The Bethany Blueprint
Having been called to faith in Christ, moved by the love of God the Father and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the members of Bethany Lutheran Church are committed to:
Worshipping Faithfully: (Acts 2:42, Acts 2:46) "Worship is the climax of the week past and the starting block for the week to come. In worship our past and our future rest under the umbrella of the God of eternity in whose presence we find ourselves." The golden, blank key reminds us that: Worship is the key to the Christian life and mission; Worship sets a tone for the heavenly life that lasts forever; God wipes our slate clean in worship; God forms us for mission in worship; and worship is an everyday experience.
Forming Spiritually: (Colossians 1: 10-14) "The Lord shapes us into His Disciples through His Word." The picture on the bookmark was taken on our campus and the flower reminds us that when we are rooted and planted in the Word of the Lord, we bloom in a way that brings beauty to the world around us.
Serving Passionately: (Ephesians 2:10) "A humble, willing desire to benefit others, regardless of cost to self - that is the definition of passionate service. That is how the Lord served us in His Passion." The Scrabble tile reminds us that our gifts are needed in the body and that the Lord has "turned us over" in baptism and is planning to use us to spell out His Word in the world.
Giving Proportionately: (Luke 21:1-4) "My stuff is not my stuff." The wooden nickle reminds us that our possessions are only on loan to us from God and that everything we have is truly a gift given us by God. Therefore, out of thanks for what we have received we, the people of God, joyfully return to Him a first-fruit percentage of all that we have.
Sharing Intentionally: (Matthew 28: 19-20) "Instead of being given something, today we are simply being given." We took nothing home with us after the sharing intentionally message, because God has given us to the world. We are the visible, physical reminder of this message. God, who has made himself known to us in Christ, has chosen to make himself known to the world through us, His church.