Wednesday, January 14, 2015

One Step At A Time...

During the Epiphany Season at Bethany we will be learning to walk, to jump and to run along the path of discipleship. We begin by stepping into the water with Jesus at his baptism, then we get lost with Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days and nights, then we find ourselves sitting as Jesus teaches us how to walk again through the B-Attitudes. Next Jesus invites us onto our knees as we learn to pray. Jesus will then coax us to jump out of the boat and walk on water and finally Jesus reminds us who we are as we pick-up our cross alongside Jesus...the next stop, the Transfiguration and then to Jerusalem and the cross.

January 11th—Matthew 3:1-17
January 18th—Matthew 4:1-17
January 25th—Matthew 5:1-20
February 1st—Matthew 6:7-21
February 8th—Matthew14:22-33
February 15th—Matthew 16:24-17:8

Let’s see what path God is calling each of us to and what path God is leading our community to follow. One step at a time.     

 Pastor Krista

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Eve Worship

Candlelight Service with Holy Communion
Christmas Eve
December 24th
6:30pm - Special Music
7:00pm - Worship Begins

A service to proclaim that light has entered the world and the darkness cannot overcome it.
A service to remember God's deep love for all creation.
A service to stand in awe of a God willing to be born into our life, our existence as a vulnerable child.
A service of song and joy.
A service where all are welcome just as they are.

Monday, December 8, 2014

58th Annual St. Lucia Festival

St. Lucia Festival
Sunday, December 14th at 7pm
Smorgasbord Fellowship following Festival
All community members are welcome to attend this Swedish Tradition

2013 St. Lucia Festival

Friday, November 21, 2014

Advent Devotional Resource

Good day,

Advent is just around the corner, beginning on November 30th. If you desire a devotional for the season consider these free resource linked below!

Advent Devotional

Monday, November 10, 2014

Confirmation Sunday!

Sunday, November 16th we will celebrate Confirmation Sunday! Over the past year and a half youth from Bethany Lutheran and The Park Church UCC have meet each Sunday to delve deeper into faith, Scripture and discipleship. After an overnight retreat each youth was asked if they were ready to take responsibility for the promises their parents made to them when they were baptized (read Scripture, pray, worship, be faithful disciples). Our youth from Bethany each said yes and we will celebrate this new commitment to their faith and to God this Sunday. This will also mean that these ladies will be able to vote at annual meetings, hold offices in the church and have a full voice in all church matters. We enthusiastically welcome these women of faith! Congratulations Rebecca, Ashley and Clare! May God continue to bless and keep you in his grace. Amen!

Worship will conclude with a reception. See you there!

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