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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.
Enjoy your summer! Sunday School resumes Sunday, September 16, 2018.
Summer Office Hours: summer Office hours are now in effect. If you want to connect with staff, the Office will be open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be closed on Fridays. Things return to “normal” after Labour Day.
Update from the Executive Board At its regular meeting held the evening of Monday, June 11th 2018, the Executive Board confirmed the establishment of a fundraising committee overlapping with, but independent of, the Stewardship Committee to raise funds to support the gradual implementation of the Option 1 (Status Quo) project for Bethany’s facility as instructed by the congregation at the special congregational meeting held on May 6th 2018. It was also confirmed that the Board of Managers would oversee and manage implementation of this project beginning with the most urgent items consistent with the availability of funds allowing us to proceed. I will keep you appraised of ongoing developments as necessary and appropriate. I strongly encourage you to support as much as possible our fundraising efforts in support of the Option 1 project. Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter. David W. Rackham (Chair, on behalf of the Executive Board).
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.
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!
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”. Bethany has limited space to store items, so donations for our flea market and other table areas will be gratefully accepted beginning on Wednesdays each week, starting June 6th until October 3rd from 11am - 3pm at the 2669 Joseph Howe Drive entrance. Drop off of items are being coordinated by Karen Hatcher and a team of dedicated volunteers. If Wednesday drop off does not work for your schedule contact the Office and we will put you in touch with Karen to make special delivery time arrangements.
Celebrate Canada 151 Concert
The Chester Brass, George Morrison, conductor
Shawn Whynot, organ & piano
Ann Bradley, soprano
Bethany United Church, Halifax, will host the third annual concert in celebration of Canada’s birthday entitled Celebrate Canada 151 Concert. The performance will feature The Chester Brass Ensemble conducted by George Morrison, Shawn Whynot, organ and piano, and Ann Bradley, soprano. A wide variety of Canadian music will be performed including; Nova Scotia Rhapsody for Brass Ensemble, Folksongs from Newfoundland and Songs of Ann Murray, Canadian and Dutch Organ Music, and much more. The audience will also participate in the singing of God Save the Queen and O Canada. A fun and entertaining evening of Canada’s rich musical heritage. Tickets are $10 Adults and $5 Child and will be available at the door. The concert will be held on Friday June 29th at 7:30 PM. Audience members are asked to come dressed in red and white. For more information call 902-455-0521. www.bethanyunited.ca.
“The Kindred Ties”
“A Canada Day gathering, an extension of our time for fellowship.”
When: Canada Day – Sunday, July 1, 2018, during and after the worship service
Details: Come dressed in red and white. Meet us in the Ladies Parlour for 10am-10:15am so we can gather and sit together as a group for worship. Immediately following the service, we will gather for a group picture and then participants will move along for a meal (price to be determined) at Ashburn Golf Club.
To learn more speak to Evelyn Smith or Elroy McKillop. Please include your name and number. Sign up by June 27, 2018! Elroy has extra Canada Day ties for use. Sign up on the side bulletin board by the Ladies Parlour.
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.
Community Garden: The garden boxes built last Spring by our youth and friends, on the side lawn next to the sanctuary, are in need of some TLC. Bev Johnson has been busy weeding and would welcome anyone who wishes to assist with this project. Our expert gardener Linda Knechtel suggested we plant seeds for flowering annuals as a Bee and Butterfly Garden. We hope to plant edible greens as well. If you live in a condo or apartment this is your chance to have a garden! If you would like to be a part of this community garden during the spring and summer months please contact the Office.
The Bethany Summer Choir – For the months of late June, July and August Bethany will have a ‘Summer Choir.’ Everyone is invited to sing with this group. We meet on Sunday’s at 10:00 AM in the Ladies’ Parlour and learn 1-2 easy and accessible pieces of music and then present them at the 10:30 AM service. I hope to see some of you join us on occasion over the summer. If you have any questions please speak to Shawn Whynot, our Director of Music. The first Sunday of the Summer Choir is June 24th.
Bethany Work Days – The Board of Managers have planned a couple of work days and will need many hands to make the workload light. The dates will be Friday June 8 and Saturday June 23, 10am -3pm. Please bring the following items: rags, work gloves, paint brushes, and paint scrapers. Sharing your time and talents is an expression of love for our shared sacred spaces inside and out. Bring your lunch and stay for the duration or come and help out for a morning or afternoon shift. Please sign up on the bulletin board by the Ladies Parlour.