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Every Sunday at Bethany has a chosen theme. The music, the sermon, the prayers, all fit together to lift up a message we feel the community needs today. If you want to know what is coming up at Bethany this Sunday click here.
Bethany has a committed, hard working and fun staff team. Each member of the team complements one another and together they seek to serve you as they serve God with their own unique spiritual gifts.
Every Sunday Kevin preaches a sermon based on a Bible story and the experience of the Spirit in our community. Kevin visits regularly, is involved in the community, and talks to everyone he meets. Here are the texts of these sermons.
Calendar of Events – Our Calendar is up to date! Click here to view what's going on at Bethany. -
Facebook – Check us on on our new Facebook page!
Local Outreach - The Local Outreach Committee would like to thank the congregation for your generous support of the box to collect small items of new clothing for local organizations that serve the needy of our city. The box has been now put away for the warmer months but will reappear in the Fall. Through your generosity many needy people were provided with warm outer clothing, new underwear and socks through Brunswick St Mission, Phoenix Youth Programs, and the Salvation Army. These agencies were most appreciative of our donations, and many people were more comfortable as a result of your caring. Thank you for supporting this very important outreach project.
Sunday Suppers - Sunday April 29th is the next date for Bethany to provide the food for Sunday Suppers at St Andrews. It will be the usual menu - ham, scalloped potatoes, & mixed vegetables. Local Outreach committee has already purchased the ham - it was an Easter sale, but we need help with baking the ham, assembling the scalloped potatoes, & serving the meal. You can volunteer for 1, 2 or 3 parts. The Committee will drop off the ham (325 degrees F @ 20 minutes per pound). Assembling the potatoes takes about 2 1/2 hours (9:00 start Sunday morning). Serving is also a time commitment of about 2 1/2 hours on the late afternoon of 29 April. We also need fruit for the diners to take with them. If you can help or want more info, please call the Office.
“No Food” Food Bank Sunday - It is always the time for giving God many thanks for our many blessings at Bethany United Church and it’s now that time again when we take time to remember those who are less fortunate and require our help to provide food for their families. Please demonstrate Bethany’s generosity, once again, with your donations as we strive to satisfy this need. Donations will be collected on Sundays, April 15th and on the 22nd to help support the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank (HWEFB). Financial contributions, rather than food contributions, allow us to buy such things as bread, eggs, potatoes and other perishable foods each week, and also allow our buyer to find the best possible bargains for purchasing in bulk. Also, there is a need for baby formula and other supplies as, diapers. Envelopes for your gifts will be either handed out or in the bulletins on April 15th and April 22nd. Extra envelopes will be left in the Narthex allowing you to pick up at your convenience. Although, you can place your contribution in the collection place on any Sunday, you can also drop it off at the office during the week. Cheques should be made payable to Bethany United Church, marked clearly for the Food Bank. Receipts for your donations will be included with your annual receipt for givings to the church, do please clearly indicate with your name, envelope or par number. May God richly bless you for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for your continuous support from the Local Outreach Committee.
Transfer Opportunities to Bethany – For adults at Bethany there is the opportunity to transfer your membership from another United Church or similar Christian denomination. The process is very straightforward. If you would like to do this please contact Kevin Little, our Lead Minister. Further, if you are not a member of any church but would like to join Bethany as a member Kevin will find a process for you to learn more about the United Church in general and Bethany in particular. You do not have to be a member to attend services at Bethany or join in our many activities.
Offering Envelopes – 2018 Envelopes are available for pick up. Drop into the Office through the week days or find them located in the Narthex each Sunday for pick up.
Lost and Found– Items usually end up in the office. We have a little white bin where treasures are kept.
MacKinnon Chapel – The beautiful and spiritually rich MacKinnon Chapel is available on a "drop-in" basis for prayer, reflection, reading or silence each weekday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Accessible through our Joseph Howe Drive entrance.
Use of Space – Contact the Office if your committee wishes to use a space for a meeting or working group. Our building is open for rentals and accessed by community members and groups to offer various events and opportunities. Check out our Community Events page for what is going on inside and around us, or visit various bulletin boards when you are in the building next.
FALL FAIR 2018 Friendly Reminder! - We appreciate the eagerness within our community to support our annual Fall Fair to be held on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 with your gently used household goods that are looking for “new life with new owners”. Unfortunately, at this time Bethany has limited space to store items, so donations for our flea market and other table areas will be gratefully accepted beginning, Wednesday, June 6th.
Help support Camp Kidston!! While you are in the Fellowship Hall, enjoying your coffee and chat after the service, come chat with the friendly folks who are waiting to sign you up for your Lawton's card. You need to provide your name, address, date of birth plus name and birth date for your dependents. It's painless and profitable. For any people who missed the presentation, $2.00 from every prescription filled (or refilled) at either Lawton's or Sobey's Pharmacy will be sent to Camp Kidston. Lawton's/Sobey's does all the paperwork once you've signed up.
Visit this link to check out the camping dates for Summer 2018:
Camp Kidston provides a safe and happy summer camping experience to kids aged 6 to 17. Owned and operated by the United Church of Canada, we give campers the opportunity to disconnect from technology and instead connect to new friends, outdoor adventures and faith exploration.
Rest and Rejuvenate your Mind, Body and Spirit
2018 Spring Session Thursdays April 19th - June 14th, Noon - 12:55
FREE - at Bethany United Church (McKinnon Chapel)
2669 Joseph Howe Drive Main Entrance
guided MEDITATION/MINDFULNESS/CONTEMPLATION sessions
Benefits: Resting your body and mind mid-day will release stress and increase space and focus in your life. You’ll have more clarity and energy for the afternoon and may feel freer, happy and decisive. People often experience improved health, vitality and a blossoming in their lives. Come to expand beyond your daily grind and get in touch with your true nature.
How: We’ll be sitting in a circle, talk briefly about ways to practice, spend 20-30 minutes (in guided silence) and share experiences or a short reading from various sources. Meditations are guided by Yvonne Macor of Meditate Canada, who has 30 years’ experience in a variety of approaches to meditation.
Bring: Willingness to relax and try something new each day. You can bring your lunch to eat after the meditation if you wish or leave early if needed.
Attendance: You will get the most out of regular practice, but this is a free drop-in opportunity suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. You can start at any time and come once or twice a week, or whenever you can.
Registration: ALL WELCOME. Send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to be on the mailing list for notices about these sessions. If our have questions, contact the Office.
Spring Brunch, an event for all ladies of the church.
Saturday April 28th. Come at 900am for 930am.
*Goodwill donation at the door.
Guest Speaker: Crystal Wentzel
Title of her talk: “Seeing is not Believing but Believing is Seeing: A candid talk of faith's journey and dealing with an anxiety disorder.”
Special musical performance by Kyla Mills.
Sign up sheet on the bulletin board by the side door entrance.
COMMUNITY MEALS AT BETHANY!
Feedback and input has been received! The working group for these community meals are happy to be bringing 4 monthly opportunities (2 lunches and 2 suppers) for our “kin” to come together, cook and eat healthy meals based on a food aware menu. We welcome one and all to experience this community minded experience.
A reminder, the meals will be prepared by those of you who would like to “hang out” together in the kitchen and chop vegetables, mix a batch of cookies, set tables, or any of the jobs one does at home while getting a meal ready for themselves and/or the family. The meals will be shared with anyone who wishes to eat out with friends. There will also be a take-away option for those who would like to have home cooked food but prefer to eat at home, or for those who would like to have another meal on hand for a later date. The cost of each meal will be a suggested donation based on the cost of the ingredients. All of the meals will be prepared with great attention to yumminess, but also to nutrition, use of “whole” foods, accessing local foods in season, mindfulness of food sustainability (how it was grown), and care will be taken to avoid foods known to commonly cause allergic reaction. Dates for you to enjoy these simple, but delicious and healthy meals in a community atmosphere will be:
Supper: Monday, April 23, 2018, 3pm-6pm, meal served 5pm
Supper: Monday, May 14, 2018, 3pm-6pm, meal served 5pm
This is a new initiative to nourish our souls and our bodies. A sign-up sheet for each community meal can be found outside the Sanctuary, in the hallway near the Parlour on the bulletin board or contact the Office.
There will be a table set up today again during Coffee Hour, do come, look at the magazine, and ask questions. Bethany wishes to offer you the opportunity to sample it.
Sign up to receive 4 issues, June - October for $10.00.
(*June/July is a joint issue.)
This special offer can be done at the table or thru the Office until Friday, April 27, 2018. New subscriptions and renewals will be collected again in the September.