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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 — 01/17/2021



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!
 
DOWNLOAD THE 2020 TN TEN BOOK CLUB SELECTIONS



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 January 11, 2021)
    Limited Sanctuary Worship Services Began On
    December 6


    You can watch our January 10, 11:00 am worship service (via Facebook Live) by clicking HERE.

    Jaanuary 11, 2021
    Dear Friends,

    This new year has not started the way many of us had hoped.  In fact, the news in just 10 days of this year is dire between a worsening virus and the shocking attack on the Capitol Building last week.  If you are feeling more anxious or uncertain, please call or email me.  I am here to support and encourage you even in these continuing difficulties.

    One bright spot for me came yesterday as we did what we always do, just in a new way this year.  We ordained three new elders and installed a previously ordained elder.  Continuing the 202 year tradition at Bethel, not to mention the hundreds more in the Presbyterian Church, we laid hands on these new elders through the gift of handprints of the current elders.  Now I am not very creative, so the shawls with the handprints were a bit rough, but it was moving all the same.  Thank you to everyone who left their handprint at the office.  This class of elders will always have a reminder of who laid hands on them at their ordination/installation in the year 2021.

    Tonight we resume our discussion of racial justice at 6:30pm.  For this conversation, we will talk about current events related to this article Mark Banker has shared. Click HERE to access the article. You are welcome to join the conversation, whether you have participated before or not. Please contact the church office for Zoom access information.

    On Wednesday, January 13 at 6:30pm we will continue our study of the Book of Exodus.  You are welcome to join us for the study on Zoom.  We used much of our time last week to debrief the happenings of that afternoon.  So we will pick up at chapter 2 on Wednesday. Please contact the church office for Zoom access information.

    Mission Corner news:  Family Promise continues to support families in need in the community even though we do not currently have families as guests in the churches.  If you would like to donate gas cards or grocery store gift cards to help Family Promise, you drop those off at the church office and we will get them to the day house.  Even though we will not be back to in person worship by Feb 7, we will still be receiving the Souper Bowl offering to help support Roane County Cooperative Ministries garden grant program.  You may mail a check to that offering to the church or drop off a donation between now and Feb 7.  Thank you in advance for your support of this important local ministry.

    Continue to offer prayers for Jon Hettrick and Jill McMaster.  Remember Jon Dailey who is COVID positive, Joni Morgan's sister in law, Janet, who is facing new surgeries, Dianne Griffith's niece who is facing additional medical hurdles, and Ken Dungan's extend family who has been hit hard by COVID.  Pray for comforting mercies for John Leitnaker whose father Jim died last night.  Let us also pray for our elected officials local, state and national as they seek to work to heal divisions, for those who feel so disenfranchised, and for each of us trying to discern how to love our neighbors, including those who need to be held accountable for their actions.  Continue prayers for health care workers, teachers, students and parents.

    Friends, this week, may God's peace surround you, God's love fill you up, and God's grace move you to imagine and work towards the Beloved Community God intends for us all.

    Grace and peace,

    Wendy

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


    CHRISTMAS JOY OFFERING

    Supporting past and present leaders: Honoring the faithfulness of current and retired church workers and their families in need – whether it is a family emergency, a health care crisis or even assistance to pastors affected by natural disasters.

    Preparing the way for future leaders: Gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering make it possible for students to learn and grow in faith at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

    You may donate to this offering by check mailed or dropped off at the church or by clicking HERE.

    Thank you for your generosity to this offering.

    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.



    Customer Survey

    Vendor Survey

    Artisan Application

    Farmer/Gardener Application