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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.
Weekly Highlights from our
for December 2018
The X-mas Tree Legacy Lot
The X-mas Tree Legacy Lot is returning to a corner section of the 2669 Joseph Howe Drive parking area here at Bethany United.
Glen MacRae and his team of woodlot elves will be selling trees and wreaths once again this year, starting December 1st.
Many advent seasons ago, the tree lot was started by Al Bolivar, who passed away in 2015, and has been a staple in our community over the Christmas season. As in past years, a donation to Bethany is made based on tree sales, and delivery of a purchased tree is also available for no extra cost.
Hours of operation are:
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm, and Sundays Noon-6pm.
Contact the Office with any questions.
December 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Bethany recreates the nativity story told by with the help of some live animal friends; then we come inside for hot chocolate and sweet treats. Held in our Joseph Howe Drive parking lot.
Sunday School has resumed!
Please speak to Louisa Duck about registering your child(ren) for this ministry of faith for ages 3 to Grade 9.
Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank. As we approach the Christmas season, our thoughts turn to the need to provide a meaningful meal for those with limited means. Each year, we cooperate with the Salvation Army who provide a Christmas hamper or a gift card to purchase food for families in need, along with some children's toys. A turkey is given to each family. Christmas help only lasts a short while. Last winter we served over 2000 families or 8000 people. This year we are asking members of the various congregations to consider giving an amount of $25 or $50 to help us through the winter months. Cheques should be made payable to the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank Association and sent to our Tresurer, Russell Cooper, 34 Marlwood Drive, Halifax, NS, B3M 3H2. A tax receipt is issued for donations.
Bethany’s cooking Breakfast for the Brunswick St. Mission. A group of Bethany people volunteered to cook breakfast at the Mission the morning of December 29th. How can you help? We are asking for loonies and toonies from the congregation to help defray the cost of groceries. Look for the cast iron frying pan in the Fellowship Hall during on the Sunday, December 16th. Many thanks for your generosity supporting this outreach project.
Donation Box. We would like to draw your attention to the “BOX”, which is placed in the Narthex to collect new items of warm clothing such as socks, hats, mittens/gloves for all age groups. “NEW” items of underwear are also urgently needed for both children and adults. Articles collected before Christmas will be delivered to agencies in time for their Christmas programs.
ISANS Conversation Circle at Bethany: The Revelation Committee is hosting a weekly “Conversation Circle” for newcomers on Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:30pm in the Ladies Parlour. Start date is Wednesday, October 17, 2018. ISANS instructor, Julie MacDonald, will be teaming up with bethany volunteers who will engage in conversation with new immigrants, aged 55+. To volunteer with this collaborative program, contact Ann Bradley.
Capital Campaign Committee - please visit their information table in the Fellowship during our Coffee Hour after worship each week to gain information on opportunities for pledge sheets about Option 1 projects and sign up for a Bethany United Church Capital Campaign Loonie/Toonie Jar.
Bulletin Memorial/Tribute Donations: Our bulletin each week has a spot for Bethany family members and friends to honour a special occasion or celebrate the life of someone special. Please contact the Office if you have questions about this opportunity or wish to make this expression of love.
“Birthday Ministry” is a celebration of life – a labor of love! As a part of the Coffee Hour time after church, on the first Sunday of the month we wish to let you know that we thank God for YOU! Our goal is to make people born in that month feel loved and remembered on “their” upcoming special day. If you wish to become involved in this new ministry please contact the Office.
Scholarship Opportunity - Visit www.ns.cfns-fcne.ca for further information or contact the Office.The scholarship is administered by the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia.
Bethany has a group subscription with The United Church Observer for November 2018 - October 2019. New subscribers and renewals are welcome!
This award-winning magazine is not stuffy or churchy!
Topical articles on current issues as well as on religious subjects make it interesting to a broad readership. The United Church is changing and this magazine will keep you informed. There will be a table at Coffee Hour with sample issues. Sign up today, make cheques out to Bethany United Church, marked “Observer.”
Facebook – Check us on on our new Facebook page!
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.