Bethany United Church of Christ

   Reverend Angela Ying, Pastor   ||   206-725-7535   ||   office@bethanyseattle.org
   6230 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108 (at Beacon and Graham)
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Welcome to the Beloved Bethany Community

Japanese Maple in Park
Image by A.Y.   


Inspirational Quotes
  • “For with you, O God, is the fountain of life; and in your light we see light.”
    - Psalm 36:9

  • “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
    - Psalm 119:105

  • “The soul of the universe is divinity present everywhere and in everything, in you and me, in friend and foe, and in all who share our sacred space on our hallowed planet.”
    - Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter

  • “Joy Is Like the Rain”

    “I saw rain drops on my window, joy is like the rain
    Laughter runs across my pane, slips away and comes again
    Joy is like the rain

    “I saw clouds upon a mountain, joy is like a cloud
    Sometimes silver, sometimes gray, always sun not far away
    Joy is like a cloud

    “I saw Christ in wind and thunder, joy is tried by storm
    Christ asleep within my boat, whipped by wind, yet still afloat
    Joy is tried by storm

    “I saw rain drops on a river, Joy is like the rain
    Bit by bit the river grows, till all at once it overflows
    Joy is like the rain”

    - Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter



  • “Have A Talk With God”

    “There are people who have let the problems of today
    Lead them to conclude that for them life is not the way
    But every problem has an answer and if yours you cannot find
    You should talk it over to Him
    He’ll give you peace of mind
    When you feel your life’s too hard
    Just go have a talk with God

    “Many of us feel we walk alone without a friend
    Never communicating with the One who lives within
    Forgetting all about the One who never ever lets you down
    And you can talk to God (Him) anytime God’s (he’s) always around
    When you feel your life’s too hard
    Just go have a talk with God

    “Well He’s the only free psychiatrist that’s known throughout the world
    For solving the problems of all men, women, little boys and girls
    When you feel your life’s too hard
    Just go have a talk with God
    When you feel your life’s too hard
    Just go have a talk with God
    When your load’s too much to bear
    Just go talk to God, God cares
    I know God (he) does

    “When you feel your life’s too hard
    Just go have a talk with God.”

    - Stevie Wonder, from his 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life”
    Check out the song here.

  • “This is my song”

    “This is my song, O God of all the nations,
    a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
    This is my home, the country where my heart is;
    here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine.

    “But other hearts in other lands are beating,
    with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
    My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
    and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;

    “But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
    and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
    O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
    a song of peace for their land and for mine.”

    - Lloyd Stone for verses 1 and 2, and Georgia Harkness for verse 3.
    VOCES8 performs this poem to the tune of “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius



    Maya Angelou - American author, poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She is widely published, and has received dozens of awards, and more than 50 honorary degrees.

    “What you're supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

    - from her "Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now"

    “When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time.”

    “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”



For more, please see our archives of Inspirational Quotes:
2016 || 2017
|| 2018 || 2019 || 2020 || 2021



Services
Weekly services held on Sundays at 10:30 am.
Worship is followed by a shared community meal.
All Are Welcome: Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ.
All are Beloved of God.
Peace, Shalom, Salaam.



Note from Rev. Angela Ying

On Sundays, our community will be together — via the computer program, Zoom — to worship God as a beloved Bethany United Church of Christ community, safely from your home. Thank you for staying home, and not coming to our church sanctuary. For Zoom instructions, please email office@bethanyseattle.org during the week.

Before we worship, here is what you can still do:

  • Email your joys and concerns as prayer.
  • Pray for yourself, your loved ones, and the world.
  • Continue to be wise in keeping a safe distance, eating, sleeping, and staying well
  • Call or email the church office if you need pastoral care, or assistance.
  • Mail your contribution to Bethany to build community.
  • Know you are Beloved.
  • Give thanks you are alive through God’s gifts of music, meditation, dance, joy, reading, exercise, deep breathing, gratitude.
  • Use your imagination and creativity.

Thank you Bethany United Church of Christ. Together, we will persevere in being the healthy, vibrant, strong, and loving congregation God calls us to be.

Grace and peace be with you, as we work together for good, knowing God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Pastor Angela Ying

  • Sundays, 10:30 am
    Worship and Communion.


Other Events of Note
  • None at this time



    Beloved Community

    Pray without ceasing. Bethany Church prays, as we grow beloved community, for all in our community of faith, our neighborhoods, city and country, others countries and all of God’s Creation.

    We pray for peace amidst war, love amidst hate, compassion amidst despair, courage amidst fear. We pray for all of our sisters and brothers here and around the world, especially all who are sick, lonely, anxious, fearful, struggling, homeless, unemployed and healing and wholeness, grace and strength for the day.

    Prayers for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run through and destroy Native American burial landmarks and sacred spaces of our First Nation People.

    Special prayers for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, Cuba, Florida and the Atlantic Coast affected by Hurricane Matthew causing deaths, massive infrastructure damage and numerous people needing to evacuate their homes. Prayers for our sisters and brothers in Syria, especially in war-torn Allepo.


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    Immigration Efforts

    Our beloved Bethany Church community shines by standing in solidarity with our migrants, who have the human, and legal right, to seek refuge in America.
    • South and Central Migrants Rapid Response Network
      Faith and community leaders from around the city gather monthly at Bethany United Church of Christ to teach “Know Your Rights,” and to support immigrants, refugees, and migrants by standing up to every day injustices.

    • Standing Alongside Our Muslim Sisters and Brothers
      Bethany Partners with Muslim Association of Puget Sound
      #Repeal the Ban. No Ban Act!

    • Creating Cards
      To send cards to our thousands of asylum-seeking neighbors who have recently fled extreme violence in Central America, to build new lives in the United States. - Contact: Jared Howe

    • Collecting Blankets, Gloves, Hats
      Please help fill our boxes with new and lightly-used warm clothing, for our homeless sisters and brothers. - Contact: Jermecia Jackson

    • Help 80 Seattle Families
      Our Christmas Gifts program, in partnership with our sister church, University Congregational UCC. - Donations Contact: Pastor Angela Ying

    • Renewing Pledges and Financial Support
      Help promote justice, loving kindness, and to walking humbly with God, here in our church, communities, and around the world! - Contact: Bernice Cade

    • Post-Worship Services Community Meals (Postponed until safe to meet again.)
      Join us preparing our weekly meal. - Contact: Tate and Theresa Anderson
    To reach all, call 206-725-7535, or write to office@bethanyseattle.org

             Further Immigration Resources

                   Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP)



    Weekly Events
    Sunday - 10:30 am
    Worship and Music followed by a shared meal in the church sanctuary and hospitality room. Be renewed, refueled, reinvigorated for the week, by the grace of God in growing Beloved Community. All are welcome. - We meet via the computer program, Zoom. For Zoom instructions, please email office@bethanyseattle.org during the week. No meal shared, at this time.
    Monday-Friday
    Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
    ReWA Preschool Headstart Program
         For toddlers to pre-K, Half Day and Full Day
         Sliding scale, based on income.
    Black Power Epicenter Cooperative
    Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool
    Got Green
         New Campus Partner working with Bethany
         on Climate Justice.
    Monday
    Black Power Epicenter Cooperative (BPEC)
         Led by Senait Brown and Gary Kinte Perry, as well as
         many young community leaders, together with their
         mentors from People’s Institute, Freedom School,
         and Bethany United Church of Christ.
    Thursday
    Leadership Training for Youth and Young People
    Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism (YUIR)
    Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC)
         Meets in the church annex.
         YUIR and EPIC are led by Senait Brown,
         community leaders and mentors..
    Friday
    Bethany United Church of Christ continues to work in community
    partnership with our Muslim brothers and sisters of Muslim
    Association of Puget Sound
    (MAPS), alongside our Buddhists
    brothers and sisters, and all people of faith, as well as no faith.
    Friday and Saturday
    Falun Gong, Buddhist and Taoist teaching and meditation.
    Samoan Choir practice
    Saturday
    Church and Community Meetings, Gatherings, Discussions and Public Forums


  • Sign of the Times

    Welcome
    by Demian


    About Bethany (in Brief)

    Bethany United Church of Christ’s vision in seeking to be God’s Beloved Community on earth, come from the prophetic words of Micah:
    What does God require of You? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
    Refugees and immigrants welcome here. No ban. No wall. Stop the deportations.

    You are Beloved! I am Beloved! We Are Beloved! All Are Beloved of God!

    Each and every one is needed in growing Beloved Community. Please support our social justice and ministry at Beloved Bethany with a donation of any amount to: Bethany United Church of Christ. You and your generosity and kindness are making a difference in our community and around the world. Thank you for giving generously.

    NOTE: Throughout the year, Bethany Church will be leading in “Share the Gift of Love,” providing for our neighborhood children. Please bring new, or lightly used, men and women’s gloves and scarves. Please let pastor Angela Ying know if you are willing to participate and help.

    Thank you.


    Painting by Kelly Simpson Hagen

  • Web programmer: Demian