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

Congregational Life

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June Beulah Land

Dear Friends in Christ,
It is indeed a joy to worship with the faithful people at Beulah Presbyterian Church. I have seen many ways in which you do indeed show your love that you are followers of Jesus Christ.

Deuteronomy 10:12 So now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul . . .

How does this church respond with love to this passage in Deuteronomy? You do this by maintaining this church building even when it isn’t easy, so children can have a safe place to learn and grow, so mission efforts have a starting point, so the community can see joyful Christians at work and at play at weekly worship services, Easter Egg Hunts and Spring Luncheons, the making of quilts and so we have a place to praise our God.

Psalm 40:15-17 Our Lord, let your worshipers rejoice and be glad. They love you for saving them, so let them always say, “The Lord is wonderful!” I am poor and needy, but, Lord God, you care about me, and you come to my rescue. Please hurry and help.

How does this church respond with love to this Psalm? You reach out to the poor and needy in the name of God when we collect funds to support mission around the world. You reach out to those who need clothes when you collect socks, coats, underwear and other necessities for local distribution. The hungry are fed through the CROP walk, food pantry collections, comforted with pillows for men to find rest, meal site dinners and your support for the local women and children’s shelter.

Mark 12:33 It is also true that we must love God with all our heart, mind, and strength, and that we must love others as much as we love ourselves. These commandments are more important than all the sacrifices and offerings that we could possibly make.

How does this church respond with love to Mark’s message? It would be easy to stay inside the walls of this beautiful building and sing praises and read scripture, but that wouldn’t be the church of Jesus Christ. Mark calls us to love “others” and we interpret that to means all others. Mark doesn’t set qualifiers like “love only those others who agree with us or look and believe the same.” The Beulah family cares for our own by including all ages and all peoples in Sunday School and Worship Services. Then Beulah reaches further out in a variety of ways outside the walls of this building.

Please understand if I have left something out of this article. I just want you to know how grateful I am to be spending this time with all of you and to share in the love that is so evident in this congregation of believers. Let us continue to show love to one another, to those around us, to those far away, and most importantly, to our God!

Blessings and Love,

Blended Worship Service Format – We are tabling the Blended Worship for now. We believe the structure of the worship service needs to reflect more of a non-traditional approach which requires more planning than just a change to music. Over the next several months, we plan to have more special music and highlight the musical talents of the congregation.

Congregational News

This year's graduates

Zachary Anderson, grandson of Bill & Donna Metzler, who will graduate from AlWood High School on May 20. He has enlisted in the Army National Guard and leaves June 19 for Boot Camp at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Haley Aurora Snyder, granddaughter of Mary Giannetti, will graduate from Northeast High School in Goose Lake, IA on May 20. She will graduate with honors and speak at the ceremony. She will attend Clinton Community College to obtain her Associate in Science degree and then continue to receive a degree in Forensic Science.

CoraJane Palmer, granddaughter of Mary Giannetti, will graduate preschool from Northeast Elementary School in Goose Lake, IA.

You're Invited!
Breakfast Potluck on Father's Day, June 17, at 8:00. Please bring a dish to share. Drinks will be provided.

Worship Start Time Changed for Summer – Worship Service start time will change for the Summer. The Worship Service start time will begin at 9:30 am CST from Memorial Day Sunday (May 27) through Labor Day Sunday (September 2).

Beulah Receives Witness Award From Churches United
Beulah was one of three churches in the Quad-City area to receive a Witness Award from Churches United. Beulah was being recognized for the mission work that we do. The award was presented at the 56th annual Delegate Assembly held March 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moline.
Jean Daves and Jon & Wanda Cross were in attendance and accepted the award on behalf of Beulah. We at Beulah can be proud of the work we do and the way we reach out to help others in our community and beyond.

News From the Mission Committee:
Presbytery has given each church $200 to use as "seed money" for a project that will spread good deeds. Beulah's Mission Committee has decided to assist Churches United serve meals to those in need. Currently, Churches United serves meals at three sites, Moline, East Moline and Davenport with a total of 28,214 meals served in 2017. On Sunday evening, April 22, Beulah members prepared and served the meal at Hope United Church of Christ in Moline. The meat was purchased with the "seed money" and the side dishes were donated by church members. Twenty-five people were happy to be served a nutritious meal by Jan P., Mary G., Barb A. and Sheila S. Look for more opportunities to join in this service project in the months ahead.

News from the Worship Committee:
Communion Schedule – Communion will be served the first Sunday of each month through August 2018 as follows:

  • June 3 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
  • July 1 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost
  • August 5 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Baptismal Font Location – The Baptismal Font will be moved to the right side in front of the Sanctuary. There will be a special worship service when the Baptismal Font is moved which will include a renewal of our baptism vows.

Thank you to the 15 Beulah helpers who raked the lawn at Beulah. It looks very nice. Now Jerome Bina will mow the lawn for the summer season and Jan Passini will keep the flower beds pretty at Beulah. Thanks to all the helpers for sharing your time and skills!.

We are invited to the Bandits’ Faith & Fellowship Baseball night, Sunday, June 24. Gates open at 3:30pm, Devotion begins at 3:45, Concert is at 4:15 and Game begins at 5:15pm. Please see our airlock bulletin board for more information.

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, Living, Eternal Spirit, we thank you that you seek us in tender loving care, lest any be lost. Help us, in the same way, to reach out toward those who may feel alienated or excluded from the Christian Community. Send your Spirit upon us, that when we speak the word of your love, people may hear and understand in their own language; for we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. 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
Gloria PaulsenSonia Grafton
Dorris Wherry Dave Gould
Richard Miller Betty Morgan
Robert DeVries Mark Johnson
Gary Lovested Megan White
Tim and Bethany Spears Dylan Preston
Jeanne Tennant Mason White

Addresses for our shut-ins:
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
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