Thursday, October 2, 2014

World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday
October 5th - 10am
The Park Church
Nine churches in the Elmira area will gather for worship on World Communion Sunday this year. There will NOT be services at Bethany Lutheran on October 5th. We will be worshiping at The Park Church downtown on the corner of Main St. and Church St. Worship begins at 10am with fellowship following. Need more information? Please call 607-734-8669
Sunday School age children will be excused from worship after the children's sermon for a class.

Sponsored by the Elmira Area Clergy Group
Participating Congregations: Bethany Lutheran, First UCC, United Baptist, The Park Church, Trinity Episcopal, Westminster Presbyterian, Ray of Hope, Holy Trinity Lutheran and 
New Beginnings UMC


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

God's Work. Our Hands....

Welcome! Fall is here and everything is moving into high gear here at Bethany. Bible Study, Topic Study, Book study, fellowship, Sunday School, coffee hours, new outreach projects....the calendar is full. We began our Fall worship with a joint service with our brothers and sisters from Holy Trinity. We worshiped at Holy Trinity and celebrated our summer Mission Possible challenge. We heard from three speakers about the work God is doing in Elmira and that God was doing through us over the summer. You can also see that many of us showed up in our God's Work. Our Hands T-shirts to celebrate the day!

Worship at Bethany is now on its fall schedule:
Adult Study at 9:30am
Sunday School at 10:00am, 
Worship at 10:45am followed by Coffee Hour
Confirmation at 12:30pm

Sunday worship will follow the Narrative Lectionary

This fall we will explore the creation of God’s covenant with us and delve into what it looks like to live as a Covenant People with God. Every week we will each add a link to an ever growing chain that will represent God’s covenant with us as we walk with Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses and Miriam, Joshua, and David and Bathsheba through the hopes and sorrows of human life. Watch as God continually claims us as his own people and brings again and again a covenant of life and joy. Then with the chain circling above us we will follow Solomon, Elisha, Micah, Isaiah and Jeremiah call us to live out this covenant life with God.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Lord's Prayer Worship Series

Sunday, August 10th we will begin a four week study on the Lord's Prayer. I found this wonderful graphic online this week. This is a free printable resource found at:  Enjoy! Worship begins at 10am. All are welcome.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Worship Series on Wisdom


A quick reminder that summer worship begins June 29th, 10am
 Adult Study will take a break and resume at 9am on July 13th

Summer Worship Series Info:
This Summer we will work through two series. The first is seven weeks on Wisdom Literature found in Scripture. What does that mean? It means we will hear passages from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and other wisdom texts. These sections of Scripture are not history nor are they narrative...they are collections of sayings, idioms, colloquialisms and general wisdom shared and passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation. 

What is wisdom according to Scripture? 

Wisdom in Hebrew is chokmah. In the book of Proverbs wisdom is personified as a women (see Prov. 1:20-21 for an example), which is similar to the Greek sophia, which is also a feminine noun.
Proverbs suggests that the “fear of the Lord,” is the beginning of wisdom. The word for fear in this text is not meant as abject or servile fear. Instead, the fear suggested here is reverent. It suggests total dedication and respect for God. In this sense wisdom comes from a willingness to put total trust in God and a willingness to learn from God. Easier said than done, right?! Proverbs is a unique collection of sayings that offer a beginning to our learning about wisdom. Wisdom is something that takes time to develop and it is something we, as disciples, are called to pursue. That may seem a little daunting, but consider how this community faith might encourage one another to seek the wisdom that comes from a deep relationship with God. Together, we may be surprised by what wisdom God will teach us. 

A quick note about Proverbs: 
The book of Proverbs is a collection of essays, poems, and sayings expressing the wisdom of ancient Israel. Some of the material probably originated as folk wisdom, circulating in the family or the clan. Other parts reflect the life of the royal court. Arrangement began during the time of Solomon (about 961-922 B.C.E.), and the final edition was likely produced during the exile in Babylon (about 587-539 B.C.E.). Jeremiah 18:18 refers to the priest, the wise, and the prophet as leaders in Israel; the book of Proverbs is the product of the work of "the wise."

 I look forward to learning some wisdom for each of you this summer. This should be a wonderful series. We do not often get a chance to delve into Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. 

Pastor Krista

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Worship on JUNE 22nd, 11am, Eldridge Park!

Please remember to bring a dish to pass, beverage and your own place-setting (some extras will be on hand). See you there!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mission Possible Update!

Good day all!

So much is happening for Mission Possible...this past weekend a group went to paint at Saving Grace. Here are some photos. Want to come paint next time? We are heading back as a group on July 5th from 8am-12pm...corner of E. Hudson and Clemens Center Pkwy.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Upstate New York Synod has Elected a NEW Bishop!

On June 3rd, The Rev. John Macholz was elected to be the next Bishop of the Upstate New York Synod of the ELCA. Please pray for our current Bishop, Marie Jerge as she discerns where God is calling her next in ministry. Also, please thank her for her 12 years of service as our Bishop. Please keep Bishop elect Macholz in your prayers as he prepares himself to step into this demanding role.

As the ballots were collected for the final time Bishop Marie and Rev. Macholz embraced and shook hands. Their mutual respect for one another was a beautiful thing to see. I trust the transition in leadership will be smooth.

Bishop-elect Rev. John Macholz