March 30-31, 2019 - Announcements

Easter Drama - “The Trials of Christ”: This year’s Easter drama will be the depiction of the five trials of Jesus that occurred during the very early hours on the day of his crucifixion. The Drama Team will recreate how the trials played out and why the main characters did what they did. Please join Bethel on Wednesday, April 17th or Friday, April 19th to see the drama. Both performances start at 7:00 PM.


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—Paul Nervig

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

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

Flowers:  The altar flowers are provided this weekend by Cathy Guman. 


**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. 
Wednesday Evening Worship Services in Lent will come to an end on April 10. Services are at 7:00pm at Bethel. Dinners will continue starting at 5:30pm in the Christ Center through April 10. Please come join us for the dinners even if you have to arrive later. They will be cleaned up around 6:30pm. Lenten Dinners are sponsored by: April 3—Youth Team/Council & April 10—Stephen Ministry.
Cast members are needed for the Easter Drama: Several minor parts with either no lines or up to 3 lines and people to be part of the crowd. The parts are Pharisees, guards, Nicodemus & Judas. No experience necessary! If you’re interested, please contact David Bingham.
Seder Supper: On Sunday, April 14 at 4:30 PM, 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 the evening of April 14th. 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.
Easter Lilies: Share your joy in Jesus’ resurrection by helping to purchase an Easter Lily to decorate the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 21st.  Lilies may be dedicated “To the Glory of God”, “In Honor of [someone]”, or “In Memory of [someone]”. Plants are limited & available on a first come, first served basis after the Easter Sunday services. Donations of $10 may be placed in the offering plate or paid online (note name & “Lilies” with any payment). Please send your dedication to the church office (
New Member Classes: Bethel’s next New Member classes 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 indicate your desire to attend a class by filling out the back flap of the Bethel Blessings (page 7) and placing it in the offering plate or by contacting the church office: 719-570-9800 or
Believe Preaching Series: On March 30 & 31, during the sermon time, we will be looking at chapter 23 of the Believe book. Please read chapter 24 for next weekend’s services. A Sunday morning class on the Believe book is ongoing each Sunday at 9:15am in the Faith Forum.
New Program for Parents from the Youth Ministry Team: Once a month on the 1st Saturday of each month beginning April 6 from 9:00-11:00 AM, Bethel’s youth ministry will begin a yearlong, 2-hour monthly PEP Rally (Parenting, Equipping, and Processing Rally) to serve the parents of Bethel (or Bethel visitors). The plan is to watch one expert interview where the speakers are respected and well know. The speakers range from pastors, researchers, doctors, culture experts, educators, artists and more. Please join us on Saturday, April 6 as we kick off this exciting program—parents with kids of all ages are welcome! (Other dates for PEP are May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug 3, Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 and Dec 7.)
Easter Candy Needed: Children’s Ministry is in need of donations of individually wrapped candies or small party favor toys (just needs to be able to fit inside an Easter Egg) for our annual children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 21st at 10:00 AM. Donations can be placed in the Easter Egg Donation Bin at Kidtricity on Sunday mornings or by the sign up “clip board” in the Welcome Center area upstairs. 
Pancake Breakfast on Easter Sunday: The youth of Bethel would like to invite Bethel members & guests to participate in their annual Pancake Breakfast on Easter Sunday—April 21. Please mark your calendars! We look forward to serving you. Donation will go towards the 2019 youth mission trip expenses.
A to Z Vegetable Gardening Class: On Tuesday, April 16 from 7:00-8:30 PM at Bethel, Larry Stebbins will present a 90 minute class and go over tips for having a successful vegetable garden in the Pikes Peak region. Soil preparation, planting timelines, carefully selected varieties, companion planting, intensive-succession planting, season protection & harvesting will be discussed—not recommended for children under 12. The cost will be $2 per person to help cover material & fees. There is limited space as this class is being offered to the Old Farm Community Garden members and members of Bethel Lutheran Church. To reserve a spot for yourself, please RSVP to Debra Othitis at
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 2019 and then the cruise line takes over and our group cabins are no longer available. Official brochures are available in the narthex sign up area 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, you are encouraged 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. A single male needs a single male cabin mate, please contact Pastor John.
Interest groups 
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Please add these dates to your calendar to get your blood pressure screening between services in the narthex area: April 7, May 12 and June 16.
BOOK REVIEW GROUP—This group meets at Bethel on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM. April’s book is “The Sparrow Sisters” by Ellen Herrick. 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 next dining out will be at the Mason Jar on Monday, April 22 at 6:00 PM. The address is 2925 Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904. 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. The next gathering is on April 6th at 6:30 PM at 1876 Ale Works Brewery. The address is 3352 Templeton Gap Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907. The Monday gathering is on April 8th at Smiling Toad Brewing Company at 6:00 PM. The address is 1757 S. 8th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80906. 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. 
$$LENTEN NOISY CHANGE OFFERING$$ - 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!
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: Please join the Kidtricity cast and other attendees of Kidtricity on Sunday, March 31 for a special Family Bingo time in the Christ Center beginning at 9:15 AM. It’s free and snacks, prizes & lots of Bingo fun will be provided!
Kidtricity ‘Live Steam’ - Did you know that all of our Kidtricity programs are streamed live on our YouTube channel? That's right. So, if the weather isn't great and you can't get out of the house, you can still watch Kidtricity in real time every Sunday at 9:15 am. Just subscribe to this channel: “ subscriber” and you will get updates when Kidtricity is live. You can watch past programs as well—like our hilarious Cinderella production from March 1st. Check it out here: “”
Bethel’s Upcoming Family Events!
Bethel’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt: On Easter Sunday, April 21st beginning at 10:00 AM in front of the Faith Forum, all children are invited to hunt down some eggs with Bethel’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Younger children (0-5) will hunt in the Faith Forum and older children will hunt outside (weather permitting). There is no cost to participate! Help us fill the eggs by donating candy to the collection boxes at Kidtricity or in the narthex area (individually wrapped candy or small toys that fit within a plastic egg will be accepted).
Kidtricity Easter Program: On Sunday, April 28th at the 10:30 AM service, join Bethel’s Kidtricity team and Kidtricity kids as we present a special Easter program in place of the sermon. 
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 31, Apr 7, 14 & 28……Youth Night—5:45pm at Bethel
Youth Retreats & Mission Trips: The Confirmation Retreat has been postponed until May. (Middle School Service Week ~ June 10-14) - Open enrollment for the Middle School Summer Mission Trip is ongoing. Get the details from Sedra & finalize your registration. (Idaho Servant Adventures for High School ~ July 13-20) - The High School Summer Mission Trip $100 deposit is due by March 31! Please contact Sedra with any questions.
High School Leadership Team: If you are in high school and eager to grow in your influence & leadership, consider joining Bethel’s Youth Leadership Team called SALT (Student Action Leadership Team). Several youth meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 5:00-6:15 PM for intentional leadership development time centered on Christ and His servant-hood. The next SALT meeting will be Wednesday, April 10 beginning at 5:00pm. Dinner will be provided. Pray about this & connect with Sedra, if you are interested in joining.
“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 began a new Life Guide study titled, “Women & Identity”. 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!  Our next Men’s Ministry breakfast will be on April 13th. This group meets once a month on a Saturday morning 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 6:30 AM. If you can help prepare breakfast or would like to attend, please contact Pastor Dan Lahman (
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—Bob Erickson, Sarah Wulfsberg, Dick Gorell, Pastor Greg Brandvold, Vicki Wygant, 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—Sharon & Dave Roberts’ friend; Sandee & Tim Wurtz’s friend; Stephany Rodvold’s parents, Gerald & Kay Kozak; Pat Anderson’s friends & father, Christine Davis, Rachel Riley & Byron Borchert; Pam Nichols and her grandson, Austin; Connie Baumgart’s sister, Joleen Kruger and Connie’s cousin’s grandson, Landon; Mary Wedman’s cousin, 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; 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.