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Lent 2018 – Discovering Hope in Chaos
Starting Week of February 14

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 its 40 days of Lent with this year’s theme ‘Discovering Hope in Chaos’. We have a variety of activities for adults, children, and families. You can pick-up your daily devotional book based on the hymn, Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow and written by staff from Luther Seminary in the Emmaus Room. A large print version is also available. Click on the date or topic below to expand different options and more detailed information for that part of our Lent activities. 

You are invited to wear the nail cross necklace you received at the Reformation Service in October during Lent.

Ash Wednesday, February 14

  • 12pm – Worship in the Sanctuary 
  • 5:30pm – Fish Fry in Borgwardt Hall ($10)
  • 7pm – Worship in the Sanctuary (child care available)

Lenten Calendar

The calendar provides daily devotions from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism that help us grow in discipleship as we bring our Hope to the Cross. There are opportunities to bring weekly items for the Food Pantry to our “Ark of Hope” in the midst of Chaos in the Emmaus Room. Join a bible study and take an opportunity to work at Second Harvest.

Wednesdays: February 21-March 21

  • 12pm – Worship in the Good Shepherd Chapel (‘Overheard: Conversations by the Cross’)
  • 12:30pm – Soup & Sandwich in the Emmaus Room (free-will offering)
  • 5pm – Soup & Sandwich in the Emmaus Room (free-will offering). Each evening will be hosted by a Bethel Ministry team. Come meet your various teams at this casual meet and greet.
  • 6:15pm – Worship in the Sanctuary (Holden Evening Prayer with ‘Overheard: Conversations by the Cross’)
  • 7pm – Speaker in the Good Shepherd Chapel
  • Child care available 6-8pm

Lenten Speakers

  • February 21: Dirk von Below – Exploring Chaos: Bethel is in a phase of transition, a phrase that could be interpreted as positive spin to distract from feelings of loss and uncertainty. Many feel that we have lost control and the congregation is moving in uncoordinated ways. This presentation takes stock of where we are today and why understanding our perceptions will help us moving forward.
  • February 28: Kim Eighmy – Exploring the Intersection Between Faith and Science: Faith and science are both important tools for interpreting our world. What are the ways that we can incorporate science into a Christian perspective? How might the integration of these two disciplines help us respond to the needs of the world?
  • March 7: Cindy Crane – Exploring the Intersections of Poverty, Hunger, Homelessness and Human Trafficking: What is our response as Christians?  What types of public policies are on the horizon?
  • March 14: Karen Solheim – Exploring Promise in the Middle of Global Health Challenges: Karen Solheim will describe global health circumstances in which she has worked as a nurse. Listeners will hear how hope is revealed within each situation. These global circumstances will be connected to our current and local environment. Listeners will be able to consider roles we all play in fostering hope within the global community. 
  • March 21: Jack Finney – Exploring Ways of Prayer: We will be trying out a variety of ways to pray, with opportunity for folks to then share what that way of praying was like for them, what they experienced, what they noticed.  

Overheard: Conversations at the Cross

  • February 21: Pontius Pilate and Procula, his wife.
  • February 28: Barabbas, the criminal released when Jesus was condemned, and Caiaphas, the high priest who led the cries for his release.
  • March 7: Simon of Cyrene, who carried our Lord’s cross, and the Centurion who compelled him.
  • March 14: Mary, our Lord’s grieving mother, and John, the “beloved disciple,” who took her into his home.
  • March 21: The Two Thieves who were crucified with Christ.

Luther’s Small Catechism Bible Study Schedule Starting Week of Feb 18

  • Sundays at 10:15am – Bethel, Good Shepherd Chapel; Bethel Pastoral Staff
  • Tuesdays at 2:30pm – Oakwood University Woods, The Oaks Community Room; Pastor Margo
  • Fridays at 9:30am – Bethel, Good Shepherd Chapel; Deacon Lisa
  • Fridays at 1pm – Oakwood Prairie Ridge, Activity/Training Room; Pastor Margo

Second Harvest Serving Opportunities

  • March 17: 9-11:30am
  • March 20: 4-7pm
  • March 27: 9-11:30am
  • March 27: 4-7pm
  • March 28: 12:30-3:30pm

Second Harvest Online Sign-up

Holy Week Schedule

  • March 25: Palm/Passion Sunday at 7:45am, 9am, and 11:15am; Interactive Drama – Cry of the Whole Congregation at all services in the Sanctuary
  • March 29: Maundy Thursday at 6:30pm
  • March 30: Tre Ore at Noon
  • March 30: Tenebrae at 6:30pm
  • March 31: Easter Vigil at 6:30pm
  • April 1: Easter at 7am, 9am, 11am

Lenten Offering

This year our offerings from Wednesday services & our Noisy offering, taken during the Children’s Message on Sundays, will go toward the goal of purchasing a water well through ELCA Good Gifts. The total cost of a new well is $2,500. Watch the water level rise from week to week as we move toward overcoming the barrier many have to obtaining clean water. One simple well can provide access to safe water for as many as 500 families providing a future of hope!

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