Bethany 411

Here's the 411!

Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2021

Quick Links:  Pastoral Care NeedsMusic Under the Tent | TGIF: Hunt Hill | Summer Council CrossTalkFrench Fry BoothNew Study Group |Bethany Summer FunBug Safari VBS |Mission Jamaica UpdateLunchBox Update |  Flat Jesus | Green Team CollectionsPrayers of the People | Ushers Needed | Volunteer Opportunity | The Good NewsBreak | Online Bulletins

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 under the tent in Bethany’s green space! In the event of bad weather, 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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Pastor Care Needs:

While Pastor Peter is away with Navy commitments, please call the following people with Pastoral Care emergencies. During business hours, you can call the office at 715-234-3028. Other times, you can call Amy Brekke (715-651-6991), Dawn Paul (715-296-2817) or Council President, Pam Crouse (608-712-2684) and we will coordinate with our on call supply pastors.

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Live Music (x5!) 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.

  • June 23: Resurrection String Band
  • July 7: Bethany Brass
  • 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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TGIF: Hunt Hill

When: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Where: Hunt Hill Sanctuary
What: Bog walk with Executive Director, Nikki Janisin
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Prior to our event, Hunt Hill is offering Breakfast Under the Branches, with a special presentation of, "The Smallest Falcon." This live raptor program will be presented by Naturalist Haley Appleman from 10:00-11:00 a.m. The breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. If you are interested in the breakfast and raptor presentation, please register at hunthill.org. (See Breakfast under the Branches under Events.)

Please sign up for the 11:00 a.m. TGIF walk by contacting Beth Brown at 920-257-8916 or . Group limited to 15. Hope to see you there for this special event!

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You are invited to share: Cool Drinks & Conversation with Council Members

 

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French Fry Booth:

Summer is upon us and it is almost time for our Bethany French Fry Booth at the Barron County Fair-July 14-18. This is an awesome fundraiser for our youth activities such as our summer trips and especially the ELCA Youth Gatherings every three years. We rely on our middle school youth, high school youth and Bethany family to help staff our French Fry Booth. Please consider signing up to work a shift.

Each shift is three hours and needs four people. One of those four has to be an adult. We also need help the Monday and/or Tuesday before the fair (July 12-13) to clean the booth and get it ready, and again after the fair, July 19-20, to clean up the booth for the winter.

This is our biggest youth activity fund-raiser each year bringing in over $5,000 annually. It helps fund youth activities, ELCA Youth Gatherings and alternating high school mission trips. Please consider helping us out. This is a great way to support Bethany's youth!

The signup can also be found on the Signups tab of Bethany’s website!

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New Book Study Group:

A new study group, Courageous Conversations for the Curious (formerly A JUST You), begins the week of July 12. We will read and discuss The Space Between Us – How Jesus Teaches Us to Live Together When Politics and Religion Pulls Us Apart by Sarah Bauer Anderson. Please contact Bea Evans at or 262-565-3327 if you are interested in participating. Four study sessions, lasting an hour each, are anticipated. Individuals expressing interest will be asked to complete a survey to determine a meeting time that works for the majority of the group.

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Bethany Summer Fun: 3 Events = 3x the fun!

Summer Fun Events Coming Up:
July 14 - Airplane Fun at the Cumberland Municipal Airport
Aug 11 - Boating & Fishing Fun on Rice Lake

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Bug Safari VBS:

July 19-22, 2021

5:00-5:30 p.m. - Supper available
5:30-7:15 p.m. - VBS

VBS for ages 4 y/o - 5th grade.
Volunteers needed ages 6th grade - adult.

Participant and Volunteer registration here!

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Mission Jamaica Update:

We have received some news from Jeff Peterson concerning costs, etc. for the Mission Jamaica Team 2022! If you are interested in joining this awesome Team and participating in something like Mission Jamaica, contact Lenae Sovacool at or 715-790-0729. At this time, it looks like costs will be a bit higher than last year (No surprise!) but not alarmingly. We are Team B and will be traveling from January 8-15, 2022. A real positive note here: this week has the lowest cost flight of the spring season. God's peace, Lenae & Dave and the Children of West Haven

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Lunch Box Update!

Thank you, Bethany, for your continuing support for the LunchBox project! We appreciate that many of you have stepped in and provided a lunch. When I talk to those of you who have helped, I continue to hear how you feel you have received a blessing greater than you gave.

Now that our kids are home for the summer, I wonder if you might consider including them in sharing with you to give a lunch! They can be your own kids or grandchildren. There is an open Tuesday in July, and three Tuesdays in August. We’ve been serving about 20 bag lunches which include a sandwich, fruit or raw veggies, chips and/or a cookie. You choose your offerings!

Please consider and volunteer on the Signups page, call Carol Kohlmeyer at 715 651-3344, or Judy Jacobs at 715 832-4522.

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Flat Jesus!

Summer is here and Flat Jesus is back! Summer is a time for lots of fun and exciting adventures: camping, travel, vacation, going to the beach, spending time with family and more. We want everyone to stay connected with their faith, church family and to remember that Jesus is with you wherever you go!

Take Flat Jesus with you this summer—everywhere you go. Take pictures of Flat Jesus on all of your adventures this summer and send us pictures and stories back to Bethany so that everyone can stay connected and enjoy hearing about one another’s adventures. When sharing your Flat Jesus adventures with us, include a photo, your name and a comment about where you are, and send it to or share with us on Facebook.

Flat Jesus is available in the Narthex. You can pick up a printed Flat Jesus and paint stick or you can print one HERE and attach to your own paint stick (or anything you choose). You can also make your own Flat Jesus.

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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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Prayers of the People:

Bethany is seeking those willing to serve as Assisting Ministers primarily to prepare and lead the Prayers of the People (or of “Intercession”) for our 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship broadcast services. Please contact the office at 715-234-9028 or OR sign up for a time through the Signups tab on Bethany’s website.

Not sure what an Assisting Minister does or the practice of public prayers of the Church? Pastor Peter will be leading a training session for those interested in serving!

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Ushers Needed:

Will you support Bethany by ushering during worship? You can sign up online to usher. The signup link can also be found on the Signups tab of the Bethany website. You will be given instructions and training for your role.

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Volunteer Opportunity:

Did you know that Bethany did a big upgrade on their worship technology? Would you like to know how to run it? We are in need of people who are willing to serve as projectionists and streaming/audio operators; don’t worry, we provide excellent training! To learn more, or to volunteer for this ministry, please contact the office at 715-234-9028 or .

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The Good NewsBreak:

During Covid, Bethany has been bulk mailing 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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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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