The Upcoming Events page provides a list of church events coming in the next few weeks. If you have any questions about any of these contact the church office at 238-6381.
Black History for a New Day
Begins February 5th
Black History for a New Day is sponsored by the Nehemiah/Justified Anger Coalition and begins on February 5th. It is an educational and personal transformational experience to help prepare you for the important racial healing and community empowerment work that we hope you will embrace. Our commitment to this community is not only to empower African Americans, but to also develop strong non-African American allies who are equally committed to bringing about justice for African Americans. There is a fee of $100, but scholarships are available. Several Bethany members have taken this series of classes and highly recommend them. Register here.
February Enrichment Opportunities
Sundays, 10:00 am
February 4 – Hospitality
Join us in Fellowship Hall this Sunday for coffee and treats. If you’re a visitor, we’d love the opportunity to meet you and get to know you.
February 11 – A Bicycle and Bias: Understanding How Bias Works (presented by Lucia Nuñez)
The presentation “A Bicycle and Bias” will explore briefly how the brain and bias works. Participants will have the opportunity to ride a “backwards bike” to demonstrate the challenges and steps necessary to reduce and eliminate the biases we ALL have. The presenter will provide resources and ideas on how the head, heart and hands have a part in increasing our awareness and confronting the biases we have. Lucía Nuñez is currently the Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement for Madison College.
February 18 – Exploring Sanctuary (Presented by Rev. Phil Haslanger, Sergio Gonzales and Rabbi Bonnie Margulis)
A number of congregations in the Madison area have become part of the movement to provide sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation. In some cases, congregations are providing a physical place for sanctuary. In others, they are providing volunteers to help. There are many issues surrounding these decisions. Phil Haslanger is a minister and a journalist who has written about these issues. Sergio Gonzales is an organizer for the Dane Sanctuary Coalition who wrote his dissertation at U.W.-Madison on the history of the sanctuary movement in Wisconsin. Rabbi Bonnie Margulis is president of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and is active in the Dane Sanctuary Coalition. They will provide updates on what is happening among area congregations and discuss the issues around the sanctuary movement.
February 25 – The Beacon (Presented by Tami Fleming)
Come to hear a staff person from The Beacon, a new day shelter for people experiencing homelessness, tell the story of how the center came to be and what it is doing to provide urgently needed services to a population in need.
Chili Cook Off
Saturday, February 17th, 5:00 pm
The Bethany Chili Cook-off will be Saturday, February 17 from 5-7:30 pm. Join your Bethany family for a fantastic evening of fellowship, delicious food, entertainment provided by our talented children and youth, and a spirited chili competition.
Now is the time to start perfecting your chili recipe to enter into the contest! Will you be the one crowned as the 2018 Bethany Chili Champion? You could be!
All proceeds from the dinner will support the 2018 Youth Mission trip to Tennessee with the Appalachian Service Project.
March Enrichment Opportunities
Sundays, 10:00 am
March 4 Happy Birthday to You!
We’ll be wishing people with birthdays from January through April a “Happy Birthday” with some cake and a party. If you have a birthday in any of these months, we will be celebrating it on March 4th at 10:00 am in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to come eat birthday cake and sing happy birthday. We want to be able to celebrate everyone’s birthday! If you will not be able to attend, but have a birthday in the aforementioned months, please contact the church office.
March 11 A Journey of Acceptance presented by Joanne Lee
Joanne Lee will present the story of her acceptance of the gender identity of her sons — acceptance of them as transgender. It was a journey through a land which for her had no cultural landmarks, but a journey through which she came to find again her faith in God. Joanne is a former member of Bethany (when they lived in the neighborhood), and she looks forward to sharing her story with us.
March 18 The Heroin Epidemic presented by AJ Ernst
March 25 Palm Sunday
Join us for the first “Fourth Sunday Breakfast” on Palm Sunday sponsored by the Membership Team. We’ll be serving up assorted fruits, pastries, bagels, and mini quiches along with coffee and juice. All are welcome from 8:30 am until 11:00 am. Then, in upcoming months, each 4th Sunday there’ll be new surprises you won’t want to miss.
Women’s Retreat to Pine Lake
Saturday & Sunday, March 3rd and 4th, 2018
It’s time to think about our upcoming retreat at Pine Lake Church Camp on Saturday, March 3th to Sunday, March 4th (with an option of coming on Friday March 2nd for personal enrichment time.)
The retreat, which is sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Women, begins at Pine Lake on Saturday at 1:00 pm and ends Sunday after lunch. ALL women are invited!
Called for Such a Time as This – Studying the Book of Esther
Presented by Rev Rebecca Niese
The old testament book of Esther grapples with difficult issues of living in a “main stream culture.” How do we respond to challenging, even dangerous times? How will we answer the question that was put to Esther: “Could it be that you were called to the kingdom for just such a time as this?” AND what can we learn from the quieter, less famous queen Vashti, who had the courage to say “no.” Come prepared to learn and to be inspired by these two sisters in faith.
Please consider joining us! It will be an opportunity to:
- Spend time with Rebecca who will lead us and help us nurture our spiritual life.
- Enjoy activities at the retreat center and the beautiful scenery surrounding the camp and lake.
- Participate with others in study, worship, games, working on a puzzle, going for walks.
- Become acquainted with women from other United Methodist churches in the area.
- Have a break from normal routines.
- This is your time for renewal.
The cost for a double occupancy room, meals and registration is $75 per person / $115 for a private room. Scholarships are available. (Friday option is extra and doesn’t include meals.)
The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 21st. Contact Karen Mayeshiba for more information. A car pool from Bethany UMC will leave on Saturday at 10:00 am, stopping for lunch on the way.