St. Olaf Band Concert

This fabulous band will be in our area soon!  They will perform at Lewis Palmer HS Auditorium in Monument on Wednesday, 10/15 at 7:30pm and and June Swaner Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, 10/16 at 7pm.  Click HERE for more performances and contact information.

2014 Transitions

Please visit our “Transitions” page for all of the latest information

regarding the transitions in the life of Bethany Lutheran Church. 

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October is Bring Your Bible to Church Month

2014 BiblesThroughout 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 or call at 303-300-3317.

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2013 RTLCSaturday, October 4 – Grace Race

For a fun afternoon with family or friends, join us on Saturday, October 4 for the annual Grace Race at Sloans Lake. This 5K run/walk was started in 2007 by Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp to raise money for ELCA World Hunger. The entry fee is $30 before September 26, $35 after that date. Get a T-shirt with early registration. For more information, click HERE or call Jill or Doug Monsen at 303-770-1133. Strollers and dogs welcome!

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Sunday, October 5

2013 BlessAnimals2Blessing of the Animals:  It’s that time again when we ask God’s blessings on our furry, fuzzy and fishy friends who create such happiness in our daily lives. Bring your pets of all shapes, sizes, meows and woofs to the courtyard on Sunday, October 5 at noon. “God saw everything that He had made and indeed, it was very good!” 

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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 Pastor Russ at

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Breakfast:  Join us for a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30am – Noon in the Fellowship Hall.  This is a fundraiser for Urban Servant Corps.  Come hungry!!!

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2014 number 8Adult Faith Formation:  We read God’s word to know God. Can we know God from contemporary writing, too? Join us for lively reading and discussions of authors such as Garrison Keillor, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker – 8 authors, 8 Sundays at 10:30am in Room 210, beginning October 5th. Check the Welcome Center for sign-up sheet and books entitled, Listening for God.

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Sunday, October 19

2013 bless candle“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  Romans 12:4-5

People with mental illnesses often feel isolated, alone and unable to share their experience. In a continued effort to raise awareness and decrease stigma, on Sunday, October 19, during all three worship services, there will be candles at the altar for the congregation to light in honor of someone in their lives who is afflicted with a mental illness. Stephen Ministers will also be available at each service to pray one on one.

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Ministry Fair:  Plan to spend some extra time at church on the morning of October 19 to learn all about the many ministries and programs at Bethany. There will be tables and displays in the Fellowship Hall with information about the ways you can connect your gifts to Bethany’s various ministries. Don’t miss this great opportunity to renew acquaintances and socialize with friends!

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Sunday, November 3

2013 QuiltBethany Patchers is having its annual Quilt Sale on Sunday, November 3. It’s a great time to find that special quilt for yourself or a gift, as well as fund a much needed program. Bethany Patchers has been quilting for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) for the past 16 years. Each quilt is made from donated fabric that is cut into squares, sewn to form a top; batting is added then a back piece and yarn is tied to finish the quilt. Each quilt takes many hours of work to complete. To date LWR has given quilts to over 850,000 recipients in 21 countries and demand always exceeds the supply.

Patchers is grateful to all who have donated to this cause over the years. We are always in need of cotton or cotton blend fabric, good quality sheets as well as any type of sewing supplies. Please remember us when you clean out those closets. See you on November 3rd!

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2014 MeetingSunday, November 9

The Bethany Lutheran Church & Bethany Foundation Annual Meeting will be held immediately following the 10:30am service in the Great Hall.  The agenda includes the election of Congregation Council, Ministry Council, BECC Board, Bethany Foundation, Nominating Committee and Synod Representatives. See the slate of candidates HERE.  Please plan to attend!

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2013 11 17 MP 1Saturday, November 22

Michael Peterson returns to Bethany on Saturday evening, November 22. Michael will be here to assist Operation One Nation in raising funds and awareness for Veterans and their families. Michael is a country western singer who has supported the cause of  Veterans and entertains with his music and his message. Please save the date and watch for further information!

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A Prayer of Gratitude


2014 Thank You GodAs I walk the halls of Bethany six days a week, I am 
constantly reminded of how the Lord has blessed us
beyond measure, primarily through you, God’s people.
  Stephen Ministers care, altar guild serves, Godly Play
 and Kids’ LIGHT Shepherds teach, Vertical Life adults 
listen, choir members sing, council leads, members
 worship and give. We are rich beyond compare. Thank you, God.

It is a delight to have Interim Pastor Paul Svingen among us. His wealth of wisdom having served in Intentional Interim Ministry is deep. His loving kindness is evident and his theology thoroughly Lutheran. Under his steady hand, we will navigate this transition more smoothly. Thank you, God.

2014 Thank You GodIntern Stefanie Fauth-Lemke brings an easy laugh and positive energy to whatever she touches. Her clear desire to learn and grow will benefit Bethany as we continue to be a teaching parish of the ELCA. Her husband Marty, sons Royce and Arthur will be wonderful additions as well to BECC and our Bethany family. Thank you, God.

When the darkness of our world seems so strong, help us to know that you are the light no darkness can overcome. You alone are the Holy One, you alone, are the Lord. For those ambassadors of your grace and love in the face of evil, we pray for their strength and courage. Thank you, God.2014 Thank You God

For the mountains upon which ‘we lift our eyes, from whence cometh our help’, thank you, God. For the cross that hangs above the altar – an ever present reminder of the sacrifice of Love which covers all our sins, thank you, God. For the Word, Font and Table where we partake of God’s Means of Grace with humility and hunger, thank you, God.

Every morning your mercies are new. May we never cease to give you praise and thanks, O God…especially in days of transitions. Amen.

Pastor Ruth Ann

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Pastorous Thoughts – Fall 2014  

2014 Psalm 139 7

Psalm 139:7

2014 SWSouthwest Airlines calls their lowest fares “Wanna Get Away?”  
I think it is a rhetorical question. Of course we all want to get away at some times in our lives, right? It does beg the question of whether we want to get away to somewhere or whether we seek to get away from somewhere. Either way, whether your idea of a vacation is a “stay”-cation or a multi-week getaway to somewhere with no less than four flights to arrive, our presence of mind can be telling about our well-being or lack thereof.

2014 Psalm 139 14From the same Psalm 139, verse 14 states the author’s recognition that we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’ This verse has long captivated me as representative of honesty about our human condition. It does not take very long watching the television news to hear of another unfortunate incident in which hurt and harm are propagated against humanity by some other group of humanity. In this internet age though, we can also often find an uplifting video that goes ‘viral’ for its beauty and sensitivity to the needs of others.

Even in these places of discord, do we believe God is found there? Do we believe God can be found there? I find that those two questions bring to light the fundamental dilemma of our discordant thinking about where God may or may not be at work. Framed in a different light, we are awfully fond of claiming what God cannot do. In Luke 1:37 we are told, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” How quick we are to forget! This does not mean we will understand every response God gives, but where our ascription of God’s activity fails to recognize God’s sovereignty and supplants our own sense of being in control, we cannot help but find ourselves disappointed. 2014 Luke 1 37

Here is the word of hope to wrap up these $0.02 which I share with you. Are we running to God or by our actions or complacency are we drifting from God? Lutheran theology well accounts for the fact that the paradox is that we cannot get away from God at all! So as the fall begins, enjoy recollecting memories of summer getaways if you were able to get them. God welcomes you back, because really God was with you all the time.

Blessings to you here and there and everywhere,

Pastor Russ