Adult Ministries


Adult Ministries

 Adult Bible Studies


SUNDAY Morning, Afternoon & Evening:

Making "Community Connections" through Prayer:  This group meets 7:30-7:55AM every Sunday in the Conference Room. You are invited to drop in any Sunday and pray silently or from a prayer guide. Consider coming next will be so welcomed! God is powerful and mighty. He asks that we come to Him with our requests. FYI all who worship and all who serve in worship service are prayed for as well.  - Pre-service Prayer Group


Lessons of the Day:  Every Sunday morning join John Schinnerer at 9:30AM in the Library. This study highlights the readings/lesson of the day. 


Wellspring—A Spiritual Formation Class for Women led by Mary Kay Esswein & Randa Pearson in the Multipurpose Room (Room 215).  Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice: Experiments in Spiritual Transformation by Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson. Book cost is $12.  *Sign-ups necessary for this study.  Wellspring: Watering souls with the Word and Spirit as He conforms us to the image of Christ.


The Old Testament book of Ezekiel—taught by Michael Couey in the Choir Room (Room 130). The book of Ezekiel was written during the years of captivity in Babylon but prior to the first destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC. The Jews, still shaken from their loss of freedom and captivity held out vain hopes that Egypt would come and fight against Babylon and free them to return Judah. The problem was a skin-deep acknowledgement of God but a gut reliance on the world to solve their earthly problems. While the first part of the book focuses on sin and judgment, it finishes with a message of hope and joy. The Lord God promises His people that He will save them with His own right hand! Find out why this book is as relevant today as it was when it was first written and discover some of the amazing prophesies that are being fulfilled in our time.



  • For those individuals who started the GriefShare program this past fall, we will meet the remaining Sundays in January and wrap up this session of GriefShare on Sunday, January 27th. We meet at 1:00PM in the Multi Purpose room in the school.  
  • I will then begin the next sessions on Sunday, February 10, same time and in the same location. The Griefshare program is a DVD/discussion based 13 week series which helps those who are working through the grief over a loved one’s death. Bethany has been offering this program for 13 years now, and I have personally been involved with it the entire time. It is extremely beneficial and I would encourage anyone experiencing grief to join the group. Should you have questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or on my office phone at 562.421.4711 ext. 19. May our great God comfort you during your journey of grief...  - Karl Fink,  



MONDAY Evening:

Men's Bible Study Fellowship: For the past three years, Bethany has hosted an international Bible Study, called Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). It starts up in September every year and goes to May. This year we are studying Psalms to Song of    Solomon. You can learn more by going to the Bible Study Fellowship website, BSF is the parent organization to our own Living Way Bible Study. The group meets every Monday evening from 6:55PM until 8:30PM in Bethany's Choir Room. If you would like to know more, please contact Don Baldwin (through the church office) just show up on Monday night in the Choir Room.

*Please note that Men's Bible Study Fellowship will not meet on April 22, 2019. Our last session for this year will be on April 29, 2019.  




Evening Prayer - A time of prayer, singing, and communion. We gather on the first and third Wednesday at 6:30PM. You can expect a casual, meditative environment with a time of worship that will enrich you and provide respite during the middle of the week. 

Note:  Evening Prayer resumes on January 16, 2019. 


Living Way:  When Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians, his heart must have been breaking. We understand because the problems faced by the Corinthians are similar to those facing Americans today. He describes the Corinthians as a group of immoral intellectual snobs who had a difficult time accepting any spiritual authority.  Amazing how a letter written nearly one thousand, nine hundred and sixty years ago is so timely and applicable! Join us in our Living Way Study of St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. We meet on Wednesday Evenings at 7:00PM in the Choir Room. If interested, and would like a copy of the study and homework, please email Pastor Kevin Kritzer at . if you are unable to join the Bible study on Wednesday evenings, but would like to participate in the study itself, you may still email Pr. Kritzer for your copy.  

  • Living Way resumed on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 




Men's Morning Bible Study:  This study meets from 6:00-7:00AM Thursdays in the Parish Lounge. **Please NOTE: effective January 24th we will begin to meet from 6:30-7:30AM.  If you need to leave earlier for work, no problem! We‘re always looking for new men to join us, so as your schedule allows consider meeting with us as we study God‘s Good Word, fellowship, & pray together.  - Karl Fink (


Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study:  The Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study is underway and we are studying the Gospel of Matthew. All women are invited to attend. We will meet each Thursday, 9:30-11:00AM in the Parish Lounge on our campus.  This could be a wonderful opportunity for you to grow in Christ and make new friends. If you have any questions, feel free to call Meg Velez (through the church office). 




Men’s Breakfast/Bible Study:  I continue to invite all men of the Congregation to our Saturday morning study and prayer breakfast on Saturday, January 19th. We meet in the Parish Lounge at 8:00AM to 9:30AM to enjoy a tasty breakfast, do an hour long study, and spend some time in prayer as a group. Thanks for your continued prayers and your participation! – Karl Fink




Other Study Opportunities:

Read the Bible in 2019!   Challenge yourself to read the entire.  It will take hard work and discipline, but the benefits are eternal.  Just purchase The One Year Bible in a version that is easy for you to read.  These books arrange the text of the Bible into 365 daily readings.  Each day in The One Year Bible you will find a selection from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, a portion from the Psalms, and a selection from the book of Proverbs.  Each week there will be a study posted on the Bethany blog ( to help you stay on track and to communicate insights or ask questions.  Need more information?  Contact Pastor Seth ( ).  

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