Bethel Blessings ~ Dec. 22-30, 2018

Christmas Eve Services: Join us at Bethel for our traditional Christmas Eve services on Monday, December 24 at 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM. The 3:00 PM Christmas Eve service will have a Children/Family theme and a program titled “The Shepherd’s Christmas” will be presented. We wish you joy, peace, and love this blessed holiday season.

Organ:  Pam Bakken-O’Neill & Linda Lahman
Choir Directors:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Jacob’s Ladder Coordinators:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman
Cantor: 5:30—n/a; 8:00—Bonnie Carlson
Welcome Center: (Sunday, 9:00 – 10:15am)—Joan Skoog
Counters:  Susi Hengel, Erika & Inge Kelly, Gretchen Vahl
Flowers:  The altar flowers are provided this weekend by the Bunney family in celebration of Lexi Joan Bunney, her love for Christmas, and Christ’s love.

Worship Assistants: Sat, 5:30pm Sun, 8:00am Sun, 10:30am
Audio Operator: Julie Loera Daryl Skoog Gary Waasdorp
Video Operator: Frank Bonato Miles Brown Ruthann Witkop
Acolyte(s): Bethany Witkop Perrin Stanley Andrew Bell
Ike Kagarise
Altar Care: Barbara Hamstad Debbie Howes Ruthann Witkop
Communion Assistants: Jeff Hamstad Millie Farquhar Jennifer Costello
Barbara Hamstad John Farquhar Wendy Costello
Rod Gillis Debbie Howes Tom Shiflet
Wendy Gillis Gladys Kifer Jo Shiflet
Joan Skoog Bob Tice
Debbie Wallace Cathy Tice
Greeters: n/a Keith Kanter Dave Kahle
Candis Kanter Nicole Petersen
Reader: Jeff Hamstad John Farquhar Jennifer Costello
Ushers: Brian Dahl Greg Brandvold Makenna Prater
Rob Albers Brooke Eshbach S. Razafinimanana
PK Petitmermet K. Razafinimanana
Mary Jane Stanley Bethany Witkop
Worship Coordinator: TBD Judi Taylor Stephany Green
Nursery Attendants: n/a Susi Hengel Susi Hengel
Seth Hengel Joan Skoog

**If you are unable to serve, please contact the Worship Coordinator scheduled for your service. If you are a 5:30 PM Worship Assistant, please try to find a replacement before calling the church office after-hours. 

All-Church Christmas Caroling: Come join us for an afternoon of sharing in the joy of Christ’s birth with the residents of Summit Glenn and other nursing homes in the area. This wonderful event, sponsored by Bethel’s Youth Ministry, will take place on Sunday, December 23 beginning at 11:45 AM in the Christ Center. We will have food & fellowship in the Christ Center before heading out to the caroling sites. Hope to see you there!

Mercy’s Gate Thursday Ministry: Are you looking for an opportunity to serve our community as a family this holiday season? Bethel’s Mercy’s Gate Thursday Ministry (MGTM) makes and serves breakfast & lunch to low income families at Mercy’s Gate on the last Thursday of each month and the next serving date is December 27! People are always needed to prepare the meals at Bethel and others may serve at Mercy’s Gate that day. You can serve as little as 1-2 hours or sign up for more. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Curnow.

Breakfast at Bethel: Everyone is invited to a free holiday breakfast on Sunday, December 30 from 9:00-10:15 AM in the Christ Center

GriefShare Class: Grief can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before​. Healing from grief is not an easy thing to do. It is a long & sometimes painful process. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, GriefShare is a place where you will find caring people who understand the issues you face. Don’t go through the grieving process alone. Join us Wednesday mornings starting January 9 at 9:30 AM in the New Creation Rm. for the GriefShare class. Please let Pastor Dan Lahman know if you are interested so books can be ordered ([email protected]/719-570-9800).

NEW GROUP FORMINGGot young ones aged zero to six? Are you interested in meeting with other families with children just learning to walk, talk, and play? Then, this is the small group for you! Meeting once a month, this small group strives to create fun outings for families with young children—from short trips to local attractions, or playdates at a home or park. Come join in the fun (and learning together what it means to survive the “toddler years”) as we get the “babies of Bethel” together and playing in this family-centered small group. If you’re interested in joining us for the inaugural meeting on Saturday, January 12 at 3:00 pm, please contact Chris or Andrea Weidmann or Pastor Dave.

Progressive Dinner – Hosts needed! On Sunday, January 13th, the youth ministry team is planning a Progressive Dinner where a few members of Bethel will be asked to open their homes and provide food to host one part of the dinner. We are still looking for 2 more hosts. The Schafer’s, Prater’s, and Julie Loera have offered to host one part of the dinner. The plan is to spend approximately 30 minutes at each host location getting to know one another, sharing stories of faith, and enjoying the meal. If you would like to be a host of this event, please contact Sedra at [email protected] or the church office.

Sunday Night Live ~ Jan. 13-Mar. 3
Bring your family and invite your neighbors & friends; Dinner is served from 5:00—5:40 PM in the Christ Center; Classes begin at 5:45 PM (Movies begin at 4pm)

“Comfort Food” dinners being served at 5:00 PM: Pot Roast (Jan 13), Baked Ziti & Chicken Alfredo (Jan 20) and Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and green beans (Jan 27)

“Believe” Class—Join us as we discuss the key questions of what it means to be a Christian and how that applies to our everyday lives. This class meets in Classroom #3 off of the Christ Center and is led by Pastor Dan.

Movies—Join this group in the Faith Forum beginning at 4:00 PM on Jan. 13 for viewing of the movie Let There Be Light. We will take a break at 5:15 to get food from the supper provided in the Christ Center and then start the movie where it had been stopped after dinner. Popcorn will be provided, please bring something to drink.

Parenting Class—Do you worry about your child or teen’s exposure to things online?  Do you want to be able to connect with your kids and teens in a very digital world?  Join Pastor Dave as he leads this new class on Kids, Teens and Technology.  The class meets in Room 103 in the Sunday School wing.

Financial Peace University: FPU is a class that offers life skills in money management and Bethel is offering this class again beginning January 13 and ending March 17. Follow this link for more information about the program: If you are interested or want to sign up, please contact Dave Geffre.

Interest groups 
BOOK REVIEW GROUPThis group meets at Bethel on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM. January’s book is “Still Life” by Louise Penney. It is available through the PPLD Book Club Collection.  Questions?  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.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPThis group meets to share experiences, receive encouragement, pray together and impart hope.  If you would like to get together and meet with a couple who has strongly experienced the depths of cancer diagnosis within their family and the newfound hope and direction they have found, please contact Patricia or Paul Anderson. They would like to help support others going through the “fight” and to get to know you better.

THE COMFORT MAKERSThe Comfort Makers meet the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday each month at 9:00 AM in the Christ Center (Not meeting January 1, 2019). Always welcome are quilters, assistants and anyone interested in joining us. 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 Connections meeting will be January 11 at 7:00pm at the Witkop’s home. For more information or to join this group, 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. Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham with questions.

MICROBREW CREW This group meets once a month. Contact Dave Bingham with questions or to get on this group’s emailing list.

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 March 9-27, 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 2018 and then the cruise line takes over and our group cabins are no longer available. Pastor John will have official brochures, 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, I would encourage you 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.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Angel Trees in the narthex area this Christmas season! Twenty-five families from Mercy’s Gate, 25 foster children at Lutheran Family Services, and an IHN/Family Promise family benefited from your love & generosity this year. We were able to share lunch with the Mercy’s Gate families and they were so grateful for everything. While we didn’t get to personally experience the others receiving their gifts, we know they will be thrilled with the presents you have provided and the LOVE & HOPE you have shared with them!

Mentors Needed! Youth Ministry is looking for a few mentors to walk alongside our confirmation youth and their parents. If you feel called to be a part of this important ministry, please connect with Sedra Razafinimanana or Mary Jane Stanley.

Cancelled Stamps: Thank You very much for those who continue to save cancelled stamps for The Marion Downs Center in Denver. This center educates & assists those with hearing problems. You might have noticed that the stamp collection box is not available so would you be so kind as to put them in PK Petitmermet’s mail box. This is an especially good time for collecting during the holiday season because of the increase in postal mail we receive. The the Christmas stamps are the most valuable to collect. Just remember to cut them so the scalloped edge of the stamps are not damaged. Thanks again for taking time and effort to cut the stamps for those with hearing difficulties. Please contact PK if you have any questions.

Ultimate Garage Sale—Items Needed! On January 26, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the youth are planning to host a beginning-of-the-year garage sale to help fund the 2019 Mission Trip to Idaho Servant Adventures. “We want to help you get rid of your things and we couldn’t wait till Spring!” If you have items that you would like to donate for this huge sale, please connect with Bethany W., our youth representative for this project. We are looking for any and all items and we can arrange item pick up as needed.


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

Contact Pastor Dan Lahman with questions.

Dave Nickodemus, Associate Pastor
[email protected]; 719-570-9800 ext. 210

Kidtricity! All kids age 3 to entering fifth grade are invited to join Kidtricity each Sunday from 9:15—10:15 AM in the Christ Center (not meeting Dec. 23 & 30). This year’s Kidtricity program is a God-focused program on the great country of Australia and called: Kidtricity Down Under! Join all of Kidtricity’s extremely fun puppets and characters (Platy the Platypus, Grumpy Grampy, Twinkle the Toucan, Bernie the Bear, etc.) along with a whole new cast of Australian characters for a wild and crazy show every Sunday! Register for the program by going online at See you there!  Join us in the new year on January 6th!

Kidtricity YouTube Channel: Want to check out the latest Kidtricity programs? Did you miss a week of the fun and wish you could see what happened? Subscribe to the Kidtricity YouTube channel and see all the Kidtricity programs from every Sunday! Just search for Bethel Lutheran Church: Kidtricity on YouTube and subscribe!

Children’s Christmas Pageant: We would like to thank the children and parents of Bethel as they performed a Children’s Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 23 at the 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM services. A special thanks goes out to Jennifer & Brent Briggeman who led the children during practices and the performance. We hope everyone had a chance to see this year’s special Christmas performance!

Each Sunday from 9:15 – 10:15 AM

New Creations Bible Study: The New Creations Bible Study class began the year with several video series followed by discussion. They will then transition to a Bible-based book series. Please drop in and join us as you can. Contact John Farquhar with questions. This class will meet in the Library.

Adult Sunday School: Join this class as they discuss a study titled “Faith Lessons from the Holy Land”. Pastor John will lead this Bible study series. This class will meet in the Faith Forum on the main floor just past the Gathering Space (donut area).

Sedra Razafinimanana, Youth Minister
[email protected]; 719-570-9800 ext. 219

Confirmation Class: This class meets each Sunday morning in the Middle School room downstairs from 9:15 to 10:15 AM (not meeting Dec. 23 & 30).  It will meet again beginning Sunday, January 6, 2019.  Mark your calendar! The January 6th meeting is for the student, mentor & parents and will be a family orientation to the confirmation mentor program. Please let Sedra or Mary Jane Stanley know if your student needs help reaching out to or finding a mentor.

BLOC CAFÉ—A High School Ministry: Attend this group each Sunday morning where high school youths in grades 9-12 get to learn and discuss relevant topics related to their faith in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. This group meets between services in the High School room from 9:15-10:15 AM. Free coffee and/or drink are available. For more information, contact Sedra.

Youth Night: Youth nights occur during the school year each Sunday evening at Bethel from 5:45—7:30 PM and all youth in the 6th through 12th grades are welcome to attend (not meeting at Bethel the evening of Dec. 23). Enjoy fun, food, fellowship, and getting back to a solid foundation of our faith! Bring a friend! Check your email often to sign up for special events that occur throughout the school year!
Upcoming Youth Activities:
Dec 23……Youth & Family Caroling + Pizza & Salad at 11:45am-2:30pm
Dec 30……Last Youth Night of 2018! –  5-8:00pm
Jan 6……..Youth Night Returns; 5:45-7:30pm
Jan 26…….Ultimate Garage Sale (Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser)

All Church Christmas Caroling: On Sunday, December 23 after the 2nd service Youth Ministry will be sponsoring a caroling event.  It will begin in the Christ Center and run until 2:30pm that afternoon.  Pizza & fellowship will be at Bethel before heading out to the caroling sites.

“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 confirm that your student is on the college list by contacting Carol Vogeney. CKC will be on break until January 2019.

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) – Not meeting Dec. 25. We are studying Haggi, Zechariah, and Malachi by Stephen M. Coleman. 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 [email protected]

WEST (Women Earnestly Seeking Truth)—We are studying a series titled: “A Women of Faith series, ‘Pursuing Contentment’”. WEST meets September through the middle of May each Wednesday morning from 10:30am – 12:00pm in the library. If you 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— Calling all men! This group meets once a month on a Saturday morning in the Christ Center from 7:45am until 9:15am. Our next meeting will be January 19th! We will meet for food, fellowship, and to discuss our current study. The kitchen crew begins preparing breakfast at 6:30am, if you can help please come! Contact Pastor Dan Lahman at [email protected], if you have any questions.

Evening Groups
Monument Bible Study— An adult Bible study in the Monument area at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals meets Monday evenings at 6:30 PM throughout the school year. This group is currently on break throughout the holiday season and will begin meeting again on January 14, 2019. 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 (the group begins meeting again January 7, 2019). This group’s study title this year is “People of the Promised Land, Part I” – this study will cover the timeline from Joshua to Solomon. If you have questions, please email BSF contact and main leader Heather Watson at [email protected] for more information.

L.I.F.E. Bible Study: Ladies, you are invited to join us! We have begun a new study in November on “Psalms, Prayers of the Heart”. Join us as 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. This women’s group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm at Bethel (not meeting on January 1, 2019). Please let us know if you plan to join us by using the sign-up slip on page 7 of the Bethel Blessings so that we can have a book for you or call or see Joan Skoog or Susi Hengel.

Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:
Church Family Members—Doris Chamberlain, Bob Simpson, Judie Smith, Sofie Smith, Lee Koeser, Clarence Gianarelli, Dick Schultz, Bob Maxfield, Arlene Duenckel, Nancy Brazil, Laurie Edwards, Amanda Ehlen, Barry Decker, Mike Bedell, Bill Mac Enulty, Elisabeth Neumann, Bobby Gilbert, Doris Chamberlain, Bethel’s Congregation, Council, Pastors & Staff, and Stephen Ministers & their care receivers.

Bethel’s Military—Chris & Mary Schafer’s son, SGT Joseph Schafer; 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—Pastor Erwin Spruth & family; Gary Waasdorp’s friend’s father, Guadalupe Robles; Danny & Judy Hodges’ friend, Leroy Fisher; Stephany Green’s father, Earl Green; Monte Gutowski’s student, Noah; Mary Schafer’s cousin, Julie Kaveney; Susi Hengel’s mother, Dorothy Cortopassi; Dave & Cheryl Bingham’s friend, Barb; Judie Smith’s friend, Janet Blevins; Mary Jane Stanley’s mother, Mary Kolb; The Ehlen’s friend, Kaden Quintana; Holly Dunker’s friend’s daughter, Annie; Michael Zoughbi of Bethlehem; Stephany Green’s step-niece & friend, Gabby Campbell & Aaron Frazie; Keith Kanter’s daughter & granddaughter, Jennifer & Jessica; Deborah Decker’s mother, Shirley Hayes; Pat Anderson’s sister, Carolyn Schwarze; Teresa Bedell’s friend’s daughter, Marissa; Mark Estes’ mother & brother, Sophie & Steve Estes; Gary Roszell’s brother, Larry Roszell; Antje Lund’s niece & husband, Mieken & Mike; Wendy Costello’s sister, Leona; Joan Skoog’s sister, Debbie; Fred & Maureen Miller’s nephew, John Collins; Loli Hill’s sister-in-law, Bea & Bea’s family; Charlie & Gail Carter’s friend/neighbor & family; Pam Bakken-O’Neill’s mother, Joyce Bakken; Mike & Miranda Andrews’ nephew, Cameron Bardsley; Dave Bock’s sister & her husband; Connie Baumgart’s sister, Joleen Kruger; Dave & Sharon Roberts’ cousin, Kim Williams & her family; Evan Becker’s brother, Jim Becker; Bonnie Carlson’s sister, Sue Willison; Mary Wedman’s daughter, Amy Ford; 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.