All Church Potluck

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The Potluck is this Sunday January 20th right after church.  Please bring a main dish, a side dish or a salad to share. Dessert will be provided.  Come to the lunch even if you don’t bring anything. There will be food enough for all.
The kitchen crew will be open for business by 9:00 am to take your gourmet delight and get it ready to place on the food tables for all to admire and taste. 

Faith Cafe this Sunday

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Greetings, Volunteers: Happy 2019! The holidays were wonderful, but it's time to get back to business!!

Bethel's next opportunity to provide volunteers for Faith Cafe will be this Sunday, January 13. Please let Peter Bauer (peterwbaueriii@comcast.net) know if you are able to help out. If you would like to help with cooking (2 pm arrival) or set up (3 pm arrival), please put that in your email to Peter.
After January 13, Bethel's next turn will be March 3. Thank you!

Founded in 2005, Faith Cafe serves a free hot meal each Sunday at 5:00 PM and on the last Thursday of each month at 5:00 PM.

Faith Cafe offers a free, hot home-style meal every Sunday at 5:00 pm at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ.  

Faith Cafe is also open the last Thursday of every month for dinner at 5 pm.

We are located at 5150 SW Watson Ave. in Beaverton.

Calling All Hockey Fans!

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Put Saturday, January 19th, on your calendar for a thrilling Winterhawks hockey game with the Everett Silvertips. To sign up for this outing, contact Jim Butler(jbcubsfan@msn.com), or he will also have a signup sheet near the church entrance on Sundays. Adult tickets will cost $19.50 each, as always, kids are free. Deadline to order tickets is January 9th. Tickets will be available Sunday, January 13th

Bread, Bath and Beyond

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You are invited to join us in the new year as we explore a new series from Worship Design Studio called Bread, Bath and Beyond. The new year always brings opportunity to move beyond our limitations… to find new beginnings and be better than we were before. We use this cultural word-play to remember that the most basic transforming experiences of our faith–communion and baptism–are the starting points for life “beyond” our limitations. Let’s make this year one of amazing transformations–for our lives, for our community, for our world beginning January 13.

John Nilsen Trio

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John Nilsen Trio to Play at Bethel UCC the Last Sunday of 2018.  For about the last eight years, the John Nilsen Trio has been performing at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ during the holiday season.  This year is no different and on December 30 at 10 am, they will be at Bethel again.  The John Nilsen Trio is based in the Portland area and consists of John Nilsen, Jason Moore, percussionist and Jeff Leonard, bass player.

John Nilsen was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Portland, Oregon when he was four years old.  He began studying classical piano from his mother at age six and started playing the guitar at age fourteen.  He attended Southern Oregon College (Southern Oregon University), graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and was honored by the institution in 1995 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Nilsen founded the Magic Wing recording label in 1987 that has a catalog of eleven successful titles, all having international distribution. Nilsen and Jason Moore met in Ashland in 1987 and became his percussionist and in 1992, Jeff Leonard joined the group as the bass player.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to end the year, enjoy some great music and worship together on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 10 am at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 SW Watson, Beaverton, Oregon.

Christmas Eve Services

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Christmas Eve Family-Friendly Service

Join us in the sanctuary for a celebration of Christmas that is fun and festive for families with young children, or children of any age. Our early Christmas eve service on December 24 at 5 pm will include a participatory reenactment of the Christmas story as recorded in Scripture. With carols, costumes and prayers, this service provides a wonderful opportunity to worship on Christmas eve at an earlier hour.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

You are invited to join us at 11 pm on December 24 for a candlelight service as we continue our theme of Angels Among Us. Listen to readings, sing carols and hear beautiful music by our Chancel and Handbell Choirs. The service will end at midnight on Christmas Day with the lighting of candles and the singing of Silent Night. It is a wonderful way to celebrate God's love through the birth of Jesus!

Christmas Pageant - #GotMyWings

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Make plans now to join us on Sunday, December 23 at 10 am when the children and youth of Bethel present #GotMyWings. You will want to find out if Gabriel gets his wings after delivering messages of hope, peace, joy and love this holiday season. Owen Hofmann-Smith and Beth Astarte have once again teamed up with an original script and music along with some all time favorites! You won't want to miss it! If you would like to help with the pageant, please contact Beth.

Blue Christmas

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Each year during Advent, Bethel offers a quieter, more meditative worship service for those who are coping with serious illness, grief, loss or any of the other difficulties and challenges of life. This time of year, the culture around us seems to demand hearty good cheer at all times. When we are grieving, in pain, trying to make ends meet, or reeling from the violence and hatred in our nation and in the world, we may feel out of step and off balance.

The Blue Christmas Worship Service gives us an opportunity to give voice to our pain and frustration, and the opportunity to allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us through candlelight, music, and, if desired, the ancient practice of anointing with oil.

This year's Blue Christmas Worship will take place on Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm in Bethel's sanctuary. The pastor and Called to Care members will be available after the service for any who wish to stay to speak privately with someone. For further information, please contact Pastor David.

Advent Small Group Study

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Advent is just around the corner and you have two opportunities to go deeper with the materials through this special small group study - "Do Not Be Afraid: Defeating Fear with Hope, Peace, Love, Joy and a Wholehearted Life."  This group will use Dr. Brene Brown's work on vulnerability to show us how to live more fully and the various ways we let fear affect our lives. It's a perfect time of year to explore Dr. Brown's work, not only because it complements the worship theme but also because the holidays can bring up issues of perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, stress, sorrow and old or existing family conflicts. (How many of you have family members who think and even vote differently than you do?)

Paige Unangst will be facilitating discussion at the Sunday morning 9 am "Conversations for the Curious" class beginning Sunday, December 2. If you cannot make the 9 am class, then you'll have an opportunity to join Pastor David Tuesday evenings at 7 pm electronically via Zoom (a free online meeting platform) beginning Tuesday, November 27. For questions or to join, please contact Beth. It is important if you're joining the Tuesday evening classes that you pre-register with Beth so she can make sure you can connect electronically.

Beaverton High School Homeless Teens

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Good news! We have enough Fred Meyer $10 gift cards for all BHS homeless students’ winter food drive. However, we still need lots more chunky/ hearty soup. We‘d like to provide 5 soups per student and we almost have enough for 1. We also have special categories that need some big donors. If you are interested in this please contact Nancy Winston or Fran Jensen. We are providing 3 meals a day for 16 days for 91 kids. That’s enough food for 4368 meals. This project includes all kinds of people. If you have a neighbor or friend that is interested in participating, please invite them to contribute or join us. Jesuit High Alums and Holy Trinity church are contributing. Check donations need to be made out to Bethel with the memo stating BHS homeless. Mark your calendar for Sunday night, December 16th starting at 6:30pm to lay out the food and Monday, December 17th starting at 9am for bag assembly and delivery. Lots of opportunities for heavy lifting!, organizing, and driving. A special thanks to the Wednesday morning Food Cupboard re-stockers-Ted, Judy, Nancy, Sara, Pat, Kathy and Mac- for already helping to stash the food for this project.

Advent Angels - Blessing Bags

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The Bethel UCC Blessing Bag Angels (BBAs) invite you to participate in this special Advent gifting opportunity. Our goal is to assemble 200 Blessing Bags on December 9th for anyone who wants to take 2 or 3 bags to keep in their car and distribute to homeless persons in our community – and enlarge your world to population two! Something special you can do with your children or grandchildren to teach them about caring/giving for those in need. To reach our goal, we need to collect items or donations between now and December 2nd. A cash donation of $20 earmarked for this project will fund a Blessing Bag that contains basic toiletries, healthy snacks and warm clothing articles. Donations by check should be made out to Bethel UCC. We would also appreciate (in lieu of a donation) a contribution of any items on the attached shopping list. Many of these items are inexpensively available at a Dollar Tree, Walmart or K-Mart, and some come packaged in multiples which will help stretch your contribution across more than one Blessing Bag. Many thanks for your help from your Bethel UCC BBAs (Sarah Bradshay, Kate Jones, Beth Asmann, Sue Pike, Mo and Nikki Manley-Smith, Liz Patch, Kanedra Thomas, Kerry Elenitoba-Johnson, and Suzanne Dunn)! .