Wrap your gifts @ Bethesda!

We have wrapping paper, gift bags, bows, tags, ribbon, and more.  Plus space to wrap. Wednesday, December 22: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, December 23: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Welcome Pastor Heidi Fish!

On Sunday, October 18, we held a special congregational meeting to vote for a new Pastor. With a near unanimous vote, Pastor Heidi Fish has been selected as our new Pastor! Her first official Sunday was November 1 (All Saints Day). We are so excited to have Pastor Heidi with us and look forward to working with her and sharing her ideas for the future of Bethesda.

We’re having services online

A mac laptop seen from above, silver with black keypad, is in the center of the frame and a cup of coffee with frothy milk sits to the right, and a small green plant and square black notebook sit on the left.  The image is used to represent the idea of being online.We have resumed in-person worship services, but will continue to invite you to join us online for Sunday services via Zoom, at our regular time of 10:15 am.  Contact officemanager@bethesdalcmt.com for the meeting link.  We have communion each week, so we encourage you to have some juice, wine, or water and some bread on hand.  You may want to light a candle and set a small cross nearby.  Your feedback about how Zoom is going for you is welcomed so that we can continue to improve your worship experience with Bethesda. Email officemanager@bethesdalcmt.com for the meeting link, readings, and music.

Gleaning to start at 4:00 pm

Picture of fresh cherry sized tomatoes in various reds, oranges, and yellows in a wooden crate, and cucumbers in colors from yellow to dark green piled in a wooden crate next to the tomatoes. Behind the tomato crate, some greenery is visible, which might be lettuce and herbs.

Gleaning every Sunday 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Gleaning: to gather (leftover grain or other produce) after a harvest.

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God."  (Leviticus 19:9-10)

Bethesda Lutheran Church offers a Gleaning program to connect grocery stores with our neighbors in need.  Every Sunday fresh produce that can no longer be sold commercially is brought to our Fellowship Hall and set up by a dedicated group of volunteers. Those who can make use of free fruits, vegetables, potatoes, and assorted other items may line up at 3:30 p.m. (not before!) or wait in their cars in our parking lot. At 4:00 p.m. (or shortly thereafter) Katherine and J.R. will welcome in 5 people at a time to gather food.  Masks and the use of hand sanitizer are required, and are available at the door.  You are encouraged to bring along your own re-usable bags, although we usually have some bags available.  Gleaning is closed by 5:00 p.m., or earlier, once everyone waiting has completed their gleaning.

Sunday gleaning continues

image of fresh vegetablesEvery Sunday evening at 5:30, you can come grocery "shop" for free in Bethesda's fellowship hall.  Food is donated by local retailers, and typically includes produce and breads.  Please remember to bring your reusable bags! Gleaning will continue, despite the closure of other church events due to the coronavirus outbreak.  However, a limited number of people will be allowed to enter the fellowship hall at one time.

March 9 Community Dinner Canceled

Poster from Snohomish Health District on preventing the spread of illnessOur community dinner scheduled for March 9 has been canceled as a precaution due to concerns about the novel coronavirus / COVID-19.  For more information about the coronavirus in our community, visit the Snohomish Health District Novel Coronavirus 2019 Page. If you have any of the symptoms of the novel coronavirus, including cough, fever, and/or difficulty breathing: As of today, March 8, 2020, Multi-Care is offering free e-visits to anyone with these symptoms. At this time, we still plan to resume our regular free community dinners on the second and fourth Mondays in April. At this time, we also plan to continue holding Wednesday night soup and bread dinners (6:00 pm in the fellowship hall) during lent.