**If you are unable to serve, please contact the Worship Coordinator scheduled for your service. If you are a 5:30pm volunteer, please try to find a replacement before leaving a message on the church’s after-hours voicemail.
Family Promise Walk: This year’s Family Promise Walk is Sunday, September 8th. We’ll gather at Grace & St. Stephens Episcopal Church at 1pm (601 N. Tejon St.) New this year...walkers will go in groups with a Family Promise board member and learn about Family Promise's mission & work in Colorado Springs. Our Bethel Youth will be walking to support and learn more about this incredible community service. If you would like to walk or be a sponsor, our Youth will be available for sign-ups and to accept donations after the services. For more information please see Jodie Eshbach, Sharon Roberts or Daryl Skoog.
Get connected through Koinonia--a small group of Christians with a purpose. The purpose? Getting to know each other better by forming groups of 8 (single and/or couples) who will get together for dinner and share Christian fellowship. Each group will decide when they will meet. But the idea is to rotate homes/hosts over the period of a year. An example would be that the host would provide the main course and others would fill in with side dishes, salad, dessert or appetizer. The next month another person would host. If a host does not feel comfortable hosting a dinner, then appetizers or dessert may be shared. The main purpose is to be a caring support group and to get to know each other. Groups from Bethel will be formed within the next month. Interested? Please contact Joan Skoog.
Join Bethel’s Choir: Bethel’s Adult Choir has begun their fall practices each Thursday at 6:30 PM in Bethel’s Sanctuary. Come and share your voice and music gifts as we sing praise to God and minister to His people. All are welcome to attend. The choir sings every week at the 8:00 AM traditional service. Contact Pastor Dan for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do you need a place to serve? Is your schedule busy, so you have limited availability? Do you like working with small children? If so, we have the perfect place for you. We are in need of volunteers to assist in the nursery during the Sunday morning services on a regular basis. We only need your help one service per month at either the 8:00 or 10:30 AM service—that is 1 hour per month watching our precious little ones. Please contact Susi Hengel if you can help.
Attention Bethel Members: Thank you for your love & support for the youth of Bethel. If you would like to support Bethel’s Youth Ministry through providing a dinner or left overs to the youth group, please connect with Mariana Lewis, Bethel’s Youth Meal Coordinator.
2019 Men’s Annual Fly-Fishing Retreat at Rainbow Trail: Attention Bethel men! Experience a weekend of faith renewal, fellowship & fly fishing! Enjoy hearty meals, worship, & camaraderie around a campfire & be renewed spiritually, mentally & physically. The Arkansas River is only minutes from Rainbow Trail and offers world class fly fishing! Ark Anglers, a local guide company, will give a presentation on current river conditions at the beginning of the weekend. Fishermen from novice to expert are encouraged to attend this Bethel fall tradition. Rental equipment and professional guide services are available. The retreat date is September 19-22, 2019. The cost is $195 & includes all activities, onsite classes, food, and lodging. See Bill Guman or Wayne Guthals for details or visit https://www.rainbowtrail.org/retreats/fly-fishing & register to attend!
New—Sunday Night Live ~ Begins September 15th!
Bring your family & invite your neighbors & friends.
Dinner will be served from 5:00—5:40 PM in the Christ Center; Classes begin at 5:45 PM
Childcare is provided!
“Questions of Faith” Class—Pastor John will lead this class which explores questions we have about our faith walk: What Makes Us Happy, How Do We Deal With Rejection In Life, How Do We Have Peace With God, How Much More Money Would It Take To Make Me Happy, Am I Really A Leader, and other issues of faith that we probably ask each day whether we realize it or not.
“40 Days of Prayer” Class—Pastor Dan will lead this class which follows the preaching series we will be studying in worship as we seek to develop a powerful prayer life, learn how to pray more fully, unlock the secret to answered prayer, grow closer in unity, and experience God’s blessings. Topics covered include: The Purpose of Prayer, How To Pray With Confidence, The Pattern of Prayer, How To Pray In A Crisis, and Why Doesn’t God Always Answer the First Time I Pray?
“Heaven” Class—Patricia Anderson is leading a study on “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. This study may well be the most life-changing study you will ever attend as Randy Alcorn invites us to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it - a bright, vibrant, and physical New Earth, free from sin, suffering, and death, and brimming with Christ’s presence, natural beauty, and the richness of human culture as God intended it. It is a book about real people with real bodies enjoying close relationships with God and each other. The next time you hear someone say, “We can’t begin to imagine what Heaven will be like,” you’ll be able to tell them, “I can.” The book Heaven by Randy Alcorn will be needed in order to study between classes and it can be purchased through Amazon. Questions? Contact Patricia.
Financial Peace University—FPU is a life skill in money management course. Bethel is offering this class starting Sunday’s, Sept 15 – Nov 17. Learn more about FPU: https://youtu.be/0CxxJ7_Shf4. Sign up for the class today at https://www.financialpeace.com/groups/1095078?c=ccf. Contact Certified Financial Coach Dave Geffre with any questions.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS—Please add these dates to your calendar at home to get your blood pressure screening between services in the narthex area at Bethel on September 22, October 20, November 17 & December 22.
BOOK REVIEW GROUP—This group meets at Bethel on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM. September’s book is “My Secret Sister” by Helen & Jenny Lee Smith. If you have questions about obtaining a book, please contact Evelyn Hjeldness. Happy Reading!
BUNCO GROUP—Bunco meets the 2nd Friday of each month at 7:00 PM in Bethel’s Library. Join this group for fellowship, laughter & fun! Questions? Contact Becky Bruns.
THE COMFORT MAKERS—The Comfort Makers meet the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday each month at 9:00 AM in the Christ Center. Always welcome are quilters, assistants and anyone interested in joining us. When spring cleaning & finding extra sheets, please donate them to the Comfort Makers. Any size is welcome! The quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief annually. Questions? Contact Gisela Petersen.
Connections Group—This group is targeted to singles and couples in their 50’s and 60’s though is not exclusive. It is a fellowship and discussion group of mutual support, laughter, food and fun. The next meeting will be Friday, Sept. 20 beginning at 7:00 PM. For more information, please contact Pastor John Witkop at 719-570-9800.
DINING OUT GROUP— This group meets on a Monday night near the end of each month at a local restaurant. September’s dining out will be at Hu-Hot at 6:00 PM on the 23rd (7790 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO). Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.
GRIEFSHARE GROUP— This group starts a new session on Wednesday, September 11 beginning at 10:00 AM in the Abundant Life room at Bethel. The GriefShare group is opened to anyone and everyone who is experiencing grief, whether it be family, friend or acquaintance. Do not go through the grief process alone, GriefShare is here. For more information visit www.griefshare.org.
MICROBREW CREW— The Microbrew Crew meets two nights each month on the 1st Saturday and the 2nd Monday. On September 7 at 7:00pm the group meets at Hops n Drops, 5820 Stetson Hills Blvd., CS, CO 80922 and on September 9 at 6:00pm they will meet at Beast & Brew, 7 Spectrum Loop, Ste. 140, CS, CO. Contact Dave Bingham with questions or to get on this group’s emailing list.
STRETCH & STRENGTH FOR LADIES—Join Beth Nickodemus for an hour of Pilates, yoga inspired stretching, and isometrics. This group meets each Thursday in the Christ Center from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. It’s beginner friendly and there is no charge. Questions? Contact Beth Nickodemus.
VARIETY DANCE CLASS—This dance class includes Ballroom, Line Dance, 2-Step, and Partner Pattern Dancing depending on interest. The group meets each Saturday beginning at 4:00 PM in the Christ Center. Questions? Please contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham.
Travel Opportunity: The Bethel travel group is planning a trip to Australia/New Zealand on Mar. 16—Apr. 3, 2020. Official brochures are available in the narthex sign up area and $1,000 deposits per person are being accepted with the registration now. The registrations are based on two to a cabin with no single cabins available. Please direct all questions to Pastor John and let him know of your interest in the trip. A signup sheet is located in the narthex sign up area. We have 1 cabin left and the deadline to signup is now!
INREACH & OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
International Potluck at Bethel! On Saturday, September 28 at 6:30 PM in the Christ Center Bethel’s Inreach Team will host an International Pot Luck event. Please bring any kind of food – American, Mexican, Italian, French, African, Scandinavian, etc. to share. It is perfectly fine to bring something from Costco or Sam’s or some other store. Bring your food ready to serve that evening. Desserts will be provided by the Inreach Team. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Wulfsberg.
VDC (Via de Cristo): VDC’s Weekend #44 is February 20-24, 2020 at Laforet Conference Center. Please pray about being on a team or sponsoring a pilgrim during weekend #44. Go to Via de Cristo’s website to fill out an application (www.coloradoVdC.org). Questions? Contact Stephany Green.
BETHEL’S SENIOR ADULTS
Friday, September 13: Noon. Potluck luncheon in the Christ Center. Our guest speaker this month is Bethel’s own Tom Vien from The Springs Funeral Service. Tom has been a funeral director for many years and has lots of advice for us to consider before we or a loved one departs from this earth. Come, learn and ask questions about all of those end-of-life decisions that are difficult to think and talk about. We hope you can join us.
CARD PLAYERS: Card players are welcome at Bethel! If you would like to join the card games, contact Pam Warner to play Bridge (Thursdays at 1pm) or Gisela Petersen to play Pinochle (Fridays at 1pm).
Contact Pastor Dan Lahman with questions (719-570-9800 or email@example.com).
FAMILY & CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Dave Nickodemus, Associate Pastor
firstname.lastname@example.org; 719-570-9800 ext. 210
Under the Sea at Kidtricity: Bethel’s high energy, totally fun children’s ministry program will be back on September 8th at 9:15 am in the Christ Center. Our theme for this year is: Kidtricity Under the Sea! Get ready for deep sea fun with sharks, crabs and a whole assortment of sea creatures! Many of the Kidtricity favorites will be back including Twinkle, Bernie, Platy and the one and only Grumpy Grampy! Kidtricity is for children ages 3 years-old to the 5th grade. Register online under the “MINISTRIES” tab at www.bethellutheran.net (select ‘Children’s Ministry’) or pick up a paper registration form from the church office.
Parent Coffee Time: Join us for a cup of coffee, tea, or other beverage from Bethel’s Keurig machines as your kids are at Kidtricity. Parent Coffee Time will happen again this year and begin on September 8. It is located in the 3rd room off of the Christ Center (closest to the outside door) and begins at 9:15 AM.
Attention Families with Kids! On Sunday, September 15th at 2:00 PM all families with children are invited to join us at Fox Run Regional Park for a family hike & kickball game. We will meet by the North Oak Meadows Field (next to the restrooms to the right of the main entrance) at 2 PM, then go out for a hike (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour). After the hike we will gather to share a snack, play on the playground, or play kickball. Please RSVP through Pastor Dave if you plan to attend (email@example.com). All families are encouraged to bring a snack to share!
Children’s Ministry Transition Team: Bethel is starting a Children’s Ministry Transition Team to plan, design, and lead activities for families with children. If you would be interested in helping with this team, there will be a meeting on Sunday, September 22nd at 11:45 AM in the Middle School youth room. Kids are invited to attend the meeting as well!
New Creations Bible Study: The New Creations Bible Study adult Sunday School class will resume Sunday, September 8th with a study of Proverbs. This will be based on the Life Guide Study series. We will also schedule a onetime per month video study based on current topics. Please feel free to drop into the library and join us whenever you can. Questions? Please contact John Farquhar.
“40 Days of Prayer” Adult Sunday School Class: Pastor John will lead this class which follows the preaching series we are experiencing in worship as we seek to develop a powerful prayer life, learn how to pray more fully, unlock the secret to answered prayer, grow closer in unity, and experience God’s blessings. Topics covered include: The Purpose of Prayer, How To Pray With Confidence, The Pattern of Prayer, How To Pray In A Crisis and Why Doesn’t God Always Answer the First Time I Pray? We meet each Sunday morning starting on September 8 at 9:15 AM in the Faith Forum. Grab a donut and join us as we unlock God’s word and what it has to teach us about praying, talking, and listening to God.
Sedra Razafinimanana, Youth Minister
firstname.lastname@example.org; 719-570-9800 ext. 219
Education Hour at Bethel ~ 9:15 AM beginning Sunday, September 8th!
Update for SQUAD 67 - 6th & 7th grade Education Hour Bible Study- 9:15-10:15a: We are excited for the launch of this ministry this fall. As Youth Ministry is working out the details, 6th and 7th graders will be combined with the Confirmation Class that meets in the Middle School room for September 8 & 15.
Confirmation Hour: This time is for 8th & 9th graders who are working toward confirming their faith at Bethel. This year’s group will be looking at taking a trip to the Holy Land in the summer of 2020! They meet Sunday mornings in the Middle School room downstairs from 9:15 to 10:15 AM each week. Please contact Sedra Razafinimanana with questions.
BLOC CAFÉ—A High School Ministry: Join this group each Sunday morning! High school youths in grades 9-12 will learn and discuss relevant topics related to their faith in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. This group meets between services in the High School room downstairs from 9:15-10:15 AM. Free coffee and/or drink are available.
Youth Nights at Bethel: This group meets on Sunday evenings from 5:45p-7:30p and when Bethel has Sunday Night Live, the group meets at 5:15p for an opportunity to mingle and connect with our congregation members during dinner (Sunday Night Live begins Sept. 15—please see page 2 for more information). All youth in 6 through 12 grades are welcome to attend Youth Night at Bethel. Join us for a time of fellowship, encouragement, relevant discussion, prayer & mutual support. Youth Night will be in full swing on September 15, 22 & 29 and October 6, 20 & 27 (not meeting at Bethel on Oct. 13). Please subscribe to the weekly “Trendy Tuesday” e-newsletter for more details about Bethel’s Youth Ministry. Please see Sedra or the church office if you need to be placed on this emailing list.
Upcoming Youth Activities:
(Mark your calendar—dates & times are subject to change)
September 8—11:45am; Youth Family Promise Walk
September 15, 22, 29—5:45—7:30pm; Youth Night at Bethel! (Not meeting Sept. 8)
September 8: Walk Day of the Family Promise Walk—WALKERS & SPONSORS NEEDED! Please visit the sign-up table to register to walk for the event (Sign up is open through the morning of the event). Bethel’s walking team plans to have lunch at Bethel at 11:45am before heading downtown. Bethel has had as many as 30 people walk in the past, let's get to 35! Let's do it! NO YOUTH NIGHT THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 8.
Ongoing Youth Service Opportunity! Mariana Lewis is looking for more help in the kitchen from Bethel’s youth to get ready for the SNL (Sunday Night Live) dinners. If you are looking for an ongoing service opportunity, please consider helping in the kitchen at Bethel. It will be a great opportunity to build relationships, learn how to cook, and serve God’s people. (Serving time frame: 4:00-5:30pm on Sundays.) For more details, contact Mariana Lewis or Sedra. Check with Sedra for other service opportunities.
COLLEGE KIDS CORRESPONDENCE: CKC is Bethel’s ministry opportunity created to support our out-of-town college students. It is a weekly “card shower” and each week a name and address of our Bethel college “Student of the Week” will be provided. Simply send these Bethel family members “best wishes” or “keep up the good work” words of encouragement, add a stamp and drop it in the mail. Please let Carol Vogeney know if you would like to add your student to the list for this coming fall. CKC will resume when college students return to school & their addresses have been verified.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY GROUPS
RUTH Bible Study— This women’s group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Library. Their first meeting this fall will be on Tuesday, Sept. 10th. They will be studying a new book – Unshakable Hope – Building our Lives on the Promises of God by Max Lucado. Please come and join us! Several ladies come by at 9:15am to visit before the lesson. If you have any questions or would like to order a book ($12.62 on Amazon Prime and Sarah can order for you, if you would like), contact Sarah Wulfsberg with any questions. We would love to have you join our study!
Men’s Up & Adam Group—Meets each Wednesday morning from 6:30—7:30 AM in the Library. All men are invited. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Dan Lahman at (719) 570-9800 or email@example.com.
WEST (Women Earnestly Seeking Truth)— This group meets each Wednesday morning during the school year from 10:30 AM to noon in Bethel’s library. They will resume their last lesson in their Women & Identity study on Wed., Sept. 4. and a new study, “Women of the Bible” will begin on Sept. 11. The new study contains 52 lessons which include an “introduction to each woman, major Scripture passages, study materials and cultural backgrounds”. New members are always welcome! If you have questions about this group or you would like to join, please contact Kathy LaBree.
WEB (Women Exploring the Bible)— WEB will begin meeting again every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 9-11 AM in Bethel's Library beginning September 5th. This group will be working on a video/book series by Karen Ehman called "Listen, Love, Repeat". If you are interested in joining us, please contact Karen Scharp.
Men’s Ministry Breakfast—Calling all men! Our next Men’s Ministry Breakfast will be Saturday, September 14 in the Christ Center from 7:45am until 9:30am. We will meet for food & fellowship and begin a new study based on the Old Testament book of Daniel. Come and join us and see what Daniel can teach us about how to live a godly life during times of tragedy and in a godless society. All Bethel men & their sons are welcome to attend. Contact Pastor Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like more information.
Monument Bible StudyAn adult Bible study group meets Monday evenings at 6:30pm during the school year in the Monument area at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals. This group will begin meeting again on September 9th and will be studying “Vanishing Grace” by Phillip Yancey. If you are interested in attending this evening Bible study, please contact Theresa Guthals.
Bible Study Fellowship Evening Women’s Class—The women’s class meeting at Bethel Lutheran Church invites you to join them on Monday evenings from 6:55 - 8:20 pm, starting September 9. BSF is studying ‘Acts of the Apostles’ this year, which includes Acts, 1 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Hebrews, 1 Peter, & James. For more information, please contact BSF Leader, Heather Watson at BSFatCOS.EW@gmail.com or visit the BSF International website.
L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith Everyday) Bible Study— L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith Everyday) Bible Study— L.I.F.E. Bible Study meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 PM at Bethel. This women’s group is working on a study called "Sermon on the Mount" by Jen Wilkin. It is a DVD study with a workbook and looks at the Sermon on the Mount in its totality which is rich in Christ's teachings (Beatitudes, Lord's Prayer, and many parables). We welcome all women who want to grow in their faith and understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Any questions, please see Joan Skoog or Susi Hengel.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:
Church Family Members—Patti Nelson, DeVaughn Rogen, Doug Bachman, Wanda Sitler, Judi Taylor, Betty Day, Marge Petitmermet, Kyra Brockberg, Bob Erickson, Riley Knapp, Gary Schoon, John Player, Bill Hill, the Liston family, Vicki Wygant, Marilyn Keck, George Fiedler, Doris Chamberlain, Sofie Smith, Bobby Gilbert, Bethel’s Congregation, Council, Pastors & Staff, and Stephen Ministers & their care receivers.
Bethel’s Military—Landon Mauck; Ben Upton; Chris Shiflet; Cole Estes; Johnny Farquhar; Derek Hepner; Philip Roehler; SGT Stehman; Brandon Walker; Brian Proenneke; Troy French; Einar Wulfsberg; Bryan Tice; Stephen Anderson; Matthew Anderson; Steven Torgerson; Charles Zarza; Spencer Malona; and the leaders of our great nation.
Extended Family & Friends—Wendy Costello’s sister, Leona Hauser; Beth Nickodemus’ grandmother & cousin’s daughter, Doris Mills & Rita Breton Van Groll; the Kelly’s friend & niece/cousin, Russ Anderson & Amy; PK Petitmermet’s cousin, Ralph; Wanda Sitler’s grandson, Christopher Witmore; Dave & Cheryl Bingham’s friends, Walt & Karen; Pat Anderson’s friends, Rachel & Christine; Linda Lahman’s sister’s friend, Bill Cooper; the Lahman’s friend, Lynn Sherman; Daryl & Joan Skoog’s son, Darren; Jack Kagarise; Mary Wedman’s granddaughter, Rachael Nance; Mary Jane Stanley’s friend’s nephew, Matthew; Arlene Duenckel’s niece & her niece’s daughter, Malyssa & Lyla; Connie Baumgart’s brother & sister, Lee Carlson & Joleen Kruger; Tom Shiflet’s cousin’s daughter, Sadie; Mary Wedman’s daughter, husband & cousin, Barb Nance, Don & Donna Rew; Cathy Johnson’s mother, Jean; Holly Dunker’s cousin, Chris Conner; Danny & Judy Hodges’ friend, Bryan; Murle & Marilynn Baldwin’s son, Steve; Marie St. Gelais’s brother-in-law, Barry Luster; Bette Krause’s father; Bonnie Carlson’s sister & nephew, Sue Willison & Dave Colgun; Mary Jane Stanley’s sister, Nancy; Stephen & Paula Higgins’ daughter, Amy Wicks; Judie Smith’s friend, Janet Blevins; Susan Becker’s friend, Jeanie Gadd; Pam Bakken-O’Neill’s mother, Joyce Bakken; Mary Schafer’s father, cousin & friend, Lyle Chouanard, Julie Kaveney & Terri Quinby; Jack & Doris Chamberlain’s son, Jerry; Cynthia Ahl’s friend, Vina Thorpe; Gene Wahl’s daughter, Greta Diede; Pastor Arturo & members of Iglesia Bautista Jerusalem in El Salvador & Compassion child, Betelhem, who is sponsored by the whole Bethel congregation and all our Compassion children.