Bethel Blessings ~ August 19 – 27, 2017

Summer Fellowship:  A time of fellowship will be available after the 9:15am service on the following Sundays.
Aug 20     Sponsored by Children’s Ministry
Aug 27     Sponsored by Mariana Lewis
Sept 3      Coffee Time only in the Gathering Space

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 Directors:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Joyful Noise Director:  Bonnie Carlson
Welcome Center: (Sunday, 8:45 – 9:15)—Joan Skoog
Counters:  Daryl & Joan Skoog, Liz Bresley, Derek Stanley
Flowers:  The flowers are given this weekend by Dave & Chelle Ehlen.

Worship Assistants: Sat, 5:30pm Sun, 9:15am
Audio Operator: Pastor Dan Gary Waasdorp
Video Operator: Frank Bonato Bill Guman
Acolyte(s): Bethany Witkop Jenna Bistline
Danny Thompson
Altar Care: Ruthann Witkop Debbie Howes
Communion Assistants: Wendy Gillis Greg Brandvold
Rod Gillis Millie Farquhar
Al Garcia Bobby Gilbert
Cindy Garcia Jacki Petersen
Mike Slater
Kristin Slater
Greeters: n/a Dale Kolseth
Karen Kolseth
Reader: Al Garcia Stephany Green
Ushers: Bob Simpson Stephany Green
Carol Simpson Judi Taylor
Pam Warner
Bethany Witkop
Worship Coordinator: TBD Linda Osterberg
Nursery Attendants: n/a Susi Hengel
Carol Stanley

**If you are unable to serve, please contact the Worship Coordinator scheduled for your service. If you are a Saturday, 5:30pm Worship Assistant, please attempt to find a replacement before calling to leave an after-hours message on the church’s main phone line (719-570-9800).

SUMMER WORSHIP SERVICES
Saturday ~ 5:30pm & Sunday ~ 9:15am
Through September 3, 2017

Regular services resume on September 10, 2017
Saturday ~ 5:30pm and
Sunday ~ 8:00am & 10:30am

Worship Assistants Needed: Looking for the opportunity to serve at Bethel?  Worship Assistants are always needed at all weekend services. Currently Bethel is most in need of Worship Coordinators for the 5:30pm services on Saturday evenings.  If you are interested in finding out more about being a Worship Coordinator or would like to help serve as an usher, acolyte, reader, altar care volunteer, communion assistant, welcome center host or audio/video operator, please contact the church office at 719-570-9800 or [email protected] We would like to thank everyone who serves each weekend here at Bethel. Thank you so much for your time and service!

Coffee Time on Sept. 3rd:  Bethel would like to thank all the groups and individuals who provided treats, breads, cakes, donuts & goodies during the Coffee/Fellowship times after the 9:15am services this summer.  On Labor Day weekend (Sunday, September 3rd), coffee only will be provided after the 9:15am service and everyone is welcome to meet in the gathering space for a time of fellowship.  Blessings on your Labor Day weekend!

Blood Pressure Screenings:  Please add these dates to your calendars to get your blood pressure screening after the 9:15am service on August 20 then between services on Sept. 17.

Men’s Fly Fishing RetreatSeptember 21—24, 2017 at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp.  Experience a weekend of faith renewal, fellowship and fishing! Hearty meals, worship, and camaraderie around the campfire will be woven into the weekend so all can come away renewed spiritually, mentally and physically. Fishermen from novice to expert are encouraged to come for this fabulous weekend. Rental equipment and professional guide services are available. You will not regret attending, call Miles Brown if you have any questions. Go to http://www.rainbowtrail.org/retreats/fly-fishing/ to sign up.

New Show in the Bethel Art Gallery:  On August 16th, the pictures in the Bethel Art Gallery will be changed out. Take this opportunity to thank Wendy Costello, Joy Brandvold, Eric Wulfsberg and the Bethel Preschool participants, director & teachers for sharing their work with us over the past three months. The new show will feature work by Millie Farquhar, Johnny Farquhar, John Sigaty and Emma Carlson (granddaughter of Bill & Bonnie Carlson).  Millie & Johnny Farquhar will be sharing some travel and abstract photography, John Sigaty has some amazing needlework and Emma Carlson has some very creative images. We think you’ll enjoy them all! Are you interested in having some of your work displayed in the Bethel Gallery? If so, contact Eric Wulfsberg for details.

Attention Dog Owners: Bethel member Curt Libengood is offering a free dog training workshop here at Bethel beginning Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:30pm in the Christ Center.  This training will be just for the dog owners, please leave the dogs at home until future training.  Whether you have a new puppy or an experienced dog, come and take advantage of Curt’s 25 years of dog training experience!  If you are interested in attending, email Pastor Dave at [email protected].

Christian Movie Coming to Theaters! The new Christian movie “All Saints” opens in theaters August 25, 2017. It is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett).  After trading in his corporate sales career to become a pastor, Michael’s first assignment is All Saints, a quaint country church with a dozen members.  It comes with a catch: he has to close the church doors for good and sell the prime piece of land on which it sits.  When the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen (kuh-REN) refugees from Burma—former farmers striving for a fresh start in America—Michael feels called to an improbable new mission.  Toiling alongside the Karen people, the congregation attempts to turn their fertile land into a working farm to pay the church’s bills and feed its newest people. Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do—close the church and sell the property—or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community.  Watch for this powerful movie to come to a theater near you!

Bethel Blessings Announcements: The Bethel Blessings will run every other week until September 10, 2017.  Please note the summer schedule below and plan to have any additions to the Bethel Blessings to the church office by 10:00am on the ‘submission deadline’ date listed below.  If you have questions, please contact the church office (719-570-9800 / [email protected]).
Two-week Bethel Blessings summer schedule:
Aug 27 – Sept 3 (submission deadline=Aug 23)

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE (SNL) CLASSES WILL RETURN!  New classes are scheduled to begin near the end of September.  Keep an eye on the Bethel Blessings for more information to come about classes that will be offered!

Bethel Prayer Team Needs You!:  Bethel has a prayer team that will be available after services to pray for anyone who desires prayer. Please consider becoming a part of the prayer team! You can volunteer to help as often or as little as your schedule allows. For more information, contact Pastor Dan at [email protected]

Interest groups
Ballroom / country 2 step Dance group—Ballroom will meet on August 26th at 4:00 PM in the Christ Center.  For more information, please contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham.

Dining Out group This group meets the last Monday of each month at a local restaurant. The dining out for August will be at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse on Monday, the 28th, at 6:00 PM.  The address is 5150 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Questions?  Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham for more information.

BOOK REVIEW GROUP—We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00pm. August’s book is “Crazy Ladies of Pearl St.” by Trevanian. September’s book is “The Zoo Keeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman.  Contact Evelyn Hjeldness with questions.

THE COMFORT MAKERS: This group meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday monthly at 9:00am in the Christ Center. Always welcome are quilters, assistants and anyone interested in joining us. The quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief. Due to the overwhelming donations of materials in the past 6 months, our closet is full and we ask that you donate to your local charity until further notice.  Thank you for all you do to help send warm comforters to the needy all over the world. Questions? Please call Gisela Petersen.

Connections:  Boomers and Beyond—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 Connections Group meeting will be in September. If you are interested in attending, contact Pastor John ([email protected]).

Young Adults:  Activities & Fellowship for January & Beyond
Coming in November of 2018 ~
Trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL – ‘Mission Mickey’
Questions?  Contact Dave & Cheryl Bingham.

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
Hope Home Update:  The RV has been moved to the mobile home park!  During the open house at Bethel on the 30th of July, the kids chose their beds and fell in love with their new home.  Work will continue as water, sewer and electricity needs to be connected and skirting needs to be added.  A porch or steps may also be added.  Thank you to everyone who has provided items for the family.  Please see Daryl Skoog if you’re able to help with the final work!

Habitat for Humanity House Dedication: You are all invited to the dedication of the Apostles’ Build house for Saul & Christina Cruz-Rodriguez family on Saturday, August 26 at 10 am. Bethel volunteers worked on this house with about 15 other area churches and everyone is invited to the dedication and open house to see the completed building.

Urgent Mercy’s Gate Needs:  The following is a list of items Mercy’s Gate has no reserves or stock of…Laundry Detergent, Baked Goods, Baby Wipes, Cereal, Chunky Soup (Large cans), Canned Fruit, Canned Tomatoes/Tomato Sauce, Condiments (Mayo, Ketchup, Mustard, etc.), Face Soap, Jelly, Jell-O, Meals (Spam, Chili, Sardines, Canned Salmon, Canned Ravioli, Canned Spaghetti-O, Lasagna, etc.), Spaghetti Sauce & Sugar. Please note that a large refrigerator was donated to Mercy’s Gate and they can now accept donations of eggs, produce, yogurt, milk, cheese, and other fresh products. If you have a garden, they can accept your donations too!  Perishable donations will need to be taken to Mercy’s Gate directly.  If you have questions or need assistance with food pantry donations, please contact Molly Smith at 719-217-5745.

BETHEL SENIOR ADULTS
Friday, September 8th– Potluck lunch at Bethel
Wednesday, September 27th– Leadville trip for train ride & aspen viewing; lunch in Buena Vista on the way; train ride from 1:00-3:30pm & tickets cost $37.00 per person
Call Judi Taylor with questions.

CHILDREN MINISTRIES
Bernie’s Bible Summer Reading Challenge: Attention all kids from preschool to 8th grade, there are a couple weeks left this summer and your friends at Kidtricity still invite you to participate in Bernie’s Bible Summer Reading Challenge.  Read from the Bible to earn fun prizes right now!  Younger kids can have parents or friends read to them.  You can choose any type of Bible to read!  Pick up a form from the Bernie’s Bible Summer Reading Challenge table in the welcome center and get reading!   Questions?  Contact Pastor Dave ([email protected]).

Kidtricity Help NeededWant to be a part of the most electrifying and fun kids’ ministry in all of Colorado?  Then, become a member of the Kidtricity team!   You must be 16 or older to help and no experience is necessary!  Email Pastor Dave Nickodemus at [email protected] and let him know your interest as a Small Group Leader (where you lead discussions and activities with children in a same age group), Tech Team Member (where you would help with audio or pc & videotaping), or Presentation Team Member (where you would help perform skits or lead music & operate puppets). Don’t be shy…we could use your help!

2017-2018 Sunday School at BethelPlease keep your eye on these announcements for information about Sunday School starting in the fall.  Bethel offers classes for preschoolers through adults.  Starting September 10th, Sunday School classes begin at 9:15am each Sunday morning.

Confirmation Orientation:  Bethel’s two-year confirmation class will be offered to all incoming 7th grade students this year.  A confirmation orientation for ALL students (7th & 8th grade or 1st & 2nd year) and their parents will be August 27 beginning at 10:45am (after the 9:15am service) in the Junior High Room downstairs.  All confirmation students and their parents are asked to attend.  Questions?  Contact Pastor John ([email protected]).

YOUTH NEWS
Youth Activities (6th – 12th graders)
On Sunday, August 20th from 5:45-7pm, regular Youth Night meetings begin & will continue each Sunday evening throughout the school year.

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY GROUPS
MEN’S UP & ADAM—Meets Wednesdays 6:30am-7:30am. All men are invited. Contact Pastor Dan at 570-9800.

L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith Everyday) Bible Study— Learn more about “The Life of Martin Luther”!  L.I.F.E. Bible Study invites all interested women to join them as they take a historical journey through the reformation and look at the theological themes. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30pm. Questions? Contact Susi Hengel or Joan Skoog.

RUTH BIBLE STUDY—Beginning again September 12th, RUTH Bible Study will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 9:30-11:00am in the library.  During the summer we have met once a month and our last summer meeting will be Tuesday, August 15. We are studying Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow who lives in Monument.  There is a 12 lesson Bible Study in the back of the book. If you are interested in joining, you can buy the book at Mardel’s or Family Christian Book Store. Please join us as we learn how to be content and to be calmer in our fast paced, hectic world.  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Wulfsberg.

The Women Exploring the Bible (WEB) Bible Study – Our Bible study will begin meeting again on September 7th. We will be starting a video/book series entitled “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.  We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 9am to 11am in Bethel’s library.  If you are interested in joining us in the fall of 2017 and want to reserve a book, please contact Karen Scharp.

WEST (Women Earnestly Seeking Truth) Bible Study—Beginning again September 6, 2017, WEST will meet each Wednesday morning from 10:30am – noon in the library. (We do not meet in June, July or August.)  Contact Kathy LaBree for more information.

BIBLE STUDY FELLOWSHIP (BSF) EVENING WOMEN’S CLASS—BSF is on break for the summer. Classes will resume September 11, 2017. Please contact Nancy Jackson (719-633-1280) / [email protected] for more information.

THE POWER OF PRAYER
Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:
Church Family Members—Rod Gillis, John Player, Erick Keck, Donna Vammen, Bobby Gilbert, Barb Giblin, Sofie Smith, Pam Abbs, Betty Day, Doris Chamberlain, Bob Helton, Vivian Wahl, Roger Hergert, Marilyn Schroeder, Emilie Fiedler, 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; Bennett Granaas; Derek Hepner; Philip Roehler; SGT. Stehman; Brandon Walker; Jeff St. Gelais; Brian Proenneke; TSgt David Holman, Dave & Antje Lund’s son-in-law; 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—The family & friends of Errol Hauck, Jo Ann Hunt’s brother-in-law; Clarence & Carolyn Gianarelli’s daughter, Julie Rishavy; Larry & Mary Jane Stanley’s friend, Rich Mutch; Paul & Patricia Anderson’s son, Steve; Kyle Prater’s friend, Patrick; Erika Kelly’s friend, Carla; Tim & Sandee Wurtz’s daughter, Maree; Stephany Green’s sister, niece & friend, Connie, Ashley Rawlings & Debbie Frazie; Judie Smith’s sister, Diane; Judy Hodges friend, Kayleen; Richard Haman’s friend, Justin Ullibarri; Kevin Magrino’s friend’s wife, Patty Kruger; Jodie Eshbach’s friend, Jean; Lynn Schroeder’s mother & sister, Wodie Baysinger & Marion; Eric & Sarah Wulfsberg’s brother-in-law, Scott Strother; Aimee Palmer’s friend’s granddaughter, Gabriella Leone; Mary Jane Stanley’s mother, Mary Kolb & family; Erik Anderson’s sister-in-law, Kelsey Straeter; Tom Petitmermet’s brother, Jim; Patti Nelson’s brother, Gene Weimer; Gene & Vivian Wahl’s daughter, Greta Diede; the James family; Bill Carlson’s brother, Bert; the family of Jack & Doris Chamberlain; 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.

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