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Rev. Wendy Neff


Life At Bethel

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News & Events

April, 2020

Volume 17, Issue No. 4

I hope you are doing well in these unusual days. This edition of the Open Door...


Join us as we respond to God's amazing gift of grace -- through faith, fellowship, and service to others.


"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)

  Sundays at Bethel  

Worship (Communion - First Sunday)
[Nursery Available During Worship]
— 11:00 am —
Christian Education (All Ages)
— 9:30 to 10:30 am —
Coffee & Conversation
— 10:30 to 11:00 am —

Read Our Latest Bulletin
The Most Recent Bulletin Is Now Available
In The Archive - See Below.

Do you love to read? Do you enjoy discussing that "best book ever", but often can't find anyone who has read it?  Do you want a brief interlude when you can talk and think about things other than what your normal routine requires?  If you said "yes" to any of these questions, then we may have something that you'll like – the TN TEN Book Club!

The web sites listed below provide helpful information about many aspects of the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination, as well as all sorts of other interesting stuff!

Clicking on a link title will cause a new window to open.

  • Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • The "master" site for our denomination. Here you'll find a wealth of information covering most everything you might want to know about us.
  • Presbytery of East Tennessee
  • This is the web site for the regional Presbyterian Church (USA) organization that oversees Bethel and all other PC (USA) churches in East Tennessee.
  • Synod of Living Waters
  • The Synod of Living Waters is the multi-state PC (USA) organization that oversees the presbyteries in states of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee (are we organized, or what?!)
  • The Presbyterian Foundation
  • Invest your money in a way that helps you and helps others.
  • PCUSA Investment Loan Program
  • The Presbyterian Church (USA) Investment & Loan Program provides opportunities to invest in church growth. PILP holds Bethel's morgage from our remodeling, and with enough investments it is possible to get reductions to our mortgage rate.
  • Bethel on the Move
  • Watch a time lapse video of Bethel's most recent move in 2008. Photography by David Doonan; used with permission from Roane County News.

    Bethel Happenings
    (updated August 11, 2020)
    Worship and other church activities are suspended until October 18

    You can watch our August 9, 11:00 am worship service (via Facebook Live) by clicking HERE.  

    Also, remember to join Rev. Wendy each Wednesday at noon live on Facebook (click HERE) as she shares an inspirational devotional.

    Market logo
    Kingston Lakeside Farmers Market
    Every Saturday Through Labor Day
    8am - 11am

    Please come out and support this
    Kingston community market!  

    August 10, 2020
    Dear Friends,

    As I write this, the rain is falling gently, it's a bit gray and generally a good day to read a book, I think.  If that is what you like to do on rainy days, I hope you have the chance today.  Thank you to Cathy McDowell for the beautiful sunflowers that graced our worship space yesterday.  Thanks also to the Study team and a few youth for the second Children's Sunday School via zoom.  We learned about compassion with songs, some yoga moves, and an illustrated prayer to remind us through the week.  It is amazing really, what we can do virtually! The next children's Sunday School will be on August 23.   

    Upcoming study opportunities for adults:  our Brown Bag Supper and Study will resume on Wed, September 2 at 6:30pm.  We will begin a new study on Encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of John.  Watch for zoom links as we get closer.  On Monday, September 14 at 6:30pm we will continue our conversations around race and racial justice as we discuss the book The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone.  Zoom links will be sent closer to time.  Feel free to join the conversation and invite friends and family too, everyone is welcome. And of course the weekly Wednesday devotional at noon each Wednesday on Facebook live.  

    Local mission updates:  RCCM has a new address and they are looking for some carpentry work to make the space user friendly, particularly in these days of COVID 19. If you are able to offer skills, please contact Susan in the church office and she will give you contact information.  Family Promise of Roane County has been assisting families in need this summer with food, hygiene items and social support and hopes to resume hosting families in November.   

    The Presbytery of East Tennessee will have its first ever zoom meeting this Saturday, August 15.  I will attend that meeting and present several candidates for examination, meaning there are a number of pastors beginning to serve churches in the midst of a pandemic and no in person activities.  Pray for them and the congregations they serve as they imagine meaningful relationship and ministry in new ways.  Since I will be at Presbyter on Saturday, I will not be able to visit on the porch during the market.  I will miss seeing you all and look forward to visiting on August 22.  

    Continue to hold Jon Hettrick, Katie Gurtis, Moira Koppelberger and Ron Fowler in your prayers.  Please add prayers for comforting mercies for Adam and Rachel Gallagher as they grieve the death of Adam's brother as well as Bryson Turnbill and his family as they grieve the death of Bryson's great grandmother.   Many concerns were shared during worship on Sunday for friends and family who are ill and undergoing treatments as well as those who have lost loved ones.  Hold all of those concerns in your prayers too. 

    Grace and peace,

    Kingston Lakeside Market
    It is exciting to announce the prospect of a farmers market in Kingston in 2020.
    (scroll to the bottom for links to our survey and application forms)

    The idea of a market was initiated by Bethel Presbyterian Church as part of their vision as an Earth Care Congregation. It will be established with the cooperation of the City of Kingston. The proposed site will be in the city parking lot directly behind the church at 203 S. Kentucky Street. The market will be held every Saturday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM starting next spring. At this point in the process, we are seeking information from customers and potential vendors. To establish this market it will take community support. We cannot have a market without vendors and shoppers. This will be “our” market referring to the residents in and around the Kingston Community.