Christ is Risen! He is risen, indeed!
A l l e l u i a !
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Our Bible verse for the month is
“Through Jesus you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.”
1 Peter 1:21 (NRSV)
Sunday, April 23
Our Scripture readings for this Sunday are Acts 2:14a, 22-36, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9 and John 20:19-31.
Annual MOPS Mother’s Day Plant Sale: It’s hard to believe that Spring is already here – and maybe even harder to think about planting your garden. Leave some of the planning to us as, once again, Bethany MOPS will be selling patio pots and hanging plants, as well as a small assortment of vegetables and herbs. Look for the pre-sale on April 23. Plants will be ready for pick-up on Mother’s Day. These beautiful plants make a wonderful gift and will beautify any patio or garden. A limited selection will also be available for purchase on Mother’s Day (May 14th).
Thanks in advance for your support of this ministry!
REFUGE: 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Chapel. The theme is “Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith; Letting Go of the Need for Certainty” with leadership from Bethany Youth. This Refuge will be contemplative in nature and be a community led effort as we explore what faith, doubt, and certainty is all about. See you there!
Sunday, April 30
Be the Blessing 2017: Time to REGISTER! Please join us for Be the Blessing 2017, a time for serving others throughout our community. Representatives of participating non-profits will be at Bethany on April 30th from 8:30-11:45 a.m. Be the Blessing service days are June 3rd, 10th and 11th. To find out more about the 2017 Be the Blessing event, click HERE.
New Worshiper Information Session: Bethany hosts New Worshiper Information Sessions quarterly and then receives new members. The next session is April 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Room 209.
We welcome all new worshipers! Please fill out a Connection Card found in the pew rack and join in fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. To learn more about Bethany’s Bible studies and various ministries, pick up a “Life Together at Bethany” booklet at the Welcome Center or download it HERE. Schedule a home visit with a pastor to discuss how Bethany’s ministries might connect with your faith journey and interests. Contact Sarah at email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 3
“My Muslim Neighbor” We will join our brothers and sisters at Multicultural Mosaic Foundation at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 3rd at 10855 East Bethany Dr. #100, Aurora, CO 80114 for a potluck dinner. Bring a favorite main or side dish to share! Please RSVP to Pastor Brigette by April 23 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday, May 7
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we will bless Bethany Early Childhood Center teachers and all professional teachers at the 10:00 am worship service this day.
Thrivent Conversation: Come and join us to lunch and learn! Please join us for a meal and conversation on May 7 from 1115am-noon in The Great Hall (Room 301) to celebrate giving back and unleash greater generosity toward Bethany ministries via Thrivent resources. All are welcome as we look to maximize good to great causes and equip Thrivent members to utilize benefits to support them! Thrivent members, please bring your login information if you want to jump online and sign up for resources. Please contact Sarah at email@example.com if you are planning to join us, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, May 14
A Faith Milestone: Graduation Celebration
Reception at 9:15am, Worship Service at 10:00am
We would like to recognize all our graduating High School Seniors along with their families. We will celebrate this important milestone with a special service to honor and send them forth from Bethany with a blessing and gift.
You are invited to attend a reception of fruit and pastries in the Great Hall at 9:15am. Followed by the 10:00 service where you will be formally recognized and presented with a gift.
Open Forum regarding Congregational Meeting: On Sunday, May 14, members of the Finance Team and Executive Council will hold an open forum to discuss the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Copies of the budget will be available earlier in the week, and will be on hand that morning. The forum will take place from 10:00-10:30am in the Chapel.
Sunday, May 21
Congregational Meeting: The congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church will gather for an Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 21 at 11:15 a.m. in the Great Hall at Bethany. All confirmed members are encouraged to attend. The agenda will consist of two items:
1. The budget for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, will presented and voted upon.
2. The following motion will be presented:
Move that the congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, renew the call to Pastor Brigette Weier noting that:
- The call of Pastor Brigette Weier as Pastor of Faith Formation will be coterminous with the call of the Lead Pastor, Gary Sandberg.
- When the call of the Lead Pastor ends, the Associate Pastor will submit her resignation effective no later than six months after the arrival of the new Lead Pastor.
- In consultation with the Office of the Bishop, the new Lead Pastor and the Council may evaluate the pastoral staffing configuration in light of current ministry needs and determine if an invitation will be made for the staff Pastor(s) to remain on staff.
- The Associate Pastor(s) will not be available for the Lead Pastor call should that position become open while the Associate Pastor(s) are under call to this congregation.
Looking for a way to re-charge and connect? Looking for a way to help strengthen our community? Many opportunities available in the area of Worship & Celebration. (No app required… just a willing spirit). For more information contact Jack Lindsey HERE or Anada Gusé HERE.
Bethany will soon be advertising and interviewing for a Director of Children’s Music Ministry. The Personnel Ministry Team is working on a job description that will be somewhat open so that our ministry can be influenced by the skills and passion of the director. If you are interested or know of someone with the skills and passion for children’s music, feel free to direct them to Rick Seaton through the church office at 303-758-2820 or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
•Bethany’s Nursery is calling for caring youth and/or adults on Sunday mornings at both the 8:30 and 10:00am worship services to come and play with our littlest worshippers. Contact Pastor Brigette for more information. Youth: this will count for community service hours.