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  Beulah Presbyterian Church 9221 148th Avenue Orion, IL 61273  
Volume 14 December 2017

Congregational Life

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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.

December 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

Churches United Holiday Appeal
Churches United is celebrating their 56th year in the Quad Cities. I know you have your own charity choices, but as you contemplate your holiday giving, please consider Churches United of the Quad Cities.
There are several organizations in the Quad Cities hurting for dollars and they are aggressively asking for money, since they are operating in survival mode. Churches United is competing with these organizations for donation dollars and they continue to struggle to meet our budget.
As a member of Churches United Board of Directors, I’m concerned about the current budget deficit and worry about the future impact to the Churches United deliverables. They are very worthy of your financial support, so they can continue to offer the following in the Quad Cities:
• 26 Food Pantries – Feeding the hungry.
• 3 Hot Meal Sites – Feeding the hungry.
• Winnie’s Place – The only women’s shelter in the Quad Cities for women who are homeless and /or victims of domestic violence with or without children.
• Winnie’s Wishes Resale Shop – Providing financial support for Winnie’s Place.
• Plus many more ministries
Make checks payable to: Churches United of the Quad Cities. Give your money to Dennis Morgan or mail to:
Churches United of the Quad Cities
2535 Tech Drive – Suite 205
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Upcomming Events

Mark your calendars for our annual Hanging of the Greens. We will decorate our church for the Christmas season on Saturday, Dec 2 at 4pm. After decorating we will enjoy a baked potato bar with all the fixins. The Congo Life Committee will provide the potatoes and we ask you to bring your favorite topping to add (bacon, sour cream, chili, broccoli - anything that sounds good to you on a potato!). We also request donations of cookies that can be used to make trays for our shut-ins.

Christmas Eve Worship (with Communion) – Sunday, December 24 at 6:30 pm. The Christmas Joy offering will be collected at the Christmas Eve Service.
There will be no Sunday School December 24th or 31st.

The Childrens' Christmas Program will be December 10 @ 9:30am (during Sunday School hour).All children should arrive at 9am to get ready.
Donations of cookies or sweet breads are appreciated for the social time following the program.
Please note : There will be NO Sunday School on December 24 and December 31.

Head to Toes Project
The cold weather and snow is just right around the corner! The Mission Committee will be soon starting its 4th annual Head to Toes Project. Up through December 10, we will be collecting donations of new hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. These donations, along with the snow boots that the committee purchases, will be delivered to the children in the Orion and Sherrard school districts who do not have the resources for the winter clothing. Thank you for your generosity in the years past and we look forward to your support again this year.

Peanut Brittle Fund Raiser
The Mission Committee will again be selling home-made peanut brittle to raise funds for their 2017-2018 Mission Projects. The primary benefactors of this fund raiser are the needy children who receive boots through our Heads to Toes project. The price is $15 for a 1 lb. package, and $8 for a ˝ lb. package. Delivery will be on Sunday Nov. 19 or Sunday December 17. Please contact Wanda Cross ( or 309-714-8089) to order your peanut brittle.

The newletter also contains the monthly lectionary readings and the prayer list.

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:

Look deep, Loving God, and see us as we really are - yearning to be close to you, yet fearful of what you may ask; desiring to be faithful, yet hesitant to go the extra mile; wanting to be loving, yet resistant to caring in particular situations. Loving God, we are a tangled vine. Prune us and train us to grow in your holy ways. Amen

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

Eleanor Garrison Doris Kennedy
Richard SmartSonia Grafton
Dorris Wherry Dave Gould
Gloria Paulsen Betty Morgan
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. 311, Bldg. A
1209 21st Ave
Rock Island, IL 61201

Doris Kenndy
4909 107th Ave.
Milan, IL 61264

Remember the following people serving the United States

Ellen Bina
Sgt. James Wherry