A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

Shining More Light on Diversity!

On Sunday, June 25, we celebrated Bethany’s commitment to be a More Light Congregation.  We were so pleased  to welcome Annanda Barclay, Co-Moderator of the More Light Presbyterian Board of Directors, to the pulpit to share her message of inclusion and love.

This service lifted up our commitment to being a welcoming church: our doors are open to all people, you will be warmly recieved no matter your circumstance or human condition. We reach out to the community, raising hearts, hands and voices in thanksgiving and praise to God, so that it may be known: everyone is invited to “come as you are!

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Our new Pride flag, ready to be sent up the flagpole
Our new Pride flag, ready to be sent up the flagpole
The communion table
The communion table
Roxane, our "Chancel Empress", prepares it all with love!
Roxane, our "Chancel Empress", prepares it all with love!
The Pentecost flame is lit,
The Pentecost flame is lit,
All is prepared for worship
All is prepared for worship
Ollie is looking quite jaunty today!
Ollie is looking quite jaunty today!
The Bethan Quartet, assisted by Fred and George, open worship
The Bethan Quartet, assisted by Fred and George, open worship
Singing Amy Grant's "Say Once More"
Singing Amy Grant's "Say Once More"
Kathryn and Annanda look on
Kathryn and Annanda look on
Kathryn welcomes us all to worship
Kathryn welcomes us all to worship
Bonnie leads the liturgy
Bonnie leads the liturgy
Todd holds forth at the organ
Todd holds forth at the organ
We are a singing congregation!
We are a singing congregation!
Prayz sings!
Prayz sings!
Tamra
Tamra
Melinda
Melinda
Craig
Craig
Andy
Andy
George and Dave too (they're in the back)
George and Dave too (they're in the back)
Our wonderful guest, Annanda Barklay
Our wonderful guest, Annanda Barklay
Annanda was engaging,
Annanda was engaging,
challenging,
challenging,
inspiring!
inspiring!
The choir gathers at the chancel to sing
The choir gathers at the chancel to sing
It is always a joy to hear
It is always a joy to hear
the "best little church choir in the west"!
the "best little church choir in the west"!
Paul listens intently
Paul listens intently
Craig presents another beautiful musical offering
Craig presents another beautiful musical offering
We affirm our faith
We affirm our faith
Andy at announcement time
Andy at announcement time
The Henrys, Ken and Roberta, escort the flag outside
The Henrys, Ken and Roberta, escort the flag outside
The march to the flagpole!
The march to the flagpole!
Ken prepares the halyard
Ken prepares the halyard
"ANDY!"
"ANDY!"
There he is. Now we can start!
There he is. Now we can start!
Melinda, Freda, Roberta, Kathryn and Andy:
Melinda, Freda, Roberta, Kathryn and Andy:
The original Welcoming Church Task Force
The original Welcoming Church Task Force
And so we set to raising the flag
And so we set to raising the flag
This group always has worked well together
This group always has worked well together
Here we go...
Here we go...
Up...
Up...
and up...
and up...
almost there...
almost there...
and it's flying! Proudly!
and it's flying! Proudly!
I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying!
I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying!
Our congregation is very happy,
Our congregation is very happy,
from the charter member (front and center) to the newest visitor,
from the charter member (front and center) to the newest visitor,
to be a loving, welcoming and affirming,
to be a loving, welcoming and affirming,
MORE LIGHT congregation!
MORE LIGHT congregation!
Making sure everything is ship-shape
Making sure everything is ship-shape
Celebrating diversity, every Sunday at 10
Celebrating diversity, every Sunday at 10
Whoever you are, you are welcome at Bethany!
Whoever you are, you are welcome at Bethany!