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    The Capsule 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 –

    Pastor’s email – Website –

    Pastor – The Rev. John Parille Pastor Emeritus – The Rev. Robert T. Johnson

    Director of Music – Todd Gorski Administrative Assistant – Cheryl DePoi

    November 2016

    A Message from our Pastor

    Hello Saints,

    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.

    In Christ,

    Pastor John

    Facebook 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

  • 2 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 News 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 sanctuary. “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 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

    Dinner includes:

    Salad with homemade dressings

    Pasta with marinara or meat sauce

    Homemade meatballs .50 ea

    Homemade desserts

  • 3 Everybody! 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