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

Congregational Life

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November Beulah Land

The session is happy to announce that we are finalizing an interim contract with Sheila Sheer, who is a certified ruling elder. This will ensure that Beulah has a worship leader during the seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter Sunday. You may remember Sheila, since she has led worship at Beulah in the past. In addition, Great Rivers Presbytery has scheduled a Commissioning service at Beulah for Shelia Sheer on Sunday, Nov 12 at 3pm. The congregation is invited to attend this special service.

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 arrange-ments may be made.
It is my joy to get to know you better during the coming months.
Blessings Abound!
Commissioned Lay Pastor Sheila Sheer

Upcomming Events

Orion Food Pantry Holiday Meals
There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex for food donations to support the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Place your name on the list of items and tear off the slip of paper matching the item. Then bring all items to church by Nov 5 and Jan will deliver them to the Orion Food Pantry. Thank you for your support.

The annual Hymn sing is November 19 at 6pm. The Congo Life Committee is requesting donations of cookies to be served with the world famous Dave Gould hot chocolate following the hymn sing.

The Congo Life Committee will once again be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, November 26 following worship. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing will be catered. Please sign up in the Narthex if you plan to attend as well as what type of dish you plan to bring to share. We are working out the details with the caterer but expect the cost to be around $6 per person. Please do not let the cost keep you from attending as we want to see all of our Beulah family enjoy this tradition.

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.

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. In the month of November 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.

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.)

Crop Hunger Walk
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, 11 walkers from Beulah church joined more than 300 other walkers from 29 faith groups of the Quad Cities area in the 46th annual QC CROP Hunger walk. There are more than 1,000 CROP Hunger Walks that are held nation-wide. The QC walk is a 6 mile bi-state walk that begins at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport. The walk includes a loop on the Iowa side, crossing the Centennial Bridge, a loop on the Illinois side, and then crossing the Centennial Bridge again back to Modern Woodmen Park. Each walker walked the distance they were comfortable with, but all were there for the common cause to help eliminate hunger.
Beulah church raised $1,100 this year for the cause. The money raised helps to support local food pantries and the work of Church World Service, which helps fight hunger and poverty around the world. Some of the money raised last year helped to pay for hygiene kits, buckets and blankets for the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Thank you to all the walkers and to everyone who made donations or prayed for the walk.

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

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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

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