The Christian Church Capital Area Regional Assembly will take place on October 12-13 at Largo Community Church, Mitchelleville, Maryland. You can register via mail or online at http://www.cccadisciples.org/regional-assembly-2018. This year's theme is "Together On Earth As It Is In Heaven."
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, October 28, after church. All members are invited to stay for this important meeting for the purposes of electing new officers and approving the budget for next year.
Your participation will be greatly appreciated.
It's FOOTBALL SUNDAY on October 14, 2018! Please join us in the Fellowship hall after church as we cheer on the Washington Redskins. The Fellowship Committee will provide burgers and dogs (along with their fixings) and chips. Please bring a side dish and desert to share. Feel free to wear your finest burgundy and gold.
Start the New Year off by joining us for our weekly share & prayer time every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.
If you have a desire to pray for our nation, church, community, or for the needs of our church members, this is the place for you!
We will hold a Trunk or Treat even on Sunday, October 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or until candy runs out. Trunk or Treat is an alternative to Trick or Treat and is a great way to reach out to our community. Participants decorate their cars and hand out candy in the church parking lot. We need several cars/participants to make this event work. Please see the sign-up sheet in the lobby. If you are not able to participate but would like to help, please consider purchasing a large bag of wrapped candy.
The BYF is on break for the Summer. Junior Disciples
Junior Disciples is back! This group is for elementary school aged children. They will meet once a month. Upcoming meeting include September 9th and October 7th. On October 7th there is a trip planned to go to Miller's Farm after church. The price is $10 per person. There will be hayrides, a corn maze, barnyard buddies, and more!
The Band of Brothers, the Bethany Men's Group, will meet on Tuesday, October 9 at the Golden Corral in Waldorf and on Tuesday, October 23 at Texas Ribs in Clinton at 7 PM.
People Of the Covenant will meet on October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 10:30 AM.
Please join us!
Christian Action will be collection shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. 2018 marks 25 years of Samaritan's Purse doing the Christmas boxes. Our goal is to collect at least 25 boxes. The past two years we have done 30 to 35 boxes along with generous donations. November 4th is when to bring your boxes to church.
If you are interested in filling a shoe box for a child, boxes will be provided in the lobby.
If you cannot fill a box, a donation of $9.00 for shipping the boxes would be greatly appreciated. Write Operation Christmas Child on the memo line if writing a check.Please see Kathy Martinson for more information.
Christian Action continues to collect nonperishable canned food for the Oxon Hill Food Pantry. There is a special need for the following: peanut butter & jelly, soup, cereal, evaporated milk, tuna, and other canned meats and pasta. A collection box is in the church lobby. Please check the expiration dates. The Oxon Hill Food Pantry could use canned soups, paper products and toothpaste in addition to peanut butter & jelly, cereal, evaporated milk, canned meats, pasta and any other non-perishable food. The collection tub is in the foyer near the office.
World Communion Sunday
Please join us on Sunday, October 7 for worship. The Rev. April Lewton will fill the pulpit.
Rev. Lewton is the Vice President of Development and Marketing at the National Benevolent Association (NBA) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her work focuses on fostering and strengthening relationships among Disciples, congregations, lay leaders, clergy, volunteers, as well as sharing the stories of impact of Disciples-related health and social service ministries. She welcomes every opportunity to share the story of the NBA and the important ministries of compassion and care. Heritage Sunday
Join us for worship on Sunday, October 21 at 11 AM. The Rev. Allen Harris, Regional Minister, will bring the Word.
We will be focusing on our Disciple heritage, looking at our beginnings as a particular people of faith whose origins can be found in the early 1800s on the American frontier.
Come and join us in exploring our rich history as Disciples of Christ. Anniversary Party
On October 20, 2018, we will be celebrating Dorothy and Darrell Bush's 75th wedding anniversary! Please join us from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in celebration.
We have started an electronic supplement to the weekly Bethany Prayer Journal. Anyone who would like to be e-mailed prayer requests as we receive them midweek, can give their e-mail address to Frank Shirer. When you notify the church office of prayer needs, please let them know if it is OK to put the request on the e-mail prayer chain as well as the Prayer Journal. Also let us know if the request is confidential. If you have any questions, contact Frank Shirer or Becky Minetto.
Save the Date: Sunday, November 5th for a Timothy & Student minister reunion. Jim Powell has agreed be our guest speaker.
There will be a potluck luncheon after the service. Please bring a side-dish and dessert to share.
~ Darlene DeMarr, Chair Anniversary Committee
The Weekly Prayer List
The weekly prayer list found in your bulletin keeps us mindful of those in need of prayer. However, the list continues to grow. Please help us keep the prayer list up-to-date by calling the church office to let us know when a name may be removed.
The Sick and Shut-in
Members who are sick and shut-in are also listed on the weekly prayer list. Please continue to pray for them. Consider mailing them a card or giving them a call from time-to-time to let them know you’re thinking about them.
10:30 AM People of the Covenant (POC) 7:00 PM Maryland Choral Society (MCS)
7:30 PM Choir Rehearsal
Pentecost 20 World Communion Sunday 10:00 AM Share & Prayer time 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Worship Service (Rev. April Lewton preaching)
Columbus Day (Church office closed)
7:00 PM MCS
7:00 PM Men's Group - Golden Corral in Waldorf
7:30 PM Choir Rehearsal
Pentecost 21 10:00 AM Share & Prayer Time 10:00 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Service 12:30 PM Indoor Picnic
8:30 AM Stewardship/Finance Meeting 9:00 AM Board Meeting 10:00 AM Share & Prayer Time 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Worship Service (Rev. Allen Harris preaching)
10:00 AM POC 7:00 PM MCS
7:00 PM Men's Group - Texas Ribs in Clinton
7:30 PM Choir Rehearsal
9:30 AM Elders' Meeting
Pentecost 23 10:00 AM Share & Prayer time 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Worship Service 12:30 PM Annual Congregational Meeting 2:00 PM Trunk or Treat
10:30 AM POC 7:00 PM MCS
You can dedicate the flowers for a given Sunday service. The cost is $15 for a standard arrangement. Larger arrangements or specific flowers (roses or carnations), is an additional charge.
Forms are now available on the Welcome desk for your use. Please complete the form and leave it in the “red folder” on the Secretary’s desk. Please do not submit your request, no more than thirty days prior to your dedication Sunday.
You can also call the office by Wednesday if you wish to dedicate flowers for a Sunday.
We have formed a "Green Team" to increase recycling at Bethany. If you would like to be on the team, please contact Darlene DeMarr or Charlene McGinity.
Also, in our efforts of going 'green', Tower Notes are now available via e-mail. If you would like to receive the Tower Notes via e-mail, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org (the Church e-mail). Receiving the Tower Notes via e-mail will save the church both time and money. Thank you!