Bethany Lutheran Church

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Upcoming Events

@ Bethany Lutheran Church


(updated 2/21/17)

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

Beutel Scholarship Grant Applications:

Beutel Scholarship Grant Applications are now being accepted for academic year 2017-2018 and are available in the Church Office. These applications are for students attending a college or university of our Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in preparation for a full-time career as a pastor, teacher, deaconess, youth director, social worker, lay missionary worker, medical missionary, or parish worker. The purpose of the grant is to encourage our young people to pursue a career in church work and to give them assistance in reaching this goal. All scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. If a student needs scholarship help for the school term beginning in the fall of 2017, they must apply between February 1 and March 1 of this year. Applications are available in the Church Office for completion in a folder marked BEUTEL SCHOLARSHIPS.

In order for students to be eligible, they MUST RETURN APPLICATIONS to the Church Office (Elder’s Box) ON OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Swick.

Lenten & Easter Worship:

Ash Wednesday March 1 - 4:00PM & 7:00PM. *No Soup Supper  

Mid-Week Lenten fellowship and worship. Our remaining dates are March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5

  • 5:00-6:30PM - Soup Supper 
  • 5:30-5:45PM - Family Devotion...Starting March 8th and continuing every Wednesday in Lent, Bethany will have a special devotion for families with young children.  Family devotions will take place in the church beginning at 5:30PM, and last for fifteen minutes.  The focus for these devotions will be the Journey of Jesus from Bethlehem to the cross and back to life. All ages are welcome to attend. Classic Lenten worship services will continue as always at 7:00PM, with Soup Suppers being offered between 5:00-6:30 PM. 
  • 5:50-6:50PM - Communion Preparation Class (gr.5-8) *Questions? Contact Karl Fink, DCE 
  • 7:00PM - Lenten Worship

Palm Sunday April 9 - ONE worship service on the green field @ 10:00AM

Maundy Thursday April 13 @ 7:00PM

Good Friday - April 14 @ 1:00PM & 7:00PM

Easter Sunday April 16 @ 8:00AM, 9:30AM, & 10:55AM (Scouts hosting pancake breakfast in Gym from 8:00-11:00AM on Easter morning. *A freewill donation will be taken.)

Preparation Class for Receiving the Lord’s Supper:

Confirmation at Bethany is the means by which we prepare our youth for worthy reception of the Lord’s Supper. This portion of the Catechism is taught on Wednesday evenings during Lent. The class is intended for 5th & 6th graders who plan to be   confirmed at the end of their 8th grade year; and this class will also be attended by 7th & 8th graders currently in our Confirmation classes that have not yet made it to the Communion Preparation course. The 5-week class is for both the      student and at least ONE parent.  

This year our sessions will begin on Wednesday, March 8 at 5:50PM (Room 202) and conclude on Wednesday, April 5. Each class will end in time for the student and their family to attend our mid-week 7:00PM Lenten worship. Those completing the course will be able to receive their First Communion on either Palm Sunday or Maundy Thursday. If you plan to have your child attend these classes contact Karl Fink by Friday, March 3rd.

Wind Ensemble - Free Concert

On Thursday, March 9 at 2:00PM, Bethany will host a guest wind ensemble traveling on their southern California tour. Please join us in the gymnasium for a free concert given by students from Lutheran South Academy of  Houston, Texas. 

Leading this group of 80 high school students in an hour-long program of sacred and secular pieces, is band director Jonathan Held. Come on out for an early afternoon concert, and  listen to some truly outstanding high school students as they share God’s Gospel through music.

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 3/4, 4/1, 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:  3/4 at 8:30am, and then 4/1, 5/6 and 6/3 at 8:00am.

Father Daughter Dance:

Fairy Garden - Hear ye, hear ye! Bethany would like to announce the commencement of the Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday, March 25th, 6:00-8:00PM in the Gym. Knights and princesses of ALL ages are   encouraged to join us in the Fairy Garden to celebrate their bond, learn about their relationship with God, enjoy some light snacks, and dance the night away. Regal attire is more than welcome, but ordinary dresses and suits will look grand. Tickets cost $12 per family. 

Angela Duerr, Bethany’s Field Worker (



The Summit (gr. 4-6) – Save the Date!

Parents of 4th/5th/6thGraders,  The Summit (Saturday, April 1) is a one day event sponsored by the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod specifically geared for 4th through 6th graders.  The Summit will be filled with active learning with dynamic speakers, fun, meaningful games and activities, as well as service opportunities for each student.  More information will be coming soon for registration. Registration forms will be in both the church and school office, or online at  Early registration is due by Friday, March 3rd and is $60. Late registration is due by Thursday, March 23rd and it will then cost $70. If you have any questions contact DCE Intern Nathan Linehan by email (

Brianna Esswein Memorial Golf Tournament News: 

The tournament is Friday, March 24, 1:00PM at Lakewood Country Club. The cost remains $125/golfer. Our committee is excited about the various changes, so get your teams together now! See our table in Friendship Square on Sunday mornings or click link below to print the registration form. Let’s fill the course with Bethany golfers (and friends)! Tee sign sponsors are needed too. These sponsorships can be a business sponsorship or a personal message as well (i.e. ‘The Craig Dean family would like to honor all their grandchildren’). A tee sign sponsorship is $100 per sign. - Karl Fink

Bethany’s 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

This annual event will by “hopping” on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The festivities will begin at 10:00AM with crafts, a short Easter message, three age appropriate hunts (preschool to 4th grade), snacks, and prizes! Start thinking of which “little bunny” you would like to invite!  

Ways we would like YOUR help in the Easter Egg Hunt this year:  

  1. Pray for the kids and parents attending, that the seeds of faith will be planted and watered during this event.  
  2. Bake some delicious snacks for those attending. 
  3. Volunteer to help stuff the children’s goodie bags. 
  4. Help the day of the event: hide the Easter eggs, help set up tables, decorate the gym and hunt locations, help families with the crafts, arrange the refreshments, and watch the excitement on the little ones’ faces.  

Please prayerfully consider how you can lend a hand and sign up at the Connections Table on Sunday morning, see a member of the Board of Evangelism, or contact Sarah O’Conner by leaving a message with the church office.


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.  

SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, May 6, 2017 Tea at Bethany

Come join in an afternoon of fellowship, worship and delicious food and tea. Our guest speaker is Sister Maryama Burger, author of the book, From the Crescent to the Cross. Maryama will share her amazing story of her journey from being raised as a little Somali shepherdess, travelling to other countries and struggling with her marriage, divorce, single motherhood, moving to America and fitting in, and even Scientology.  All the while searching for something she feels is missing in her life until she discovers the meaning of the Cross, the love of Jesus and becomes a Christian. It is a story that you will want to hear.  

Please contact Cindy Stock through the church office:

  1. If you are interested in serving on the committee 
  2. If you are interested in hostessing a table 
  3. If you are willing to donate funds or an item for the opportunity drawing. 
  4. If you are interested, there are a few of her books available for purchase at $15.

More information will be forthcoming in the months ahead.

VBS 2017:

Save the date for our annual Vacation Bible School program – June 19-23!  Theme and registration information will be announced soon.  

Youth Events (click on youth group name for details):

  • Club35 events for grades 3-5  
  • MSG events for grades 6-8  
  • High School events for grades 9-12 
  • Anchor events for young adults/college age

The Schools of Bethany Lutheran Church...

For more information and important dates for the school, please click on the links to go to the respective website:

Visitor Contact Teams:

  • Do you like to write post cards?
  • Would you be willing to send visitors a card or an email when they attend Bethany?

We are looking for a few people to write notes to our visitors and thank them for attending and invite them back to worship with us. Contact Pr. Seth if you are interested at



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