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  Beulah Presbyterian Church 9221 148th Avenue Orion, IL 61273  
Volume 14 September 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.

September 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.

The start time for Summer Worship Service will remain at 10:40 am. Our Sunday School hour will resume at 9:30 on September 10.

Upcomming Events

Are you prepared for a disaster in your home? September is National Preparedness Month with an overall theme of “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Each family should have supplies on hand in their home to be self-sustaining for 72 hours after the impact of a hazard. The goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.

Currently Beulah Presbyterian Church committee members are working on developing an Emergency Action Plan that will assist members in what actions to take and where to go in the event of an emergency while at Beulah. Once the committee has reviewed the plan and conducted various drills the plan will be discussed with the members. There are various web-sites that provide additional information on making a home or workplace emergency kit and other topics in preparing for an emergency.

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!

Come join us for a morning of fun, work, and fellowship.
Our annual Apple Pie Day will be Friday, September 29, from 8am -noon.
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.

Mark Your Calendars - Sun, Oct 1, 2017
Please plan on joining us again this year for the annual Crop Hunger Walk. We will be signing up walkers and collecting donations throughout the month of September.
Beulah Mission Committee

Thank You

Back to School Mission Project Results
Kids are now heading back to school and we can be proud of the help we provided for many of these students. Beulah collected over 200 school supply items. These items along with those collected at Trinity Lutheran in Coal Valley were delivered to Winnie’s Place Shelter for Women and Children on July 31. The combined collection of items from both churches is enough to outfit 20 students with supplies for the start of school. In addition, we received generous cash donations. The cash donations were used to purchase supplies requested by the Sherrard Schools (folders, dry-erase markers, and change of clothing for the preschool children). Thank you to everyone who answered this call to service with your donations to this project.

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