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:

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. We recently helped box 6,000 pounds of apples! 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.

Going Deeper-Bible Study

Watch for our next study date.

Bethany Reads Book Club

Bethany book club will break for the months of July and August, and resume our meetings in September with the book Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown. We will meet on Wednesday, September 13th. All are welcome!

San Francisco Interfaith 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. Our cooking gets rave reviews, and we meet people we might not otherwise. It is a rich time.

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. The 2016 Winter Shelter Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 30.

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!