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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
Sunday Bulletin - Facebook Live Service — 05/31/2020

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 June 1, 2020)
    Worship and other church activities are suspended through May 31

    You can watch our May 31, 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!  

    May 26, 2020
    Dear Friends,

    I want to begin this week with a shout out to Elaine Steele and those who helped her get the Kingston Lakeside Market off the ground.  Saturday was the inaugural market, and the weather was wonderful, the crowd was fabulous, the vendors were amazing, and the products were great.  Obviously, Kingston wanted/needed a market.  This will be a weekly event each Saturday morning from 8am to 11am, so I encourage you to come, visit socially distanced, and shop to support local farmers and producers.  While this is not a Bethel program as such, the idea was born of conversations at Bethel and is an example of the many ways we continue to be the church.

    I was delighted to be able to see so many Bethel folks and friends.  It took a lot of restraint to not reach out and hug everyone, but I was grateful to be in your presence.  I plan to be at the market each Saturday and would love a chance to see and visit with more of you, so I’ll be sitting at the picnic table on the porch off the Fellowship Hall.  You are welcome to come by and chat. 

    Next Sunday is Pentecost.  Susan will include a Pentecost picture in the bulletin, and I invite you to color it and send a picture of it to Alf Rybka so that he can put together a Facebook album of our Pentecost pictures.   In addition, we will receive the Pentecost Offering which supports children and youth at risk and young adult ministries.  The Session has designated the First Presbyterian Church Spring City food pantry as our recipient again this year.  As you may remember their pantry serves more than half of the county’s population.  You may mail in your donation or give through the Bethel website by clicking HERE.

    As a reminders you can participate in the Facebook Live worship and devotions each week even if you are not on Facebook (just click HERE). Thanks again for continuing to worship together this way.  I know there are many people who are joining us that I do not know.  If you know of friends or family that have been worshipping with us the last 8 weeks, I would love to be able to reach out to them and offer a personal word of welcome.

    The small group making recommendations for when and how we return to worship and activities in the building plans to have a report to session this week, so we should be able to share more with you after May 31.  In the meantime, I would welcome your ideas and thoughts.  Feel free to call or email me and let me know your thoughts, concerns, hopes, and more.  I look forward to hearing from you.

    Please continue to hold Jon Hettrick in your prayers.  Please add Pam Law, Vernon’s daughter, who had a stroke on Friday.  Thankfully, her prognosis is favorable.  Also keep Jill McMaster in your prayers.  Her sister, Margo Akerman passed away on Saturday.

    May you have a lovely week.  Continue to reach out to one another, to imagine what’s becoming and how we are being called to be part of it.

    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.