Bethany 411

Bethany 411 May 16, 2024

Hello, Bethany Family & Friends,

Scroll down to read about the happenings at Bethany.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at 715-234-9028 or email . Blessings to you and have a great weekend.


Summer Worship Schedule May 26, 2024 thru September 1, 2024


  • 5:30 p.m. relaxed worship in the Gathering Room


  • 9:00 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary
    • Coffee and fellowship
  • 9:00 a.m. Radio broadcast LIVE on WJMC FM 96.1 & AM 1240 every Sunday
  • 9:00 a.m. Worship is streamed live on Bethany’s website and Facebook page.
  • Services broadcasted on Rice Lake’s local access cable channels 992 (Spectrum) & 993 (Mosaic) every Sundays at 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.


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 the office at 715-234-9028.


Summer W☼rship Schedule

Bethany is trying something new this year!

We are going to TWO Worship Services for the Summer!! We realize this is a busy time of year to travel, be outside, take those well-deserved family vacations and enjoy the beauty and grandeur that God has created for us. 

The adjusted schedule will start the weekend of May 25-26, 2024.

Saturdays ~ 5:30PM in the Gathering Room and Sundays ~ 9:00AM in the Sanctuary

Join us for 9:00am Worship on May 26, 2024 for Holy Trinity and a Special Memorial Day Remembrance Service featuring inspirational and patriotic music


Community Support Opportunity

During the month of May, you are invited to participate in the Kwik Trip Gift Card Drive to support the Helstad family. You may purchase Kwik Trip Gift Cards from the NOLA youth before or after services or in the office during the week. Just designate your purchased cards to The Helstad Family and we will deliver them to Jenny and Nick throughout the month.  

If you haven’t had a chance to hear Blaire’s story, here’s a little background: she is an 8 year old girl who attends school in Rice Lake, and she was struck with an extremely rare seizure disorder on March 11. She has been cared for by a large medical team at UW Children’s Hospital in Madison as they are trying treatment after treatment to gain control of the seizures that are a constant for her. Blaire’s parents, Jenny and Nick, travel back and forth to Madison to take turns being with Blaire and caring for their two children at home in Rice Lake. They have months of continued travel ahead of them as they support Blaire in her recovery. 

You can stay connected to Blaire’s journey through their Caring Bridge site:

Please keep Blaire and her family in your prayers and consider purchasing Kwik Trip cards during May to offer additional support. 


Benjamin House Donations

Bethany continues to sponsor two rooms at Benjamin House Emergency Shelter. Our rooms are in need of a few items. If you would like to purchase and/or donate an item, simply place in the designated collection bin in the Narthex or drop off at the church office. Thank you!

Items needed: Fan (any size), Shower Caddies, (small $3 caddies), Alarm Clock, Laundry Basket (any size), Hangers, Pillows, Towels (in good shape), Garbage Bags (tall kitchen and 55 gallon), and any cleaning supplies.

If you are interested in the complete list of items that are needed at Benjamin House, click here to see a full list and the instructions on how to donate.


Cross Talk

May 19 ~ Pioneer Village Updates - Tammy Schutz (final presentation of the season - Cross Talk will resume September 15)


Quilters Need Your Help!

Bethany Quilters are in need of the following:

  • fabric that is cotton or cotton blends
  • fabric needs to be ½ yards in length or larger
  • Fat quarters are also very useful
  • Sheets for backing


Quilt Top Kits

Help Bethany Quilters by sewing tops.  Kits are available in the cubby bin across from the office.  The kits contain complete instructions for a 60” x 80” top.  These kits can be taken home and be sewn at your leisure.  Once complete, just return to the cubby.

Join Us!

Bethany Quilters gather from 1pm-3pm Mondays in the Quilting Room.  Come and see what we accomplish for Lutheran World Relief.


Recycling Collection Bins

Corks and markers can no longer be placed in the recycling bins in the Narthex.  There is no longer an outlet for them to be taken to for reuse or recycling. 

Also, the ONLY batteries that can be accepted for recycling are AA, AAA, C, D, 9V NON-RECHARGEABLE batteries. If you have any questions on other batteries (eg. watch, rechargeable, or any odd size batteries not listed) please contact your municipality or county you reside in to see if they have a program for recycling.


Baccalaureate Sunday

Mark your calendars! Baccalaureate Sunday will be May 19!  We will be recognizing graduating Seniors at the 10:00AM worship service. Please join in to celebrate and wish all our Graduating Seniors the best of luck on their future endeavors. 


Vacation Bible School

It is already that time to plan ahead for Vacation Bible School. Lead children on a thrilling underwater journey, where they can dive into the unceasing, boundless love of God. At Scuba VBS, kids will submerge themselves in the Scriptures and uncover the true essence of the living waters! 

VBS is June 10-June 13 from 1:00PM to 4:30PM Register today by clicking here

There are volunteer opportunities available for Scuba VBS. 

To sign up, Click here


 Good News Break

Beginning in June 2024, the newsletter will only be available online unless we hear from you.  If you would like to continue to get a mailed paper copy, please call the church office.


Looking for a gift for all ages? Birthdays, Graduations, or just because?

Keep purchasing those Kwik Trip Gift Cards!! The NOLA group will continue to sell Kwik Trip Cards between services on Sundays. You can also purchase them from Angie during the week.

We purchase Kwik Trip Gift cards at a 5% discount. You buy the cards at face value. The cards can be used for fuel and groceries. 


Adult VBS

“Bible study is a lifelong journey.  God is pleased with the effort to learn His words, regardless of how clear your understanding is.”  ~ Bryson Bernarde

Mark your calendars for August 5-August 8 from 8:30AM-NOON

Adult Vacation Bible School was a hit last summer, we decided to do it again!


Coffee & Fellowship

Sunday morning coffee and fellowship in the Narthex has become a wonderful way to connect with friends, catch up on announcements, and prepare ourselves to enter worship.

We are seeking sponsors to help cover the cost of the coffee and donuts.

Sponsors can designate a special person or event. Ie In Honor of our Parents 25th Wedding Anniversary or In memory of our beloved Grandmother.

Cost is $40/week. Sponsorship envelopes are located at the coffee station or stop by the church office. Thank you!


Flat Jesus has returned to Bethany!

Summer is a time for lots of fun and exciting adventures: camping, travel, vacations, spending time with family, and more. Flat Jesus helps us stay connected with our church family during the summer and to remember that Jesus is with you wherever you go! Bring Flat Jesus with you this summer—everywhere you go. Take a picture of Flat Jesus on all of your adventures and send to   Include your name & a comment about where you are. We can all stay connected and enjoy hearing about one another’s adventures. Pick up a Flat Jesus in the narthex starting on May 12, 2024 or click the attachment to print out your own!  Attach a flat stick (like a paint stir stick) and he is ready to travel!


Sponsor a Radio Broadcast

Do you have a special occasion coming up? (eg. Birthday, Anniversary, etc.) Sponsor a Radio Broadcast for $80.00 to honor the day!  Contact the office to reserve.


Upcoming Events ~ Mark Your Calendars

May 19, Baccalaureate

May 25-26, Start Summer Worship Schedule

May 27, Memorial Day - Church offices closed

June 3, Bethany Trust Fund Team Collaboration

June 10-13, Vacation Bible School

July 16-20, ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, LA

August 5-8, Adult Vacation Bible School

September 8, Rally Sunday


The April-June Daily Devotionals are available!

Portals of Prayer/Christ in Our Home

Pick one up today!


We are here to assist…in person, by phone, or by email.

Office Hours:

     M - Th: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

     F: 8:00 a.m. - noon

Office Phone: 715-234-9028            Office Email: