A More Light Congregation

Bethany Presbyterian Church

Pastor's Note

Reverend Kathryn Pyke

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June, 2017

I have spent a lot of time in the last month or so in a veterinarian office. Our dog Maddie is in surgery now, after being attacked by two dogs while we were running at the dog park. Lots of prayers from family and friends are surrounding Maddie now.

It makes me so thankful that Bethany is so loving and welcoming to all people, including our dog people. Ollie the Dog is a regular in worship. Ollie sits there in his pew, taking in the music and sharing his love with all of us. I still laugh when I think back to our last Blessing of the Animals that took place during regular worship time. Dogs and Cat alike were so good, some even singing along with the Prayz during “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir.”

All God’s creatures do have a place at Bethany. No matter who you are, no matter where you are on your faith journey, no matter what experiences you may have had in other faith

communities, no matter where you struggle today – you will be welcomed and included at Bethany. We look forward to your presence, and know you and your unique gifts will enhance who we are.

Join us for regular worship at 10:00 each Sunday. On June 4th, we will put our Faith in Action. On this Sunday we will have brief worship service of hymns and prayers, and then ‘go out into the world’ to live out our faith. Some of us will work on the Tiny House being built in our parking lot, others will help prepare lunch for the San Bruno Shelter, while others will put together Health Kits for people at the shelter.

Our regular worship on June 25th will be a celebration of our commitment to diversity. There will be a guest preacher from More Light Presbyterians, a group of churches Bethany is a part of. More Light Presbyterians are working for full inclusion of the LBGTQ community in the Life, Ministry, and Witness of the Presbyterian Church.

One final note: You will soon see a Rainbow Flag flying near the entrance of Bethany Church. This Rainbow Flag affirms our love, inclusion and sense of justice for all people.

Blessings,

Kathryn

Rev. Kathryn Pyke