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Special Note:
The Design Team and members of the Board met with our architects this last Saturday. Their aim was to dialogue with us about our current feelings and thoughts about the state of our worship space as well as the entire campus. One exercise we did was especially enlightening. We were asked how we would describe Beatitudes to a friend. Next, we were asked to share how we hoped a first time visitor would feel after attending a Sunday worship once the renovation/renewal has taken place. We are in the very early stages of this process and have not yet started talking details, only big ideas.

The architects will meet with members of the Arts Council soon and take them through an abbreviated process of what the Design Team experienced. We are impressed with how they want to hear about our concerns and dreams. The Design Team meets again with the architects in two weeks.

If you have questions, please contact any member of the Design Team. We desire to keep you informed of the progress we are making.

Meet your Design Team.

Jeff Milton – Board President

Chuck Nolan – Board Member

Alan Cochran – Board Member

Peggy Shively – Member

Lori Ramsey – Member

Sherrell Miller – Member

Pat Ezerski – Staff

Stephen Schermitzler – Staff

Tony Minear – Pastor

Wonderful Cooling


We are finally finished with the main HVAC project and have enjoyed the cool air in all rooms.  Part of the project was having the ability to schedule our air conditioning and heating to run only when the rooms are occupied.  This means that if the rooms are not being used (occupied) the system is completely off (not even in standby or fan mode).  This allows us to save substantially on our energy bills.  So going forward it will be critical that should you have a meeting or special project that requires room usage, you will need to notify the office so we can schedule the air or heat being on for the event or meeting.  We will need to know dates, start and end times to program your comfort. You can Email Pat Ezerski at or Stephen Schermitzler at to make sure we have your schedules.  

New to Church of the Beatitudes? Willing to help us learn?

Have you been to a couple services and are willing to fill out a survey? Click this link  This survey takes only 2 minutes to fill out. 
Prayer Concerns
Lee Spangler, Lowell Frye, Jeff Grobe, Mary Boyce, Lee Keaton, Louise Files, Ellen Martin, Marvin Sommers, Angela Corona, Mike Lancaster, Louise Buhman, Alan Cochrane, Chuck Nolan, Shirley Dresbach, Heidi Eberenz, Lesley Setzler, Joy Louviere, Ann Janney, Andrea, David Goldman, Bill Storm
How Our Prayer List Works
 You can put a name on the list and as the congregation is drawn will pray in their own way in service of deep trust that God knows what is best. If there is someone you would like on the list please email Kyra at or call 602-264-1221 x 103, and let us know if you would like them on the list for 30 or 60 days. We wish you all perfect and vibrant health and happiness this coming year. 
 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding”
Proverbs 3:5
Happening This Sunday
  • 9:45am - Children's Spiritual Enrichment
  • 10:00 am - Service of Worship - Worship Center
  • 11:00am -  Social Hour - Nelson Hall
  • 11:15am - Interrobang - Nelson Hall Lounge

Celebrating the Music of Morten Lauridsen
Morten Lauridsen, clinician & guest of honor

Concert Ticket
Festival Performance - Saturday, October 20th, 7:00 PM 
See multiple choirs perform some of your favorite Morten Lauridsen selections, like O Magnum Mysterium, Sure on This Shining Night, Dirait-on, and more! Then, the choirs will join together with valley musicians to perform the Lauridsen Lux Aeterna! Reception to follow. $25 a ticket.

Get Your Tickets Here 
Online Giving is Easy Click Here 
You may choose to give to the church in a variety of ways. Our church supports the community as well as programs that help the homeless and children in our area. If you feel called please donate here.
Are you a Member of the Church? Make sure you Click Here for your Member Site Access
Annual Report is now available in the membership area. 
Ann Boal has requested that anyone sending cards and letters for her sister, Lesley Setzler, be sent in care of Ann Boal at 9284 Woods Road, Charlevoix, MI 49720. Thank you.


Beatitudes Music Rehearsal: Summer Schedule. Email Stephen Schermitzler if you are interested in joining the choir.

Arts Council Meeting: Meeting August 5th in the Patio Room at 11:15am.

Interrobang Schedule:  11:15-12pm Sundays in Nelson Hall Lounge. My Faith-Journey Story, July 29- Pastor Tony Minear - My Faith-Journey Story,
August 5 - Rev. Judy Green-Davis, August 12 - Becky Nelson Guy, August 19 - Rev. Jim Meadows, August 26 - Dr. Joe Faykosh.

Movie Night: Every 3rd Monday of the month movie showing in Nelson Hall Lounge.

Crusin' Cuisines: Meets the first Thursday of the month at 6pm at a different delicious venue. Next Meeting August 2nd 6pm. Babbo Italian Eatery, 6855 North 16th St., Sprouts Shopping Center. All are welcome. Please rsvp by Monday, July 30thRSVP to 602)246-2606. 

Community Life Ministry Meeting: No meeting June and July, Next meeting will be August 13th at 6pm.
 The summer heat has settled into the valley. 
The Nonfiction Book Group: The Nonfiction Book Group will meet Thursday, August 9 at 7 p.m. in Room 4. We will discuss Lisa Mundy's book, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.
Arts Council Art Showing: The Art Departments of Sunnyslope and Washington High Schools are exhibiting their student and teacher work in the narthex. This show will hang in the narthex thru the summer. May 20-Aug 30.

Women In Faith: Women in Faith will not have regular monthly meetings from June through August. However, if we have informal get-togethers, we'll be sure to let you know about them in advance.
Beatitudes Book Club: Next meeting Thursday, August 30th at 5:30 p.m. in the board room next to Buckwald’s Grille on the Beatitude’s Campus.  We will be discussing “Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead over dinner.

Faith In Action Monthly Meeting: Do you contribute to ICM, ShoeBox Ministry, Bishops Pantry, Maryland School? Would you like to do more? Come to our monthly meeting. Second Wednesday of the month at 1pm in the Church Office. All are welcome.

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Come to a informational meeting in Nelson Hall, Sunday, August 12, after service to discuss our plans for this coming NFL season 2nd Annual COB Charity Football Pool. Any new ideas are welcome.

FAITH IN ACTION:  Due to the heat and the fact that school is on break, Bishops Pantry FOOD supply is depleting as fast as we replenish it.  If you could pick up some items when you shop, it would be greatly appreciated.  Items always needed are:  peanut butter, jelly, crackers that come in the rolled packages, cereal,  canned fruit, vegetables, snack packs of fruit, applesauce, and pudding.  Also, soups, chili, ravioli, spaghettios, canned tuna, chicken, salmon, or Vienna sausages are needed.  If you bring things from your cupboard, please check the expiration dates.  We cannot disburse expired canned food. Canned food with the pop tabs work best for people without access to a kitchen.  During the heat, our clients also request basic hygiene items. Cash donations are very welcome, they can be given to Dee Sullivan or put in the offering earmarked Bishops Pantry.  We are not requesting big bags full, (unless you wish to do so) just a few items per family or member per week or month would help us to keep up with the needs of the homeless and struggling families.


The Art Departments of Sunnyslope and Washington High Schools are exhibiting their student and teacher work in the narthex. This show will hang in the narthex thru the summer. On Display from May 20-Aug 30.
Inside The Church Volunteer Opportunities

Family Promise

September 2nd - 9th is your opportunity to help homeless families in need. 4 families are hosted at COB. We will be hosting the families in Nelson Hall.

Click Here for the sign up sheet. Contact Kris Nyman if you are interested in volunteering,

Call for Ushers

Dear friends,
We are in desperate need for new ushers, we would like our new members to participate as it's a great way to get involved with the church as well as get to know everyone better.
Ushers mainly greet people and hand out bulletins. They help people find restrooms, other rooms, etc.  They take up the collection and serve communion.  After the service, ushers go through the aisles and pick up items left and used bulletins, etc. If you are interested please email Joyce Glazner at

Call for Greeters

Please see Kyra Schaefer if you would like to be a friendly, helpful face of Church of the Beatitudes.

Outside The Church Volunteer Opportunities


ICM Food & Clothing Bank is looking for summer volunteers Monday – Friday from 8:45 – 11:30a.m..  We are several positions open where volunteers of all ages can help.  Please contact or 602-403-3577 for more information.

Serving Labor Day Lunch at Justa Center


Needing donations to purchase food and volunteers to serve lunch to approximately 140 people at the Justa Center on Labor Day. Justa Center serves homeless senior individuals. Donations to COB designating Justa Center. September 3 from 9:30am to 12:00pm, 1001 West Jefferson , Phoenix. Located on the Southeast Corner of 10thAve and Jefferson.  Register with Doris or Pat to volunteer.

Watch these Justa Center Videos
Overview, introduced at a major fund raising event and subsequently used for general program support awareness.

The Beatitudes Bunch has graciously provided and served lunch on Labor Day the past five years.

Maryland School Partnership

It’s July, and it’s hot!  Who is thinking about school?  We are, because the school year will be starting on August 6th, and students will be lining up to enter their new classrooms.  Many students come to Maryland School from families that have a difficult time providing support for their children, school budgets are inadequate to maintain needed programs, and teachers often spend their own money to have necessary supplies.  Also many students require extra help to master grade level skills.  Your help is needed in a variety of ways!  Stop by the Faith in Action table to pick up a list of supplies that are needed and opportunities for volunteering (or click HERE).   We will be collecting supplies from July 29-August 12th.

George Fratarelli Hike For Veterans and For Wildlife

Your fellow congregant needs your support and prayers as he begins his 500 mile hiking journey. Please consider sponsorship up to 500 miles. 75% will go to Mission 22 a NonProfit helping fight the Veteran Suicide epidemic. 25% will go to the WWF World Wildlife Fund. Follow my trip at and Instagram by searching for George Fratarelli.

To Sponsor George go to


Note from Bill Lyons, Conference Minister
Tomorrow the SWC will call the United Church of Christ and our ecumenical partners to Faithful Witness AT the Border/Faithful Witness FOR the Border. This two pronged border ministry initiative will launch Aug. 26-30 and continue through November. Details can be found on our website. Thanks for sharing this exciting and important announcement with your church!
We will send the link to the UCC News article announcing our call when it publishes tomorrow.
Bill's Signature
Rev. Dr. William M. Lyons
Conference Minister
Office: 602-468-3830
Direct: 602-317-2724
What Can I See On The Beatitudes Church Website?
As a Church Member: You have access through the membership portal the Board and Congregational Meeting Minutes Plus everything visitors receive.

As a Church Member/Visitor: 
- Calendar of Events
- Access the Beatitudes Radio Show - Weekly Sermons (at the bottom of the home page, you can listen right there), Dialogue and Interviews by Pastor Tony. 
- Weekly Blog
- See the most recent Facebook Post (at the bottom of the home page) and Like our Facebook Page
- Sign Up for the Weekly Newsletter and Blog

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