Bethany's Activities


Bethany's Activities

Upcoming Events @ Bethany Lutheran Church

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


*NEW Church Office Hours:

  • Mondays: 7:30AM-12:00PM
  • Tuesdays: 7:30AM-12:00PM and 1:00-3:30PM
  • Wednesdays: 7:30AM-12:00PM and 1:00-3:30PM
  • Thursdays: 7:30AM-12:00PM
  • Fridays: 7:30AM-12:00PM and 1:00-3:30PM


75 FOR 75

75 FOR 75 is a goal created by Bethany leadership, including senior staff and board chairs, in celebration of Bethany’s 75th year. We have set a lofty congregational goal of participating in 75 service projects in 2019. The idea has been named “75 FOR 75.” These are all opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in our community. These events are fulfilling a portion of the Bethany Blueprint, serving passionately. You will have many opportunities to serve in 2019 as 75 FOR 75 continues. If you have ideas and would like to lead a service project let a member of Bethany leadership know. We still have spots available for our upcoming community prayer walk. You can sign up electronically for events using this link, (make sure you capitalize FOR). Keep an eye out for the events being planned for February.  Thank you for serving!





September 22, 2019---all 3 morning worship services

Our 2019 guest composer Sunday was postponed to the fall from its original spring date, due to the renovation of our sanctuary.  We are thrilled that our composer was able to switch the date and join us this fall as we celebrate God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament and Song.

Christian Guebert, a native of Orange County and an alumni of Concordia College Irvine, CA is our composer this year.  Christian is currently a teaching fellow and PhD candidate at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  He is director of music ministries at Immanuel Lutheran in Orange, CA and is also serving as an adjunct instructor at Concordia, Irvine.

Christian and his twin brother Alex were our guest composers 2 years ago, and we are thrilled to be able to share in God’s gifts of music to Christian again this year.  The Choir will lead in a piece Christian arranged for Pastor Kritzer’s 25th anniversary: “More Than We Can Ever Measure,” a psalm setting of Psalm 91: “Our Refuge and Our Fortress,” a beautiful hymn setting of “Christ Be My Leader” and a grand setting of the Doxology “PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW,” for Brass and Organ.  The advanced handbell choir will also play one or two of Christian’s arrangements.



Ministry Faire & Community Open HouseSeptember 29:

SAVE THE DATE! We are all called to serve God’s Kingdom—learn more about the ministries at Bethany and in our community, and discover where you can serve joyfully, at Bethany’s Ministry Faire!

The Ministry Faire will be held on Sunday, September 29, from 9:00am to 12:30pm, in the Gym. We hope you can attend!


Following the Faire, Bethany is hosting its Community Open House to present the wonderful works of God made to the campus during the Renaissance Project.

Lunch will be served for both events between 12:00pm and 1:30pm. The Open House will end at 3:00pm. All in the community are welcome!

If you have any questions about the Ministry Faire or Open House, please contact Angie Reilly. 





As we approach the fall season, it's time to start thinking who our 2019 Basin and Towel award recipients will be.  If you know of someone who has provided outstanding service to Bethany over a number of years, or has done a single exemplary act which you feel requires recognition, please pick up a nomination form.  

A plaque with the names of all prior recipients is on display in the Parish Lounge. To be considered, nomination forms must make it to the Church Office no later than October 27, 2019.  Any questions should go to the Discipleship Board.  Click HERE to download the nomination form or pick up a hard copy in Church Office.



Oktoberfest 2019!

Join us as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary with an Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday afternoon October 27th.  Activities include our pumpkin patch carnival games, a traditional German feast with all the trimmings, live entertainment, fun and fellowship with the Bethany family. Our Kinderfeier at the Pumpkin Patch will be open between 4:00 to 6:00PM on the east side of the parking lot of Bethany. This will include fun and games for the whole family. Come dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume to collect candy and have a great time, but nothing too scary or gory please. The Oktoberfest tent will be open between 4:30 and 7:00PM on the grassy field.  

Food will be available for purchase pre-sale and at the event which includes bratwurst, bun, potato salad, sauerkraut, cheese spetzel, and a pretzel.  A kids meal of hot dog, chips, applesauce and a drink will also be available. Tickets for beer will be sold before the event ONLY, with a limit of two beers per adult (21 years or older with ID). There will be NO beer sales at the event itself.  Food and beer presale will begin on Sunday mornings in October. Check out the weekly Chimes, the Bethany Bullet, and our Facebook page for more details in the days and weeks to come. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the Reformation!

Oktoberfest sponsorships will be available soon.  If you are interested in being a sponsor and promote your business or celebrate a family event or special someone please contact Pastor Seth ASAP ( ).


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