Summer Fellowships: Join Bethel this summer on Sundays for Food & Fellowship each week after the 9:15 AM service beginning 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: July 21—Council; July 28—All Church (congregants: bring something to share); August 4—Youth Sponsored Food & Fellowship; August 11—Stephen Ministry; August 18—All Church (congregants: bring something to share); August 25—Kidtricity Team.
Join Bethel for an All-Church Food & Fellowship time after worship on Sunday, July 28 beginning at approximately 10:30 AM. Everyone is invited to attend & bring an item to share for the food/fellowship time the last Sunday of July. During the summer, 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.
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: Daryl & Joan Skoog, Liz Bresley, Derek Stanley
Flowers: Altar flowers are given this weekend by the Roszell family.
Welcome Center: (Sunday, 8:45—9:15)—Ernie St. Gelais
**If you are unable to serve, please contact the Worship Coordinator scheduled for your service. If you are a 5:30pm volunteer, please try to find a replacement before leaving a message on the church’s after-hours voicemail.
Military BibleSticks: After hearing so many stories from deployed service members and veterans alike, one thing is abundantly clear: Bethel and other churches are really making a difference! Over one million service members and veterans have received God’s Word on the Military BibleStick thus far. With around 180,000 men and women entering and leaving the service every year, the need for God’s Word among their ranks is constant. The requests for more BibleSticks keep coming! During the month of July, Bethel is accepting donations to provide our military with BibleSticks. Each unit costs $25. You may make checks payable to Bethel with “Military BibleStick” in the memo line or go to www.bethellutheran.net and click on Donate/Pay—Direct Link to donate online. Thanks for your support as all July donations will be doubled by an anonymous donor!
Bethel Putting Faith Into Action! Bethel has a member who will be driving to Texas and sharing supplies with refugee children & families at our borders. Specifically, at the McAllen, Texas site, the following items are needed: children’s books (bilingual if possible), picture books, puzzles less than 500 pieces & soccer balls. Another site at the shelters in El Paso need: travel bags, hygiene products, non-perishable food products (bars, fruit juices, diapers & new underwear). Please join together in helping to provide a quality of life for God’s children in these areas by bringing items listed above to Bethel and placing them under the clipboard sign-up area (items may be placed under the table with a note that reads “Texas”). Bethel will be collecting these items at least through Sunday, August 4. Thank you for partnering in living out the freedom we have in Christ & living out the Good News Gospel message for all people!
World Class Event at 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 price for this event is $189 and anyone may register through www.bethellutheran.net to secure a seat (go to the bottom of Bethel’s home page and click the GLS link to register).
Lawn Mowing at Bethel: Bethel needs volunteers to help mow the lawn through the end of the summer. There is a lawn mowing sign-up sheet on a clip board in the narthex. Please check the sign-up sheet and pick an available date or two to help out as you are able. Questions? Please contact Steve Helmreich.
Mercy’s Gate Fundraiser: Bethel’s Gallery Director & recognized Fine Art Photographer, Eric Wulfsberg, has been cleaning out his “photographer’s closet” and he has donated a number of mounted & unmounted photographs to Bethel to raise money for Bethel’s outreach Ministry to Mercy’s Gate. Mercy’s Gate is a Colorado Springs Food Bank & Rent Assistance Ministry that helps people avoid homelessness. The images will be on display for purchase in the Bethel library during the fellowship time after the 9:15 am Sunday services on August 18th & August 25th. The images are available for a donation to Bethel’s Mercy’s Gate Outreach Ministry and suggested donations range from $10 for unmounted small prints to $60 for mounted & prize-winning images with all the proceeds going to Mercy’s Gate. Many of the pictures are award winning photographs from local and regional Art & Photography Competitions. All you need to do is matt & frame the pictures and you’re sure to have a photograph you’ll love to display in your home or office. If you have any questions, contact Eric Wulfsberg
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.
Updated “Bethel Blessings” summer schedule:
July 21 & 28 (submission deadline was July 17)
August 4 & 11 (submit updates/changes by 10am, July 31)
August 18 & 25 (submit updates/changes by 10am, Aug. 14)
September 1 & 8 (submit updates/changes by 10am, Aug. 28)
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS—Please add these dates to your calendar at home to get your blood pressure screening between services in the narthex area at Bethel on September 22, October 20, November 17 & December 22.
BOOK REVIEW GROUP—This group meets at Bethel on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM. August’s book is “The Newcomers” by Helen Thorpe. 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 GROUP— This group meets on a Monday night near the end of each month at a local restaurant. The July Dining Out will be at Arceo's Mexican Restaurant on Monday, July 22nd at 6:00 PM. The address is 4608 Rusina Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907; 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 LADIES—Join Beth Nickodemus for an hour of Pilates, yoga inspired stretching, and isometrics This group meets each Thursday through August 1st in the Sanctuary from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. 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.
INREACH & OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
Habitat/Faith Builds Work Day: Our next work day is Saturday, Aug. 3. Again, we need 5 volunteers for the morning and 5 for the afternoon. You can work just one shift or all day. Please contact Joan, if you are able to help. Questions? Contact Joan Skoog.
Blu-ray & DVD’s are needed! IHN has moved to a Blu-ray/DVD player and they are in need of family videos. We would love the old Disney classics that kids love. If you can help, please see Stephany Green or Sharon Roberts.
Bonfils/Vitalant Blood Drive: It’s time to schedule appointments for Bethel’s annual blood drive! Bonfils is now called Vitalant. Bethel’s drive will be Sunday, August 18th from 8:00am until 12:00. We had 18 units donated last year and that’s our number to beat! Please call Carol Vogeney, if you have any questions or to sign-up to donate. The need is great. Save lives & sign up!
VDC (Via de Cristo): 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. 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.
BETHEL’S SENIOR ADULTS
Sunday, July 28: Noon. Fox Run Picnic. Meet at Pavilion 4. Bring something to grill, something to drink, and a side dish or dessert to share.
Thurs./Fri., August 8 & 9: Global Leadership Summit hosted by Bethel. Come volunteer or buy a ticket and enjoy the 2-day conference.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
FAMILY & CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Dave Nickodemus, Associate Pastor
email@example.com; 719-570-9800 ext. 210
Register today for the Summer Spectacular Camps at Bethel!
Registration is ongoing and there are still spaces left in the upcoming weeks! 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.
2019 Summer Spectacular Day Camps in July:
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!
READY! SET! SERVE! (JULY 22-26) – This week of camp is all about sharing our blessings with others. We are going to focus on service and sharing God's love through various fun service projects.
MAD SCIENCE 2 (JULY 29-AUG 2) – We finish out our summer with one more week of wild science fun! This week has all new experiments and scientific excitement!
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 at 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
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 Bethel’s youth. 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, pick one up from the church office or contact Sedra.
Bethel’s Summer Youth Activities:
July 13-21: We hope you had Bethel’s team of 13 youth and adults who participated in the servant trip to Idaho, in your prayers! Please attend the services on August 3 & 4 to hear some of the youth and adult experiences while they participated on this trip. There will be a time of sharing during the services and then again after the Sunday service on August 4th in the Faith Forum during a youth-sponsored food & fellowship time.
July 28: PEP Rally, Youth Group, All-youth-and-their-family potluck beginning at 11a. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our monthly rally after worship service. Please bring some food to share. Have a great time of fellowship and meaningful conversation. Connect with Sedra for details and to RSVP.
July 31: All-Youth Outing at Elitch Gardens—Did you hear that Elitch’s is relocating? Come join our Bethel Youth outing to Elitch’s to enjoy some of the rides, fun, and atmosphere one last time. Time of outing = 8:30a-8:30p, meet at Bethel. Connect with Sedra for details.
Attention Youth: Please check your email inboxes for Sedra’s “Trendy Tuesday” emails about all upcoming youth events and activities. The “Trendy Tuesday” emails have more information for parents and youth for both Middle & High School students. If you are not receiving this email, contact Sedra or the church office for help.
“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 currently on summer break.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY GROUPS
RUTH Bible Study— RUTH Bible Study meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings of the month during the school year from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Library. Currently this group is on break for the summer and will begin again Tuesday, September 10th. We would love to have you join our study! 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. (Living in Faith Everyday) Bible Study— L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith Everyday) Bible Study—This group just began a new study called "Sermon on the Mount" by Jen Wilkin. It is a 9 session DVD/study with a workbook and looks at the Sermon on the Mount in its totality which is rich in Christ's teachings (Beatitudes, Lord's Prayer, and many parables). We welcome all women who want to grow in their faith and understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. L.I.F.E. Bible Study meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 PM. Any questions, please see Joan Skoog or Susi Hengel.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:
Church Family Members—the Wurtz family, the Carlson family, Betty Day, Marge Petitmermet, Kyra Brockberg, JoAnn Hunt, Cindy Kahle, Darlene Aaland, Candis Kanter, Inge Kelly, Eric Wulfsberg, Bob Erickson, Riley Knapp, Gary Schoon, Amy Kowalik, 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; Brian Proenneke; 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—Judie Smith’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Portz; Mary Wedman’s daughter, husband & cousin, Barb Nance, Don & Donna Rew; Cathy Johnson’s mother, Jean; Holly Dunker’s cousin, Chris Conner; Judy Hodges’ friend, Judy Freeman; Murle & Marilynn Baldwin’s son, Steve; Marie St. Gelais’s brother-in-law, Barry Luster; Bette Krause’s father; Bonnie Carlson’s sister & nephew, Sue Willison & Dave Colgun; Mary Jane Stanley’s sister, 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; 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.