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Volume 14 October 2017

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.

October Beulah Land

The Rev. Beth Hamilton is now serving as part-time interim pastor. Pastor Beth plans to be in the office from 9 - 11:30am on Wednesdays every week,and welcomes visits during that time. Her home phone is 309.667.2756, but prefers not to receive calls on her days off (Mondays and Tuesdays), unless it is an emergency, such as a death or a sudden hospitalization. Beth's final day at Beulah is October 31.

Upcomming Events

The 46th Annual Quad City Area Crop Hunger Walk and Food Drive is Sunday, Oct 1. It will be held at Modern Woodman Park, Davenport. Please join us in the walk which starts at 2pm. Contributions can be made in the Narthex.

Please Pick up Your Copy of Beulah’s Updated Directory in the Narthex.
Thanks to Wanda Cross our directory has been updated. When you make changes to your address, phone number(s) and/or email address, please notify Nancy (secretary) by leaving a note on her desk or emailing her at so our list will stay current. Thank you!

Another successful Apple Pie has been completed. We prepared and sold 140 pies.Thank you to everyone who helped on this project.
All money raised is used by the Women's Circles to support mission work in our community and around the world. This event has been successful because of the help of women, men and friends of Beulah!Bring your favorite knife or rolling pin.

Thank You

Pastor Beth, thank you for giving your time and talents to all of us at Beulah! About nine months ago, you walked into our sanctuary and graced us with your personality, poise, and professionalism. You became a part of our Beulah family immediately! You adapted to us so quickly. Thank you for being willing to serve two congregations and do so with such enthusiasm. You made sure we never felt like we were your second congregation because you served us as if we were your only congregation. You did not even once call us Lutherans!
You have moderated the Session meetings like you have lead us for years, attended committee meetings (as long as they were not held on Sundays!), participated in our church activities and supported Beulah in every way possible. You have held office hours where the “door is always open” and so is your willingness to help. You have visited those in need, the sick, the shut-ins, families suffering in different ways, those who have lost a loved one and those absent from worship. You extended your heart and hands to all of us, from the youngest to our most mature. We thank you again.
You stepped into our pulpit and invigorated our worship services! You have delivered amazing sermons! It is evident you have answered God?s call. Your style, your delivery and your knowledge of the Bible is demonstrated every Sunday you stand before us. Your messages are thought-provoking, faith-filled, and applicable to daily living. You have given us something tangible we can carry with us as we leave the pews of Beulah and go out into the world to serve our Lord. Thank you for challenging us!
There are so many other areas where you have touched lives and made a difference. Many of them are private conversations or special moments you spent with each person. You have given so unselfishly to every one of us. We will be forever grateful for the impact you have had on us, both individually and collectively. Beulah Presbyterian Church has been touched by the hand of God through the works of you, Pastor Beth. Our words are small but our gratitude is immeasurable!
As you leave our congregation at the end of October, we wish you the very best. We will carry you and your family in our prayers. Thank you for serving the Lord at Beulah. Well done, you good and faithful servant! Well done, Pastor Beth!
(Pastor Beth’s last day at Beulah Church will be October 31.)

Jared Nichols’ Eagle Scout Project

Four years ago when my grandmother and life-long Beulah member Betty Lawson died, she asked that a portion of her memorial be left to the church. After some time and consideration, the family decided to use the money to fund her great-grandson Jared’s Eagle Project. The process of an Eagle Project is large. Once Jared knew he would be doing his project at the church, he met with the session for their recommendation on projects that would be most beneficial to the church. The decision was made for kitchen improvements and Jared met with a few members to create a “wish list” and at that point, his real work began. Many hours were spent researching the materials, tools, manpower and professional labor that would be required to complete his project.

The biggest challenge with the project was restoring the cabinetry to its original beauty. Many trips to Sherwin Williams, the help of a kind and patient woman named Mary and some trial and error and we had a plan. A lot of elbow grease and many hours from some good scouting friends and family and the first item on the wish list was completed.

The next item on the list was new faucets for each sink. Jared was able to enlist the help of a professional plumber who came in on his own time and replaced all four faucets for the cost of parts only. He also asked for Jared’s help and was very patient in teaching Jared some new plumbing skills. Next on the list was a fresh coat of paint. This meant another trip to see Mary and this time Mary ended up coming to the church with color samples in hand and made recommendations for paint. Once the paint was dry, it was time for the final project: new floors. This turned out to be a bit more complicated as it was discovered there were some unexpected repairs to be made to the existing floor before replacing with new. Again, we were blessed when fellow Eagle Scout Greg Sheldon and Jared’s scoutmaster Clay Curry came out to offer their professional opinion on how to fix the problem. Once this obstacle was tackled, the flooring project began with a lot of initial measuring and calculating to figure out the best layout of new floor tiles. This part of the project took a bit longer than expected due to drying time but it was worth it as the new flooring really brought the whole project together.

The project officially began December 31, 2016 and was finished February 16, 2017. At completion, there were 12 registered Scout youth, 2 other youth, 9 registered Scout adults and 5 other adults who put in 341 hours on this project. At this point Jared made one final appearance to session to present the project for approval. They unanimously approved and expressed their appreciation. However, Jared had one more hurdle to cross and that was his Eagle Scout Board of Review. Jared’s Board of Review was the first week in April and at that time he officially became an Eagle Scout. In May we all celebrated his accomplishment by having his Court of Honor at the church in front of many Beulah friends and family.

A few days before my Gram passed, she told me she had no worries about Jared because he was going to “do great things.” I completely agree with her and I think she would be very proud of the job he did and how he honored her memory.

The Nichols family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Pastor Beth for her part in Jared’s ceremony, Nedra Baraks for the new curtains in the kitchen, the session for guidance, the ladies of the church who offered their input for the project, members who donated funds to ensure the completion, members of Buildings and Grounds who assisted during the unexpected and ALL of our Beulah family for your support and patience as Jared journeyed to Eagle Scout.

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:

Gracious God, open our lips, that we may give you the praise due you and offer to you our thanks for your enduring goodness. We wait for you to come to us to change our minds, to remold our lives, to fill us with hope. Come to us as we come to you in the name and Spirit of the Living Christ. Amen

Please keep the following people in your prayers:

Eleanor Garrison Doris Kennedy
Richard SmartSonia Grafton
Dorris Wherry Dave Gould
Gloria Paulsen Sonia Grafton
Robert DeVries Mark Johnson
Gary Lovested Jim DeBishcopp
Tim and Bethany Spears Dylan Preston
Jeanne Tennant Blaine Lofgren

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

Richard Smart
Summerwood of ChanHassen
575 Lake Drive, Apt. 271
ChanHassen, MN 55317

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