March 16-17, 2019 - Announcements

Unfortunately, due to the severe weather the African Children’s Choir is stuck in Wyoming and unable to get here to Colorado Springs tonight (March 15).  The concert has been canceled and can not be rescheduled.  They will be performing in Ft. Collins on Sunday night at 7 PM if anyone would like to make the trip to see them.  You can see their schedule at   While we are saddened to not have the opportunity to see this year’s wonderful choir, we rejoice that all the choir members are safe after the historic storm and will continue to brighten hearts with their wonderful music, dancing and contagious love for Jesus! 


Organ:  Pam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman

Choir Directors:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Jacob’s Ladder Coordinator:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Cantor: 5:30—n/a; 8:00—n/a

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

Counters:  Susi Hengel, Inge & Erica Kelly, Gretchen Vahl

Flowers:  The altar flowers are provided this weekend by the Duenckel family.


**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. 



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 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.


Seder Supper: On Sunday, April 14 at 4:30 PM at Bethel, come and learn how the Jewish Passover speaks to Christians today! The Passover has been and still is the most important celebration of the year for the Jews. Bethel will host a service and dinner on April 14. Sign up for tickets are available now at under the “Donate/Pay” tab follow the ‘direct link’. Prices are as follows: Families—$25, Couples—$15, Singles (12-adult) - $10, Children (6-11) - $5, Children under 6—Free. Childcare will be provided for this event.


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


Financial Peace University—(Meets March 17; No dinners provided.) FPU is a class that offers life skills in money management.




Interest groups 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Please add these dates to your calendar to get your blood pressure screening between services in the narthex area: March 17, April 7 (changed from April 14), May 12 and June 16.


BOOK REVIEW GROUPThis 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 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.

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. 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 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. 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 GROUPGrief 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. 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. 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. The next service day for Mercy’s Gate Thursday Ministry (MGTM) is March 28. 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.


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!


Food Panty Needs for Mercy’s Gate: Critical Needs—the following is a list of items Mercy’s Gate needs to bring food and non-food stock up to desired levels...Canned Fruit, Jelly, Boxed Baking Items, Hot/cold Cereal, Toilet paper, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo/Conditioner. If you have questions or need assistance with food pantry donations, please contact Molly Smith at 719-217-5745. Non-perishable food donations for Mercy’s Gate may be brought to Bethel and dropped off near the main doors. 






Friday, April 12th: 12:00 PM; Potluck 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 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. 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 10, 17 & 31……Youth Night—5:45pm at Bethel


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!)

A Q&A session for the Idaho trip is being planned for Sunday, March 17.


“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)— We begin a new Life Guide study titled, “Women & Identity” on March 13th. The study follows Biblical themes as well as the journeys of women showing the way to embrace God’s strength and wisdom to live whole lives. This group meets each Wednesday morning through May 22 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!  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 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 began a new 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—Sarah Wulfsberg, Dick Gorell, Pastor Greg Brandvold, Vicki Wygant, Debbie Wallace, Marie St. Gelais, 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—Chris & Mary Schafer’s son, 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—Stephany Rodvold’s parents, Gerald & Kay Kozak; Pat Anderson’s friends, Christine & Schaffer Reichart; Pam Nichols and her grandson, Austin; Connie Baumgart’s sister, Joleen Kruger and Connie’s cousin’s grandson, Landon; Mary Wedman’s brother-in-law & cousin, Duane Pike & Donna Rew; 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; Ron Baumgart’s sister & brother-in-law, Bonnie & Wayne; Stephan & Holly Dunker’s daughter & grandson, Emilie & Layton; Dave & Cheryl Bingham’s friend, Walt; 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; 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; 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.