Save the Date!
Bethel Puerto Rico Mission-Friendship Trip for February 11-18, 2014. Signup deadline is November 30. Contact Lindsey with questions at email@example.com or (608) 574.3993. Click here for PDF brochure/application.
Dates & Times to Remember - A group informational meeting will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. to answer questions and set expectations. We leave Dutch Mill Park and Ride (Hwy 51 and Broadway) at 4:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Upon return, we should arrive at the Dutch Mill Park & Ride at approximately 10:00 P.M.
Cost - The cost is $625.00 which covers flight, round-trip charter bus from Madison to O’Hare, lodging, and transportation around Puerto Rico. Registration fee is $300.00 and is due with your completed application by November 30, 2013. Final payment of $325.00 is due Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Checks should be made out to Bethel Lutheran Church. Currently 1 CHECKED bag is FREE and $40.00 for a second CHECKED bag. Fees are subject to change by the airline.
We pay for and cook our own breakfasts and one evening meal. The cooking crew will collect approximately $45 cash per person for grocery purchase. In past years, Bethel Lutheran Dorado Church has provided snacks, noon lunches, and one evening meal. The other nights we travel to the surrounding area where we eat on our own at restaurants.
Since 2000, Bethel has hosted a small delegation of children from Borodyanka, Ukraine, near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion for six weeks during the summer. During their stay with Bethel families, they receive medical exams and dental work, attend English classes, and go on trips to Noah's Ark and Bethel Horizons. Children will be staying with Bethel families in the summer of 2013. Click here for more information and Host Family application form. Contact Jacqui Shanda or Susan Straus for details. Questions regarding Circle Of Love can be forwarded to:
Jacqui Shanda | Email
(608) 257-3577 x 333
Art & Faith in East Central Europe
Bethel Horizons has had ties to Europe since 1985 when Pr. Duane Hanson participated in his first pilgrimage to East Germany with ELCA's Outdoor Ministries and Pr. Herb Brokering. Following that trip Pr. Hanson began leading pilgrimages to East Germany with Bethel people.
When the Berlin wall came down in 1989, Herb Brokering along with several Outdoor Ministry people considered hiring college students to work at ELCA camps in the US. Bethel Horizons hosted an international student in 1992 and since then has hosted a student every year, most from Slovakia and Poland.
Several years ago Pr. Brokering and Pr. Hanson began offering Art and Faith trips to Poland and Slovakia. They discovered that the Art & Faith venue is a great way to meet and connect with people of all ages. In Herb Brokering's absence, Pr. Hanson continued to lead the trips with Don & Kathy Hunt of Art Ventures. Through the years, former international staff members of Bethel Horizons have given Bethel greater and greater assistance in their European trips. In the 2008 trip, our group was hosted entirely by former Bethel Horizons' international staff members in Poland and Slovakia.
Over the years, Bethel has formed relationships with church camps, retreat centers, nursing homes, and congregations in Poland and Slovakia. Several gifts have also been given from the Bethel Endowment Foundation to camp retreat centers and churches in Poland and Slovakia.
Bethel's next Art & Faith in East Central Europe trip is scheduled for late summer 2014.
For more information, contact Pr. Duane Hanson at (608) 257-3577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missionaries in Japan
Lowell and Junko Gretebeck are missionaries serving in Japan. Bethel has supported them through the ELCA Missionary Sponsor Program.