Northwestern University Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is now available for free on the Internet. The course is called “Luther and the West” and offers an educational resource for this year’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The course is taught by Christine Helmer, who is an internationally known Luther scholar, and Professor of Religious Studies and German at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA.
Adamah Art Studios is an art education center focusing on fine art with a specialization in ceramics. The art campus is composed of a year-round clay studio, a summer studio, an Anagama wood kiln and a retreat center with dining hall and lodging. We offer state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning instructors.
Lent, the 40-day preparation period for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, is a time of growth and change. [Sundays are not counted in the 40 days, because every Sunday is a “little Easter” celebration.] At Bethel, we set apart this time for focused daily Bible reading and prayer; weekly worship, study and service to those in need.
Bethel Youth have noticed that being a neighbor who loves because God loves is a big part of growing in faith. So we ordered yard signs that state, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor” in three languages. The idea and template came from a congregation in PA, and if you’d like one for your yard please pick one up on Sunday! Suggested donation of $10 to cover sign cost – additional donation appreciated for our ministry partner in building bridges among neighbors, Madison Area Urban Ministry.
In this issue of The Bethelite read about the 10 Major Sundays coming this year, preview of the Puerto Rico trip, Lent coloring project, youth group, Horizons 5-year plan, and the Easter Garden form. Plus lots more! View The Bethelite
Meets in Bethel’s library at noon on the third Monday of each month for lunch (bring a dish to pass or bag lunch) and a book discussion. The next discussion is on March 20 on The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain.
Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There’s nothing in the bag to indicate whom it belongs to, although there are all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag.
Pastor John Swanson has agreed to be the Acting Executive Director for Bethel Horizons until we complete our search process to fill this position. We are delighted for his help and stepping into this role. Pr. Swanson has been at Bethel for more than 22 years, and his leadership with confirmation and youth makes him a perfect fit for this temporary role.
Please join me in welcoming Pastor John to the Horizons family!
Please mark your calendar for the fundraising event “For the Love of Horizons!” The evening of April 7 promises to be filled with fun and excitement as the Horizons Board and Staff host a silent and live auction event to create a scholarship fund for Horizons and Adamah! This will be your chance to bid on get-away trips, sports memorabilia, art and pottery items, gift baskets, and more! All this while you socialize with friends and enjoy a variety of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine! Keep watching for more information over the coming weeks.
The Bethel Horizons Board is also pleased to announce that Molly Czech has accepted the position of Horizons Program Director. A Bethel member and Horizons camper and counselor, Molly received her MSW at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. She is currently recruiting staff at area college and university employment fairs. Molly joins the Horizon’s administrative team, which is now complete and looks forward to the hiring of an Executive Director.
As we come to the close of these days of the Epiphany Season and the initiation of our formal interim process, we realize that our current work is: a) to embrace and celebrate the ministry of the year now past as reported in our annual meeting, b) to set in place and to commission the Transition Task Force for its spiritual ministry, and c) then begin to embrace the framework of our agenda for this important in-between time that lies ahead. Were I to offer a functional theme for 2017 at Bethel, it would be “Evaluation, Celebration, Innovation”. New times, including a new church in a new world, call for more than renewal of the remembered past. They call us to be co-creators with God of the future to which God is calling us. New times call for innovation.
In this issue of The Bethelite view the pastor study from John, learn about ‘The Art of Caring for a Loved One’ class, how you can sign-up for Brat Fest, our new Multiculture Worship schedule, and find out the these for Lent 2017. Plus lots more! View The Bethelite
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