Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Gratitude or giving thanks is the practice of paying attention to the moments, instances, and experiences of realizing all that we have and all that we are is a gift from God. Ideally we would be in a state of gratitude every moment of every day! However, my experience is that it takes a lot of effort on my part to really stop, recognize, name and give thanks for those things that surround me each and every day. 

This is probably not the first, nor last time that someone might suggest to you to stretch yourself and spend a few minutes each day to reflect on your day and write down or mentally tally all the moments for which you are thankful. Perhaps, this might be the time that you make a choice and take up the practice. I will tell you, it is worth those few minutes.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Getting Ready for Fall

We are now into September and it is time to look to the fall! We have a new fall schedule so please take a look and enjoy the worship and educational and fellowship opportunities.

Starting on September 13th

Adult Education - 9:30am
Childhood Education - 9:30am
Choir Rehearsal - 10:00am
Worship - 10:30am
Coffee Hour - 11:30am


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A New Community in Christ

On June 21st, 2015 Bethany Lutheran Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church chose to enter into a merger agreement with one another. We are excited, overwhelmed and anxious as we look ahead to the future of our new community of faith. We will welcome all to worship at the Bethany building on June 28th at 10am. The baptismal font from Holy Trinity stands now in the front of the sanctuary reminding us of our unity in Christ, but also of our unique qualities as members of that body. We now move into the future with the same faith that brought us to this point and with joy at the promises of Christ to never leave our side.

As we shared in a letter to members earlier this week, here are the words of Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

120th Celebration Poem

The following poem was written by the members of Bethany to commemorate 120 years of ministry. Rev. Beth Frigard facilitated the creation of the poem and beautifully wove together the comments from the community as we described the sights, sounds, smells and feeling of this faith community. Please select the image for a larger view.