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Believe April 2011
THIS MONTH AT-A-GLANCE
Apr 1 Apr 5 Apr 6 Spring Break 7:00 p.m. Baptism Class 6:00 p.m. Lenten Dinner 7:00 p.m. Lenten Service Apr 10 4:15 pm Confirmation Class Apr 12 7:00 pm Church Council Apr 13 6:00 pm Lenten Supper 7:00 pm Lenten Midweek Svc Apr 15 BANNER DEADLINE Apr 16 Komen Race for the Cure 8:00 a.m. Outdoor workday Apr 17 4:15 p.m. Confirmation Class Apr 21 7:00 p.m. Living Last Supper Apr 22 7:00 pm Good Friday Service Apr 24 7:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise 8:00 a.m. Easter Service 9:30 a.m. Easter Service 11:00 a.m. Easter Praise Svc Apr 25-26 OFFICE CLOSED Apr 27 7:00 p.m. Circle of Sisters

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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. 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 All services begin at 7pm. Holy Saturday – April 23rd Reflecting on the Empty Cross

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 Living Last Supper 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

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.

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“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.” Psalm 84:11-12 As I write this, it is the middle of March, but I have my eyes on three important April dates. The first is April 22 which is the birthday of my oldest daughter Rachel. It seems like just yesterday that she was a precious little girl with her dad wrapped around her finger. Some things just don’t change, no matter what the age of your daughter is. Hmmm. . . . . I noticed her birthday is on Good Friday. That doesn’t happen often. But that reminds me of the second important date of April. Easter! April 24th. He is risen! He is risen, indeed! . . . . will be the joyous response across our land in every Christian church. We are already working on the details of all the services of Holy Week. The men are already practicing for the “Living Last Supper,” that will be our service on Maundy Thursday. On Good Friday, our “Images of the Cross” theme will take us to that hill outside Jerusalem, where Jesus was crucified. Our service that night will center on the Seven last words of Jesus, uttered from the cross. Our Saturday evening service will remind us of the time in between the cross and the resurrection. Then on Easter Sunday morning, our four worship services, starting with our sunrise service, hopefully out in the new shelter, will all be filled with the joy, the light, and the life that only the Easter message can bring. And bring your appetites, because the Bethel youth will be serving breakfast from 7:45 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. The third date is a little more ominous for us all. Tax day! April 15th. I have always heard that there are only 2 sure things in life . . . . . death and taxes. Death comes once but Uncle Sam comes around every year. Even now I have receipts stacked in neat piles on my office desk. I am going through all the credit card bills highlighting the things I can count as business expenses. I have all the bills for the White House that we owned in West Lafayette for the last eleven years. With no more Gast kids at Purdue, we are delighted that it is sold, but I have to get all those papers together. And I have been going through the check book registers. As I look at each of the entries, I can almost recap the year, remembering where and what was going on when we spent that money.

As I look at the register I can see of the things we bought, the investments we made, what we saved, and how much we spent in every category. Because we itemize, I know we have to keep accurate detailed records of everything. As much as I dread doing our taxes and all the time and energy I put in, there is a certain satisfaction at doing this kind of inventory, even if it is just money. I know that even after any and all deductions, there is going to be income subject to taxation. But above all of that, when it comes right down to it, I can say with the Psalmnist that the Lord has bestowed on Terri and I favor and provided so many good things in our lives. And when I send my tax forms in, I know we have been blessed for another year. What I realize is the best things in my life, the things I am most grateful for, the things that bring me the greatest joy and pleasure are not subject to taxation. When you have a wonderful wife and great kids who even now still like spending time with mom and dad . . . . when you have good health and can do and enjoy sports and an active lifestyle . . . . . when you have loyal and faithful friends who are there through thick and thin . . . . . when I can laugh and see the humorous things in life and myself . . . . . when I think about what a gift the time God has given me to work, and rest, and have fun and enjoy new and great adventures in this world God has so wonderfully created . . . . . and especially when I reflect on the love of Jesus, the faith God has instilled, and most of all the promise of heaven . . . . . BLESSED IS THE ONLY WORD THAT COMES TO MIND. Indeed, Terri and I are rich and the best part is it is tax free wealth. Don’t let tax day scare you . . . . . . remember the true wealth God has blessed you with. Maybe won’t be so bad and there might even be a little room to celebrate.

Paul’ 4th Missionary Journey Cruise
This exciting opportunity with Pastor Doug and Terri will be taking place in October this year. You will be visiting, Rome, Jerusalem, Galilee in Israel, Rhodes, Ephesus, and Athens. There is limited space and the rooms are filling up quickly. If you are interested, please pick up a brochure at the Information Center in the Narthex.

Yours in Christ, Pastor Doug

April 2011

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Living the Marks of Discipleship…. WORSHIP REGULARLY

Dedicated Benevolence
In early 2010 the church council decided that members could designate part of their giving to a restricted benevolence account. This was an effort to help those who were upset with the ELCA to be more self determining with benevolence giving. The benevolence dollars would then be used to support local, regional, and global ministries that we would choose. Currently approximately $8,500 that are going to be distributed to: Good Samaritan of Hamilton County——Lutheran Child and Family Services Food Rescue——Lutheran Disabilities Ministry——-Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. These are all worthy ministries that will be blessed by our support. If you would like to have your benevolence portion of your given to be reserved for designated benevolence, please let Carrie Gschwind, our financial secretary or one of the pastors know your preference.

Do you have a wheat allergy? We now have gluten free communion wafers available. Please call Tina Marshall at 984-5370, so arrangements can be made. Thank you!

Check out Bethel’s next

DISCOVERY CLASS!!
Saturday, April 30, 8:30 am –2:30pm Lunch provide (Childcare available if needed) Our DISCOVERY CLASS presents an opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, to learn about Bethel and the Lutheran Church, and to explore or review the Christian faith. Join us for an opportunity to learn what it means to Believe, Belong and Become a part of Bethel. We will receive new disciples at the 9:30 am service on Sunday May 15. If you are interested in this class, please sign up on the Sunday Welcome Sheet or call the church office at 773-4315.

Everything Coming Up Daisies
Believe it or not, it is Spring and soon the flowers will be out in full bloom. Our Annual Spring Brunch will be held Saturday May 7 beginning at 9:30 A.M. Our speaker will be Julie Braun a member of Messiah Lutheran in Fort Wayne. About 5 years ago this mother of three teenagers, diagnosed with a very progressive lung disease, was given a double lung transplant. Hear her relate her journey to health with God by her side and the wonderful support of the Indiana Organ Procurement Association and her family. Her story is not only inspirational but a miracle from God for Julie and her family.

Join us for an inspirational morning!
Tickets will be on sale Sunday April 24 and Sunday May 1st after the services or in the office during the week. For more information contact Mary Jo Mikulski (317) 984-2938.
April 2011

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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!

Library News: This month we have some exciting new additions to Bethel's library! I will tell you about just a few. All these materials are available for checkout on the library table in the Fellowship Hall. How about a few new biographies? "Just As I Am" by Billy Graham is a fascinating look at the famous evangelist. Read about his childhood days and the decisions that led him to the ministry. You will find a true servant of God in these pages as well as some amazing stories of his crusades, worldwide travels and political connections. Or maybe you want to learn about a songwriter and man of God that lives a bit closer to home? How about "It's More Than the Music" by Indiana's own Bill Gaither? Learn how Bill went from small town farm-boy to English teacher to songwriter and gospel singer to "Christian Songwriter of the Century" and international fame and fortune. Always giving the glory to God, this is an inspiring story of a simple man who has become the most honored man in the history of Christian music. Perhaps you would like to read the story of the most famous Christian who ever lived? In "Jesus, A New Understanding of God's Son" prolific author Joseph Girzone ( Bethel has his "Joshua" series of books on the fiction shelves) paints a profound portrait of Jesus the man. He combines gospel accounts with historical facts and figures to make an incredibly moving story of what he believes the life of Jesus was like. Want to know the recipe for the barley bread that Jesus used to feed the masses? Or how about the lentil soup that Jacob cooked for his brother Esau, the soup that caused Esau to give up his birthright for a taste?? Or the names of the two herbs that were used to pay a tithe? These answers and many historic recipes can be found in "Biblical Garden Cooking" by Eileen Gaden. As an Associate Editor for Gourmet magazine for many years, as well as a frequent traveler to the Middle East, Gaden concocts an intriguing book of recipes that were likely used in Jesus' day. Check it out and try some of them!! Finally, I would like to issue a plea to all library users: Library materials are due one month after the day you check them out. If you need more time, just put a note in my mailbox and I will be glad to adjust the due date! Right now there are at least 10 people who have not returned items that were due 3 to 6 months ago! That is just not fair to the people who might be waiting to check out that particular book or video. Thank you!

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
April 2011

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!

Chaleen Stevens

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Give your Heart and Hands To the Bethel Rummage Sale June 10th & 11th
As you clean out that clutter this spring, set aside items you wish to donate. Please box and label similar items together, this saves valuable time when sorting during work week. Please donate clean, gently used, working items, only. Available this year will be an ON SITE POD for storage of furniture, mowers, large TV’s, appliances, or large items you wish to donate early. The pod will be available on Sunday’s during church services and Friday’s during office hours starting April 8th. To make arrangements to unlock POD, please call Sally Hanson or Joe Rudy 773-4315. At this time you will need to find the means of delivering items to church. PLEASE, no bags or boxed donations stored in POD. MONIES raised will benefit: 1. Bethel Preschool, 2. the Youth Scholarship Fund, 3. the Orphan Grain Train, 4. refurbishing pew coverings, and 5. stained glass windows repair. Please consider donating an item for the SILENT AUCTION/RAFFLE Sign up now on kiosk in narthex. Questions, contact Ron Harris 867-0414. Questions, call: Kristi Anderson 531-0357 kristianderson@wildblue.net Sally Hanson 430-2174 sash.hanson@ymail.com

“Bethel Believers” Relay for Life Team Forming Now
This year’s event will be held May 14-15th at Forest Park. It kicks off Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the Survivor's Lap and concludes Sunday morning at 10:00 with closing ceremonies. Team Participants are asked to raise $100 for The American Cancer Society and sign up to walk laps during a designated time during the 24-hour period. There will be entertainment, games and contests during the entire event for all ages. Our team will be selling luminaria ($10. ea) in the Fellowship hall during coffee fellowship beginning March 6th. For more information please contact team captains, Diane Chapman at 371-5881 (dchapman928@gmail.com) or Joe Rudy at 773-4315 (joerudy@bethellutheranchurch.com). You can also sign up at www.relayforlife.org/ noblesvillein Click on "view teams" and click on Bethel Believers and you will have the option to "join team".

E-mail Prayer Chain We will show our appreciation for our Prayer Warriors during Coffee Fellowship at 9:00AM on Sunday, May 1st. Prayer Warriors and those who have requested prayers please plan to attend. It will be a time to share our prayer experiences and to fellowship together in praise of God who invites us and encourages us to pray.

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!

TO BETHEL’S “CHURCH BUS FUND”!
As of March 7, 2011—40 families had donated a total of $11,096.00 toward the $20,000.00 goal. Our thanks for their interest and support! Recently, Gary & Rise Helgemo offered to match funds given before Easter, April 24, 2011, in the amount of $2.000.00. If more of our generous families can contribute $2,000.00 in the next month, this is what it would look like: $11,096.00 - Current balance 2,000.00 - New contributions? 2,000.00 - Helgemo “matching gift $15,096.00! (potential total by Easter) Most of you should have received a letter about this a week or so ago. But, just in case you didn’t get a letter—we wanted you to know the good news! As always, “special offering envelopes” are available below the April 2011 “Church Bus Fund” poster in the Narthex. Look for it as you exit from the Narthex.

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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.

Christian stewardship
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 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.comrequested. She exclaimed that she would have to tell her teachers at preschool that she now has a real Bible.

We are looking for interested people to join Bethel's Church Council. This is a great opportunity to help plan and implement our Bethel ministry. Applications can be found on the back wall of the church narthex. For details contact: Neal Hinz 385-7775 Anna Renner 770-9154 Bill Hulka 984-1740

It won’t be long before we’re cutting grass and pulling weeds! Having helping hands to tackle these tasks is wanted and needed. If you feel you can serve in this capacity please let Joe Rudy or Bill Hulka know. We can keep you in the loop of indoor/outdoor projects so you can schedule your service time. ♦ Our next Property and Grounds Group meeting is May the 12th from 7p-9p. This meeting is open to those who want to attend. Please RSVP with Joe Rudy/Bill Hulka so we know how many to expect. These meetings are an opportunity for you to see what’s going on with our building and property.

April 2011

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: April 15 for May Issue...

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We rejoice with these students who have spent time learning more about the sacrament of Holy Communion and celebrated in Christ’s feast the weekend of April 16-17. As part of their instruction, the students were asked to create a Holy Communion banner , which will be hung in the sanctuary.
William Gregory Chance Caleb Cooper Evelyn Rose Eckstein Ross Lange Hagen David Lee Kitko, II Gary Allen Kitko, Jr. Joseph Perry Kitko Noah Edward Merideth Jacob Edward Michael John Joseph Mlynarik Grace Louise Ritchie Aubrey Lucille Rudy Delegates Needed for IN-KY Synod Assembly
Have you ever wondered what it means for us to be a part of the IndianaKentucky Synod of the ELCA? Are you interested to seeing a glimpse of how the “larger church” works? Then you might be interested in being one of Bethel’s 3 lay delegates to the 2011 IN-KY Synod Assembly. Dedication service of the picnic shelter and raised garden beds Sunday, May 1st immediately after the 9:30a service before the 11a service. Weather permitting, of course….rain date TBA. This year’s Assembly will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Ft. Wayne, June 3-5. (Bethel will take care of your expenses to attend.) If you are interested, please contact Pastor Heather by April 15th.

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, April 5 at 7:00 pm. Sign up on Sunday’s Welcome Sheet if you will be attending class.

Margaret Newby Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
Attention High School Seniors—Bethel has been blessed with a financial gift that honors the life of Margaret Newby who was a member here. A scholarship was established in 1996 from that fund, and is given to a high school senior each year. If you have not yet received an application, or if you have any questions, please see Pastor Heather or Joe Rudy. The application is due April 24, 2011 (Easter Sunday). The scholarship recipient and all applicants will be informed of the church council’s decision around the middle of May.

April 2011

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Up Coming Events & SHHHtuff….
4/3 - Family Worship. Youth Council 12n-2p 4/6 - Lenten DINNER and SERVICE 6p-8p...done by 8:30p 4/13 - MIDWEEK 6:30p...Ash Wed. Service 7p-8p...done by 8:30p 4/17- Palm Sunday 4/20 - MIDWEEK 6:30p-8:30p 4/23- Easter Sunday!! Youth serving breakfast from 7a-11a 4/27 - MIDWEEK 6:30p-8:30p April - 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

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.

One full square mile on the east side of Indianapolis One full day of work...6a-6p. 1000 of some of the coolest people! Register with Joe…$30. RSVP by Sunday April 24th!!! Join The Bethel Believers!!! $10 gets you registered. The Relay is at Forest Park on May 14th-15th. Team Captains this year are Diane Chapman and Joe Rudy. Check out relayforlife.org for more information

ANNOUNCING…

ATTENTION PARENTS:

If you would like to be included in the Parental E-Mail loop then you should send me an Junior High Youth e-mail at joeGroup 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.

The Bethel Saints

contact Katrina Hettrick or Joe Rudy.

Care: Bethel Lutheran’s Kids Who Care Bethel Lutheran’s Kids Who Care is a group comprised of children, preschool thru 5th UPCOMING PROJECTS: 4/16/11: Bethel appreciation project. Meet at 1:00 in one of the preschool rooms to make thank you gifts to show our appreciation to others in our church. 5/22/11: In memory of Makenzie Tank, daughter of Andrew and Kelly Tank and twin sister of Abbie Tank, we will be hosting Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Cookies for Kids Cancer during coffee fellowship FELLWOSHIP: 5/15/11: 12-2pm, meet by the carousel at Forest Park for a pizza party and unlimited putt-putt and carousel rides. $5 per child, Adults are free! For more information on this group or to be added to the email list, please contact: Denise Rezsonya at d.rezsonya@sbcglobal.net or 645-5126. April 2011

2010 Mutual Ministry Survey Results

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The Mutual Ministry Committee is responsible for determining if the Church was successful in achieving its ministry in 2010. This is accomplished b conducting a survey of the congregation at the end of each calendar year. The 2010 survey contains many of the same survey questions as in past years so the responses can be compared to annual benchmarks. Included in the 2010 survey are questions directly related to Council’s proposal regarding the 2009 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Assembly resolutions, which included the ELCA Statement on Human Sexuality. This is a summary of the completed report. If you would like the full report with comments, please go to http://bethellutheranchurch.com/Information/2010MutualMinistrySurveyResults.aspx or upon request. 1. Bethel welcomes visitors and members, inviting them to experience Christian care and community. ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ‘05 ‘04 Needs improvement (6) 3% 3% 4% 1% 1% 4% 1% Partially meets expectations (23) 10% 8% 10% 6% 3% 25% 21% Achieves expectations (141) 63% 51% 57% 60% 61% 58% 78%* Exceeds expectations (55) 24% 31% 27% 34% 29% 13% 2. Bethel offers warm, “user-friendly” worship that connects faith and daily life. Needs improvement (5) 2% 3% 3% 1% Partially meets expectations (18) 8% 5% 7% 4% Achieves expectations (123) 55% 44% 58% 47% Exceeds expectations (79) 35% 47% 31% 46%

1% 7% 55% 37%

0% 15% 64% 21%

2% 12% 86%*

3. Bethel provides opportunities for individuals and families to participate in Christian Education and thereby develop a personal spiritual growth plan. Needs improvement (6) 3% 2% 2% 3% 9% 8% 8% Partially meets expectations (26) 12% 12% 15% 10% 5% 21% 12% Achieves expectations (135) 60% 52% 49% 51% 53% 42% 78%* Exceeds expectations (55) 24% 30% 31% 36% 30% 29% 4. Bethel encourages and provides opportunities for individuals and families to participate in service and outreach opportunities. Needs improvement (5) 2% 2% 5% 2% 1% 2% 4% Partially meets expectations (18) 8% 9% 13% 8% 9% 23% 13% Achieves expectations (123) 55% 54% 52% 53% 48% 44% 83%* Exceeds expectations (75) 33% 35% 28% 36% 43% 31% 5. Bethel provides opportunities for individuals and families to participate in fellowship through large and small group experiences. Needs improvement (8) 4% 3% 3% 1% 1% 4% 4% Partially meets expectations (32) 14% 14% 19% 16% 13% 25% 4% Achieves expectations (123) 55% 51% 52% 52% 53% 50% 79%* Exceeds expectations (56) 25% 30% 24% 29% 34% 21% 6. Bethel encourages and equips people to move toward full stewardship of time, talent and treasure. Needs improvement (19) Partially meets expectations (38) Achieves expectations (117) 52% Exceeds expectations (44) 8% 17% 52% 20% 7% 14% 55% 24% 4% 21% 53% 18% 2% 18% 56% 25% 7% 15% 33% 22% 8% 46% 65%* 13% 5% 28%

7. Are you a member of a small group? (i.e., Bible study, choir, dinner group, youth group, ushers, committee, etc.) 10 ’09’ 08 ’07 Yes (135) 60% 59% 56% 59% No (89) 40% 38% 42% 40%

’06 62% 38%

‘05___ ’04__ 69% 70% 31% 30% Do you support the ELCA’a vote in favor of this statement?

The following questions change annually: 8a. In 2009 the ELCA Assembly passed the “ELCA Social Statement on Human Sexuality. 29 Yes (13%) 95 No (42%) 52 Neutral (23%)

48 Need More Information (21%)

8b. In November of this year, Bethel put forth a plan in response to this initiative that was discussed last month in the adult forums. We would like the congregation’s input on each of the proposals set forth in the plan: 1. Do you support the decision to remain as part of the ELCA? 78 Yes (35%) 41 No (18%) 46 Neutral (20%) 59 Need More Information (26%)

2. Do you support redirecting a portion of Bethel’s benevolence away from the Indiana/Kentucky Synod to be given to other Lutheran related mission organizations? 100 Yes (44%) 26 No (12%) 46 Neutral (20%) 54 Need More Information (24%)

3. Would you support a financial and business alliance with the Lutheran Coalition for Reform (CORE)? 45 Yes (20%) 33 No (15%) 39 Neutral (17%) 107 Need More Information (48%)

If you answered “Need More Information” on any of the above, what format would you prefer? Percent for this section calculated based on # of reasons given(136). Thursday Night Live Sessions………………………….35 (26%) Small Group Cottage Meetings…………………………33 (24%) A series of Adult Forums on Sunday Morning………68 (50%)

April 2011

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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.

ADULT CLASSES

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.).

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Scripture

Attention Bethel men:
We are justified, not by works, but by faith in Christ alone. This simple message of Galatians empowered Martin Luther to bring about the Reformation. Please join us in our study of Galatians, “Luther’s book,” by John Stott. Breakfast begins at 7:30 followed by Bible study 8:00-9:00a Call Mark Seifert (776-1093) for more information

Bethel’s Prayer Team...

Mondays 9:30am
...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 jenny@thesherrills.com

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 December 79,013 72,991 6,022 January 69, 983 56,204 13,779 February 46,087 60,979 (14,893) YTD 116,069 117,183 (1,114)

April 2011

(Please note: this is General & Building Fund combined)

Living the Marks of Discipleship……. RELATE TO OTHERS IN LOVE
SCRAPBOOKING GROUP
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

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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 lcrist@wildblue.net

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

Watch this space For information on the new small group that is forming!!!

JOY GROUP
(Just-Over-Young)

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.

Small Group for Young Families
PATHFINDERS
Please note the upcoming Pathfinders events! March 26: Trip to the Zoo. Meet at Church (far end of the parking lot) at 9:30 am and we will carpool down to the zoo. March 29: Girls Night In – Brenda Cosgrove’s, bring appetizers/snacks to share as we enjoy wine/ cheese/snacks and talk and enjoy friendship. April 9 - Bible Study at Reynolds @ 3:30. Bring your Bible and a snack to share. May 1 - Indianapolis Indians Game @ 2:05 (In case of rain, bowling at Stardust). Pack yourself a lunch and snacks and we will sit in the outfield. Interested in carpooling? Talk to Linda. Please let me know if you are planning to come to any of these events, so we can make sure we wait for you/look for you/plan for you! See you soon! Jenny, Linda and Brenda (Linda and Brenda are responsible for these events! Thanks ladies!) Jenny Sherrill, 770-7394 jenny@thesherrills.com or Linda Reynolds 877-8523 ljreynolds97@yahoo.com

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 amyjankowski@yahoo.com
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!!!

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Living the Marks of Discipleship……. SERVING OTHERS

FAITH IN ACTION
reaching out to those in need
A big thank you goes out to Linda Seifert and all of you who donated for the “Canstruction” project. The Sunday School children were very helpful in donating just the right cans to create a large slice of pizza. Hopefully, everyone got a chance to see it in the education building. They created a pizza cutter also with the cans. These cans will be donated to the Bethel Food Pantry. What a fun activity! Thanks everyone.

"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

Also, we would like to thank Grace Community Church for hosting their annual baby drive for our baby pantry. This year they had volunteers deliver the diapers, clothes, equipment, baby food, etc. Each week we were overwhelmed with their generosity. The church collected items throughout the month of March. Without folks like the people at Grace, our pantries would have a hard time helping as many clients as we do. If you know someone who goes to that church, be sure to say “thanks”!

April 2011

CONGREGATIONAL NEWS….
BIRTHS
Welcome to our world… Madelyn Renee...daughter of Darren & Kelli Rice...born February 23

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Audio Visual Ministry
Technology is the watchword today in the world and even in the church. When we designed the church just 12 years ago we had no idea of how much time and energy the audio-visual area would take. This area has grown and blossomed especially in the last several years. Therefore, we have added John Paterson to our staff, in a part time capacity, to oversee, train, and coordinate this ministry area. John has put in a significant amount of time and work in this area so that our services run smoothly and we have been able to broadcast our services over channel 19. Over the past few years, channel 19 has offered a wonderful service to the community and terrific outreach for our church. We want to thank Roy and Judi Johnson for their ministry of outreach for Bethel and all the churches who shared broadcast time. Channel 19 will no longer be airing church services, so we are going to have services available on our web site and God tube. Just one further step in our AV ministry.

“LIVING LAST SUPPER”
Maundy Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:00 pm.
The “Living Last Supper, a reenactment of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting.

This presentation was last made on March 20th, 2008 to a “packed house.” Like this year, the “Living Last Supper” was a part of the Maundy Thursday Holy Week Service back then as well. Thirteen men from Bethel will be costumed and share brief monologues about the disciple they represent. Greg Marshall has again consented to play the part of “Jesus.” And thankfully, most of the veteran performers will be back for this year’s presentation. Dr. Tim Yoder, Organist/Music Director—has been working on providing lots of special music for this Service. We ask two things of you: 1. Put this date on your calendar and plan to attend. 2. We encourage you to invite relatives, neighbors, and friends to this presentation. We believe that you will blessed by this Service. -Pastor E. Dean Windhorn, Coordinator

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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 Bob Stroup—open heart surgery, recovery & healing Laura Abernathy—trip to Columbia, Purdue nursing service—safe trip Ruth Albro—healing from a fall Pruitts—ridding our house of mold Martha Helms—shoulder manipulation on March 28th

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 Wanda Ensor—sister of Sarah Heighway—bone cancer Mary Fuelling—cousin of Jill Dietz—cancer Tom Thompson —Haisma’s 21 year old grand nephew—brain cancer. Lyndsay Sheridan—31 yr old sister of Amy Hilton—breast cancer Scott Slatton—brother in law of Whitmores granddaughter—heart attack Gene Gray—friend of Friedemanns—chemo, prostate cancer Paul Stanley—friend of John Erney—cancer, chemo, recovery from stroke Marsha Murray—friend of Vicki Cooper—recurrence of cancer, chemo Jim Poffinbarger—cancer, his brother—heart attack Bill Owens—son of Jane Owens, uncle of Sara McHenry, cousin of Stan Renner—stroke, healing Kenny Reichhart—uncle of Lori Ritchie—dying from cancer Jenny Roberts—coworker of Ashley Warning—surgery Kristina Trusty—bedrest during pregnancy Gloria Hogle—stepmom of Jim Hogle—mild heart attack Patty Rogers—12 yr old—stage 4 spinal cord neuroblastoma People of Honduras...especially 2 friends who were kidnapped after school last week, held for ransome Ester Bausback—breast cancer surgery Ruth Berg—stepmother of Marsha Renner—health issues Jeni—cancer treatments, heart care Scott Gibson—brother in law of Lynda Jennings—poss. Lung cancer Friends & family of Bob Sanford—friend of Jenny Satchwill & Gary Turnage—as they mourn his passing Steven McFarland—recurrence of lymphoma Marge Hansen—recovery from stroke, heart surgery Bob Murphy—friend of John Jameson—lung cancer Dorothy Pilzitz—aunt of Karin Pearson—stroke Ester Mandich—aunt of Karin Pearson—post op, on ventilator Daniel—brother of Janice Pruitt—house fire Deb’s mother—friend of Katie Scherer—cancer, chemo Rachel Vice—aunt of Mary Scherer—fell, broken wrist, surgery, healing Kaley Kite—22 mo. old—cancer, surgery

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!!!!

ADULT LIVING & HEALTHCARE CENTERS
April 2011

Madeline Scherer Levera Millikan Alice Ann Burris Jean Geren Evelyn Hilton Dorothea Leach Jane Owens Rosemary Fulton

Page 15 Siro Brooks Jon Hankenhoff Abigail Crist Nancy Hardie Jeff Schwartz Sarah Mickelson Abby Smith Lexie Almodovar Wade Apel Nancy Hansen Charles Swanson Dorothea Leach Linda Clark Scott Nealon Mary Nelson Luann Hansen Julie Savickis Caleb Cooper Melissa Nestander Reid Swanson Brandon Swart Helen Hills Gary Kitko Mark Landwehr Karen Goldstein Fred Gronau Amanda Horton Kelsey Lang Kaitlyn Vitone Luke Hilton Hunter Williamson Jason Anderson Christy Brown Emma Burns Spencer Gilbert Donna Hulka Joel Kirby Makenna Melott 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/3 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6 4/6 4/6 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/9 4/9 4/10 4/10 4/10 4/10 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/12 4/12 4/12 4/12 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/15 4/15 4/15 4/15 4/15 4/15

Vic Hansen Mary Lou Waltz Lydia Bish Madison Bell Josh Kinney Ashley Crist Kirsten Graham Alex Webber Clair Wisman Justin Kirby Jean Baxter Trent Morton Teena O'Connor Susan Parks Jacob Walters Denise Rezsonya Olivia Johnson Lori Schneider Palmer Morris Bodie Derrer Jeff Warning Ellis Burns Lori Cain Joe Macaluso Lu Olp Manda Short Lexie Amstutz Nick Burrow

4/17 4/17 4/19 4/20 4/20 4/21 4/21 4/21 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/23 4/23 4/23 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27 4/28 4/28 4/29 4/29 4/29 4/29 4/29 4/30 4/30

Birthdays

Steve & Cheryl Nealon Bert & Maria Haisma Andy & Kelly Tank Jeff & Mary Scherer Tony & Shannon Rivera Matt & Stacey Corley Andrew & Brittany Hall Shaun & Shannon Weyer Jim & Joy Diamond Alan & Mary Kinney Scott & Tori Wisker Kirk & Jenny Pfeil

4/11/1970 4/12/1960 4/13/2002 4/14/1979 4/15/2000 4/17/1999 4/18/2009 4/18/1998 4/20/1963 4/21/1973 4/22/2007 4/29/1995 April 2011

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BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH 20650 Cumberland Road Noblesville, IN 46062-8823
Phone: (317) 773-4315 Fax: (317) 773-8026 e-mail: office@bethellutheranchurch.com Visit our website: www.bethellutheranchurch.com
Senior Pastor: Rev. Douglas Gast Visitation Pastor: Rev. E. Dean Windhorn Associate Pastor: Rev. Heather Apel Associate Pastor: Rev. Wade Apel Youth/Property Director: Joe Rudy Music Director: Tim Yoder Secretary & Editor: Cathy Crosley Church Council President: Tim Sherrill

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