Youth Summer Service: Register today! Registration is ongoing 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. 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, CO! This is not an all or nothing week as the youth may pick the days that they are willing and able to serve. Please register by Monday, June 3! You may contact Sedra Raz (email@example.com) for more details about serving that week. You may also contact the church office to receive an email link to the registration form for this event if you have not already received the link via email from Sedra (719-570-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
WE THANK ALL WHO ASSIST US IN OUR WORSHIP THIS WEEKEND
Organists: Pam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman
Jacob’s Ladder Coordinators: Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Choir Director: Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Counters: Stuart Opp, Denise Knight-Drury, Randy & Karin Reynolds
Flowers: Altar flowers are given this weekend by Dave & Sharon Roberts in honor of the IHN families and volunteers.
Welcome Center: (Sunday, 8:45—9:15)—Theresa Guthals
**If you are unable to serve, please contact the Worship Coordinator scheduled for your service.
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!
Summer Fellowship: Join us this summer on Sundays for food & fellowship each week after the 9:15 AM service at approximately 10:30 AM. At this time, various groups at Bethel will sponsor/provide a food & fellowship time. The summer schedule for fellowship is as follows: June 2—Graduate Recognition by Youth Ministry; June 9—Mariana Lewis & Friends; June 16 & 23—Inreach Team; June 30—All Church (congregants: bring something to share!); July 7—Music Ministry; July 14—Mariana Lewis & Friends; July 21—Council; July 28—All Church (congregants: bring something to share).
Come Sing with the Choir! The choir is singing on June 9 during the 9:15am service and you are invited to join them. The choir will rehearse Thursday, June 6 at 6:30pm and will sing during the Sunday, June 9 service. If you are interested or would like more information about the choir and this performance, please contact Pastor Dan Lahman at email@example.com.
The Believe Sermon Series concludes on June 8 & 9 with a look at the final chapter of the Believe book. On June 1 & 2, the sermon will cover chapter 29.
New Show in the Bethel Art Gallery! The pictures have been changed out in the Bethel Art Gallery. We hope you viewed and enjoyed the previous show that included work by David Lund, Julie Loera & Eric Wulfsberg. Please take this opportunity to thank those artists for sharing their work with the Bethel community. We know you’ll enjoy the new images including photographs from Israel by Margaret Curnow, paintings by Joy Brandvold, drawings by Carl Brandvold and southwestern photographs by Inge Kelly. We are already accepting images for the next show, so if you are interested in having some of your work displayed in the Bethel Gallery, contact Eric Wulfsberg. We are also looking for a new gallery director if you would like to help with updating the Bethel Gallery images. Contact Eric Wulfsberg for details.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP for the event!
The Bethel Blessings announcements will be updated every other week during the summer. The deadline dates, when 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 dates listed below.
Two-week “Bethel Blessings” summer schedule:
June 2 & 9 (submission deadline was May 29)
June 16 & 23 (submit updates/changes by 10am, June 12)
June 30 & July 7 (submit updates/changes by 10am, June 26)
July 14 & 21 (submit updates/changes by 10am, July 10)
July 28 & August 4 (submit updates/changes by 10am, July 24)
August 11 & 18 (submit updates/changes by 10am, Aug. 7)
August 25 & September 1 (submit updates/changes by 10am, Aug. 21)
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 GROUP—This 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 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 (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 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. 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. Dining Out will be at Cheddar’s Restaurant on Monday, June 17th at 6:00 PM (1140 Interquest Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80921); please contact Dave Bingham to RSVP your seat at the dinner. Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.
GRIEFSHARE GROUP— This group will start a new session in the fall beginning September 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 www.griefshare.org.
MICROBREW CREW— The Microbrew Crew meets two nights each month on the 1st Saturday and the 2nd Monday. On Saturday, June 1st, they meet at the Gold Camp Brewing Company at 6:30 PM (1007 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903). On Monday, June 10th, the meeting will be at the Trails End Taproom at 6:00 PM (3103 W. Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904). Contact Dave Bingham with questions or to get on this group’s emailing list.
STRETCH & STRENGTH FOR LADIES—Join 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 (not meeting July 4). It’s beginner friendly and there is no charge. Questions? Contact Beth Nickodemus.
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 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.
INREACH & OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
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 (www.coloradoVdC.org). Questions? Contact Stephany Green.
BETHEL’S SENIOR ADULTS
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).
Saturday, June 22: 9:30 AM. Brunch at the “Pantry” in Green Mountain Falls. Meet at Bethel and carpool.
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 email@example.com).
FAMILY & CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Dave Nickodemus, Associate Pastor
firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 www.bethellutheran.net (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 email@example.com.
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: www.bethellutheran.net. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
(Mark your calendar—dates & times are subject to change)
June 2…...Commissioning of Graduates during the 9:15 AM service with reception
June 10-12…...3 days of Summer Youth Service! Sign up today!
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; 11am
June 28…...Family Night at the Vibes (formerly Sky Sox); 5:40pm
July 7…...Youth Night at Bethel (or fun outing!)
Sign up today! All-Youth Service Week ~ June 10-12 - Registration for the Youth Summer Service Week is almost over! Get the details from Sedra & finalize your online registration by this Monday, June 3- 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 (email@example.com).
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 is on summer break until August.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST (Women Earnestly Seeking Truth)— This group meets each Wednesday morning during the school year and has had their final meeting before breaking for the summer. If you have questions about this group or 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— This group normally meets once a month on a Saturday morning in the Christ Center from 7:45am until 9:15am. They meet for food, fellowship, and to discuss their 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 (email@example.com).
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 BSFatCOS.EW@gmail.com 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.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:
Church Family Members—Susan Becker, Riley Knapp, Gary Schoon, Amy Kowalik, Darlene Aaland, 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—Katie Cox’s co-worker’s family, the Seawald’s; Judie Smith’s friends, Vanessa, Linda, Gloria & Janet Blevins & family; Susan Becker’s friend, Jeanie Gadd; Carolyn Kelly’s father, Bobby Ledford; Mary Wedman’s daughter, husband & cousin, Barb Nance, Don & Donna Rew; 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 Chouanard, Julie Kaveney & Terri Quinby; Sharon & Dave Roberts’ friend; Sandee & Tim Wurtz’s friend; Stephany Rodvold’s parents, Gerald & Kay Kozak; Pam Nichols and her grandson, Austin; Connie Baumgart’s sister & cousin's grandson, Joleen Kruger and Landon; 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.