Annual Family Meeting Update

On Sunday, February 29th our church family met to discuss both the previous year and the upcoming year! We received updates from the Leadership Team and our ministries, voted on the budget, voted on new Leadership Team members, and were treated to a great presentation by the MET Team. They gave us excellent insight about the state of our congregation, and they gave us an update on the search...
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Am I Really My Child’s First Teacher?

By: Nicole Taylor You might be thinking, “I’m a parent, not a teacher.” The great news is, whether you’ve had training or not, you are your child’s first teacher. Many simple, everyday routines are excellent opportunities for developing your child’s emergent literacy skills. Emergent literacy refers to the point in children’s development before they are able to read on their own or write...
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MET Update: Meeting with Congregation

The MET team is currently reaching out to all willing members of the congregation to set individual meetings for more personalized information gathering in regards to their experience at Bethel (past, present, future).  These meetings need to conclude by January 27th, so you if you have not been contacted and are interested, please reach out to a MET team member about who your contact person...
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New Sermon Series This January

Holy Adventure: Stories of Growth, Laughter, Grief and Forgiveness God loves stories. In fact, there is a commonly held belief that the universe exists because of God’s love of a good narrative. For thousands of years, humans — also sharing a love of stories — have gathered around fires telling tales, attempting to understand life and the world. Many of these stories focus on adventures and...
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What do you hope for in the New Year?

Here are a few bible verses to kindle hope and purpose in the New Year: Isaiah 40:30-31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans...
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December & Preschool Bathroom Updates

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY & SUPPORT! Penny Lane Angel Tree Update: On December 14th, 22 Angel Tree gifts were delivered in the morning. Dianne Kennedy, head of the program, sent a heartfelt “Thank you!” Click here to learn more about our regular work with Penny Lane. Women’s Group Gift Update: On December 16th, the gifts for our adopted senior Jules were delivered!...
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An Almost Acoustic Christmas Eve Gathering

By: Pastor Ryan The evening draws near. The signs are everywhere. Our radios and iTunes playlists confirm Christmas is almost here. For hundreds of years the faithful (and even the not so faithful, but the still beautiful) have gathered on December 24 to sing carols, to listen to lessons (scripture readings), light candles, and share the joy and warmth this season invokes. I’m so excited to...
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Update: Meet the MET Committee

The Mission Exploration Team (MET) consists of volunteers  from the the Bethel community.  Guided by the Bethel’s constitution, six members were selected.  The MET role is to study and identify missional opportunities, future pastoral needs, congregational strengths and weaknesses.  In order to accomplish this task, the MET has conducted a survey (required by the Lutheran Synod) of past...
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Pet Ministry – Need Blankets, Towels, and Pet Supplies

The weather has finally turned cold, which is a great reminder about our Pet Ministry. If you have gently used towels, blankets and pet supplies (like collars or leads), the shelter pets would love to have them! Please bring those items to Lisa in the church office and she will make sure they go to a shelter or rescue in need.
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Bethel Angel Tree – Penny Lane

Christmas gifts for children in the foster care system How to participate:  – Take a name off the tree in the church foyer – Buy a gift that is age appropriate – Wrap & attach tag – Bring gift back to Bethel by Sunday, December 11th! This year we have 22 boys and girls, ages 8 months to 15 years. This is a great way to teach your children about the joy of giving...
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