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Rev. Wendy Neff


Life At Bethel

Pentecost 2017

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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 October 20, 2020)
    Worship and other church activities are suspended until December 6

    You can watch our October 18, 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.

    October 19, 2020
    Dear Friends,

    What a beautiful week we had last week.  I have so enjoyed seeing so many of your outdoor adventures on Facebook.  The pictures you shared were wonderful.  This week hopefully will continue to be beautiful with the color in the changing leaves.  It will certainly be a full week at Bethel with the beginning of a new Bible study and the monthly installment of our racial justice conversations. 

    Today at 6:30pm we will gather via zoom to talk about racial justice.  We will view together an episode of Emmanuel Acho's “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” on You Tube.  You do not need to watch ahead unless you want to do so.  We will view together through Zoom and then talk about the episode.  On Wednesday at 6:30pm we will begin a new Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark.  This is a five week study that will conclude Nov 18. Please contact the church office for access information if you wish to participate. Because we have two study events this week, I will not do a weekly devotional on Wednesday.  You can look for that again on Oct 28. 

    Looking ahead, the Kingston Lakeside Farmer's Market will hold a one day market on Saturday, Oct 31 from 10am to 2pm.  In addition to gifts, baked goods and candy, there will also be lunch available.  I will be there for porch visits at 11am and look forward to seeing many of you that day.  

    Thank you again to each of you for your continued support of Bethel's ministry and mission.  Many of you have continued to do little jobs at the church maintaining the building and grounds, supporting local ministries, and overall enabling the church to continue to do what we do just in new ways.  Thank you also to everyone who has made financial contributions to the church.  Your giving means we are able to continue to pay our staff, and maintain our building, and support the ongoing ministries that provide help to people in need in our community as well as around the world even in these difficult days.  Know that your gift, however big or small, makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated. 

    Please keep Jon Hettrick in your prayers as he travels this week for surgery, and remember Marge who will stay home to continue chemo treatment. 

    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.