Tuesday, November 22, 2016

First Sunday in Advent



November 27 is
The First Sunday in Advent

Join us during the 10am Sunday School hour to  make an Advent wreath for home use!  Bring:

- an Advent wreath form, if you have one (if you don't we'll have some extras)

- evergreen clippings to share, if you have some (if you don't, we'll have plenty)


Also...

Participate in ELCA Good Gifts program

Give a family in need a hand-up by purchasing chicks, honey bees, a pig, a goat, or other types of gifts to help them succeed.  Give for the sake of giving - OR - give in honor of someone on your Christmas list, instead of buying them something they don't need.  Gifts are represented as ornaments on our Good Gifts tree, found in the Narthex.  You may participate anytime through Christmas Day.


And...

Purchase a Poinsettia
in honor or in memory of someone to help decorate our space for the season.  A sign-up will be in the Narthex Nov. 27 & Dec. 4.  Poinsettias may be taken home after worship on Christmas Day or Jan. 1.




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Chili Cook-Off this Sunday

Join us this Sunday, Nov. 6
for a
Chili Cook-Off

Donations from this event go towards Christmas presents and food for needy families in our community.

You can enter a chili or a dessert in the contest
or bring a "fixing" to go with the chili.
(People's Choice winners receive everlasting fame and glory...or they get to write their name on a plate...either way, it'll be great!)


Monday, August 29, 2016

"Normal" Worship Time Resumes

Beginning this Sunday, September 4, we will resume our "normal" worship schedule with
Sunday School at 10am
and
Worship at 11am
every Sunday.
See you then!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Worship

Summer Worship: 10:00am

In July and August, there will be NO Sunday School, and Worship will be at 10:00am!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Funeral and Burial Planning Workshop

Give your loved ones a gift.
Join us this Sunday, June 26
for a
Funeral and Burial Planning Workshop
Light breakfast at 9:30am, Workshop begins at 10:00am
Pictured: Our new urn pall (donated by Lois and Charlie Walker) and urn stand (made by Leroy Coffey - see stewardship definition below!) that are available to be used for funerals with cremated remains.

At this workshop, we will learn about the beauty and significance of the funeral service itself, some things to consider when planning for your funeral, and other end-of-life matters.

Then you will have the chance to begin making plans for your funeral, if you are ready.

You will also have the opportunity to fill out paperwork for the church to make your burial wishes known (where you want to be buried, or if you want to reserve a spot in the Columbarium).

There will be information to take home, as well as forms that will greatly help your family and loved ones at the time of your death.

Whatever your age, you will be doing your loved ones a favor by starting to think and plan for these things.  This is especially true if you are young and have never thought or talked much about these things.  It will truly be a gift to your family.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stewardship looks like a new banner storage system

"Stewardship" is defined on Wikipedia as "an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources."

Recently, we've been wanting to make better use of our space, and take better care of the things we have, in this case, our banners - all of which have been hand-made.  We have dreams of making more banners in the future, but just didn't have the space to store them.

A quick search on the internet showed that someone has invented a very nifty and space-efficient storage system for church banners, but the price was out of reach for a congregation this size.

BUT, we have MANY resources here, other than money!

With only a picture, a rough diagram, and verbal description to go by, thanks to the faithful stewards of Bethany, we now have the simply beautiful and functional storage system for our banners that we needed - at no cost to the church!  Check it out:

Bars swing out for easy access

Bars swing flat against the wall for maximum space efficiency - with no wrinkles!
A huge thank you to Cody Townsend for making this piece,
to our boys over at Triplett and Coffey Welding for donating the materials,
and to the History Committee for the idea and design!

We have a wealth of resources!  We are richly blessed.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Online Bible Study on Luke

This year's lectionary uses the Gospel of Luke.
We'll be spending a lot of time in the Gospel of Luke from now through the end of the church year - the end of November.

Why not dive a little deeper?

Pastors and Lay Leaders from all over the NC Synod worked together to write an online Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke.  It's designed to be used this summer.  You'll be reading a Chapter of Luke each day, and there is a short devotional to go along with it.



It begins Sunday, June 12.

Let's Learn Luke together!