Bethel Blessings ~ Jan. 12-20, 2019

Financial Peace University class is scheduled as one of the offerings for Bethel’s Sunday Night Live program (SNL).  If you are interested in attending this LIFE CHANGING class, please review the information at this web site and complete the boxes along the right margin under the “Ready to Join This Group”, then click on “Let’s Get Started:  The class will start at Bethel on Sunday, January 13th at 5:45 PM in the library/conference room.  For questions contact Dave Geffre.

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)—Sarah Wulfsberg
Counters:  Stuart Opp, Denise Knight, Randy & Karin Reynolds
Flowers:  The altar flower is provided this weekend by the LaBree family in thankfulness for the beauty of God’s creativity. The flower is a Paphiopedilum Orchid (Lady’s Slipper).

Worship Assistants:Sat, 5:30pmSun, 8:00amSun, 10:30am
Audio Operator:Dave BinghamDaryl SkoogGary Waasdorp
Video Operator:Frank BonatoMiles BrownKyle Hill
Acolyte(s):Bethany WitkopTBDJacob Nickodemus
Kevin Spilker
Altar Care:Barbara HamstadPK PetitmermetCathy Guman
Communion Assistants:Jeff HamstadLinda AndersonAntje Lund
Barbara HamstadGreg BrandvoldTina Opp
Brian DahlCate BrewsterMark Peterson
Barb EricksonSteve HelmreichKatie Peterson
Carol HelmreichRandy Reynolds
Gladys KiferKarin Reynolds
Greeters:n/aGladys KiferMarie St. Gelais
JoAnn MatthewsLeanne Thompson
Reader:Jeff HamstadMary Jane StanleyMargaret Curnow
Ushers:Kevin MagrinoPaul AndersonClint Jolly
Alice MagrinoCandis KanterDenise Knight-Drury
Keith KanterRiley Opp
Mary Jane StanleyStuart Opp
Worship Coordinator:Cindy GarciaMary WedmanBob Curnow
Nursery Attendants:n/aSusi HengelSusi Hengel
Jessica HengelMiranda Andrews

**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. 

Believe Preaching Series: This weekend, Jan. 12 & 13, during the sermon time, we will be looking at chapter 12 of the Believe book. Please read chapter 13 for next weekend’s services on January 19 & 20. A Sunday Night Live (SNL) class on the Believe book begins the evening of January 13 (see page 2 for a list of SNL classes offered beginning January 13).

Acolyte Training Class: If you are in third grade or older and would like to be an acolyte at Bethel, Pastor Dave will be holding an acolyte training after the second service on January 20th.  If you have not been trained or would like a refresher on your acolyte training, please plan to attend this training.  If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the class, please contact Pastor Dave ([email protected]).  

2019 Annual Congregation Meeting: This meeting will take place on Sunday, January 27 in the Christ Center. Immediately following the 10:30am worship service on Jan. 27, there will be a light luncheon from 11:45am to 12:30pm followed by the annual meeting at approximately 12:30pm. At the meeting, we will celebrate 2018 as we look forward into 2019, elect new council members, and vote on the 2019 budget. We hope you can be a part of the meeting that usually doesn’t last more than an hour or so.

Mentors Needed: Mentors are still needed for our confirmands in Bethel’s Youth Ministry program. We are looking for adult mentors to walk alongside confirmation students and their parents. If you feel called to be a part of this very important youth ministry need at Bethel, please contact Sedra ([email protected] or 719-570-9800) or Mary Jane Stanley.

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 and 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 at 9:30am in the New Creation room for the GriefShare class. Please let Pastor Dan know if you are interested in attending the GriefShare Class so a book can be ordered ([email protected]/719-570-9800). For more information about GriefShare visit


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); Childcare is available.

“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 it begins January 13 and ends March 17. Follow this link for more information about the program: If you are interested in this LIFE CHANGING class or want to sign up, please review the information at the following website ( – complete the boxes along the right margin under “Ready to Join This Group” then click on “Let’s Get Started”. Your information will be sent to Bethel’s class leader, Dave Geffre, a Certified Financial Coach Coordinator. For questions, please contact Dave Geffre.

Interest groups 
Blood Pressure Screenings at Bethel: Please add these dates to your calendar to get your blood pressure screening between services in the narthex area on January 13, February 10, March 17, April 14, May 12 and June 16.

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. 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.

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. 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. 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. The next meeting will be at the Cerberus Brewing Company on Monday, January 14 at 6:00 PM.  The address is 702 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. 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.

Winter Survival Gear Donation: The Bethel Senior Group is once again sponsoring a campaign to help those without adequate shelter during the cold winter months by collecting donations of winter survival gear (tarps, blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats, stocking hats, wool socks, mittens, gloves, etc.). Please help us to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community this winter. Donation/collection boxes will be in the narthex from January 13—February 3. Contact Pastor Dan Lahman with any questions ([email protected] or 719-570-9800).

Kindness Kits: The Outreach Team would like to thank everyone for their participation in the Kindness Kits over the last year. The team has decided to discontinue this ministry to support the city’s new Homeless Action Plan (please go to the following website to see an article for more details: All of the bags currently found in the narthex area, and any additional items, will be donated to the Springs Rescue Mission and Mercy’s Gate. Thank you again for your support!

Hope, Hearts, and Home Benefit Luncheon: Family Promise of Colorado Springs invites you to The Antlers on Sunday, Feb. 24th from 12:30 – 2:30 PM for their 22nd annual Hope, Hearts, and Home Benefit Luncheon. This event aims to raise funds and awareness for Family Promise’s ongoing mission—to assure that families with children, in the midst of housing instability, have a place to stay and a future to move toward. They are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Karen Olson, the Founder and President Emeritus of Family Promise. You’re invited to join us in celebrating this joyous occasion! Please contact Daryl Skoog or Sharon Roberts for more information.

“Ultimate Garage Sale”—POSTPONED to March 9th! Bethel’s Youth will be hosting a garage sale on Saturday, March 9 to help raise funds for their 2019 Mission Trips this summer. They would like to help you get rid of your things! Donation days at Bethel have been set for March 7 & 8 from 6—9pm. If you have questions, please connect with Sedra or Bethany W., Bethel’s youth representative for this project. The youth are looking for any and all items and can arrange item pick up as needed (no TV’s or large furniture please).

Tax Time: During the coming tax season, Paul Nervig will be volunteering as a return preparer for the IRS VITA program. This is a free service and they are seeking volunteers who will be willing to train to prepare taxes for lower income people ($54,000 or less). It is a limited time commitment beginning in February and running through April 15. The group is looking for people who can join them at the Helen Hunt Non-Profit Center and/or the Sand Creek Library sponsored by REACH Pikes Peak ( Please visit for more information and to sign up to help or contact Paul Nervig.


Friday, February 8th: 12 noon. Senior Potluck in the Christ Center. Please try to join us.

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. 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 & 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!

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! 

Attention Parents: 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? Do you think our world of social media is a bit intimidating? Then, join Pastor Dave as he leads a class on Kids, Teens and Technology at Sunday Night Live. (See above for more information about Sunday Night Live classes. Classes begin at 5:45 PM on January 13—come at 5:00pm for dinner!).

Each Sunday from 9:15 – 10:15 AM

New Creations Bible Study: The New Creations Bible Study class is currently working on 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—(Date Change!): This class meets each Sunday morning in the Middle School room downstairs from 9:15 to 10:15 AM. The student, mentor & parents meeting that was scheduled for January 6 will now be held on February 3 during class time. The February 3 meeting will be a family orientation to the confirmation mentor program. Adult mentors are still needed for some students. If you feel led to help with this youth ministry, please contact Sedra or Mary Jane Stanley as soon as possible. Open enrollment for the Middle School Summer Mission Trip is happening now!  See Sedra for details.

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—the class is currently working on the TRUE U series. 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. Open enrollment for the High School Summer Mission Trip is happening now!  See Sedra for details.

Youth Night: Youth nights occur during the school year each Sunday evening normally from 5:45—7:30 PM and all youth in the 6th through 12th grades are welcome to attend. Enjoy fun, food, fellowship, and getting back to a solid foundation of faith! Bring a friend and check your email often to sign up for special events that occur throughout the school year. Follow us on Instagram @BLOC80917 to receive updates and encouragements!

Upcoming Youth Activities:
Jan 13……. Progressive Dinner; please arrive at Bethel NLT 5pm for a ride                                                   (contact Sedra for the schedule of events that evening)
Jan 20 & 27……..Youth Night; 5:45-7:30pm

The “Ultimate Garage Sale” (a Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser) has been postponed to March 9; Donation days are March 7 & 8.

“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.

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). 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)— WEST begins a new study on January 16th titled “The Cross and the Crown”, a study in Lutheran basics by Sola Publishing. This group meets each Wednesday morning through the middle of May 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 meets Monday evenings at 6:30 PM throughout the school year in the Monument area at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals. This group is starting a new 5-week study on Monday, January 14 titled, “Son of God; The Life of Jesus in You” by Rick Warren. 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. 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, please join us as we study “Psalms, Prayers of the Heart”. 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. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm at Bethel. Questions? Call or see Joan Skoog or Susi Hengel.

Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:
Church Family Members—The Koeser family, Dorothy Burrows, Bill Mac Enulty, Devaughn Rogen, Barb Giblin, Doris Chamberlain, Bob Simpson, Sofie Smith, Elisabeth Neumann, Bobby Gilbert, 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—Jim & Vicki Wygant’s grandson, Gabe Wygant; Gene Wahl’s brother-in-law, Norman Denning & family; Braeden Bosma’s teammate, Daniel Boyle; The family & friends of Kaden Currier & Avory Kvale; Pastor Erwin Spruth & family; Beth Nickodemus’ cousin’s daughter, Rita Breton Van Groll; Gary Waasdorp’s friend’s father, Guadalupe Robles; Monte Gutowski’s student, Noah; Mary Schafer’s cousin, Julie Kaveney; Susi Hengel’s mother, Dorothy Cortopassi; Dave & Cheryl Bingham’s friend, Barb; Mary Jane Stanley’s mother, Mary Kolb; The Ehlen’s friend, Kaden Quintana; Michael Zoughbi of Bethlehem; Deborah Decker’s mother, Shirley Hayes; Pat Anderson’s sister, Carolyn Schwarze; Teresa Bedell’s friend’s daughter, Marissa; Mark Estes’ mother, Sophie; Loli Hill’s sister-in-law, Bea & Bea’s family; Pam Bakken-O’Neill’s mother, Joyce Bakken; Connie Baumgart’s sister, Joleen Kruger; 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.