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  Beulah Presbyterian Church 9221 148th Avenue Orion, IL 61273  
Volume 15 March 2018

Congregational Life

Beulah is now on Facebook. Beulah Presbyterian Church Facebook page Check into this source for the most up to date information and pictures.

There is a new format for Beulah news. A pdf version of congregational information will now be available in this location. This is a large file which may take some time to download.

March Beulah Land

Friends in Christ,
I am so pleased to be worshipping with you on Sunday mornings. We can look forward to Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas together.
The Presbytery of Great Rivers has approved my commission to your church. That means that I will be your half-time lay pastor, moderating session, representing you at presbytery assemblies, administering the sacraments of communion and baptism and conducting marriage ceremonies. Just as important to me is that I will be providing pastoral care for the Beulah congregation. You may reach me by my cell phone (309-721-1545) and by emailing me ( It is my plan to hold office hours on Thursday mornings. Of course, other arrangements may be made.
It is my joy to get to know you better during the coming months.
Blessings Abound!
Commissioned Lay Pastor Sheila Sheer

The Blended Worship Sunday, which occurs every 4th Sunday of the month, will be postponed until April 2018. The Worship Committee wants to make some changes to this service to make it special and it will take some time to plan the changes. Thanks for your understanding.

Lay Pastor Sheila Sheer will be absent from about December 28 until about March 21, since she had made plans to visit family in Arizona before she was called to Beulah.

Upcoming Events

The deacons will again be selling Easter lilies for Easter Sunday. The cost will be $14 each. If you would like to order one, please call or text Deb McBride at 309-236-2295. Provide your name (especially if you text her), how many plants you would like to purchase, and if the plant is to be in memory of someone special.

The Orion Area Food Pantry is seeking assistance providing families with holiday meals for Easter. The Food Pantry is planning to distribute holiday meals to 30 families (105 persons) this year. To help provide these meals the Food Pantry is requesting persons sign up to bring the items listed on the display in the narthex to church so they can be combined and distributed to those in need. Monetary donations of $35 may also be made to provide a meal for a family.
Since distribution of the Easter meals will be March 20, items should be returned to the church no later than March 18.
Sign up today to help make the holiday happy and joyous for other families in our community.

The Maundy Thursday Potluck will begin at 6:30pm , March 29. Service with Communion will follow.

Easter Sunday, April 1

8:00-10:00, Jerry Sheldon Memorial Pancake Breakfast
10:00, Children's Easter Egg Hunt
10:40, Easter Worship with Communion

Orion Area Churches Lenten Services and Luncheon

All services begin at noon and last about half an hour. A light lunch will follow each srvice at the host church. A $2 donation to the hos church is suggested for each meal.

Date Host Church Preacher
February 16 Orion United Methodist Fr. Jim DeBisschop
February 23 Mary, Our Lady of Peace Pastor Sharon Wilbur
March 2 Augustana Lutheran Church Women United
March 9 St. Paul Lutheran Rev. Reed Pedersen
March 16 Beulah Presbyterian Rev. Mike Lawyer
March 23 Faith Family Church Sheila Sheer

Thank you to all who contributed to our Souper Bowl Day of Caring collection. With your generosity we have collected $220 which will go to Kings Harvest!

2010 Financial Report and 2011 Budget
2011 Financial Report and Proposed 2012 Budget
2012 Financial Report and 2013 Budget
2013 Financial Report and 2014 Budget
2014 Financial Report and 2015 Budget
2015 Financial Report and 2016 Budget

Thought for the day:

Holy God, we know that You have been present to us throughout all of history, even throughout our own histories. We know You will be with us in our future. Yet often we donít live as if we know that. You ask no more of us than what we can provide. We often fail to do this. We recognize in Jesusí way our own wholeness and health, yet we often fail to follow. We recognize in Jesus Godís saving grace for us, yet we often fail to rejoice and to share this good news. Forgive us, make us wise and joyful and strong so that we live in the understanding of Your never-ending love. Amen

Richard Miller has moved to Avonlea, 2025 E 1st Street, Milan, IL 61264. Please update your directories.

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

Eleanor Garrison Doris Kennedy
Billie Jo BargmanSonia Grafton
Dorris Wherry Dave Gould
Gloria Paulsen Betty Morgan
Richard Miller Carol Schoening
Robert DeVries Mark Johnson
Gary Lovested Jim DeBishcopp
Tim and Bethany Spears Dylan Preston
Jeanne Tennant Mason White
Megan White  

New addresses:
Sonia Grafton
Avonlea Cottage Room 26
2021 1st St. E
Milan, IL 61264

Eleanor Garrison
c/o Dan Garrison
7624 Chapman Road
N. Richland Hills, TX 76182

Grace Day (Friendship Manor)
Apt. 213
601 Hawthorne Crossing Drive SE
Bondurant, IA 50035

Doris Kenndy
4909 107th Ave.
Milan, IL 61264

Remember the following people serving the United States

Ellen Bina
Sgt. James Wherry