait- Did I just miss Christmas? by Bev Hombroek, Lay Leader.

Sermon Podcast

December 28th


This Sunday, December 28th at 10:45am, Beverly Hombroek, Co-Lay Leader at Bethesda UMC will bringing the morning message.  We will have one worship service and it is at 10:45am in the sanctuary.  Sunday School will begin at 9:45am and stop a little early so that we all can be in the sanctuary at 10:45.  We invite everyone to come out and hear Beverly.  Let’s show her our love and support.

Candlelight service 2014

The candlelight service was great!


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