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Posted Thursday, October 15,  2020


A huge thank you to all who donated time and effort to loading the Lutheran World Relief truck last Saturday, October 11. Also, thank you to those who helped to make 90 aprons for the staff at West Haven Children’s Home in Jamaica. The aprons will be shipped in November. Thank you to Jim Kusilek, Keith Moffatt and Rick Benson for all the work and effort it took to clean the outside windows of the church. Thank you to all for living their faith in the actions they take in daily life!


Diaper Daze Diaper Drive:

Did you know: that diapers are not covered by WIC or food stamps; that one baby uses 7,000 diapers from birth through age 2.5; that the need for diapers is up 300% world wide? We need your help to keep ‘em covered!

As part of God’s Work, Our Hands, Bethany is holding the first Diaper Daze Diaper Drive this Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Diapers can be dropped off at the Newton Street entrance and will be donated to Benjamin’s House, the Pregnancy Help Center and local food pantries.

All brands and sizes of diapers and wipes are welcome, but there is a special need for diapers in sizes 3-6! 

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Commitment Sunday:

This Sunday, October 18 is Commitment Sunday! Thank you to those who have mailed in their pledge cards. If you have not, there is still time to do so. Or, you can come to Parking Lot Worship that Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and deliver your pledge card in person. The Stewardship team will be handing out the worship bags which contain a special treat! If you need a pledge card, extras will be available at the 10:00 a.m. service. Thank you for making a commitment to Bethany’s mission!


Reformation Sunday:

Don’t forget to wear red for Reformation Sunday on October 25!


Drive-In Worship:

Bethany Lutheran and Partners in Faith are joining together again to continue drive-in worship services through the fall! Continuing this Sunday, October 18, the 10:00 a.m. worship service will be in Bethany’s parking lot every Sunday as long as the weather holds. Please leave plenty of time before worship to arrive and get parked. Upon arrival, everyone will receive a bag containing communion for during the worship. We are asking that everyone stay in their vehicles and please note that the building will be locked. In the event of rain, the 10:00 a.m. worship will be canceled until the following Sunday.


Life of Faith - In Action:

We challenge everyone to wear your Life of Faith wristband through November. Every time you look at your wristband, think about how your “hands” are serving others. Each week’s theme will focus on living a LIFE OF FAITH.

October 18 – Standing up for others: In our interactions with our neighbors (those with whom we come in contact throughout the week) we are called to “help them to improve and protect their property and income.”


Food Drive:

Club 9 students and mentors are collecting food for the Rice Lake We Share Food Pantry at the 10:00 a.m. Drive-In Worship on October 18 as part of their service to the community. Bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations. Donations will be collected as you pull into parking lot when you are picking up worship bags.


Updated Contact Information:

Bethany members, if any of your contact information has changed, please update the office! We need the most up-to-date information in order to keep you up-to-date in return. Or, if you’re able to log in to ShelbyNext, you can update your information yourself. We would be more than happy to help you learn how to do this if you are interested, just contact the office at .


10th Grade Confirmation:

Our 10th grade students are working on completing their confirmation requirements this fall. They had their final confirmation class with Pastor Luci on September 27. Students will be turning in their faith statements and scheduling interviews with Pastor Luci or Pastor Peter for October 11-23. We have postponed their Affirmation of Baptism worship service due to COVID-19, so that we can hopefully all celebrate together in our wonderful Bethany way. We are looking forward to celebrating their Affirmation of Baptism service on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021. Please keep these students in your prayers as they are working on this important faith milestone.


Donations for Benjamin's House:

Bethany sponsors two rooms at Benjamin’s house and a few items are needed. If you are able to donate an item, please contact Annie Antonson about your donation. Then, please label the item with the room number and drop it off at Benjamin's House (1107 Heart Island Parkway, Rice Lake).

Room 214 needs: curtains, a fan, a shower caddy, towels
Room 216 needs: curtains, a medicine cabinet, a shower caddy, towels



Transition Task Force:

In everything we do, communication is the key! Communication happens in many ways and photos are communication that speaks without words. Please share your photos about, “What makes Bethany a great place to worship.” These photos will be placed on the Transition Task Force’s new web page along with updates and information about Bethany’s transition process. Please email photos to Leah in the office at .

That Spiritual Vitality is alive and well at Bethany. The CAT survey indicates that most members understand the centrality of faith in their lives. Our congregation has benefited from the ministries at Bethany to help them be spiritually alive people. Whatever we are doing, we need to keep doing it.


COVID-19 Update:

The Task Force again recommends that we stay Safer at Home, Phase 1. Barron County is experiencing a dramatic surge of new infections and hospitalizations from Covid-19. The county is now designated as being in the red category, “The Tipping Point,” meaning the health care system is on the verge of being overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases. Jesus charged us to care for each other. Please do your part to stop this infection from spreading. If you have questions, contact Pam Crouse, chair, at .

For the latest information from the Safely Regathering Task Force, please visit Bethany’s COVID-19 Updates page. On the page you will find the weekly update video, information about which phase of regathering Bethany is in and resource links for more information.


Sunday School Lessons are available online:

Even though we are not meeting in person at the moment, you can still participate in Sunday School! The lessons are posted on Bethany’s website under the At-Home Resources page. The page is password protected, due to copyright, so please see the email from Angie Buchli for the password. If you did not receive the email and password, please contact Angie Buchli.


Mission Jamaica Update:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission Jamaica has had to cancel the 2021 mission trip. However, the organization is getting creative with how they are still providing outreach! Please visit our Get Involved page and click on Mission Jamaica to get the latest news on how the group is adapting to these changing conditions.


Position Opening – Full-Time Cleaning Position:

Job responsibilities include, but not limited to, cleaning, mopping, trash collection, restrooms, vacuuming, dusting, room set-up. This position is Monday-Friday 32-40 hours per week with occasional weekend hours. Salary $12-13 per hour with excellent benefits.

Please fill out our online application or submit resume to: or Bethany Lutheran Church, Attn: Director of Business, 35 W Messenger St, Rice Lake, WI 54868.

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