October 12 & 13, 2019 - Announcements

40 Days of Prayer continues at Bethel throughout October. Please join the 40 Days of Prayer class led by Pastor John during the Sunday Education Hour at 9:15am in the Faith Forum or the same class led by Pastor Dan on Sunday evening in Classroom #3 off of the Christ Center at Sunday Night Live (SNL) beginning at 5:45pm (SNL is not meeting on October 13).




Organ:  Pam Bakken-O’Neill

Choir Director:  Bill Carlson

Jacob’s Ladder Coordinators:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Cantor: 5:30—John Larson; 8:00—John Farquhar

Counters:  Daryl & Joan Skoog, Liz Bresley, Derek Stanley

Flowers:  The altar flowers are provided this weekend by Bev Hanson and Sandy & Bobbie Lewis in memory of Kelli Jones and their father.

Welcome Center: (Sunday, 9:00 - 10:15am)—Bob Curnow


**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.


Parent Equipping Workshop (especially for Parents of Confirmation Students): This equipping event is open to all parents at Bethel and happens on Friday, October 18th from 6:30-8:00p. Dinner will be provided and this will be a time where all parents will be encouraged & equipped as they fulfill their role as primary faith providers for their children. Topic: “Parenting According to the Old Testament.”

Bethel’s “2020 Vision” Commitment Weekend is the weekend of October 19 & 20. Bethel members are asked to bring their commitment cards to the altar as their financial commitment for the 2020 fiscal year. An annual Stewardship letter, Ministry Opportunity Booklet & Commitment Card was mailed out at the end of September and additional booklets & cards are available outside of the church office door. Thank you for your faithful partnership in the ministry that God has called us to in and through Bethel!

Worship Coordinating: Each weekend at Bethel around 50 individuals assist the pastors during the services performing various worship assisting duties. Be a part of what makes it all happen by volunteering to be a Worship Coordinator for a service that you already attend. Worship Coordinating involves receiving a weekend schedule and seeing that individuals who have been scheduled are in place by the time a service begins—this is such a big help for the pastors! Please join Mary Schafer on Sunday, October 20 at 9:30am in the Prayer Chapel as she presents an overview about being a Worship Coordinator at Bethel Lutheran Church. If you have questions or would like to RSVP, sign up to receive more information on page 7 or contact Mary in the church office at 719-570-9800 or office@bethellutheran.net.

Candy is Needed: On Sunday, October 27th Bethel is having a special Kidtricity program in which kids can wear costumes and trick-or-treat around the church during the Kidtricity hour. Donations of individually wrapped candy to hand out to the kids is needed. If you would like to donate some candy, please drop it off in the marked bins in the welcome center area, near the Kidtricity table downstairs in the Christ Center, or to the church office during the week. All candy donations need to be in by October 25th. Questions?  Talk to Pastor Dave.   

Fall Cleanup: Bethel’s Fall Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, from 8 AM until 11 AM. Please come and help rake and prepare Bethel for winter! All ages of Bethel members can help and this is a great youth/mentor service project. Things needing attention inside and outside of Bethel include: window cleaning, interior dusting, raking, minor tree trimming, sweeping & trash pickup around the property, and misc. landscaping. (You may want to bring your own rakes, supplies, etc., if you have a favorite tool to use.) Donuts, coffee, and OJ will be provided!

Volunteer Opportunity at Bethel! 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.



Sunday Night Live through Nov. 17 (Not meeting on Oct. 13)

Bring your family & invite your neighbors & friends.

Dinner is served from 5:00—5:40 PM in the Christ Center; Classes begin at 5:45 PM; Childcare is provided.

SNL Dinners: Dinner will not be served on October 13. Gluten Free & vegetarian choices are always available when dinner is served.

“Questions of Faith” Class—Pastor John leads 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 leads 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 leads a study on “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. 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 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: 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. This class meets in Room 103 in the Sunday School wing.



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 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. The October dining out will be at Edelweiss Restaurant on Monday the 28th at 6:00 PM. The address is 34 E. Ramona Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.

GRIEFSHARE GROUP This group is not meeting at Bethel currently. GriefShare is a group that is open to anyone and everyone who is experiencing grief, whether it be family, friend or acquaintance. Do not go through the grief process alone. More information about GriefShare can be found at www.griefshare.org.

MICROBREW CREW— The Microbrew Crew usually meets two nights each month on the 1st Saturday and the 2nd Monday. Here are the October meetings: Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 PM - Brewery Tap House - 3352 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 and Monday, October 14th at 6:00 PM - JAKsBrewery & Taproom - 7715 Dublin Blvd in Colorado Springs. Contact Dave Bingham with questions or to get on this group’s emailing list.

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!


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.



Operation Christmas Child: Would you like to send good news and share great joy? Then, consider packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child! Stop by the Operation Christmas Child display in the narthex to get more information on how to pack a shoebox and other materials. Any standard-size shoebox will work (plastic shoeboxes can be purchased at Mardel’s), fill it with special gifts, include a $9 donation for postage (can be made online or put into the envelope in the How to Pack a Shoebox resource), then drop off the box here at Bethel at the Operation Christmas Child display by November 20th! This is a great outreach project for adults, families and kids. Remember, all shoeboxes must be turned in by November 20th! Questions? See Pastor Dave through the end of October. 

Attention Knitters & Crocheters: If you are interested in lightweight “Baby Yarn” or know of someone who can use it, please contact Cynthia Ahl.

Worship Assisting at Bethel: If you would like an opportunity to serve, ushers, acolytes, readers, altar care volunteers, communion assistants, welcome center hosts, and audio or video operators are always needed and welcomed! Please contact the church office, if you have questions about any of these positions (719-570-9800 or office@bethellutheran.net) and we will get you in contact with someone who can answer your questions. Thank you to all of Bethel’s Worship Assistants who currently serve!

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.






Friday, November 8: 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 pastordan@bethellutheran.net).





Dave Nickodemus, Associate Pastor

pastordave@bethellutheran.net; 719-570-9800 ext. 210


Bethel’s Kidtricity Program: This high energy, totally fun children’s ministry program happens each Sunday morning at 9:15 am in the Christ Center. This year’s theme is “Kidtricity Under the Sea!” Have some deep-sea fun with sharks, crabs and a whole assortment of sea creatures! See Kidtricity’s favorite puppets and characters 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 www.bethellutheran.net (select ‘Children’s Ministry’) or pick up a paper registration form at Kidtricity or 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 the 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.


Kidtricity Fall Celebration: On Sunday, October 27th at 9:15 am, Kidtricity will be holding a special fall celebration. We will be having some fall fun with a special Kidtricity presentation on how even when we are scared, God is with us. Children are invited to wear costumes (parents too) and at the end of the presentation kids go trick-or-treating around the church. There is no cost to attend!


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.


COLLEGE KID CORRESPONDENCE: CKC is Bethel’s ministry opportunity created to support Bethel’s 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 update your student’s address by contacting Carol Vogeney.




Sedra Razafinimanana, Youth Minister

sedra@bethellutheran.net; 719-570-9800 ext. 219


Confirmation Weekend at Bethel will be October 26 & 27. Saturday evening, Oct. 26 is the Night of Honor Banquet for the families, mentors and the students as they have dinner together and share their Faith Projects then Sunday, Oct. 27 at the 10:30 AM service all confirming students will receive the Rite of Confirmation. We congratulate our young adult confirmands and their families!

Parent Prayer & Need Request: How can Bethel’s Youth Ministry be praying for you and your family? What is your family's greatest need or needs right now so that Bethel’s Youth Ministry Team can be of help and serve you? Please reflect on those questions and connect with Sedra personally. You may email Sedra or call him at 719-570-9800 x219.



Education Hour at Bethel ~ Sundays at 9:15 AM

SQUAD 67 (6th & 7th Grade Ministry): The Squad 67 group will be watching & discussing a Comic Series by Kingstone Comics titled, THE STORY-from Creation to Christ in October. If you are currently in 6th or 7th grade, please come join us in room 104 at the end of the Education Wing hall.

Confirmation Class: This group is for all current confirmation students and 8th & 9th graders who are working toward confirming their faith at Bethel. On October 13th, we will begin an overview of the Intertestamental Period. The Beatitudes and the 4 Gospels will finish out the year. This group meets Sunday morning in the Middle School room downstairs from 9:15 to 10:15 AM each week. Please contact Sedra Raz with questions.

BLOC CAFÉ—A High School Ministry: Join this group for a new series called “GIVING MOVIES A SECOND LOOK.” If you love movies or TV shows, this would be a great series not to miss because it will equip you to think critically about the messages that the big (or little) screen is trying to convey to you. All High School youths are encouraged to attend this relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Free coffee and/or drink are available! We meet between services in the High School room downstairs from 9:15-10:15 AM.



Youth Nights at Bethel: All youth in 6 through 12 grades are welcome to attend Youth Night. This group meets Sunday evenings from 5:45p-7:30p and when Bethel has Sunday Night Live, we meet at 5:00p for an opportunity to mingle and connect with our congregation members during dinner (Sunday Night Live continues through Nov. 17 but is not meeting on Oct. 13—please see page 2 for more information about SNL). On October 20 & 27, we will finish a series on ANXIETY—What it is and what it is not—and how to handle it from a biblical perspective. Come join us for an evening packed with fun activities, games and mixers, community building, followed by a lesson and discussions on the current series: Anxiety!


Summit Base Camp Simulcast—a Ministry of the Summit: Sedra is planning a Simulcast Viewing Party at Bethel in the High School room on October 24th from 1-4pm. If you are not able to attend the event in person in Manitou Springs, please come to Bethel to view the simulcast with other attendees from Bethel. Come for all or part of it!





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. We are studying a book titled, “Unshakable Hope – Building our Lives on the Promises of God” by Max Lucado. Several ladies come by at 9:15am to visit before the lesson. If you have any questions, contact Sarah Wulfsberg. 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 pastordan@bethellutheran.net.


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 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 19th 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 pastordan@bethellutheran.net, 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. The group is finishing “Vanishing Grace” by Phillip Yancey on Oct. 14 and will move into a study titled “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst on Nov. 4. 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 BSFatCOS.EW@gmail.com or visit the BSF International website.


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—Riley Knapp, Gary Roszell, Eric Wulfsberg, Patti Nelson, DeVaughn Rogen, Wanda Sitler, 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—Bryan Tice, son of Bob & Cathy Tice; Landon Mauck; Ben Upton; Chris Shiflet; Cole Estes; Johnny Farquhar; Derek Hepner; Philip Roehler; SGT Stehman; Brandon Walker; Brian Proenneke; Troy French; Einar Wulfsberg; Stephen Anderson; Matthew Anderson; Steven Torgerson; Charles Zarza; Spencer Malona; and the leaders of our great nation.


Extended Family & Friends—Bonnie Carlson’s brother-in-law, Don Colgan; Bonnie Copland; Lee & Angela Blount; the Kelly’s niece/cousin, Amy; Inge Kelly’s friend, Moureen; PK Petitmermet’s cousin, Ralph; Steven & Jennifer Freund; Dane Ford; Murle & Marilynn Baldwin’s son-in-law, Steve Bredl; Chris Schafer’s aunt, Leanna; 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; 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, Malyssa; 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; 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.