Announcements

We've launched "Youth Group 2.0" in 2019. The youth group meets most Sundays at 6:30pm for anyone grades 6 - 12.  For more information, contact Pastor Sam.

As a continued effort to our Sticky Church movement, Bethany offers many opportunities to “belong”. Our mission is to provide something for everyone using various interests to build relationships. For the next few weeks you will have a chance to hear more about small group initiatives. There will be a poster of suggested small group themes in the Narhex, giving you an opportunity to indicate if you are interested in a start-up of any of the small groups or list an additional small group that…

The Special Session of General Conference of UMC will be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline…

On Saturday, March 23, from 8:30am to 11:00am, the Men’s Ministry of Wheatland Salem Church in Oswego will host a Lenten Communion Service and Breakfast (1217 Wolf Road, Oswego). Breakfast will be served at 8:30 followed by the District UMM Annual Meeting. The topic for the meeting will be “When Was the Last Time You Went Hungry?” presented by Bill Franz, hunger Advocate for Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Men. For more information, see the flyer on the bulletin board in the…

Bethany will host an Aurora District Training Event, “Reaching out Beyond the Walls of Church” on Saturday, January 26 9:30 am - 12:00pm

9:30 am - 10:00 am Registration

10:00 - 10:50 Evangelism and thinking outside of the box

10:50 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:30 Ways to incorporate those we invite into the life of the community.

11:30 - 11:40 Secret Worshipper sign up and information 11:40 - Noon Time with the Bishop Noon - Travel Mercies

There will be no children's Sunday school December 23, December 30, or January 6.  

Enjoy your holidays!

Don’t miss Christ this Christmas! Join the Bethany family for our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 7:00pm on Monday, December 24. Bring friends, family and neighbors!

Our annual cookie walk will be held at the church on December 1 from 9am to 12pm (or until we sell out)

We need everyone to make cookies and would like them to be on the small size...2" diameter or less if possible.  Please sign up in the narthex if you are baking cookies. 

If making cookies will not fit into your schedule, you can donate ingredients for a mass cookie baking push on November 28.  There is a list in the narthex.  Please note which items you are bringing and…

Does your chili have what it takes to tingle the taste buds of Bethany members and win you the coveted chili cook off trophy? There is only one way to find out. Make a big old pot and bring it to the Hanging of the Greens on Sunday, November 25. After decking the halls from 4 to 5, everyone will set down the garland and pick up their spoons at 5 p.m. to decide who will be declared this year's chili champion. This is not an easy competition. Last year there were several award worthy entrees…

As a gift to everyone around the community who will be celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah Concert will be performed by the Chicago KwonSa Choir at Bethany of Fox Valley United Methodist Church.

The concert, which also features Bethany’s Chancel Choir and original music by our organist Justin Brown, will be held Saturday, November 3 at 5:00pm in Bethany’s Sanctuary.

It is a free community event.

If you want free…

Join us Great Agers as we celebrate autumn on October 12 with a potluck lunch followed by fun and games. This month we will have a baked potato bar. We will supply the spuds and you bring your favorite topping from sour cream to chili as well as your own table service. Beverage will also be provided.

Following lunch, we will have fun and games including Bingo. Bring a white elephant gift in a paper bag to use for the auction.

Sign up in the narthex if you plan to attend. Plan…

Our annual "Trunk or Treat" will be held in the parking lot. on October 27 between 4pm - 5pm.  Decorate your car/truck/van and hand out candy to costumed (or not!) kids in the parking lot!

Sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you have questions, call the church office at 630-851-8010.

It’s coming once again! Bethany will be hosting a bake sale booth at the Aurora Train Station on Saturday, October 13. Start thinking about baking something! If you are willing to donate some cookies, brownies or other baked good for the sale, there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex. All items should be dropped off at the Brandon residence by Friday, October 12. You bake, we'll package and price. For more information or to assist during the sale, please contact Susanna…

Once again, the date is approaching—this year’s Annual Charge Conference will be held at Bethany on Monday, October 22. The Staff Parish Committee will meet with our new DS Jeffry Bross at 6pm followed by the Charge Conference meeting, which will be held in the Sanctuary at 7pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend!

As summer comes to an end, many activities, including Sunday school, choirs, and various opportunities for fellowship pick back up:

  • Choir has started back up.  Practice is every Wednesday evening at 7pm in the Sanctuary.  It is not necessary to be able to read music
  • Sunday school for children is back! Come join us as we start another year of learning about God's love and we can share that love with the world. Registration forms are available in the Narthex at the…

Say goodbye to summer's tropical breezes at the September 14 meeting of Great Agers. Local resident, Dave Seagren will be talking about steel drum music and play some tropical music for us on his steel drum. Plan to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Lunch will be at noon. Bring a dish to share and your own table service. The main dish and beverage will be provided. Sign up in the narthex if you plan to attend. Hope to see everyone once again after our long summer break.

The first fall meeting of Bethany's women's group, Dorcas Circle, will meet at noon on September 19 in the narthex. All women of Bethany are invited to attend. Questions? Contact the church office at 630-851-8010.

Mark your calendars! Bethany will dedicate the new grand piano in the Sanctuary during the worship service on Sunday, September 9. You’ve been listening to it and singing along with it for the past couple of months. Now join the Bethany family to officially dedicate the new piano to God’s service!

Find our bake sale booth at the Farmer's Market at Aurora Transportation Center on Saturday August 18.  

Youth Group Lock-In

Bethany will host its first Youth Lock-In event on August 10-11. This event is for all youth 6th-12th grade and is FREE.  Bring a friend! The lock-in will begin at 7:00pm…

Do you need a good preschool?  Blessed Beginnings offers preschool programs for children ages 2 and up.  Children do not need to be potty trained to attend.  For information or to take a tour of the school, please contact Kim Reina.  

Registration is now closed for 2018 Vacation Bible School! If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact the office at 630-851-8010. This year’s theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus” and will take place Monday through Friday, July 16-20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children from age 3 to entering 5th grade are eligible to attend. Older children may volunteer to help out with the program (which is just as much fun!). Sign up sheets are available on the table outside the…

June 17 is the last Sunday to sign up for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a Church social event. We are asking everyone to consider signing up as a family to be a host or a guest. If you are a host, you will agree to open your home to another Bethany family for dinner. You may limit the number of guests you are willing to host. You will find out how many are coming to dinner a week before the event but you will not know who they are until you answer the door on Saturday, June 23. If you would…