Walking in Faith

"Now, God, through the Holy Spirit, is calling me to serve a new congregation."  

Pastor Ruth Ann Loughry's last day with the people of Bethany will be Sunday, November 16th.  Read her letter to the congregation HERE.

2014 Transitions

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

regarding the transitions in the life of Bethany Lutheran Church. 

*NEW:  Read Pastor Ruth Ann’s Letter to the Congregation HERE.

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Sunday, November 2 – All Saints Sunday

2013 BellWe will celebrate those who have gone before us into God’s eternal rest. We will read the names of Bethany’s saints and ring bells in their honor. It is a holy day as we remember loved ones. Come and worship!

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2013 QuiltBethany Patchers is having its annual Quilt Sale on Sunday, November 2. 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 2nd!

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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!

2013 Grow MoneyConsecration Sunday:  at all three worship services, we will consecrate our financial commitments in support of the mission and ministry of Bethany Lutheran Church. Making a commitment in response to all of the blessings you have received from God is a critical part of your faith journey. Please prayerfully consider your commitment; then, come prepared to bring your commitment forward as a public demonstration of your faith and your generous response to all of God’s blessings.

Bach’s Message for Christians:  Come hear James Kim, Bethany’s Chancel Choir Director, as he 2014 Old Bachexplores Bach — the man and his music –  this Sunday, 11/9 in the Choir Room at 9:00am.  As a man of deep faith, Bach brilliantly crafted his compositions to illustrate his theological beliefs, and to help the people in his congregations deal with the tragedies and perils of their time. His messages are as relevant to us today as we grapple with how to live our daily lives as Christians. Bach’s works will be an ongoing part of our liturgical year, and these conversations with James will help deepen your understanding of how they help us experience The Spirit.

Highlights from James’ first conversation can be viewed HERE!

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Saturday, November 22

Michael Peterson will grace us with a concert in the Bethany sanctuary on November 22 at 7 pm. Michael is returning to benefit veterans through assisting our veteran’s ministry, Operation One Nation. There will be a dinner from 5-6:30 pm in 2013 11 17 MP 1the Fellowship Hall prior to the concert. A freewill offering will be gathered at the event and all are invited to attend. If you plan on attending the dinner, please RSVP to Janet Mortinsen at janet@bethany-denver.org or 303-300-3317. Please join us for an entertaining evening with music and a message in order to assist our military members and their families.

Michael, an award-winning Country and Western recording artist, and his manager and spouse, Col (ret) Jill Chambers are on a journey together helping veterans transition to civilian employment when their military commitments are through. Michael will be coming off a performance in Switzerland where he was in concert with a philharmonic orchestra. Michael has participated in a worship service here at Bethany on three separate occasions.

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2014 Spark BibleSunday, November 23

A Faith Milestone: Presentation of Bibles to 2nd Graders – We will mark this milestone by presenting our children in second grade with a Bible during 9:00am worship on this day. This special service is followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall with a continental breakfast buffet. It is essential for families to sign up in advance to reserve your Bible and pew space. Deadline to register is November 16. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Center or contact Janice at janice@bethany-denver.org or 303-639-4345.

2014 ZimbabweGlobal Mission Meet & Greet: God’s Garden – Davidson Zhou and his wife Yana will again visit Bethany. We have supported them for many years, beginning with his time in seminary school. Come to Room 209 at 10:00am to hear about their exciting work in Ngundu, Zimbabwe.

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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