Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Administrative Assistant Needed

Part time Administrative Assistant Position available at Bethany United Methodist Church, York PA
Bethany UMC is seeking a part time Administrative Assistant. Candidate should be proficient in Micro-Soft Word, Power Point and Excel, along with being skilled in telephone etiquette. Position would be approximately 20 hours a week. Must be willing to work in a Christian environment and atmosphere and coordinate with our Christian Daycare.
Send resumes to:
1401 Mt Rose Ave, York, PA 17403, Attention Pastor Dennis McCleary
Or email to:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 18 in the Sanctuary

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 19 in the Social Hall - Lenten Supper and Discussion 
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.    
Call the church office if you are going to join us.  (717) 843-2922

Thursday, January 1, 2015

TAIM (Think About It Moment)

Recently I was reminiscing about my first day of school. It was a long time ago, but I remember the excitement building as the school bus came up the long hill.  I was filled with questions and anxiety as I climbed the steps of that big yellow bus.  Wow, those steps were huge!  The bus driver was Mr. Dietz, who was a member of our church and he owned the grocery store where we purchased groceries every Friday evening.  He always dipped my cone of chocolate marshmallow ice cream – which was my treat on Friday evenings.  Although it was costly, since I got to lick all the King Korn Stamps for the booklets after getting home . . . yuck!   

     I liked Mr. Dietz, but there were a lot of uncertainties about this new adventure he was driving me to on this big yellow bus!  A bus filled with a lot of kids.  Kids I didn’t know.  Many were older and bigger.  What would it be like?  What would be expected of me?  What challenges would I face?  Who would be my teacher?  What’s this thing called homework?  School lunches?  What pocket is that money for lunch in?  Can I make the grade?  There were a lot of uncertainties as I sat quietly. A journey that began as I climbed the steps of that big yellow bus.

     There are a lot of uncertainties as we prepare for 2015.  None of us know what to expect.  You might say 2015 is filled with mysteries that will only be revealed as we say good bye to 2014.  It will be a new year filled with uncertainties of what will come our way.

     Some of those questions are:  Will I be healthy?  Will it be a cold and snowy winter?  Will I be able to replace my car?  Will the house be sold?  Will I still have my job?  Who will win the Super Bowl?  Will the gas prices continue to go down?  Will our nation find healing?  Will my children/grandchildren be okay?  Will Bethany find financial stability?  Will our children/youth ministries continue grow?  What lies before us as we step into 2015?  Honestly, I don’t know!

     What can we be confident of as we enter 2015 with all its uncertainties?   Give me something I can embrace and hold on too.  Is there anything?

“God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, through its waters roar and foam and mountains quake with their surging.  Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” 
Psalm 46: 1,2,10,11

My prayer for all of you:  “May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  Amen.”   (Prayer is found in Ephesians the first chapter) 

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Advent Luncheon

Today was the last Advent Luncheon at Bethany.  We were visited by Jacob Gloomygus, a friend of Simeon.  Reminded us that we "Gotta tell someone" the Good News!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Bazaar 2014 / May 5th and 6th

 Featuring hand-made crafts by
Bethany Craft Guild

Two big days!

Friday, December 5
 Saturday, December 6

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. both days

Come join us for this event, held in our Social Hall, downstairs. Our church is handicapped accessible!

Lunch will be served both days until 2:00 p.m.
Take outs available.

Bring your family, friends and neighbors for a great selection of crafts at reasonable prices, wonderful food, scrumptious baked goods, candy, Christmas novelties, chow-chow, hand-knits, jewelry, attic treasures, fun, fellowship, and more.

There will be a Secret Santa Shop for kids only where they can shop for their family members, assisted by Santa’s helpers, and have their purchases wrapped free! (Prices of items in the Santa Shop are $1.50 and below.)
We look forward to seeing you!
Bethany U.M. Church, 1401 Mt. Rose Ave., York

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Thanksgiving meals consisting of a turkey, vegetables, bread, eggs, milk and more, are prepared by members of Bethany for families in the community . . . Thanks to everyone who contributed and helped in any way!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bethany Is Preparing For The Coming Weeks

Craft Guild prepares for Christmas Bazaar on December 5th and 6th . . .

BCLC children prepare for BCLC Sunday on November 23 during 
Celebrations Worship @ 11:15 a.m.  Children will be singing during worship.

Food supplies are growing for the Thanksgiving Baskets

Monday, November 3, 2014

Great worship at Bethany on All Saints Sunday!

We celebrated Omar and Gail being baptized in the Traditions Worship @ 9:00 a.m.

The celebration continued with Jason and Chris becoming members of Bethany during the Celebrations Worship @ 11:15 a.m.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Working Together

The Bethany family works together around the church.  This day was one of painting the hand rails.


THE BOSS . . .


Whose leg is this?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 28

Katelyn will be with us at Bethany on Sunday.  She will be sharing at both the Traditions Worship @ 9:00 and the Celebrations Worship @ 11:15,  about her mission trip to the Dominican in June and July 2014.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bell Choir

Bell Choir rehearses for Sunday, September 21.  They will be playing "Holy, Holy, Holy" in the Traditions Worship at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

TAIM (Think About It Moment)

What is going on?  In the past couple of months, several times, I have asked that question—once during Bethany’s Vacation Bible School.  I was walking up the stairs and noticed people outside on the ramp, staring at something.  Many of them had their phones out taking pictures. Others were weaving their way around those captured by the moment, without a clue of the attraction—a beautiful double rainbow.   

A few weeks later I was walking out of Walmart and the same thing was happening!  I confess, I was curious as I walked out to see what they were seeing.  Once again I noticed how some were oblivious as they just kept walking along.  Suddenly I noticed it—a beautiful, bright, colorful rainbow!  Soon, I too, had my phone out taking pictures of this beautiful sight! 

What is it about a rainbow that causes us to ooh and aah?  Could it be it’s a sign that the storm is ending?  Maybe it’s the beauty of the prism of colors as the sun shines through the moisture in the sky.  For some it may be the ever elusive ‘pot of gold’ at the end of the rainbow.  Maybe, just maybe, we are drawn to the presence of God upon the earth!

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
Genesis 9: 12&13
Seeing the rainbow, I stopped what I was doing and gazed upon the beauty.  Was it the beauty of the rainbow that slowed down my pace, or deep within was it a reminder from God of His presence?  Seriously, how often do we fail to see God’s presence?  In your busyness have you missed those God moments orchestrated just for you?  Are you so busy running through life that you miss the presence of the One who gave us life? 

“Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because He has roused Himself from His Holy dwelling place.”  Zechariah 2: 13

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,
 I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46: 10

Many of us are saying, “Where has the summer gone?”  Others have mentioned how 2014 is flying by so quickly.  The real question is:  Have I taken the time to see and be in God’s presence?  Don’t miss the presence of God!  I know our time is valuable, but what’s time worth if we miss the glorious beauty, and peace, of God’s presence in our life?

Think about it!


Pastor Dennis

Block Party Rewind . . .

A fun afternoon was had by all at Bethany's Block Party.  Games, bounce house, food, candy scramble for prizes, and school supplies for 46 children!  Even some of the big children had fun in the bounce house!

Although the fun was short lived . . .

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Community Block Party

September 6, 2014
12 noon until 3 p.m.
on the church parking lot

                                              Rain or Shine!*

            Bring the kids and their friends!
      Everything is free for children
       age 12 and under!

    Each child (12 and under) receives a free school kit!

 Games, food, bounce house,
             prizes, and much more! 

   *Event will be held indoors if the weather is uncooperative.