Lent, Healthcare Forum, Talent Show, and MORE inside!
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Week of February 25, 2018


Caring Conversation

When have you heard the still speaking God?

Food Needed for Lent

This week, our focus during Lent will be on the missions of Bethel - the way that Bethel "takes up" the causes of Jesus - justice, righteousness and mercy. One of the ways that we do this is feeding people - through our Food Cupboard and by providing food for the Beaverton High School Homeless Teens during Spring Break.

During our worship service, you will have the opportunity to bring forward a can of food for this important mission work. We particularly need boxes of cereal, diced tomatoes, corn, Jiffy mix, canned fruit (not applesauce) and high protein chunky soup. If you can't make it to church on Sunday, you can still bring food until March 18 for the Beaverton HS Homeless Teens.

Single Payer Healthcare Forum 

On Sunday, February 25 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Bethel will be a hosting a special one-hour movie screening of the new documentary film "Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point."

Pizza and salad will be provided for lunch at 12:30 PM along with a presentation and discussion session.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Michael C. Huntington M.D., former Medical Director of the Radiation Oncology Department at Samaritan Regional Cancer Center in Corvallis and now with Health Care for All Oregon working to achieve a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded, and high-quality health care system to serve all Oregon residents.

Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP to socialjustice@bethelbeaverton.org and let us know who's coming!

Mason Jar Lenten Activity

There is still time for you to participate in the Lenten activity with the mason jar. If you already have a mason jar lying around, you can click here for instructions on what to do. Otherwise, you can pick up a mason jar and instruction sheet this Sunday. If you have any questions, contact Beth.

What R U Up 2?

During Lent you have the opportunity to look at what you've been up to in your life by exploring that spiritual place inside of you where you meet God. Writing prompts will be given to you daily in the Bethel UCC Misfits Facebook Group. The Wednesday morning contemplative prayer time will be extended to 30 minutes to accommodate some time to write. And, you'll have the opportunity to share your "aha's" in the closed FB group and during the Sunday morning 9 am Adult Conversation Class. So grab your journal and join the expedition as we dig deep and reflect on our life and relationship with God. Not on Facebook? Click here to download the entire Lenten Journey.

Get in Touch with Your Feelings

Every 2nd and 4th Mondays from 7-8:30 pm, a group of people meet in the Conference Room at Bethel to practice our compassionate communication (NVC) skills. Come and be a part of the fun as we practice and hone our compassionate listening ears, get in touch with our feelings and identify our needs. No matter your level of experience or whether you've attended a group in the past, you are welcome to join us.

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.

Blue Hawaii Talent Show

It's time again for the Bethel Talent Show. This year the theme will be Blue Hawaii and be a fundraiser for sending our teens to the Western Regional Youth Event. Do you have a secret talent that you've been waiting to unveil? Now's your chance! Please submit your idea for an act to music director, Owen, along with stage space requirements and sound/video tech needs. Your "talent" does not need to be Hawaiian themed and can be.

For those of you who prefer sitting in the audience and having your socks knocked off with strange and wonderful acts that you would never have expected, mark your calendars for Saturday, March 10 at 7 PM. All acts will need to participate in a dress and tech rehearsal at 2 PM on March 10.

BHS Homeless Students

Beaverton High School Spring Break is right around the corner, and we’ll be feeding 110 homeless teens this time. We will be delivering the bags on Monday, March 19. We will need people to help pack and deliver the food then.

To support BHS homeless teens for Spring Break, please bring cans of chunky high protein soup (any brand) to Bethel. We could really use donations so that we can purchase the gift cards and any food items we can’t buy through the food bank. Please put BHS homeless teens in the memo line of your checks. Cash donations are also welcome. Thank you for all you do for these vulnerable students!

Nancy, Fran, Kate and Sara

SuperPlay!

Our next kid's outing rapidly approaches. We'll meet after church on Sunday, March 11, and carpool to SuperPlay in Beaverton where we'll have an afternoon of bowling and laser tag. Bring a sack lunch to eat at church before leaving. All ages of children are welcome; there is no charge for kids. Adults are welcome, too. Please RSVP to Ken Ruse by March 8 if you or your kids are planning on attending.

Habitat for Humanity Workday 

The next Habitat for Humanity Workday will be April 7, 2018, from 8 AM to Noon. To volunteer, see Steve Thomas during Fellowship time Sundays after church.

Family Promise Volunteer Update

In May of 2016 Bethel UCC committed to be a Support Congregation to Family Promise of Beaverton that is now about to start up their program helping children and their families in the Beaverton School District that are experiencing homelessness. This means there are now 11 locations around Beaverton, some churches, some community centers that will house up to 5 families (15 people max) at night so they will have a safe place to sleep. Sunset Presbyterian Church has become the Day Center for families to use each day for their many needs and support so they can find stable housing.

Bethel will be providing volunteers when the families are being housed at the Cedar Hills UCC site. Stay tuned for more details on how you can help with this effort. Contact Carolyn Rundorff for more information.

Food Cupboard Donations Needed

Food cupboard could use contributions of canned corn, diced tomatoes, and cereal. We also get requests for diapers from time to time, especially size 2. Thank you!

Yardwork, House Cleaning, Babysitting and More!

As you know, the teens are hard at work raising money for the Western Regional Youth Event (WRYE). One of their fundraisers is providing services for members of the congregation. As spring is approaching, many of you may want help with all kinds of tasks such as spring cleaning, yard work (gardening, weeding, mowing your lawn), babysitting, dog walking, organizing and more. If you have a task that needs additional hands, there's a teen or two who can help. Please contact Beth and let her know what you need done, how many teens you think the task will take and the time frame you need it done in. We will find a mutually agreeable time and the teens will get the job done! You can then donate to the WRYE an amount that works for you (remember this is a fundraiser). The teens are looking forward to being of service and getting to know many of our congregants better.

Sunday Announcements

Printed copies of the Weekly Highlights are available each Sunday in the Narthex for those seeking more details about programs and events.

See the Hot Sardines Live!

You won't want to miss out on a pair of tickets to hear The Hot Sardines, a hip, modern twist to the sound of the old time speakeasies and jazz halls on Sunday, April 29 at 2 PM - Aisle 3, Orchestra Section C, Row JJ, Seats 11 and 12 (https://www.orsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/1718/the-hot-sardines/?performanceId=3533). 

From their website . . .  "Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, the Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world."

The pair of tickets will be given to the highest bidder. All proceeds go to help raise funds for the teens going to the Western Regional Youth Event. The bidding with close next Sunday after worship. Questions or to place a bid, please contact Beth.

CPC Starling Project

Have you witnessed a starling flock in flight? These flocks -- called murmurations -- move as one, turning, twisting, diving, and pulsing. Each starling is an individual, and yet they are connected together to form a larger and magnificent whole. Starling murmurations are a beautiful example of an interconnected community.

What if we, as UCC churches in the Central Pacific Conference, were connected like starlings?

The Starling Project is an opportunity to gather and exchange stories across the conference. What you are longing for in church and what’s possible? What are pressures, needs, hopes, desires and passions for your church community and for us together as UCC in the Northwest?

Come and listen, come and share. You are part of a magnificent whole. Let’s be church together, come and take flight.

See "The Christians"

First Congregational UCC is hosting “The Christians” – a drama that tackles the big questions and subjects of personal faith and organized religion February 22-March 3. Proceeds benefit Water1st International which unites people to end the global water crisis by supporting sustainable clean water, toilet, and hygiene-education projects for the world's poorest communities. Amanda Hofmann-Smith will be performing in this compelling production, along with Owen Hofmann-Smith and Ken Bussell. Click here for more details about the show and Voice for Voiceless Theatre.

Mark Your Calendars

Blue Hawaii Talent Show - March 10
SuperPlay: Bowling & Laser Tag - March 11
Grubby Sunday and Potato Bar - March 18
Palm Sunday - March 25
Easter Sunday - April 1
Bethel Prom - May 11
Pentecost/New Members Received - May 20

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