Image by A.Y.
- “A Trick of a Treat” by Nancy Hughes
“Dressed up little creatures
on a dark October night
run from door to door
giving everyone a fright.
“They come and ring your doorbell
and before they will retreat,
they beg you for some candy
by yelling ‘trick or treat.’
“When their bags are full,
they run home to eat their fill.
They taste a bit of everything
and by morning they are ill!
“So to keep the youngsters healthy,
I’ve figured out a deal.
This year instead of candy,
I’ll give them all oatmeal!”
Ida B. Wells
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (1862-1931). American investigative journalist, educator, early civil rights movement leader. A founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
- “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
- Ida B. Wells
- “There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it.”
- Ida B. Wells
- “Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.”
- Ida B. Wells. Quote from “On Lynchings.”
- “Those who commit the murders write the reports.”
- Ida B. Wells
- “Virtue knows no color line.”
- Ida B. Wells
- “Hope is a thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings a tune without words
And never stops at all.
“And sweetest, in the gale, is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That keeps so many warm.
“I’ve heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea
Yet, never, in extremity
It ask a crumb of me.”
- Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830-1886), American poet.
Little known during her life, is now considered one of
the most important writers of American poetry.
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 email@example.com 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
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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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.
To reach all, call 206-725-7535, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
Further Immigration Resources
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP)
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 email@example.com during the week. No meal shared, at this time.
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
New Campus Partner working with Bethany
on Climate Justice.
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.
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..
Bethany United Church of Christ continues to work in community
Friday and Saturday
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.
Falun Gong, Buddhist and Taoist teaching and meditation.
Samoan Choir practice
Church and Community Meetings, Gatherings, Discussions and Public Forums
Sign of the Times
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.
Painting by Kelly Simpson Hagen