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. *Church office will be closed Thursday, November 11 for Veterans Day.
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/
WE WILL ALSO HAVE AN INFORMATION TABLE ON SUNDAYS IN FRIENDSHIP SQUARE.
first grade - first bible
Dear Parents - One of our traditions at Bethany is to instruct parents and students in our 1st grade in the introduction of the use of God’s Word, the Bible. The Pandemic made it impossible for me to do this, so I am inviting those of you interested in attending 3 sessions on using the Bible and learning some of the lessons found in it. These three sessions will be here on campus on Sunday mornings from 8:30AM to 9:20AM, so that your family is then able to attend our 9:30AM Worship Service. I will be leading these sessions in our School Library located in Freedom Square right next to one of our Kindergarten classrooms. The Sundays that I am doing this our October 17, 24, and 31. I will then present the Bibles to the families who attend at our 9:30AM service on October 31, which also happens to be Reformation Sunday. I do this mostly for our families who are members here at Bethany; however, if you are considering Bethany as your Church home OR you would just like your student and yourselves to learn something about God’s Word in this type of setting, you are more than welcome to attend. It is EXTREMELY important that the student have at least one parent in attendance. This is a family learning experience. So, please give this some prayerful consideration over the next few days. If you are interested, kindly let your teacher know so that I might have enough Bibles on hand. Please let me know by Friday, October 8, if you and your student will be attending. Should you have any questions at all feel free to email me at or call my office at 562.421.4711 ext. 19. I wish you God’s richest blessings! Karl Fink – DCE
Join your friends on Sunday October 24th for an afternoon and evening of celebration and fun. There will be a full German feast including bratwurst and all the trimmings. Hot dog meals will also be available. Dance to the tunes of the Oom-Pa-Pa band, spend the day with friends and perhaps make some new ones. The event is free and food will be available to purchase ahead of time. There may be very limited meals available at the event. All beer purchases are presale ONLY and limited to two (2) twelve-ounce beers per adult. No beer sales at the event. The tent will open at 4:30 PM on the grassy field at Bethany (4644 Clark Ave. Long Beach, CA 90808). Food will be served from 4:30-6:30 PM and the band will play until 7:30 PM. VIP Packages are available and sponsorships are needed.
Order food and drinks online - Click HERE
*Last day to order food or drink for the Oktoberfest is Thursday, October 21st by 12:00PM.