Bethany 411

Here's the 411!

Posted Thursday, July 22, 2021

Quick Links:  Information Update | Attention Confirmands | You Are Invited | Crop Swap | From the Call Committee | Summer Council CrossTalk | Music Under the Tent | Word or words | Bethany Summer Fun | Green Team Collections | Your help with Bethany's Mission | Follow Along with Worship

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 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.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, masks are optional inside Bethany’s building. We ask that those who are NOT fully vaccinated to please continue to wear their masks indoors.

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Information Update:

In order to better serve and communicate with you, we want to make sure we have your correct contact information. Maybe you don’t read everything we send, but it’s important that we know we have included everyone in our correspondence. Please take a few minutes to fill out this form for each person in your household, including children. We like to send them special mailings, too. Some of our records become outdated when you move, get a new phone number, change an email address or have a different way you wish to be contacted.

Any significant changes to your household or status (single, married, widowed, divorced, etc.) let us know. If you have a baby, or if baby grows up and leaves home, please let us know. We do try to keep up, but sometimes the only person to tell us about these changes is you.

Update your information here!

If your update does not fit on the form, you have ANY questions, you need help with the form or are not comfortable filling out the form online, please contact the office at 715-234-9028 and Leah will be happy to assist you.

Those who complete the form by the end of the day Sunday, August 15, will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Poppy Popcorn gift certificate, a Cabin Coffee gift certificate or a quilting gift certificate!.

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Attention Confirmands!

If you were confirmed on May 30, 2021, please pick up your banners and photos. They are on a table outside the office. Please contact the office at 715-234-9028 with questions.

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You are invited:

Please join us to celebrate the birthday of Herman Friess on Sunday, August 1. Cake and coffee will be served from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Blue Hills Lodge #234 (225 W South Street, Rice Lake 54868). No RSVP needed; no gifts, please.

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Crop Swap!

With summer gardens starting to yield their bounty, do you find you have extra produce? Or, do you find yourself wishing you had some veggies fresh from the garden? Look no further! On Sunday mornings, Bethany has a Crop Swap table! Leave your extra produce or take something that someone has left! Free-will donations will go to the ELCA’s Good Gifts fund. If you have questions, please contact the office at 715-234-3028

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From the Call Committee:

Your Call Committee continues to meet and is awaiting potential candidates to review from the Synod office. Please pray for our congregation's readiness to call a Senior Pastor, for our ability as a Call Committee to discern the best candidate and for the future Pastor that we call. Also, we continue to invite you to contact any of us with names of Pastors that you think would be a good fit for our congregation. Names may be submitted to and will be forwarded to the Synod office.

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This is the day, the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The Council CrossTalk that was scheduled for Wednesday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. has been postponed. A special congregation-wide event is being planned for the August 25, 2021 Council CrossTalk. Keep your eyes and ears open for more information and clues to the upcoming celebration. Blessings to all. ~ Church Council Roll Out Committee: Deberra Slagstad, Jennifer Nelson, Bill Evans, Alexa Giddings

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Live Music Under the Tent:

The Worship and Music Committee invites you to grab a drink, a friend, a blanket or lawn chair and meet us under the tent. We think you deserve a mid-week break, so let us treat you to a pizza and some live music on Wednesdays, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

  • August 4: Jake Donze
  • August 18: Bethany’s PRAISE!

FUN * Games for the Kids * FUN * Free Pepperoni Pizza * FUN * Fellowship * FUN

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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, August 4!

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Bethany Summer Fun:

Join us Wednesday, August 11 at Narrow’s Park from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

~Pontoon Rides ~ Fishing ~ Supper ~ Games~

Need a ride? Call the church office at 715-234-9028 and we will help with transportation.

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The Green Team Collections:

The Green Team is collecting gently used shoes for Sole4Souls, used AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt batteries, used markers and used printer cartridges. These collections will be continuous.

There are two new, ongoing, collections happening. The first is denim; it can be recycled into insulation. Please note, the denim MUST be 90% cotton. The second new collection is cork. It must be real, not synthetic, cork.

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Your Help Is Vital to Bethany’s Mission!

Without the help of members of the congregation, Bethany could not accomplish its mission to INVITE, GROW and GO. Your hands are the vital link in serving the church, our community and our world. Please consider how you could be part of Bethany’s mission!

  • 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 helping to serve communion during 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 to help you 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 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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