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Bethany's Activities

Upcoming Events @ Bethany Lutheran Church

*Dates  are listed in order of occurrence.  Dates and times may be subject to change.  

Church Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday from 7:30AM - 12:00PM noon.  Closed Fridays.  

 

Mission Alaska 2022

Interested in serving as a short-term missionary in Alaska this summer? Come to an informational meeting on Sunday, January 30th at 11:15 AM in the Youth Center.  Tentative travel dates for the trip are July 22-August 1.  Got questions?  Email Pastor Seth ( ) or Kayleigh Lopez ( ).    

  

Leadership Read #2

Getting to Know Jesus- by Paul Schult - How can I get to know Jesus better? How can I possibly understand all that the Bible teachers and reveals? What is the most important teaching in the Bible for me to know?   

Getting to Know Jesus connects the dots between knowing the right Bible answers and having a real relationship with Jesus Christ.  The six core teachings in Martin’s Luther’s Small Catechism summarize the most critical truths of the Bible.  However, the heart of the Bible is not just to know the right answers; it’s to know Jesus.   

Drawing on his personal experience as a pastor, the author unpacks six-core teaching of the Bible in easy-to-understand relationship language.  You will discover a deeper meaning in worship, prayer, Bible study, and personal devotions and be more deeply connected to Jesus.  Plus, you’ll be better prepared to talk to family and friends about your relationship with Jesus in a clear and personal way.   

At the end of each chapter, there are some personal reflection questions that you can use to dig a little deeper into the topic.  There are even more questions and some scriptures in the back of the book for you to work through if you want. You can purchase the book on Amazon or at your bookseller of choice.    

We have a limited supply of books on hand.  Please contact Pastor Kevin ASAP to get your hands on a copy ( ). It is our hope that everyone who holds a leadership position in our combined ministry will read this book.   

Each week we will post a short video on our YouTube page with some insights from one of our staff members to help you process the material and to stay on track with the reading. There will also be opportunities for conversation via zoom half way through and in person at the end.   

Here is a direct link to the weekly YouTube discussion videos that will begin in February: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXce36wC8Am3wzFYSjuVcPbSwnKtKQHoH 

GETTING TO KNOW JESUS READING SCHEDULE

  • Week 1 (Feb. 6) - Introduction & Chapter 1 (p.p. 15-36)
  • Week 2 (Feb. 13) - Chapter 2 (p.p. 37-57) 
  • Week 3 (Feb. 20) - Chapter 3 (p.p. 59-66) 
  • Week 4 (Feb. 27) - Chapter 4 (p.p. 67-78) 
  • Week 5 (Mar. 6) - Chapter 5 (p.p. 79-88)   

ZOOM DISCUSSION EVENT:  There will be an AM and PM option on Tuesday, March 15 - Zoom link forthcoming.

  • Week 6 (Mar. 13) - Chapter 6 (p.p. 89-98)
  • Week 7 (Mar. 20) - Chapter 7 (p.p. 99-108) 
  • Week 8 (Mar. 27) - Chapter 8 (p.p. 109-125)   

BIG GROUP GATHERING EVENT:  Saturday, April 23 - Time & Location TBD.

 

 

Small Discipleship Gatherings

Martin Luther once said, “This life is not righteousness but growth in righteousness; not health but healing; not being but becoming; not rest but exercise; we are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it; the process is not yet finished, but it is going on; this is not the end, but it is the road.”

As our faith family travels down this road together, we know that “Forming Spiritually” and “Connecting Deeply” are part of a joyful journey.  For years Small Discipleship Gatherings have been a vehicle for fellow disciples of Jesus to gather in homes, spend time in the Word and live out the faith together.  A Small Discipleship Gathering is a community that consists of 6 or more individuals meeting in a home, led by members who gather regularly.  They may share a meal together or stand shoulder to shoulder in service, but they always meet for mutual consolation, Christian fellowship and Spiritual Development and Growth so that they may give God all the Glory (Soli Deo Gloria).  

Some of the gathering communities rotate location in various member homes, some rotate leadership for their gathering topics and studies; others meet in the same place (usually) and have the same leader (generally).   At Bethany, we have many current Small Discipleship Gatherings that have been meeting for years, a few for decades.  Though many took a pause during the height of the pandemic, many are starting to return to gathering.   When God’s people gather together for prayer, conversation, examination and application of the Word and support for one another great things happen. 

  • If you would like to be a part of a group
  • If you would like to host (co-host) a group
  • If you would like to lead (co-lead) a group
  • OR if you are already part of a group that would welcome additional members 

ONLINE SIGN UP for those interested in Small Discipleship Gatherings: http://www.bethanylutheran.org/small-discipleship-gatherings/

 

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