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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.
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SUNDAY Morning, Afternoon & Evening:
Spiritual Formation Bible Study for Women: We began meeting on Sundays at 10:45AM in Multipurpose Room #215 back in September. Jesus in Me - Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion By Anne Graham Lotz. You may know something about God and something about Jesus, but what do you know about the Holy Spirit? In this simple yet profound book, Anne Graham Lotz explores seven key aspects of the Holy Spirit that will revolutionize how you understand and relate to this vital member of the Trinity. “One of my deepest joys has been discovering who the Holy Spirit is in every step of my life’s journey. Each name that He has been given reveals an aspect of His beautiful character - Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counsellor, Strengthener, and Standby - our constant Companion …Jesus in me.” - Anne Graham Lotz . Study is led by Mary Kay Esswein and Randa Pearson. Order Book online - $12. For this study we ask...Regular attendance, homework, study of related Scripture, small group discussion and prayer. “God has chosen to make known . . . the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27
Making "Community Connections" through Prayer: We are taking a break until further notice. This group normally meets 7:30-7:55AM every Sunday in the Conference Room. When we begin to meet again, you are invited to drop in any Sunday and pray silently or from a prayer guide. 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
Men’s Bible Study Fellowship:
- Men's BSF has suspended meeting in person for the time being; HOWEVER...the study is posted online and we will have Facetime opportunities.
- You can learn more at the BSF website: https://www.bsfinternational.org/. For me, this was a life changing study; in fact, the BSF bible study impacted my Christian walk more than other Christian endeavor. If you think you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me. - Don Baldwin
Wednesday Evening Liturgy and Prayer: Do you need a bit of an oasis in the middle of your hectic week? Join Pastor Kyle, and others, every Wednesday evening, via Zoom, from 6:00-6:30pm for a brief check-in, Scripture reading, and prayer.
- The direct meeting link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82052554657?pwd=VDN6eHN5cWNhVEd0NHFiNW90TkJhUT09
- OR you can open Zoom and type in the Meeting ID: 820 5255 4657 and the Passcode: 905.
- No need to RSVP, drop in anytime! - Pr. Kyle Blake
Living Way – Luke In Lent: This season there will be no midweek Lenten worship services. However, this Lenten Season, we will walk the Via Dolorosa (that is “The Way of Suffering”) with the One who is The Way to Life, The Way of Life and The Living Way itself, Jesus Christ. We will be using the Living Way Bible Study materials that correspond to the Historic Luke readings in the season of Lent. We meet at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Cypress.
Need a copy of the week’s lesson…
- For a hard print copy of the lessons, you may pick it up in the church office at Bethany.
- For an electronic copy, please email Cindy Morrison at .
Men's Morning Bible Study: We meet on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30AM in the Parish Lounge. Feel free to bring a beverage, something to eat, and your mask to wear as we study God‘s Good Word, fellowship, & pray together. If you have any questions or concerns, kindly contact Karl Fink,
Women's Thursday Morning Bible Study: We meet in the Parish Lounge from 9:30-11:00 AM. We will continue in our study of the Gospel of Luke. All women are invited to attend. This is such a great way to connect with friends and make new friends, all while learning from God's Holy Word. Put this on your calendar and try us out. We would love to have you! If you have any questions, please contact Meg Velez. You can get her contact information by calling the church office at 562-421-4711.
OTHER Study Opportunities:
Daily Devotions: Looking for a daily devotional for 2022? You are invited to join Pastor Seth and others in reading through The Mockingbird Devotional—Good News for Today (and Every Day) this year. Pastor Seth and others will post some of their thoughts about the readings every day in a special Facebook Group. If you want to be added to Facebook group, please email Pastor Seth ( ). You can pick up your copy of the book on Amazon or at www.mbird.com. Need more information? Contact Pastor Seth,