Our fundraiser for Paving Our Way to Christ is officially open. We’ll be collecting items from May 9 to June 5. Our drop off date to Savers is scheduled for the morning of June 6. Fundrive packets containing information about the drive, tax receipt and gallon trash bag are located in the Narthex. Pick up some packets and invite your friends, neighbors and extended family to participate. The more we donate, the more we earn.
If you have any questions, please contact Susanna Brandon,…
Join the Bethany of Fox Valley family at one of our Easter services on Sunday, April 21. We will hold our “Son-Rise” Service, which is led by Bethany’s youth group, at 7:00 a.m. After the service, there will be an Easter breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Bethany’s regular Easter service will be held at 9:00 a.m. Please consider joining us for this most important event in Bethany’s church year!
Be sure to mark your calendars to attend "Curiouser and Curiouser: an evening in Wonderland" on May 11. Top hats, teacups, feasting and folly are the all on the agenda for this adventurous evening that will end with magic by Dr. David. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and will be available before and after church on April 28 and May 5. If you need more information, contact the church office at 630.851.8010.
Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 Blessed Beginnings is hosting Vision and Hearing testing for children ages 3 and up. This will help detect any issues a child may be having. If you have a child or grandchild who could use testing, it is only $4 for each test. Please call Kim at 630-851-8010 or email her at director@blessed beginnings.info if you would like to get them tested.
All Bethany members are cordially invited to attend a recital by Justin Brown on Saturday, April 27 at 10am in the Bethany Sanctuary. The recital is titled “Storms of Life” and features Justin’s original compositions.
The long-awaited Special Session of the General Conference has finished its work. This special session was convened to decide our denomination’s stance on human sexuality. As you may already know, the delegates chose the Traditional Plan rather than the One Church Plan that was overwhelmingly supported by the Council of Bishops.
The One Church Plan would have given space for clergy, all churches (no matter what their stand on human sexuality), and annual conferences to be in ministry…
Pastoral Response on the Special Session of the General Conference 2019:
Dear ALL God's Beloved,
While delivering this news that the Traditional plan, which is a harmful and destructive option, was passed at the General Conference 2019, my heart is ashamed and broken for the United Methodist Church indeed. As a Pastor ordained in the United Methodist Church, I've never been ashamed of my ordination, but not at this moment when the General Conference has decided to strengthen…
All of our Bethany family is invited to a combined Ash Wednesday service at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00pm. Congregations throughout the cluster are joining together for this moving service. Members of our choir will join with choirs from all the other churches to lift the congregation up in song. Communion will be served as well as imposition of ashes.
Join us Friday March 8 for corned beef and some authentic Irish fiddle music by the award-wining Irish fiddle player, Sean Cleland. Be sure to sign up today and feel free to invite leprechauns and friends to join us.
We've launched "Youth Group 2.0" in 2019. The youth group meets most Sundays at 6:30pm for anyone grades 6 - 12. For more information, contact Pastor Sam.
As a continued effort to our Sticky Church movement, Bethany offers many opportunities to “belong”. Our mission is to provide something for everyone using various interests to build relationships. For the next few weeks you will have a chance to hear more about small group initiatives. There will be a poster of suggested small group themes in the Narhex, giving you an opportunity to indicate if you are interested in a start-up of any of the small groups or list an additional small group that…
The Special Session of General Conference of UMC will be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline…
On Saturday, March 23, from 8:30am to 11:00am, the Men’s Ministry of Wheatland Salem Church in Oswego will host a Lenten Communion Service and Breakfast (1217 Wolf Road, Oswego). Breakfast will be served at 8:30 followed by the District UMM Annual Meeting. The topic for the meeting will be “When Was the Last Time You Went Hungry?” presented by Bill Franz, hunger Advocate for Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Men. For more information, see the flyer on the bulletin board in the…
Bethany will host an Aurora District Training Event, “Reaching out Beyond the Walls of Church” on Saturday, January 26 9:30 am - 12:00pm
9:30 am - 10:00 am Registration
10:00 - 10:50 Evangelism and thinking outside of the box
10:50 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Ways to incorporate those we invite into the life of the community.
11:30 - 11:40 Secret Worshipper sign up and information 11:40 - Noon Time with the Bishop Noon - Travel Mercies
There will be no children's Sunday school December 23, December 30, or January 6.
Enjoy your holidays!
Don’t miss Christ this Christmas! Join the Bethany family for our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7:00pm on Monday, December 24. Bring friends, family and neighbors!
Our annual cookie walk will be held at the church on December 1 from 9am to 12pm (or until we sell out)
We need everyone to make cookies and would like them to be on the small size...2" diameter or less if possible. Please sign up in the narthex if you are baking cookies.
If making cookies will not fit into your schedule, you can donate ingredients for a mass cookie baking push on November 28. There is a list in the narthex. Please note which items you are bringing and…
Does your chili have what it takes to tingle the taste buds of Bethany members and win you the coveted chili cook off trophy? There is only one way to find out. Make a big old pot and bring it to the Hanging of the Greens on Sunday, November 25. After decking the halls from 4 to 5, everyone will set down the garland and pick up their spoons at 5 p.m. to decide who will be declared this year's chili champion. This is not an easy competition. Last year there were several award worthy entrees…
As a gift to everyone around the community who will be celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah Concert will be performed by the Chicago KwonSa Choir at Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church.
The concert, which also features Bethany’s Chancel Choir and original music by our organist Justin Brown, will be held Saturday, November 3 at 5:00pm in Bethany’s Sanctuary.
It is a free community event.
If you want free…
Join us Great Agers as we celebrate autumn on October 12 with a potluck lunch followed by fun and games. This month we will have a baked potato bar. We will supply the spuds and you bring your favorite topping from sour cream to chili as well as your own table service. Beverage will also be provided.
Following lunch, we will have fun and games including Bingo. Bring a white elephant gift in a paper bag to use for the auction.
Sign up in the narthex if you plan to attend. Plan…
Our annual "Trunk or Treat" will be held in the parking lot. on October 27 between 4pm - 5pm. Decorate your car/truck/van and hand out candy to costumed (or not!) kids in the parking lot!
Sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you have questions, call the church office at 630-851-8010.
It’s coming once again! Bethany will be hosting a bake sale booth at the Aurora Train Station on Saturday, October 13. Start thinking about baking something! If you are willing to donate some cookies, brownies or other baked good for the sale, there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex. All items should be dropped off at the Brandon residence by Friday, October 12. You bake, we'll package and price. For more information or to assist during the sale, please contact Susanna…
Once again, the date is approaching—this year’s Annual Charge Conference will be held at Bethany on Monday, October 22. The Staff Parish Committee will meet with our new DS Jeffry Bross at 6pm followed by the Charge Conference meeting, which will be held in the Sanctuary at 7pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
As summer comes to an end, many activities, including Sunday school, choirs, and various opportunities for fellowship pick back up:
- Choir has started back up. Practice is every Wednesday evening at 7pm in the Sanctuary. It is not necessary to be able to read music
- Sunday school for children is back! Come join us as we start another year of learning about God's love and we can share that love with the world. Registration forms are available in the Narthex at the…
Say goodbye to summer's tropical breezes at the September 14 meeting of Great Agers. Local resident, Dave Seagren will be talking about steel drum music and play some tropical music for us on his steel drum. Plan to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Lunch will be at noon. Bring a dish to share and your own table service. The main dish and beverage will be provided. Sign up in the narthex if you plan to attend. Hope to see everyone once again after our long summer break.