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The monthly newsletter of Bethany United Methodist Church, Summerville, South Carolina

Vol. XIII, Issue 12

December 2016

Welcome Rev. Scott Adams

An Official Welcoming Congregation of the United Methodist Church

The Living Christmas Story Dec. 1 6:30-8:30p.m. Dec. 2-3 6:30-9:30 p.m.


Angel Tree..................................... 7 Ascend..........................................6 Bethany NOW.............................12 Birthdays & Sympathies..............13 Children’s Ministries...................... 7 Child Development Center............6 Christmas Poinsettias.................... 5 End-of-Year Giving........................ 5 ERT...............................................9 Global Missions......................4,5 Happy Hearts...........................11 Holiday Hours................................ 3 KidsCare........................................ 6 Membership Summary.........11 Memorials and Honorariums............................10 Notes & Reminders....................... 8 Sermon Topics.............................. 2 State of our Church............7,11 Trustees........................................8 UMW Circles.................................8 Worship......................................... 2

Bethany UMC is a Safe Sanctuary facility, creating a safe environment for children and youth.

On November 1, we welcomed to our church staff Rev. Scott Adams. Scott is with us part-time for until January and is being trained by Dr. Mark Fentress, who will retire at the end of this year. Scott will fill that position full-time on January first. Scott is an ordained United Methodist Elder originally from the Louisiana Conference. He has been in ordained ministry for 30 years. His wife Nancy is a native of Memphis, TN, and they have been married 33 years. They have two sons; Ross is 28 and Mitchell, 26. Pastor Scott recently retired from the Air Force after 30 years as a chaplain, active and reserve. He made several trips to the Waron-Terror, including January-July this year in Qatar. Nancy’s mother, Nancy Pool, lives with Scott and Nancy and will also become an active part of Bethany. The three of them moved to Summerville from Northeast Louisiana two-and-a-half years ago…simply because they like Summerville!

Nov. 30: Advent worship service at 6:15 p.m. in Spell Chapel with Communion at the LCS manger, weather permitting. Dec. 1-3: The Living Christmas Story, Dec. 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 2-3 6:309:30 p.m. Dec. 7: Dinner at 5 p.m. Fellowship Hall. Advent worship service at 6:15 p.m. Spell Chapel. Dec. 11: Christmas Healing Service at 4 p.m. Spell Chapel. A Festival of Carols presented at 5:00 p.m. Sanctuary. Dec. 14: Dinner at 5 p.m. Fellowship Hall. Advent worship service at 6:15 p.m. Spell Chapel. Dec. 24: Worship at 5*, 7:30* and 11 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Contemporary worship at 7:30* p.m. Fellowship Hall. * A nursery will be provided.

December 2016

Upcoming Sermons Nov. 30

Mid-week Advent worship service

6:15 p.m., Spell Chapel with Communion at LCS manger scene Rev. Adriane Burgess

Dec. 4

Second Sunday of Advent

8 a.m., Spell Chapel Rev. Jo Locklair 8:45 & 11:15 a.m., Word & Table, Fellowship Hall Sermon Series: Hope in Unexpected Places: “Be Ready” Rev. Adriane Burgess 8:45 & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary “Why a baby?” Rev. Mitch Houston

Dec. 7

Mid-week Advent service

6:15 p.m., Spell Chapel Rev. Mitch Houston

Dec. 11

Third Sunday of Advent

8 a.m., Spell Chapel Dr. Mark Fentress 8:45 & 11:15 a.m., Word & Table, Fellowship Hall Sermon Series: Hope in Unexpected Places: “The One Who Is To Come” Rev. Adriane Burgess

8:45 & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary “Why the Shephards?” Rev. Mitch Houston

Dec. 14

Mid-week Advent service

6:15 p.m., Spell Chapel Dr. Mark Fentress

Dec. 18

Fourth Sunday of Advent

8 a.m., Spell Chapel Dr. Mark Fentress 8:45 & 11:15 a.m. Word & Table, Fellowship Hall Sermon Series: Hope in Unexpected Places: “Do Not Be Afraid” Rev. Adriane Burgess 8:45 & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary “Why Bethlehem?” Rev. Mitch Houston

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve

5 p.m., Sanctuary* Rev. Adriane Burgess *Nursery available. 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall** with Communion Rev. Adriane Burgess **Contemporary worship service. Nursery available.

7:30 p.m., Sanctuary* with Communion “Welcome Home” Rev. Mitch Houston *Nursery available. 11 p.m., Sanctuary with Communion Rev. Mitch Houston

Dec. 25

Christmas Day

One Service Only 10 a.m., Sanctuary Rev. Adriane Burgess There will be no Sunday School, Children’s Church or Nursery.

Jan. 1

New Years Day with Communion

One Service Only 10 a.m., Sanctuary Rev. Mitch Houston/ Rev. Scott Adams There will be no Sunday School or Children’s Church. A nursery will be provided.

For Unto Us a Child Is Born… Celebrating the Birth of our Messiah this Christmas season

Please join us for Christmas Eve worship services at 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. as we celebrate together the birth of our Messiah. At 5 p.m., the worship service is geared toward families with children. At 7:30 p.m., two different services with Holy Communion will be offered simultaneously. The traditional candlelight service will be in the Sanctuary, and a contemporary candlelight service with the Word and Table Praise Band will be offered in the Fellowship Hall. At 11 p.m., this candlelight worship service, the most formal and ceremonial of the three Christmas Eve services, will feature the Chancel Choir and the Imogene Williams Handbell Ensemble and will conclude at midnight. A nursery will be provided during the 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. services on Christmas Eve.

Christmas and New Years Day Service Christmas Day Service will be at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. There will be NO Sunday School, nursery, or Children’s Church. New Year’s Day Service will be at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary. A nursery will be provided. There will be no Sunday School or Children’s Church. Please contact Elizabeth Brown at 843-873-1230 with any questions.


Dec. 2016

BUMC Holiday Office Hours Dec. 26-27: Office closed Jan. 2: Office closed

The Music Ministries at Bethany UMC will present a Festival of Carols on Sunday, December 11 at 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary. The service, based on scriptures leading to Christ’s birth will feature carols and anthems from our various ensembles including the Bethany Men’s Ensemble, the Bethany Brass Ensemble, the Chancel Choir, the Immogene Williams Handbell Choir and the Wesley Children’s Choir. Also, members, staff and ministers will lead with scriptures of the season. The service is free and open to the public. Please join us for this joyous celebration.

Ushers Needed for Christmas Eve We will celebrate Christmas Eve with four worship services! We are in need of a total of 21 ushers to make these worship services run smoothly. Will you help? To volunteer, contact Bill Jones at (843) 607-6671.

There will be a rehearsal for The Festival of Carols on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9:00 the Sanctuary.

Christmas Healing Service on Dec. 11 Christmas can be a difficult time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved one who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been less than cheerful. The constant sound bites on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost. The anguish of the death of a loved one can make us feel alone in the midst of the celebrating and joy. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness; we need to know that we are not alone. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. In a season when so many people don’t have enough hours in a day to get their lists checked off, their cards mailed, their presents wrapped,

we have all the time in the world to remember the loss that has stolen the joy of the season; to grieve over a job, a dream, a loved one we have lost; to sit in the shadows of our homes, too

“Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God” ~ Isaiah 40:1 weary to turn on the lights; to wander the streets lit by decorations on all the houses. Our fear of the future, our remembrance of the past, our pain which is difficult to bear and harder to release make this a season of long nights. (Excerpts drawn from Candles to Conifers, by Ruth Burgess, 2006).

Our Healing Service is for those who are facing the joy of Christmas with the pain of loss. This is a service for those who have suffered loss - the death of a loved one, the gut-wrenching loss of a child, the loss of a job or chronic unemployment or underemployment, the loss of a friend due to estrangement, the loss of sobriety, the loss of a dream or a goal or a hope or a vision. It is for the broken-hearted and the grief-stricken. It is for those whose souls are weary and in need of a word of hope. A Savior is Born. You are invited to Bethany’s Christmas Healing Service, led by the Rev. Dr. Mark Fentress and the Rev. Adriane Burgess, on Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in Spell Chapel. Encounter the comfort of our Savior.


Dec. 2016 By Roanna Payne

Global Missions-Back to the Basics: Joy, Peace and Love

Special to the Bethany Beacon

As we move into December sometimes we get a little distracted, don’t we? Having just finished Thanksgiving, we start thinking about getting a Christmas tree, trimming the tree, decorating the house, helping our children write letters to Santa, buying presents, wrapping presents and who ever invented a string of lights that when one bulb goes out, they all go OUT!!! There are so many things to do…Sometimes we don’t even know where to start! Take a deep breath, relax and just think about the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ! We have so many distractions in today’s commercialized holiday that sometimes we forget what we should be focusing on…Jesus! So let’s get back to some simple basics on the true meaning of the Christmas celebration. Let’s think about; Joy, Peace and Love. When we hear these words, what do we think about? Christmas carols or the words on a Christmas card we send to family and friends. We say these words during the Christmas holidays more times than some of us say all year, but do we truly mean it in the way that God our Father intended them to mean? What if they meant; Joy Peace Love

• “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious Joy.” (1 Peter 1:8) • “For what is our hope, our Joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and Joy.” (1 Thessalonians 2:19) • Jesus speaking; “I have told you this so that my Joy may be in you and that your Joy may be complete.” (John 15:11) • Jesus speaking; “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) • “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) • “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth Peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14) • Love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31) • And now these three things remain: faith, hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love (1 Corinthians 13:13) •Jesus speaking; “God so Loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

As we start preparing for this holiday season, please think about the true meaning of the Christmas season!


As Global Missions continue to spread the good-news of Jesus Christ, through our ministries, we would like for the members of Bethany to consider being a part of Global Ministries. We are continuing our effort in supporting the growth of the Methodist Church throughout Ecuador in June of 2017. Our hope is to have 2 teams going to Ecuador again this year as we did last year. We are also investigating the needs of Haiti and specifically the villages of Jeremie and Gebo where Bethany helped to construct a health clinic and orphanage. Donations can be sent to UMVIM-SC/ Jeremie Relief Fund C/O Maxine Smith, Treasurer UMVIM-SC 2681 Oakhurst Dr. Rock Hill, South Carolina 29132. Please stay tuned for future information as it becomes available. Whether you want to be part of our mission teams, pray for our missionaries or financially support the efforts, what better way to bring Joy, Peace and Love to the people of Ecuador and Haiti then to get involved with Global Missions! Oh, by the way, did I mention that Joy, Peace and Love are part of the nine fruits of the spirit? “But the fruit of the spirit is Love, Joy Peace, Patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) Let these characteristics be part of your Christmas experience and then you will see what God wants us to focus on… His son, Jesus Christ!

Save the date...

Dec. 2016

By Roanna Payne

Special to the Bethany Beacon

Please save the date of February 24, 2017! Missionary Sara Flores and her husband Dakin Cook will be our guests for the evening. We have been supporting them financially through Evangelistic Outreach for several years. Sara and Dakin have also been instrumental in coordinating our mission teams as well as serving as hosts for the team while in Ecuador. This would be a great opportunity for the church to get to meet them and hear about their work. More information will follow.

The Alpha Omega class is open to new participants beginning January 3 for anyone who wishes to join the class for the final 12 months. The focus of the remaining months will be on Jesus-who He is and what He accomplished- and on living the Christian life. The class meets every Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. If you would like to join the class, please come and join us in Room 128 on January 3. Sara Flores is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving in church development and community ministries in Ecuador, working with the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Ecuador. Sara was assigned to this ministry in Ecuador in 2011 after a term at Global Ministries’ headquarters as a regional executive for Latin America and the Caribbean. She earlier served as integrated ministries advisor for the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia, working to strengthen the church’s ministries in health, education, and community development. The ministry also included national programs for children, women, and the elderly. Sara’s work in Ecuador places an emphasis on diaconal ministries, supporting congregations in the development of projects that respond to the prioritized needs of the congregations and communities. Her ministry includes working with the national office of the church in the planning and implementation of integrated ministries, the central goal of which is to strengthen and facilitate local leadership training. Sara and Dakin make their home in Quito, Ecuador.

Christmas Poinsettias ORDER FORM Red poinsettias will decorate the Sanctuary, Spell Chapel and the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Dec. 18. Orders for poinsettias must be in the church office by Sunday, Dec. 11. Make checks payable to Bethany UMC. Poinsettia, $16 per plant. ____________________ Advent Greenery Fund, any amount____________ In memory of:______________________________

The last day the church office will be open to receive your year-end offerings to be credited in 2016 is Friday, Dec. 30. The office will be open until 12 p.m. If you prefer to mail your year-end offering, please make certain that your letter is postmarked no later than Dec. 31. For further information about giving, offering envelopes or automatic drafts, contact Ann Gill at 873-1230.

In honor of:________________________________ Given by:_________________________________ Poinsettias may be picked up after the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 25.


Dec. 2016

CDC news By Vicki Englert

Special to the Bethany Beacon

This is a special time at Bethany CDC. We are busy preparing for Christmas, emphasizing the joy of the season and the birth of Christ. Christmas trees in each classroom are being decorated with beautiful ornaments made by the children, which will surely be cherished by their parents for years to come. November 30th- December 2nd the CDC children visit the animals on the set of The Living Christmas Story. It provides a wonderful setting to talk about Bethlehem and what it was like when Jesus was born…and most importantly what Christmas is truly about. You are welcome to join us December 15th & 16th for our “Christmas Gatherings” in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. The children will be singing Christmas songs and the Kindergarten will re-enact the Nativity. It is such a gift to to hear their sweet voices raised in songs of praise for the new baby Jesus. The program will last about 30 minutes and everyone will have their Christmas parties in the individual classrooms immediately following the program. December 19th – January 1st will find the children and staff at home with their families enjoying the Christmas Holidays. On behalf of everyone at Bethany CDC, we wish you a very blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

KidsCare: Christmas and New Years Camps Available Christmas Camp:

New Years Camp:

Dec. 19-22 Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekly fee is $135.00 Daily fee is $35.00 Register by Dec.12

Dec. 27-30 Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekly fee is $135.00 Daily fee is $35.00 Register by Dec. 16

Field Trips and fun activities planned for each day!

Contact Us For more information about our KidsCare after-school and summer camp program, contact Lynn Mazell at 873-1230, ext. 36 or visit

Student Ministries By Will Thompson Director of Student Ministries

Thank all the wonderful individuals and families that supported Bethany’s Student Ministry through our “Fan the Flame” campaign. We received just over $6,000 towards our goal of $20,000. While we fell short, those that did contribute have helped students have the opportunity to grow in their faith through camps and retreats this year. To the 30 adults that serve Bethany’s Student Ministry by leading small groups at ASCEND, teaching Sunday School, and lead Bethany NOW courses! You are disciple makers!! We have seen a large increase in student participation, and you have all stepped up to meet the need for strong adult leadership. Thank you for your sacrifice, and for pouring your hearts into this rewarding ministry. To all the students and adults that helped serve at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. You guys did an excellent job getting everyone served!! Your attitudes were just like Jesus’!! Thank you for making a positive impact on our community.


State of the Church:

Dec. 2016

Highlights of the ministries of 2016 By Rev. Mitch Houston Senior Pastor

“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, any affection and compassion, have this attitude in you that was in Christ Jesus”. This is my first report as Pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church, and I’m excited to be here. You have given Martha and me a warm welcome and received us as a part of your ministerial family. The staff and laity have been more than gracious in their spirit of cooperation. Bethany has good and capable leadership. Much of my time has been spent on getting to know the staff and lay leadership. We have talked about their particular ministries and the vision each might have for the future of Bethany. I would note here that a common theme is Spiritual Formation and/or Discipleship. Making Disciples for Jesus Christ is important to Bethany. I think we are doing more than some realize, but there are ways we should continue to develop to include more people. I am especially impressed with the lay leadership and the spiritual emphasis they give in their service to the church and the areas of ministries where they serve. Bethany has had several staff changes this year. Ed Schneider, Music Director, resigned to take a position in Asheville, NC. Jerry Wallace, longtime Membership Coordinator, retired due to health issues. Jenny Murrie, Communications Director, left to take another position. Terry Abernethy left to take another position; and the Rev. Dr. Mark Fentress, Congregational Care pastor, will be retiring at the end of December. There was also a need to make a change in our IT position. See State of Church, page 11

Children Ministries Sunday, December 25: There will be no Children’s Church, Sunday School or Nursery. Worship together at 10am. Sunday, January 1: There will be no Children’s Church or Sunday School. Nursery will be provided. Worship together at 10am.

Be an angel, take an angel The Local Missions Committee hopes that you will find it in your heart to help a child have a Merry Christmas by purchasing gifts for one of the angels from our Angel Tree, located on the stage in the Fellowship Hall. Be sure to fill in the number of the angel you are purchasing for and your name and phone number in the log book on the table next to the tree. Gifts are due back to the tree by Tuesday, Dec. 13. Thank you for your generosity.

Children’s Activities for BNOW December 7th: Melody Choir 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Wesley Choir 6:00 - 7:25 p.m. Bible Study, Christmas Parties Art Recreation: Room 240 Cherub Choir Practice and Preschool Bible Story December 14th: Choir Christmas Party at Mrs. Robyn’s 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Art Room open No Bible Study No Recreation Volunteers needed to lead Children’s activities in Winter and Spring sessions of BNOW. BNOW starts January 11th. For more information, email

11:15 Children’s Church needs leaders and assistants Children’s Ministry provides all the lesson plans and activities needed for you. This is a great way to bring God’s word to our Kindergarteners to 2nd graders. Please consider serving in this rewarding role. Children’s Church is a fun and easy way to serve in Children’s Ministry. For more information, email .

Birthday Party for Jesus

Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. All students in preschool through fifth grade will celebrate the season with a birthday party for Jesus. Students will meet in their regular Sunday School classrooms.


Notes & reminders...

Sept. 2014

U M WCircles Spell-Dennis Circle: The Spell Dennis Circle will go out for our Christmas meeting on Monday December 12 at 6:30 to the Red Pepper. Please contact Donna Mobley (843-871-1576) if you plan to attend and if you haven’t already signed up with her. Visitors are always welcome. Bring baby clothes for the Red Cross and gifts for bingo at the nursing home.

Acolytes and Cross Bearers As the season of advent and 2017 approaches it is very important that we have acolytes and cross bearers at our traditional services. If you haven’t signed up lately, please contact Dawn Pendelton or Elizabeth Brown for open dates and to get your name on the list. Anyone 4th grade and up is invited to participate.

Baptism Class The next baptism class will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6:30pm – 7:30 p.m. This class is for expectant parents and parents wishing to have their children baptized. Parents must attend a baptism class before their child is baptized. To attend, you must RSVP by emailing Elizabeth Brown at, prior to January 20.

Bethany Beacon deadline The deadline to submit information for the January Bethany Beacon is Thursday, Dec. 15. Please send articles to Andie Bazzle at

Home Communion available


Home Communion is an important ministry in our church. It enables those who cannot attend church to receive Communion in their homes. If you would like to receive home communion or know of someone who would welcome this ministry, please contact Scott Adams at 843-871-3920.

Prayer Shawl meeting Committee Did you know that you can bring hope, comfort, and peace to an individual by gifting them with a Prayer Shawl. The Prayer Shawl Committee has shawls that have been blessed by our pastors ready to be picked up. If you would like to pick one up please contact Pastor Mark Fentress or Marge Veneziano. The Prayer Shawl Committee meets the first Monday of the month in Room 119 at 7:00 pm. For further information please contact Marge Veneziano at (843)607-4519.

Bethany Basics We will be holding our next Bethany Basics Class on Wednesday, January 18 between 6-7:30 p.m. It’s a great way to learn about Bethany and all we do. Please contact Jack Sehrt to make a reservation to attend at: 843-873-1230 ext. 30 or email him at

Address or phone # change?

Women’s Bible Study Our next ladies’ Bible study begins January 13, 2017. Our study is entitled “Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy written by Beth Moore. We meet every Friday morning in room 239 from 9-11 for 6 weeks. Contact Karen Halley (843-871-6822) or Marcia McElheny (843-345-5885) if you want to reserve a book. Come join us as we continue to learn more about God’s inspired word and grow closer to him.

FCA Golf Tournament On October 26th our talented Bethany Team won first place in the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Golf Tournament. Rev. Mitch won closest to the hole and Jimmy McElheny won longest drive. Pictured from left to right are, Jack Sehrt, Rev. Mitch Houston, Greg Smith and Jimmy McElheny.

In an effort to be good stewards of God’s money, please let the church office know about changes in your contact information, so we can serve you better. To update your contact information, contact Dana Wells at 843-873-1230 or

Disciple 1 Bible Study

The Disciples 1 Bible study will be offered in January 2017 as an afternoon class. This journey through God’s word will begin in mid-to-late January with classes starting around 1:30 pm. Disciples 1 serves those who desire to read the Bible for the first time or for those who wish to refresh their commitment to God’s word. At least six individuals are needed to form a class. Please contact Pete Horlbeck at 843-300-8176 or at pete.horlbeck@ if you would like to come along.

Trustees’ Corner Thanks to Jerry Harris, Melissa Turbine, Joe Kennedy, Troy Thomas, Rick Turpin from the ERT team for removing downed trees from hurricane Matthew on all of Bethany’s properties.

ERT Responds to Hard Hit Area in Orangeburg after Tropical Storm Hermine

Dec. 2016

By Renee Thomas Special to the Bethany Beacon

Hurricane Hermine hit Florida and then came in across South Carolina as a tropical storm still packing wind gusts up to 60 mph and heavy rain. Many trees fell in the wake of the storm. In Orangeburg County, fire departments and SCDOT personnel were so busy cutting fallen trees off of roadways that a separate radio channel had to be set up for disaster response, which lasted well into the night. During a damage assessment tour with Orangeburg County Emergency Services Director Billy Staley, UMVIM’s ERT Disaster/ERT Coordinator Billy Robinson and wife Trudy found five homes that all had very huge trees on them or through them. Three trees were too big for UMVIM ERT volunteer teams to handle, so the homeowners would have to get a company to remove them with cranes. On Monday, September 5th, 16 UMVIM ERT personnel from across the state gave up their regular Labor Day activities and dedicated it to a “Labor Day of Love”! They emerged on the city and county of Orangeburg with chainsaws, ladders, roof tarping equipment and loving acts of compassion for the homeowners who were devastated. The teams started on Mosley Street and wound up on Shillings Bridge Road placing tarps on 3 homes, doing massive chainsaw work on 2 properties and moderate chainsaw work on another. This included cutting up a huge tree that had completely crashed through a mobile home and placing a tarp over the gap to prevent further damage. They also cut trees off of other homes, tarping over holes in the roofs, and helped clear pathways for electrical lines. In one home, a limb had punctured the ceiling of a room where two people were sitting, just missing them. Several of the residents had no insurance, including at a home that still has a very huge tree hanging dangerously over it that will take a crane to remove. UMVIM ERT Teams were able to place a tarp over another damaged structure, but owner still needs a new roof and has no insurance to cover it. “It is a great honor and privilege to serve in the name of Jesus to whom we give all glory, honor, and praise! The more we give, the more we receive in true riches found in Jesus Christ. If everyone would but lend a helping hand of Christian love to others and truly seek to do good, then what a wonderful world this would be.”-Billy Robinson UMVIM ERT members were: Troy Thomas, Stephen Bishop, Joe Kennedy, Richard Spencer, Felix and Misty Vazquez, Rev. Fred Buchanan, Rev. Frank Copeland, Ed Carson, Wayne Glasscock, Gary Smith, Jane Berrier, Hugh Kight, Bob and Ellie Brawn, and Billy Robinson.


Memorials and Honorariums

Dec. 2016


In honor of Lynn Dukes By Elizabeth Brown

Youth Endowment

In memory of Rose McCurry By Rick and Heather Merrithew By Anne Rogers By Brenda and Tony Frye By Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sweat By Margaret DuBose By Marion and Sadie Thompson By Annette and Joe Meachum In memory of James Smith By the Searchers Sunday School Class

Spell Chapel

In memory of Freda Connell By Jane Langston In memory of Dona Williams By Phyllis and George Stall In memory of Miriam Altman By Phyllis and George Stall In memory of Harry Locklair By Phyllis and George Stall In memory of Shelia Jean Scott By Sandy and Steve Hutto



In memory of Donna Powell By Jane Langston In memory of Ron and Emma Vandell By Pat and McLeod Murray In memory of Martha Bouknight By Bethany Happy Hearts In memory of Freda Connell By Ronald and Patsy Banks In memory of Rose McCurry By Mona Gilbert By The Harry Locklair Family In memory of Dona Williams By Mary Adams By Rossie and Mac McLaurin By Angela Harris By Barbara Missroon By Samuel G. Stephens By Patti Hill By Joe and Phillis Laferte By Dental Associates of Summerville By Margie and Ed Muckenfuss In memory of Martha Jo Roumillat By Mary Adams By Sammie and Rosa Johnson

By Mac and Rossie McLaurin By Ronald Altman By Jane Langston By Jimmy Harrell By Tony and Brenda Frye By Ronald and Patsy Banks By The Harry Locklair Family By Marion and Sadie Thompson By Lisa and George Tupper By Margie and Ed Muckenfuss By Libby and James Avant By Franklin Weathers In memory of Harry Locklair By Louise and Paul Williams By Jack Roumillat By The Robert Perry Family By Mac and Rossie McLaurin By Deborah Locklair By Jane Langston By Ted and Janet French By Dan and Johnnie Hunnicutt By Nancy Deitch By Clair Palmer By Tony and Brenda Frye By Lujack and Sara Jane Orr By Mona Gilbert By Bob and Ollie Lesch By Jim Locklair By Laurence and Donna Clair By Ronald and Patsy Banks By John A. Locklair By Bonnie Garten By Liz Williams By Beth Holler By the Harry Locklair family By The Bufort Blanton Family By Annette and Joe Meachum By Marion and Sadie Thompson By Vernie and Sherrell Knight By Margie and Ed Muckenfuss By Jack Calvert In memory of Fani Terry By Karl and Joan Naugle By Jack and Donna Mobley By the Searchers Sunday School Class By Betty Bridges By Margie and Ed Muckenfuss In memory of June and Lloyd Eppersimons By David and Linda Mizell By Evelyn Boudolf By Anne Baker Linda and Wayne Riehl

Youth Designated

In memory of Rose McCurry By Jack and Donna Mobley By Diane and Steve Hill By 3rd grade team,Newington Elem By Ronald and Patsy Banks By Alice Kinsey By Victor and Cynthia Bull By James and Joyce Hutto By Ginyard Edwards By Dianne Mae Sutherland By Douglas and Cheryl Cargill By John and Joan McKissick By Denis and Karen Tsukalas By Lillian Tanner, Chris & Becky Glaze, Will and Beth Tanner By Jaye and Greg Elliott By Becky Sutusky By Berlin and Betsy Myers By Mac and Rossie McLaurin By Mr. and Mrs. William O. Duke, Jr By Harper James Finucan and Cynthia Ann Minard By Mr. and Mrs. Rober F. McCurry By Jin Jin and Marvin Blackburn By Sue and Topper Avenel By Skip and Jan Hull By Personnel Dept. Dorch Dist II School By L.C. and Rhonda Knight By Gregory F. Smith By Laurence and Donna Clair By American Forest Management By Liz Williams By Bank of Clarendon By Jan Waring Woods & family By Richard and Deborah Call By George and Phyllis Stall By The Bufort Blanton Family By Don and Kathy Shope By Claire Palmer By Gin Glace By Roy and Glenn Stockman By Summerville High School By Josephine Gowdy By Rob, Kerry and Jane Walters By Joseph Sumrall, Jr DMD These are all the memorials through September 30, 2016

Happy Hearts Senior Adult Ministry By Dot Prevatte Special to the Bethany Beacon

Happy Hearts’ Game Day Bethany Happy Hearts’ Games Day has been a success. We will meet on the 2nd Friday of each month at the church in Room 118 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Bring a sandwich and drink and have lunch together before we begin playing games. We play several different games “Hand and Foot”, “RummyCube”, “Mexican Train”, “Pegs and Jokers”, “Skip-Bo”, and we have other games available, but if you have a special game you would like to play, bring it with you. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play these games, someone will teach you. The object is to have fun. Everyone is welcome to join us. If you have questions, call Dot Prevatte at 843-797-1762 or email at Come join the fun.

Happy Hearts’ luncheon The next luncheon meeting of Bethany Happy Hearts will be on Friday, December 9th at 12:00 noon in the Large Fellowship Hall. Our guest will be Jesse Cockcroft, playing Christmas Music on the piano and accordian. All Bethany members are invited to attend and bring a guest with you. Our menu for this meeting includes Fried Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Garden Peas, Cole Slaw, Pecan Pie, Rolls/Butter, and Tea/ Water, with Lemon. The cost of the meal is $6 per person. Please make a reservation no later than Wednesday, December 7th. Please call Linda Field at 843832-9925 or email her at fieldmw@ to make reservations.

Dec. 2016

State of the Church Continued from page 7

We have been fortunate to find replacements for most of the open positions. The Rev. Scott Adams will become our full time Congregational Care pastor in January. Andie Bazzle is our new Communications Director and Jack Sehrt will be our Membership Director. Pam Zanowski has become our new Recreational Ministries Director. Currently, we are using volunteers and outsourcing the IT position, and there is a search committee working to replace Ed Schneider. I am thankful for the ministry and cooperation of the SPRC and staff during these transitions. We continue to do and be an active church for the ministry of Christ in this place. You can hear or read the reports of others to see the exciting things going on. Recently, Bethany was the host for the state wide United Methodist Women’s conference. Betsy Myers, president of our UMW, was instrumental in hosting the conference at Bethany. A big thank you to Betsy Myers and the UMW of Bethany for hosting a very successful conference. Some 400 women gathered at Bethany for a two-day conference of worship, fellowship, study and business. The Friday night worship leader and preacher was our own Reverend Adriane Burgess. We welcomed our new District Superintendent Dr. Sandra Stevens-

Poirel, and were honored to have Bishop Johnathon Holston participate in the service. The musician for the week-end was Michael López. Currently, our biggest challenge has been the ongoing problem with our roof leak on the second floor education wing of our facility. The Trustees have approved the hiring of an engineering firm to address this need. Hopefully, within thirty days we will have a report and a cost estimate. Once those have been received, we can proceed with the repairs of the roof and inside our building. Thank you to Greg Smith and Robbie Sharpton for their guidance of this project as we move forward. I am confident that the congregation of Bethany will cooperate and do what is needed to meet this need. Thank you again for welcoming Martha and me into your Pastoral family. We seek your prayers as we continue together to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in and through this great church. Faithfully,

Communion Stewards Needed Communion assistants are still needed (1 couple or 2 individuals) for the 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service in the Sanctuaryif interested, please contact Elizabeth Brown. Assistants can be a couple or two separate individuals who simply wish to serve together. There is no special training – you are even provided a reserved seat for worship. Interested or need more information? Contact Elizabeth Brown at 843-873-1230 or


Dec. 2016

Bethany NOW Schedule — 5-6:15 p.m........Dinner in the Fellowship Hall — 6-7:30p.m........Children’s Programs — 6:15-7:30 p.m...Youth Programs — 6:15-7:30 p.m....Adult Classes

Meal Reservations

Family Activities

Reservations are due by 12 p.m. each Monday. To make reservations:  Call the church at 843-873-1230  Cancellations should be made by 12 p.m. on Mondays by calling the church office at 843-873-1230.

Each Wednesday night during Bethany NOW the evening begins with dinner in the Fellowship Hall, where you can share a time of fellowship with family and friends. Dinner is followed by adult, youth and children classes and various activities. Come join us and make Wednesday night a part of your family routine.

Bethany NOW Meals

Bethany Now 2017 Schedule January 11- Febuary 22 The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations March1- April 5 Lent Worship April 19- May 3 Spring Session August 30- November 8 Fall Session 12

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregation People are searching for a church shaped and sustained by Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Developement, Risk-Taking Mission and Service, and Extravagant Generosity. These fundamental practices are critical to the success of congregations!

NOW begins with a meal in the Fellowship Hall at 5 p.m. Menus are posted in the Bethany Beacon, worship bulletins and our email news (Bethany Links). Meals cost: Adults......................................$7 Children...................................$4 Family Maximum...................$20 (Immediate family consists of parents and children only.)

Danny Moore Barbara Nimocks Tyler Xavier

DEC. 12

Jeremiah Bohon Micah Bohon Dominic Copland Jimmy Droze Mark Easterday Keifer Grainger Neil Andrew Jacobs Ashley Oberman Carolyn Rogerson Ben Salamanca Olivia Salmon James Smithwick Nancy Wolfe

DEC. 13

DEC. 1

Dylan Baum Richard DuBose Michael Harley Rose Marie Hashley Emily Haynes Kelsey Jackson Susan Kampmeyer Patrick Lawrence Laurie Murdaugh Steve Rauch Cameron Ross Benjamin Smith Elaine Stone Jacob Tatar

DEC. 2

Mary Adams Rob Beebe Luke Blackmon Christy Buddin Carolyn English Steven Knotts Ron Lilley Kyle Loggins Kim Lyon Brianna Olson Cameron Owens Paul Stasiukaitis

DEC. 3

Chase Brody Lainey Crafton Abigail Fuller Halle Griekspoor Jack Harrison Linda Hudson Phillip Lanneau Ja-Juan Lienau Fred Morillo Max O’Donnal Tom Thurman Barbara Waring

DEC. 4

Brittany Bishop Savanah Bunting Stephanie Cosby Collin Crane Frank Grubb Cliff Hunt Michelle Irick Anna Kampmeyer Emerson Kolaski Will Rogers Bill Salisbury Robin Walsh

DEC. 5

Joe Abbey Holly Barbera Jessica Browning Leslie Burford Porter Conroy Stacy Grissinger Shawn Keifer Wyatt Knox

DEC. 6

Bill Buie Jim Griffin Bob McMeans Shannon Montgomery Gabriel Nix Benjie Rodgers Dean Shabeldeen Alayna Stample Carolyn Weader

DEC. 7

Teddy Brinson Tom Cullipher Shane Dukes Pete Horlbeck Teresa Smith Cathy Wilber

DEC. 8

Lori Broderick Jodie Collier Louis Easterday Rick Farthing Rita Franchi Betsy Grubb Kim Lucius Christian Shepler Crystal Sweat Ella Swift Jaime Timmerman Jared Wegmann Keith Willeford

DEC. 9

David Alseth Red Brown Dee Devlin Natalie Erbse Georgia Fallaw Brian Jaques Betsy Makwinski Lynn Munson Wade Nix Kristina Roberson Tammie Sizemore Kemp Willard

DEC. 10

Bethany Baggett Kin Bilton Brooks Bowen Debbie Huber James Jang Mike Kabealo Bea Mackey Andrew Meador Hugh David Pittman

DEC. 11

Dolores Cahill Joy Causey Beth Holler Rhiannon Kajdasz Betty Leach Caroline Leslie John Lyons

Allison Bilton Ron Clayton Kevin Deininger Samuel Hargett Martha Hopkins Mary Dove Horlbeck Madison Knight Michelle Lattimore Cole Misenheimer Oliver Morris Samuel Moser James Orvin Kelly Redick Britt Terry Dosha WynneMitchum

DEC. 14

Corey Basnight Laura Dixon Pamela Droste Stella Foster Betty Gabrielli Brian Groves Jacob Haynes Nat Hubbard Joseph Laferte Mary Makowski Hoby Messervy Will Phillips Donna Rider Myra Sparrow Spencer Wright

DEC. 15

Laurie Carr Kevin Collins Sarah Fulcher Matt Haynes Ethan Marrow Larry Moses Robert Santmyer Matthew Simokat Elena Stopar Ashley Welch

DEC. 16

Monica Beebe Webb Charpia Allyson Darling Hannah Dillon Betty Funderburke Vivian Hayford Maggie Horne Evelyn Hutson Kayli Morgan Kristin Powitchko Leah Reason Meredith Rogers James Rowe Brittany Self Karen Stokes Wade Svicarovich Lin Thomas Henry Thompson Amy Threatt Mike York

DEC. 17

Liam Bowen Carly Crawford

Lorrie Hyatt Ruth Ann Ivey Nick Jeffries Kirk Jordan Matthew Locklair Sarah Luxmore Rachel Parrish Abebe Peters Teresa Stopar Phil Vella

DEC. 18

Tara Lynne Arsenault Dennis Folden Christine Garcia Hutson Harmon Lindsay Heitman Laura Horlbeck Pam Jeffries Lani Johnson Martha Mason Ragan Morris Jeff Narr John Orvin Jan Sheppard Caroline Terry Robert Winston Elise Woolwine Mary Kay Wrenn

DEC. 19

Jennifer Bailey Vickie Box A’delle Chellis Holly Crosby Annette Gorrell Ronald Lattimore Carolyn Sweat Will Tanner Cameron Young Lindsey Young

DEC. 20

Linda Bloomberg Laurence Clair Marlee Griffith Lindy Kabealo Phyllis Laferte Jacob Nash Campbell Nelson Pamela North Ryan Phillips Becky Ribelin Karen Riley Sharlon Seiffert Colton Shannon Jennifer Shyrigh

DEC. 21

Stephen Brazelton Isabel Cox Melissa Haynes Mark S. Huggins Hannah Grace Jackson Hope Mahaffey Terri Morgan Sara Parks Ken Swift Sarah Elizabeth Taylor Mac Yeomans

DEC. 23

Tom Brown Bruce Davis Art Devereux Walter Johnson Toni Skidmore Paul Swicord Vicki Swicord Esperanza Wood

DEC. 24

David Askins Jack Calvert Lisa Cates Pauline Collier Edward Stephen DeLonge Tiffany Long Evie Stufflebeam

DEC. 25

Lee Dilday Tony Pope John Sutusky

DEC. 26

Jo Locklair Jennifer Morillo David Ray Gray Somerville Annette Turner Willie Webb

DEC. 27

Brian Adams Greg Elliott Chris Fortner Sharon Guest Page Ham Sarah Hodges Joy Patterson Joyce Potter

DEC. 28

Joann Adams Darcie Bartlett Jay Buchanan Sean Carroll Bob Cronkright Jordan Devlin Ashton Drummond Joshua Falter Mary Ruth Horres Caroline Howard Alexandra Lesley Ron Mason Elizabeth Nicodin Benjamin O’Brien Angela Rockwell Jason Trigiani Stephanie Vaughan David Vick Steve Weise

Jane Ann Walters Charlie Watson Bob Williams

Dec. 2016

DEC. 29

Culler Adams Brian Allison Sherrie Bartku Susan Baus Jennifer Benjock Skye Browder Madelyn Byrd Ricky Crosby Walker Folden Adam Foster Laura Kay Freeman Keira Hendershot Charles Lyon Chip Mann Madeline Tanouye Christian Woods

DEC. 30

Joshua Argabright Jon Baggett Olivia Cox Ron English Becky Fentress Emma Fowler Karsen Fowler Justin Goethe Alice Hardy Jill Kammerer Traci Maloney Joe Poehner Jackson Schad Clara Stonner Kelly Willis

DEC. 31

Lila Bahr Gary Bailey Elaine Bartku Jordan A. Baxley Donna Bowen Bill Burke Brenda Byrd Elizabeth Farrell Mallory Hetzel Debbie Jones Megan Locknar Gloria McCoy Larry Norman Braedon Patterson Babby Rajt Mary Regan Jane Roberts Dan Sweat

JAN. 1

Lynn Brown Cecil Buddin Anna Crosby Carrie Dukes Gene Gabrielli Keith Griffin Jeff Havens Abby McPhail Berlin Myers Miki Schmidt Matthew Threatt Jason Waite

JAN. 2

Dennis Bradshaw Kenneth Buchanan Brian Byrd Deborah Hunt Trey Odom John Runyon Kathy Smith Anna Walsh

JAN. 3

Randy Ackerman David Frishkorn Jonathan Patterson Christi Smoak Ross West

DEC. 22

Brooklyn Agnew Auggie Albanese Alexandra Biller Craig Byars Scott Field Maddison Green Pierre James P.J. McConnell Jack Phillips Piper Redick Michael Redmon Wesley Smith Tammy Ware Courtney Wilson Jeida Wilson-McGee

We would like to extend our Christian sympathies to the family of John Stoioff upon his passing on Nov. 6. We would like to extend our Christian sympathies to Bob Minus upon the passing of his father, Richard Minus on Nov. 8. We would like to extend our Christian sympathies to Linda Owens and family upon the passing of her mother, Mary Schmidt, on Nov. 15.



Bethany United Methodist Church 118 West 3rd South Street Summerville, SC 29483 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED.

Office and Kitchen Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday Church Office: (843) 873-1230 Office Fax: (843) 873-1937 Gym Office: (843) 873-7261, Child Dev. Center: (843) 821-1946 Emergency Number: If you have an emergency for which you need pastoral care at night or on weekends or holidays, call (843) 425-1069.

Bethany Beacon is published monthly by Bethany United Methodist Church. Send questions, comments, news or photos to or to Andie Bazzle in the church office. The deadline for the January issue is Thursday, Dec. 15.

Membership Summary October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016 Beginning Membership October 1, 2015= 3451 Members In: 111 Profession of Faith = 45 Other Denomination = 23 Certificate of Transfer = 42 Restored = 1 Members Out: 81 Other Denomination = 12 Certificate of Transfer = 21 Charge Conference Removed = 46 Withdrawn = 2 Deaths = 18 Ending Membership September 30, 2016= 3463 Net Membership Gain: 12 Baptisms: 25 Infant = 15 Child = 4 Youth = 2 Adult = 4

December 2016  

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