March 2 & 3, 2019 - Announcements

Ash Wednesday worship begins the season of Lent and will take place at Bethel on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 PM. The Lenten dinners will be held again this year and begin the week after Ash Wednesday on March 13.

Organ:  Pam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman
Choir Directors:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Jacob’s Ladder Coordinator:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Cantor: 5:30—Pastor Dan; 8:00—Bonnie Carlson
Welcome Center: (Sunday, 9:00 - 10:15am)—Joan Skoog
Counters:  Daryl & Joan Skoog, Liz Bresley, Derek Stanley
Flowers:  The altar flowers are provided this weekend by Randy & Karin Reynolds.


**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. 
Believe Preaching Series: On March 2 & 3, during the sermon time, we will be looking at chapter 19 of the Believe book. Please read chapter 20 for next weekend’s services. A Sunday morning class on the Believe book is ongoing each Sunday at 9:15am in the Faith Forum and a Sunday evening class occurs at Sunday Night Live (SNL) at 5:45pm in a classroom off of the Christ Center through March 3.
The Outreach & Strategic Planning Team invite you to take a look in the gathering/donut area the weekend of March 2 & 3 for ways for everyone at Bethel to be involved in at least one area of outreach beyond the walls of our church. It is our goal to have everyone participate at least once in at least one area during the course of the year. Signups are available at the displays in the narthex area. Thank you!
The African Children’s Choir is back! The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir is returning to Bethel to perform on March 15 at 7:00 PM! This is a completely new concert with all new songs and dances. The concert is free to attend, but a love offering will be taken. Please invite family & friends to attend this special event by taking tickets from the table in the narthex. There are also flyers and posters on the table for you to take and spread the word! Join us on March 15th in welcoming the choir and Tessa Merritt! Help Still Needed: There is still a need for help on Friday, March 15 before & after the concert. Please see the following list of positions & if you are willing and able to help, contact Pastor Dave Nickodemus at Product Table Volunteer—help sell merchandise (do not need to handle any transactions); Giving Station Volunteer—help complete debit and/or credit transactions on an iPad; Sponsorship Table Volunteer—assist the tour leader in signing people up for sponsorships; Offering Counter—count freewill offering immediately after collection at end of concert.
New Member Classes: Bethel’s next New Member class will take place on Sunday, April 14 & 28 during the 9:15am Sunday School hour in Pastor John’s office. Every new member is asked to attend one of these classes and the final orientation which will take place at the New Member Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, May 4 at 6:30pm downstairs in the Christ Center. The joining weekend will be at whichever service you normally attend the weekend of May 4 & 5. Please contact the church office to sign up for either New Member class.
First Communion Class: Would you like to know more about communion? Are you in third grade or older and are waiting for communion instruction? Then please join us on March 17 at 12:00 PM for our First Communion Class. This class is for children in third grade or older that have not received communion instruction. The cost for the class is $15 per child and we ask that all children be accompanied by at least one parent or caregiver for the class. Other family members are welcome and there is no cost for them to attend. The class will include lunch and each child will get to paint their own communion chalice to keep. After taking the class, children will be invited to participate in their First Communion at the Maundy Thursday service (April 18th at 7:00 PM). To register or learn more contact Pastor Dave ( 
New Show in the Bethel Art Gallery: This week the pictures were changed out in the Bethel Art Gallery. We hope you viewed and enjoyed the previous show that included work by Millie Farquhar, Steve Helmreich and Margaret Curnow. Please take this opportunity to thank those artists for sharing their work with the Bethel community. Our new show will feature photographs by David Lund, Julie Loera and Eric Wulfsberg. Are you interested in having some of your work displayed in the Bethel Gallery? Contact Eric Wulfsberg for details.
Sunday Night Live - Through March 3
Bring your family and invite your neighbors & friends;
Dinner is served from 5:00—5:40 PM in the Christ Center;
Classes begin at 5:45 PM (Movies begin at 4pm)
Childcare is available!
Dinners being served at 5:00 PM: Corned Beef & Cabbage (March 3)
“Believe” Class—(Ends March 3rd) This class follows the sermon series currently in progress during the weekend services and they meet in Classroom #3 off of the Christ Center.
Movies—(Ends March 10; No dinner provided on March 10) Join this group in the Faith Forum on March 3 beginning at 4:00 PM for viewing of the movie “An Interview with God”. (Movie synopsis: After covering the war in Afghanistan, journalist Paul Asher returns home to find his life falling apart. With his marriage near collapse, he's in the grips of a personal crisis he's struggling to understand. But the young reporter's life takes a strange turn when he is offered the opportunity of lifetime to interview God.) This group normally breaks for dinner at 5:00 PM then resumes the movie after dinner.  Popcorn is provided, please bring your own drink.
Financial Peace University—(Ends March 17; No dinners provided on March 10 & 17) FPU is a class that offers life skills in money management.
Interest groups 
Blood Pressure Screenings at Bethel: Please add these dates to your calendar to get your blood pressure screening between services in the narthex area on March 17, April 14, May 12 and June 16.
BOOK REVIEW GROUP—This group meets at Bethel on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM. March’s book is “Whistling Past the Graveyard” by Susan Candall. 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. For more information, please contact Pastor John Witkop at 719-570-9800.
DINING OUT— The Dining Out group meets on a Monday night near the end of each month at a local restaurant. The March dining out will be at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on Monday, March 25 at 6:00 PM.  The address is 21 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.
GRIEFSHARE GROUP—Grief can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Healing from grief is not an easy thing to do. It is a long and sometimes painful process. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, don't go through the grieving process alone. Join this group each Wednesday morning at 9:30am in the Abundant Life room. Please let Pastor Dan know if you are interested in attending ( For more information visit
MICROBREW CREW— The Microbrew Crew meets two nights each month on the 1st Saturday and the 2nd Monday. On Saturday, March 2nd they will meet at the 1876 Ale Works Brewery at 6:30 PM.—the address is 3352 Templeton Gap Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. On the Second Monday of March 11th, the meeting will be at the Bristol Brewing Company (Ivy Wild School) at 6:00 PM—the address is 1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. 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 March 9-27, 2020. It seems like a long way off, but since this is an international cruise open to the world, we can only promote it for a few months in 2018 and then the cruise line takes over and our group cabins are no longer available. Pastor John will have official brochures, and $1,000 deposits per person are being accepted with the registration right now. Since there has been a lot of interest in this trip, I would encourage you to sign up soon, if you are interested, so as to hold a spot on the trip. The registrations are based on two to a cabin with no single cabins available, but we are happy to try our best to match people with a cabin mate. 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 3 cabins left.
$$ NOISY CHANGE OFFERING $$ - This year's Lenten Noisy Change Offering will be donated to Heart-In-Home, the newest program of Family Promise designed to prevent and divert family homelessness. It only takes $868 to keep a family from becoming homeless! This is a small amount compared to the emotional cost of moving, changing schools, finding housing, etc. Coin collection boxes are available in the narthex area. Noisy change and quiet greenbacks are welcome!
Mercy's Gate Thursday Ministry: Are you looking for an opportunity to serve our community but do not have a lot of time to give? This is the ministry for you! Bethel’s Mercy's Gate Thursday Ministry makes and serves breakfast and lunch to low income families at Mercy's Gate on the last Thursday of each month. People are always needed to prepare the meals at Bethel and others may serve at Mercy's Gate that day. Each team member can volunteer as little as 1.5 hours or sign up for more if desired. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Curnow.
Youth “Ultimate Garage Sale” on March 9: Bethel’s Youth will be hosting a garage sale on Saturday, March 9 from 9am to 2pm to help raise funds for their 2019 Mission Trips this summer. They would like to help you get rid of your things! Donation days at Bethel have been set for Mar. 1, 7 & 8 from 6-9pm. If you have questions, please contact Sedra or Bethany W., Bethel’s youth representative for this project. The youth are looking for any and all donated items—no TV’s or large furniture please!
The Air Force Needs YOU! The Prater family hosts a cadet at the Air Force Academy and his parents are helping with the inaugural DMV State Night at the US Air Force Academy on April 24, 2019. This event is designed to inspire pride and sharing between the cadets about their home states of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  The evening will include a meal and speakers. The group is looking for people to provide cookies and bars for dessert along with people to help with the evening event (set up, serving, etc.) If you would like to help out, please contact April Prater. Thank you!
Friday, March 8th: 12:00 PM in the Christ Center. We will have Chuck Asay, a retired cartoonist from the Gazette, as a guest speaker. Hope you can join us for this entertaining & interesting speaker!
CARD PLAYERS: Card players are welcome at Bethel! If you would like to join the card games, contact Pam Warner to play Bridge or Gisela Petersen to play Pinochle.
Contact Pastor Dan Lahman with questions (719-570-9800 or
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 & 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! This program is free!
Kidtricity YouTube Channel: 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! 
Smallz Group! Do you have children aged zero to six years? Are you interested in meeting other parents with young children? Then the Smallz Group is the place for you! Meeting once a month on the third Saturday, this group offers family fellowship, playdates with other Bethel babies and a support group for what it means to be a new parent in today's world. Walk with us as we work through the joy, laughter, tantrums, tears and love that comes with being the parent of babies and toddlers. If you are interested in this group and would like more information, please contact Andrea Weidmann.
Each Sunday from 9:15 - 10:15 AM
New Creations Bible Study: The New Creations Bible Study class is currently working on 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 Sunday School: Join this class as they discuss the “Believe” book. Pastor John leads this Bible study series. The class meets 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: This class meets each Sunday morning in the Middle School room downstairs from 9:15 to 10:15 AM. Please connect with Sedra with questions concerning the Confirmation 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—the class is currently working on the TRUE U series. This group meets between services in the High School room from 9:15-10:15 AM. Free coffee and/or drink are available. For more information, contact Sedra.
Youth Night: Youth nights occur during the school year each Sunday evening normally from 5:45—7:30 PM at Bethel and all youth in the 6th - 12th grade are welcome to attend. Enjoy fun, food, fellowship and faith each month! Bring a friend and check your email often to sign up for special events that occur. Follow us on Instagram @BLOC80917 to receive updates and encouragements!
Upcoming Youth Activities:
(Mark your calendar—dates & times are subject to change)
Mar 3…………Youth Night—5:45pm at Bethel
Mar 9…………Youth—Ultimate Garage Sale
                    (see below for donation days & sign up with Sedra to serve!)
Mar 22-23…...Confirmation Retreat at Ponderosa Retreat Center
                    (See Sedra for details.)
The “Ultimate Garage Sale” (a Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser)
Join us Saturday, March 9 from 9am-2pm!
Donation days are Mar. 1, 7 & 8 from 6-9pm.
Open enrollment for Middle & High School Summer Mission Trips is ongoing! 
See Sedra for details & finalize registration by paying the $100 deposit.
Middle School Service Week ~ June 10-14
Idaho Servant Adventures for High School ~ July 13-20 (there are only a few spots left!)
“SEEN” -  A High School Ministry: Come join our 9-12th grade girls small group that meets the last Sunday of every month for a time of fellowship and conversation about topics concerning being a Christ-like teenager in today’s culture. For more information and dates when the group will meet, please contact Beth Nickodemus or Abby F.
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 mornings from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Library (you can come early to socialize if you would like). We are studying Haggi, Zechariah, and Malachi by Stephen M. Coleman. We would love to have you join us! 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)— WEST is currently working on a study titled “The Cross and the Crown”, a study in Lutheran basics by Sola Publishing. This group meets each Wednesday morning through the middle of May 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!  DATE & ROOM CHANGE!—The next breakfast is scheduled for March 9 in the Faith Forum. This group meets once a month on a Saturday morning normally in the Christ Center from 7:45am until 9:15am. We meet for food, fellowship, and to discuss our current study. The kitchen crew normally begins preparing breakfast at 6:30am, if you can help, please contact Pastor Dan Lahman at
Evening Groups
Monument Bible Study—An adult Bible study meets Monday evenings at 6:30 PM throughout the school year in the Monument area at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals. This group will meet again on March 4th and begin a study titled, “God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions” by Rick Warren. 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. This group’s 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, please join us as we study "Psalms, Prayers of the Heart". 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. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm at Bethel. Questions? Call or see Joan Skoog or Susi Hengel.
Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:
Church Family Members—the Kelly & Neumann families, Dale Skattum, Hephzibah Razafinimanana, Marilynn Baldwin, Lori Koeser, Sue Jenkins, Marilyn Keck, George Fiedler, Betty Day, Barb Giblin, Doris Chamberlain, Sofie Smith, Bobby Gilbert, Bethel’s Congregation, Council, Pastors & Staff, and Stephen Ministers & their care receivers.
Bethel’s Military—SGT Joseph Schafer & family; 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—Mary Jane Stanley’s brother-in-law, Tom; Greg Bruns, friend of Denise Drury; AJ Fisher, family friend of the Schafer’s; Bob Duenckel’s aunt, Judy; Bonnie Carlson’s sister & nephew, Sue Willison & Dave Colgun; Judy Hodges’ friends, Brian Shook & Jerri Oursler; Schaffer Reichart; Ron Baumgart’s sister & brother-in-law, Bonnie & Wayne; Stephan & Holly Dunker’s daughter & grandson, Emilie & Layton; Dave & Cheryl Bingham’s friend, Walt; Mary Wedman’s cousin, Donna Rew; Beth Nickodemus’ grandmother, Doris Mills; Jim & Vicki Wygant’s grandson, Gabe Wygant; Braeden Bosma’s teammate, Daniel Boyle; Beth Nickodemus’ cousin’s daughter, Rita Breton Van Groll; Gary Waasdorp’s friend’s father, Guadalupe Robles; Monte Gutowski’s student, Noah; Mary Schafer’s cousin, Julie Kaveney; Susi Hengel’s mother, Dorothy Cortopassi; Mary Jane Stanley’s mother, Mary Kolb; The Ehlen’s friend, Kaden Quintana; Michael Zoughbi of Bethlehem; Deborah Decker’s mother, Shirley Hayes; Pat Anderson’s sister, Carolyn Schwarze; Teresa Bedell’s friend’s daughter, Marissa; Mark Estes’ mother, Sophie; Loli Hill’s sister-in-law, Bea & Bea’s family; Pam Bakken-O’Neill’s mother, Joyce Bakken; Connie Baumgart’s sister, Joleen Kruger; 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.