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.


GriefShare Update:  Another session of our GriefShare support group is currently underway. This study continues to meet in the Conference Room, from 1:00PM – 2:30PM. Please be reminded that GriefShare is a 13 week DVD/discussion based class for those who are experiencing the grief of losing a loved one, or some other major loss in one’s life.  I am blessed to be able to serve this group as a leader. - Karl Fink,  

  • Please note that our group is taking a short break and will resume in January  2019 and will meet all Sundays in January. 
  • A NEW GriefShare Group will begin in February.  More info coming soon on this. 


You’re Invited to Bethany Lutheran’s BAPTISM CLASS!  What is the greatest gift your child has ever received?  Some of us might have to think about that for quite some time; while others might have an answer immediately.   The Bible records the words of Simon Peter reminding us of a “can’t miss” answer, “Be baptized and you will receive the Holy Spirit.  This gift is for you and your children.”  (Acts 2:38)  

At Bethany we want to make sure that all of our children, and their families too, have the opportunity to receive that gift.  We will therefore be holding our Baptism Class several times throughout the Fall.  Bethany Lutheran’s Baptism Class is a one-time session that lasts about 45 minutes; in which we will talk about the meaning, reason, power, and purpose of Christian Baptism.  The session is intended for parent(s) AND child(ren); and for attending, children will receive a gift, in addition to the gift of learning and possibly planning their baptism.  Below is the scheduled dates of our Baptism Classes; and for the convenience of your family, we will be holding these sessions following a worship service in which your children have sung.  Watch the video at  Classes are:  November  16th  before Grandparent Day Festivities, and December  2nd  at 9:30AM.



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 November 19, December 24 & 31, 2018 and April 23, 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: We will meet Wednesday, November 7th for Evening Prayer; on Wednesday, November 21 join us at 7:00PM for our Thanksgiving Eve worship. 


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 - it is NOT TOO LATE to join us! 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.  

  • For November...Living Way will meet November 7 & 14 and then take an Advent/Christmas break.




Men's Morning Bible Study:  This study meets from 6:00-7:00AM Thursdays in the GYM. *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. We are currently in the book, “The Gospel According to Peanuts” which is an easy read and you can jump in with us at any point! - 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 Multipurpose Room #215 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).  Note:  We will NOT meet on November 22 (Thanksgiving Day). 




Men’s Breakfast/Bible Study:  I continue to invite all men of the Congregation to our Saturday morning study and prayer breakfast. Usually we meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month....HOWEVER...For next month we will meet on Saturday, November 3, 8:00–9:30AM. We meet in the GYM 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! We will return to the third Saturday of the month in December. – Karl Fink   



Other Study Opportunities:

Read the Bible in 2018!   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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