May 25 & 26, 2019 - Announcements

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 look forward to an exciting summer of worship together and to your participation to help make it so!



OrganistsPam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman

Jacob’s Ladder CoordinatorsPastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Choir Director:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Cantor:  5:30—n/a; 9:15—n/a

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

FlowersAltar flowers are given this weekend by Verlyn & Karen Hammerstrom in celebration of their 59th Wedding Anniversary!

Welcome Center: (Sunday, 8:45—9:15)—Sarah Wulsberg


**If you are unable to serve, please contact the Worship Coordinator scheduled for your service.



The Believe Sermon Series for the weekend of May 25 & 26 will cover chapter 28.

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 Fellowship: Join us this summer after Sunday worship for food & fellowship beginning May 26th! Each week after the 9:15 AM service at approximately 10:30 AM various groups at Bethel will sponsor a food & fellowship time. The summer schedule for fellowship begins is as follows: May 26—last weekend for donuts! June 2—Graduate Recognition by Youth Ministry; June 9—Mariana Lewis & Friends; June 16 & 23—Inreach Team.

The Bethel Blessings announcements will be updated every other week during the summer. The deadline dates for the Bethel Blessing announcements, where one should submit any changes or updates to the church office, are listed below.  Please be sure to have any updates or changes submitted to the church office by 10:00 AM on the submission deadline dates listed below.

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

May 19 & 26 (submission deadline was May 15)

June 2 & 9 (submit updates/changes by 10am, May 29)

June 16 & 23 (submit updates/changes by 10am, June 12)

June 30 & July 7 (submit updates/changes by 10am, June 26)

All-Youth Summer Service (Register soon!): Registration is open for a Summer Service Week for all youths entering 6th grade to finishing 12th grade. From Monday-Wednesday, June 10-12, Bethel’s youth ministry is planning to serve locally this summer. Each day will hold a different serving opportunity to include serving Bethel’s very own Senior Group with various home & yard projects. The week is capped off on Thursday, June 13, with a fun day at Boondocks in Parker. This is not an all or nothing week as the youth may pick the days that they are willing and 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.

Attention Parents & Youth: A special PEP Rally (Parents Group) event will take place at 11:00am on June 23 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 together, parents will go to their ‘PEP Rally’ while the youth will have their youth group time. Contact Sedra Raz ( to RSVP for the event!

Bethel Night at the Sky Sox (Now called the Vibes): There will be a Vibes baseball game on Friday, June 28 at Security Field beginning at 6:40pm. Bethel is offering adult tickets for $20 (Regular price $27) and children’s tickets (under 18) for $15 (Regular price $18). These seats are for the all-you-can-eat buffet in the picnic terrace and include a parking pass, ticket for the game, and tasty food & drink. Please tear off the back portion of the last page of the Bethel Blessings to indicate your desire for tickets and place it in the offering plate or contact the church office at Your tickets are secured when your payment is made either through the offering plate or online (note “Vibes Game” please). We will see you at the game as we support our new Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball team!


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. June’s book is “Life in a Jar” by Jack Mayer. 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 (not meeting June 18). 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. Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.

GRIEFSHARE GROUPThis group 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. Contact Dave Bingham with questions or to get on this group’s emailing list.

STRETCH & STRENGTH FOR LADIESJoin Beth Nickodemus for an hour of Pilates, yoga inspired stretching, and isometrics. This group meets each Thursday in the Christ Center from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. It’s beginner friendly and there is no charge. Questions? Contact Beth Nickodemus.  

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. 





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 contact 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 & deadline to order tickets for “Grease” showing at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek (tickets are $18 p/person, sign up on the clipboard in the narthex & give cash/check made payable to ‘Bethel Lutheran Church’ to Pastor Dan)


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


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).




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


Youth Nights & Youth Summer Schedule: Youth nights occur during the school year each Sunday evening from 5:45—7:30 PM at Bethel and all youth in the 6th - 12th grade are welcome to attend. During the summer months, different activities & service opportunities are available for the youths of Bethel. Below is a list of upcoming summer youth activities. Enjoy fun, food, fellowship and faith each month with Bethel’s Youth Ministry Team! Bring a friend and check your email often to sign up for special events that occur. If you would like a youth summer schedule for 2019, contact Sedra.

Upcoming Activities:

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

May 26…...Youth Night: end of year BBQ—5:45 PM at Bethel

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

June 10-12…...3 days of Summer Youth Service

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

June 17-21…...Youth Service-help with Bethel’s VBS

June 23…...Family Potluck, PEP Rally & Youth Gathering

June 28…...Family Night at the Vibes (formerly Sky Sox)


NEW! All-Youth Service Week ~ June 10-12 - Registration for the Youth Summer Service Week is open! Get the details from Sedra & finalize your online registration—see above for more information. Bethel’s High School youth are heading once again to Idaho Servant Adventures this summer, July 13-20. Registration for the high school trip is closed but you may contact Sedra about a waiting list. Questions? Contact Sedra (


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 youths 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 is 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)— This group meets each Wednesday morning during the school year and is currently on break for the summer. If you would like to join this group or get more information, 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 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—Darlene Aaland, Dave & Cindy Kahle, Barb Giblin, John Player, Bill Hill, Josh Koeser, Tom Vien, the Liston family, Margaret Curnow, Bob Erickson, Sarah Wulfsberg, Dick Gorell, Vicki Wygant, 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—Eric & Sarah Wulfsberg’s niece, Kelly; Pam Bakken-O’Neill’s mother, Joyce Bakken; Mary Jane Stanley’s mother & sister—Mary Kolb & Nancy; Mary Schafer’s father, cousin & friend, Lyle, Julie & Terri; 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 & cousin'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; Braeden Bosma’s teammate, Daniel Boyle; Gary Waasdorp’s friend’s father, Guadalupe Robles; Monte Gutowski’s student, Noah; 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.