Bethany’s congregation is deeply rooted in the awareness of God s abundant and endless grace for all. We are not doctrinal there is no list of beliefs to hold or not hold but we are thoughtful about our faith, and we strive to be followers of Jesus. This means we sometimes disagree with organized religion or hand-me-down faith. We seek to understand and more deeply commit ourselves to the love of God, the love of neighbor and the love of self. Connecting with Bethany is a way we learn to stake our trust in God and to step out in faith to give ourselves for others. We re all still learning and practicing. Following are some ways we offer and receive God’s love:

6-week Book Study

Pastor Sadie will be leading a 6-week study, based on Bishop Karen Oliveto’s new book “Together at the Table”. Each week will center around one chapter of the book, which will guide the conversations and discussion. Meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7pm at Bethany UMC, starting on Wednesday September 19th. All are welcome, and there are free copies of the book available in our church sanctuary. For details, email Pastor Sadie at sadie.e.stone@gmail.com.

Bethany Book Club

Book club meets on the 4th Thursday of the month. We will meet September 27th at 6:30pm. The book selection for the September meeting’s discussion is: The Incendiaries by Noe Valley author R.O. Kwon. For details, email Pastor Sadie at sadie.e.stone@gmail.com.

Bethany Knits

We continue with our Tuesday evening knitting lessons on the first and third Tuesdays each month at 7 pm. All are welcome! See you in the Multipurpose Room! For more info, email Ray at bethanysfmusic@gmail.com.

San Francisco–Marin Food Bank

(www.sfmfoodbank.org)

Bethany provides a team of volunteers at least once a month to help sort and prepare food resources for delivery to the Food Bank s distribution points. It’s fun and allows us to show love for our neighbor. We also bring canned food each week to fill our barrel for the Food Bank.

San Francisco Interfaith Council’s Winter Shelter

(www.sfinterfaithcouncil.org)

We support the San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter program, an overnight shelter program during winter for homeless men. We prepare and serve dinner for 120 on three separate nights. We then join the men and enjoy fellowship during dinner. In the fall we participate in the Interfaith Winter Shelter Walk, collecting pledges and walking with friends around Lake Merced and we have the T-shirts to prove it.

San Francisco Night Ministry’s Open Cathedral

(www.sfnightministry.org)

Every other month, we prepare and and serve 150 bagged lunches to the participants of the San Francisco Night Ministry’s Sunday afternoon Open Cathedral worship service on the street.

Bethany Bell Appeal

(www.bellappeal.org)

Not your average handbell choir, Bell Appeal is a community handbell ensemble. They choose music that includes jazz, classic rock, musical theater and current pop music and are accompanied by a variety of other instruments and vocals. Their concerts are not to be missed!