Bethel Blessings

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd at 7:00 PM at Bethel. Following the service, our traditional pie reception will take place downstairs in the Christ Center.


OrganistLinda Lahman

Jacob’s Ladder CoordinatorsPastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Choir Directors:  Pastor Dan & Linda Lahman

Joyful Noise DirectorBonnie Carlson

Cantor:  5:30—John Farquhar; 8:00—Lee Koeser

Welcome Center: (Sunday, 9:15-10:15)—Theresa Guthals

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

Flowers:  The flowers are provided this weekend by Danny & Judy Hodges.


Worship Assistants: Sat, 5:30pm Sun, 8:00am Sun, 10:30am
Audio Operator: Stephany Rodvold Daryl Skoog Gary Waasdorp
Video Operator: Dave Rodvold Miles Brown Eric Wulfsberg
Acolyte(s): Michael Bartz Kylie Brown Abigail Warren
Altar Care: J. Bartz & R. Witkop Ruthann Witkop Antje Lund
Communion Assistants: Al Garcia Kim Brown Julie Loera
Cindy Garcia K. Hammerstrom Tina Opp
Jami Bartz Chris Nervig Stuart Opp
Patrick Bartz Aimee Palmer Gisela Petersen
Debbie Wallace Mark Peterson
Sarah Wulfsberg Katie Peterson
Greeters: n/a Theresa Guthals Bobby Gilbert
Wayne Guthals Ernie St. Gelais
Reader: Al Garcia Steve Helmreich Kay Mac Enulty
Ushers: Bob Simpson Danny Hodges Stephany Green
Carol Simpson Judy Hodges Denise Knight
Jim Palmer Nathan Peterson
Roger Wallace Melissa Webber
Worship Coordinator: TBD Judi Taylor Stephany Green
Nursery Attendants: n/a Susi Hengel Susi Hengel
Carol Stanley Abby Fisher

**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).

Rainbow Trails Adventfest Retreat:  Dec. 1-3, 2017! Escape from the busyness of the holiday season for a great family weekend getaway. Discover the peace of Advent, through worship and time for reflection and renewal, so you can enjoy the real meaning of the season. Wonderful music, candlelight, and reflections on the season by a guest Pastor make for an unforgettable experience.  Miles Brown will be teaching stained glass, come and make something for a gift. Register at to attend or call Miles Brown for more information.


Men’s Ministry Breakfast:  Calling all Men!  Our next Men’s Ministry breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at 7:45am in the Christ Center.  It will be a great time of food, fun, fellowship, and an opportunity to learn more about God’s idea for marriage.  You are invited to come, learn, share, and help us discuss how to be successful in this important relationship. We would also love your help in the kitchen beginning at 6:30am.  If you have any question or need more information, please contact Pastor Dan at [email protected]


Decorating the church for ChristmasPlease come and help us decorate the church for the Advent/Christmas season on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.  We will “deck the halls with boughs of holly,” string lights and trim trees. Contact Pastor Dan with any questions or ideas for this year at [email protected]


Bethel’s New Member Class will meet Dec. 3rd at 9:15 AM in Pastor John’s office and then on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 6:30 PM. The December 9th meeting is a spaghetti dinner at which leaders of the church share about Bethel’s various ministries. Joining weekend will be Dec. 16th-17th at the worship service you normally attend. If you would like to attend, sign up on the tear-off slip on page 7 and place it in the offering plate or contact the church office at 719-570-9800 / [email protected]


Offering Envelopes: Bethel’s 2018 Offering Envelopes will be made available soon in the narthex area.  If you would like to use numbered offering envelopes to make your regular offering to Bethel, please contact the church office at 719-570-9800 or [email protected]  Additionally, if you currently receive an annual offering envelope box and no longer wish to because you are now using Bethel’s online payment option, please contact the church office to let us know.


Bethel Choir Christmas Cantata:  The Bethel Choir will be performing this year’s Christmas cantata, “The Song Heard ‘Round the World,” on Saturday, December 9, at the 5:30pm service, and on Sunday, December 10, at the 8:00am service.  Come join us as we sing of the birth of our Savior and celebrate the arrival of the Prince of Peace in music, drama, and dance.


Bethel’s Annual Christmas Bake Sale: December 9 & 10, 2017. We need BAKERS and BUYERS for the sale. Please consider baking something–breakfast breads (banana or pumpkin bread, etc.), muffins, regular bread or rolls, sweet rolls, cookies or cakes.  Or you can make candy, jam or jellies.  If you start early, your items can be frozen so it won’t be a rush when the time comes. The proceeds from the sale are used by the pastors for people in need. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Wulfsberg.


Kidtricity Sunday School Christmas ProgramJoin the Kidtricity Crew at the 10:30 AM service on Sunday, December 10th in the sanctuary for Bethel’s annual Children’s Christmas Program.


Little London Winds Christmas Concert:  Get into the Christmas season spirit and join us for a fun and festive evening with the 40 member Little London Winds on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 PM.  This concert is free and open to the public, so invite your friends and neighbors!


New Show in the Bethel Art GalleryOn November 17th, we changed out the pictures in the Bethel Art Gallery. We hope you viewed and enjoyed the previous show that included work by Millie Farquhar, Johnny Farquhar, John Sigaty and Emma Carlson (granddaughter of Bonnie and Bill Carlson). Please take the opportunity to thank these artists for sharing their work with the Bethel community.  Our new show will feature photographs and adult coloring by Inga Kelly, Erika Kelly and Judie Smith. I think you’ll enjoy them all. Are you interested in having some of your work displayed in the Bethel Gallery? Contact Eric Wulfsberg for details.


Beginner Dog Training Class: Attention dog owners, or hopeful dog owners!  Bethel’s very own dog whisperer, Curt Libengood, is looking to offer another beginner dog training class and you are invited!  The class will meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 PM, will cover basic commands, and run for about five weeks.  There is no cost to attend!  The only requirement is that your dog be current on all vaccinations and no retractable leashes.  The start date for the class will depend on how many people are interested.  Please sign up on the tear off slip on pg. 7 or contact Pastor Dave ([email protected]) if you are interested in attending the class.


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]



Schedule of Bethel Holiday Happenings

Dec. 2 –     9:00am       Advent/Christmas Decorating

Dec. 9 –     4:30pm       Christmas Bake Sale

5:30pm       Christmas Cantata Worship Service

Dec. 10 –   7:30am       Christmas Bake Sale

8:00am       Christmas Cantata Worship Service

10:30am       Kidtricity Christmas Program

12:00pm       Bethel Senior’s Christmas Dinner

7:00pm       Little London Winds Christmas Concert

Dec. 13 – 11:30am       Preschool Christmas Program

7:00pm        Advent Service



Interest groups

Ballroom / country 2 step Dance group—This group normally meets once a month at Bethel.  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. Questions? Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham for more information.


BOOK REVIEW GROUP—We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00pm. December’s book is “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. 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, 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 meeting is Friday, December 8 at 7:00 PM at the Witkop’s home.  If you are interested in attending, contact Pastor John ([email protected]).


Young Adults—Activities & Fellowship:

Bible Study & Game Night – Saturday, November 18th 7:00 PM.

Bowling at Kingpin – Sunday, November 19th at noon

Questions?  Contact Dave or Cheryl Bingham.




Be An Angel this Christmas…spread Christ’s love by picking up a Lutheran Family Services Foster Care and Refugee Children tag on the white Angel Tree in the church narthex. It will certainly bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season. Purchased gifts are to remain UNWRAPPED with tag attached and placed underneath the tree. Donated various size gift bags on the side are also welcomed and appreciated. Deadline date is Wednesday, December 6th. Contact Arlene Duenckel with any questions.


Prayer Shawl MinistryPrayer shawls, lap robes and hats (preemie, children & adult) are knitted or crocheted and donated to the Bethel community and the Rocky Mt. Cancer Center through this wonderful Bethel ministry.  Colored, textured & variegated yarn in clear bags are available in the narthex area for individuals who would like to help with this outreach ministry (Ongoing yarn donations greatly appreciated!)  A big thank you and blessings go out to Bethel’s crocheters & knitters:  Emilie Fiedler, Carol Helmreich, Kay Mac Enulty, Gisela Petersen, & Lynn Sigaty’s friend.  If you would like to know more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact Cynthia Ahl.




Tuesday, Dec. 5th–  The Holly & Ivy Christmas concert is Dec. 5th at the Pikes Peak Center @ 7:00 PM.  We will be picking up the tickets (tickets are free) on Nov. 20th.  Please sign up in the narthex if you want us to pick up a ticket for you.


Sunday, Dec. 10th– Christmas luncheon in the Christ Center at 12:00 PM; Tickets are now on sale for the Christmas Luncheon between services and before/after service starting Nov. 18th in the Narthex.  Tickets are $8.00.


CARD PLAYERSDo we have any more card players at Bethel?  If you would like to join the card games contact Lynn Sigaty to play bridge or Gisela Petersen to play pinochle.


Call Judi Taylor with questions.




Joyful Noise Children’s ChoirJoin this group each Sunday morning at 9:00 AM in the Abundant Life Rm. to learn and sing contemporary Christian music during the 10:30 AM services.  This class is offered to children in 2nd—8th grade.  Questions?  Contact Bonnie Carlson.


Join us at KidtricityBethel’s super-charged children’s ministry program:  Kidtricity meets each Sunday at 9:15 AM!  Join Platy, Twinkle, Bernie and a whole cast of superhero friends for the most outrageous hour of children’s fun to ever come to any church!  Kidtricity is for children age 3 through entering 5th grade and there is no cost to attend.   Register by going to and under the Ministries tab (on the top of the screen) select Children’s Ministry. Do you have questions? Contact Pastor Dave ([email protected]) for more information.


Kidtricity Family BingoKids, parents, and people of all ages are invited to join us at Kidtricity for some bingo on November 26th during the Kidtricity time at 9:15 am!  We will have some pastries, the coffee carts and lots of prizes to win, including a $25 gift card!  There is no cost to play!  Play bingo with Platy the Platypus and all the Kidtricity friends!


Jr. High Sunday Morning Class: Attention all 6th-8th graders, on Sundays at 9:15 AM you are invited to join us for an hour of Sunday learning power!  We are excited to be presenting a fun-filled series on 20 different amazing people of faith in the Old and New Testament. Come and see what you might have in common with these Biblical figures!  You might just be surprised!  Classes meet in the Junior High Room. Contact Sedra Razafinimanana if you have any questions ([email protected]).


Sr. High Sunday Morning Class: We meet at 9:15am in the Sr. High classroom downstairs. Come join us as we study a series based on the movie: God’s Not Dead! It is a great time to interact and get to know your peers and the adult leaders. We will spend some time to have fun, be creative and interact with one another in relevant ways as we advance into the Advent Season (December). Contact Sedra Raz with your questions at [email protected]


Adult Sunday School—New Creations Bible StudyThe New Creations Bible Study class has begun with the study of Romans; a Bible-based study with interactive discussion.  Any are welcome to drop in as they can.  This class will meet in the Library/Conference Room each Sunday at 9:15am.


Adult Sunday School—Faith Lessons from the Holy Land: Pastor John will lead this class.  It is video-based and shot on location in Israel. Each class is a stand-alone lesson that incorporates teachings from the Holy Land with our own faith journey. The class will take us on a round trip to ancient times, places and customs, and back again. This lively, interactive journey is more than fascinating; it’s faith-inspiring and life-changing. We would love to have you join us each Sunday morning at 9:15am in the Faith Forum on the main floor just past the gathering space (donut area).




grade or 1st & 2nd year) meets at 4:15 PM each Sunday in the Jr. High Room downstairs. If you have any questions, please contact Bethel’s Youth Minister, Sedra Razafinimanana at [email protected] Not meeting Nov. 26th!


Confirmation mentors neededAre you called to be a mentor to the youth? Some youth in our current confirmation class are looking for mentors. Please let Sedra know if you would like to be part of a youth’s life, build a relationship and share your faith. For more information, please contact Sedra Raz.


Youth Nights (5:45—7:15 PM on Sundays): All junior high and high school youth are invited to join us every Sunday at 5:45 PM for youth night!  We will be playing games, enjoying some snacks, continuing a study lead by Bethel’s new Youth Minister, Sedra and finishing up with a couple all-time favorite worship songs.


College & Young Adults Ultimate Frisbee (Nov. 24, 2-4pm):  Come join us on this Black Friday afternoon at Cottonwood Creek park to play Ultimate Frisbee or just hang out with your college and young adult peers from Bethel Lutheran Church. We encourage you to bring a friend as well. This will be a great time to get to know one another, have fun, and get thinking on how we can meet regularly as a fellowship of believers.  Please connect with Sedra, the youth minister for more info.


COLLEGE KIDS CORRESPONDENCE: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11) This is our ministry opportunity created to support our out-of-town college students. It’s a “card shower.” Each week a name and address of our Bethel college “Student of the Week” will be provided in the printed Bethel Blessings. 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. You can confirm if your student is on the college list by contacting Carol Vogeney.





New Bible Study in Monument: A new adult Bible study started in Monument at the home of Wayne & Theresa Guthals. Each Monday evening at 6:30 PM the group will meet.  The first study will be on Andy Stanley’s series: How to Get What You Really Want.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Pastor Dave Nickodemus at [email protected]


L.I.F.E. (Living in Faith Everyday) Bible Study—This class is open to all women who would like to dig deeper into God’s Word, but who do not have time for a weekly study or are not able to meet during the day. Our current study is called “Character References”. In this series through the book of James, we will discover what character traits God needs from us to best display what it means to be an uncompromising follower of Christ. Meetings times are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Abundant Life room. Questions? Contact Joan Skoog or Susi Hengel.


New Adult Home Bible Study—Attention all adults interested in a home Bible Study:  Stephany Green & Julie Loera have started a study that meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30—8:00pm. The first study will be on the book of Daniel and you will need to bring your Bible and your input. Join us for refreshments, fellowship, study and prayer. Contact Stephany to attend and to get the addresses of where the group will meet. Note: Individuals with an allergy to cats will need to consider attending. Questions? Contact Stephany Green.


RUTH Bible Study—RUTH Bible Study meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 9:30-11:00am in the library.  This women’s group is 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.


Men’s Up & Adam Group—Meets Wednesdays 6:30am-7:30am. All men are invited.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Dan at 719-570-9800.


WEST (Women Earnestly Seeking Truth) Bible Study—Please join us!  New members welcome! WEST meets each Wednesday morning from 10:30am – noon in the library. This group is studying “The Life of Martin Luther”.  Questions? Contact Kathy LaBree.


WEB (Women Exploring the Bible) Bible Study—This women’s Bible Study is working on a video/book series entitled “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.  WEB meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 9am to 11am in Bethel’s library.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Karen Scharp.


Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) Evening Women’s Class—Classes meet each Monday evening at 6:55 PM at Bethel.  This year’s study is the book of Romans. If you have questions, please email BSF contact Heather Watson at [email protected] for more information.




Please remember the following people in your daily prayers:

Church Family Members—Don Nickel, Lea Maxfield, Bobby Gilbert, Liz Liston, Sofie Smith, John Player, Erick Keck, Donna Vammen, Barb Giblin, Betty Day, Doris Chamberlain, 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—Stephany Green’s niece, Tiffany; Tom Vien’s co-worker’s family, the Sisk’s; Desiree Klose’s father, Everett Denault; Gary Waasdorp’s aunt, Ruth; Wanda Sitler’s niece, Terry; Danielle Hintgen’s co-worker’s son, Jonathan; Gail Rinne-Johnson’s sister, Cheryl Johnson; Judie Smith’s neighbor, Mary Prescott; Mike & Teresa Bedell’s friend, Chandra Ebbing; Judie Smith’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Portz; Carolyn Bosma’s friend, Nancy Ostlund; Cynthia Ahl’s friend, Vina Thorpe; David Robert’s aunt, Nenita; Wendy Costello’s friend, Violet Bakash; Larry & Mary Jane Stanley’s friend, Rich Mutch; Paul & Patricia Anderson’s son, Steve; Erika Kelly’s friend, Carla; Judy Hodges friend, Kayleen; Lynn Schroeder’s mother & sister, Wodie Baysinger & Marion; Eric & Sarah Wulfsberg’s brother-in-law, Scott Strother; Mary Jane Stanley’s mother, Mary Kolb; Erik Anderson’s sister-in-law, Kelsey Straeter; 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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