August 24 & 25, 2019 - Announcements

Blessing of the Backpacks: This Sunday, August 25 at the worship services, we will bless all the students and their backpacks as everyone has returned to school. Students, please bring your backpacks, teachers and administrators as well (backpack, planner, etc.) as we pray for you and the school year upon which you have embarked.


OrganistsPam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman

Jacob’s Ladder CoordinatorsPastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Choir Director:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Counters:  Stuart Opp, Denise Knight, Randy & Karin Reynolds

FlowersAltar flowers are given this weekend by the Ehlen family in celebration of Josh’s baptismal birthday.

Welcome Center: (Sunday, 8:45—9:15)—Bob Curnow


**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.



Art Sale for Mercy’s Gate: Bethel’s Gallery Director & recognized Fine Art Photographer, Eric Wulfsberg, has donated a number of mounted & unmounted photographs to Bethel to raise money for Bethel’s outreach Ministry to Mercy’s Gate, a Colorado Springs Food Bank & Rent Assistance Ministry that helps people avoid homelessness. Eric’s images are for purchase in the library during the fellowship time after the 9:15 AM Sunday service on August 25th. The images are available for a donation & suggested donation 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. Questions? Please contact Eric Wulfsberg.


Confirmation Rally on August 25: We are excited to invite you to our information & vision meeting happening immediately following the worship service on Sunday, August 25th in the Christ Center. Mark your calendar for this date as we will share with you what we have been working on! This is for all youth & their parents in the current class and parents with their youth in the 8th grade—and higher—wishing to be part of the class. For more details, please reach out to Sedra Raz at 719-570-9800 or


ENGAGE! Looking for a place to get involved? A place to use your gifts?  A place to connect?  It’s time to ENGAGE! Come and see what opportunities God has for you. Join us after the services on September 7 & 8 and explore the various small groups to find your place to ENGAGE!


Family Promise Walk: This year’s Family Promise Walk is Sunday, September 8th. We’ll gather at Grace & St. Stephens Episcopal Church at 1pm (601 N. Tejon St.) New this year...walkers will go in groups with a Family Promise board member and learn about Family Promise's mission & work in Colorado Springs.  Our Bethel Youth will be walking to support and learn more about this incredible community service.  If you would like to walk or be a sponsor, our Youth will be available for sign-ups and to accept donations after services on 24 & 25 August.  For more information please see Jodie Eshbach, Sharon Roberts or Daryl Skoog. 


Join Bethel’s Choir: The Bethel Adult Choir begins fall practices on Thursday, August 22, at 6:30 PM, in the Bethel Sanctuary. Come and share your voice and music gifts as we sing praise to God and minister to His people. All are welcome to attend. The choir sings every week at the 8:00 traditional service. Contact Pastor Dan for more information (


New Show in the Bethel Art Gallery! This week we have changed out the pictures in the Bethel Art Gallery. We hope you viewed and enjoyed the previous show that included work by Margaret Curnow, Joy Brandvold, Carl Brandvold, and Inge Kelly. 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 Linda Lahman, Holly Massie (daughter of Patti Nelson), and Arlene Duenckel. Are you interested in having some of your work displayed in the Bethel Gallery? Contact Eric Wulfsberg for details. We’re also looking for a new gallery director if you’d like to help with updating the Bethel Gallery images. Contact Eric Wulfsberg for details.


Bethel Blessings two-week summer updates: Deadline dates (when one should submit any changes or updates to the church office) are: August 18 & 25 (submission deadline was August 14) and September 1 & 8 (submit updates/changes by 10am, Aug. 28). The weekly Bethel Blessings schedule resumes the weekend of September 14 & 15 with the deadline date of Wednesday, Sept. 11 by 10am.


2019 Men’s Annual Fly-Fishing Retreat at Rainbow Trail: Attention Bethel men! Experience a weekend of faith renewal, fellowship & fly fishing! Enjoy hearty meals, worship, & camaraderie around a campfire & be renewed spiritually, mentally & physically. The Arkansas River is only minutes from Rainbow Trail and offers world class fly fishing! Ark Anglers, a local guide company, will give a presentation on current river conditions at the beginning of the weekend. Fishermen from novice to expert are encouraged to attend this Bethel fall tradition. Rental equipment and professional guide services are available. The retreat date is September 19-22, 2019. The cost is $195 & includes all activities, onsite classes, food, and lodging. See Bill Guman or Wayne Guthals for details or visit & register to attend!


New—Sunday Night Live ~ Begins September 15th! 

Bring your family & invite your neighbors & friends.

Dinner will be served from 5:00—5:40 PM in the Christ Center; Classes begin at 5:45 PM


“Questions of Faith” Class—Pastor John will lead this class which explores questions we have about our faith walk: What Makes Us Happy, How Do We Deal With Rejection In Life, How Do We Have Peace With God, How Much More Money Would It Take To Make Me Happy, Am I Really A Leader, and other issues of faith that we probably ask each day whether we realize it or not.

“40 Days of Prayer” Class—Pastor Dan will lead this class which follows the preaching series we will be studying in worship as we seek to develop a powerful prayer life, learn how to pray more fully, unlock the secret to answered prayer, grow closer in unity, and experience God’s blessings. Topics covered include: The Purpose of Prayer, How To Pray With Confidence, The Pattern of Prayer, How To Pray In A Crisis, and Why Doesn’t God Always Answer the First Time I Pray?

“Heaven” Class—Patricia Anderson is leading a study on “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. This study may well be the most life-changing study you will ever attend as Randy Alcorn invites us to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it - a bright, vibrant, and physical New Earth, free from sin, suffering, and death, and brimming with Christ’s presence, natural beauty, and the richness of human culture as God intended it. It is a book about real people with real bodies enjoying close relationships with God and each other. The next time you hear someone say, “We can’t begin to imagine what Heaven will be like,” you’ll be able to tell them, “I can.”

Financial Peace University—FPU is a life skills in money management course. Bethel is offering this class starting Sunday’s, Sept 15 – Nov 17. Learn more about FPU: Sign up for the class today at Contact Certified Financial Coach Dave Geffre.




Interest groups 


BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGSPlease 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 GROUPThis group meets at Bethel on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM. September’s book is “My Secret Sister” by Helen & Jenny Lee Smith. 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, Sept. 20 beginning at 7:00 PM. 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. August’s dining out will be at Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen at 6:00 PM on the 26th (13021 Bass Pro Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921). Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.


GRIEFSHARE GROUP This group will start a new session in the fall beginning September 11 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. 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. Official brochures are available in the narthex sign up area and $1,000 deposits per person are being accepted with the registration now. 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.





Summer Fellowships end August 25! Each Sunday during the summer months various groups at Bethel have been sponsoring/providing a food & fellowship time. The Food & Fellowship time begins at approximately 10:30 AM. The schedule for fellowship for the remainder of August is: August 18—All Church (congregants: bring something to share); August 25—Kidtricity Team.


Thank you to all our IHN volunteers! We had a wonderful week with 4 amazing families. We received a Thank you from Family Promise and they commented that "it's one thing to HOST, it's another to transform a House of Worship into a HOME" and "Thank you for showing BIG LOVE to our guests". One guest told me she was so discouraged that her family hasn't transitioned faster through the program, but then she saw Bethel on the schedule, and she was encouraged again. “God's timing is perfect!” We host again Dec. 29 through Jan. 5, 2020! Contact Sharon Roberts to volunteer early.


Thank you for your generous response to the LFS Backpack & School Supply drive. Foster & refugee children will have all they need to start off the new school year!


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.  





Friday, September 13: Noon. Potluck 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 (Thursdays at 1pm) or Gisela Petersen to play Pinochle (Fridays at 1pm).


Contact Pastor Dan Lahman with questions (719-570-9800 or




Dave Nickodemus, Associate Pastor; 719-570-9800 ext. 210


Under the Sea at Kidtricity: Bethel’s high energy, totally fun children’s ministry program will be back on September 8th at 9:15 am in the Christ Center. Our theme for this year is: Kidtricity Under the Sea!  Get ready for deep sea fun with sharks, crabs and a whole assortment of sea creatures!  Many of the Kidtricity favorites will be back including Twinkle, Bernie, Platy and the one and only Grumpy Grampy!  Kidtricity is for ages three-fifth grade.  Online registration has begun!


New Creations Bible Study: The New Creations Bible Study adult Sunday School class will resume Sunday, September 8th with a study of Proverbs. This will be based on the Life Guide Study series. We will also schedule a onetime per month video study based on current topics. Please feel free to drop into the library and join us whenever you can.  Questions? Please contact John Farquhar.


“40 Days of Prayer” Adult Sunday School Class: Pastor John will lead this class which follows the preaching series we are experiencing in worship as we seek to develop a powerful prayer life, learn how to pray more fully, unlock the secret to answered prayer, grow closer in unity, and experience God’s blessings. Topics covered include: The Purpose of Prayer, How To Pray With Confidence, The Pattern of Prayer, How To Pray In A Crisis and Why Doesn’t God Always Answer the First Time I Pray?  We meet each Sunday morning starting on September 8 at 9:15 AM in the Faith Forum. Grab a donut and join us as we unlock God’s word and what it has to teach us about praying, talking, and listening to God.





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


Youth Nights are back in session! This group meets on Sunday evenings from 5:45p-7:30p and when Bethel has Sunday Night Live (SNL begins Sept. 15), the group meets at 5:15p for an opportunity to mingle and connect with our congregation members during dinner. All youth in 6 through 12 grades are welcome! Come join us for this time of fellowship, encouragement, relevant discussion, prayer & mutual support. Youth Night will occur on August 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. Please subscribe to the weekly “Trendy Tuesday” e-newsletter for more details about Bethel’s Youth Ministry. Check with Sedra or the church office if you need to be placed on this emailing list.


Attention Youth & Parents: Please check your email inboxes for Sedra’s “Trendy Tuesday” emails about upcoming youth events and activities. The “Trendy Tuesday” emails have more information for parents and youth for both Middle & High School students!


Bethel’s Youth (and Parents of Youth) upcoming Activities:


August 25—11:00am; Confirmation Parents & Youth Rally

August 25—5:45pm; Youth Night at Bethel

September 1 & 8—5:45pm; Youth Night at Bethel

September 8—1:00pm; Youth Family Promise Walk (see pg. 1)


August 25Confirmation Parents & Youth Rally—Please mark your calendar for this vision casting and informational meeting after the Sunday worship service on Aug. 25 beginning at 11:00am in the Christ Center. For parents of youth and youth who are currently a part of confirmation and for youth currently in the 8th grade and up who wish to be part of the process for 2019-2020. Bethel’s Youth Ministry has made some improvements to the confirmation process and information will be shared at this meeting as Bethel gears up for the new year. Please prepared to have a great time of fellowship & meaningful conversation. Connect with Sedra for details and to RSVP!


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.




Morning 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


WEST (Women Earnestly Seeking Truth)— This group meets each Wednesday morning during the school year and will meet again on Wednesday, September 4 beginning at 10:30 AM in Bethel’s library. If you have questions about this group or would like to join, please contact Kathy LaBree.


WEB (Women Exploring the Bible)— WEB will begin meeting again every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 9-11 AM in Bethel's Library beginning September 5th. This group will be working on a video/book series by Karen Ehman called "Listen, Love, Repeat". 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 Saturday, September 14 in the Christ Center from 7:45am until 9:30am. We will meet for food & fellowship and begin a new study based on the Old Testament book of Daniel. Come and join us and see what Daniel can teach us about how to live a godly life during times of tragedy and in a godless society. All Bethel men & their sons are welcome to attend. Contact Pastor Dan at, if you would like more information.


Evening Groups

Monument Bible StudyAn adult Bible study group meets Monday evenings at 6:30pm during the school year in the Monument area at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals. This group will begin meeting again on September 9th and will be studying “Vanishing Grace” by Phillip Yancey. If you are interested in attending this evening Bible study, please contact Theresa Guthals.


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) Evening Women’s Class—BSF begins meeting again at Bethel on Monday, September 9th starting at 6:50 PM. If you have questions, please email BSF contact and main leader Heather Watson at 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. 




Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:

Church Family Members—DeVaughn Rogen, Doug Bachman, Wanda Sitler, Judi Taylor, 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—Wanda Sitler’s grandson, Christopher Witmore; Dave & Cheryl Bingham’s friends, Walt & Karen; Pat Anderson’s friends, Rachel & Christine; Linda Lahman’s sister’s friend, Bill Cooper; the Lahman’s friend, Lynn Sherman; Daryl & Joan Skoog’s son, Darren; the Kelly’s friend, Russ Anderson; Jack Kagarise; Mary Wedman’s granddaughter, Rachael Nance; Mary Jane Stanley’s friend’s nephew, Matthew; Arlene Duenckel’s niece & her niece’s daughter, Malyssa & Lyla; Connie Baumgart’s brother & sister, Lee Carlson & Joleen Kruger; Barb Giblin’s friend; Tom Shiflet’s cousin’s daughter, Sadie; Mary Wedman’s daughter, husband & cousin, Barb Nance, Don & Donna Rew; Cathy Johnson’s mother, Jean; Holly Dunker’s cousin, Chris Conner; Danny & Judy Hodges’ friend, Bryan; 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; 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; 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.