The Bethel Food Pantry collects specific items each month that are in high demand, quickly depleted and/or hard to get through food bank resources. Please donate in the barrel located at the Welcome Desk!
Help us celebrate Spring with a spring cleanup day on April 29 from 8am-Noon! In September we focused our work and our hands outward towards our ministry partners and our neighborhood community. This April we will focus our work and our hands towards our own campus and worshiping community.
A Monthly Lecture and Discussion Series; 10am Sundays, Borgwardt Hall
April 30, 2017 (Re)Creating Our Resilient Regional Food System – Healing the Rural/Urban Divide Michelle Miller, Associate Director of Programs, UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Before refrigerated trucks, the federal highway system and irrigation projects, most of a city’s food came from the region surrounding it. No more. Today, much of our fresh fruit and vegetables are grown on large farms with poor labor conditions, and travel from distant coastal states and Mexico. As this national food supply chain grew, regional food networks withered. We are exploring ways to renew our regional food system so that it can undergird the national system and make it more resilient. These approaches hold promise for supporting entrepreneurial businesses and reconnecting cities with their rural regions.
Michelle Miller is at the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the sustainable agriculture research center. A Wisconsin native, she is an economic anthropologist engaged in participatory research with farmers and others who create our food system. Her current projects focus on labor and land tenure, agriculture of the middle and regional food economies, food freight logistics, resiliency and climate change.
As Lutheran Christians, we are called be stewards of God’s creation and to respect the integrity and limits of the earth and its resources. We are called to evaluate food systems and food by their direct, indirect, short-term, and long-term effects on the well being of ALL CREATION and PEOPLE.
The Bethel Men’s Book Study will begin a new book, Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer, starting April 28. The Men’s Book Study meets each Friday at 7am for one hour in the Library Media Room on the Sanctuary floor.
Come and experience a book discussion that’s without borders along with delicious coffee.
Bethel Jr! is the place where kids bring their parents and friends to have fun and learn about Jesus. It meets on the first Sunday/month in the Pentecost Room at 9am. On May 7 our theme is The Amazing Maze – Determination.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, our May 12 schedule has been changed. Our chicken Cordon Bleu dinner will be served at 5:30pm instead of 6:30pm. The cost is $10 for Bethel Friendship Club members and $15 for all visitors. The entertainment is Vitto Brown with the Shades of Brown performing from 6:30-7:30pm in the sanctuary. People attending the concert only will be charged $7 at the door. Reservations are necessary for the dinner, but not for the $7 concert. The dinner reservation deadline is Tuesday Noon, May 9 and can be made by calling Judi at 608.222.9290.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in membership with us at Bethel Lutheran, please contact Pastor John Swanson or Pastor Margo Martens so that we can give you information about making deeper connections with the people of Bethel. New Member Classes will be led by Pastor John and Pastor Margo on Sun., Apr. 30, May 7 and May 14 at 10:15am. We look forward to hearing from you and talking with you. Questions – 608.257.3577, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
The Bethel Youth Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser is coming! Four flocks of pink plastic yard flamingos will fly nightly to yards of Bethel families! You pay $25 for removal the next evening and get to choose where they “fly” next!
Not into pink? Purchase Flamingo Insurance for $20 on Sunday, May 7! Funds raised will support our summer servant trip to Long Island, NY for Superstorm Sandy recovery.
Curious about Bethel’s Remodel Project? Stop by and talk with members of the Bethel Remodel Committee the second Sunday of every month. We’ll be at a table in the Good Shepherd Chapel from 10-11am and welcome your interest in the remodel project. Bring your coffee and let’s chat!
Minutes of the Remodel Committee meetings can be found on the Bethel web site under News or view here.
Join us for May 20/21 Major Sunday: “We Are the Church” Celebrating Youth & Vocation! Join us to uplift the leadership of youth and young adults in the church and the world and to give thanks to God for all of our vocations at all ages and stages of life.
Pat Barry, Bethel’s Church Council President, is scheduling coffee times with people to stop by and talk about with him on the third Sunday of each month. He will be available after the 7:45am worship service until 11am in Good Shepherd Chapel. Stop by to introduce yourself and take this opportunity to get to know your Council President.
On Sunday May 28, Worship at Bethel will air on channel 27.3, at the regular 10am time. The change is due to the airing of the Indy 500 during our regularly scheduled channel 27 time slot. We invite you to follow us on channel 27.3 for May 28 only.
The Christian Men’s Fellowship spring bus trip will be on Tuesday, May 30, and we will be going to the recently-remodeled Milwaukee Art Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum, as well as a stop for lunch at the Rock Bottom brewpub. Cost is $65 per person. All Are Welcome on this trip! Contact Errol Hartman to sign up at HartmanE@FirstWeber.com.
It is Community Picnic time! Registration is open for early bird pricing (ending June 1). Our amazing chicken dinner with sides, beverages & dessert is $10/adult or $5/child 3-11 — which includes all the amazing activities planned for the afternoon featuring live music, large inflatables, a petting zoo, wagon rides and lots of other fun stuff! Dessert, as always, is homemade pie and/or ice cream but this year it is included in your meal price.
Come celebrate 500 Years of the Reformation in Germany, June 18-25, 2017! Four youth directors from our synod will lead this trip to Wittenberg, Elseben, Eisenach, Erfurt, Leipzig, and Berlin in partnership with Levia Tours.
Children ages 3-12 can sign-up for VBC. It’s an exciting journey that begins Monday, July 31 (taking the Bethel Horizon’s bus to Dodgeville) and ends with a family picnic on August 3. Day camp and overnight options are available.
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