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Rev. Wendy Neff


Life At Bethel

Pentecost 2017

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News & Events

March, 2020

Volume 17, Issue No. 3

Lent has finally caught up with the Lenten roses that began...


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 24March2020)
    Worship and other church activities are suspended through April 5

    On Sunday, March 29, at 11:00 AM, Wendy will broadcast worship on Facebook Live.  

    In the comments we can share our joys and concerns as we pray together.  

                Here is the link for Bethel’s live broadcasts:     

                Tune in and connect with your church family! 

    Dear Friends,

                In the week since we canceled worship and other activities at the church through Mar 27, things have changed again.  Unfortunately, not for the better just yet.  The session was able to meet via video on Sunday, Mar 22 and made a few plans moving forward.  I want to share those with you.

    1.      We will continue the suspension of worship and other church activities through April 5.  We will continue to monitor CDC guidance as well as state public health guidance and make changes as soon as we can.  If the guidelines regarding public gatherings and social distancing continue past April 5, we will update you on Holy Week and Easter plans.

    2.     While we are not gathering in person, we are going to attempt to gather on Facebook Live for worship each Sunday at 11am.  These will be live from my house!  During the live events you will be able to leave comments so we can continue our practice of offering joys and concerns as we pray together.  It may be a bit awkward at first, but we will get the hang of it! You do not have to be on Facebook to watch the live presentations, so we’ll send the link later in the week and you can join us if you are able.  You will also be able to watch the live event later in the day too.

    3.     In addition to FB live worship, I will also attempt a mid-week devotion on FB live each Wednesday at noon.  These will also be from my house!  I am hoping this Wednesday’s live devotional will serve as a rehearsal of sorts for Sunday’s worship.

    4.     I will begin sending weekly email letters that will also be snail mailed out to our members who do not have email or internet (they are getting this one that way too!).  The letters will have information as well as encouragement and spiritual nurture and updated prayer concerns. 

    5.     Session has divided up the congregation and friends of Bethel and will make weekly calls as long as we are unable to gather together.  These calls will give us another way to stay connected and make sure everyone is ok and has what they need. 

    6.     We are looking into using ZOOM for video meetings.  More information will come especially for teams that may need to meet that way.

    7.     Lastly, we want to remind everyone that though we are not gathering, the session has agreed to continue paying our staff and meeting our commitments to ministries and missions that are in our budget.  So please, if you are able, continue your giving to the church either by mailing a check or by donating online:  Someone will be checking the mail regularly and we will continue weekly deposits. 

    During this time of closed schools, I will be working from home and attempting to homeschool my children.  I look forward to trying new ways of connecting through worship and devotion on FB live as well as tried and true ways of phone calls and emails.  With God’s grace, a bit of humor, and the willingness to try new things, we will persevere. 

    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.