Save the date for the Annual Horizons Winter Celebration on Sun, Jan 28 from 5-8pm in Borgwardt Hall. We will be celebrating accomplishments for 2017 and looking forward to 2018 and Horizons’ 50th Anniversary in 2019. Details for registering for this event will be coming soon. For those interested, the Bethel Horizons Annual Meeting will be held on Tues, Jan 23 at 7pm at Bethel Lutheran Church.
Now Renting the Steensland House: A Service-Learning Community located adjacent to Bethel in the heart of downtown Madison, just blocks from UW-Madison campus. Luxury living at a discounted price for service minded individuals. 3 and 4 bedroom apartments available starting August 2018. For more information, check out our website at steenslandhouse.org.
Jo Morgan’s Advent art exhibit “Colorjoy” is on display now-Jan 31 in Bethel’s Fireside Gallery. A Friend’s and Family Art Reception is scheduled Dec 8 from 4-8pm and a Meet the Artist Reception is scheduled Dec 10 from 10-11:30am in the Fireside Room.
Experience the mystery, wonder and excitement of Christmas through the eyes of Bethel’s Sunday School children. They will present the Christmas Story with songs and hymns at a special worship service called ‘One Small Lamb’ in Bethel’s sanctuary on Sun, Dec 17 at 11am. Light refreshments will be served between 10-10:45am.
We can’t have a Christmas Pageant without a rehearsal! All Sunday School students come to Bethel on Saturday morning at 10am for their rehearsal. We’ll start with our preschoolers, who will be finished at 10:15am so they can get a head start on the Christmas Craft Brunch in Borgwardt Hall. Filled with yummy breakfast foods to eat and Christmas gifts and crafts to make, this annual tradition will be open until noon so the big kids don’t miss out on the fun. The cost is $3/children, $5/adults, $10/family.
Bethel Horizons is hosting a “Breakfast with the Birds” on Sat, Dec 9. Join naturalist Eric Volden for a morning of bird watching and bird lore at Bethel Horizons’ busy bird-feeding station. A hearty breakfast will be served as Eric identifies birds coming to the feeders and relates bird feeding information, stories, and area sightings. Bring binoculars if you have them and bird feeding stories to share.
“Crisis of Faith” is happening in the mainline churches of America; we are seeking answers.
We will be sharing a 6-week series of lectures beginning Dec 13 from 9:30-11:30am and Sun, Dec 17 10:15-11:45am. The lectures were given at the Chautauqua Institution in New York this past summer, 2017. The theme for the week was “Crisis of Faith”. Each lecture will be presented on DVD’s. Hear Bill Moyers, broadcast journalist, interview speakers following their lectures. The list of speakers follow:
Join us Dec 13 at 6pm in the Sanctuary for our Blue Christmas Service. A Blue Christmas service provides a time and place of solace during the often frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas. We will come together seeking healing and room to share grief, sadness, loneliness, or confusion when these emotions often feel out of place during the holidays.
In this issue of The Bethelite read about the eight ministry teams, the 10th Major Sunday – Come & See: All Things New, a thank you from Horizons, Sigrun Franzen & Wendy Ward performance highlight, how to nominate someone for the lead pastor call committee, find out who’s living next door in the Steensland House, a special thank you to Dennis Huvila for making the Reformation cross necklaces, news from the Care Team Ministry, and the Christmas flower and food form. Plus lots more.
In this issue of The Bethelite read about the 8th Major Sunday – 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Always Being Made New, Enchanted Trail at Horizons, text to give, Stellmacher Performance, affirmation of baptism (confirmation), homeless ministry update, Lutheran World Relief update, fall youth fundraiser – delicious dip sale, Horizons new Executive Director, and Pastor Margo’s leave of absence. Plus lots more. View The Bethelite
The Bethel Lutheran Church Council has begun the process for the formation of a Lead Pastor Call Committee. As a member of Bethel you have an opportunity to participate by submitting a name to be considered. The name you submit will be considered by the Church Council as it engages in the discernment work of identifying the gifts and graces needed to accomplish the spiritual journey of the pastoral call committee.
The small church in Dorado, Puerto Rico, is in need of Bethel’s assistance. At this time Pastor Ivette cannot get to the church due to the flooding and downed trees and wires. She is still residing in a distant location–like the rest of the island, they have no water or power. From the small amount of communication she has had with at least three members from the church, they have four to five feet of water in their homes.
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