Bethany Lutheran Church

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What's Happening @ Bethany THIS Month?

MAY

(Updated 4/27/17)

 *Dates listed in order of occurrence. Dates and times may be subject to change.


Bethany 101 & 201 Classes to Begin

Bethany 101 and Bethany 201 are courses that explore the key truths of the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective and the process and purpose of membership at Bethany using the Bethany Blueprint as our design.  

Attendance at 101 is required for those joining Bethany Lutheran Church.  Bethany 201 is required for those joining Bethany Lutheran apart from the transferring of membership from another LCMS congregation.  Those transferring membership are welcome to attend our 201 sessions.

  • Bethany 101 is a one session experience where we talk about the history of Bethany, our vision, structure and the Bethany blueprint.
  • Bethany 201 covers the core basics of the Christian faith from a Lutheran perspective, in 3 sessions.  We use discussion, instruction and video presentation in each session. 

The next Bethany 101 sessions will be held on Sunday, April 2 and again Sunday, April 30.  These sessions are held in the Parish Lounge and begin at 10:55AM, running approximately an hour to an hour and a half. Child care is available with an RSVP. 

The next Bethany 201 sessions begins on Sunday, May 7 and concludes on Sunday, May 21.  Once again sessions are held in the Parish Lounge, begin at 10:55, run approximately an hour to an hour and a half and offer child care with an RSVP. 

Please RSVP your attendance with our church office at (562)421-4711 or by emailing our Office Administrator Cindy Morrison at cmorrison@bethanylutheran.org.




Mission Alaska 2017 – UPDATE:

  • Cook's Night Out in MAY - Support Mission Alaska - Click on the restaurant's name to download a flyer to give to your server at the restaurant when you order, so that Mission Alaska will receive a portion of the proceeds. Thank you for your support: Wednesday, May 3 @ Stacked

  • Our short term missionaries do not depart for Alaska until June, but you can start supporting them today!  When you purchase SCRIP you can designate your rebate to go directly to Mission Alaska. You can also support the team directly by writing a check to Bethany and giving it to either Pastor Seth or Kayleigh.  Look for their upcoming Cooks Night Out events coming up later in the spring. You can also give online at the Mission Alaska GoFundMe Page: www.gofundme.com/missionalaska2017
  • Trip dates are June 24-July 3


 


National Day of Prayer Service:

Join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00PM 

Guest Speaker: Michael Peffer, Pacific Justice Institute

You won’t want to miss inspiring stories by Attorney Michael Peffer defending religious freedom; patriotic songs, military tribute to Bethany veterans, prayer for leaders, and candlelit circle of “God Bless America!” Refreshments and childcare provided. 

Lord, stir our hearts to join thousands of Your people in America to cry out with one heart and mind to You:  Hear us…Forgive us…Heal usDaniel 9:19 

-Community Impact Committee




Have You Ever Thought About Joining The Choir?

If so, here is your chance to join for just one month and see what it’s all about.  Joining the Bethany Choir for a Month of Music starts Thursday, May 4 as they begin preparing for the composer festival on June 4th.  If interested, please contact Dr. Carol McDaniel at cmcdaniel@bethanylutheran.org.




Bethany Night at Angel’s Stadium – SAVE THE DATE! 

Join us on Friday, May 5 for a fun filled evening watching the Angels take on the Houston Astros at 7:00PM.  More details will be available soon.  Tickets are just $12 each and are in the first few rows of section #508 on the third base side.  You can contact Pastor Seth to reserve your tickets today (smoorman@bethanylutheran.org) or they will be on sale in Friendship Square on April 30th.    




Tea Time at Bethany: 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Doors Open at 10:30AM - Tea is from 11:00AM to 2:00PM 

All are welcome to join the celebration for a full tea/luncheon and a presentations by our guest speaker Maryama Burger, author of From the Crescent to the Cross. She will share her journey from being raised as a little Somali shepherdess, her travels to other countries and struggles in life through different religions and life styles until she finally discovers the Cross and its meaning and how it has changed her life. This is a story you will not want to miss. We are in need of table hostesses. Please contact Cindy Stock if you have questions or are interested. 

All proceeds will benefit Mission India. Hoping you will be able to join us for a wonderful afternoon of food, fellowship, and worship. Tickets are sale starting March 26th in Friendship Square for $20.




Do you like riding bicycles?  

Haven’t been riding for awhile, or just need some motivation?  Let’s get together for a beginner ride once a month;  riding on Saturdays 5/6 and 6/3. Meet at Long Beach Town Center, Sam’s Club gas station parking lot for introductions, safety briefing and pictures.  We will roll out for 10 – 12 mile easy pace ride to Seal Beach. 

Bring bike and helmet; good to bring water and spare tube too.  Please let Greg Goebel know if you’re attending or have questions; call the church office for Greg's contact information. Ride dates and meeting time:  5/6 and 6/3 at 8:00am.




Stepping Stone for 1st Graders:

One of our traditions here at Bethany is to present a Bible to our 1st graders who have gone through a 3-week study of Bible stories with their parents & myself. This is a fun/informative class studying God's Word with our little ones. If you & your family are interested in participating in this class, let me know as soon as you can so that enough Bibles can be on hand. We will meet in Room 114 at 9:30AM on May 7, 14, and 21.

-Karl Fink, DCE (kfink@bethanylutheran.org)




Music Ministry Grant 2017

The Ministry of Music is offering grants to members of Bethany Lutheran Church who are involved in some area of music at Bethany.  A total of $500.00 will be awarded and applicants may request any amount up to $500.00.  Applicants must:  

  • Be at least 12 years of age.  If under 18 years old, a parent must submit application. 
  • Be involved in some area of music at Bethany Lutheran Church. 
  • Use the grant money to further his/her music education. 
  • Be taking some type of music lesson, be majoring or minoring in music at the college-level, or participating in some area of music, i.e. vocal, instrumental, or teaching.

Applications are available in the church office and are due on May 19th.  They may be turned in or mailed to the church office.  If you have any questions, you may contact Marlene Mooney. Call the church office for Marlene's contact information. 




Bethany Lutheran School's Fun Day:

“LEGO” Fun Day...Everything is AWESOME!!  Our annual school carnival is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 @ 11:00AM.  Come and join us for the ever-popular basket auction, fun games, good fun and great fellowship!

 



Informational Meeting - Mission Guatemala

The Lord has graciously opened the door for Bethany to take a mission group to Guatemala. We will be joining a few staff members and students from Concordia, Irvine in November of 2017. We will be serving the people of El Progresso, Guatemala as we lead VBS for the children, crafts for the women, spend quality time buy doing home-visits with the villagers, and more.   

There will be an initial informational meeting Sunday, May 21st at noon in the Youth Room. Come hear from Andrew Andersen and Kayleigh Belvery as they share their experiences and invite you to join the Bethany team, for November 2017!





Church Office Closed:

  • Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day Holiday



Shut-In Ministry:

Do you know of someone who is a shut-in and would like a visit from Pastor, an Elder, or from myself (your DCE)? We have a list in the church office of those that we regularly visit and take Communion. If you have someone that we might add to that list, please contact our church secretary, Cindy Morrison or I and we would be happy to get that process started. If you have any questions about our Shut-In Ministry, please contact me at kfink@bethanylutheran.org or call ext. 19. - Karl Fink, DCE




Sound Technicians Needed: 
We currently have a few sound technician slots open. No prior experience is required. We will train and teach you everything that you will need to know. We also understand hectic calendars so we do our best to schedule sound technicians around prior commitments. The majority of your time commitment is on Sunday mornings for one of three services: 8:00, 9:30, and 10:55AM, as well as occasional Wednesday evening services. If you or someone you know is interested in serving or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to email Emily Duescher at eduescher@bethanylutheran.org. Thank you and we hope that this may be an area in which you will consider serving. 



Adult Bible Study:

Click HERE to see study opportunities happening here at Bethany!

      

     

Sunday School News and Updates:

Please click HERE for information on the happenings of our Sunday School or contact Pr. Seth Moorman (smoorman@bethanylutheran.org



Confirmation

Please click HERE for information on our two year Confirmation program or contact one of our DCE's: Karl Fink (kfink@bethanylutheran.org) or Kayleigh Belvery (kbelvery@bethanylutheran.org). 



Youth Events (click on link below to find out more about the youth group):

 


Links to the Schools of Bethany Lutheran:

BLS Summer Office Hours - The school office will be open from 9:00AM-3:00PM in the summer. Scrip/Giftcards are sold all summer so you can continue to support Bethany’s ministry with your purchases.  


     

     

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The Bethany Bullet is a weekly capsule of worship highlights and big information that your brain may or may not have 'downloaded' from the prior Sunday. The purpose is to bolster you in faith, build you up in the key Biblical themes shared the previous Sunday in worship, to bring to mind the important issues on Bethany's plate and to broaden your awareness of opportunities of service to your Lord, your church, and your community. Tell a friend about The Bethany Bullet!  Email Aimee Coleman (acoleman@bethanylutheran.org) with your name and email address to be added to the distribution list.  

     

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