June 15-16, 2019 - Announcements

Summer Fellowships: 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 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).


Organists:  Pam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman

Jacob’s Ladder Coordinators:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Choir Director:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Counters:  Steven & Chrissie Tarcza, Lee Buesing, Galen Lahman

Flowers:  Altar flowers are given this weekend by Don & Barbara Schneck in memory of their daughter, Pam.

Welcome Center: (Sunday, 8:45—9:15)—Joan Skoog


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



Bethel Night at the Vibes (formerly the Sky Sox): We hope you have signed up to attend the Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball game on Friday, June 28, along with other Bethel members. The game begins at 6:40pm at Security Field in Colorado Springs. Bethel offered adult terrace tickets for $20 (Regular price $27) and children’s tickets [ages 3—12] for $15 (Regular price $18) for the all-you-can-eat buffet in the picnic terrace area beginning at 5:40pm. Terrace tickets include a parking pass, ticket for the game, and tasty food & drink. Through June 16, you may fill out and tear off the back portion of the last page of the Bethel Blessings (pg. 7) and place it in the offering plate to indicate your desire to obtain terrace tickets through Bethel. Your tickets will be secured when your payment is made either through the offering plate or online (note “Vibes Game” please). If you desire tickets after June 16, please call the church office during office hours to check ticket availability (719-570-9800). Enjoy the game as we support our new Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball team!


Join Bethel for an All-Church Food & Fellowship time after worship on Sunday, June 30 beginning at approximately 10:30 AM. Everyone is invited to attend & bring an item to share for the food/fellowship time this last Sunday of June. Most of the Sundays in the summer are covered by various groups in the congregation who provide food, but once a month Bethel will have an “all-church” opportunity to share an item whether it be a baked good, rolls, fruit, donuts or your favorite item that you would like to share. Thanks so much! You can sign up on the back flap of the Bethel Blessings (pg. 7) on the weekends of June 15-16 & June 22-23 for the June 30 Food & Fellowship and place your sign-up slip in the offering plate.


World Class Event is Coming to Bethel! The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) will be simulcast live here to Bethel on August 8-9. This event is for anyone who wants to be a better leader of any kind! It features world class speakers in business, politics and ministry. The normal price for this event is $189, but for anyone who registers as part of Bethel before June 25th the price is only $89. Register through www.bethellutheran.net, go to the bottom of Bethel’s home page, click GLS link, register as part of the Bethel Family (not as a guest), be sure to use the “Priority/Referral” code: GLS19TEAM to get this special price!


Lawn Mowing at Bethel: Bethel needs volunteers to help mow the lawn through the summer. There is a lawn mowing sign-up sheet on a clip board in the narthex. Please pick a date or two and sign up to help out as soon as you are able. Dale Kolseth or Daryl Skoog can provide instruction if you have not mowed at Bethel before. Thank you! Questions? Please contact Steve Helmreich.


Summer Fellowships: 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 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).


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. After lunch together, parents will go to their ‘PEP Rally’ while the youth will have their youth group time. Contact Sedra Raz (sedra@bethellutheran.net) to RSVP for this special event!


Bethel’s Art Gallery: Please take a look at the newest images in Bethel’s Art Gallery. We know you’ll enjoy them! They include photographs from Israel by Margaret Curnow, paintings by Joy Brandvold, drawings by Carl Brandvold, and southwestern photographs by Inge Kelly. We are currently accepting images for the next show. If you are interested in having some of your work displayed in the Bethel Gallery, please 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 more details.


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 16 & 23 (submission deadline was 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)




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. July’s book is “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Andrew Johnson. 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. 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. 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 June 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 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. 





Bethel's Faith Builds Habitat Work Day on June 1 was postponed due to weather that caused construction delays. Bethel is RESCHEDULED for Saturday, July 6. Realizing this is a holiday weekend, we may be short on volunteers and will be most appreciative if you can help. Please contact Joan Skoog if you can help! 


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 to share and the rest will be provided. In August, VDC will be having a Grand Ultreya out at Laforet Conference & Retreat Center in the Black Forrest on August 24 & 25 from 9am to 12pm. The cost for the August event is $50 but if you register by July 1st, the cost will only be $40. VDC’s Weekend #44 is February 20-24, 2020 at Laforet Conference Center. Please pray about being on a team or sponsoring a pilgrim during weekend #44. Go to Via De Cristo’s website to fill out an application (www.coloradoVdC.org). Questions? Contact Stephany Green.





Saturday, June 22: 9:30 AM. Brunch at the “Pantry” in Green Mountain Falls. Meet at Bethel and carpool.


Friday, July 12: Noon. Potluck with Pastor John as guest speaker. He will be speaking about his ministry journey, Bethel Church and taking your questions.


CARD PLAYERS: Card players are welcome at Bethel! If you would like to join the card games, contact Pam Warner to play Bridge (Thursdays at 1pm) or Gisela Petersen to play Pinochle (Fridays at 1pm).


Contact Pastor Dan Lahman with questions (719-570-9800 or pastordan@bethellutheran.net).




Dave Nickodemus, Associate Pastor

pastordave@bethellutheran.net; 719-570-9800 ext. 210


2019 Summer Spectacular Camps!

Registration is still open! Please use the registration link through Bethel’s website at www.bethellutheran.net (scroll to the bottom of Bethel’s main page and click on the “Summer Spectacular” picture to register for Bethel’s summer camps). Basic program information is listed below.

Questions? Contact Pastor Dave.


Summer Spectacular Day Camps at Bethel:

Four weeks, starting the week of July 8th

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM—3:00 PM each week

Ages: Entering 1st Grade to Entering 6th Grade

Cost: $90 per child, per week


Camps have 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 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 Bethel’s site).




Sedra Razafinimanana, Youth Minister

sedra@bethellutheran.net; 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)

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)

July 13-20…...High School Idaho Servant Adventures!

July 28…...Family BBQ Potluck, PEP Rally & Youth Gathering; 11am 


During the All-Youth Service Week that took place June 10-12, Bethel’s Middle & High School students, along with a few friends, did a great job at helping Lutheran Valley Retreat in Florissant and a few Bethel members at their homes. Well done kiddos! Please take the time to thank these children and the adult leaders who worked beside them that week: Mary Jane Stanley, Doug June and Sedra. Please remember that Bethel’s High School youth will be heading once again to Idaho Servant Adventures next month: July 13-20. Prayers for the High School youth upon their upcoming trip are much appreciated.


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.




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 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 pastordan@bethellutheran.net.


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 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 (pastordan@bethellutheran.net).


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 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.




Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:

Church Family Members—the Brian & Carolyn Kelly family, Inge Kelly, Eric Wulfsberg, Bob Erickson, Susan Becker, Riley Knapp, Gary Schoon, Amy Kowalik, Darlene Aaland, John Player, Bill Hill, the Liston family, Vicki Wygant, Marilyn Keck, George Fiedler, 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—Bonnie Carlson’s sister & nephew, Sue Willison & Dave Colgun; Mary Jane Stanley’s mother & sister—Mary Kolb & Nancy; Stephen & Paula Higgins’ daughter, Amy Wicks; Erika & Inge Kelly’s friend, Carol Robertson; Judie Smith’s friend, Janet Blevins; Susan Becker’s friend, Jeanie Gadd; Mary Wedman’s daughter, husband & cousin, Barb Nance, Don & Donna Rew; Pam Bakken-O’Neill’s mother, Joyce Bakken; Mary Schafer’s father, cousin & friend, Lyle Chouanard, Julie Kaveney & Terri Quinby; Connie Baumgart’s sister & cousin's grandson, Joleen Kruger & Landon; Beth Nickodemus’ cousin’s daughter, Rita Breton Van Groll; 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.