Bethany 411

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Posted Thursday, November 23, 2022

Quick Links: | Consecration Weekend Update | Care Package Addresses Needed | Prepare Ye | Mission Jamaica UpdateDevotion Writers Still NeededHoliday Worship Schedule | Midweek Advent Worship | Sock It To MeChristmas DinnerStaffed NurseryCrossTalk | Bethany Bus RidesWorship Assistants Needed | The Good NewsBreak | Green Team Collections | Dawn's Office ScheduleFollow Along with Worship


Worship Schedule:

Saturdays:

  • 5:30 p.m. worship in Bethany’s Gathering Room

Sundays:

  • Traditional Worship at 8:00 a.m. in Bethany’s Sanctuary
  • Coffee Hour: 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday School: 9:05-9:55 a.m.
  • CrossTalk: 9:10-9:55 a.m.
  • Contemporary Worship at 10:00 a.m. in Bethany’s Sanctuary
  • Tune in to the live radio broadcast every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. on WJMC FM 96.1 & AM 1240
  • 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. worship is streamed live on Bethany’s website and Facebook page.
  • Watch on local access cable channels 992 (Spectrum) & 993 (Mosaic) on Sundays at 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM and Thursdays at 7:00 PM

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Consecration Weekend Update:

As of November 21, 2022, we have received 177 pledges totaling $541,359. Last year, 177 families pledged totaling $477,817.

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Attention Parents, Grandparents and Bethany College Students!

We are looking for addresses of Bethany members attending college away from home. It is almost “Care Package” time again. We can’t send a package unless we have current addresses - they need to be updated every year. Please give addresses to Angie Buchli NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 27 by calling 715-234-9028 or emailing .

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Prepare Ye is November 30:

Join us as we begin the Advent season with midweek worship at 12:00 & 6:00 p.m. and meals at 12:30 & 5:00 p.m. After worship and fellowship over a meal, we have BINGO and prayer partner activities planned at 1:00 & 6:30 p.m. Come and see what all the excitement is about!

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Mission Jamaica Update:

Collecting for second suitcases for Mission Jamaica still goes on. The need for construction supplies is mighty, such as inexpensive paint brushes of any size and utility knives. Daily needs for the kids at West Haven are also still huge. The lists are in the suitcases under the coat racks. ALSO, if you have taken an apron home to sew, THANK YOU! Please get them back to me (you can put them in the same suitcases under the coat racks). God's peace and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Lenten Devotion Writers Still Needed:

Volunteers are still needed to submit a very short devotion for a devotional booklet that will enhance our Lenten Journey. We are looking for creative, and practical approaches that will be made available to people interested in renewing their faith journey. If you, your family or a group of friends would like to create a devotion based on our theme of “Return to Lord: through prayer, or service, or worship, or study, or giving or general faith journey,” please contact the church office or .  There is also a sign-up in the Narthex. We are also looking for someone to design a cover!

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Holiday Worship Schedule:

Children’s Christmas Program - "A Star is Born" on Sunday, December 11 at 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.

Bethany Christmas Concert - "Glory to God in the Highest" on Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Worship - Saturday, December 24 at 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00* p.m.
            *Live radio broadcast on WJMC FM 96.1 / AM 1240
              3:00 & 5:00 p.m. worship streamed live

Christmas Day Worship - Sunday, December 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Christmas Day Dinner - Sunday, December 25 at 12:00 p.m., after worship

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Midweek Advent Worship:

Wednesdays at 12:00 & 6:00 p.m.

November 30: “John the Preparer,” portrayed by Jamie Jacobson
December 7: “Meisha, the Shepherd” portrayed by Mike Bock
December 14: “The Inn Keeper,” portrayed by Mark Nymo
December 21: Blue Christmas - Pr. Arthur will be preaching at our Blue Christmas liturgy. Advent is about hope as Christmas is about joy. But not everyone is experiencing hope and joy in these days of celebration. This service meets us in our grief, sorrow and loneliness and reminds us of God’s presence.

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Sock It To Me:

Help us keep our neighbors warm this winter! We will be collecting socks of ALL SIZES - kids & adults, November 30-December 14.

Drop off socks in original packaging in the donation box in Fellowship Hall or Narthex.

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Christmas Dinner for ALL:

On Sunday, December 25, Bethany Lutheran Church celebrates Christmas Day with worship at 11:00 a.m. and a Christmas dinner for the community at noon. This dinner is a free fellowship meal encouraging all to be together on this joyous occasion. Everyone is invited, so pass this invitation along to friends and neighbors.

If you are interested in helping - signups are available in the church office and in the Narthex. We need help on Friday, December 23, with meal prep and setting the tables and on December 25 with final food preparations, serving and cleanup.

Please contact the church office at 715-234-9028 to sign up for takeout or delivery meals NO LATER THAN noon on Friday, December 23.

Thank you to everyone who has so generously helped make Christmas more joyous. Bethany will be accepting monetary donations to cover the cost of this dinner.

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Staffed Nursery:

Nursery is staffed on Sundays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or until the end of the second service. If you have questions, please contact Angie Buchli at .

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CrossTalk: Where FAITH meets everyday life.

November 27: Poppy Popcorn Co: It’s a hoppin’ poppin’ place on Main Street by Sara Lawton

Pandemic problems didn’t keep entrepreneur Sara Lawton from starting her dream business in Rice Lake. With the help of a Regional Business Fund micro-loan, she was able to buy a building, improve plumbing and flooring and begin popping her way into homes in the area. Poppy Popcorn Co. opened in 2018, sold out the first day and exceeded sales projections in the first six months. Come to hear Sara tell her poppin-good story.

December 4: We Share Food Pantry by Dave & Renee Swanson

Over 39 years ago, the Bethany Mission Concerns Committee initiated the idea of a food pantry in Rice Lake. Committed to providing food for those in the Rice Lake School District who are in need of food, the pantry is staffed by 20 volunteers and funded by local contributions. Come and hear Dave & Renee Swanson tell about this positive initiative.

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Need a ride to worship?

The Bethany bus is available for rides to the 10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service. To sign up to ride, please contact Helen Schmidt at 715-354-3599.

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Worship Assistants Needed:

Please consider helping to make worship an inviting and engaging experience for all. Would you be willing to read a lesson, assist with communion, help us usher or perhaps greet incoming worshipers? All ages are welcome. A reminder to our students, assisting with worship counts as confirmation service points. Please sign up on the sheets in the Narthex or online. Thank you!

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The Good NewsBreak:

Bethany bulk mails the newsletter to our member’s homes. In order to be better stewards of our resources (paper and monetary), we request you let us know if you would like to receive the online version only. If you find that you are not reading your paper copy and would like to opt out of the mailing in favor of the online version, please contact Leah in the office at 715-234-9028 or .

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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 (Please put used button and hearing aid batteries in the separate, marked containers.)
  • Used markers
  • Used printer cartridges
  • Denim (at least 90% cotton)
  • Real cork (not synthetic)

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Dawn's Office Schedule:

Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday. Rest of the week, remotely and available by phone (715-296-2817) or email ( ). These days may be subject to change due to meeting and event rescheduling.

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Follow Along with Worship:

The November 26-27 weekend bulletin and December 3-4 bulletin 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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