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 Sunday...you 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), beginning new book October 21, after the fall Women’s Retreat. Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice: Experiments in Spiritual Transformation by Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson. Book cost is $12. Sign-up Sep 30 and Oct 7 in Friendship Square. 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), beginning October 7th. 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: We started another session of our GriefShare support group on Sunday, August 26...it is not too late to join us, 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. Should you know of any individuals who might benefit from a support group of this nature, please pass the word to them, or let me know as I send out postcards of invitation. Thanks in advance for keeping this ministry in your prayers! I am blessed to be able to serve this group as a leader. - Karl Fink,
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, https://www.bsfinternational.org/. 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 on Monday, September 10th.
Evening Prayer - A time of prayer, singing, and communion will begin on October 3rd. 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.
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 start Wednesday night on October 3rd 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.
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 will begin October 4th with the study of the Gospel of Matthew. All women are invited to attend. We will meet each Thursday, 9:30-11:00AM, in a room on our campus. More information will be given as time progresses. 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. Usually we meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month, which would be October 20 from 8:00-9:30AM. I would ask that you watch the Weekly Chimes to make sure that this month it will be that date. There is a chance it will move. I will also email past participants to let you know as well. It is my fervent hope and prayer that we meet this month, so kindly keep your eyes peeled for the date and time! Thanks for your continued prayers and your participation! - 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 (www.bethanylutheran.blogspot.com) to help you stay on track and to communicate insights or ask questions. Need more information? Contact Pastor Seth ( ).