September 21-22, 2019 - Announcements

Children’s Ministry Transition/Activity Team: Bethel is starting a Children’s Ministry Transition Team to plan, design, and lead activities for families with children. Please join this group on Sunday, September 22nd at 11:45 AM in the Middle School youth room, if you are interested in serving Bethel through this important ministry. Kids are invited to attend the meeting as well! 



Organ:  Pam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman

Choir Directors:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Jacob’s Ladder Coordinators:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Cantor: 5:30—Pastor Dan; 8:00—John Farquhar

Welcome Center: (Sunday, 9:00 - 10:15am)—Linda Osterberg

Counters:  Stuart Opp, Denise Knight, Randy & Karin Reynolds

Flowers:  The altar flowers are provided this weekend by Gladys Kifer.


**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.



40 Days of Prayer continues this weekend as everyone using the book should be on Day 8. There are a few books remaining on the table in the narthex and it is not too late to jump in for the 40 Days of Prayer Adventure. There is also a 40 Days of Prayer class led by Pastor John during the Education Hour at 9:15am in the Faith Forum along with the same class led by Pastor Dan as a part of Sunday Night Live (SNL) on Sunday evenings at 5:45pm (SNL dinner is served beginning at 5:00pm).


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.


Thrivent Financial (Action Teams & Choice Dollars): If you are a Thrivent member (insurance policies and/or investments) you have the opportunity to use Thrivent Action Team money. Each Thrivent member can apply for $250 to help a current or new project of their choice. Examples where Action Team money can be applied include: new puppets for the Kidtricity Program, Thanksgiving/Christmas basket donations, costumes for plays, signs for the walk for IHN, paint to freshen the beds for IHN, and so much more! Log on to, click on Acton Team, and it will walk you through the process. If approved, you will receive an Action Kit which includes a $250 gift card to use for your project. As a Thrivent investor, you have Choice Dollars that you can donate to a charity of your choice, including Bethel. Funds that come into Bethel from choice dollars are in a separate account & Bethel has a team that helps distribute the funds by matching your fund raiser up to 50% as long as funds are available. For example, your fund raiser makes $200—by filling out a request (available in the church office) Bethel’s team could give you another $100! You don’t have to be a Thrivent member to receive matching funds at Bethel, but Thrivent members would need to delegate their free money—Choice Dollars—through their login at You may call Eric Stolp, Thrivent’s Community Engagement Leader, for help with Thrivent actions at 719-466-3448. ACT NOW!!!


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. Bethel is 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.


Volunteer Opportunity: Please prayerfully consider joining a Bethel counting/offering team. The job entails counting offering, monies, and special gifts for the church. There are a number of teams, so the commitment is only one Sunday a month after the second service. Each team has an existing leader, but Bethel needs more volunteers as substitutes or additional permanent members on each team. If you are willing to serve, please utilize the tear-off portion on page 7 and place it in the offering plate. Questions? Please contact Bob Curnow.


Israel—Discover the Depth of our Roots of Faith Study Tour happens June 15-30, 2020. Flyers are available at the welcome center. If you have any interest in this study tour, please contact Stephen Higgins.


The announcements—the Bethel Blessings—have resumed weekly updates! Please submit changes or updates for the Bethel Blessings to the church office ( or 719-570-9800) by 10:00am each Wednesday morning. Thank you!




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!


Dinner Menu Sept. 22—Hawaiian (Kahlua Pork, Rice & Mac Salad); Gluten Free & vegetarian choices are always available.

“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. This class meets in the Library.

“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? This class meets in Classroom #3 off of the Christ Center.

“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. 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. This class will meet in the Faith Forum.


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: Sign up for the class today at Contact Certified Financial Coach Dave Geffre with any questions. This class meets in Room 103 in the Sunday School wing.


Interest groups

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. October’s book is “A Place for Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza. 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, Oct. 18th 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 started a new session on Sept. 11, and they meet each Wednesday morning 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


MICROBREW CREW— The Microbrew Crew meets two nights each month on the 1st Saturday and the 2nd Monday. 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 (September 28th meeting will be in the Faith Forum). 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!




Bethel’s Prayer Shawl Ministry: Thank you for your donations of several Prayer Shawls and Lap Robes! They are so appreciated by those who receive them. Once again, Bethel has been blessed with a donation of yarn. The yarn is packaged and located in the narthex area (cupboard & black 3-drawer container) near the front window. Please let Cynthia Ahl know if you are interested in the Prayer Shawl Ministry to knit, crochet, or both. This group does not meet regularly but their handy-work is shared with the Bethel community and the Rocky Mt. Cancer Center. Ongoing yarn donations are always appreciated! If you would like to know more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact Cynthia Ahl.


Volunteer at Bethel: If you would like an opportunity to serve, Worship Assistants are currently needed at all weekend services. Bethel is in most need of Worship Coordinators for all services. If you are interested in finding out more about being a Worship Coordinator or you would like to help serve as an usher, acolyte, reader, altar care volunteer, communion assistant, welcome center host, or audio or video operator, please call or email the church office and we will get you in contact with someone who can answer your questions. We thank all who currently serve! (719-570-9800 or


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 ( Questions? Contact Stephany Green.






Friday, October 11: Noon. Senior Potluck luncheon in the Christ Center. 



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





Dave Nickodemus, Associate Pastor; 719-570-9800 ext. 210


Bethel’s Kidtricity Program: This high energy, totally fun children’s ministry program is back this year and happens each Sunday morning at 9:15 am in the Christ Center. The theme for this year is: Kidtricity Under the Sea! Have some deep-sea fun with sharks, crabs and a whole assortment of sea creatures! Many of the Kidtricity favorites are 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 the top of the page at (select ‘Children’s Ministry’) or pick up a paper registration form from the church office.


Parent Coffee Time: Join other adults for a cup of coffee, tea, or other beverage from Bethel’s Keurig machines as your kids are at Bethel’s Kidtricity Program. Parent Coffee Time occurs each Sunday morning and is located in Classroom #3 off of the Christ Center (closest to the outside door) beginning at 9:15 AM.

Money Matters Presentation: On Sunday, September 29th at 9:15 am, Kidtricity will be teaming up with Thrivent Financial to present a special workshop for kids & parents about money. The Kidtricity puppets, characters, and Pastor Dave will be teaching kids about spending, saving & sharing money through a Bible story, magical illusions, and lots of fun. Thrivent will be giving kids and parents some free resources (including special piggy banks)!  


New Creations Bible Study: The New Creations Bible Study adult Sunday School class meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM in the library and they began this year with a study of Proverbs. It is based on the Life Guide Study series. This year the class will also schedule a one-time 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 leads this class which follows the preaching series Bethel is 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?  This class meets each Sunday morning 9:15 AM in the Faith Forum though October. Grab a donut & join the class as we unlock God’s word and what it has to teach us about praying, talking, and listening to God.




Sedra Razafinimanana, Youth Minister; 719-570-9800 ext. 219


Education Hour at Bethel ~ Sundays at 9:15 AM


SQUAD 67 (6th & 7th Grade Youth): We are excited for the launch of this ministry this fall. As details are being worked out, 6th and 7th graders will be combined with the Confirmation Class (see below). If you are a youth in 6th or 7th grade and you would like to attend, please let Sedra know. The first 5-week series will discuss how “JESUS IS ENOUGH”. Youth Ministry is looking for additional Small Group Facilitators for Squad 67. If you are interested in this class or are an adult and would like to help facilitate, please contact Sedra.


Confirmation Class: 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 5:00p 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 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 and see Sedra or the church office if you need to be placed on this emailing list.


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.


Christian College Fair of Colorado: On Monday, September 23rd from 6-8 pm at the Colorado Springs Christian School. ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and parents of Bethel Lutheran are invited to join Denver Area Youth For Christ for a FREE event with Christian colleges and universities from across the United States. Check with Sedra for details. We would love to get a delegation from Bethel to attend!






Morning Groups


RUTH Bible Study— This women’s group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Library. They are studying a new book titled – 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


WEST (Women Earnestly Seeking Truth This group meets each Wednesday morning during from 10:30 AM to noon in Bethel’s library. They are working on a new study called “Women of the Bible”. 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 meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 9-11 AM in Bethel's Library. This group is 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, October 12th  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, if you would like more information.


Evening Groups


Monument Bible Study—An adult Bible study group is meeting Monday evenings at 6:30pm in the Monument area at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals. This group is 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. 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 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 studying "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.





Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:

Church Family Members—the Volker family, Eric Wulfsberg, Patti Nelson, DeVaughn Rogen, Wanda Sitler, Judi Taylor, Kyra Brockberg, the Liston family, 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—Paul & Pat Anderson’s grandson & friends, Joshua, Rachel & Christine; Chris Shiflet’s father-in-law, Scott Rienks; 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; 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; 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; Bette Krause’s father; 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 & friend, Lyle Chouanard & 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.