The Bethel Beacon
MISSION STATEMENT: We, the Bethel Lutheran Congregation, called by
God, commit ourselves: to proclaim the gospel, to prepare our members
for outreach and service, and to minister to human needs.
Mission Trip Opportunity in Rochester
Have you ever wanted to go on a
mission trip and didn't have the time to take off
work, the money to afford the travel, or the
desire to spend 5 nights sleeping on the tile
floor of a church? This August YOU have a
Pastoral Perspective Page 2 great opportunity to go on a Bethel Mission
Capital Campaign, Sudanese Trip. The mission trip is to ROCHESTER!
Reflections Page 3
Whether you can only commit to one session
Adult Education, Thank You or all six sessions (2 each day), we would love
to have you participate! Watch for a
Pastoral Acts, Pre-Baptism Page 4 registration brochure in upcoming bulletins or
Golf Tournament call Pastor Anjanette or Judy Gittus if you have
CYF Ministry Page 5 any questions. Here are the basics for you to
know so you can prayerfully consider joining in
CYF Ministry (Con’t) Page 6 the ROCHESTER MISSION TRIP!
Music News Page 7
C Who: Everyone ages 6-99+ (This is intended to be a multi-generation
WELCA Page 8 experience - parents must be present to participate with children).
Small Group Leader, Christmas in C What: Serve the needs of our community.
July at Bethel. Thank You C When: August 23, 24, 25 (2 sessions/daily)
C Schedule: Afternoon Session, 3:30-5:30pm; Dinner served, 5:30-
Gifts/Memorials Page 9
Stewardship Stats, Bethel Staff
6:30pm; Evening Session, 6:30-8:30pm
C How will it work? Each day has a theme (i.e. Gift of Life Transplant
New Members Page 10 House, supporting Military Families, Channel One) and the free meal
Saltillo Note, Tanzania Mission in-between sessions will help to bridge the session one group
completing their project and the session two group beginning their
Go to Ballgame Page 11
FPU, Use of Bible in Worship, service times. If someone is inclined to stay and serve for the whole
Library News day they are welcome to do so.
C Where: We will base ourselves out of Bethel Hall, but occasionally
travel by carpooling to service sites.
C Cost: $5.00 registration fee per family unit (this fee is $5.00 regardless
of how many sessions you sign up for) Meals for participants are free
NEXT BEACON for each session day.
C Deadline to Register: August 8 (You can sign up for one session, all
Articles Due: six, or any number that work in your schedule. The $5 helps subsidize
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 supplies but is a ONE time fee.)
by 12 Noon C Complete the registration form (available July 2/3) and turn it into the
office or contact Judy (288-6430 or email@example.com) to
Beacon Mailed: register and arrange payment of registration fee.
Monday, July 25, 2011 C Nursery care This is available for pre-schoolers each day for children
under 6 years of age. You must pre-register your child to ensure we
have enough care providers for each session. No "drop ins".
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PASTORAL PERSPECTIVE Jesus Christ. We are promised in the Bible that
SHATTERED/MADE WHOLE even though our sins are like scarlet, we will be
made white as snow. Or, perhaps if the Bible
Dear Members and Friends of Bethel: were written in 2011: though our sins obscure a
I was literally trying to shake the desert telephone screen with a thousand cracks, the
dust off my clothing when it happened. screen will be made whole and pure through
Kathy and I had had four fun hours Christ.
driving in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. It was We do not see clearly now — our vision is
a way to enjoy part of God’s creation that would not perfect — it is obscured by cracks. But there
have been difficult without the Israeli Tomcars. will come a day in which we see as clearly as
Five of the vehicles were in caravan traveling God sees us … through Christ.
trails, dried up river beds, mountains, and In the Grace of Christ,
valleys. Pastor Norman Wahl
But it was dusty. The organizers gave
every person a bandana to tie around one’s
mouth and nose to keep out some of the dust.
Oh, we had a great time. We even killed off two CAPITAL CAMPAIGN ENDED
of the vehicles on the way home that had to be THANK YOU TO THE
towed by the other working vehicles a little
PEOPLE OF BETHEL
With great thanks from the leadership of
And we were dirty and dusty, hesitant to
the congregation, the capital campaign has come
bring that mess into our vacation lodgings. So I
to a close. The goal to fund all four important
was shaking off my clothing when my month old
projects was $85,500, with an additional $45,000
Android Evo 4g fell off my belt. Onto concrete.
already saved for the projects. We are happy to
Concrete wins. I picked up the phone, and the
report that the commitments totaled $83,986.
screen was shattered. Both the large cracks and
The remaining $1,514 was taken from the
the spider cracks throughout the entire screen
Thrivent Choice dollars dedicated to Bethel, so
created a beautiful pattern, but if it hadn’t been
an additional thanks go to those Thrivent
for the adhesive screen protector, I think the
members who have chosen to allocate Thrivent
entire thing would have fallen apart.
Choice dollars to the congregation.
Remarkably, the phone still worked. I
All four projects have been completed,
used it minimally the remaining two days of the
are underway, or are on the calendar for
vacation while calling back to Rochester to
completion in the next weeks. You have made a
schedule repair for the phone.
real difference with your generosity. Thank you.
Each time I looked at it in those days, I
could see the frailty and fragility of our human
existence. Like my phone, I am cracked. Huge
cracks, spider cracks. Even my age begins to
forms cracks in my facial features. Better than CELEBRATING WITH OUR
anyone, I know the cracks in my heart and in my SUDANESE BROTHERS & SISTERS
spirit. Having voted to separate into two
The cracks on the phone screen were countries, our Sudanese brothers and sisters
relatively easy to repair. While I waited 20 invite us to celebrate with them the declaration of
minutes, an efficient and kind worker took care of the Independent Republic of South Sudan on
it while I watched the intricate procedure. When July 9, 2011 at the sports arena of the University
he was done, the phone was good as new. The of Minnesota, Rochester campus. You will recall
screen was beautiful. that hundreds of Sudanese gathered at Bethel
It is harder, but not impossible, to repair this past March offering prayers of thanksgiving
the cracks in my heart and spirit. All things are to God for this movement toward independence
possible with God. Repairing even me is and freedom.
possible through the death and resurrection of
The Bethel Beacon, July 2011 Page 3
Everything we do and say as people of faith will
REFLECTIONS be as varied as our individual fingerprints, but
Reflections on the Liturgy what we share in common in the ONE God who
“The Creed” calls us and claims us from that baptismal
In one of my Leadership Greater moment onward. This is a constant in our lives.
Rochester classes we were challenged to Some congregations ask its members to
develop an “elevator speech”. This speech, a turn to one another when they say the Creed as
business tool, is typically a short, simple phrase a reminder that it is a statement and not a prayer.
that condenses the essence of your value to a The resounding “Amen” that ends the Creed
particular audience. It answers the question, might make it look like a prayer, but the “Amen” is
“What do you do?” and can be delivered in such meant to serve as a declaration of affirmation
a way that it passes the “so what” test and keeps confirming the Creed’s certainty. “Yes! It is so!”
people talking. I had a classmate suggest that This Sunday as you confess your faith in the
my elevator speech should be, “Hello, I’m Pastor Creed consider turning and looking at others in
Anjanette and I can help you save your soul!” but the congregation as a reminder that the Triune
I’m not sure that is exactly how I would word God binds us all together. Like a good elevator
things as my first impression to someone! speech defines in just a few minutes what a
The Creed serves as a condensed person does, our historical Creeds have and
response to the question, “What do you believe”? continue to define our what we believe.
At the heart of our understanding of God is that Confessing God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
we have a “Trinitarian” faith. That is an even serves to keep us centered on our shared faith
MORE condensed response to the question, and therefore, a little less distracted by our
“What do you believe?” A Trinitarian faith is differences so we might go about faithful ministry
confessing a belief in God the Father, God the in the world.
Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The mystery of In Christian service,
“The Holy Trinity” is one that cannot be fully Pastor Anjanette Rist
explained, but the Creeds give us a good starting
The most common creeds used as a part ADULT EDUCATION NEWS
of our worship service are the Nicene Creed and BIBLE STUDIES AND MORE: All of our studies
the Apostles Creed. A third creed, the welcome new members:
Athanasian Creed, is rarely used because it is C Monday Night Bible Study - 6:30pm in
significantly longer and likely for special Sundays room 115 - study Sunday’s lessons
of emphasis like Holy Trinity Sunday. These
C Wednesday Early Morning Bible Study
three creeds are ecumenical, meaning they
(6:30am–read through the Bible) - Rm
contain beliefs and understandings that can be
commonly confessed across denominational
C Wednesday Morning Bible Study (10am
lines. Therefore, the Creed helps us to be a
– studying Sunday’s lessons), room 115
larger unified ONE body in Christ.
C WELCA Bible study,10:45am on the first
I think the most powerful moment of that
Thursday of each month, room 115.
unifying “bond” that the Creed offers us is when
we speak it as a part of the baptismal liturgy.
Parents, sponsors, and congregation members
make promises to raise the newly baptized in the THANK YOU!
faith and then the baptizing pastor asks the The Bethel Gardens and Grounds
congregation to “profess your faith in Christ Beautification Team thanks Shawn Gudlin for his
Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the Eagle Scout project that has placed plants
church”. All of us say these words of the around the light poles at the main entrance to the
Apostles Creed as one body who is now church. This project has certainly beautified our
preparing to receive the newest member of the grounds! Thanks, Shawn.
body into the same confession of faith.
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ARE YOU EXPECTING A CHILD?
COME TO THE
Bethel holds a monthly pre-
baptism class on the 2nd Sunday of
Pastoral Acts at Bethel the month and the next class will be
We encourage you to share in the times of Sunday, July 10, 6:30-7:30pm in
joy and sorrow with fellow members of room 115. This class is held for
God’s family at Bethel: those planning baptisms - even if the
baby isn’t due for awhile, call Judy in
BAPTISMS the office and tell her which class
Go therefore and make disciples of the you’d like to attend. Parents and
local sponsors are expected to participate in this
nations, baptizing them in the name of opportunity to review the meaning of God’s gift of new
the Father and of the Son and of the life. You are welcome to bring the child that is to be
Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 baptized as well. Even if this isn’t your first child, we
5/22 Stella Narr, Charles Mayfield encourage you to attend one of the pre-baptism classes.
6/4 Julia Schenck You must let the church office know the date
6/5 Owen Anderson you will attend the pre-baptism class to ensure that a
6/11 Harmony Davis pastor will be present to conduct the class. If we
6/12 Camryn Plumbo, Avarey Coons don’t have anyone signed up for the evening, the
6/19 Owen Koepp class will not be held.
To schedule a baptism, please contact Judy Gittus,
288-6430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now faith, hope and love abide,
these three; and the greatest of these
GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR YOU!
is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
The Samaritan Bethany Foundation’s 5th Annual
5/21 Katie Sowa & Mat McDonald
Golf Classic will be held at Somerby Golf Club in Byron
6/3 Christine Larson & Stefan Holets
6/11 Karen Prentiss & Jim Preston on Monday, August 1. Come join us on one of the
premier golf courses in Minnesota. By joining us as a
golfer for the day you have the opportunity to
experience Somerby as only a club member would.
FUNERALS The fee per golfer is $180 which includes 18
Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will holes of golf, golf cart, putting green, driving range and
not all die, but we will all be changed, in a reservation at dinner. Not a golfer, that’s okay, come
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at for dinner and enjoy the ambiance of the evening for
the last trumpet. For the trumpet will just $50 per person while trying your hand at bidding on
sound, and the dead will be raised one or more of our silent auction items.
imperishable and we will be changed. If you or your organization is interested in
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52) sponsoring all or a part of the golf classic, we would like
5/20 Allan Larson to hear from you as well. Proceeds from this year’s golf
5/25 Lois Jeglum classic are designated for the SB Creating Home
6/3 Brian Harwick Building Project. For more information please contact
6/6 Connie Peik your church liaison for Samaritan Bethany – (Libby
6/18 Doris Nelms Witzeman) – or call Tom, Samaritan Bethany
6/18 Donald Benson Foundation, (507) 424-5458. See you August 1 on the
links at Somerby.
The Bethel Beacon, July 2011 Page 5
CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILY 2011 / 2012 SUNDAY SCHOOL
(CYF) NEWS REGISTRATION! Please register as soon as
possible if you have children who are 3 years
old by 9/1/11 through 4th grade. The registration
NEW! Find all the information related to
fee is $10/child with a maximum of $20/family.
Children, Youth, and Family ministry in one
The fee is waived for Sunday school volunteers.
section! As the CYF department continues to
focus on supporting faith formation of children,
5th & 6th GRADERS: SOMETHING NEW FOR
youth and adults within their families and within
YOU! A new offering, focused specifically on
the wider Bethel family, we’’ve decided to make
5th/6th graders and their families, will meet
accessing information a bit easier. ALL
every Sunday morning at 9 and 10:30am this
announcements dealing with children, youth and
coming fall. This offering will emphasize
families will now be located in the CYF section.
supporting faith formation within families who
Look for this section each month in the Beacon.
have students in the 5th or 6th grades (fall of
2011). Cost is $10/student, $20 max per family.
Sunday, July 10, 6-8:00pm - Summer Softball;
Host Team: Men's Ministry
SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEER INFO
Sunday, August 21 or 28 10:30am, SS SESSION 10:30am, August 21 or August 28:
volunteer info session; starting at 10:30am in Please plan to join us for an information session
the Chapel to learn about the upcoming Sunday school
year. The session will last approximately 1 hour.
Saturday, September 10 9:00/10:30am; SS You will receive information about curriculum,
Beginner’s Orientation calendar, class lists and plans for the year. If
you have questions please contact Daryl or
Sunday, September 11 Rally Sunday, Sunday Susan in the church office.
BEGINNERS ORIENTATION and BIBLE BAGS
GEV ADVENTURERS DAY CAMP Mark your calendars for September 10 at 9:00
Kindergarten–4th Graders, we have an exciting or 10:30am. We will have a special milestone
opportunity for you to spend a day at Good event for our 3 year old Beginner Sunday school
Earth Village Bible Camp! On Thursday, July 21, children and their parents. We will meet at the
we are hoping to take as many Bethel kids (and same time as you are registered for Sunday
parents if they are able) down to GEV to their school (9:00 or10:30). More information will be
Adventures Day Camp. It is all the fun of camp mailed out in August.
compressed into a single wild and crazy day!
Cost is $35 (scholarship monies available). MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH (completed Gr 6-8)
Parents, you are welcome to come and spend A few spots remain for the upcoming middle
the day with us, but your child’’s participation school mission trip being held Aug. 4-7. Cost
does not depend on yours. We are currently of this trip is $60/youth. Registration forms
working to arrange transportation from Bethel if available at the youth board and will be
necessary. Call GEV to register (507-346-2494) accepted until full. **Please note there is an
or do so online (www.goodearthvillage.org) by opportunity for parents/families to meet up with
Sunday, July 10. Be sure to let them know you the group Saturday afternoon to participate in
are with Bethel Lutheran. We’ll be in touch the Feed My Starving Children filling event,
about more details once you are registered. evening devotion, overnight with group and
Feel free to call or email Pastor Andy if you worship on Sunday morning.** Contact Darcy or
have questions! Pastor Andy if you should have any questions.
CYF News continued on Page 6
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CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILY Lewis, Peter Lundquist, Samantha McElmury,
Logan Meurer, Carter Mintey, Hannah Morehart,
(CYF) NEWS (continued) Luke Nelson, Natasha Nett, Kiona Paske, Peyton
Paulson, Matthew Reinhart, Brock Sycks, Rachel
ELCA YOUTH GATHERING NEW ORLEANS Trotman, Maya Wilson, Zachary Wolf, Leigh
2012 (Incoming Gr 9-12) Check the Youth Board Wood
for more information for next year’s ELCA
Gathering in New Orleans. We’re going back for 8th grade names: Elijah Anderson, Rachel
our mission trip and hope you will join us. Beckwith, Jack Dietz, Natalie Grimm, Jordan
Registration will begin in late August, so stay Gunn, Alexis Herrera, Abby Hess, Megan Hintz,
tuned for more information, also join our group on Ian Holmes, Christopher Inglett, Hannah
Facebook: Bethel Lutheran Rochester, MN 2012 Johnsrud, Matthew Kallis, Paige Knudsen,
ELCA Youth Gathering Questions? Contact Hannah Lucey, Dade Mortimer, Carter Paulson,
Michael in the church office. Madeline Rabe, Karli Reinhart, Jacob Schliesman,
Skylee Seisler, Maggie Urwin, Tristan Wentworth.
SUNDAY SUMMER SOFTBALL CONTINUES AT
SLATTERLY PARK We are continuing this time
of fellowship, food and a softball game for any 9th grade names: Lauryn Baker, Nicholas Berg,
youth interested in playing (completed grades 6- Celia Bizien, Wesley Brown, Natalie Culp, Alex
12, summer 2011) as well as any adults wanting Freiberg, Aaron Jenkins, Kelli Klingerman, Kaitlin
to participate in a multi-generational softball Krebsbach, Gabrielle LaPlante, Olivia Lovett,
game! All skill levels are welcome. Registration Hunter Lutz, Jenna Myhro, Amber Paske, Sierra
information is posted at the Youth Board in the Paske, Simon Quigg, Moriah Reeves, Hannah
Narthex! Thanks to the Men’s Ministry team who Robinson, Dylan Swank, Keera Tijerina, Christian
will be hosting this event on July 10 from 6-8pm. Von Wald, Erin Wilaby, Maren Wilder, Alyssa
Please bring a dish to share, hamburgers and Wiltgen.
hotdogs will be provided.
CONFIRMATION MAKE UP CLASSES
Confirmation students currently in 7th 8th and 9th
CONFIRMATION NEWS grades not registered for Confirmation camp
please make sure you have marked your calendar
CONFIRMATION CAMP 2011 Confirmation for confirmation camp make-up on Saturday
students currently in 7th 8th and 9th grades camp is morning September 10 and 17 from 8am to noon.
just around the corner, July 10–15! The pastors
and CYF staff are gearing up for a great week at CONFIRMATION MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Good Earth Village. Remember that check in is 3- Confirmation students currently in the 10th grade,
4:30pm on the July 10. we hope you are staying in contact with your
mentor, and finding time to meet this summer.
Dear 2011 Confirmation Campers. On Sunday
July 10, the day we leave for camp, we invite all
campers and their families to the 10:30 service so MAKE HASTE!
we can have a special“send off” blessing! "Life is short, and we
have never too much
Please pray for campers and staff:
time for gladdening the
hearts of those who are
7th grade names: David Adamson, Morgan
Ashton, Jordyn Baker, Emma Campbell, Alyssa traveling the ... journey
Christensen, Jonathan DeLone, Anika Erickson, with us. O be swift to
Rachel Glazier, Shannon Gudlin, Michaela love, make haste to be
Hackbarth, Hailey Hanf, Tyler Hansen, Luke kind!"
Harrison, Ashley Horejsi, Emma Hughes, — Henri Frederic Amiel
Samantha Jorgenson, Jacob Lammers, Sophia
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changing the huge banners in the
BETHEL MUSIC CAMP
Monday-Thursday, Aug. 8-11, from 8am-4:45pm.
For ages 7+ (completed 2nd
grade as of 6/30/11).
Campers will be introduced
ART DISPLAY to many instruments,
We wish to display works of arts/crafts by different aspects of music
members of Bethel in the trophy case in the and performing. An evening
commons. If you have any arts/crafts to display, program will be held 8/11 to showcase our
please contact Gary Thorn – achievements. Registration forms are available in
email@example.com. It would be nice to fill the church office - cost is $12 and due by
the entire trophy case with your work! 7/31/11. For more info, contact Chrissy or Angie
Misso (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gary
REMEMBERING MUSIC WITH Thorn at the church.
GIFTS/MEMORIALS Planning music for
fall/Christmas is taking place and new music is Bethel Plant Sale a Success Thank you to
being utilized thanks to your generous support of everyone who volunteered their time, talent and
the music program. If you wish to contribute to the treasure for the plant sale. We raised enough
music department, we are in need of sheet music money from the sale and donations including a
and additional instruments for the orchestra and generous memorial gift to purchase robes for the
bells. Jubilate choir and build cabinets to store them in
Currently, we would like to have a cabinet the Music Room! I appreciate the opportunity to
built along the east wall in the music room for use the plant sale to help with the music program
instrument storage at a cost of $1,600. Your the past two years. Now it is time to pass the
financial help would be greatly appreciated. baton to the Social Missions Team next year.
Thanks again and God bless,
FALL RECRUITMENT As we prepare for fall, new Dave Gross
members are welcome. Especially needed are 30 Children's/Youth Music Assistant
more choir members to reach our goal of 100
singers; more strings, French horn, tuba, “Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary;
trombone and percussion players for the praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for
orchestra; and guitarists, drummers and singers his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing
for the praise team. greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the
YOUR help is also needed with recruiting trumpet; praise him with the harp and lyre. Praise
musicians. If you know of someone who could him with timbrel and dancing; praise him with the
share their talents, please encourage them to join strings and pipe. Praise him with the clash of
us! Thank you for your support of our music cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.” – Psalm 150
C Thanks to Joel Worra, who has led our
Gary Thorn, DMA
praise team. Joel is retiring and will be
Minister of Worship/Music
spending more time traveling with his wife,
C LuAnn Remme will take over leadership of
the praise team.
C Thanks to Ron Brovold, who has made a
repair to the chancel floor and re-covered
the conductor’s podium in the chapel.
C Thanks to Jim Weaver and Nate Parent for
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NEWS FROM CHRISTMAS IN JULY IS
THE WOMEN OF BETHEL COMING TO BETHEL!
During the month of July the congregation will
July Mission of the Month: is Global Health have the opportunity to donate to two Christmas in
Ministries Midwife kits. These kits include a July Sharing Trees.
Although school is out, once again, there will
hand towel, washcloth, bath-size soap,
be no vacation from hunger for too many children. We
toothbrush, small tube of toothpaste, wide
know that during the summer, there will be countless
tooth comb, metal nail files or nail clippers with youngsters who will be more nutritionally vulnerable
file attached, and band-aids that are ½"-3/4". than during the school year. Here in Rochester, 28%
Items may be placed in the wooden collection of all school children eat breakfast or lunch each
box or in the collection containers behind the school day through their participation in the free and
Welcome Center. Thank you for supporting this reduced-price meal program! When school's out,
cause! these important meals disappear. A few of the
Rochester schools are offering summer lunch
Dates to Remember: programs, but not every child in need is able to get to
July 14-17-Eighth Triennial Convention, those schools. Food shelves across the state see
Spokane, WA spikes in service delivery during June, July and
Monday, August 8 - WELCA Board Meeting August when families need extra support to feed their
Saturday September 24- SE MN Synodical children. Empty shelves mean empty stomachs – and
WELCA meeting at Grace Lutheran Church in that's not what kids need to grow and thrive. You are
Waseca invited to “treat a child to lunch.” Our donations to
Channel One will help fill the shelves.
Thursday, October 6 - Fall Rummage Sale
Operation Hometown Gratitude (OHG) is a
District-wide effort started by students of the public
high schools in Rochester, Minnesota, to support local
BE A SMALL GROUP LEADER! troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. This
School, activities, friends, homework, operation was formed to thank our troops for their
jobs, and family life are all part of a teens daily dedication. OHG sends care packages with
life. We, at Bethel, have an opportunity of necessary supplies and everyday home items to
supporting our teens during these important troops and provides support for families of the troops.
Since August of 2005, they have sent over 6000 care
times. One way in which we do this is through
packages. In times of crisis that involve our military in
our Confirmation small groups. Each
long term commitments, such as the Afghanistan war,
Wednesday night, during the school year, there are at least three needs that are addressed by a
caring adults meet with a small group of teens group such as OHG: the needs of lonely and
to discuss highs/lows, read scripture, talk, pray homesick soldiers, the needs of military families, and
and bless one another. In this relaxed the needs of a community to connect with them in
atmosphere the group can read scripture some way.
together and discover how these words may Can you help? Pick up an ornament with
apply to their daily lives. The small group donation suggestions and put your donations in the
leaders are not required to provide answers but Channel One barrel or the Operation Hometown
to help youth discuss questions, provide a safe Gratitude box located near the Sharing Trees. Cash
weekly support system and encourage one donations may be put in the offering plate or taken to
another. Would you be interested in being one the church office.
of these caring adults? If you’d like more
information, please contact Darcy Youngstrom,
Confirmation Small Group Leader Coordinator, THANK YOU!
to learn more about this opportunity and to Thank you to everyone who contributed to the
receive specific details. bake sale for Channel One. Together we all made a
$299 donation to this worthy cause. The Dorothy Day
House and the Women’s Shelter also thank you for
your generosity and for sharing with them.
The Bethel Beacon, July 2011 Page 9
GIFTS & MEMORIALS
1.19 Renew, Refresh, Refurbish in memory of Leonard Wilson from his wife Betty
1.20 Pastor’s Fund in memory of Pastor Art and Marion Bagaason from family and friends
1.21 Undesignated Fund in memory of Joanne Freese, Leah Pagel’s sister, from Jim and Cindy Bahler
1.22 Undesignated Fund in memory of June Hain’s brother from Fred and Teresa Hughes
1.23 Undesignated Fund in memory of Bob Akenhead from family and friends
1.24 Children’s Library in honor of the 30th Wedding Anniversary of Mike and Susanne Leslie from Tim and Michelle
1.25 Renew, Refresh, Refurbish Fund, Music Fund and Jubilate Robes in memory of Al Larson from family and
1.26 Children’s Education, Renew, Refresh and Refurbish Fund and Robert Onkka Endowment Scholarship Fund
from family and friends in memory of Thelma Espinda
1.27 Dale Mundahl Scholarship Fund in memory of the Rev Art and Marian Bagaason from Dale and Helen Mundahl
1.28 Renew, Refresh, Refurbish and Children’s Ministry from family and friends in memory of Lois Jeglum
1.29 Dale Mundahl Scholarship Fund in memory of Art and Marian Bagaason from John and Eileen Quello
1.30 Undesignated Endowment Fund in memory of Marian Bagaason from family and friends
1.31 Praise Team Music Fund in memory of Robert Erickson, LuAnn Remme’s father from family and friends
1.32 Robert Onkka Endowment Scholarship Fund in honor of the 60th anniversary of Ordination of Pr Robert Onkka
from Jim and Cindy Bahler
1.33 Music Ministry in memory of Elsie V Nelson from Sarah Circle and friends
2011 STEWARDSHIP GIVING
General Giving Building Fund
5/22 $15,458.00 Offerings to Date (as of 619/11) $177,637.05
5/29 $10,488.00 Total Pledged for 2011 $415,000.00
6/5 $24,690.75 Number of Families Pledging 453
6/12 $13,139.25 YTD Mortgage Payments $242,562.00
6/19 $21,419.50 Annual Mortgage Payments $485,124.00
Mortgage Balance $4,597,502.30
As of 6/19/2011:
YTD Projected Envelope Offerings $484,712.80
YTD Actual Envelope Offerings $497,810.30 Simply Giving
Difference + $13,097.50 General Offerings Rec’d in 2011 $123,235.00
Building Offerings Rec’d in 2011 $53,912.00
% of General Offerings Rec’d 2011 28.1%
# of Families Participating 199
Pastors: Office Staff
Norman Wahl Executive Pastor Judy Gittus Communications/Membership
Anjanette Rist Visitation, Outreach & Missions Janet Hoffmann Administrative
Andrew Nelson Education & Youth Patricia McEwan Education & Youth
Roy Satre Assisting Pastor of Visitation Sylvia Ramaker Receptionist/Secretary
Chris Zabel Parish Administrator Custodial Staff
Gary Thorn Minister of Music Bill Freytag Properties Supervisor
Dave Gross Youth Music Assistant Bryan Kohn Custodial Supervisor
Michael Beckmann Youth Director Tony Wright Custodian
Darcy Youngstrom Assistant Youth Director Dustin Christopherson Part-time Custodian
Daryl Jans Children’s Ministry Director Principal Organist Jim Bahler
Susan Larson Children’s Ministry Assistant Weekend Receptionists Barb Larson, Lois Graif
Avis Hagen Shared Ministry & Small Groups Financial Secretary Alice O’Groske
Lorrie Schuchard New Member Coordinator Nursery Coordinator Shelly Savage
Page 10 The Bethel Beacon, July 2011
NEW MEMBERS IN JUNE the faith. We can celebrate this because the life
We welcome the following new members of the Christian does not have a final sunset, and
to the Bethel Family - be sure and greet them we can see the open arms of our savior Jesus
and welcome them warmly! who will come to save us from this sinful earth.
Erika Austin I send hugs for all the students and
Greg, Lori, Rachel & Ashlee Beckwith people that participated in the construction of our
Matthew Brakke sanctuary, Philadelphia. It is with your hands,
Donna Brown prayers, and offerings that we have a place to
Melissa Eggleston worship the Lord. You did more for us than raise
Patricia Fredricksen the walls of a building. You helped us build a
Wendy, Brevin & Teagan Goetz community to celebrate Christ and, most
Kyler & Amanda Green importantly, to rescue the souls of the lost. It is a
Holly Hoven spiritual temple where pure souls sing to the glory
Chuck & Debi Kinneberg of our God. It is a blessing, and we continue to
Tom Konter reach out to others who are less fortunate, to
Rebecca Manyok continue the work of the Lord.
Joshua Netcott Special greetings to Pastors Linda and
Martin & Illene Peterson Anjanette, Terri (Wehrman) and the Stowe
Daren & Lisa Preszler family. We consider you family. We pray that the
Mark & Julie Sampson, Harmony Davis Holy Spirit will always guide the pastors of Bethel
Phil & Bobbie Soderberg to feed Christ’s flock. We pray that the pastors
Todd & Jessica Stellmaker, Jaret, Olivia & Elaine will continue to lead the Bethel congregation in
Linda Stennes prayer for us and our ministry, and to continue
our close relationship with you.
Pastor Marco Antonio Rodriguez, family, and
Temple Philadelphia members
NOTE FROM SALTILLO MEXICO
Greetings to Bethel Lutheran Church. We
are always praying for each of you, and our hope
is that the Holy Spirit lights the way for Christ’s
understanding and compassion, that he will aid THANKS FROM MISSION TEAM
you by carrying the water of life for the thirsty A heartfelt thank you to the congregation of
and spiritually needy. Our source is faith in our Bethel Lutheran Church for the wonderful support
Lord Jesus Christ, who paid with his life for our through gifts, donations, prayers, and well-wishes
sins with his precious blood. He is our redeemer. in the travels of the Tanzania Mission Trip team.
We think of the Bethel members A presentation of stories and experiences will be
constantly. I cannot stop thinking about you, shared in the not-too-distant future and we hope
because each time I preach, I see the pews you you can join us. For now, please know that the
gave us and the podium I made from the wood of partnership Bethel shares with health care
a pew. When I close my eyes, I see the group of dispensaries like the ones in Issuna and Tulya
Bethel missionaries, seated in the pews singing are a valued link to our larger connection as the
praises to GOD alongside the members of our body of Christ in the world.
church. Such intense joy we shared. We are sad Sincerely,
we have not seen our Bethel family in Mexico Bernie Bussman, Paul Christian, Emily Dahley,
recently, but we will sing with you all one day in Laura Dixon, Debra Frick, Pastor Linda Helberg,
the nearby future because Jesus will come soon Aaron Huus, Matthew Reeves, Pastor Anjanette
in his purple robe. Jesus went to prepare a place Rist, Shirley Russo, Emily Ryba, Nelda Taylor,
for each one of his believers, and he shed his Pastor Becky Timm
precious blood for those of us with our hearts
and trust in him, so we will always be brothers in
The Bethel Beacon, July 2011 Page 11
TAKE KIDS OUT TO THE BALL GAME But the lectionary does not always have a
MEN’S MINISTRY—JULY 13 smooth flow for those who don’t know the Bible
Men’s Ministry of Bethel has a heart for well. Beginning in September, Bethel will try a
children who don’t have a father or father figure new Narrative Lectionary that begins in Genesis
in their homes. On July 13, the men will have a (a very good place to start!), lifts up some of the
special night out for those children and others in great Old Testament stories ending with
our neighborhood. There will be a cookout at prophets, and then moves to the life of Christ in
Bethel at 6pm. Then the group will head off to the New Testament. The lectionary year ends
the Rochester Honkers at Mayo Field for a with the early church after Jesus’ death and
7:05pm game. It will be a special night since the resurrection. Thereby, the flow of the year is like
Honkers are bringing in the world famous a chronological “narrative” of the Bible. There is
“ZOOperstars” as part of the entertainment for less skipping around to confuse people who may
the evening. be less familiar with the structure of our faith
To reserve a spot, send an email to story.
Pastor Wahl at email@example.com or call To learn more about this lectionary, go to
him at 288-6430. It will be a great night! http://narrativelectionary.wordpress.com/ where
you will read good information from the Bible
professors at Luther Seminary.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Do you have trouble with budgets, paying
bills, or saving for the future? If you do, Financial LIBRARY NEWS
Peace University will help you to order your As Christians, we are challenged to
finances and give you peace of mind. Dave consider the needs in our world and make a
Ramsey (of radio fame) conducts 13 video commitment to do something about them. The
sessions that are Biblically based, entertaining, library has many books telling the stories of
and full of good information. famous people who reached out to help meet
For instance, did you know that if there needs around the world. Check it out:
are two people, one of them putting $100 a You Can Make A Difference by Marlene Wilson.
month into an account earning 8% a year (for Gain suggestions for putting your beliefs into
instance, a mutual fund) from age 19 to 25; and action.
the second puts in the same $100 a month from Family Serve by Mary Thoele. Tips for
25 to 65, the second person will never catch up volunteering as a family using current skills or
to the first? developing new ones.
Bethel will be offering FPU on The Carpenter’s Apprentice by D. Arial and C.
Wednesday evenings beginning September 14. Heckler-Feltz. Insight into the life and spiritual
The cost is $100, either for an individual or a development of Jimmy Carter.
family (husband/wife and/or adult children). To Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace by Kent
reserve a spot, please contact Pastor Wahl at Nerburn. Demonstrates how Saint Francis’s
firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 288- words can resonate in our lives today.
6430. More information, including a free Rebel With A Cause by Franklin Graham. The
preview, will be available later this summer, but author shares his struggles and journey to
set aside those Wednesday evenings now! becoming part of his father’s ministry and the
path to the formation of The Samaritan’s Purse.
The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day. A leader
for more than 50 years in numerous battles for
NEW USE OF THE BIBLE IN social justice.
WORSHIP Raising The Roof and Grandpa’s Hammer both
Along with thousands of other churches, by Ronald Kidd. Written for children to
Bethel has been using a three year lectionary to understand the needs met by Habitat for
organize our Bible readings for Sunday Humanity.
mornings. Through those three years, most parts The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren.
of the Bible are visited, especially the four Focus is on church health, not church growth and
gospels. emphasizes the people-building process.
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