Preparations for the arrival of our Savior have begun!  Click HERE to volunteer for the many (60+) slots available.  Lectors read from the Holy Scriptures, Ushers greet and seat the people, Communion Assistants help serve the holy bread and wine and friendly faces help visitors at the Welcome Center.  Come!  Let us adore him...together!  

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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After prayerful consideration, please fill out your 2015 Commitment Card online HERE!

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Wednesday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Eve Worship

2014 Thanks WorshipJoin us on Wednesday, November 26, at 7:00pm when Bethany’s music groups lead us in worship as we thank God for our many blessings. Following the service, all are invited to a pie reception in the Fellowship Hall. This year, we are collecting food to support local school backpack programs and we are off to a strong start! Last week we collected 446 non-perishable food items and 8 backpacks for 4 local school backpack programs which supply weekend nutrition for food-insecure families. We are nearly half way to our goal of 1,000 items.

Bring your donations (soups, canned meats, fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice, boxed meals/meal helpers – no glass containers please) to church and place them at the altar when you come for worship on Thanksgiving Eve (or bring them to the church office this week Monday-Wednesday). Thank you for your generous donations! Please contact Carrie Oss at 303-803- 0123 or with any questions.

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2014 Advent Candle 1Sunday, November 30 – First Sunday in Advent

Scripture Readings for November 30, the First Sunday of Advent: The first lesson is from Isaiah 64:1-9; the second lesson is from I Corinthians 1:3-9. The Gospel is from Mark 13:24-37.

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Sunday, December 7 – Second Sunday in Advent

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Advent Fair:  10:30am – 12:00pm in the Great Hall:  The Children’s Advent Fair is a popular tradition for Bethany families with children ages 2 1⁄2 through 5th grade. The Advent Fair is scheduled in conjunction with the final dress rehearsal for the Children’s Christmas program, to make a festive day of activities. The emphasis is on the true meaning of the season and the event sets a tone of excitement, anticipation and preparation for Christmas. It is a wonderful opportunity for children to make creative gifts and decorations, which they can keep as remembrances or give as gifts to others with their love.

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Sunday, December 14 – Third Sunday in Advent2014 Advent Candle 3

2014 Rockin RoyalAnnual Sunday School Musical:  Modern day storytellers take us back in time two thousand years ago, as a very angry King Herod has hired an investigator named Sherlock Watson to find out why the wisemen never returned and where this baby King is. Join us for “Rockin’ Royal Christmas”!

All congregation members are invited to this special musical production by Kids’ LIGHT Sunday school students, directed by Pat Guittar. Godly Play children will open the program with Christmas songs, led by Shawn and Natalie Dailey.

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2014 Advent Candle 4Sunday, December 21 – Fourth Sunday in Advent

2014 Fair Trade CoffeeGood Coffee for a Good Cause:  Bethany’s Global Mission Ministry Team partners with Lutheran World Relief and Equal Exchange to support Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate. We will be in the Narthex today with a variety of coffees, teas, and chocolates for sale. Your support helps to provide for sustainability and eco friendly practices for our brothers and sisters in Central America, South America, Africa and Asia. As the holidays approach, think about Giving the Gift that Gives Twice!

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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 SandalsTake off your
 sandals, for the
 place you are
 standing is holy ground.

Exodus 3:5, Joshua 5:15, and Acts 7:33

What makes something holy ground? Do you recognize it in the moment? Or does it take hind-sight? It sure would be easy if God spoke up and told you to take off your shoes, right?

I believe holy ground can be found all around us. We here at Bethany are blessed to have a beautiful sanctuary and, within a few months, an equally beautiful chapel. Both spaces are dedicated foremost to worship of our Gracious God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How we attend to the spaces we create tells a lot about ourselves. I particularly appreciate the quote from worship professor at Emory University, Don Saliers, “The deepest things we know are found in the form of defining affections and passions. A person or society is better known through what is feared, grieved over, and hoped for than through its factually stated ideas and thoughts.”

2014 Holy Ground 1(“Where Beauty and Terror Lie: The Poetics of Everyday Life,” in Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 2, no. 2 (Fall 2002), 181-91.) Our spaces most certainly testify to these affections and passions.

How then do we know when something is sacred or otherwise? The writings of Romanian theologian Mircea Eliade offer insights here. His thesis is that the sacred reveals itself. It would seem very much in sync with the Lutheran understanding of the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed where we affirm faith is formed by the Holy Spirit. These hierophanies [manifestations of the sacred] are often given in spaces dedicated to ritual. Sure, much can be seen to be holy when seen with eyes of wonder and reverence.

When is bread more than bread; when is water more than water? Attend a Christian worship and see. We do have the good fortune to have marvelous spaces to connect with the wonder, mystery and beauty of God through the wonder, mystery and beauty of sacrament.

May you encounter the fullness of what can be found to be holy. Come to worship in chapel or sanctuary expectantly. And while you do not necessarily need to remove your shoes, take care to remove that which obstructs your capacity to see the sacred around you. I pray this may be for us all.

Pastor Russ

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