VACATION BIBLE CAMP
July 16-20th 9-Noon!
This summer Bible Camp SHIPWRECKED! will help our children discover how Jesus rescues us through bible stories, music, missions, crafts, games, science activities and drama! We invite children aged 4 and up to this experience. The cost is $10 which provides every child with a Shipwrecked Music CD and T-Shirt Iron On.
Youth and Adults sign up for a YOU sized role to serve and join the excitement at Shipwrecked
Signup up today! HERE
YOUTH: Be sure to mark your calendar for Bible Camp July 16-20 from 9am-noon
setup, decorating party and training times: July 13 – 6-8pm, July 14 9-3pm at Bethel Lutheran Church!
During Advent 2017, Bethel will bring all of our generations together around the cross to bring out the playful wonder of the child, embrace the wisdom of the elder, make deep connections with each other and receive the gift of living encounters with God.
We know many parents’ prayer is “HELP!” and our world cries out “HEAL US!”. We believe the great GIFT of Jesus’ love injects life into us when we spend meaningful, intentional time together. Let’s have some creative singing and dancing, hugs and high fives, and playful adventures for every night and every home!
This is GIFT! Come and see, bring a friend or a family and Grow In Faith Together!
Sunday, December 3 — Wreathe Making
Sunday, December 10 — GIFT Cross-Gen Advent
Sunday, December 17 — GIFT Cross-Gen Advent
Christmas in a Barn
2368 Cedar Creek Grade
All are welcome!!! Come and bring friends!!!
2017: The Year of Luther
Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This is considered the beginning of the Reformation, the greatest religious movement in western Christianity. Throughout 2017, we will be learning and celebrating our heritage and history as part of the Lutheran movement.
One of the driving visions of the Reformation was the emphasis on scripture. Whereas many were unfamiliar with scripture, it was Luther translating the Bible into German that allowed regular people to read the Bible for themselves. So, this year we will be offering different ways for you to engage the scripture.
We have a group that plan to read the entire Bible during 2017. There are such One-Year Bibles available for purchase and if you’d like to join this group, you can either purchase such Bible or go to www.oneyearbibleonline.com to see the reading plan and use your own Bible.
Another Reformation vision was the “priesthood of all believers” and this emphasized the laity leading with each other in ministry. I am excited that we will be offering Disciple I and Disciple IV with lay leaders this year as part of our Luther 500 observance. Look for information on these courses which will begin after the new year.
There will be a lay-led “Luther Book Club” throughout the year as well. The first book that our group will be reading is Luther: The Reformer by James Kittleson.
As lead teacher and pastor, I will be leading various Lutheran themed studies throughout the year, including Together By Grace: Introducing the Lutherans, How Lutherans Interpret the Bible, and a study of The 95 Theses. Some of these will take place on weeknights, in homes, and perhaps even as part of a weekend learning conference.
Throughout the year, in Adult Forum, we will be exploring key themes and history of the Reformation, our Lutheran theology, and how this applies to our continuing witness as Lutheran Christians today. I will be using a learning guide developed by the North Carolina Synod for this special purpose. Themes will include: Reformation History, Martin Luther, Lutheran Theology, Worship and Liturgy, Lutheran Ethics, Lutherans in American and the World.
During our midweek Lenten services, we will be gathering around the theme of the Small Catechism, which Luther wrote to help teach the faith in the home. Each week we will consider the key learnings of the catechism – the 10 Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.
We will have some special music concerts during the year as well. On Friday, March 10, the Thiel College choir, an ELCA college in Greenville, Pennsylvania, will be singing at Bethel as part of their Spring break music tour. Additionally, our own Richard Jeric will be performing a Reformation themed concert on Sunday, October 8.
Each of our ministry board areas will be considering how they can make our Luther 500 observance a part of their ministry area. Be on the lookout for ways that we will be serving, praying, worshiping, and playing as part of the Reformation year celebration.
Bryan Jaster, our youth minister, is also looking at the ways that our youth will be involved in this observance as well. From “Luther” comic-books to servant events to Cross-Generational learning, our youth will be very active as well in our year-long study.
Also, 19 of us will be heading to Germany in late August for a 12-day tour of Germany and other Reformation sites, including Wittenberg, Wartburg, Erfurt, Prague, Munich, and Berlin. The trip is entitled, “In the Footsteps of Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer” because we will learn not only about Luther and the Reformation, but Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and even J.S. Bach.
Over the weekend of October 7-8, we will be having a “Bethel Octoberfest” in our Bethel Park.
The best part of being a Lutheran Christian is that we are “ever-reforming”, meaning that the activity of God’s Holy Spirit is always at work, leading and guiding us toward God’s preferred future for our lives and the world.
I will be keeping this vision at the forefront of all that we do this year and ask your prayers as we move into our future with courage, faith, and eager anticipation of God’s surprises!
Sola fides, Sola gratis, Sola scriptura!