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Upcoming Bethany Arts Series Concert

nullSunday, February 28, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

John Sherer, Organ Recital

The Bethany Arts Series presents an organ recital by John Sherer on our magnificent Clarence and Agnes Carlson Memorial Pipe Organ.  After the organ’s installation in 2002, our consultant to Bethany’s Organ Task force, David Schrader, stated “The sounds this organ can make under the hands of a good performer are remarkable."

Dr. Sherer has been hailed by critics as “a terrific musician.”  Reviewers have praised him for both his remarkable virtuoso technique and sensitive musical sense.  Since 1996, Dr. Sherer has been the Organist and Director of Music for the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.  He has led several music missions and choir tours in the United States, England, France, Cuba and Guatemala.  He was also recently selected as one of fifty prominent Chicagoans living with passion and purpose and was featured in the book, “Bright Lights of the Second City.”

The program will include music by Bextehude, Bach and Saint-Saens along with contemporary composers Enrico Bossi and Seth Bingham.  You will not want to miss experiencing Bethany’s pipe organ played by a Master of the Keyboard.  There is no admission charge but a free-will offering will be taken. 

Lent 2016

Questions on the Way to the Cross

“Lent is a time of spiritual introspection. It’s a time to pause in the midst of a very busy life, a challenging world, and a searching faith. Lent is a time to take a few moments regularly to think and reflect on Jesus, his journey to the cross, his death and resurrection, and what all of this means for our lives of faith.” ~Book of Faith: Beyond the Questions by Eric Burtness

nullThis Lent we are encouraging all congregation members as a spiritual practice to read the Book of Faith: Beyond the Questions devotional by Eric Burtness. We have ordered copies of the book which will be arriving this weekend. We are asking for an $8 donation for the book. The book also comes in an eBook form. Here’s a link to order an eBook online.

Please consider taking this forty day journey with our congregation as we think about Jesus questions throughout the Bible. The devotional includes daily readings that begin on Ash Wednesday. During our mid-week Wednesday services we will have congregation members reflect on the question and assigned scripture for the day. 

We are also encouraging families and individuals during Lent to collect money for World Hunger. ELCA World Hunger boxes have been order to use to collect money. The boxes will be arriving soon. 


Mid-Week Wednesday Services 

nullAsh Wednesday - February 10What are you looking for? John 1:35-42

  • 11:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes
  • 7:00 p.m.  Worship with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes

February 17Where is Your Faith? Luke 8:22-25

  • 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Service 
    • Reflection: TBA

February 24But Who Do You Say that I am? Mark 8:26-30

  • 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Service 
    • Reflection: Pastor Steve Young

March 2What do you want me to do for you? Matthew 20:29-34

  • 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Service
    • Reflection: Pastor Rafael Malpica Padilla

March 9Do you love me? John 21:1-16

  • 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Service
    • Reflections: Pastor Mary Carol Strug

March 16 How will you believe what I say? John 5:30-47

  • 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Service
    • Reflection: Pastor Bob Linstrom


Wednesday Lenten Soup Suppers 

null6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Luther Hall 

February 17 – March 16

On these Wednesday evenings you’ll have a meal that’s all ready for you, warm and tasty. Its simplicity reminds us of this time of Lent.  It’s a meal for the whole family, everyone can sit down together. You can come straight from work, directly from meetings or activities or right from home and be together with your church family for a meal before worship. A free-will offering will be taken to cover the cost of the food. 


Holy Week Services

nullPalm Sunday - March 20

  • 9:00 a.m.   Worship with Holy Communion 
  • 10:30 a.m.  Worship with Holy Communion 

Maundy Thursday - March 24     

  • 11:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion
  • 7:00 p.m. Worship with Holy Communion and students receiving their First Communion

Good Friday - March 25

  • 7:00 p.m.

Easter Vigil - March 26

  • 7:00 p.m.  Service of Light

Easter Sunday Morning -  March 27

  •  8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 
    Festival Worship with Holy Communion
  •  9:15-10:15 a.m. 
    Continental Breakfast
    Served by the Senior High Youth
    Luther Hall

Conversation Corner Starts again Jan 6

nullStarts again on January 6  in the library from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. 

We will continue the series, Making Sense of Scripture by David Lose. The discussion is an opportunity for us to think about the bible and how we might approach reading it. In the introduction of the series David Lose says, “Making Sense of Scripture, I should be clear, is not a book on the Bible, in the sense that it attempts to give you the major plot line of the Bible or to cover all the individual books or parts within it. Rather, it is a book about the Bible, explaining enough of the Bible’s history and nature to make it more accessible to you. Even more, Making Sense of Scripture is a book on how to read the Bible in the first place, and I hope and intend that it will give you confidence to explore the actual content and claims of the Bible on your own or in study with others.”  We hope you can join us! Invite a friend. This series will be well worth your time. Each class will be designed to stand on its own, so come when you can. 
  • Wed. Jan. 6 - Chapter 4: Where Did the Bible Come From?
  • Wed. Jan. 13 - Chapter 5: How Can I Read the Bible with Greater Understanding?
  • Wed. Jan. 20 - Chapter 6: Is There a “Center” to Scripture?
  • Wed. Jan. 27 - Chapter 7: What Kind of Authority Does the Bible Hold?
  • Wed. Feb. 3 Conclusion

Wednesday Words – November 17, 2015

This Sunday we celebrate Christ the King Sunday and Youth Sunday. 

Christ the King Sunday is celebrated the week before the first Sunday of Advent. Pope Pius XI established Christ the King Day in 1925 in his encyclical Quas primas which was a letter he wrote to the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church addressing his concern about the rise of secularism and doubt in Christ’s authority. 

Does this sound familiar? 

The same concerns Pope Pius XI observed 90 years ago are still concerns of today. We live in a word that has many choices. It seems that in time the church has shifted from being the main feature to being placed on the sidelines which can be frustrating. 

On the other hand, being a former volleyball coach I know that much ministry and transformation can happen on the sidelines. Your presence, your conversations, your prayers, your thankfulness, and your service make a difference in the life of the church. 

God’s transforming work happens as we connect with each other centered in the hope, love, and forgiveness of Christ. 

Come and join us for worship this Sunday as we celebrate the gift of new life in Christ and the gift of youth in our congregation. 

Peace and blessings to you,
Pastor Cathy

Wednesday Words - November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving is coming up soon and I know many of you are thinking about all the dishes you have to prepare.  Many of you will be making pies, there will be sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and of course, turkey.  And then sometime in all your meal planning you will come to the realization that you forgot the one thing that completes a good meal: the vegetables!

The Thanksgiving Meal can kind of be a great metaphor for where we are in the church year right now as well.  Heading into the Holiday Season, we are in the midst of a fine feast of worship: Three weeks ago was Reformation Sunday, and two weeks ago we celebrated All Saints Day.  In a few more weeks we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, begin Advent and celebrate Christmas with all its fanfare.  It’s easy in the midst of such a feast to forget the one Sunday that completes this meal: Commitment Sunday. 

This Sunday we will be celebrating Commitment Sunday for Bethany.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s the Sunday in the church year where we ask the congregation to bring up their pledges of Time and Talent, as well as their monetary pledges for the year.  While, Commitment Sunday can sometimes feel like eating your vegetables, it is truly a Sunday that celebrates and compliments all the other wonderful ministries of the church. 

None of the great things that happen in the church year (Reformation, Advent, Christmas, Youth Group, Social Action, etc…) could happen without your support.  We rely on your donations of time, talent and resources to make Bethany a vibrant community of faith, hope and love, dedicated to reflecting Christ in message and action (as it says in our mission statement).  So please consider giving a little extra as you are able this year to help create the kind of community that lives up to our mission statement. 


Pr. Paul


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