Women's Spring Gathering

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Women's Retreat March 16, God's Extravagant Love! based on Ephesians 5:2 Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant.
Join us from 9:00-1:00. RSVP to Paige. If you'd like to help plan, fix lunch, or need child care let us know. 

Grubby Sunday And Potato Bar Fundraiser  


On Sunday, March 17, the Faith Development Committee will host a Baked Potato and Salad Bar after church. This is our fundraiser for Camperships. A donation basket will be available. Each week at Camp Adams costs $420. This is a great bargain, and our Bethel kids LOVE camp. Camperships make sure all kids can attend. Each year we have more and more youth who would like to attend. Plan to join us after church and support the kids at camp.

This is also GRUBBY SUNDAY. What is Grubby Sunday? Every Spring and Fall we set aside a Sunday afternoon and come to church in our work/grubby clothes and stay after church and spruce things up. We will have a wall full of job cards for you to choose. There will be many inside and outside jobs; jobs that might take a partner, and many that you can do alone. Some jobs take a bit of thought, but most are fairly mindless and just require a little "elbow grease."  Faith Development will provide the food to fortify you for this fun, community building activity. Come and help make Bethel sparkle for Easter.

Beaverton School District Clothes Closet

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The Beaverton School District Clothes Closet  is in special need of girls’ heavy coats in sizes 7-8 and boys new boxer style underwear in XL (14/16) right now. There’s a labeled clothes basket near the chapel for drop offs which Kathy Bleyle takes to Clothes Closet on Wednesday’s. Other school appropriate clothing sizes 4T and up would also be much appreciated by the kids and their families. Questions? Contact Kathy at dbleyle@hotmail.com or 971-570-9040. Thank you!

Habitat for Humanity Build Day

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There will be a Habitat morning work day on Saturday, February 16 at the Denney Road site from 8 to noon. This is a chance to show your skills working to build homes for families who otherwise couldn’t afford a home of their own. The site is well-marked and on the Scholls Ferry end of Denney. Steve Thomas will be signing up a work crew on the next several Sundays after church or contact him at caroleth@aol.com or (503) 645-1997.

2019 Annual Meeting-All are Welcome

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Mark your calendars, Bethel’s annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 27th after worship. In our tradition, the annual meeting provides a living example of how UCC congregations govern themselves under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The moderator (the chief lay leader of our organization) presides at the meeting. Reports from the various committees and teams are reviewed and accepted. A mission revenue and spending plan (a.k.a. the church budget) is presented, discussed and adopted. Past year successes and challenges are highlighted. Priorities and goals for the upcoming year are shared and celebrated. A slate of officers and lay leaders will be presented by the Nominating committee.

If you are new to Bethel, this is a GREAT way to understand how our church “works”. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend. For issues that require a formal vote, the official members of the congregation qualify to express a “yes”, “no” or “abstain”. Bethel friends who have not formally joined the church are encouraged to ask questions and share their insights and perspectives with respect to the topic “on the floor”. While essential decisions need to be authorized by a formal motion and vote, Bethel strives to make decisions through a process of dialogue and consensus. Deepen your understanding and investment in Bethel’s ministry by participating in the annual meeting January 27! Grace abounds….

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)! .

Bethel Weekly Highlights

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On Saturday Night, it's time to set our clocks back an hour.

Looking forward to seeing you here at Bethel, November 4th,10:00 am, Standard Time.

All Saints Sunday November 4

This is the day we take time to remember and honor all of our departed loved ones with lighted candles. You are invited to bring a picture of your loved one and place it on the table in the Narthex under the stained glass.

Bethel Weekly Highlights

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Rummage Sale - a huge success!

Bethel’s 2018 All-Church Rummage Sale generated over $6,500 to be applied toward the cost of the Fellowship Hall air conditioning. We had record donations as well as record profits. Most of the items not sold during the 2-day sale were taken to Value Village in Tigard. The payment we received from them exceeded $600, also a record. Additionally, we donated hardware and home goods to Habitat for Humanity, household items to the Community Warehouse, miscellaneous items to Good Will, shoes, canvas bags and back packs for Faith Café clients and children’s furniture to the Unity of Beaverton Church – for their rummage sale.

Many thanks to our leader, Susan Scott, to members of the Rummage Sale Planning Team and to all of you who contributed time and labor. It was truly a community effort. A special thank you to those who donated items for the sale.

We have already begun to plan for next year’s All-Church Rummage Sale. Please contact George Patch (gpatch@hotmail.com or 503-625-0910) if you would like to join our planning team.

Outside My Own Little World

Global Ministries Highlight—Ghana

This week, Jean Doane is excited to introduce you to two of the newest Global Ministries Mission Co-Workers, Rev. Dr. Larry Colvin and his wife Debbie Colvin. Larry and Debbie began work in Ghana on October 1, 2018. Larry was the Regional Minister for the Disciples of Christ Mid-America Region, while Debbie, a Certified Medical Assistant, was practice manager at a kidney dialysis clinic. Our partner organization in Ghana, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, requested that Larry serve as a theology professor at Peki Seminary on the campus of Evangelical Presbyterian University in Ho, Ghana and that Debbie work with the public health ministry of the EP Church. Jean met Larry and Debbie at the Global Ministries Board meeting in Cleveland in November, 2017, when they were hoping that fund raising efforts would be sufficient to allow them to begin their work in Ghana. Thanks be to God, they received enough pledges to begin serving in Ghana. Funding for their mission follows the same Personalized Fundraising model that funded the work of Rev. Erik Free and his wife Kim Free in Mozambique. Through Mission and Outreach Committee, Bethel made annual contributions to the work of the Frees, and Erik and Kim spoke at Bethel after returning from 3 years in Mozambique. Jean and Jim Doane personally made annual gifts supporting the Frees and they are doing the same for the Colvins. Jean says, “Our hope is that people at Bethel will continue where we left off with the Frees by providing on-going support for Larry and Debbie during their 3 years in Ghana. This will help the congregation have a focus for involvement with Christianity in the world context.” More information about the Colvins and Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana, including information on how to donate to their ministries, can be found at https://www.globalministries.org/colvins

Bethel Weekly Highlights

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Voter Resources


Important Dates:
10/16/2018:  Voter Registration Deadline
10/17/2018: Ballots mailed
11/6/2018: General Election

Check your voter registration status: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do

Find out your precinct, register online and more!
Washington County: https://www.co.washington.or.us/elections/
Multnomah County:  Multnomah County Elections Division

View the Online Voters’ Guide: http://oregonvotes.gov/voters-guide/english/votersguide.html

General Election Information:
League of Women Voters:  https://www.vote411.org/
Rock the Vote: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/oregon/
Ballotpedia – measure information and sample ballet lookup:

VoteSmart: https://votesmart.org/elections/voter-registration/OR#.W7t2_5WWxZU
Oregon Ballot Measures SJAA Forum:  Please join the Social Justice Advocacy in Action Committee for a discussion of Oregon Ballot Measures on October 28, 2018 at 11:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  Carolyn Rundorff will moderate.

Register to Vote - Last Day October 16

Register to Vote - Last Day October 16

Want to know what is going to be on YOUR November ballot? VOTE411.org will go live in early October. Find nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot measures on your ballot.

Want nonpartisan voter information for all of Oregon & Multnomah Co? Look for the English and Spanish guides at LWV Election Forums, all branches of the Multnomah County Library, Multnomah County Elections Office, New Seasons, college/university and community college campuses, Gresham City Hall, and other locations.

Hear from candidates and advocates at nonpartisan Election Forums at Multnomah County Board Rm, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Videos available on Iwvpdx.org a few days later.

  • Tuesday, October 2 - Portland Commissioner, Position 3; Oregon Ballot Measure 103, no tax/fees on "groceries"; Portland Ballot Measure 26-201, surcharge for clean energy projects.

  • Tuesday, October 9 - Multnomah County Auditor (in partnership with City Club of Portland); Metro Ballot Measure 26-199 & Oregon Ballot Measure 102, affordable housing bonds; Oregon Ballot Measure 105, repeals law limiting enforcement of federal immigration laws.

In early October watch Video Voters' Guide Recordings of interviews with state legislative candidates running for election in Multnomah County at lwvpdx.org.

October 16 is the last day to register to vote. October 17, ballots mailed to voters. Change your address on an existing Oregon Voter Registration up to election day, Nov. 6. Other Election Information - oregonvotes.org and lwvpdx.org

Outside My Own Little World Worship Series

Outside My Own Little World Worship Series

For the next eight weeks, our Sunday morning worship will focus on the theme, “Outside My Own Little World”. Each week there will be a participatory component to worship. You will be invited to come forward and add to the building of a “Vision Board.” A vision board brings a visual collage of our thoughts, dreams and visions for Bethel’s ministry. A question or prompt will appear in the Weekly Highlights the Friday before Sunday. You’ll have time to ponder your response. When you arrive Sunday we will have the materials necessary to post your contribution to the Vision Board. This Sunday, September 23 – Theme: “I Try To Stay Awake!”Question/Prompt: What would you change about Bethel to get us “Outside Our Own Little World?”