• 2015 CallCommit

    Call Committee

    The Call Committee for Bethany's next lead Pastor has officially kicked off.  To read more about the process and/or to nominate a candidate for consideration, please visit the Call Committee page HERE.

  • 2015 BLC Cares3

    Bethany Cares Project

    Help care for our neighbors!  Now collecting donations  - pick up a list of items needed at the Welcome Center. Cash donations are also welcome! Questions?  Contact Intern Stefanie HERE.

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2015 SummerWorship

It is the Ministry Council’s hope that, in addition to continuing to offer a variety of worship opportunities, the new schedule will also allow for an increased time of fellowship between the services to chat with the Pastors, connect with an old friend, or even meet someone new!

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REMINDER:  The Church Office and the Bethany Early Childhood Center

will be CLOSED on Friday, July 3, in observance of the July 4th holiday.

BLC GodBlessAmericaHoly Trinity, one God, you show us the splendor of diversity and the beauty of unity in your own divine life. Make us, who came from many nations with many languages, a united people that delights in our different gifts. Defend our liberties, and give those whom we have entrusted with authority the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our sovereign and Savior. Amen.  (ELW page 77, Additional Prayers for the Nation)

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Sunday, July 5

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost:  Mark 6:1-13

The text for this week shows Jesus sending his 12 disciples out to share the Good News – and urge people to repent.  He sends them two by two with no more than a walking stick and orders to find food and lodging with those to whom they are ministering.  What an order!
It’s hard for us to fathom walking to a stranger’s house and asking for a place to sleep and food, let alone to tell them about Christ – I’m positive I couldn’t do it!  Back in this time there weren’t ATMs and hotels and restaurants for the disciples to remain independent – no, they were required to either carry their supplies along with them or rely on the hospitality of others. lifted_hands-150x150
Hospitality, making someone feel welcome, the idea seems easy enough, but is it?  It’s not easy to help strangers feel at ease, especially in circumstances that are completely new to them.  For example, I had a friend that came to my son’s baptism and she noted that there were page numbers, but there was no indication which book that page was referring to.   I knew, as a regular church attender, that a page number would mean the hymnal – but she wasn’t used to the way our church worked, and by the time she figured it out, the song was half over and she had given up.  Even the little things can offer hospitality.
I wonder too about receiving hospitality.  We all want to be the one who welcomes the new person, to make others feel at home when we host an event, but when it’s YOU that needs the hospitality – do you feel a little out of sorts?  It can be hard to receive care – to have to rely on others, like the disciples did – whether it’s done well or not, it can be hard to rely on others.
But we humans are completely dependent on the hospitality we are offered by Christ – Jesus suffered death on the cross for us – not an easy, quick death, but a slow and painful death, in order that we might be gifted with grace.  The ultimate hospitality!
Now I know we cannot die for others in the same way Christ did, but in response to that gift, that hospitality, think a bit this week about how you have been freed to show kindness, love, hospitality to others – and live into it!
Peace,
Stefanie
Pastoral Intern Stefanie will be preaching on Sunday and our hymns will include Great Is Thy Faithfulness; Rise Up, O Saints of God; What Wondrous Love is This; and What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine. Special music at both services will be solos by Katie Jeddeloh.
2015 SummerWorshipThis Sunday we continue our summer worship schedule with services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. and fellowship in the west courtyard between services. Can’t make it to church on Sunday morning? On Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. there is a prayer service in the Chapel and on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. join us for an evening prayer service in the Chapel followed by fellowship in the courtyard.

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BLC Wednesday

Wednesday, July 8

Come Early (5:30 p.m.) on Wednesdays for a ‘Simple Supper’:  All are invited to join the pastors for a simple supper before Evening Prayer. Conversation will revolve around the themes from Sacred Pathways being used in worship that evening. Deb Stauffer is organizing the salad bar; group members are invited (not required) to bring a salad ingredient to add to the buffet. It really is a simple supper!

Summer Worship on Wednesday:  6:30pm in the Chapel.  We are using a new Evening Prayer Service in the style of Holden Evening Prayer written for Bethany by our talented Director of Music, Rick Seaton. We are also be using the book, Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas for inspiration. Thomas outlines 9 unique pathways people use to encounter God. Each week we will focus on a different pathway – including Naturalists, Traditionalists, Intellectuals, Activists and Caregivers. The book is available at the Welcome Center for $15. We hope to see you there!

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BLC RockiesSunday, July 26

11th Annual Colorado Rockies Faith Day:  Michael W. Smith is this year’s musical guest. Bethany has 25 tickets at $23 each. Each ticket includes the 2:10pm Rockies game (vs. Cincinnati Reds) and the postgame concert. Come spend a day at the ballpark with your Bethany friends! Sign up and pay at the Welcome Center. For more information con- tact Sarah at sarah@bethany-denver.org.

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