Centering Prayer

Do you want to develop a deeper relationship with God and find more peace and calm in your daily life? Join us Tuesdays at 6pm and/or Thursdays at 2pm downstairs in Room 404 for Centering Prayer. For more information, contact Karen Witt or Cyndi Clavier.  Come.  Pray.  Be.  

2014 Transitions

Transitions Page:  Please visit our “Transitions” page for all of the latest information regarding the transitions in the life of Bethany Lutheran Church.  **NEW:  Interim Senior Pastor information

2014 All Things New

Renewal for Growth – Chapel Project:  Click HERE or stop by the table in the Narthex today to learn more about the new Chapel which will be completed this year. Learn more about the many uses this special, more intimate and flexible Holy space will offer for worship, prayer and services. Fulfilling a long-held desire expressed by the Congregation, the Chapel is budgeted to cost $200,000. Donations are needed to complete the funding of the 1,100 square foot space. Please consider the amount you can contribute to support this important project by “purchasing” one or more square feet at $182 a square foot!  Order forms found HERE.  Donations made will be memorialized on special plaques located within the Chapel. Honor a loved one with your donation.

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2013 Care PackagesThis Fall, we are again sending care packages off to our soldiers and college students and need your help filling them! We are seeking monetary donations and snack items. (Keep in mind that items need to travel well.) You can drop off your donations at the Welcome Center on Sundays or the church office during the week. On Sunday, September 28, the youth will help assemble the packages and on Sunday, October 5, we will bless them during worship. Thanks for supporting these loved ones who are far from home. If you have questions, please contact Kevin at kevin@bethany-denver.org or Pastor Russ at russ@bethany-denver.org.

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Sunday, August 31 - Labor Day Weekend 2013 Outdoor

Outdoor Worship:  Join us in the west courtyard at 8:00 or 9:00am (10:30am service is indoors). We rejoice in God’s creation and our call to work on God’s behalf. Blessing of Hands at all three services.  Please join us!

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Monday thru Saturday, September 1 – 6

2014 Cristo ReyGod’s Work – Our Hands:  The national ELCA day to do this work is Sunday, 9/7. But we have so much fun Being the Blessing, that we’re going to work Monday thru Saturday, 9/1 – 9/6.

The Synod office is requesting help to spruce up the parsonage for Iglesia Lutherana Cristo Rey before their new pastor moves in. This is the church that we have worked at and around for every Extreme Community Makeover project we’ve done for our Be The Blessing event.  Specific volunteer information HERE.

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2014 Rally DaySunday, September 7 – Rally Day!

Join us for Family Worship at 9:00am, followed by the beginning of Sunday School classes at 9:45am. Following worship, there will be a reception to welcome Pastor Paul, Pastoral Intern Stefanie Fauth-Lemke, Faith Formation Minister of Children’s Education Natalie Dailey & Bell Choir Director Jeff Harms. Join the fun!

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Saturday, September 13 

2013 Healthy MarrHealthy Marriage Workshop Opportunity:  “I liked the personal references the facilitators shared.” “I liked the knee to knee activities.” “I liked the hands on opportunities to try some of the techniques we learned.” These were just a few comments from the previous Healthy Marriage workshop held at Bethany.  There will be another opportunity to attend the Healthy Marriage Seminar.  This workshop will be held in the Great Hall at Bethany on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  We are fortunate to have Larry and Vicky Daub, Bethany members, facilitating the seminar again.

This seminar is provided by federal funds from the Colorado Healthy Marriage Project.  As such, there is no fee for the seminar, lunch is provided and childcare will be available (also at no charge).  We hope you will give your relationship the opportunity to grow and become closer.  Sign up at www.marry-well.org or call 720-488-8888.  For further questions, please contact Janet Mortinsen at janet@bethany-denver.org or call 303-300-3317.

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Sunday, September 14 – All-Church Picnic Potluck!

A great time to get together with your Bethany friends!  Join your church friends on Sunday, September 14 from 10:30am – 2:00pm at Eisenhower Park, located just north of Bethany between Dahlia and Colorado Blvd. Bring a dish to share!  Come!  All are welcome!

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Sunday, September 21 - Back to Church Sunday

Bring a friend/neighbor/family member to church on Sunday, September 21!  Worship at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:30am!

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2013 Luth CollegesSunday, September 28 – Lutheran College Fair

Registration at 6:00pm, Financial Aid Seminar at 6:15pm and College Fair from 6:45-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit:  www.lutherancolleges.org.

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2014 MourningFacing the Mourning, a grief interactive support group, will take place in the main office conference room on Wednesdays, October 1-October 22 from 5:30-6:30pm or Sundays, October 5 – 26 from 10:30-11:30am.  Janet Mortinsen will be facilitating these sessions.

To register for either Wednesdays or Sundays or for questions, please contact Janet at janet@bethany-denver.org or call at 303-300-3317.

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Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today and forever.

Dear People of Bethany, 

2014 Hello GoodbyeThank you for
giving Pastor 
Ron and Sue Ann 
such a fabulous
 Farewell and
 Godspeed on
 June 8! The sanctuary was filled at all three services with your laughter, tears and applause. They both felt so honored by your presence and gracious words, both spoken and written. As Pastor Ron always reminded us, ‘The way we say hello, is the way we say good-bye.’ Thus we are delighted this month to say hello to two new Bethany employees. We welcome into our staff Natalie Dailey and Jeffrey Harms. We also were delighted to celebrate with Russ Britton and his family at his ordination and installation as a pastor at Bethany. While we welcome Pastor Russ’ gifts for ministry, we are also well into the process of finding an Interim Senior Pastor to serve the congregation during our transition to a new Senior Pastor. These are days filled with a variety of emotions; everything from sadness to great excitement.

2014 All Things NewOn June 22, we also launched the Renewed for Growth campaign. This campaign will allow us to enhance our facility over the next three years. Our first project, the new chapel, will provide a lovely, intimate and holy space for funerals, weddings and summer worship. While our current sanctuary is gorgeous, it is too large for Gramma’s service when there are only 60 people in attendance. I pray that the Holy Spirit will move you to contribute to the Chapel with a gift in memory of a loved one, or purchase several square feet for $182/square.

2013 Small Pray 2As you can see, all of our leadership teams are working diligently to continue to move the mission of Bethany forward. I’m so proud of you, the people of Bethany. Thank you for walking faithfully with God no matter the circumstances. Beginning July 12, a group of people will be prayer walking our sanctuary and building for 45 minutes each Saturday morning at 9:00am, lifting our life together in prayer to God. Join in!

Hebrews chapter 13 is the close of a letter written to a community experiencing fatigue of faith and those tempted to turn away from
 Christ. After some very robust language, the last chapter turns to simple and direct advice. ‘Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect 2014 Hebrews 138to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison. Be content with what you have. Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.’ (Chapter 13: various verses 1-7)

Then comes the promise: Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today and forever. In these days of change, we too are called to remember the basics, and I have no doubt that we will. Let mutual love continue. Show hospitality to strangers. Be content. Remember and pray for your leaders.

We can draw strength from the fact that in the midst of all the change around us, Jesus Christ remains a constant. He is our Rock. He is our steadfast support. He is our forgiveness and life together. Now and forever. Amen.

Pastor Ruth Ann

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Pastorous Thoughts – Summer 2014 – Pastor Russ Britton           

2014 Lamentations

The NPR radio series This I Believe has individuals share briefly how they have come to claim the life values and beliefs that characterize their conviction. This has also born three books that are the written collections of many of those essays. While we as individuals are a complex amalgam of influences, the interest in what matters to another and the story of how it came to be that way can be a great inspiration of curiosity, even if in the end, we may disagree with them.

Whether you are an early bird, a night owl, or a sleep lover at both ends of the night, the morning does contain a certain sense of the possible. The marvelous hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness (ELW 733) contains in its refrain “morning by morning new mercies I see.” I heard a story where a young man says to an older man on the porch, “I have a problem.” The older man inquires, “What would that be?” “I cannot see God,” replies the young man. To which the older gentleman replies, “Well, I don’t know if I can help you, son. I have a different type of problem. I cannot help but see God everywhere.” I love this story. Surely, I want to clarify that where the Bible says in Isaiah 11 that ‘a little child shall lead them,’ that age is not a sole differentiation of who can have eyes of faith to encourage one another. Each of us has the unique capacity when we live out our God given gifts and passions to be one who can point out God’s mercies. This I believe and I am pleased to be a part of the Bethany Lutheran community which ‘morning by morning’ has and will continue to proclaim God’s faithfulness!

 

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