God’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 through Saturday, 9/1 – 9/6!  We'll be sprucing up the parsonage for Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey before their new pastor moves in.  Specific volunteer information HERE!

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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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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Sunday, September 28

2013 Bonfils2Bonfils Blood Drive:  Save a life – donate blood!  8:00 a.m. – Noon in the Fellowship Hall.   To reserve an appointment time contact Bonfils at 303/363-2300 or register online at https://donors.bonfils.org/ using site code 0377. For more information, contact Janet Mortinsen at 303-300-3317 or janet@bethany-denver.org.

2013 Luth CollegesDon’t miss this opportunity to talk to representatives from many different Lutheran colleges and universities and get important information about financial aid resources.

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 BiblesOctober is Bring Your Bible to Church Month

Throughout October, in honor of the Reformation and Confirmation, find your Bible and bring it to worship each week. It can be an old one that you need to dust off, the one you use every day, or the one on your iPad or other electronic device.  See you – and your Bible – in church!

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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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Call and Promise, A Life with Purpose

The Godly Play
 and Kids’ LIGHT 
theme for this 
year is Call and
Promise. The 
middle school
 and senior high
 will be talking 
about a life of purpose. Isn’t it lovely how those two things go together? We know when we are living from God’s baptismal call on our lives, we are promised a life of purpose!

2014 FallFor families with children or young adults in college, the fall brings a call back to school routines. For others, we encounter the call of work, or friendships, or a cool evening walk in a park.

Here too at church, we are called back into the programmatic ministries of our life together. The regular gatherings at music rehearsals, at Sunday school classes and leadership meetings, gives us a sense of purpose for God’s Kingdom. Pastor Paul Svingen has answered the call to lead us in this next season. We have renewed energy as we will begin to hear the construction noises for a new worship space.

2013 Baptism2God’s claim and calling on our lives comes to us in the waters of baptism, where we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. That promise undergirds every other life promise! For the promises of forgiveness, grace, hope and eternal life give our days purpose and meaning each and every season.

Rally Day, September 7, everything begins with Faith Formation for children through adults. Worship together as families at the 9 o’clock hour!

On September 14, let’s gather as the whole Bethany family for a picnic in Eisenhower Park from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bring a dish to share!

2014 Back to ChurchOn Back to Church Sunday, September 21, we are asking you to extend the call and invite a friend to church. You never know who needs to hear the good news of Jesus Christ!

It is Jesus Christ our Lord, through his call on our lives to be disciples, that gives our lives a sense of purpose. That’s a promise! 

Walking it with you,

Pastor Ruth Ann

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Pastorous Thoughts – Fall 2014  

2014 Salt Shaker

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

I am not a chef but I do have an appreciation for the enhancement of flavor that is drawn out in the art of seasoning. In most of our houses I trust we at least have salt and pepper, but many of us likely also have a drawer or shelf with an assortment of little jars with various colors and scents of powder, leaves and spices. We try to be equipped to make the food taste just right because seasoning can make the difference in an entree.

In our faith lives we have seasoning as well. But in a liberty taken with the verb, our lives are affected by the seasons in which we live and the milestones which characterize those times. The endeavor of faith formation at Bethany Lutheran has seen how fundamental seasons are in our lives and how it is a holy thing to acknowledge prominent times during those seasons. We are doing well in acknowledging milestones in the lives of our youth and we are open and interested in considering what other milestones might be central to the adult experience of faith.

How do you engage the seasons of life? I would suggest that it is primarily by being attentive to the “flavor” of the life you are leading. Where we are cherishing joys, we often say life is sweet. Where we are recovering from betrayal or disappointment we may say that things are bitter. Then there are those times of life that are truly bittersweet where the ambivalence around an event that is good for some but tough for others testifies to the fact that often life simply is not simple.

2014 CanticleThe writer of Ecclesiastes names this in the third chapter in a passage widely known through its rendition as the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds. Our hymnal has a wonderful hymn #723 called “Canticle of the Turning” which also names that the seasons will change and often, if we’re honest with ourselves, we can see the signs. After two months as your new pastor, I am better aware that I am being seasoned. Acclimating to a role that is decidedly different than either of my preceding years is profoundly rewarding but also comes with challenges I must remind myself that are characteristic of living into a new season.

Whether the season you find yourself in right now is easy or difficult or you are not quite sure what it is, trust that in every season God has promised to be with and for us. See Matthew 28:20. Next time you sprinkle a teaspoon of seasoning may you see how you too have been sprinkled with the seasoning of challenges and blessings. 

Thanks be to God. Please pass the salt.

Pastor Russ

 

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