Prayer Time – A time for prayer is held in the Library every Sunday morning at 8:00 am. All are welcome to share in prayer.
Grief Support Group - A Grief Support Group meets each Monday at 6:30 pm in Room 2. The Group is led by Christine Shaffer and Joan Harmon . Everyone is welcome.
Quilters – The Quilters meet each Monday in the Stained Glass Room at 2:00 pm. The quilters make quilts for the area homeless. Everyone is welcome to help with this ministry.
Alice's Prayer Group meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at BRV2 chapel at 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome to join us at this prayer meeting.
Pieces of Prayer will not be meeting during the holiday season. They will be meeting on January 15th and January 29th. February, they will resume their regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the months in the Stain Glass Room at 6:30pm.
Prayer Warriors - Pastor Bill from First United Methodist Church would like to invite you to come to a weekly prayer group, Prayer Warriors, located at 200 N. Market St. Berwick on Wednesdays at 10:30 am. All are welcome.
The Community Thanksgiving Service is Sunday, Nov. 24th, at 3:00 pm at St. Mary’s at 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick. Everyone is invited.
Harvest Home table for donations. This year, we are coordinating with the Salvation Army to provide Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families in our area. Each basket will feed a family of 4-6 people. We are providing the food, and the Salvation Army will handle the distribution. We are asking the congregation to provide specific food items (lists are available in the Overflow Area). You may also donate cash (to cover the cost of the turkeys) or grocery store gift cards to purchase extra food items needed. (Aldi's or Weis please) If you are not comfortable leaving cash or gift cards on the table, you may give to Connie in the office, or to Barb Kleckner. We will be collecting the food items from now until Nov. 24th. This will allow us time to prepare and deliver the baskets in time for Thanksgiving. PLEASE BRING ONLY THE ITEMS REQUESTED ON THE LIST. Thanks so much for helping Bethany to support this important ministry.
Items needed are: large box instant mashed potatoes, large box stuffing mix, canned cranberry sauce, canned vegetables (peas, corn, beans, etc.), canned sweet potatoes, large box macaroni, boxed cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned pork and beans, cans of soup, boxed dessert mix (for example, Jello-type no-bake pie mix or similar)
Hanging of the Greens - Please come & enjoy the fun on November 25th for Hanging of the Greens at 6:30pm to decorate Bethany for the Christmas season. Everyone is welcome and the more helpers we have, the quicker it will be decorated.
A new Bible Study on "The Gospel of John: Finding Identity and Purpose" will be offered by Pastor Steve. The same study will be offered at two different times: Wednesdays at 10:00, starting on Jan. 8, 2020 and on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, starting on Jan. 9, 2020. The study will be for 12 sessions, so we will be completing it before Easter. Cost of the workbook is $10. Sign up sheet is in the welcome area.
Going On Vacation? Going to miss Church this fall? DON’T MISS OUT!
Here is an easy way to stay connected to the Bethany Family this fall. Sign up for one of our Sunday Worship Packs to keep up on what you’ll miss while your vacationing. Signup sheets will be on the information desk or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship Packs will include: Bulletin / Children’s Bulletin, Most Current Beacon, CD Recording of the Service you missed as well as Sunday School activities for children. Also, you can use this link www.bethanyberwick.org for PayPal to keep up on your offering and tithes too!
Church Council meeting is December 4th in the Stain Glass Room at 6:30 pm and on January 8th at 6:30pm (due to holiday).
Poinsettia Orders are due by December 1st. The cost for each poinsettia is $9.00. The poinsettias will be in the church on Christmas Eve and can be taken home after the Christmas Eve service or picked up at the church on Thursday, December 26th thru Sunday, December 29th. They may also be designated to be given to one of our shut-ins.
oxes are due at the church by November 17. Please find boxes and information on how to pack a shoebox on the table in the Overflow area or contact the Office
Pop Tab Challenge – Please collect your soda can tabs and other can tabs. We are participating in the Pop Tab Challenge by collecting these tabs to benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities. TABS ARE DUE DECEMBER 1ST. Thank you for supporting this mission.
Inkjet ink available. The church office has HP 932XL ink cartridges available - First Come, First Served. Please contact the church office if you have a printer that uses this model number and would be able to use them.
Dodge Key found – A key for a Dodge was found in the Jessup Street parking lot on July 7th. Please contact the office if you lost a key.
The American Red Cross is having a Blood Drive on January 21st from 1-6 pm in the Bethany UMC Fellowship Hall. Please donate the gift of life by contacting the Red Cross to schedule an appointment at 1-800-733-2767.
Our Extra Mile Giving for November will go to help support Laura Spence's mission trip to St. Elizabeth, Jamaica in December to provide dental care with other hygienists, student doctors and several dentists. Your donations will help her serve God by caring for people in Jamaica. Please use the envelope attached to the beacon to support Laura or envelopes are available at the information desk.
Bethany's Church Council is developing a capital campaign committee and we are looking for your help! The church needs to make strategic decisions around the maintenance of the building and finances as a whole. If you are interested in helping, please attend our first meeting on December 16th at 7 pm in the Stain Glass room or contact Ginny Crake for more details: 570-441-3452.
Extra Mile giving for December will go towards providing some Christmas cheer for our shut-ins. If you would like to help deliver gifts to shut-ins, please contact Barb Kleckner (570-752-1479) as soon as possible. All it takes is a short visit to make someone's day!
During the month of December, there will be a Christmas Gift Tree set up in the Overflow Area. It will be decorated with ornaments indicating needs in our local community. You may take an ornament (or several!) and buy the item listed on the ornament. If you know of someone who has specific needs, please let Barb Kleckner know right away, so they can be included on our tree. We are aiming to provide gifts for needy children, but are open to other suggestions as well.
Extra Mile giving for January will go to Beyond Violence Women's Shelter. They are preparing to move into their new, larger building and still have some needs.
Our next Clothing Giveaway will be in January. (Date to be determined.) We are currently accepting donations of WINTER CLOTHING ONLY. Please bring donations as soon as possible, so our ladies have time to sort them.
Direct Payments - Did you know that you can also set up regular payments directly from your bank account to ours? These are commonly known as ACH payments. If you are interested in this option, please see Connie for the information you will need.
Online giving now available. Bethany UMC now has an option to donate to our church via PayPal. This can be used to send your gifts and tithes electronically, at your convenience. When you visit the home page of our website at www.bethanyberwick.org, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a "Donate" button. Just click the button, fill in the amount you would like to donate, and click the button corresponding as to whether you are using a debit card, a credit card or your PayPal account, and your transaction has been completed. The transaction will show up on your account with BBUMC. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
Pink Tote Outreach - We are asking for donations of jars of peanut butter and Jelly for our outreach mission. We are also asking for cash donations to purchase the bread before the giveaway. We will be holding the PB&J care pack giveaway’s the 3rd Wednesday of every month. It will be an honor system from 8:00 am – 8 pm. Totes will be located under the canopy at the back of the church. We have handed out flyers to several needy homes close to the church and the balance of the items collected will be distributed to The Gate House in Danville and the Woman’s Shelter. Your donations are greatly appreciated. A pink tote will be placed in the back of the sanctuary for donations. Cash donations can be dropped off at the church office or put in the special offering envelopes and placed in the offering plate. Please mark your envelopes PB&J outreach. Please see Barb Erb or Kellie Wojciechowski with any questions.
Safe Sanctuary – All volunteers and employees must turn in their Safe Sanctuary certificates and all other clearances to the Church Office as soon as possible. All Clearance documentation must be kept in the Church office. Thank you.
Prayer requests reminder: We keep people’s names on the “Current Prayer” list for 3 weeks and then names are moved to the “Continue to Pray For” list for 3 weeks before being removed from the bulletin unless otherwise requested. The Beacon contains the complete list and a requested long-term prayer list.
If you are hospitalized and desire a pastoral visit, you will need to contact the church office. Because of HIPAA laws the hospital does not give out information and even a hospital worker saying they will contact your pastor does not necessarily mean that it happens. HIPAA law does not recognize a person's nickname, so please let the pastor know of the person's given name as well.
Transportation Ministry – Would you be willing to give transportation to a few of our parishioners who are unable to drive to the church on Sunday mornings for worship services? Please contact Pastor Steve or Connie. The van ministry needs your help because this is a very important ministry we do not want to lose.
Request a Prayer Square – If anyone is in need of a prayer square, please contact Sally Campbell or Edna McClintock (8:30 service) and Rose Hunsinger or Christine Portner (11:00 service). You may also contact the church office during normal office hours.
Bethany United Methodist Church - Peacemakers Prayer Support Ministry
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Started on January 8th, 2017, our Bethany church family began a very special prayer outreach program showing our support for local Police Departments and Officers. These men and women that keep our communities safe have been deeply impacted by recent events that have captivated the news media. They deserve and need our respect and prayer support.
There will be an insert in the Church Bulletin each week requesting your prayer support. The insert will provide a list of local Police Departments for general prayer and a list of officer names, one name each day, for specific prayers.
Prayer suggestions for officers may be for God's guidance, wisdom, courage and protection. Prayer for the departments may include community acceptance and support, excellent leadership, teamwork within the department and between departments and safety.
Please place this bulletin in a location where it will remind you to take a few minutes to pray each day. Perhaps the kitchen table or attached to the refrigerator would be a choice location. Thank you, in advance, for your very important prayer support for our peacekeepers.
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