May 11 & 12, 2019 - Announcements

Believe Preaching Series—The Believe Sermon Series continues this weekend, May 11 & 12 with a look at chapter 26 of the Believe book. Next weekend the sermon will cover chapter 27. Sunday morning Adult & Kidtricity Sunday School classes on the Believe book occur during the series through May 19 on Sunday mornings at 9:15am.



Organists:  Pam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman

Jacob’s Ladder Coordinators:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Choir Director:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Cantor:  5:30—n/a; 8:00—Ron Jenkins

Welcome Center: (Sunday, 9:15-10:15)—Cindy Kahle

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

Flowers:  Altar flowers are given this weekend by Gisela Petersen and then the Slater family in honor of the baptisms of Colton Miles & Sadie Kay. God is great!


**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. 



Calling All 2019 Graduates! (High School, College, Post-College, Trade School, etc.) On Sunday, June 2nd there will be a special commissioning ceremony for our graduates at the combined Sunday service at 9:15am followed by a light reception in the Christ Center after the service. All graduates are asked to share briefly about themselves and some of their thoughts about the next season of their lives. Congregants, please come join us to get to know Bethel’s graduates and find out how we can pray for each of them. Graduates, please send school information (or where you are headed to next) & 3 pictures (baby, somewhere in between baby and graduation, a graduating picture) to Sedra (719-570-9800 / by May 26th if you would like to participate in this event. We look forward to celebrating with all of Bethel’s graduates!

Summer Worship Format: From Memorial Day Sunday (May 26) through Labor Day Sunday (Sept. 1), Bethel will once again have our summer Sunday schedule of worship. What this means is that each weekend we will continue to have our regular Saturday 5:30 PM worship service and then on Sundays we will have one combined service at 9:15 AM. We basically split the time between the 2 services on Sunday to arrive at the 9:15 AM time format. The music will be a combination of both traditional and contemporary, as we have done in the past, with both types being represented equally. We will also have our after-worship food & fellowship time each week sponsored by various groups/teams/members within the church. We look forward to an exciting summer of worship together and to your participation to help make it so!


The Bethel Blessings announcements will be updated every other week during the summer beginning next weekend, May 18 & 19. The deadline for the May 19 & 26 Bethel Blessing announcements is this Wednesday, May 15.  Please be sure to have any updates or changes submitted to the church office by 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 15 for this upcoming two-week period.

Two-week “Bethel Blessings” summer schedule through July 7:

May 19 & 26 (submission deadline=May 15)

June 2 & 9 (submission deadline=May 29)

June 16 & 23 (submission deadline=June 12)

June 30 & July 7 (submission deadline=June 26)


Stretch & Strength for Ladies: Join Beth Nickodemus for an hour of Pilates, yoga inspired stretching and isometrics. This group will meet Thursday’s in the Middle School room from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  It’s beginner friendly and there is no charge.  For more information, contact Beth.  

Program for Parents (Parents Group- PEP Rally): A special PEP event will take place on June 16 at 11:00 AM in the Christ Center. It will be a PEP Rally, Youth Meeting and Potluck! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this event. After lunch, parents will go off to their ‘PEP Rally’ while the youth will do their youth group time. Contact Sedra Raz ( to RSVP for the event!


Middle School Summer Service! Registration is now open for incoming 6th-8th grades for their Summer Mission Trip Service Week, June 10-13 (Mon-Thurs). We are planning to serve locally this summer. The first day we will serve Lutheran Valley Retreat in Florissant, CO with various camp maintenance work. The second day we will support a local mission organization (possibly the Springs Rescue Mission). The third day we will serve our very own Senior Group here at Bethel with various home & yard projects. The week is capped off with a day at Boondocks in Parker on Thursday that week. This is not an all or nothing week as you may pick the days that your youth is able to serve. Please connect with Sedra Raz ( for more details about the program. You may contact the church office to receive an email link to the registration form for this event.




Interest groups 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Please add these dates to your calendar to get your blood pressure screening between services in the narthex area: June 16.


BOOK REVIEW GROUPThis group meets at Bethel on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM. May’s book is “Karolina’s Twins” by Ronald Bolson. 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. The next meeting will be Friday, June 21 beginning at 6:30 PM. 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 Jake & Telly's on Monday, May 20th at 6:00 PM. The address is 2616 W Colorado Ave, Ste. 24, Colorado Springs, CO 80904; please contact Dave Bingham to RSVP your seat at the dinner. Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.


GRIEFSHARE GROUPThis group has just completed the thirteen-week video/workbook session through the GriefShare program and will start a new session in the fall beginning Sept. 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Abundant Life room at Bethel. The GriefShare group is opened to anyone and everyone, members of Bethel or non-members who are experiencing grief, whether it be family, friend or acquaintance. Do not go through the grief process alone, GriefShare is here.  For more information or to see sessions that are occurring in the Colorado Springs area this summer visit


MICROBREW CREW The Microbrew Crew meets two nights each month on the 1st Saturday and the 2nd Monday. On Monday, May 13th, the meeting will be at the Fieldhouse Brewing Company at 6:00 PM. The address is 521 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. 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 Mar. 16—Apr. 3, 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. 




IHN Hosting Week is June 2—9, 2019: Our IHN guests (Interfaith Hospitality Network guests) will be here June 2—9! Sign-ups are in CCB and on the clipboards in the Welcome Center. Please help with set-up, clean-up, evening or overnight hosts. There is a general food list and a DINNER meal list (please provide cooked & ready to serve). If you have any questions, please call Sharon Roberts.


Faith Builds Habitat for Humanity: This group’s first work day is Saturday, June 1 and this year they are requesting that volunteers work full days, HOWEVER, they also understand many of us can only give a half day. Shifts are 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm. If you would like to help or would like more information, please use the sign-up portion on page 7 and drop it in the collection plate or call Joan Skoog. Other work days for Faith Builds will be Aug. 3, Sept. 14, and Oct. 12.  


Attention VDC (Via De Cristo)! The next Ultreya is June 29 in Divide, CO. A BBQ is being planned, please bring a side dish or dessert and the rest will be provided. Also, in August VDC will be having a Grand Ultreya out at Laforet Conference & Retreat Center in the Black Forrest—August 24 & 25 from 9am to 12pm. The cost for the August event is $50 but if you register by July 1st, the price will only be $40. VDC’s Weekend #44 will be February 20-24, 2020 at Laforet Conference Center. Please pray about being on a team or sponsoring a pilgrim. Go to Via De Cristo’s website to fill out an application ( Questions? Contact Stephany Green.





Friday, June 14: 12:00 PM. Potluck & bingo 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 children age 3 to fifth grade are invited to join Kidtricity each Sunday from 9:15—10:15 AM in the Christ Center. This program is a God-focused program on the great country of Australia and is called: Kidtricity Down Under! and it runs through May 19.


VBS & Summer Spectacular Camps for 2019!

Registration is officially open! Please use the registration links through Bethel’s website at (scroll to the bottom of Bethel’s main page and click on the “Summer Spectacular” picture for summer camps or the “Under The Sea” picture for Vacation Bible School (VBS). Basic program information is listed below. Questions? Contact Pastor Dave Nickodemus at

Under the Sea VBS:

June 17-20, 9AM-11:30 AM each day (no VBS on Friday)
Ages: Age 4-Entering 4th Grade (younger kids welcome but need to have a parent or guardian accompany them). Cost: $10 per child, $25 maximum per family. Venture into the oceans below for a week of outrageous fun with puppets, music, crafts and so much more! Learn how God is always ready to make a big splash in our lives through His love!


Summer Spectacular Day Camps:

Four weeks, starting the week of July 8th; Monday-Friday, 9AM-3PM each week. Ages: Entering 1st Grade to Entering 6th Grade. Cost: $90 per child, per week. Camps: (all new activities for this year!).

Mad Science 1: (July 8-12)

Artsy Fun for Everyone: (July 15-19)

Ready! Set! Serve!: (July 22-26)

Mad Science 2: (July 29-Aug 2)


Payment for Bethel’s VBS or Summer Camp programs can be handled through the confirmation page once you register a child online or through Bethel’s main website page: From Bethel’s main website page, go to the “Donate/Pay” tab in the upper right corner of the screen and then click “Direct Link” to be brought to Bethel’s secure online payment page (payments by credit/debit card or a bank account can be made through this site).




Each Sunday from 9:15 - 10:15 AM through May 19


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—”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: This class meets Sunday morning in the Middle School room downstairs from 9:15 to 10:15 AM through May 19. Please contact Sedra Raz with questions about the Confirmation Class.

BLOC CAFÉ—A High School Ministry: Attend this group each Sunday morning where high school youths in grades 9-12 will 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 through May 19. Free coffee and/or drink are available.


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. Youth Night moves to their summer schedule in June—details coming soon! No Youth Night on May 12!


Upcoming Activities:

(Mark your calendar—dates & times are subject to change)

May 19 & 26…...Youth Night—5:45 PM at Bethel

June 2…...Commissioning of Graduates during the 9:15 AM service with reception

June 13…...All Youth Fun Day at Boondocks in Parker, CO


Summer Mission Trips: (Middle School Service Week ~ June 10-13 - Registration for the Middle School Summer Mission Trip is now open. Get the details from Sedra & finalize your online registration) (Idaho Servant Adventures for High School ~ July 13-20 - Registration is closed but you may be placed on a waiting list by contacting Sedra) Please contact Sedra with questions about the summer mission trips.


High School Leadership Team (SALT): 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 servanthood. 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 let Carol Vogeney know if you would like to add your student to the list for this coming fall. CKC will be on summer break for the rest of May and into the summer months.




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 are working on 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 May 18th. 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 during the school year in the Monument area at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals. This group is on break for the summer and will begin meeting again in September. 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 during the school year. They have had their last meeting and are currently on summer break. BSF classes will begin again in September. 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—Dave & Cindy Kahle, the Krause family, the Burrows family, Amy Kowalik, Barb Giblin, Jacob Schroeder, John Player, Bill Hill, Josh Koeser, Tom Vien, the Liston family, Margaret Curnow, Daryl Skoog, Bob Erickson, Sarah Wulfsberg, Dick Gorell, Vicki Wygant, Sue Jenkins, Marilyn Keck, George Fiedler, Betty Day, Doris Chamberlain, Sofie Smith, Bobby Gilbert, Bethel’s Congregation, Council, Pastors & Staff, and Stephen Ministers & their care receivers.


Bethel’s Military—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—Pam Bakken-O’Neill’s mother, Joyce Bakken; Mary Jane Stanley’s brother-in-law, mother & sister—Tom, Mary Kolb & Nancy; Rod Gillis’ brother, Richard; Mary Schafer’s father, Lyle Chouanard; Michael Zoughbi of Bethlehem; 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 & counsin’s grandson, Joleen Kruger and Landon; Mary Wedman’s cousin, Donna Rew; Denise Drury’s friend, Greg Bruns; The Schafer’s family friend, AJ Fisher; Bob Duenckel’s aunt, Judy; Bonnie Carlson’s sister & nephew, Sue Willison & Dave Colgun; Judy & Danny Hodges’ friends, Brian Shook, Jerri Oursler & Gene Killan; 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’ cousin’s daughter, Rita Breton Van Groll; Jim & Vicki Wygant’s grandson, Gabe Wygant; Braeden Bosma’s teammate, Daniel Boyle; 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; 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; 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.