This month’s verse is Isaiah 58:9a (NRSV)
Then you shall call,
and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help,
and he will say,
Here I am.”
Lenten Devotional Calendars are here! Pick yours up at the Welcome Center. These are for the ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. We are pledging $12,000 to this ELCA Campaign cause. Your Global Mission Ministry Team has already given $5,000 towards our goal and your giving to the Souper Bowl of Caring will also count. Think about pledging $1/day during Lent to help us meet our goal. More info at: http://www.elca.org/40days
Confirmation Mentors Needed: As part of our Confirmation ministry, each student is partaking in “The Confirmation Project” as a capstone of their journey of faith through Confirmation. Students will use this opportunity to partner with a mentor (that’s you) and continue to explore their faith as they learn about their spiritual gifts and how they can grow in relationship with Christ past Confirmation. Caring adults, this is where you come in. We need to partner our youth and adults up one-on-one to share experiences, ideas, and faith with one another while growing in relationship. Would you be willing to join us in March? Contact Tory for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday, February 26
The Transfiguration of our Lord
Scripture readings for Sunday are Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21 and Matthew 17:1-9
Food Breakdown With a strong donation from a very generous Bethany member we will repackage beans and rice for Metro Caring on Sunday, February 26 at 9:30 a.m. till we’re done, in the Fellowship Hall. This tradition started years ago to feed those in need through Metro Caring.
Join Mosaic at Bethany Lutheran Church: One hour of inspirational and educational testimonials/stories! February 26th at 11:30am. Mosaic (www.mosaicindenver.org) in Denver partners with people with intellectual disabilities to create a meaningful life in a caring community, giving a voice to their needs. They serve 65 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Denver and surrounding areas through the work of 19 staff. Mosaic provide supports that are tailored to each person’s own needs and desires in life. They also help people define their own happiness, and support them and empower the pursuit of their goals. Please feel free to invite a friend.
Health & Wellness Healthy Heart Awareness – February is heart health awareness month. The Health & Wellness Cabinet will have a table in the Fellowship Hall on February 26 with information about ways to prevent heart disease and how to live a heart healthier life. We hope you are able to stop by that morning.
Vacation Bible School Returns!
“Maker Fun Factory! Created by God, Built for a Purpose!”
From Monday – Friday, June 26th-30th we will host over a 100 pre-schoolers and elementary age children from the community around us and we need you! There are fun snacks, inspiring skits, lively songs, energetic games, engaging science projects in the Tinker Tot lab and more! We will have counselors from Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp with us for the week too!
You can help! We will hold two planning meetings, one on Wednesday, February 22nd at 5:30pm and the second on Sunday, February 26th immediately following worship – both meetings will take place in the Fellowship Hall. You won’t want to miss the fun!
Refuge (Senior High) Sunday February 26, 6-7:30pm in the Chapel. Come and join in as we worship together! Our theme will be “Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance; Letting Go of Being Cool and Always in Control” with leadership provided from Bethany. For this one we will let loose and drop the whole “too-cool-for-school” act. It will be a fun and silly night. Bring a few friends!
The Month of March
Guantes por Jesus: Bethany’s Global Mission Ministry Team is announcing a Spring baseball equipment drive, Guantes por Jesus, or Gloves for Jesus. Please help by donating your used or forgotten baseball bats, balls, gloves, spikes, old uniforms, or even score books. Read more in the Beacon HERE, page 3.
Ash Wednesday, March 1
- 7:30am – A brief service of Confession and Forgiveness, and the Imposition of Ashes in the Chapel. The service will last approximately 20 minutes.
- 12:00 noon – A service of Communion and Imposition of Ashes. This service will last approximately 45 minutes.
- 7:00pm – A full service with Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.
Wednesdays in Lent
March 8 – April 5, 12:00 noon & 6:30pm
- The first two Wednesdays’ theme will center on important places of Lent, Bethany, and Gethsemane.
- Then a three week series of conversations between Pastor Gary and others with the themes of Sin, Hell, and the Devil.
Available to Usher during Lent? Sign-up HERE. Click on DETAILS to sort by date.
Sunday, March 5
Bethany Mission Trip (for all ages!): YES, ALL AGES AND CAPABILITIES! We have organized a Mission Trip opportunity for any and all members of Bethany! The trip is scheduled for July 16-21 in Axtell, NE. This opportunity will serve the Bethphage Village (Mosaic) organization and includes both relational (teaching/community activities) and physical labor (80 acres of property) serving opportunities. Bethphage/Mosaic provides a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities. Whether this is your first time doing a mission trip or your 50th, this is a fun, safe, and enriching opportunity for all members of Bethany. If you are interested in learning more, please join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, March 5th at 11:15 a.m. in Room 210. Or contact Tara Sawinski at 303-941-0093 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 8
Financial Peace University: Do you ever feel like your finances are controlling you, instead of the other way around? Financial Peace University (FPU) teaches God’s ways of handling money. This 9-week class offers practical steps to get rid of debt, create a budget that really works, spend and save wisely, and much more! FPU starts Wednesday, March 8, 7:15-8:45pm. Pick up a flyer at the Welcome Desk or contact Thomas or Alison Betts at 303.771.2814 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Campaign for the ELCA has named the focus of 2017 the initiatives of Global Church Sponsorship. In so doing there are three areas where funds will be distributed:
1) In support of Missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission;
2) In support of Women’s International Leadership; and
3) In support of Global Ministries.
While Bethany offers support in each of those areas, in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we will acknowledge in worship both on Wednesday the 8th and the following Sunday the 12th the incredible life and social change that equipping and empowering women inspires. The Global Mission Ministry Team of Bethany Lutheran has given $2000 on behalf of the congregation to the ELCA Women’s International Leadership fund.
Additionally, on Wednesday evening the 8th following 6:30p worship Pastors Brigette and Russ will look at social statements of the ELCA and ministries supported by Bethany and the ELCA which uplift advocacy for women.
Weekend of March 10 and 11
“Reforming Congregations Through Engaging in Our Community” Workshop at St. Mark’s on March 10 and 11. It will be led by Rocky Mountain Synod (Bishop Jim Gonia), ELCA Domestic Mission Unit (Rev. Susan Engh), Together Colorado, and FRESC (Front Range Economic Strategy Center). This workshop is for congregations to learn the value of Community Organizing and how it can contribute to the renewal of your congregation. Topics include: Charity vs. Justice, Relational Organizing and Structural Change. Please contact Pastor Brigette at Brigette@bethany-denver.org for more information.
Healthy Marriage Workshop: There will be a Healthy Marriage Workshop facilitated by Vicky and Larry Daub on March 11 from 9am – 4:30pm at the Center for Relationship Education, 8101 E Belleview Ave, Suite G Denver 800237. This workshop is designed for couples that are dating, engaged or married to learn skills to create a thriving, healthy relationship. The cost for this workshop is $75. For more information or to register for this workshop, please go to www.myrelationshipcenter.org/marriage-project/couples/.
Sunday, March 12
Second Grade Bible Presentation Class will be held on March 12 from 11:30am to 1:30pm. A light lunch will be served. Parents, please plan on attending with your student for this vibrant learning about the Bible – God’s love story to God’s people! The students will receive their Bibles at the 8:30am worship on March 19. Please RSVP to Gayle Newell at email@example.com by March 9. For more information, please contact Pastor Brigette at Brigette@bethany-denver.org.
Weekend of March 24-25
Women of Bethany Retreat: Register at the Welcome Center for the Women’s Retreat taking place March 24-25 in Colorado Springs. Our theme is “All Anew.” We will enjoy the Franciscan Retreat Center for the overnight stay and have time of renewal of mind, body and spirit. We have room for 29 women, so register soon! Contact Michelle Stone-Kraus (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kris Carr (email@example.com) or Pastor Brigette (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like more information.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
First Communion Learning Session: First Communion class is for any child three years and up, who would like to begin receiving communion or have been already receiving communion and would like to take the learning session. This session is for the parent (s) and child together (siblings are welcome) and will include lunch, learning stations and rehearsing the milestone on Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017. Please contact Pr. Brigette for more information.
9 Health Fair: Professional and Affordable Health Screenings. Detailed Flyer: Download HERE. 7:00am – Noon. Just down the block from Bethany, at our neighbor’s place. Temple Sinai, 3509 So. Glencoe Street, Denver, CO 80237. Save time, and register ahead of time by visiting THIS link!
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. CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:
Help Needed: The Teaching and Learning Team supports the Faith Formation staff at Bethany as well as the educational ministry. We are looking for additional team members. We meet once each quarter before a Ministry Council meeting to offer feed-back to the Faith Formation Team and Council and to further the vision and goals of the Ministry Council and the Faith Formation Team. If you are interested in this vibrant and energetic ministry please contact Susan Wiggins: (email@example.com), Nickie Fowler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Brigette (email@example.com) to get started!
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.
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