Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Services

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE - 7:00pm
On Saturday, December 24th at Bethany Lutheran we will hold a Candle light Christmas Eve Service. There will be special pre-service music beginning at 6:30pm with Worship beginning at 7:00pm. 

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE - 10:30am
On Sunday, December 25th at Bethany Lutheran we will have an informal worship service in the Fellowship Hall. We will with breakfast at 10:00am followed by worship at 10:30am. Enjoy this family friendly joyful service on Christmas morning!
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

St. Lucia Festival, December 11th, 7pm

Lucia by Virpi Pekkala
It is the 60th anniversary of the St. Lucia Festival here at Bethany Lutheran Church! Come enjoy the pageant at 7pm on Sunday, December 11th (Snow date: December 18th). Following the program join in the festivities and enjoy Swedish treats and decorations in the Fellowship Hall. This is a FREE event open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Crosslights Festival - Dec. 3rd, 5pm

Saturday Evening, December 3 ~ 5pm

A German Renaissance festival with beer, wassail, and a roasted pig will bring in the festive season of Christmas with Martin & Katie Luther providing cheer and welcoming the evergreen tradition of the season. The Women’s Choir, Bell Choir, Choristers and musicians will provide inspiring and joyful music between courses of a traditional Christmas Feast!  Tickets are $10 a person or $30 for a family with small children. please call the church office for details! 607-734-8669

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Baskets: If your family is in need of some assistance with food for the Thanksgiving Holiday, please give our office a call 607-734-8669. We have several Thanksgiving food baskets available to the community. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

World Communion Sunday

Remember, there will be no services at Bethany on this day. We look forward to seeing you at New Beginnings on Sunday, October 2nd, 11am! 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Churchwide Assembly 2016!

It is time for the National Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA! Representatives from around the country will be converging in New Orleans in a couple weeks. Pastor Krista Mendoza and Mr. Jim Osborne have both been elected to serve as voting delegates as this year's Assembly! Please hold them in prayer as they go to part of this important church gathering. If you would like to know more about the gathering please check out:

ChurchwideAssembly

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Friday, July 8, 2016

A Time to Lament



Unknown Artist
What then are we to say? What shall we cry? What shall we pray? I know only one way in the midst of death, in the midst of hate, in the midst of humanity’s darkness of self-doubt, self-righteousness, confusion and despair; lament. There are no “right” words, no “right” emotions, no “right” action…we all possess whatever words, emotions and actions that sputter out of the experience, wisdom, and truth we have come to found our lives upon. Sometimes those words, emotions and actions surprise us and scare us and sometimes they pull us to a path we had been avoiding for so long. They have been within us and have been waiting for that moment in life when they could find expression.  We are laid bare. What could I possible say in the midst of night club shootings, terrorist bombings, starving children, sex trafficking, police shootings, sniper attacks, beheadings, ravaging cancers, toppling world governments, unyielding war; the short list. We are gutted to our very core. What do you see there? What emerges when all your guards are stripped away? I make a grand assumption here. I assume that in the midst of all that plagues the world we each reach a point at which we cannot ignore the darkness any longer. Even apathy is called to task. Perhaps I am in error here. I hope not. I hope that hope has the last word in us. I hope that whatever light is in us does not die while our mortal bodies yet walk this earth. I hope. In that hope I know of only one thing to do today and for some days to come; lament. The following words are my own and I can only speak for myself....

                How long, O Lord, will you make me walk in darkness?
                How long, O lord, will you place before my soul
                              Suffering
                              Hatred
                              Anger
                              Murder
                              Excuses
                The Evil One weaves an intoxicating lie
                    Calling all to follow blindly                                I do
                    Ignoring my hands soaked in blood                    I do
                    Ignoring the trampled bodies under my feet        I do
                    Ignoring the screams that flood my dreams           I do
                                Win
                                Ascend
                                Receive
                                   What I deserve
                In darkness I find a lover’s caress
                    Safety – hard won
                Who dares to open my eyes?
                Who plagues me with sight?
                    Leave me alone to my ignorance
                    Please
                    I can’t look in the mirror anymore
                Where are you, O Lord?
                Why did you let it go this far?
                Can’t you see us?
                                Devastation
                                Executions
                                Agony
                                Terrorism
                                Holocausts
End this – I pray
                Do not abandon me to the home I’ve made
                    Have mercy on me
                    Have mercy on us
                The resurrection of your Christ is ancient memory
                The pouring out of your Holy Spirit a passing fancy
                Come, O Creator of the universe
                    Deliver us
                    Establish your New Creation
                I seek what only you can gift
                                Forgiveness            Honesty                   Life
                                Atonement              Oneness                  Origin
                                Incarnation              Peace                      Value
                                Theophany              Epiphany                 Eternity
                                Healing
                Speak again of Christ
                Speak again of the Spirit
                Speak life, once more
                So be it. Amen.
                                                                -Krista Mendoza (7/8/16)