Bethel Weekly Highlights

Bethel Weekly Highlights

Beaverton High School Homeless Students 

It's almost time to go back to school and sales are starting. We are collecting pens, markers, 3-ringed spiral notebooks (college ruled) and backpacks for Beaverton High School homeless students. We would also appreciate any kind of toiletries- shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, razors. These can be travel sizes. There is a donation box outside the chapel.
Thanks!

A Response to Violence in Charlottesville

A Response to Violence in Charlottesville

A UCC pastor's response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. Thank you, Reverend Tara Wilkins.

"Dear CWC Members and Friends,

The heinous acts of violence over the weekend reveal a sickness that lurks in our society. The disease is active, not extinct. It impacts more than half of our population, and yet, it continues like an unchecked pathogen. 
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The world watched the horror unfold in real time in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. It wasn't a movie or lesson in history, it was the contemporary implementation of intentional terrorism meant to employ fear and chaos. I hesitate (in this letter) to use words like white supremacy, neo-Nazi, KKK etc., for fear that their mention is reducing them to jargon that we easily can distance ourselves from.

We mustn't pull away from the atrocity, we step forward so that we can learn and understand just exactly what happened, so we will no longer continue to be complicit in creating the environment where this disease can be incubated.

What can we do to make it be different?

Governor Kitzhaber to Speak on Death Penalty Abolition

Governor Kitzhaber to Speak on Death Penalty Abolition

Mark your calendar for August 24 when Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will hold their annual meeting at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ in Beaverton, Oregon.

The featured speaker will be Gov. John Kitzhaber. Governor Kitzhaber, has served the State of Oregon for over three decades as a member of the legislature and as a three-term governor. He is a hero among death penalty abolitionists as the person who first declared a moratorium on executions in November of 2011. That halting of executions continues today. The governor will speak to his earlier fateful experience with the death penalty and proclaim his outspoken passion for abolition now.

Women’s Retreat at Camp Adams

Bethel Sisters, mark your calendars now for this year’s Women’s Retreat at Camp Adams, October 6-8, 2017!

Rise Up: A Woman’s Guide to Shining Your Light in Dark Times.

A New title for This Year’s CPC Women’s Retreat Rise Up! A Woman’s Guide to Shining Your Light in Dark Times October 6-8, 2017—Camp Adams in Molalla, OR This October, women from around the Central Pacific Conference will gather at Camp Adams in Molalla for a 2 night camp experience exploring the intersection between spiritually and shining light into the dark times in which we live. We will focus on the courageous women of Palestine as a model for using our gifts to Rise Up with beauty and truth in the midst of oppressive realities. The women of the YWCA of Palestine are using their traditional craft of intricate embroidery in creative new ways to raise money for programs supporting their struggle for full human rights as they live under military occupation. In this country, we face the reality that racism, homophobia, sexism, and anti-immigrant bias have resurfaced in our nation and are condoned even in the highest levels of our government. How are as women of faith responding? What can we learn from the women of Palestine and how can we be in solidarity with them?

Our resource leaders are Rev. Jean Doane and Marcia Gilliland. Jean and Marcia both serve on the CPC Wider Church Ministries Team and the Central Pacific Conference Palestine-Israel Network (CPC-PIN). Jean has recently been reappointed to the Common Global Ministries Board of Directors. Marcia has made several trips to Palestine where she works directly with the YWCA of Palestine on creating and marketing new products incorporating traditional crafts. Jean brings skills in worship, prayer, and meditation leadership to help deepen our faith as we consider our roles as justice seekers and light bearers.

The week-end begins with dinner on Friday and concludes after brunch on Sunday. Camp registration is due October 1, 2017. The fee for the entire week-end is $105.00. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $65.00. The balance of $40.00 is to be paid upon arrival at camp. Checks are to be made payable to United Church of Christ Woman and mailed to Nancy Klingeman, registrar at 3225 N.W. Elmwood Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330. Please include your name, complete address, phone number, e-mail, and the name of your home church. Those wishing financial aid may request an application for a Rev. Anne Smith Educational Fund Grant. Your church office should have the application form. If not, please contact Deana Mason at deemason@aol.com or 503-255- 7450. Completed forms should be sent to Deana at 9020 S.E. Market St, Portland, OR 97216 by September 15.

We hope to see you at Camp Adams Oct. 6-8 as we refresh our souls and renew our commitment to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” Micha 6:8

PFLAG Portland Washington County Welcomes the Rosetown Ramblers Square Dance Club!

PFLAG Portland Washington County Welcomes the Rosetown Ramblers Square Dance Club!

08/17/2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Rosetown Ramblers is a square dance club for the LGBTQ community and allies in Portland, Oregon. They have been active in Portland since 1983. They welcome all square dancers, regardless of age, race, color, gender, religion, ethnic background, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. So lace up your dancing shoes and get ready to square dance!