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Believe March 2011
THIS MONTH AT-A-GLANCE
Mar 1 Mar 3 Mar 6 Mar 8 Mar 9 Mar 15 Mar 16 Mar 20 Mar 23 Mar 26 Mar 30 7:00 pm Baptism Class 7:00 pm Thursday Nite Live 4:15 pm Confirmation Class 6:00 pm Pancake Supper 7:00 pm Church Council 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Svc BANNER DEADLINE 6:00 pm Lenten Supper 7:00 pm Lenten Midweek Svc 4:15 pm Confirmation Class 6:00 pm Lenten Supper 7:00 pm Lenten Midweek Svc 7:30 am MOPS Sale 8:00 am Outdoor work day 6:00 pm Lenten Supper 7:00 pm Lenten Midweek Svc
Become Bethel Lutheran Church
The First-Year Confirmation Apostles’ Creed, 2011
Have you thought about what you say every week when you recite the Apostles’ Creed during service? Following a lesson in which we studied the words of the Apostles’ Creed, took the phrases apart and talked about their meanings, asked and answered questions about this text, as well as learned where it came from, the first-year Confirmation Class wrote our own version of the creed, with words that had meaning to us.
I believe in God, the mighty Creator, the Author of everything. I believe in Jesus Christ, God in disguise. His mother was a virgin, His Father was God. The Romans and the Jews killed him. He went to hell for three days and then He rose again, and then He went to Heaven, where He’s hanging with God. He will come back to Earth and take the believers to Heaven. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the third part of God; the whole church of believers through the world; the community of believers; that God takes away my sins; that everyone who believes in God will go to Heaven, and will live forever in Heaven.
INSIDE This issue...
Pastor’s Page Odds & Ends/Library News Serving Others Christian Education Youth/Outreach Bible Studies REAL Community Faith in Action-serving others Notes and Thank Yous Prayer Requests Birthdates/Anniversaries Page 2 Pg 3-6 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8-9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15
It is what it is.
Lenten Dinner and Worship Services Please join us for dinner and worship on Wednesday: March 16, 23, 30, April 6 & April 13. Dinner will start at 6 pm with worship to follow at 7pm. Together, we will enjoy a time of fellowship and worship.
Tomorrow I am heading down to Florida, for a little “R & R & R”: rest, relaxation, and reading. I might even add a fourth “R” . . . . . Renting a Harley for a day. I am looking forward to warmer weather and no snow for a while. There is only one part of traveling by air that I find disconcerting and that is the security area. I know it is for safety, but when I see all that space, machinery, and man power to check each and every passenger makes me wonder what our world has come to. Standing in line that resembles Disney World, then showing your ID several times, listening to the overhead speaker reminding us not to leave our luggage unattended, then putting everything in those tubs, including shoes, and then through the metal detector. Now I realize that I know it reveals my age, but I can remember when we’d leave the keys in the car in the driveway and the house open all night and not think a thing of it.
But the thought went through my mind and that is there is one who can see me to my very soul and that is God Himself. There is nothing I or anyone of us can hide from Him, you know the fears, the pride, envy, the lack of forgiveness, the inability to believe, the doubt, prejudice, anger and all the rest. Even though I think that I can withhold secret stuff, especially the nasty stuff, the icky stuff, God sees through it all. With that full soul scanner, God has that inside view that sees me and us all to our very core being. Christ sees our warts and our weaknesses, recognizes our failings and fallings . . . . and still entrusts us with His most valuable gift . . . . His Word. We haven’t somehow pulled a fast one on Him, nor have we slipped through the line undetected and somehow won God’s favor. Instead, God sees us down to the very morrow of our being, and despite the multitude of weaknesses, God entrusts us with the Scripture to share and proclaim. But in order to do that we would be well advised to take God’s Word with us wherever we go. Whenever people get into God’s word on a daily basis God’s Word gets into them. And that is the point, isn’t it? When we allow the power of the Scripture to seep into our lives, we can take them to heart and allow them to scan our souls. We would do well to immerse ourselves with the life-giving properties of the law and gospel. . . . not out of an obligation or guilt, but because new life and encouragement are found there. And when God’s Word permeates every part of our lives we have the tools to carry out the work God calls us to do. I have to close here because I almost forgot to pack the most important thing for my trip. . . . . my Bible. I think that taking time out each morning just to get into God’s Word, may very well be the thing that will make all the other “R’s” so much better.
Bethel Softsignsball signsups for Men’s and CoCo-rec leagues will start soon. Watch for sign-ups on signthe welcome sheet.
Now the latest anti-terrorist addition is the full body scanner. You step into a booth and there you are in all your naked glory. Every part of the anatomy is exposed because there are some folks who have tried to smuggle on things that you’re not supposed to in places you just wouldn’t expect. Remember when one of the last wanna–be bombers thought that placing explosives in his underwear was a good idea. The body scan is designed to speed up the process of getting to our destination, increasing safe travel, and being less invasive. But I wonder what those people who are looking at all of us at a very personal level talk about during lunch hour or dinner around the table at night. The full body scanner thrusts a forced, one way intimacy on us that’s more than a little uncomfortable. After all I don’t even know your name. It might do better if someone could develop a scanner that could look into people’s thoughts and intentions. A passenger’s body may be clean, however, if you could get a glimpse into their minds, you would see that brain loaded with all kinds of bad stuff, now there would be a great advancement for science.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Doug
Living the Marks of Discipleship…. WORSHIP REGULARLY
It’s time to sign up for the 2011 Komen Race for the Cure Race which will be on Sat. April 16th. Bethel’s team, Walk 4 Faith, has participated the past 3 years and has raised over $8,000! Fourteen people were on the team last year, and we’re looking for more members this year. The Race for the Cure is a 3 mile non-competitive walk, in downtown Indy, passing by the zoo and Lucas Oil Stadium. Want more information or want to join the team? Check out the Komen Race for the Cure website at www.race.komenindy.org and click on join an existing team, and our team name is Walk 4 Faith. Thank you, Tina Marshall – 984-5370 – email@example.com
UPDATE ON CHURCH BUS FUND
As of February 14, 2011—we have received $10,742.00 in contributions toward the “Church Bus Fund.” That’s 53.7% of our $20,000 goal. This is truly remarkable, since this amount came from only 36 families. You need to know: *This is not a van. *This is not a converted school bus. This is a 15 passenger bus that will comfortably seat 15 people in adult sized seats. The bus will have overhead luggage racks, heating & air conditioning, plus room for luggage/wheel chair storage at the back of the bus. $20,000 will not purchase a brand new church bus. However, it should get us a low mileage 2006 or 2007 bus that will serve us well. Possible uses: *Youth outings *Adult outings *Group trips to Concerts, ball games etc. This bus can be used by any Bethel group. A modest fee will be charged to cover gasoline and basic maintenance of the bus. Check the “thermometer” to the left of the exit from the narthex to the breezeway. Offering envelopes are available by the “thermometer.” Please help us reach our goal!. -Pastor E. Dean Windhorn-
Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, from Wartburg Theological Seminary! Thank you very much for your generous financial gift which we received in January. What a nice and welcome surprise to start off a new year. We have designated 100% of your gift to help cover tuition and book expenses for this, our final semester of seminary. In some ways it's hard to believe we are in the home stretch of our seminary training, but it's not hard to believe you as a congregation have been with us in so many important ways throughout our entire journey. We have so appreciated the love, encouragement, prayers, and gifts with which you have so generously blessed us over the past three and a half years. Supporting us and our seminary is just one more way in which you are vibrantly living your faith and participating in mission with God in the world. Through your faithfulness, we have been inspired and encouraged to continue on our journey to serve the Church with you all. In early March our class will receive assignments to synods. As you may expect, we are all excited with anticipation as to where the Holy Spirit will lead us. We ask you to keep our entire class in your prayers and that the leaders of our Church be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in this assignment process. As soon as we learn of our destination, we'll let you know. We were in town over Christmas and we enjoyed attending a Christmas Eve service at Bethel and seeing some of you. Also, Clay was in Noblesville in early January for his Candidacy Committee approval interview and he enjoyed attending Saturday evening services at Bethel and visiting. Clay was approved by the Candidacy Committee for ordination, which is the final big step prior to graduation and ordination. Thanks be to God! Peggy has completed all of her academic course work in her Diaconal Ministry program and is working on her field work this semester. We always enjoy coming back to our "home" church to see you and to marvel at how the Holy Spirit is moving in and inspiring you to serve in so many diverse and exciting ways. We lift you up in our prayers that God continues to bless you in all your ministries and hold you secure in his peace. In Christ, Clay and Peg Salmela
Spring is just around the corner!!!
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Prayer Shawl Update
Anyone making prayer shawls and cancer caps should come to the meetings and receive instructions plus patterns. We have several patterns to choose from. All items will then conform to the patterns. Hope to see you all at our monthly meetings, the fourth Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. Thanks much for your help in this ministry!
Who is Louie Giglio? Louie Giglio earned a Master of Divinity degree from SW Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Grace Theological Seminary. As his ministry developed, he focused on university students throughout the world via his Passion Conferences which have drawn up to 2000 attendees in one day. You can participate in a "Passion" session by viewing his four CD set which is available in the Bethel library. An unusual emphasis of some of Giglio's work is his embracing of science as support for his Christian faith. If you know someone who is struggling with the Genesis creation story, or if you simply want to be "blown away" by the majesty of God, as creator, you must view Disc One called Indescribable and Disc Two called How Great Is Our God. Be sure that you watch each video until the very end. Discs Three and Four leave the realm of science and focus on hope and grace in times of sorrow and discouragement. I would suggest viewing Disc Four called Fruitcake and Ice Cream before Disc Three called Hope When Life Hurts Most. Disc Four tells Ashley's story and Disc Three is a reaction to that story. Viewing all four discs is a lengthy time commitment, so if you don't have time for all four, take time for Disc One and Two. The images will stay with you forever! Connie Lange Library Committee
If you are interested in funeral planning information, please check the church office or forms which are available on the Information Center.
If you or someone you love is in need of a prayer shawl, or cancer cap please contact the church office. Maria Haisma 984-7353
Prayer of Gathering
By Patsy Brown
We give You thanks for the gathering of our knitting group. We give You thanks for the shawls we create. We give You thanks for each other and all those for whom we knit. Bless, O God, our time together. Bless our hearts that they might be filled with Your spirit. Bless our hands that they might be touched by Your creative power. Bless our knitting that the shawls may be filled with Your Love. Breathe in us the gift of Your grace so that our hearts may be Your hearts, our hands may be Your hands, and our work may be Your work, now and forevermore. Amen.
Bethel Office Hours
Our business hours are: Tuesday-Friday 8:30am--4:30pm Please call the church office for emergency numbers or to leave voice mail message for our staff. 317773-4315
PRINTER CARTRIDGES RECYCLING UPDATE:
THANK YOU to all who have donated their empty printer cartridges. Collections boxes are located in the Education foyer and on the shelf above the coat rack near the kitchen. All brands of cartridges can be redeemed. Bethel earns $2 for each cartridge. Keep up the good work! Thank you for helping Bethel and our world! We use monies earned for additional office supplies. THANKS!!!
THE 2011 BETHEL RUMMAGE SALE Friday and Saturday, June 10th & 11th
Please SAVE your clean, gently used, and working items for our sale. As you do your spring cleaning and organizing, consider putting items you wish to donate in boxes or bags and label according to sales areas (listed below). Women’s Clothing … Men’s Clothing ... Children & Infants’ Clothing Accessories, Shoes, Jewelry … TOYS …. Linen … Kitchen Christmas, Holiday & Crafts … Books, Media, Music … Furniture Household … Bethel’s Better Things … Office/Electronics Outdoor Tent (outdoor equip, sports equip, etc) If you wish to donate item(s) for the Raffle or Silent Auction, contact Ron Harris at 867-0410 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please prayerfully consider helping the week before to organize, price and display items AND scheduling a time to work during Sale Days. There is a great need for many helping HEARTS and HANDS! We are looking for 2-3 more leaders for our sales areas. Questions??? Call: Co-Chairs: Kristi Anderson 531-0357 or kristi,email@example.com Sally Hanson 430-2174 or firstname.lastname@example.org MARSH KROGER MEIJER Did you know that just by scanning your Meijer One card every time you shop at Meijer, you earn money for World Hunger? It is that simple! It is not a credit card and it costs you nothing. Pick up an application in the Fellowship Hall, fill it out...get your card. Then every time you shop at Meijer use your card. Where? Fellowship Hall between Sunday Services. All monies received from cards go to ELCA World Hunger. Thank you!
Holy Communion Preparation
Bethel will once again offer classes which will help students gain a deeper understanding to this sacrament of the church. These classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., for 4 weeks. The dates for the classes are March 13, 20, 27, and April 21. Those students who have not yet shared in the sacrament of Holy Communion will be able to do so with a celebration on Palm Sunday weekend at either the 5:30 p.m. worship on Saturday, April 16, or the worship service of your choice Sunday morning, April 17. If you would like your child to participate in these classes, please contact Pastor Wade by March 3. This is the latest we can allow anyone to sign up so that we can get the necessary information to each family. (You will receive more detailed information once you sign your child up to attend the classes.) If you have any questions, or are unsure if your child is ready to participate, please call or email me. Pastor Wade
Living the Marks of Discipleship…. Serving Others
VOLUNTEER CORNER—You are needed:
E Food & Baby Pantry E Office volunteer E Fellowship Events: Lent Dinners E Lend a hand keeping Bethel’s property maintained E Be a Nursery Assistant...rocking chairs available E Coffee Fellowship: make coffee, serve and clean-up E Help lead worship: usher, communion assistant, reader, lay worship assistant, acolyte, soundboard/projection team, and more! E Help with Youth group, or Confirmation class Prayerfully consider where you fit into the work of Bethel Lutheran Church. Contact the church office 773-4315 with questions and watch for sign-ups on the Welcome sheet.
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. (1 Timothy 1:12)
REGISTRATION FOR 2011-2012 PRESCHOOL AND PDO STARTS IN FEBRUARY Registration for preschool and parent’s day out classes that start in September will be open to church members and current participants February 1 -14.Registration then will be opened to the community on February 15. This weekday ministry is for children ages 18 months through non-Kindergarten 5 year olds. Information is available on Bethel’s website and flyers are available on the information display in the narthex. Please contact the director for a registration form or if you have questions. Brenda Day, Director Voicemail at 773-4315 ext 15 Email preschool@BethelLutheranChurch.com The purpose of Bethel Lutheran Preschool and Parent’s Day Out is stated in the handbook: Our purpose is to offer a weekday program for young children that will help them grow spiritually, socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. Spiritually is listed first, because it is the most important. How can spiritual growth be measured? Here is an example. What did you get for Christmas? One little girl in Bethel’s weekday preschool shared that she received a Bible for Christmas. What a great gift! There is more to the story. When mom arrived to pick up the girl, mom asked if she had told her teachers what she had gotten for Christmas. The teachers said yes. Each week the children attend chapel and a story sheet is sent home with the Bible story that is shared in chapel. The mother said that they put these story sheets in her Bible folder that the girl had made in class. One day the little girl told her mom that the folder was ok but she needed a real Bible to read. She was so excited on Christmas morning when she opened her gift that she had
SPRING IS COMING!! If you would like to get involved with mowing the grass, spreading mulch, planting flowers, etc. then please let Joe Rudy or Bill Hulka know. Your service is needed and would be greatly appreciated! Many hands……. OUTDOOR WORK DAY is Saturday March 26th from 8a to 12noon
Please consider directing your financial contribution to the “window fund” so we can replenish the $60K expense we acquired to replace the windows in the sanctuary.
Bethel’s Property and Grounds Group meets every other month to discuss building usage, maintenance issues, projects ongoing and upcoming as well as opportunities to get involved. NEXT MEETING is March 10th 7p8:30p. If you would like to attend talk with Joe Rudy or Bill Hulka.
Mission Trip to Peru August 4-11, 2012
ITINERARY Christian Family Adventure Day 1:Arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel Day 2:This morning you’ll fly to Pucallpa, transfer to your home on the Ucayali river - the riverboat Evangelista. Day 3: Rise early and set sail on the Evangelista for your village deep in the Amazon Day 4: Greet the villagers and begin your service to the Shipibo people Day 5: Serve in any one of the numerous Shipibo villages assisting with building projects, repairs, sports camps, childcare, Bible studies and daily village life Day 6: Finish your service to the Shipibo villagers and board the Evangelista for return to Pucallpa Day 7:Fly back to Lima for your return flight back home The Peru Lifetree Adventure is all about building: building homes, and building relationships with the Shipibo people who live in the villages along the Ucayali River. You won’t just be working for the people here but working with them—families and villagers who are thankful for the assistance, but equally ready to do the work themselves. Despite Peru's economic success in recent years, major challenges remain. Half of all Peruvians still live in poverty. People in the remote areas of the country have little hope that the government will provide even the most basic of services that we take for granted here in the US. That's why your Lifetree Adventure here will make such a huge difference. When you build a home in area like this, you are helping to bring stability into an otherwise precarious existence. At the same time, you are communicating Christian love in some very tangible, memorable ways. It's not all work, however. You'll also be able to take in the stunning natural beauty of the region, and there will be plenty of opportunities to play with the children of the villages. Working together. Playing together. Serving God together. Bring both fresh water…and Living Water. You’ll be trained to show the Shipibo basic hygiene skills that will literally save lives. Demonstrate simple water filtration systems that can help sharply reduce infant mortality. Don’t worry if you are not a nurse or engineer –we’ll tell you what to do. Simply bring a willing heart…a desire to serve others…and be prepared to share the love of God. Planning for this trip begins now. Please pray for discernment to see if God is calling you to serve in Peru. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Wade.
PREPARING FOR BAPTISM
Classes are held regularly for those individuals and families who are planning an upcoming baptism. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm. Sign up on Sunday’s Welcome Sheet if you will be attending class.
Mothers of Preschools (MOPS) to host Kid’s Consignment Sale
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will be hosting their 3rd Annual Noblesville Kids Consignment Sale on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Bethel. The sale runs from 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Half price sale will follow from Noon - 1:00 PM. Shoppers are reminded to bring their own shopping bags and cash only, please. Consignors welcome! Sell your gently used baby & kids clothing, maternity clothing, strollers, baby equipment, toys, books and more. Register by March 20th to get your consignor number. For complete details, visit www.noblesvilleconsignmentsale.blogspot.com or contact Lisa Norris at 317.902.4982
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: March 15 for April Issue...
Up Coming Events & SCHtuff….
3/2 - MIDWEEK 6:30p-8:30p 3/6 - Youth Council 12n-2p 3/9 - MIDWEEK 6:30p...Ash Wed. Service 7p-8p...done by 8:30p 3/16 - Lenten DINNER and SERVICE 6p-8p...done by 8:30p 3/23 - Lenten DINNER and SERVICE 6p-8p...done by 8:30p 3/30 - Lenten DINNER and SERVICE 6p-8p...done by 8:30p March - Bethel Saints monthly activity TBA. April 30th - 1 by Youth, community service event May 14th-15th - Relay For Life, 24 hr walk to fight cancer at Forest Park
Summer is coming, happens every year. This year get the jump on your schedule. PLAN AHEAD! Here are some ideas...
Lutheran Outdoor Ministires has some amazing camp experiences for many age groups ready for you and your friends. You can go to Lutheran Hills is Southern Indiana or Lutherwald and Lake Luther in Northern Indiana. Joe has some brochures, grab one! ♦ Lake Louise was a BLAST last year. Boyne Falls, MI...it’s a great road trip and an amazing experience. This camp is for grades 9-12. ♦ Faith Hope and Love week is July 23rd-28th right here in Hamilton County, plan to be a part of it! ♦ If you want more information on any of these ideas contact Joe Rudy.
1 By Youth.
Last year we rocked it! This year some of the projects are...Landscape & Outdoor Cleanup. Alley cleanup throughout entire neighborhood. Planting flowers throughout the public spaces of a whole neighborhood. Remove the invasive honeysuckle from a city park. Clearing trees/shrubs over grown plant life in the public right of way. Cleaning up graffiti. Light construction to help repair homes. Paint houses. Create a neighborhood wide art project through murals. Plant Peace Gardens to feed the hungry throughout the neighborhood. Provide service to residents of a nursing home and retirement community. Indianapolis East Side.
This Spring...be there...April 30th. ATTENTION PARENTS:
If you would like to be included in the Parental E-Mail loop then you should send me an e-mail at joeJunior High Youth Group rudy@bethellutheranchur Grades 6-8 welcome ch.com with the sublect Activities will occur monthly to start out. Please pay line “PARENT E-MAIL” so attention to the Bethel News for announcements. If that I will have your you are interested in becoming involved please current e-mail address. contact Katrina Hettrick or Joe Rudy.
The Bethel Saints
Care: Bethel Lutheran’s Kids Who Care Bethel Lutheran’s Kids Who Care is a group comprised of children, preschool thru 5th grade and their families who participate in community service projects. Join us and Make a Difference! Fellowship: 2/27/11: 2-4 PM Meet at A+ Gymnastics for some fun and fellowship! $5 per child. Adults are free 3/26/11: 3-4:30 PM Easter egg hunt at Dayspring homeless shelter. 4/16/11: 2-4 PM Bethel appreciation project. Join us as we decorate flower pots and sun catchers to give to others who help make a difference here at Bethel. We will meet in one of the preschool rooms here at the church. For more information on this group or to be added to the email list, please contact: Denise Rezsonya at email@example.com or 645-5126. March 2011
Images of the Cross
— Lent 2011
Images of the cross are everywhere. Images of the cross hang in people’s homes, are imprinted on t-shirts, jewelry, and key chains. Even the telephone poles can remind us of the cross. Some crosses are made of wood, metal, fabric, porcelain, or plastic. Some crosses are painted with bright vibrant colors, and others are plain and black. How often do we stop to consider the meaning by the cross and how it is being portrayed. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18. For our journey through Lent this year we are going to stop and consider the power of the cross, what it means for our faith and life as followers of the cross. In the cross we find strength, faith, healing, and devotion. If we haven’t considered the cross beyond weekend worship, tapping into the images and stories of the cross can broaden and deepen, renew or strengthen our commitment to Christ. Exploring the Word of God, art, uses, and history of the cross, will help us to capture the meaning of the various depictions of the cross. Meditating on its enduring meaning can help apply its power and principles to everyday life.
Ash Wednesday – March 9 -Carrying the Cross of repentance 1st Sunday in Lent – March 13th Carrying the Cross of Temptation Wednesday, March 16th – Carrying the Cross of Illness with Tammy Middleton 2nd Sunday in Lent – March 20th Carrying the Cross of Faith Wednesday, March 23rd – Carrying the Cross of Financial Hardship with Mike & Pam Rector 3rd Sunday in Lent – March 27th Carrying the Cross of Shame Wednesday, March 30th – Carrying the Cross of Family with Bill Hulka 4th Sunday in Lent – April 3rd Called to Carry the Cross Wednesday, April 6th – Carrying the Cross of Grief with Adam & Ann Biddle 5th Sunday in Lent – April 10th Carrying the Cross of Hope Wednesday, April 13th – Carrying the Cross of Persecution with Charles Hettrick Palm Sunday – April 17th Carrying the Cross of Sacrifice Maundy Thursday – April 21st— Living Last Supper Good Friday – April 22nd Christ Carries the Cross of Sin
Decorating an Image of the Cross— There will be plain wooden crosses available in the narthex during Lent. You are encouraged to take one home, decorate it, and bring it back to share with the congregation. Tell us why you decided to portray the cross in the way that you did. The crosses will hang in the fellowship hall with your explanation for all to see. You can use paint, markers, beads, or anything else you have on hand to decorate the cross.
Living the Marks of Discipleship……. READ SCRIPTURE DAILY
Men’s Bible Study
We sped through the book of Mark...on to the book of Luke. See you there: Mondays, 7:30pm in the library on the 2nd floor of the Education building.
Women on Wednesday Bible Study
Wednesdays 9:00—10:30 am 2nd Floor of the Christian Ed Wing This fantastic group is made up of women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds so you will fit right in! All are invited and welcomed. Questions? Call Sherry Hape: 776-3705
Men’s Saturday Sausage Group (7:30-9:00 a.m.).
Attention Bethel men:
Do you want to know more about Jesus? Please join us in our current topical bible study on Jesus Christ: Teacher, Servant & Savior by John Stott. Breakfast begins at 7:30am followed by Bible study from 8:00-9:00. Call Mark Seifert (776-1093) for more information.
Bethel’s Prayer Team...
...prays weekly for our
friends & family here at Bethel as well as needs of the food pantry and the Youth Detention Center. We meet on Monday mornings at 9:30, usually at the home of Trudy Kussow. If you have any requests or questions, please call Trudy 770-9628, Connie 773-0789
Have an idea?
Want to start a new group? Don’t be shy...God will give you what you need to get it going! Call the church office @ 773-4315.
Moms’ Bible Study Please join us! Just check the weekly Bethel News for the most current topic.
Thursdays from 4-5:30 Childcare provided. Please join us! Any ?’s contact Jenny Sherrill 770-7394 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply Giving® Program
Would you find it helpful to have your offerings taken from your bank account as you do other monthly payments? Thrivent Financial for Lutherans sponsors a program called Simply Giving®, which offers this service for people who wish to have offerings transferred electronically to their church’s account. Just contact the Pastor Wade @773-4315 for more information. It is so much easier than writing a check, no muss, no fuss...and you won’t miss an offering.
GENERAL & BUILDING FUND FINANCIAL UPDATE
General & Building Fund Combined Contributions Expenses Difference November 61,675 57,335 4,340 December 79,013 72,991 6,022 YTD 749,548 736,832 12,716 January 69, 983 56,204 13,779
(Please note: this is General & Building Fund combined)
Living the Marks of Discipleship……. RELATE TO OTHERS IN LOVE
First Saturday each month/6:30 pm Bring a munchie to share and your scrapbooking supplies. We will share ideas, tools and fellowship. For more information call Marcia Liennemann at 877-6105
Bethel Book Club
CIRCLE OF SISTERS
We are a circle of Christian friends who enjoy using our hands and hearts to create baptismal & sanctuary banners, send cards to shut-ins, and much more. We love doing Heaven’s Handiwork! We meet the 4th Wednesdays of each month @ 7pm in the Church Fellowship Hall (unless otherwise stated). Please join us! For event info, watch the Bethel News!!!
Watch the Bulletin or contact Linda Crist for dates and location. at 317-758-6748 email@example.com
Questions? Call Suzy Patterson @ 258-1002
EUCHRE GROUP— Join us the 2nd Saturday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. Singles and couples are welcome. Please bring a snack to share. Contact: Linda Burdett: 770-9242
Sunshine Club...helps by providing meals to members who are sick, recovering from surgery, or who have had a baby. Please contact one of Bethel’s pastors or our coordinator Amy Hilton 776-2142 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethel’s Bingo Ministry
We are looking for ladies & men who would enjoy playing bingo once a month (the 4th Monday) at 2:30pm with the residents of Maple Park Nursing Home. We have so much fun and takes about an hour and a half. If interested, please call: Kyle Smith 984-5692, Joy Diamond 896-5247 Please join us!!!
Watch this space For information on the new small groups that are forming!!!
Mid-Day Bible Study & Small Group for Young Families
Third Tuesday of each month 11:30am.
Join us for lunch and fellowship. Location will be in the Bethel News each month. Sign up on the Welcome Sheet if you plan to attend.
PATHFINDERS February 27th @ 3:30pm - Bible Study at Krista & Brian Robbins' House. Bring a snack to share and your bibles.
Jenny Sherrill, 770-7394 email@example.com or Linda Reynolds 877-8523 firstname.lastname@example.org
Living the Marks of Discipleship……. SERVING OTHERS
FAITH IN ACTION
reaching out to those in need
This month we would like to highlight our partnership with Genesis Church. Genesis is located on Pleasant Street near the post office. They have been supporting the Bethel Food and Baby Pantry on a regular basis for the last several years. Genesis collects and donates each month. In addition, a member of Genesis named Hank has made it his mission (along with his small group) to provide all of the pantries with personal hygiene kits for everyone who visits the pantry. At least once every other week, Hank stops by the pantry to check on the inventory of hotel size soap and shampoo kits. This year Genesis has approached Bethel about how they can be more involved in this important ministry. Genesis is going to hold 4 major drives for the pantry, send volunteers, and even donate financially to the pantry. We give thanks to God because through our partnership with Genesis Church, we are able to serve even more people! Thank you to all who support the pantry by donating, volunteering, or shopping for the pantry.
"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
1 John 3:17-18
Sunday School Canstruction Project
The food pantry will join with the Sunday School, youth group, and Bethel pre-school to collect cans for the Bethel Food Pantry. These groups will construct a “canstruction” project. They will build an object out of the cans they collect. Bethel kids will build a slice of pizza in the Education building lobby. They will collect cans from February 20-March 13, 2011. Many, many cans are needed. The kids will be given a list of the specific colors of cans that are needed to complete the project. Bethel members can join in the fun: a list will be posted in the Ed building lobby. Cans will be collected before SS each Sunday. Upon completion on March 20, the kids will have a pizza party to celebrate. Any questions about this project contact Linda Seifert 776-1093/LKSeifert@comcast.net Please check out the Christian Ed building lobby to see our progress!!
God’s richest blessings to:
Our Christian sympathy is extended to:
All those in our Bethel family who have lost friends and loved ones:
WEDDINGS…Congratulations and God’s Blessings to:
Welcome to our world…
A BIG THANK YOU to our dedicated snow shovelers who faithfully kept Bethel’s sidewalks safe this winter!!! Craig Garvey Bill Hulka Richard Gustafson Dave Nee Randy Hagan Jeff Reising John Sy Sam Wason Jeff Hartman Keith Gates
Church Office Volunteers
Thank you so much!! These ladies share their time and love of the Lord with us here at Bethel each week. Their faithful service is very much appreciated! Tuesday: Jean Holmes Wednesday: Ruth Hunter Thursday: Ruth Hunter Friday: Karen Moffett
A BIG thanks to our weekly Friday Bulletin/Bethel News assembly helpers Joy Diamond and Kathy Utz! And to Michelle Landwehr for all that time in the print room! We also very much appreciate our ladies who volunteer once a monthly to help put together the Bethel Banner. You are all very loved!!!!
An extra thanks goes to Shelia McCormick who recently stepped down as Thursdays helper, we miss you but thank you very much for your help!!!
Living the Marks of Discipleship……. PRAY DAILY
Please keep these family members, friends, and loved ones in your prayers:
Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications!
Jillian Apel—health, growth Ruby Fetty—fall, broken leg, recovery Nancy Schulenburg—recurrence of cancer Jean Holmes—hip replacement surgery Feb 2, recovery, healing Judy Vandenbark—viral pneumonia, surgery Luann Hansen—partial hearing loss Eileen Carlson—fall, damaged knee, healing & recovery Tom Ruble—fell, injured leg Ruth Hunter—health issues
FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MEMBERS
Clay Lawson—grandson of Monica Hoffmann—paralysis Ann VanMeter—friend of Chris & Anna Renner—breast cancer, treatment Chuck Meier—friend of Gary Melby—malignant, inoperable spinal tumor Lynn Rezsyona—mother of Dave Rezsyona—cancer, peace & comfort Cathy Rowley—sister of Brenda Hinz—breast/bone cancer, healing, faith Scott Mathews—brother of Rob Mathews—coma post op; brain tumors Jill Golightly—sister of Amy Hilton—breast cancer Dotty Enterline—friend of Heighways—breast cancer Brandon Shafer—grandson of Sarah Heighway—peace, faith Wanda Ensor—sister of Sarah Heighway—bone cancer Mary Fuelling—cousin of Jill Dietz—cancer Michael Mercer—friend of Brenda Dark—grieving/healing Gary Thompson—heart issue Damaris Torres—breast cancer, recovery Damaris Morales—tumor Brady & Chelsea Hill—friend of Ashley Warning—mourning the sudden loss of Brady’s father, peace comfort Joy Blum—sister of Karin Pearson—peace & strength Tom Thompson —Haisma’s 21 year old grand nephew diagnosed with brain cancer. Kelly—friend of Chaleen Stevens—cystic fibrosis, possible lung transplant Jan Witham & family—as she undergoes cancer treatment Lyndsay Sheridan—31 yr old sister of Amy Hilton—breast cancer Tim Babb—brother of Winnie Babb—cancer treatments Richard Howles—peace for his family and future work prospects
Susan, Michael, Lynne & Tom Barnes—mourning loss of mother/grandmother
Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness! Ps 143:1
Member Hospitalized?? If a Bethel family member becomes hospitalized, please contact the church office and let us know. HIPPA regulations prohibit hospitals from contacting us directly so it is up to you to keep us informed. Please help us to care for our family with visits, prayers, cards, meals etc….but we can only do this if we are notified in a timely manner. Thank you!!!!
Nathan Thomas—health issues, recovery from stroke Ray Smith—father of Dave—fell and broke his wrist Molly Jones—sledding accident at Forest Park Jeff Crooks—friend of Todd Forbes—severe depression Oliver Smith—brother in law of Linda Rowland—recovery from brain stem stroke Susan DeLellis—mother of Denise Rezsonya—undiagnosed edema David Feltner—friend of Darren Rice—recurring cancer, peace, healing Eileen Shelton—Ryan Shelton—surgery to remove cancerous spot Grace Kelly—friend of Grace Abernathy—lymphoma Dawn Robinson—friend of Danny Trout—surgery, infection Susie Bateman—friend of Dodanes—heart issues, possibly bypass Bob Sanford—friend of Jenny Satchwill & Gary Turnage—at home, final stages of liver cancer, peace & comfort Scott Slatton—brother in law of Whitmores granddaughter—heart attack Gene Gray—friend of Friedemanns—chemo, prostate cancer Andy Hardie—son of Nancy & Kevin Hardie—mission trip to Haiti, pray for safety and his witness
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