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Rev. Wendy Neff


Life At Bethel

Pentecost 2017

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If you like what you learn here, please come to visit us some Sunday morning!

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 — 07/12/2020

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 July 11, 2020)
    Worship and other church activities are suspended through July

    Please join us for our July 12 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!  

    July 6, 2020
    Dear Friends,

    Happy July! We have a week full of opportunities for conversation and study. Today, Monday, we will meet via Zoom at 6:30pm for our conversation about the movie Just Mercy. Please contact the church office for access information if you want to participate.

    Then on Wednesday we continue our study of Jeremiah at 6:30pm via Zoom. Again, please contact the church office for access information if you want to participate.

    The Weekly Wednesday Devotional at noon will be on Facebook live as well as worship on Sunday at 11am. So, please plan to join us for some or all of these opportunities to see each other and study this week. And watch for information about the Unity March that has been tentatively rescheduled for July 12 at 2pm.

    We have a unique opportunity on July 19 at 9:30am to hear/see a performance of the Sermon on the Mount. My dear friend and seminary colleague, The Rev. Dr. Meda Stamper, has offered to do these performances via Zoom. She has performed many different portions of scripture and is quite gifted at it. Meda has her MDiv and a PhD in New Testament. She lives in England and serves the United Reform church there, though she is a PCUSA pastor. I will send out the Zoom link for this event in next week's letter. Meda will stay with us after the performance to have a conversation about the Sermon on the Mount, so I hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity.

    As you know we are working on plans to begin in person worship on August 9. The Governor's extension of social distancing through the month of August means we will not be able to return without those rules in place. It would help Session to know if you are planning to return to in person worship on August 9. With social distancing requirements, we can only accommodate about 30 or so persons in the sanctuary, and there will not be nursery care. Please contact me via Bethel's website or the church office and let me know your plans as of now. That information will be valuable to session when it meets on July 19.

    Please continue to hold Jon Hettrick, Taylor Morgan, and Katie Gurtis in your prayers. Please add Mary B and Jim's sister in law, Cindy. Cindy has been undergoing chemo but it has been discontinued until she is stronger. 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.