Healthcare Resolution Meeting, Gun Violence Forum, Men's Breakfast, Camping Trip, and MORE inside!
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Week of July 29, 2018

Nursery, Great Bible Reef (PreK-5th)

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Caring Conversation

How do your behaviors shape your attitudes?

Earth-Honoring Faith Continues

THIS Sunday, July 29, we continue our special summer sermon series called "Earth - Honoring Faith." Our "garden" is looking more and more beautiful each week. We are in need of additional live plants and flowers to add to the space. Please see if you have anything you can bring in and are willing to share with the congregation. Please have live plants in containers that can be watered and have trays underneath them if they have drainage holes. Due to the heat, some of the live plants previously given are being integrated into Bethel's landscaping. You will be invited to bring up your offerings during the first song. Your participation in the creation process and helping us remember all of the beauty of the earth is greatly appreciated. 

Fellowship Hall Air Conditioning

Thanks to your generous donations and to the diligence of Linda Timmel and the Facilities Committee, Air Conditioning has been installed in the Fellowship Hall! Come enjoy the cool air this Sunday!!

Fan Away the Heat This Sunday

In anticipation of the warm Sunday, we will have hand fans to distribute for use during the worship service. If you have a personal mister or some other fan you prefer, you are invited to bring it this Sunday and use it during the service. We would like everyone to be as comfortable as possible and still join us for some fun and fellowship.

Purple Umbrella People

The Purple Umbrella People are back. You may be thinking “Huh, who’s that?” Here’s the deal. When the weather is nice you are invited to gather under the purple umbrellas in the courtyard before church and chat a bit with friend or even those you don’t know. It is BYO coffee or tea or whatever beverage you bring. There are no other rules and the first ones there get the best seats. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Congregational Resolution on Healthcare

The Social Justice Advocacy in Action Committee and the Mission and Outreach Committee have endorsed a resolution in support of Health Care for All Oregonians. The Health Ministries Team at First Congregational UCC Corvallis is proposing the resolution for consideration by individual UCC congregations and by the Central Pacific Conference when it meets in September. The Mission and Outreach Committee has asked the Board to adopt this resolution prior to the CPC annual meeting.

To this end, an informational meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall. The guest speaker for our February healthcare forum, Dr. Mike Huntington, will return to Bethel to provide more information and answer our questions about the resolution. Congregational feedback will be collected at the meeting and via email prior to the August board meeting. Please download and read the resolution HERE and plan to attend the meeting on August 19. Thank you!

Celebrations of Life

For Frankie Rubalcava
Mark Hoops partner, Frankie Rubalcava, died suddenly Monday, June 25 at a local hospital, after several days in Intensive Care.  Mark and Frankie had been together for 20 years. An informal celebration of Frankie’s life will be held, Sunday, July 29 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Decarli’s Restaurant, 4545 SW Watson Avenue, Beaverton. Mark would appreciate your on-going prayers of support as he negotiates the next chapter of his life.

For Dale Miller
Dale Miller passed away July 18. Dale and his wife, Loretta spent many years living in the Beaverton area. During that time they were active members of Bethel. Last fall they moved to Roseburg to be closer to family. Dale died peacefully at home, in his sleep after declining health the past several months. A memorial service will be held at Bethel Thursday, August 2 at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to send Loretta a card, please contact the church office for her address. Loretta would appreciate your prayers of support as she grieves the loss of her husband. They would have celebrated 70 years of  marriage in September!

Men's Breakfast

Gentlemen. It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So join us for good food and conversation on the 1st Thursday of the month, 7:30 AM at Tom's Pancake House in Beaverton. Hope to see you this coming Thursday.

Family Promise Update

Family Promise of Beaverton is now helping 11 homeless people by housing them in area churches and Park & Recreation buildings on a rotating basis. Bethel will again be involved with providing evening meals on each of the following dates, August 1, 2, 3 and 4 while the families are housed at the Cedar Hills UCC building. Currently there is a family of six... three adults & three young children, a single mom and a three year old and a couple expecting their first baby in early September. There are ongoing needs for clothing and baby supplies for all of the families. If you would like to help provide a meal (or parts of a meal) for one of "our" nights, or have other things to donate PLEASE contact Carolyn Rundorff for more details. (503) 246-0029 or

Calling All Bethel Campers! 

It's not too early to make your reservations for Bethel's fourth annual all-church campout from August 6 to August 8 (3 days/2 nights) on Mt. St. Helens. This summer we'll be group camping at Seaquest State Park, just east of Castle Rock. We'll tent in close proximity and cook group meals. This is a good way to get to know some of our new Betheleans, since it is a multigenerational outing. The campsite is set among magnificent giant Douglas firs, and all within a stone's throw of Silverlake, a short hike across Hwy 504. We'll spend our time exploring the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center, the Forest Learning Center, and the Johnston Ridge Observatory, all located along the Spirit Lake Highway. Other options include hiking, canoeing, and fishing. To reserve your tent site, email Ken Ruse and let him know how many will be in your party. Specific details will be forthcoming as the camp dates approach. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Littlest Big Kid Play Date

We are having a play date for all of our "Big Kids" who are 0 - 6 years old on Saturday, August 18 from 10 am - 11:30 am at Schiffler Park (5495 SW Erickson Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005.) Bring your kids, bike, balls, snacks and your enthusiasm and meet up with your friends from Bethel who also have little ones. Older siblings are welcome to attend with their younger brother/sister. Please RSVP to Sami Faile or Beth Astarte if you're planning on attending. We look forward to this opportunity for parents to connect and get to know one another. If you have questions please call Sami Faile at 503-828-5679.

Gun Violence Forum

On Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 11:30 AM the Social Justice Advocacy in Action Committee will present a Gun Violence Social Justice Forum. Speakers will include Bethel's own Diane Imel and Vivian Knudsen plus a presentation and Q&A with Ceasefire Oregon. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to if you require childcare.

Join us after church on September 9 for the Third Annual Bethel Beaverton Bash. There will be carnival games, sno-cones, face painting, bouncy house and even a dunk tank where you can "Dunk the Pastor" and others.

There will be a table with information about the various committees at Bethel along with fun, food and fellowship. This year, we are having a Hawaiian theme so dig out your favorite Hawaiian attire and join us!

We are looking for volunteers for set-up and clean up. Please contact Beth Astarte if you're available. Check out the Facebook Event!

Mark Your Calendars

Bethel’s Rummage Sale this year will be held on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6. The proceeds from this year’s sale will go towards the air conditioning of the Fellowship Hall. Donated items may be brought to the church Monday and Tuesday (October 1 and 2) between the hours of NOON and 8 PM and on Wednesday, October 3, between 9 AM and 3 PM. If you need assistance with your donations, please contact George Patch at or (503) 625-0910. The deadline for donations is 3 PM Wednesday. Thursday is dedicated to displaying and pricing donated items.

We are hoping that the later evening hours (to accommodate those working during the day) will also mean more volunteers to help with this enormous undertaking which will benefit all of Bethel. Duties might include sorting and pricing, or helping during the actual sale, on Friday and Saturday. In the past, at times, we have been swamped with customers and there weren’t enough workers (critical to the success of the rummage sale). If you can volunteer for any amount of time, please contact our volunteer coordinators, Carolyn Rundorff at or Cathy Thoma at

As an added bonus, rummage sale boxes have been placed in the Narthex. Take one home, and as you find items you no longer need or want, drop them into the rummage sale box. Bring the filled box(es) to Bethel on October 1 or 2; NOT BEFORE, as we have no place to store them. Thank you for your contributions which will help fund the air conditioning of our Fellowship Hall, and thanks also for any contribution of time you can give us! It’s a fun and fellowship opportunity!

Food Cupboard Needs

We need volunteers at the food cupboard for appx. 2 hours per month. The food cupboard is open one hour but there is a little set up and re-stocking to be done. The 3rd Thursday from 11:15 to 12:30 needs at least one person.  (Jean F from CHUCC has worked with us for years but would like to drop this commitment.) AND there are evenings that still only have 2 persons "on." Three is better so one person can do the data entry. For more information speak to Nancy Hilbrick or Fran Jensen.

The food cupboard currently needs jiffy mixes and smaller (3 pounds or less) boxes of pancake mix or flour. The need for cereal is constant, and we do appreciate any garden produce. Remember if you are traveling this summer the small bars of soap, lotions and shampoos are given out as available. These items cannot be purchased with food stamps, so collect  (or purchase) these for us. Thank you all.

Scrip Orders

Think about your scrip ordering needs - back to school, off to college, picnicking on Labor Day. The next time we can order is August 7 until August 21.

Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers 

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers. If you're interested, click here for more information about volunteer opportunities or talk to Steve Thomas during Fellowship Time.

Mark Your Calendars

All Church Campout - August 6-8
Bethel Kids Play Date - August 18
Gun Violence Social Justice Forum - August 26
Bethel Beaverton Bash - September 9
Fall Women's Gathering - September 15
Rummage Sale - October 5-6

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