Bethany 411

Here's the 411!

Posted Thursday, October 14, 2021

Quick Links:  Pastoral Care Needs | Pastoral Care Needs | Book of Remembrance | Benjamin's House | Word or words | October 24! | Thank you, Pastor Peter | ConfirmationBook StudyBanner Ministry | Lefse Workshop 2021Little Dress KitsGreen Team Collections | You Are Vital | Follow Along with Worship

Weekly Worship Opportunities:
  • In person worship Sundays at 8:00 a.m. in Bethany’s Sanctuary and 10:00 a.m. under the tent in Bethany’s green space! In the event of bad weather, 10:00 a.m. worship is moved indoors to the Sanctuary.
  • Tune in every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. to WJMC FM 96.1 & AM 1240
  • 8:00 a.m. worship is streamed live on Bethany’s website and Facebook page
  • Watch on local access cable channels 992 (Charter) & 993 (Mosaic) on Sundays at 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM and Thursdays at 7:00 PM
  • In accordance with CDC guidelines, everyone inside the Bethany building is required to wear a face covering.

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Pastoral Care Needs:

While Pastor Peter is away with Navy commitments, please call the following people with Pastoral Care emergencies. During business hours, you can call the office at 715-234-9028. Other times, you can call Amy Brekke (715-651-6991), Dawn Paul (715-296-2817) or Council President, Pam Crouse (608-712-2684) and we will coordinate with our on call supply pastors.

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Meeting Pastor Kurt Jacobson:

This weekend, Pastor Kurt Jacobson leads worship while Pastor Peter is away. Kurt grew up in Rice Lake and was ordained at Bethany in 1988. He went on to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. In 2016, he retired and moved back to the area. Since then he has served as interim pastor and consultant for congregations across the NW Synod of WI and beyond. He holds a Bachelor's degree in in Business/Hospital Administration and Organizational Communications from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He is grateful for Bethany, its vital mission and ministries and how it extends the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ to people here and across the world.

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Book of Remembrance:

Each year on All Saint’s weekend, we remember those Saints that have gone before us. On November 7, we will honor and name Bethany members who have died since last All Saints' Day, as well as honor the newest saints who have been baptized in the past year. The Book of Remembrance is in the Narthex for those who wish to name a loved one who has died. Our Bethany Family is beautiful, growing and cheering each other on in carrying out the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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10 Year Anniversary of the Benjamin’s House Homeless Shelter:

The Benjamin’s House Homeless Shelter is 10 years old! Thank you for all of your support to the mission of the Benjamin’s House. In the last ten years, we have provided shelter and care to people right here in Barron County. In that time, we have provided housing for over 1,000 people, including 300 children. We have also helped our residents find work and housing of their own and have offered ongoing support after their time at the shelter.

Thank you to all of our churches for the partnership that we share in this important mission. Thank you so much for all of your financial gifts and for the many ways that our churches volunteer in helping the shelter. We look forward to our next decade of partnering together to serve those in greatest need in our community. For more information on Benjamin’s House, visit www.benjamins-house.org.

Click here for a short video on Benjamin’s House.

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Word or words: zoomversations on our life of faith: 

To be a part of conversations (zoomversations!) on the first and third Wednesday mornings of the month at 10:00 a.m., please email Pastor Peter at so he can provide links for essential background/pre-session preparation. Post-session applications will be up to all of us as Disciples of Jesus Christ! The next conversation continues Wednesday, October 20!

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Don’t miss what’s happening on October 24:
  • Commitment Sunday: The 2022 Stewardship letter and commitment card was mailed in early October. There are extra commitment cards available at the church or online on Bethany’s website, or you can also fill out our online pledge card instead of a paper one.
  • Here We Stand Food Drive: Bring your non-perishable items to Bethany from 8:00-11:00 a.m.! Here We Stand students will be collecting for the We Share Food Pantry.
  • Fall Fest: Join us on Bethany’s green space at 11:00 a.m. for a fun-filled celebration including lunch, caramel apple bar, pumpkin decorating, games and more!

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Thank you, Pastor Peter:

October 24 and the Fall Fest provides us with a perfect time to honor and thank Pastor Peter for his service to Bethany. 

Pastor Peter has requested no gifts to him personally. If you prefer, you may write a check to Bethany and designate your contribution to be directed to the work of Christ through one of the following ministries of the Church:

  • ELCA World Hunger/God's Global Barnyard (ELCA Good Gifts) or Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
  • Northwest Synod of Wisconsin or "Neighbor to Neighbor"
  • Bethany Lutheran Church, undesignated

There will also be a special display where members can make their donations, drop off cards and express their appreciation and thanks (on Pastor Peter's favorite stationary) on Sunday, October 24 as part of the Fall Fest.

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Affirmation of Baptism:

Bethany confirmands will be affirming their baptism on Sunday, October 31 at a special 11:00 a.m. Confirmation worship service. Please pray for them as they take this next step in their faith journey.

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Book Study Beginning November 2:

There will be another opportunity for a book study on the book, The Space Between Us: How Jesus Teaches Us To Live together When Politics and Religion Pull Us Apart by Sarah Bauer Anderson.

We live in a time when conversations around politics and religion have become problematic. Dialogue is heated and our hope in what politics and faith can accomplish in our world has been lost. Ms. Anderson shares her experience in seeking to understand and rebuild relationships that have distanced because of posturing or positioning on differing sides of an issue. Her faith based journey is an in-depth study of Jesus’ teaching and ministry, teaching us that peace and civility are possible.

Beth Brown and Deberra Slagstad will guide the book study for four Tuesday evenings, beginning November 2, 9, 16 and concluding November 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Contact Deberra at or 715-497-2565 if you are interested. The Zoom link is in the Bethany 411! or can be obtained from the office by calling 715-234-9028.

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The Worship and Music committee is updating our banner ministry:

This ministry is an important welcoming presence to our church. It is not only a message of welcome to all passing by, but also shows an active presence in our community.

We have three banners that hang outside of the church along Messenger Street. They have not been updated for several years, in fact, many of the banners are beyond repair. We would like to begin the process of replacing seasonal banners over the course of the next few months. We change the banners to match our church seasons (i.e. Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, various ministries, etc.) There are a couple ways you can help:

  1. We would like to refinish the banner poles that are at the front of the Messenger street entrance; sanding and painting of the poles is needed. Please contact Deberra Slagstad via text at 715-497-2565 or email , if you can assist in that process. We will be scheduling work time with those who are able to assist.
  2. We would like to begin replacement of the outdoor banners; each seasonal set includes three banners. Gifts and/or memorials are welcome to help with the cost of this ministry. Please mark your contributions for Banner Ministry and send them to the church office.

We look forward to a new face lift to our Messenger Street entrance.

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Lefse Workshop 2021:

Join us Thursday, November 18 at 8:00 a.m. to peel and prep the potatoes. We will roll, bake and package the finished lefse on Friday, November 19 in two shifts. The first shift starts at 8:00 a.m. and the second starts at noon. The lefse will be for sale on Sunday, November 21 in the Narthex for $6/package. Pre-order your lefse now!

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Sewers, start your stitching...

...there are Little Dresses for Malawi to be made! Kits to make Little Dresses can be found in the wooden cubbies near the office and each kit contains everything needed for the project. Finished dresses can be returned to the cubbies.

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Some Assembly Required:

Volunteers are needed to assemble more Little Dress Kits. Come on Thursday, November 18 at 9:00 a.m. to the Quilting Room and work with members of Naomi Circle to put the kits together, no experience necessary! If you have questions, please contact the office at 715-234-9028.

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The Green Team Collections:

The Green Team has ongoing collections of the following items:

  • gently used shoes for Sole4Souls
  • used AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt batteries
  • used markers
  • used printer cartridges
  • denim (at least 90% cotton)
  • real cork (not synthetic)

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You Are Vital to Bethany’s Mission

Bethany's mission to INVITE, GROW and GO invites all to share their gifts and talents. Your hands are the vital link in serving the church, our community and our world. Please consider how Jesus is calling you to serve your neighbor. It all begins with worship of Jesus, the alpha and omega. No matter our worship format or location, please extend your partnership in this by asking yourself:

  • Could you read during worship?
  • Is ushering something you might like to try?
  • Maybe you want to learn more about public prayers of the church!
  • Or, perhaps your calling is being part of the Altar Guild and preparing the communion elements for worship.
  • For those who prefer serving unseen, the streaming/audio position or projectionist might be the best fit!

However you feel called to serve, we want you to succeed! Signups for most positions are on Bethany’s website under the Signups tab. If you are not able to find what you are looking for or have questions, please contact the office at 715-234-9028 or .

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Follow Along with Worship:

The Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. bulletins are available on Bethany’s website homepage and archived on our bulletin publications page! We invite you to print a copy or follow along on your device with our order of service.

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