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Lent 2017 – Practice Resurrection

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.

Join Bethel for it’s 40 days of Lent with this years theme ‘Practice Resurrection’. We have a variety of activities for adults, children, and families. Click on the date or topic below to expand different options and more detailed information for that part of our Lent activities. 

Wednesdays March 8-April 5

  • 12pm Worship in the Emmaus Room
  • 6:30pm Worship in the Emmaus Room
  • 5:45pm – Substantial Snacks in the Emmaus Room
  • 7pm Bible study in Good Shepherd Chapel

Practice Resurrection Study Guide Class Content

  • March 5 – March 11: God and His Glory (Ephesians 1:3-14)
  • March 12 – March 18: Grace and Good Works (Ephesians 2:1-10)
  • March 19 – 25: Prayer and All the Fullness (Ephesians 3:14-21)
  • March 26 – April 1: One and All (Ephesians 4:1-16)
  • April 2 – April 8: Love and Worship (Ephesians 5:1-20)

Practice Resurrection Study Guide Class Schedules

  • Sundays at 10am – Bethel, Room 20, lower level; Bethel Pastoral Staff
  • Tuesdays at 10:30am – Oakwood Village, Prairie Ridge; Deacon Lisa
  • Tuesdays at 1pm – Oakwood Village, University Woods; Pastor Antonio
  • Wednesdays at 7pm – Bethel, Good Shepherd Chapel; Bethel Pastoral Staff
  • Fridays at 9:30am – Bethel, Borgwardt Hall; Deacon Lisa

All-Bethel Coloring Poster Project

Everyone can help create Bethel’s Lenten art project. Beginning March 1, eight coloring posters depicting the biblical journey of Jesus’ last days & another celebrating the resurrection will be displayed in the Emmaus Room. You are invited to take a poster from the wall & add special color to the mural.

6 Weeks of Service

Weekly details are in the Emmaus Room, Bethelite, website and announcements

  • Week of March 5 - Walk the Labyrinth at First United Methodist - Meet in Bethel’s Emmaus Room 5 minutes prior to arrive as a group

  • Week of March 12 - Collect Cleaning Supplies for Porchlight, Inc and Grace Episcopal Shelter​
    • Bring in all-purpose cleaner, window and floor cleaner, sponges/scrubbers, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, dish soap, laundry baskets, laundry soap (single load pods & bottles) for Bethel’s Youth Group to take to the shelter at Grace Episcopal
    • Second Harvest (March 14 & 15)
  • Week of March 19 – Volunteer at Oakwood Prairie Ridge or Oakwood University Woods
    • Please consider volunteering for ONE Sunday, to help wheelchair residents safely navigate the hallways from their rooms to the chapel. As a one-time volunteer, we are looking for people who are comfortable working and talking with residents at Oakwood, who are also able to push a wheelchair resident from their room to chapel worship and then back to their rooms when worship is completed. It is absolutely necessary that you sign-up by March 12 and that this is a firm commitment for you, as we must give the names of our volunteers to the Oakwood chaplains. Contact Pastor Margo at 608.843.3245 or margo@bethel-madison.org.
    • Second Harvest (March 20, 21 & 25)
  • Week of March 26 – Care for Bethel Community
    • There is currently a mom with five children ages 8 and under living at Bethel’s Hope House in partnership with The Road Home. There is a sign up to prepare and deliver a meal for the family between 3/26 – 4/1, sponsor a family outing on Saturday, April 1, or donate cards for gasoline (preferably Mobile).
    • Second Harvest (March 28 & April 1)
  • Week of April 2 - God’s Work, Our Hands: Helping within Bethel has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 29 from 8am-Noon
  • Week of April 9 – Feed People: Second Harvest & Luke House

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Second Harvest Online Sign-up

Holy Week Schedule

  • April 9: Palm/Passion Sunday at 7:45am, 9am, and 11am
  • April 9: Pigs/Pancakes/Palms Youth Breakfast from 8:30-11:30am
  • April 13: Maundy Thursday at 6:30pm
  • April 14: Tre Ore at Noon
  • April 14: Tenebrae at 6:30pm
  • April 15: Easter Vigil at 6:30pm
  • April 16: Easter at 7am, 9am, 11am


Daily Bible Readings Calendar

Daily Devotional, Moving Toward the Cross, reflections on the writings of Frederick Buechner by Martin Marty are available in the Emmaus Room

**Daily Devotional, 40-Day Journey with Martin Luther, available for $10

**Practice Resurrection Study Guide by Peterson & Santucci, sessions 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, available for $5

**Practice Resurrection by Peterson, available for $15

**40-Day Journey with Martin Luther, Practice Resurrection Study Guide & Practice Resurrection are available for pre-order by contacting Jacqui Shanda at blceducation@bethel-madison.org and at the front desk.

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