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


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.