Cherry Blossoms by Demian
International Worker’s Day, or May Day
- “(Farm workers) are involved in the planting and the cultivation and the harvesting of the greatest abundance of food known in this society. They bring in so much food to feed you and me and the whole country and enough food to export to other places. The ironic thing and the tragic thing is that after they make this tremendous contribution, they don’t have any money or any food left for themselves.”
- Cesar Chavez
- “To make a great dream come true, the first requirement is a great capacity to dream; the second is persistence.”
- Cesar Chavez
- “Do not romanticize the poor … We are all people, human beings subject to the same temptations and faults as all others. Our poverty damages our dignity.”
- Cesar Chavez
- “Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?”
- Cesar Chavez
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.
- Sunday, May 5, 10:30 am
Worship and the Celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion with Dan Kramlich, Michele Storms, Rev. Angela Ying, and Bethany Church's Rainbow People of God. A shared community meal follows worship thanks to our hospitality team led by Tate, Theresa, and Bryan Anderson, Sara and Steve Storck, Bernice and Wes Cade, Mell Fuller, Nick Smith, Leah and Moses Reed, and all who invite everyone into beloved community.
- Sunday, May 12, 10:30 am
Worship and Women, Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters in Solidarity and Celebration of God and Bethany's Rainbow People of God on Mother's Day led by the Albacoco Steel Pan Group.
Other Events of Note
- Wednesday, May 1, 11:0 am
May Day March and Rally. Bethany, Got Green, and BPEC folks plan to meet at 11:30 am in front of Got Green, and church office on the Bethany Church campus
Carpool and Gather at Judkins Park at 12 noon.
March Starts at 10 pm at 20th and Lane (Judkins Park), led by the people for labor and immigrant rights organizing in solidarity with our immigrants, refugees, migrants, workers, laborers, Join El Comite, KL Shannon, Pastor Angela Ying, Bethany United Church of Christ, Jill Mangaliman, Marion Romero, James Williams, Got Green, and hundreds of neighbors and friends in solidarity.
- Saturday, May 4, 7:30 pm
Pizza Potluck Party and Experience the World Dance Festival at Bellevue Community College. The Storck family is hosting the Pizza Potluck at their home, before we head together to the Dance Festival. We would like to reserve tickets in advance, so please let Sara and Steve Storck and/or Pastor Angela know by April 28, if you are able to enjoy this evening with our Rainbow People of God at Bethany. Details here.
- Saturday, May 14, 6 pm
Know Your Rights Training to help immigrants and allies learn their civil rights. Presented by Central SE Seattle Migrants Network and Bethany United Church of Christ. Hosted at Bethany Church, and many others. Childcare provided. Click here for the Know Your Rights PDF flyer.
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.
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 email@example.com
- 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
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.
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.
AA Community Meetings - 7:30 pm
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..
In 2018, Bethany United Church of Christ continues to work
Friday and Saturday
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, and no faith.
Falun Gong, Buddhist and Taoist teaching and meditation.
Samoan Choir practice
Church and Community Meetings, Gatherings, Discussions and Public Forums
About (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.
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.