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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.
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.
NO-FOOD Food Bank Sunday: The Local Outreach committee is looking to Bethany’s generosity with helping provide food for families who access the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank (HWEFB). Money donations are being collected Sunday October 14th and 21st. These financial contributions help buy much needed perishable food items or allows the buyer to find the best possible bargains for bulk purchasing. Special envelopes are being provided both Sundays. Cheques may be written to “Bethany United Church” marked “No-Food Food Bank.
Bethany’s Fall Fair 2018 - “Lucky Draw”
Tickets are still being sold for the following prizes:
7’ tall Christmas Tree, fully decorated
One pair of tickets for the Celtic Tenors (Rebecca Cohn, Sunday afternoon, December 2nd)
$100 gift certificate to McKelvie’s Seafood Restaurant
Cost $5 each or 5 for $20. Draw to happen on Sunday, October 28th during Coffee Hour after our worship service. Contact the Office to purchase.
Annual Bring - A - Friend to Choir Night: Thursday, October 25, 3018 at 7:30pm in the Ladies Parlour. This is your opportunity to come sing in Bethany’s Senior Choir. The commitment you will be making is to sing with the choir on Sunday, October 28th, during our Anniversary Sunday worship service. Always a great time, with great music, great fellowship and great refreshments. Contact our Director of Music, Shawn Whynot for more information.
Men’s Club: Looking for men of Bethany (and friends) to renew membership or for new members to join in this ministry of fellowship. Meetings are held the first Wednesday in November, December, February, March and April. Annual fee is $60 and can be made payable to “Bethany United Church” in the Office. This fee covers the cost of 5 meals, and the club requires a minimum of 50 paid annual members to convene. Monthly guests or attendants are welcome at a cost of $15 per meeting at the door. Contact email@example.com with questions or comments.
Rest and Rejuvenate your Mind, Body and Spirit: 2018 Fall Session has begun on Thursdays, from Noon - 1pm. (Free) until December 6th in the McKinnon Memorial Chapel. This is a guided meditation/mindfulness/ contemplation session lead by Yvonne Macor. Contact Ann Bradley for details.
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.
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).
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.”
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!
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.