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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
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!
 
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 February 24, 2021)
    Limited Sanctuary Worship Services Began On
    December 6


    You can watch our February 21, 11:00 am worship service (via Facebook Live) by clicking HERE.

    February 22, 2021
    Dear Friends,

    There is much going on this week and the weeks of Lent. Children's Sunday School began yesterday for the Lenten Season. Thanks to the Study team and to parents for making this happen for our children. They certainly enjoy these times of Christian Formation. On Wednesday we begin the Adult Lenten Study (youth are also most welcome). We will look at the Spirituals. Specifically on Wednesday we will discuss the following songs: O Brothers, Don't Get Weary, No Hiding Place, My Way's Cloudy, and Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child. Everyone is welcome to join us at 6:30pm. Please contact the church office for Zoom access information.

    On Saturday, Bethel will host the Family Promise Loads of Love Laundry event from 10am to 12noon. If you would like to volunteer to pass out laundry items to community members, please let me know. And then on Sunday after worship, we will have our annual congregational meeting at 11:45am via Zoom. We will reflect on the last year, look ahead into 2021, and give thanks for God's faithfulness to us in all times. Please contact the church office for Zoom access information.

    The Session approved for Bethel to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Build beginning in March. We will join other churches in the Presbytery along with Edward Jones Financial. You may sign up to volunteer at this link. Site location is available here also. Parking is limited on site so you are encouraged to car pool. Also, Norma, the recipient speaks limited English so anyone that can speak Spanish would be greatly appreciated to volunteer. Lusanne Sills is the project coordinator for Bethel. You can contact her with questions or to carpool. You can contact her by clicking HERE, or by phone at: 303-594-8933. Thanks to Lusanne and Joe Coen for doing all the leg work for Bethel's participation. Attached to this letter is more information about the recipient family, details about the build, and COVID requirements.

    Congratulations to Bryson Turnbill on achieving his Eagle Scout Award this past week. We are very proud of this Bethel youth. We offer prayers of thanksgiving that Jon Hettrick's treatment and surgery have been successful in getting him to the point of being cancer free. Please continue to pray for those suffering with COVID, with covid related illnesses, with other medical conditions, as well as all those nationwide who are recovering from extreme weather events and those grieving the loss of loved ones to the cold weather. I received word that a common friend of mine and Mark Banker's, and fellow Presbyterian, Gaines Pittenger, had surgery in Nashville for a broken back. He remains there recovering and hoping to have feeling return to his legs. His family has requested that we add Gaines to our prayers.

    Here's a note from Judy Moyer:
    Friends, as many of you know, the past year has been difficult for me. I've negotiated the deaths of both parents and other close relatives, weathered Covid, and more. Your many kindnesses - in person, through cards, letters, and Facebook messages, have deeply touched Charlie and me, in particular because I began working at Bethel not long before the pandemic began. Thank you so much for reaching out with your hearts and making Bethel feel more and more like home when we're not even meeting in person.
    Judy Moyer

    I pray that you will have a meaningful Lenten journey and am glad to be a fellow traveler with you.

    Grace and peace,

    Wendy

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



    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