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Posted Thursday, May 6, 2021

Quick Links: Pastoral Support this WeekendSpring into the Garden! | Hymnals to Give Away | May 12 CrossTalk | Baccalaureate | Confirmation| SRTF Update | From the Call Committee | Building/Office HoursOnline Bulletins | Worship Archives

Weekly Worship Opportunities:
  • 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 person 10:00 a.m. worship on Sundays (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). Reserve a spot through Bethany’s website under the Signups tab or contact the church office at 715-234-9028 or . Bethany will continue to follow the county guidelines of wearing masks and physical distancing at worship and for all activities inside the building.

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Pastoral Support for Urgent Need this Friday-Sunday:

Pastor Peter is out of town this weekend, May 7-9 (Friday through Sunday evening). In the case of a pastoral emergency, he has provided a number of local ministers who can provide care. In the event of a pastoral crisis, contact any of the following Bethany leaders who will make sure that pastoral care can be provided in a timely manner. Call Pam Crouse at 608-712-2684, Amy Brekke at 715-651-6991 or Dawn Paul at 715-296-2817. Friday morning you may also call the church office at 715-234-9028 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Spring into the Garden!

Bethany is looking for someone who wants to get their hands dirty…with soil, that is! If you are interested in working in Bethany’s flower gardens, as an individual or a group, please contact Dawn Paul at 715-296-2817 or .

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HYMNALS to Give Away!

Help us find a home for our previous Lutheran hymnals. Available for pick up in the Narthex until May 30. Pass along the gift of music.

  • Give to a music student
  • Take one for your neighbor
  • Add to your personal library
  • Use for a music craft

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May 12 CrossTalk:

We INVITE all; We GROW in faith; We GO to share God’s love and grace.
Growing into our Mission: Bethany, a Reconciling in Christ ChurchNext Step

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Bethany Sanctuary and via Zoom

Come to share; discussion will be hosted by Church Council. The CrossTalk session will focus on our Reconciling In Christ ministry: Welcome and Inclusiveness. Please add May 12 to your calendars.

Sign up for the in-person meeting here or through the Signups tab. For those of you preferring to attend via Zoom, please contact the office at 715-234-9028 or  for the Zoom link.

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Baccalaureate:

We will be celebrating Baccalaureate on Sunday, May 16! We are planning an additional special worship for graduates and their families at 11:00 a.m. Bethany members can tune in to the live stream to celebrate with them!

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Confirmation:

Bethany Confirmands will affirm their baptism on Sunday, May 23! We are planning an additional special 11:00 a.m. worship for confirmands and their families. Bethany members can tune in to the live stream to celebrate with them!

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Safely Regathering Task Force Update:

This week’s message is one of those, “Good News-Bad News” situations. The bad news is that Barron County’s daily count of new Covid cases stubbornly remains in the “Accelerated Spread” category preventing us from moving from Phase 2 to Phase 3. Also, the rate of Covid vaccinations in Barron County has drastically declined leaving us at 38.4% with the first vaccination and 29.4% with completed vaccination.  This is far from the needed goal of 70%.

The good news is that we now have everything needed to put this pandemic behind us. What has changed to make such an optimistic statement? The vaccine is no longer in short supply. We no longer have to scheme and plot in order to find a site to be vaccinated. The community vaccine clinic at Barron County campus, which is open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday, has the capacity to vaccinate 1,170 people each week. Last week, only 122 people took advantage of this free service!

Registration is simple, either by phone (1-844-684-1064) or online (vaccinate.wi.gov). Do you need a ride? Barron County Public Health will provide one by calling 715-537-6123. Are you homebound? Barron County Public Health will come to your home and vaccinate you, again by calling 715-537-6123. For the first time since this pandemic began, we are now in control of when we can return to normal life without restrictions. It starts with a phone call!

If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to one of our members or contact Mark Nymo, chair of the Safely Regathering Task Force, at . Also check the COVID-19 page on Bethany’s website.

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From the Call Committee:

The Call Committee and Council met with our Synod liaison on Monday, April 26 to review the Ministry Site Profile (MSP). The council offered input and voted to approve the profile. The MSP has been officially submitted to the Synod office and a description of the position will be posted on the ELCA website. The Synod will begin to look for candidates for us to consider that meet the leadership skills identified in the MSP.

If you know of a clergy person that you think would be a good candidate, you can email contact information and name of the candidate to or call Carol Hakala at 715-450-4031. This will be forwarded to the Synod and our representative will follow up with candidates. A summary of the MSP is available on the Call Committee’s web page. If you have questions or comments, you can contact any of the call committee members. Exciting times!

For more information, please email . You can also find updates and information on the Call Committee’s web page!

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Building / Office Hours:

The church building and office are open with the following schedule: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. As with our limited regathering for worship, all who enter are asked to wear a mask over nose and mouth, sign in (to report to us if you develop Covid and for us to share news of a positive case with you) and limit time and touch. On other days, messages are checked often. As always, contact either pastor in a time of urgent need.

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Follow Along with Worship:

The Sunday bulletins are available here, 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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Online Worship Archives:

Bethany archives previous worship services on their website and Facebook for 90 days. After that, the videos are removed, but there are hard copies in the office. If needed, you can contact Leah Hullinger at for more information on older worship services.

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