• 2015 Slide CO Gives

    Colorado Gives Day

    December 8:  Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in CO through online giving.  Visit their WEBSITE and make an early, scheduled donation.  BLC partner sites listed below!

  • BLC Poinsettia


    Would you like to help decorate the Sanctuary by contributing towards the cost of a poinsettia plant in honor or in memory of a loved one? Envelopes can be found in the pews or at the Welcome Center. $25.00 donation.

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Sunday, November 29 – First Sunday in Advent

Read the Word:  Luke 1:26-38

This Advent we begin with Gabriel’s message to Mary: God has regarded her with favor and she will bear a son. Many of us have learned to hear this as a pronouncement, yet in the original Greek it is more nuanced. The question of willingness hung in the air…would Mary accept or refuse God’s overture?  God waited as Mary quietly deliberated.  How could Mary know what it would really mean to listen to and obey God’s call? To obey God takes a willingness to let go of control, to let go of possible consequences and to trust God’s bigger picture that includes unknown consequences.
Mary’s ‘let it be’ was made in the dark without assurance or guarantees. As Poet Denise Levertov writes:
Called to a destiny more momentous
Than any in all of Time,
She did not quail,
          only asked
a simple, ‘How can this be?’
and gravely, courteously,
took to heart the angel’s reply,
the astounding ministry she was offered:BLC Advent Candle 1
to bear in her womb
Infinite weight and lightness; to carry
in hidden, finite inwardness,
nine months of Eternity; to contain
in slender vase of being,
the sum of power-
in narrow flesh,
the sum of light.
God comes in a body. First, in a mother’s body. Eternity in a womb. Then, finally enfleshed, is brought to birth. What does it mean that God comes in a body? How is it that a finite body can hold infinity? And what are the implications for our lives? This is enough for us to ponder all Advent.
Blessed Advent. Come, Lord Jesus.

We begin with Service of the Word at 7:45 a.m. in the Chapel, then Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Pastor Debra will preach at all three services. Our hymns will include Savior of the Nations Come and Hark, the Glad Sound! at 7:45, and Savior of the Nations Come, My Soul Proclaims Your Greatness, What Feast of Love and Hark, the Glad Sound! at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. 


Special music will be provided by Don & Kara Heilman at 8:30 and by the Chancel Choir, directed by Dr. James Kim at 10:00. Our guest organist will be Jeb Barrett. We will celebrate the baptism of Audrey Louise Timbrell, daughter of Zachary & Greta Timbrell at the10:00 service.


BLC QuestionSAdult Faith Formation:  Pastor Hansen has prepared a questionnaire available at the Welcome Center seeking ideas members might have for adult classes beginning in January, 2016.  If you have ideas for a class or an extended series of classes, please take the time to use this questionnaire as a way of sharing them with our pastoral staff.

2014 Thanks WorshipWednesday, November 25

Thanksgiving Eve Worship:  Join us for worship on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00pm when Bethany’s music groups will be joining us in worship as we thank God for our many blessings. We invite you to our traditional Pie Festival in the Fellowship Hall following the service.



Urban Peak Thanksgiving dinner needs you! Bethany will be helping to cook and serve Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Urban Peak shelter for homeless teens.  We are still short on food and we also need lots of hats, mittens, socks and gloves for the 50 homeless teens who come for dinner.  If you can help, please contact Colleen Johnson immediately at 303-832-3838and let her know what you can bring. Please call – we need you!  Thanks!


NOTE:  Office Hours The church office and the Bethany Early Childhood Center (BECC) will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sunday, November 29 – First Sunday in Advent

Soup for Schools! Bethany will be collecting all different types of soups for BLC Soupuse in the food backpack programs at several area schools. This program supplies non-perishable items for food-insecure families by sending food home in a backpack on Fridays for use over the weekends. As we are entering into the colder months, soups can provide a warm, hearty and nutritious meal option. Please bring soup to church on November 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29 and drop it in the labeled bins. On November 25th at the Thanksgiving Eve service, soup can be taken to the alter. Please contact Carrie Oss with any questions at 303-803- 0123 or carrieoss@gmail.com. Thank you!


Sunday, December 6

Bethany’s Global Mission Ministry Gift Bazaar will be held throughout the morning Sunday, December 6 in the Fellowship Hall. Gift items from One Mother and 10,000 Villages, Palestinian olive wood, God’s Garden gift cards for school uniforms, and of course our Fair Trade coffee, tea and 2013 Wreathchocolate will be available. Give a gift that gives twice!!


Christmas Wreath Sale: Make plans to purchase fresh Christmas wreaths in the Narthex on Sunday, December 6. Proceeds benefit Bethany’s Children’s Music Ministry. The beautiful 20 inch wreaths will cost $20.00. You may purchase with cash, check or at the kiosk. Thanks for your support!

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Advent Fair:  10:45am -Noon.  Our annual Advent Fair is a highlight of the Advent/Christmas season. Children are welcome to come to the Great Hall and make ornaments, Christmas cards and Christmas decorations, helping them to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. This event is for all Sunday School classes, Preschool through 5th grade. Contact Gayle Newell HERE or call 303-758-2820 with questions or to volunteer.


2015 CO GivesTuesday, December 8:  Colorado Gives Day

For the sixth year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.  You can even visit their website HERE and make an early, scheduled donation for 12/8! Here are some agencies that are Bethany partners:

Capitol Hill Community Services – Centus – CHARG Resource Center – Denver Rescue Mission – DenUM – Family Promise of Greater Denver (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) – Freedom Service Dogs – Gateway Battered Women’s Services – Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver – Inner City Health Center – Inter-Faith Community Services – Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains – Metro Caring – Project Angel Heart – Project C.U.R.E. – Project Sanctuary – Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver – Second Wind Fund – The Delores Project – The Gathering Place – There With Care – Urban Peak Denver – Urban Servant Corps – .Warren Village.


Saturday, December 19

Annual Family Ministry Christmas Caroling Event:  Saturday, December 19th from 430pm-7:00pm.  Please register by Wednesday, December 16th by e-mailing Nickie or Tara.  We will send you the EVITE with more details!

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Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

  • 1:30pm:  Outdoor Live Nativity

  • 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00pm:  Candlelight Services with Holy Communion


Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day

  • 10:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion


2013 Yellow RoseSunday, December 27

  • 7:45am:  Prayer Service
  • 8:30am:  Worship with Holy Communion
  • 10:00am:  Worship with Holy Communion and the Service of Remembrance



BLC Lent CrossSAVE the DATE:  2016 Lenten Retreat:  We have reserved rooms at Highlands Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center for our Lenten Retreat. Dates are Friday – Sunday, February 19-21. More information to come!


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