Bethany Lutheran Church

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Upcoming Events

@ Bethany Lutheran Church


(updated 3/27/17)

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

Lenten & Easter Worship - April:

Mid-Week Lenten fellowship and worship. Our remaining date in April is 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.)

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

Easter Invitation:

The Board of Evangelism would like to ask the congregation for their help in spreading the "seeds" of the great news of our Lord's Resurrection by inviting non Bethany members to join us for our Easter Sunday services.  We will have a table set up in Friendship Square on April 2nd between services and on April 9th at our One Service on Palm Sunday with packets of flower seeds that have an invitation to join us for our Easter services on them. We ask that you come by and take as many as you want to put on your neighbors' front porches, hand out to co-workers (if permitted at your place of employment), and give to other parents at your children's sporting practices/games, etc. We appreciate your help in "growing" our membership at Bethany, while spreading the great news of Jesus Christ.

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.

BLS Alumni Event at Blair Field

Bethany Lutheran School invites its alumni and friends to a ballgame at Blair Field!  Join fellow BLS alums on Saturday, April 8 at 2:00PM at historic Blair Field, home of the Long Beach State Dirtbags.  Tickets are only $5 when you use the code "BLS70" online at and click on the "Promotions" link.  The Dirtbags Pavilion will be reserved for our party, where we can watch the game, socialize, and share more about the Renaissance Project.   

- Sara Cerulle & Carrie Evans, School Emphasis Team Leaders


Commitment Sunday – Sunday, April 9th:

Following our One Service on Palm Sunday, plan to stay for a wonderful lunch and program.  Boxed lunches will be for sale starting today in Friendship Square.  Menu items include two kinds of sandwiches and two different salads from Corner Bakery.  All lunches include a drink and a cookie.  The cost is just $12.  A kids option will also be available that will include either a hot dog or PB&J sandwich, chips, fruit, and a drink.  There is NO cost for the kids’ lunch but we need an RSVP.  Right after lunch young kids up to 5th grade are invited to a magical presentation while kids in Junior High and High school are invited to hear an inspiring presentation about living out the faith.  A dessert bar will be open for all kids after their presentations. You don’t want to miss this awesome event. 

Christ In The Passover:

Please plan to join us for a very special presentation on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00PM in the Sanctuary as we welcome Josh Sofaer, a missionary from Jews For Jesus.  Mr. Sofaer will present a program called Christ In The Passover.  This presentation shows the link between the ancient Festival of Redemption and Christ as the Lamb of God.  This sermonic demonstration is visual, so you will actually see a table set with traditional Passover items. Mr. Sofaer will use Scripture as well as the visual items to walk through a Jewish Passover seder, weaving the story of the Exodus together with the life, death and resurrection of Christ. The words Christ spoke in the upper room come alive as each Hebraic item is carefully explained.  This is an amazing way to begin our Holy Week journey to the cross and the open tomb.  You won’t want to miss it!

Parents of Little Ones: 

Are you looking for a play group for your kids or grandkids that provides both play for your child and conversation with other parents and caregivers?  Join us on Tuesday, April 25th from 8:30-9:30AM in the Bethany Nursery for our first Parent Play Group.  Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas are welcome.  Got questions?  Contact Christi Koehlinger. Call the church office for Christi's contact information. 

Ladies Game Day

Our start time is changing to 12:30PM; we will still meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month. In March we will meet on Wednesday, April 26 at 12:30PM in the Parish Lounge. - Reva Kramer 


National Day of Prayer Service:

Save the date and join us on Wednesday, May 3 from 7:00-8:30PM. More information on this evening of prayer coming soon. 

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

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 ( or they will be on sale in Friendship Square on April 23rd and 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.

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: May 7, 14, and 21.

-Karl Fink, DCE (

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:

Save the date for Lego Fun Day on Saturday, May 20 from 11:00-3:00PM. More information coming soon!

VBS 2017:

Save the date for our annual Vacation Bible School program – June 19-23. Volunteers are needed. Click HERE for more information on how to volunteer.

SAVE THE DATE! Bethany’s Summer Music & Arts Camp 2017

Join us for our 5th annual summer music & arts camp (formerly called Meet the Masters Musicians -MMtM). Bethany’s Music Ministry is offering a 4-day fine arts camp for kids entering Kindergarten-7th grades during the week of June 26 - June 29. Questions? Volunteer opportunities?...please contact co-director Mara Widmann at (562) 421-4711 ext. 55 - Save the date…we can’t wait to see you! Click on the link below for registration forms; space is limited so register early:

Mission Alaska 2017 – UPDATE:

  • 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:
  • Trip dates are June 24-July 3

Raise A Glass - Save the Date:

Our annual event is planned for Saturday, October 21, 2017! This year promises to be even better than previous. We will have a great new venue, an exciting array of auction items, a larger space to allow for more "Friends of Student Success", and more to come. Raise A Glass is a unique annual Bethany fund raising event and is the major means to support our Student Success Program! Please add this date to your calendar and consider inviting other friends and family to help celebrate and support SSP. If you are interested in donating auction items, please contact Sheri Esswein through the church office. For more information about SSP, please contact Jill Moorman ( See you there!

Men’s Retreat 2017:

Save the date for our annual men’s retreat that will take place October 7-9 at Luther Glen Retreat Center in Oak Glen CA.  Program and theme are TBD.  Look for more information coming out later this Spring.  

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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