A Monthly Newsletter for Members and Friends of
Bethel United Methodist Church
141 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, Connecticut 06801
Office: 203-743-6835 Pastor’s phone: 203-312-6789
Church email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor’s email – email@example.com
Website – www.bethelmethodist.net
Pastor – The Rev. John Parille
Pastor Emeritus – The Rev. Robert T. Johnson
Director of Music – Todd Gorski
Administrative Assistant – Cheryl DePoi
A Message from our Pastor
November is upon us and with it brings the beginning of the holiday season kicking off shortly with
Thanksgiving. I find that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as I have gotten older. It’s less
stressful, no worrying about gifts, just eating, spending time with loved ones, and of course being
My friend and I have raised turkeys for many years. There is nothing quite like a fresh turkey and we
know exactly what they have been feeding on all summer, it is organic as it comes. Of course, the
difficult part is having to say goodbye when it is time for thanksgiving.
Each year at the end of November, the President of the United States issues an official pardon for the
National Thanksgiving Turkey. That poor turkey has a good reason to be uneasy, without a presidential
acquittal, he is doomed to be Thanksgiving dinner.
And in a similar way, we are in the same situation when it comes to our sin. Without the pardon that God
provides, we would be doomed as well because “all have fallen short” as the Bible says. However,
because of our Savior Jesus Christ and the incredible sacrifice He made, we are cleansed from all sin
simply by asking for a pardon.
As we enter this busy time of year, I suggest we should stop and reflect on this wonderful act of love and
mercy. God loved us so much, that He sent His Only Son. As believers, we do have so much to be
thankful for, not only at Thanksgiving, but every day of the year.
If you are on Facebook and have not liked our page, please do so. Here you will find links to our sermons
and also get a sneak preview of the upcoming sermon. If you are a member of our Facebook page we
would ask that you “share” links with your community of friends.
Sunday Morning Ministries for 8:30am & 10:00am November 6th
Readers & Communion Stewards 8:30am: Peter Eckert Readers & Communion Stewards (set-up
and serve): James Wolff, Tracy Brown Communion Stewards (serve and clean-up): Uta Robertson,
Angela Bassett Counters: Janette Blackstock and Dave Albin Greeters: Linda Bruce and Betty Lepus
Ushers: Team C: Debbie Albin, Krista Mayer, Frank Tomaino
Sunday Morning Ministries for 8:30am & 10:00am November 13th
Readers & Communion Stewards 8:30am: Paul Young Readers & Communion Stewards (set-up
and serve): Sarah DeShan, Peter Philip Communion Stewards (serve and clean-up): Doug Williams,
Wendy Williams Counters: Craig and Kathy Keith Greeters: Deb and Dave Albin Ushers: Team D:
Tracy Brown, Fran Bartholomew, Paul McHugh, Lee Griswold
Sunday Morning Ministries for 8:30am & 10:00am November 20th
Readers & Communion Stewards 8:30am: David McClain Readers & Communion Stewards (set-up
and serve): Family Worship Communion Stewards (serve and clean-up): Family Worship
Counters: Bill Struth and Claudia Schaefer Greeters: Family Worship Ushers: Team F: Family Worship
plus Alan Brown and Tammy Esposito
Sunday Morning Ministries for 8:30am & 10:00am November 27th
Readers & Communion Stewards 8:30am: Marty Bishop Readers & Communion Stewards (set-up
and serve): Bill Struth, Kyle Johnson Communion Stewards (serve and clean-up): Jessica Bardelli,
Julien Schaad Counters: Linda Bruce and Betty Lepus Greeters: Alan and Debbie Brown Ushers:
Team B: Alan Brown, Linda Bruce, Tammy Esposito
The People’s Corner
Keeping up with the news of our congregation:
Former BUMC member Ann Tibbatts had a knee revision surgery. If you would like to send a card her
address is 138 Kinney Hill Rd, New Preston, CT 06777.
Outreach is meeting on Thursday November 3rd at 7:00pm if you are interested in our Outreach
Committee and serving our church and community please come join us.
Tres Dias Reunion Group kick-off meeting will be Saturday morning November 12th at 8am in the
“Fill A Van For Vets” provided by the Bethel Women’s Club will be here on November 12th during our
monthly pasta dinner from 5:30-7:30pm. If the Spirit so moves you please see the items that they may
need in the Heartbeat…Thank you!
The “Giving Tree” will be up in Mitchell Hall on Sunday November 27th. This is a wonderful way to share
the love of Christ during the Christmas Season…Thank You!
“Warm Bodies Sunday” will be Sunday January 8th. We will be collecting new and used hats, gloves,
scarves, jackets, coats, boots, and blankets…Thank you!
“Spare Change Sunday” will be January 29th. All the spare change will go directly to anyone in our
community needing some help in the form of gift cards and other ways to help someone get through a
tough time…Thank you!
Fundraiser – Bottle/Can Drive
Please consider saving your nickel deposit bottles and cans for our bottle/can drive the 2nd Saturday of
every month. Our next drive is November 5th. This year the benefits go to Julien Schaad’s ASP tuition.
Off the Streets
Off The Streets is all all-volunteer run organization which works to get homeless people into housing. If
a homeless person has a source of income, Off The Streets will provide a security deposit and basic
furniture and household goods. Off the Streets collects furniture and household goods from 10am to
12noon on the first Saturday of each month behind the Bethel United Methodist Church. Items most in
demand are dressers, small kitchen tables with chairs, end tables, nightstands and lamps. The next drop
off date is November 5th. For more information, go to www.offthestreetsnow.com or call 203-733-5880.
Please join us for our monthly
Family Pasta Dinners
Bethel United Methodist Church
141 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT
November 12, 2016
December 10, 2016 January 14, 2017
February 11, 2017 March 11, 2017 April 9, 2015
May 14, 2015 June 11, 2015
Serving 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Adults $10 Seniors & Students with College ID $8 Kids $5 (under 5 eat free)
Family max price $25 (parents & kids)
Dinners also available to go! Call BUMC 203.743.6835 the day of dinner to place your order
Salad with homemade dressings
Pasta with marinara or meat sauce
Homemade meatballs .50 ea
Please support your church by attending the 47th annual bazaar. This is the largest fund raiser your
church has and it is so important that it is successful. Fellow congregation members are making a
significant effort to have pictures with Santa, plants, prizes, gift baskets, food,craft items, merriment, and
entertainment to make your visit enjoyable.
Stay for lunch?, enjoy our gourmet choices.
New this year are three concerts on Saturday you can attend.
10:00 AM Angel Thorn vocal students performing their Fall recital.
1:00 PM Please attend a community sing a long of Christmas carols led by our choir and esteemed
Music Director Todd Gorski. Invite your friends and neighbors
2:00 PM Danbury's MadHatter Chorus will be performing. This is a group, well recognized around New
England, of 29 men singing familiar songs in a barbershop acapella format.
The Bazaar will be open Friday night, November 18th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday November 19th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
We look forward to seeing you there;
The Bazaar’s success depends on your continued support!
11 Ways That You Can Help!
1. Donate a new/unused item or service for the Silent Auction (do you own a time share or property you could
contribute? Do you have a skill, talent/hobby you could share?)
2. Donate handmade/new crafts (pillows, blankets, wood crafts, card making, doll making, knitting, crocheting,
and felting) for Calico Corners
3. Donate Christmas crafts, ornaments, wreaths, or candles for Holly Hearth
4. Donate small, new/unused prizes for the Kiss Tree (hit the Christmas Tree Shop and visit those clearance
bins when you are out shopping). We need prizes for adults and children
5. Donate plants and pots (or other containers), jewelry or small antiques for the Plants etc Booth
6. Cook a stew, soup, lasagna etc for the Taste of BUMC (cooking nights will be scheduled as these meals need
to be prepared in the church kitchen)
7. Bake (cookies, loaves, breads, pies…) or prepare jam, fudge or candy for the Country Store
8. Donate a ba