November 20, 2018 Announcements

Advent Festival at Bethel: Bethel is kicking off the Advent season on Sunday, December 2 with an Advent Festival! This festival will feature lunch, activities, an Advent/Christmas quiz game & an advent wreath to take home for every household! The Advent Festival will be held on December 2nd in the Christ Center at 12 pm.  All ages are welcome!  Whether you are an Advent expert or have no clue what Advent is about, please come, learn & have fun with us!  Questions?  Contact Pastor Dave Nicodemus or Sedra Razafinimanana.

Organ:  Pam Bakken O’Neill & Linda Lahman
Jacob’s Ladder Coordinators:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Choir Directors:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Cantor: 5:30—n/a; 8:00—Paul Nervig
Welcome Center: (Sunday, 8:55 - 10:15am)—Linda Osterberg
Counters:  Stuart Opp, Denise Knight, Randy & Karin Reynolds
Flowers:  The altar flowers are provided this weekend by Pastor John & Ruthann Witkop in Thanksgiving to God & celebration of Bethany’s birthday.

Worship Assistants:Sat, 5:30pmSun, 8:00amSun, 10:30amAudio Operator:Dave BinghamDaryl SkoogGary WaasdorpVideo Operator:Gene WahlErik AndersonDavid LundAcolyte(s):Bethany WitkopJoshua KoeserLibby Gutowski   Ryan SpilkerAltar Care:Karen SchramlSarah WulfsbergTonya JuneCommunion Assistants:Karen SchramlGreg BrandvoldArlene Duenckel Gretchen VahlCate BrewsterTina Opp Brian DahlGladys KiferRandy Reynolds Barb EricksonLee KoeserKarin Reynolds  Joan SkoogTom Shiflet  Sarah WulfsbergJo ShifletGreeters:n/aInge KellyDale Kolseth  Erika KellyNicole PetersenReader:Karen SchramlJoan SkoogKay Mac EnultyUshers:Alice MagrinoBrooke EshbachStephany Green Kevin MagrinoJim PalmerDenise Knight  Roger WallaceRiley Opp  Debbie WallaceStuart OppWorship Coordinator:TBDMary WedmanBob CurnowNursery Attendants:n/aSusi HengelSusi Hengel  Carol StanleyAbby Fisher

**If you are unable to serve, please contact the Worship Coordinator scheduled for your service. If you are a 5:30 PM Worship Assistant, please try to find a replacement before calling the church office after-hours. 

New Member Class: New Members are asked to attend a final orientation on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 PM in the Christ Center as part of the New Member Spaghetti Dinner. All new members would then join at whatever service they normally attend the weekend of December 1 & 2.  If you are interested in becoming a member of Bethel and have not already contacted Pastor John, please do so.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service: Join Bethel on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00 PM as we worship and give thanks for another year of life and ministry in Christ. As a part of our giving thanks, we would like to invite you to bring items for the on-going Kindness Kits Ministry for the homeless. Items needed include: snacks (granola or protein bars, beef jerky, etc.), travel-sized toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, hand sanitizer, deodorant, sunscreen, chap stick, etc.), wash cloths, combs, socks, hand warmers, hats and anything else in small sizes that would bring comfort to the homeless.

Thanksgiving Eve Pie Social: This event will be held in the Christ Center following the 7:00 pm worship service on Nov. 21. WE NEED PIES! If you would like to bring a pie to share, please have it to church that evening by 6:30 PM if possible. CARTS WILL BE IN THE NARTHEX FOR THE PIES. The pie can be homemade, or store bought.  Please come and enjoy eating pie and visiting following the Nov. 21st worship service.

Decorating the Church for Christmas: Please come and help us decorate the church for the Advent/Christmas season on Saturday, December 1, from 9:00 AM—12:00 PM.  We will deck the halls with boughs of holly, string lights and trim trees. Contact Pastor Dan with any questions or ideas for this year at

Financial Peace University: FPU is a class that offers life skills in money management and Bethel is offering this class again beginning January 13, 2019 and ending March 17. Follow this link for more information about the program: If you are interested or have questions, please indicate so on page 7 or email or call Dave Geffre.

NEW Grief Group:  This group will be meeting on Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 AM in the library at Bethel. “Surviving the Holidays” is our first topic.  Speak with Pastor John or Pastor Dan if you are interested in attending.

Adventfest at Rainbow Trails (Nov. 30-Dec. 2): Escape from the busyness of the holiday weekend for a great family getaway. Discover the peace of Advent, through worship & time for reflection & renewal, so you can enjoy the real meaning of the season. You may start new family traditions as you fill your weekend learning new crafts, baking & decorating cookies, singing around the Christmas Tree, or just pulling a chair up next to a fireplace with a good friend & a cup of hot cocoa. The weekend will be centered around morning and evening worship that walks us through the Advent season, preparing our hearts & minds for the coming of Christmas. Wonderful music, candlelight, and reflections on the season by a guest Pastor make for an unforgettable experience. Throughout the day amazing crafters will share their skills & help you make beautiful gifts to share or keep for your own home. See for more information and to register. (Adult: $85.00, Children ages 4-12: $45.00, Children under 4 years: No Charge) Contact Miles Brown with any questions.

Second Family Ministry Volunteer Opportunities: Bethel’s expanded 2nd Family Ministry program is now up and running thanks to the great response from the congregation to support this vital ministry. There are still some remaining opportunities where additional help is needed. We need a few more drivers that could assist getting our less mobile members to church, doctors’ appointments, or other activities. We also could use a few more people for the Visitation Team that would be willing to visit some of our shut-in members. If any of these volunteer opportunities sound like something you would like to be involved with on any level, please contact Pastor Dan at or the church office at 570-9800.

Little London Winds Christmas Concert:  Get into the Christmas season spirit and join us for a fun & festive evening with the 40-member Little London Winds on Sunday, December 16, at 7:00 PM at Bethel. This concert is free and open to the public, so invite your friends and neighbors. The doors will open at 6:30 PM.

New Show in the Bethel Art Gallery: On November 19th, we are changing out the pictures in the Bethel Art Gallery. We hope you viewed and enjoyed the previous show that included work by Dennis Bruins & Eric Wulfsberg. Please take this opportunity to thank those artists for sharing their work with the Bethel community. Our new show will feature photographs by Millie Farquhar, Steve Helmreich, and Margaret Curnow. Thanks to a gift of some metallic glossy photo paper these images really have a special look to them and we think you’ll enjoy them all. Are you interested in having some of your work displayed in the Bethel Gallery? Contact Eric Wulfsberg.

2019 Offering Envelopes: Members who have requested annual offering envelopes for 2019 may pick up their box in the narthex area outside of the sanctuary. Specific box numbers were assigned to family units who have requested to receive offering envelopes in the past. If you would like to use numbered offering envelopes to make your regular offering to Bethel and you do not see a box with your name on it, please contact the church office at 719-570-9800 or Also, if you did receive an annual offering envelope box and no longer wish to because you are now using Bethel’s payment options online, please contact the church office to let us know. All unclaimed envelope boxes will be placed in corresponding member narthex mailboxes near the end of November.

Interest groups 
BOOK REVIEW GROUPThis group meets at Bethel on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM. December’s book is “Eleanor Oliphant is Fine” by Dale Honeyman. It is available through the PPLD Book Club Collection.  Questions?  Contact Evelyn Hjeldness.  Happy Reading!

BUNCO GROUPBunco 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.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPThis group meets to share experiences, receive encouragement, pray together and impart hope.  If you would like to get together and meet with a couple who has strongly experienced the depths of cancer diagnosis within their family and the newfound hope and direction they have found, please contact Patricia or Paul Anderson. They would like to help support others going through the “fight” and to get to know you better.

THE COMFORT MAKERSThe 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. The quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief annually. Questions?  Contact Gisela Petersen.

Connections GroupThis 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 Connections Group meeting will be on Friday, December 14 beginning at 7pm at the Witkop’s home. For more information or to join this group, please contact Pastor John Witkop.

DINING OUT— The Dining Out group meets on a Monday night near the end of each month at a local restaurant. On Monday, November 26, the group will meet at Texas T Bone Steakhouse at 6:00 PM. The address is 5245 N Academy Blvd in Colorado Springs. Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.

MICROBREW CREW This group meets once a month The December meeting will be at Storybook Brewing on Monday, December 10 at 6:00 PM. The address is 3121 N El Paso St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. Contact Dave Bingham with questions or to get on this group’s emailing list.

VARIETY DANCE CLASSThis 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 (not meeting Dec. 1). Questions? Please contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham.


Thrivent Builds: Bethel’s next work day for Thrivent Builds/Habitat for Humanity is December 1.  Your help would be appreciated as we are near completion. Let's help Penny and her family have their wish of being in their new home by Christmas! If you can help, please sign up on the tear off sheet of the bulletin and put it in the offering plate. Any questions, call or see Joan Skoog. THANK YOU to our recent volunteers at our Thrivent Build House: Bob Duenckel, Tom Shiflet, Keith Kantor, Chuck Zarza, Tonya June, Riley June, Sue Hoover & niece Brittany.

Christmas Bake Sale: Bethel’s annual Bake Sale will be held on December 15 & 16 before and after worship services. The money donated will be used for Second Family Ministry. This sale was started several years ago by Karen & Dale Kolseth. To honor Karen, and to help Second Family Ministry, please consider baking, etc. for this year’s sale. If you would like to bake some Christmas cookies, they can be brought to church by Saturday, December 15 by 10:00 AM so they can be plated with lots of other Christmas cookies. Of course, you can also bake brownies, bars, tea breads, cookies, cakes, breads, make candy, etc., which you can bring before the Saturday evening or Sunday morning worship services. Please have items on a plate or otherwise wrapped – ready to sell. We are also in need of folks to help make up the Christmas cookie plates on Saturday morning, December 15 beginning 9:30 AM and people to help sell – which is LOTS of fun! If you have any questions or would like to help Saturday or Sunday, please contact Sarah Wulfsberg (before December 11) or Dale Kolseth.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: The Prayer Shawl Ministry at Bethel has been blessed with another donation of yarn and it is greatly appreciated! The yarn is packaged and found in the narthex area (black drawers) to mix and match. 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.

Tuesday, December 4th:  7:00 PM—Holly and Ivy Concert; you MUST sign up in the narthex so enough tickets can be picked up for this event. Tickets will be given out at Bethel according to the narthex list beginning Nov. 19 (call Judi Taylor if a ride is needed & she’ll see what she can do).

Sunday, December 9th:  12:00 PM—Senior Christmas Luncheon in the Christ Center. Tickets on sale beginning Nov. 24/25 before & after services in the narthex area. Tickets are $5.00 each. Hope you can join us!

Sat. 5:30/Sun. 8:00, Dec. 15th & 16th:  Bethel Choir Christmas Cantatas then Little London Winds Concert on Dec. 16 at 7:00 PM

Contact Pastor Dan with questions.

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

Kidtricity! All kids age 3 to entering fifth grade are invited to join Kidtricity each Sunday from 9:15—10:15 AM in the Christ Center. This year’s Kidtricity program is a God-focused program on the great country of Australia and called: Kidtricity Down Under! Join all of Kidtricity’s extremely fun puppets and characters (Platy the Platypus, Grumpy Grampy, Twinkle the Toucan, Bernie the Bear, etc.) along with a whole new cast of Australian characters for a wild and crazy show every Sunday! Register for the program by going online at See you there!

Kidtricity Bingo!  Mark your calendar!  On November 25th at Kidtricity we will be playing Bingo, Kidtricity style!  We will provide snacks, beverages and loads of Bingo prizes!  All ages are welcome and there is no cost to play! Some of your favorite Kidtricity characters will be there too!  Invite friends and family to attend this fun event!

Attention Parents: Jennifer Briggeman is putting together a Children’s Christmas program for Sunday, December 23 to be performed at the 8am & 10:30am services that morning. If you are interested in having your child (preschool through 5th grade) in the program, please contact Jennifer by November 25.

Kidtricity YouTube Channel: Want to check out the latest Kidtricity programs? Did you miss a week of the fun and wish you could see what happened? Subscribe to the Kidtricity YouTube channel and see all the Kidtricity programs from every Sunday! Just search for Bethel Lutheran Church: Kidtricity on YouTube and subscribe!

Each Sunday from 9:15 - 10:15 AM

New Creations Bible Study: The New Creations Bible Study class began the year with several video series followed by discussion. They will then transition to a Bible-based book series. Please drop in and join us as you can. Contact John Farquhar with questions. This class will meet in the Library.

Adult—”Believe” Series: Join this class as they discuss the key questions of what it means to be a Christian and how that applies to everyday life. Pastor John will lead this Bible study series in conjunction with the sermon series. This class will meet in the Faith Forum on the main floor just past the Gathering Space (donut area).

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

Confirmation Class: Confirmation Class for all youth in the 6th - 8th grade is each Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour (9:15-10:15 AM) in the Middle School room downstairs. Note: A youth in 9th grade or above can also participate in this class.

BLOC CAFÉ—A High School Ministry: Attend this group each Sunday morning where high school youths in grades 9-12 get to 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 from 9:15-10:15 AM. They are currently working through the TRUE U series! Free coffee and/or drink are available. For more information, contact Sedra.

Youth Night: Youth nights occur each Sunday evening at Bethel from 5:45—7:30pm and all youth in the 6th through 12th grades are welcome to attend. Enjoy fun, food, fellowship, and getting back to a solid foundation of our faith! Bring a friend! Check your email often to sign up for special events that occur throughout the school year!
Upcoming Youth Activities:
Nov 18…..Youth Serve Night—Make kid bags for Mercy's Gate at Bethel
Nov 25…..Youth Goodwill/Sweater Night at Skate City—5:30-8pm
Dec 1-2….Youth Services—5:30pm, 8:00am & 10:30am
Dec 2…….Youth & Family Advent Fest—11:45am to 2:00pm
Dec 9…….Youth Jam Session & Prayer Night—5:45-7:30pm
Dec 16…...Youth Night Christmas Party—5-8:00pm
Dec 23…...Youth & Family Caroling + Soup & Chili at 11:45am-2:30pm
Dec 30…...Last Youth Night of 2018! -  5-8:00pm

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 confirm that your student is on the college list by contacting Carol Vogeney.

Morning Groups 
RUTH Bible Study—RUTH Bible Study meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:00am in the library (you can come early to socialize at 9:15am, if you would like). This women’s group is working on a study of the book, “Glory Days—Trusting in the God Who Fights for You”, by Max Lucado (about the book of Joshua). We would love to have you join us! If you have any questions, contact Sarah Wulfsberg.

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)—We are studying a series titled: “A Women of Faith series, ‘Pursuing Contentment’”. WEST meets September through the middle of May each Wednesday morning from 10:30am - 12:00pm in the library. If you would like to join, please contact Kathy LaBree.

WEB (Women Exploring the Bible)—WEB Bible study is working on a video/book study by Karen Ehman named "Listen, Love, Repeat". WEB meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 9-11 AM in Bethel's Library. 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, December 8 in the Christ Center from 7:45am until 9:15am. We will meet for food and fellowship and discussing part 3 of our Kingdom Man study titled “Claiming Your Territory.” The kitchen crew will begin preparing breakfast at 6:30am, if you can help please come! Contact Pastor Dan Lahman at, if you have any questions. I hope you can join us.

Evening Groups
Monument Bible Study— An adult Bible study in the Monument area at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals is currently in progress. The group meets Monday evenings at 6:30 PM throughout the school year & is working on a study entitled “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat” by John Ortberg (not meeting Nov. 19). If you are interested in attending this evening Bible study, please contact Theresa Guthals.

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) Evening Women’s Class—BSF classes meet Monday evenings at 6:55 PM at Bethel and their study title this year is “People of the Promised Land, Part I” - this study will cover the timeline from Joshua to Solomon. If you have questions, please email BSF contact and main leader Heather Watson at for more information.

L.I.F.E. Bible Study: Ladies, you are invited to join us! We have begun a new study in November on "Psalms, Prayers of the Heart". Join us as we learn how the Psalms show us how to relate to God through prayer and to respond to God in praise. This group is ideal for those who cannot meet during the day and have limited time to prepare. This women’s group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm at Bethel. Please let us know if you plan to join us by using the sign-up slip on page 7 of the Bethel Blessings so that we can have a book for you or call or see Joan Skoog or Susi Hengel.

Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:
Church Family Members—Lee Koeser, Arlene Duenckel, Scott Liston, Nancy Brazil, Colleen May, Donna Roszell, Amanda Ehlen, Betty Day, Laurie Edwards, Barry Decker, Mike Bedell, Dick Schultz, Barb Giblin, Bill Mac Enulty, Jean Scheibe, Elisabeth Neumann, Barry Schoenwalder, Lee Koeser, Bobby Gilbert, Doris Chamberlain, Sofie Smith, Bethel’s Congregation, Council, Pastors & Staff, and Stephen Ministers & their care receivers.

Bethel’s Military—Chris & Mary Schafer’s son, SGT Joseph Schafer; Landon Mauck; Ben Upton; Chris Shiflet; Cole Estes; Johnny Farquhar; Derek Hepner; Philip Roehler; SGT Stehman; Brandon Walker; Jeff St. Gelais; Brian Proenneke; Dave & Antje Lund’s son-in-law, TSgt David Holman; 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—Judie Smith’s friend, Janet Blevins; Mary Jane Stanley’s mother, Mary Kolb; The Ehlen’s friend, Kaden Quintana; Holly Dunker’s friend’s daughter, Annie; Michael Zoughbi of Bethlehem; Stephany Green’s step-niece, Gabby Campbell; Keith Kanter’s daughter & granddaughter, Jennifer & Jessica; Deborah Decker’s mother, Shirley Hayes; Pat Anderson’s sister, Carolyn Schwarze; Teresa Bedell’s friend’s daughter, Marissa; Mark Estes’ mother & brother, Sophie & Steve Estes; Gary Roszell’s brothers, Larry & Randy Roszell; Antje Lund’s niece & husband, Mieken & Mike; Stephany Green’s friend, Aaron Frazie; Nancy Brazil’s daughter, Jenna; Betty Day’s son’s sister-in-law, Laurie Schwegler; Wendy Costello’s sister, Leona; Joan Skoog’s sister, Debbie; Fred & Maureen Miller’s nephew, John Collins; Loli Hill’s sister-in-law, Bea & Bea’s family; Charlie & Gail Carter’s friend/neighbor & family; Pam Bakken-O’Neill’s mother, Joyce Bakken; Thom & Dodie Thompson’s friend, Derek; Brandy Smith’s friend, Mcabe; Mike & Miranda Andrews’ nephew, Cameron Bardsley; Dave Bock’s sister & her husband; Connie Baumgart’s sister, Joleen Kruger; Dave & Sharon Roberts’ cousin, Kim Williams & her family; Evan Becker’s brother, Jim Becker; Danny Hodges’ neice, Alicia Beavers; Bonnie Carlson’s sister, Sue Willison; Mary Wedman’s daughter, Amy Ford; 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.