This month’s verse is Matthew 1:23 (NRSV)
“Look, the virgin shall
conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means, ‘God is with us.'”
The 2016 Annual Report for Bethany Lutheran Church can be read HERE.
Saturday, December 3
The first annual Advent Festival will be on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Great Hall and Chapel. This is an event for all ages that will include creating a home advent wreath, cookie decorating, crafts for all, a “Hanging of the Greens” brief Advent celebration in the Chapel and a chili cook-off! Bring a crock pot of your best chili recipe to share. Drinks and sides will be provided. Lunch will begin at noon. The Advent Festival is in place of the typical Sunday Advent Fair for Sunday School students. Invite a friend and/or neighbor! If you can help set-up please contact Pastor Brigette at email@example.com.
Sunday, December 4
Second Sunday of Advent
ELCA World Hunger Christmas Ornaments Have you ever selected a gift for someone in need from a Christmas tree in a store or shopping mall? Now you can do the same thing at Bethany to support ELCA World Hunger. Pick up and pay for an ornament at the tree by the Welcome Center.
Christmas Wreath Sale Purchase fresh Christmas wreaths in the Great Hall Lobby that benefit the Children’s Music Ministry at Bethany. The beautiful 20 inch wreaths cost $20.00. You may pay by cash, credit card or check. Thank you for your support!
Christmas Bazaar: Shoppers alert! The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in the Fellowship Hall featuring gift items from India, Kenya, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate, and items from 10,000 Villages. Give the gift that gives twice since proceeds support ministries in all these countries!
Adult Faith Formation Class – Advent Hymns speak to us through their music and poetry. Hymns are also an important way that we engage our Bible texts and the seasons of the Church year. Hymns can be prayer, learning and reflection. Jan Erickson-Pearson will be facilitating a conversation to discover the power and spirituality of our Advent Hymns, both the familiar and the new, in Room 312 at 10:00 a.m. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, and 18. For more information please contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refuge Sunday 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Attention Senior High Students, come and join as we worship together! Our theme is “Calm and Stillness” with leadership provided from Lord of the Hills Lutheran, Aurora. This will be a great opportunity to chill and center yourself in the midst of a crazy Christmas season. Friends are always welcome! Dinner provided by Saint Phillip.
Tuesday, December 6
For the seventh year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank will present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The $1 Million Incentive Fund created by the partners is one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country.
- When: 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. (i.e., 00:00 MST) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
- How: Donate online, at ColoradoGives.org on December 6, 2016. Or schedule your donation in advance starting November 1!
- Why: To strengthen the state’s nonprofits through online giving. Many of Bethany’s Be The Blessing partners can be helped this way!!
Saturday, December 17
Christmas Caroling! Come one, come all! We ask for the young… for the more mature…for the singers… and the “not-so-singers” to join us as we go caroling to Bethany members on Saturday, December 17th. Wear your festive gear (yes, those reindeer ears are a hit!), bring your musical instruments (kazoos? guitars? ukuleles?), and get ready to share your joy for Christ’s birth. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 4:30pm and conclude by ~7pm. This caroling event will require driving to each of the residences. Bring snacks! Dinner at a casual family-friendly restaurant to follow. Please RSVP to Tara Sawinski (email@example.com, or 303-941-0093) by 12/11.
Wednesday, December 21
- EARLY Christmas Eve worship
- 7:00pm – Worship with Holy Communion
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
- 1:30pm – Outdoor Live Nativity
- 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00pm – Worship with Holy Communion
Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day
- 10:00 am – Worship with Holy Communion
Wednesday, December 28
Service of Remembrance at 12:00pm noon. Join us for a reflective worship service where we remember those who have died this past year.
Friday, January 6, 2017 – Epiphany
Epiphany Party and Family Friendly Worship: Friday, January 6th at 5-8pm at Bethany. Dinner will be provided. More details to come.
Sunday, January 8
Diapers for DenUM: Our Bethany community is partnering with DenUM (Denver Urban Matters) one of our BTB organizations to collect diapers for young families this winter. We will collect diapers Sunday January 8 and 15. The larger sizes 4,5,6 are usually the most needed. Diapers can be dropped off at Bethany anytime. Partial packages are always welcome as we sort and re-bag the diapers at DenUM. You are welcome to come to DenUM to sort diapers on Sunday, January 22 from 10:30-12:30. Please contact Tammy Craven if you are interested in sorting: 303-771-2813. Thanks in advance for your generous support!
It is the works of love that Bethany’s Ministry Council is focusing on this entire year, through the Plug In 2016 campaign. There are many ways that you can feel more connected to your Bethany community through works of love, starting with Service in Worship. Looking for a way to re-charge and connect? Plug In 2016. Looking for a way to help strengthen our community? Plug In 2016. Many opportunities available in the area of Worship & Celebration. Why not Plug In?! (no app required… just a willing spirit). For more information contact Jack Lindsey HERE or Kara Heilman HERE.
Plug In 2016! CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES
- Christmas Service participants needed! Please sign up to help out with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. See the sign up sheets at the Welcome Center or go to http://signupschedule.com/
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Communion Assistants: Interested in an easy but vital opportunity to get more involved at Bethany? We are looking for new communion assistants to ensure that Holy Communion is available to all during worship. Assistants are particularly needed for the 10:00 a.m. service, but new volunteers for either service are welcome and training is provided. Please contact Karen Tennien (8:30 a.m. coordinator) HERE or Alison Betts (10:00 a.m. coordinator) HERE for more information.
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Ushers: We need lots more ushers for both the 8:30 a.m. and the 10:00 a.m. services. Flexible schedule, training provided, good benefits – a great way to PLUG-IN! For more information for the 8:30 a.m. service, con- tact Dave Okes HERE or at 303-770-1794. Contact Andy Gift at 303-751-1106 or Andy@andygift.com for the 10:00 a.m. service.
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Altar Guild At each worship service Bethany welcomes all to the Lord’s Supper. But, help is needed to prepare the Supper. Men, women, couples, friends, teens and especially, families, including children are needed. This task takes a few minutes on Sunday mornings for one service. The spiritual satisfaction received is enormous. Please thoughtfully consider this wonderful opportunity. Please contact Linda Sather HERE or at 303-798-4513