Inspirational Quotes to Reflect on in Your Journey
This Advent and Christmas
- “Stay Active, Keep Your Inner Fire Burning,
It’s OK to let off steam,
Go with the Flow, Be Uplifting,
It’s All a Matter of Time, Have a Blast!
Advice from a Volcano”
- author unknown
- “Comfort, comfort, O my people, tell of peace, thus says God. Comfort those whose hearts are shrouded, mourning under sorrow’s load.”
- prophet Isaiah chapter 40 NRSV
- “This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.”
- Rainier Maria Rilke
- “From heaven above to earth I come
To bear good news to every home;
Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
Whereof I now will say and sing:”
- from Hymn #85 by Martin Luther
The original text from Luke 2: 1-18.
For more quotes, please see our Inspirational Quotes:
2016 || 2017
Weekly services held on Sundays at 10:30 am.
Worship is followed by a shared community meal.
All Are Welcome: Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ.
All are Beloved of God.
- Sunday, December 17, 10:30 am
Third Sunday of Advent Worship - Music and Drums with our amazing Senegalese/West African Drummer, Thione Diop and our newest musician to Bethany, Hans Brehmer, along with worship leaders The Reverend Angela Ying, Suzanne Simmons, Annaliza Torres and the Bethany Church community. Childcare provided. A shared meal follows worship thanks to our hospitality team led by Mell Fuller, Steve Storck, Sara Storck, Bernice Cade, Carroll Jackson, Leah Reed, and all who welcome everyone into beloved community.
- Sunday, December 24, 3 pm
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE FOR ALL.
For all are beloved of God.
Community gathers for ONE service. There is room. We make room, for with God, all things are possible.
At Bethany United Church of Christ, this is a very special day of lights, reflections and music led by our Beloved Bethany Singers, Michele Storms, Suzanne Simmons, Mia Mlekarov, Jasper Tollefson, and our Beloved Bethany Musicians, Dan Kramlich (piano), Darryl Barber (saxophone) and Frank Anderson (drums), and The Reverend Angela Ying, the children and youth, and all who gather together in grace. Food and festivities follow the candlelight service. Hospitality led by Mell Fuller, Steve and Sara Storck, Bernice Cade, Carroll Jackson, Leah Reed and all who welcome everyone into beloved community at Christmas.
- Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am
First Sunday of Christmas and New Year's Eve Sunday Morning Worship Service with John Hansen, The Reverend Angela Ying and the Beloved Bethany Community.
Other Events of Note
- Friday, December 15, 6:30 pm
“Someday We’ll All Be Free: A Conversation of Abolition.” - Our own Michele Storms is a presenter. At Seattle Central Library, 1000 - 4th Avenue, Seattle. A free event.
- Sunday, January 21, 2018 -
Taming Big Foot - Jared Howe with Pastor Angela lead a team of beloved people, including Whitney, Mia and Anne, to work to cut out our carbon footprint on God’s holy ground. You can support us with your prayers and climate justice awareness.
- Sunday, January 28-30, 2018
Faith Over Fear: Empowering Faith Leaders to Combat Islamophobia.
An Opportunity to Grow and Learn. Our own Michele Storms is one of the presenters. Please let Reverend Angela Ying know if you can attend. Registration deadline is Dec 1, 2017.
Event and training sponsored by our social justice partners Muslim Association of Puget Sound along with American Muslim Empowerment Network, Neighbors in Faith, Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, and Council on American-Islamic Relations - WA
- Third Saturday Salsa Social - Family-friendly - Ongoing
Free lesson 3:30-4 pm, or lesson plus dance time 3:30 pm-6 pm for $5
From our own Suzanne Simmons, who is director at
My World Dance and Fitness Studio - 206-861-2500
849 Hiawatha Place South, Seattle
November 18, 2017
December 16, 2017 - Holiday Celebration, live music by Mambo Cadillac
January 20, 2018
February 17, 2018
March 17, 2018
Pray without ceasing. Bethany Church prays, as we grow beloved community, for all in our community of faith, our neighborhoods, city and country, others countries and all of God’s Creation.
We pray for peace amidst war, love amidst hate, compassion amidst despair, courage amidst fear. We pray for all of our sisters and brothers here and around the world, especially all who are sick, lonely, anxious, fearful, struggling, homeless, unemployed and healing and wholeness, grace and strength for the day.
Prayers for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run through and destroy Native American burial landmarks and sacred spaces of our First Nation People.
Special prayers for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, Cuba, Florida and the Atlantic Coast affected by Hurricane Matthew causing deaths, massive infrastructure damage and numerous people needing to evacuate their homes. Prayers for our sisters and brothers in Syria, especially in war-torn Allepo.
Sunday - 10:30 am
Worship and Music followed by a Shared Meal in the church sanctuary and hospitality room. Be renewed, refueled, reinvigorated for the week, by the grace of God in growing Beloved Community. All are welcome.
Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
ReWA Preschool Headstart Program
For toddlers to pre-K, Half Day and Full Day
Sliding scale, based on income.
Black Power Epicenter Cooperative
Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool
New Campus Partner working with Bethany
on Climate Justice.
Seattle Young People’s Project (SYPP)
SYPP and Black Out, led by Nyema Clark, Aimee Josiane and
Denechia Powell along with Laura Haldane and Senait Brown.
Working for social justice from our Beloved Bethany
Church’s modular/annex (aka: The EPI Center).
AA Community Meetings - 7:30 pm
Leadership Training for Youth and Young People
Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism (YUIR)
Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC)
Meets in the church annex.
YUIR and EPIC are led by Marcel Purnell and James Williams.
Buddhist gathering for teaching and meditation - 7 pm
Friday and Saturday
Falun Gong, Buddhist and Taoist teaching and meditation.
Church and Community Meetings, Gatherings, Discussions and Public Forums
In 2017, our Seattle Young People’s Project (SYPP) celebrates 25 years of transformative youth-led, adult supported, anti-racist community organizing. Youth from historically oppressed communities need a space to call their own, more than ever. Over the past year, SYPP has shared space and built partnerships with other people of color and youth-led, anti-racist community groups based out of the Black Power EPICenter Cooperative in Beacon Hill, on the Bethany United Church of Christ campus. Our current programs include organizing around food, justice, and cooperative economics at our Nurturing Roots Garden, and an intergenerational black, trans and queer organizing project - the Queer and Trans Pan-African Exchange. Support our young people now.
For our neighborhood, the homeless, and for
our sisters and brothers at Standing Rock. 2017-01-14
About (in Brief)
Bethany United Church of Christ’s vision in seeking to be God’s Beloved Community on earth, come from the prophetic words of Micah:
What does God require of You? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
Refugees and immigrants welcome here.
No ban. No wall. Stop the deportations.
You are Beloved! I am Beloved! We Are Beloved! All Are Beloved of God!
Each and every one is needed in growing Beloved Community. Please support our social justice and ministry at Beloved Bethany with a donation of any amount to: Bethany United Church of Christ. You and your generosity and kindness are making a difference in our community and around the world. Thank you for giving generously.
Throughout the year, Bethany Church will be leading in “Share the Gift of Love,” providing for our neighborhood children. Please bring new, or lightly used, men and women’s gloves and scarves. Please let pastor Angela Ying know if you are willing to participate and help.
Nusaiba, Rev Angela, Merna, Soykayna, 2016-12-11
Image by Mack Funk