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r e n n a B l e h t e B e Th January 2012

Bethel Lutheran Church 1321 North Avenue Northfield, MN 55057 507.786.6674

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Adult Ed

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Mission & Justice


Mission Interp.






Thank You


Worship Servants






‌ and much more!

The annual meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, January 29, between services. All members are invited to join us for a variety of agenda items, including: X

Election of council members;


Approval of the annual budget; and


A change to the ByLaws, Part 5, Section B5.02, regarding restructuring the Church Council.

If the by-law change is approved at the annual meeting by congregational vote, then the congregation would vote on the election of a ninth council member, in addition to the one council member currently up for re-election. In 2012, the congregation is charged with fully updating our constitution. Volunteers will be needed for this effort; if you are interested in helping, please contact Don Pavek at 612685-3207, or the church office.

Currently, the Church Council consists of eight members serving two-year terms, with the option of one two-year extension. At this time, it is possible to have four new Council members elected each year. Proposed changes include: X

Adding one council member, to bring the total number of council members to nine;


Extending the term of service from two to three years; and


Modifying the election rotation so that three council members are elected each year.

To facilitate this restructuring, current members of the Church Council would have their current terms either extended or reduced to facilitate the new rotation.

A message from Don Pavek, President of Bethel Lutheran Church: Bethel Lutheran Church Council, pursuant to Chapter 15, Section C15.03 (Regarding By-Law Change) announces a meeting to modify Part 5, Section B5.02, of our ByLaws at the annual meeting of Bethel Lutheran Church, scheduled for January 29, 2012, for the purpose of Church Council restructuring.

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Befrienders Have you ever struggled with a problem that seemed to have no solution? The following poem entitled, “The Pit” written by Kenneth D. Filkins, offers a humorous perspective as we consider various reactions to a person’s problem: A man fell into a pit and couldn't get himself out. A subjective person came along and said, "I feel for you down there." An objective person came along and said, "It's logical someone would fall down there." A Pharisee said, "Only bad people fall into pits." A news reporter wanted the exclusive story on the man's pit. Confucius said, "If you had listened to me, you wouldn't be in that pit." Buddha said, "Your pit is only a state of mind." A realist said, "That's a PIT." A scientist calculated the pressure necessary (PSI) to get him out of the pit. A geologist told him to appreciate the rock strata in the pit. A taxman asked if he was paying taxes on the pit. A council inspector asked if he had a permit to dig a pit. An evasive person came along and avoided the subject of his pit altogether. A self-pitying person said, "You haven't seen anything until you’ve seen MY pit!" A charismatic said, "Just confess that you're not in a pit." An optimist said, "Things could be worse." A pessimist said, "Things will get worse." Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.

By Marci Groenewold When we judge others on how they interpret and deal with their problems, we take away their dignity as they work to find their own solutions. It is amazing what can happen for a person experiencing “life in a pit” when they encounter a caring, non-judgmental listener. Blessings from Bethel's Befrienders †

Befriender Calendar at a Glance: Bethel Befriender meeting: “Befriending at Bethel: Confidentiality and Befriending with Compassion,” Thursday, January 19, at 7 p.m. in the Bethel Fireside Room. Befriender training: Friday-Sunday, February 17-19, at St. Dominic's.

A core Befriender principle: “Non-Judgmental Presence." For more information, call Marci Groenewold, (649-0760), Knight Stanley (612-877-0893 ), Jean Miller (645-5353), or the Bethel office (786-6674).

Adult Education Mondays


9:45-10:30 a.m. ♦ Mathetes ♦ Rock n' Faith (January 8-22)

7-8 p.m. - WELCA Bible Study (first Monday of each month)

Wednesdays ♦

10-11:15 a.m. - Bethel Bible Series, Old Testament Review (every other week) ♦ 4:30-5:30 p.m. - Mission and Justice Book Study on Human Trafficking/Slavery - Classroom 62 (starting January 11)

Thursdays ♦

8-9 a.m. - Bethel Women’s Study, Fireside Room ♦ 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Men of Bethel Classrooms 61A & B

Saturdays ♦

9-10:30 a.m. - What's So Amazing About Grace? - Location? (starts in February)

Monthly and Semi-Monthly Groups ♦

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Membership Matters, for prospective members, offered on February 5, and April 15 STARS events Mission & Justice Forums Adult Retreats Via de Cristo Monthly WELCA circles open to all women. If you are interested in joining a circle, please contact the church office.

Any and all of these adult education groups may be joined at any time. All are welcome! See details about these and other adult ed offerings on page 16.

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From the Associate Pastor... Friends in Christ, Early this fall, driving home from a day at the office, I heard part of an interview with a current member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The congressman was asked how he would characterize his relationship with a particular, highly influential colleague on the other side of the political aisle and he answered word for word, “I’m not a person who really worries about such things. I’m a policy-maker, and I’m not really worried about personal relationships”. Not long after I had a casual conversation with a current college student athlete. I asked him how class and training were going. He said it was good. I asked him how he liked the school and campus. He liked it a lot. I asked him if he had a girlfriend these days. He answered, no, he didn’t. Jokingly, I asked him why not. He laughed, and replied that he didn’t have time. To which I suggested he might want to try to make time given the great opportunity of being around quite a few folks of the same age, similar interests, and circumstances. In a way, both of these conversations struck me as a bit unsettling and perhaps shed light on a common predicament in our culture. That is, focus on relationships sometimes tends to take a back seat to other tasks, duties, or jobs. While there are certainly times when duties and job demand immediate close attention, to find that we don’t have time for relationships or that relationships become a second concern seems like a hazardous way to live and move. Part of what I always like about the Apostle Paul’s letters is the personal touch he puts in each one. He enjoys reminding believers in the various

churches to “greet each other with a holy kiss.” He encourages relationship and connection, maintaining attentiveness to these bonds. (Just read Romans 16:1-16 and make a note of all the relationships Paul mentions.) Jesus, too, raises personal relationships to a high importance. He says to all the faithful, “I do not call you servants any longer…but I have called you friends” and “Love one another as I have loved you” and “I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you”. Also, scripture often uses deeply relational images to speak of our connection to God and one another – parent and child, husband and wife, friend and neighbor, vine and branches, brother and sister, etc. In the Christmas story, we’ve recently heard again how important relationship is for God – so important that God would become flesh, live among us, and later even die for us so that we might know and receive this gift. Hearing this, as we begin this new year, we might find new encouragement and purpose to take time, or even make

time for our personal relationships with others. If needed, put it in your schedule. It seems it would be a worthy undertaking, for a politician, a student, an Apostle, you, and me. With that, I remind you of the beautiful personal relationship that you receive from Christ every day. The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

National Public Radio. September 22, 2011. Minute 6:20 of the interview for the quote. mediaPlayer.html? action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=140702490 &m=140717198 2 Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:26 1

Please Call the Church Office If… ♦

You or a family member is hospitalized

You are experiencing an extended illness

You have a new baby

You have a death in your family

You have a prayer request

You have a new address, phone number, or email address

You would like to learn more about membership at Bethel

You would like to be added to the mailing list

You would like to request home communion

You would like a Befriender to contact you

You would like a pastor to contact you

Bethel's phone number is 786-6674.

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Church and Home Ministry ~ Partners in Faith

By Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries

Recently in our 4th Grade CAT Class we were studying the first commandment – “You shall have no other Gods.” We discussed the idea that putting God first is best done when we put him in the middle. Putting God first does not mean spending all day every day in prayer, worship, devotion, or other “Godly” activities. Certainly we try to incorporate these activities into our daily life but we don’t finish up our time of prayer, check it off the list, and declare that we have completed our “God” time for the day.

Instead, in addition to our prayer, worship, time of devotion, etc., when we really try to keep the first commandment, we bring God into every aspect of our day. We choose words and actions that reflect God. We treat everyone we meet as if they truly are the “image of God.” In every decision we make we let God lead the way. This month spend time in your home talking about the ways that God is in the middle of your every day life. How does knowing God affect your decisions, your words, your actions?

As you review your highs and lows each day talk about the ways in which the day may have been different had you not let God enter in or how a situation might have gone differently had you listened more closely for God’s voice in that circumstance. “…what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. Deuteronomy 11:12

Children’s Ministry Update Baptismal Remembrance Sunday ~ On Sunday, January 8, we will be observing the baptism of Jesus by remembering the baptism of our youngest members. At both services our children who have been baptized but are not yet of Sunday School age will be gathered around the altar with parents and baptismal sponsors (if available) as we remember the promises

made at the time of their baptism. Families of these children should have received a mailing in mid-December regarding this information. If you did not, please contact the church office immediately. Third Grade Prayer Class ~ Third grade families, mark your calendars now. Beginning on Sunday, February 12, and running through Sunday, March 11, all third graders and

Nursery News Rides Needed! ~ This winter was blissfully uneventful in December, but we can't count on that for the rest of the winter! Can you help our St. Olaf nursery staff get to Bethel on a Sunday morning? If you are a first service worshipper and could offer a roasty, toasty ride to our dedicated nursery staff once or twice a month, please call Juley Jenkinson at 645-4558 to receive more details.

Hooray for Coco Schuster, our December Artist of the Month! Stop by to see her creativity on the bulletin board outside the nursery. Parents, start planning now! Our next super fun Parents' Night Out event will take place in February. Check the movie previews and watch for more information coming soon!

Juley Jenkinson, Nursery Coordinator


their parents will be gathering for a special Sunday School class on prayer, led by Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries. Watch your mail at the end of this month for details.

Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries 786-8878

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Bethel News Bethel Women Having Fun has two sign-up sheets on the information table in January: First, BWHF will be having lunch at St. Olaf in the King's Room on Tuesday, January 17, with a tour of the new Science Center to follow. Then in February, BWHF will head to Plymouth for lunch and the play “Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress” at the Plymouth Playhouse on Wednesday, February 22. We have the best 30 seats in the house: in front in the middle. Wow! Interested women need to sign up by January 31. The cost of this trip is $36 payable to Lu Lindstrom by February 5; please send your check to Judy Code. The Monthly Senior Coffee will return on January 2 in the CLC. Bring your leftover holiday treats and enjoy some relaxing fellowship with Bethel friends!

Host Families Needed Open your heart and home for five weeks this summer to a 10- or 11-year old child from Northern Ireland. Over 4,000 Catholic and Protestant boys and girls from Belfast and surrounding communities have experienced the hospitality of families like yours throughout the program's 40 years of operation. Children selected to participate in the program will arrive in the Twin Cities at the end of June and depart with a lifetime of memories and friendships at the beginning of August. Call 651-405-1108 or go to to find out how you can participate.

The Bethel quilters will be assembling quilts for Christmas Sharing and Lutheran World Relief on January 24, 9 a.m. to noon. No sewing happens - layering, pinning, and tying knots is what we do. Newcomers are welcome! In 2011, 60 quilts were given to Christmas Sharing and another 60 quilts were taken to Lutheran World Relief. Wow! Remember! The deadline for the February issue of the Banner is January 15. If you would like to be added to the submission reminder email list, contact Lisa at Thanks!

Bethel Women Having Fun All Bethel women are invited to join in the fun with this traveling monthly fellowship group! Tuesday, January 17 - St. Olaf Science Hall Tour, lunch at the Ole Store Wednesday, February 22 - “Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress” (with front row seats!) Tuesday, March 20 - State Capitol, St. Paul Tuesday or Wednesday, April 17 or 18, Theater (TBA) May - No event (working on the Garage Sale) Tuesday, June 19 - Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis Tuesday, July 17 - Boat Ride Tuesday, August 21 - Potluck at Judy Code’s house

Not Too Late for Christmas Offering! If you did not have a chance to make your Christmas offering - it's not too late! This year, Bethel's Christmas offering is being divided between two organizations: When much of Joplin, MO, was destroyed by a tornado in May 2011, ELCA Domestic Disaster Response sprung into action, helping with immediate needs and longer term rebuilding. The needs remain dire. The other half of the Christmas offering will go to Camp Noah, a camp started by Lutheran Social Service that brings a 5-day healing experience to children and youth who survive a severe disaster. In the last 14 years, this camp has served needs in 17 states and has ministered to more than 7,000 young people. If you wish to contribute, make your check payable to Bethel and put "Christmas offering" on the memo line - or use the Christmas offering envelope that arrived in your mailbox along with all the catalogs and Christmas cards in December. Thank you for all that you give!

Did You Know? The Christmas season doesn't end until Epiphany (January 6), when we celebrate the Magi arriving at the stable bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. (Some families wait until January 6 to exchange gifts!) The season of Epiphany stretches all the way to Transfiguration Sunday (the Sunday before Ash Wednesday) and is a time when the church celebrates the glory, the "awesomeness" of Christ, and focuses on the calling and sending of disciples. Celebrate with us!

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Bethel Youth News The Youth Fundraising Team will meet in the Youth Center at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9. Confirmation classes will resume Wednesday, January 4, at 7 p.m. for all 7th through 9th grade youth and small group leaders. 6th Grade Connections will meet at 7 p.m. in the Barb Hanson Youth Center on Wednesdays, January 4 and 18, this month. A parent planning team meeting will take place both evenings in room #61A at 6:30 p.m. Middle School Youth – something new! Every month this winter, we will be gathering for a Middlers Movie Mob. We have a great space for movies in the Bethel Youth Center, and we’re going to help banish any winter blues that may come after the holidays. Instead of a singing flash mob, we’ll meet up for a Movie Mob!

Our first movie night will be held Friday, January 6, from 7 – 9 p.m. We’ll watch a movie and have snacks and even play a few games, if time allows. All 6th – 8th grade youth are welcome – join us for a cozy, fun night with your Bethel friends! Sunday School classes resume at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2012. The second of three 6th Grade Lord’s Prayer retreats will take place in the Youth Center on Sunday, January 8, from noon to 3:30 p.m. All 6th grade youth are invited. Please sign up at the information station in the Youth Center or call or email Barb. Parents, if you’re available to help with this event, please contact Barb Farmer. MS/HS Ski Trip ~ Information about this year’s winter ski trip for middle and high school youth has been

sent to all Bethel families. This year’s trip is a day ski trip to Welch Village on Saturday, January 14 (no school Monday!), that will be open to all youth from Bethel and other Northfield churches. We’ll leave at 2:30 p.m. and ski into the evening, returning at 11 p.m. Parents are welcome to come along on this trip as well; we will need some chaperones. Consent forms and ski rental forms were included with the informational letter; those forms and your registration are due to Barb Farmer on Sunday, January 8, if you are interested in the YouthQuake, continued on Page 7.

Barb Farmer, Director of Youth Ministries 786-8877

Cherish the Little Things

By Barb Farmer, Director of Youth Ministries

It’s a new year. Many of us have put away the last of the Santas and angels and nativities that graced our homes in December. We look ahead at twelve unblemished months in the new year, and we begin our to-do lists and our resolutions. We want to make the coming weeks and days as memorable as this past year, and we believe that, with any luck or clarity of purpose, they may even be better. We do that with the glow of holiday memories still fresh in our heads, as precious or difficult as they may have been. So many times, those resolutions revolve around our attempts to create the treasured memories we hope for. I was rereading an article the other day about some research completed by the Families and Work Institute a few years ago. In the survey, young people were

interviewed about their likes and dislikes, their needs and wants, and what is of greatest value to them. In one of the survey questions, kids were asked what they will remember most about growing up. When their parents were questioned about how they thought their child would answer, parents repeatedly mentioned “big events” such as vacations, family reunions, and so on. In fact, the author states, “kids talked about the small, everyday rituals and traditions that say to them, ‘We’re a family.’” Those little things may simply be the way you say goodbye to each other every morning as you start your day, a special note in their lunchbox, a good-night song or ritual you share, a silly nickname. The learning from this research that may have been unforeseen to many is that

families build connections and memories through those little consistent customs and habits they share. Of course, as a church youth director, I’m going to encourage you to include some faith traditions in those everyday happenings – perhaps a prayer before meals, a simple blessing as you walk out the door, an exchange about where you saw God today. I’m sure many of you already have some very rich traditions you could add to the list of suggestions. Memories are created through repetition. They help make us the people we are. If we want our children to truly be people of God, a resolve to include God in our daily routine is an important resolution for every new year!

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Just Say Y.E.S. …

(That's Youth Energized to Serve)

The Y.E.S. team wants middle and high school youth to take part in opportunities to help others in our community and beyond. Current Y.E.S. opportunities are: January 22 ~ Pizza, Project and Planning: We need all middle school and high school youth to come to the Barb Hanson Youth Room after the second service on Sunday, January 22nd. There will be a fun Valentine's Day service project to help with, lots of pizza to eat and you can even learn how to be part of the 2012 March Food Drive team this year! Come join us by saying say "YES" to Pizza, Project, & Planning!

From the Scrip Table...

Meals on Wheels – We have just eight Sundays in 2012 to fill up! Please give this service a try and help us complete our YES team commitment to deliver the Blue Route each Sunday after the second service. Grab a friend or go with your family. It takes less than 30 minutes delivering to people who live in the retirement centers around Bethel. They truly appreciate your service!

Many many thanks to those of you who purchased Scrip during the fall sale! Whether for giftgiving or everyday purchases, using Scrip makes sense as a way to build your summer mission trip account. Remember that anyone can start a Scrip account to be used toward a mission trip of your choice: to Nicaragua with ISLA, to India, Haiti, or South Dakota!

You can continue to sign-up in the youth room or on this link: http://<http://>

Even though the sale has ended, families may continue to bring in orders from family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to build your trip account. Again, these are purchases that are going to be made anyway so using Scrip makes sense! And consistency is the key to continued growth of your account.

YouthQuake, continued from page 16. trip. Join us for some winter fun! Hi League will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, January 11 and 25, this month. The second of three Senior Stepping Stones Retreats will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 29. Please join us for this time of conversation and preparation for graduation. We’ll look back at the beginning of this important year and ahead at what you’ll want to be sure to include in the rest of your year. Lunch will be provided. Remember that your senior quilt squares are to be turned in if you miss the January 15 deadline. If you have not been able to complete them, you will be able to do so after your squares have been stitched together. Parents who can stay after the retreat will meet to start planning the assembly of the quilts.

Kids In Church A little boy was in a relative's wedding. As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar. So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle. As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit. When the pastor asked what he was doing, the child proudly said, "I was being the Ring Bear." One Sunday in a Midwest City , a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before

reaching the safety of the narthex, the little one called loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!" Six-year old Angie , and her four-year old brother, Joel , were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers." A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a

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Highlights of the November Church Council Meeting Blair Fowler, Trustee, reported on the installation of lights in the garbage bin area. Jirik Sod has been hired for snow removal. Karen Adams is working on our fall/winter landscaping. Jerald Olson, Personnel Officer, reported that a youth and children support staff person has been approved at 6-10 hours a week for the 2012 budget. The personnel committee will also be spending time looking at future staff needs. Barb Fowler, Treasurer, reported that income is $3,000 ahead of last year. We have received an estate gift towards the building fund. We have prepaid another $30, 000 on the building loan. Noel Stratmoen, Steward, reported that the recipient of the Thanksgiving offering will be ELCA World Hunger. Sandy Reiman, at-large Council member, reported that the sanctuary Christmas tree will be donated by Gary Hanson. There is still money left in the 2011 Visual Arts budget; they will request that this money be put in a designated account to save for future use. The goal for the coming year is to expand banner choices for the liturgical year. Scott Stark, at-large Council member, reported that Ruth Bolstad has accepted the position of Kitchen Manager. There are some improvements in the equipment in the kitchen. A baptismal font has been ordered and a down payment made; delivery is expected in early 2012. Barb Fowler presented the proposed 2012 budget. Pastor Tim requested that the congregation be made aware at the budget meeting and at the annual meeting that the 2012 budget contains a cost of living raise of 2% for staff. He also asked that we commend our congregation for their generous support of our budget every year. He noted that many congregations are not able to offer raises to their staff and are actually having to cut staff. Council restructuring and an update to the constitution were also discussed. (See page 1 for details.)

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Financial News and Notes Enjoy the convenience of electronic giving Bethel Lutheran Church offers electronic giving, which allows you to make donations on a scheduled, automatic basis. If you are writing checks and preparing envelopes every week, you will especially appreciate electronic giving. It is convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for Bethel. Simply Giving can be used for your regular faith-based giving and/or building fund pledge. How to get started ~ To set up electronic donations, simply complete the authorization form which can be found on Bethelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website ( or on the information table in the narthex. Donations can be debited automatically from either a checking or savings account. Return the completed form to the church office, attention Gloria West. If you have any questions, please contact Gloria at 786-6687 or

Capital Campaign

Thanks for making Bethel your Thrivent Choice!!

Capital Campaign 07/01/10 - 06/30/13

Since September 2010, Bethel Lutheran Church has received $5,819 from the Thrivent Choice Dollars Program because Thrivent members have directed their dollars to Bethel. The number of Bethel Thrivent Members who have made Bethel their choice has grown to 30. If you or a family member have questions about the program or need assistance visit or call 800-847-4836.

Results as of 11/30/2011 Pledges


Pledges Received


Pledges to be Received


Non-Pledges Received


Building Debt




World Vision (30 hour famine)

Good Samaritan Funds used

Youth Scholarship funds used



220 ELCA Disaster- Tornado



2,825 2,825 Thanksgiving Offering 2011

3,025 Habitat/Humanity

6,050 3,025 Easter Offering 2011

Ruth's House

18,235 744 Total CAC Food Shelf

Soup Suppers

17,491 CAC Food Shelf

574 Sun. Sch.- 8th Gr. Mission Trip

1,939 778 Sun. Sch.- Christmas Sharing

Total Sunday School

587 Sunday School- ISLA

Global Mission/Justice



CAC Thursday's Table

ELCA World Hunger


Nfld. Retirement Center



Lutheran Social Services

Benevolence Contingency



Community Action Center

262 Cannon River Conf.-ELCA

22,917 SE MN Synod

As of October 30, 2011


12/15/2011 Building Debt

Year-to-date Benevolences



Additional Principal payments

Horn of Africa



Scheduled Principal payments

Gloria West, Church Accountant

Tanzania 100th Anniversary


Horn of Africa

1/15/2009 Building Debt

9 5 p.m. NRC Smoking Cessation Class 5:30 p.m. Youth Fundraising Team

8 See schedule below Baptismal Remembrance Sunday 9:45 a.m. Rock n’ Faith 12 p.m. Lord's Prayer Retreat

15 16 See schedule below Martin Luhter King, 9:45 a.m. Rock n’ Faith Jr.’s Birthday 9:30 a.m. Martha Circle 5 p.m. NRC Smoking Cessation Class

2 10 a.m. Senior Coffee Time 5 p.m. NRC Smoking Cessation Class 7 p.m. WELCA Bible Study


1 10 a.m. Worship Service


17 Bethel Women Having Fun 2 p.m. Bethel Programming Staff meeting 6:30 p.m. Liberty Park Townhome Assn.

10 9:30 a.m. Bandage Folding 2 p.m. Bethel Programming Staff meeting 6:30 p.m. Liberty Park Townhome Assn. 7 p.m. Lydia Circle 7 p.m. Scout Den Parent meeting

3 2 p.m. Bethel Programming Staff meeting


18 See schedule below 4:30 p.m. Trafficking Book Study 7 p.m. 6th Grade Connections

11 See schedule below 4:30 p.m. Trafficking Book Study 7 p.m. Hi League

4 See schedule below 1:30 p.m. Stewardship Committee meeting 7 p.m. 6th Grade Connections


Friday 6 Epiphany 7:00 p.m. Middlers Movie Mob

19 20 8 a.m. Bethel Women's Via de Cristo Training Study 8:30 a.m. Men of Bethel 11 a.m. SE MN Synod Children, Youth, & Family Network meeting 5:30 p.m. SE MN Synod Children, Youth, & Family Network meeting 7 p.m. Befriender Meeting 7 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 344 meeting

12 13 8 a.m. Bethel Women's Study 8:30 a.m. Men of Bethel 7 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 344 meeting 7 p.m. Church Council meeting

5 8 a.m. Bethel Women's Study 8:30 a.m. Men of Bethel 5:30 p.m. Personnel Committee meeting 7 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 344 meeting


21 Via de Cristo Training

14 2:30 p.m. MS HS Ski Event



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Calendar — January 2011

28 11 a.m. Via de Cristo Ultreya

Look for more information about events at Bethel on our website at:

8:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion 9:45 a.m. Sunday School (begins September 18) and coffee fellowship Adult options: Mathetes, adult forums 10:45 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

(exceptions and additions noted above) 9 a.m. Administrative Staff Meeting 3:30 p.m. BAM 4:30 p.m. Making Sense of Scripture 5:30 p.m. Bistro 6:30 p.m. Vespers 7 p.m. Bell Choir Rehearsal 7 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal 7 p.m. Confirmation


(exceptions and additions noted above)

26 8 a.m. Bethel Women's Study 8:30 a.m. Men of Bethel 7 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 344 meeting

Weekly Wednesday Schedule

31 2 p.m. Bethel Programming Staff meeting

29 30 See schedule below 5 p.m. NRC Smoking (no Adult Ed) Cessation Class 9:45 a.m. Annual Meeting of the Congregation 12 p.m. Senior Stepping Stones Retreat

25 See schedule below Bethel Staff Retreat 4:30 p.m. Trafficking Book Study 7 p.m. Hi League

Weekly Sunday Schedule

24 Bethel Staff Retreat 9 a.m. Bethel Quilters 5 p.m. NRC Smoking Cessation Class

22 23 See schedule below 5 p.m. NRC Smoking 9:45 a.m. Rock nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Faith Cessation Class 7 p.m. Lois Circle

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Mark Your Calendars

February 12 ~ Annual Valentine Dinner

February 17-20 ~ Befriender Training

February 24-25 ~ Adult Winter Retreat

March 22 and May 10 ~ STARS luncheons

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From the Mission and Justice Committee Vision Statement: Since we believe that service is both an obligation and a privilege of the Christian life, we seek to provide opportunities for Bethel members to learn about the needs of others in our world and to put their knowledge into action, heeding Christ's call to "Love your neighbor as yourself."

As you know from the Christmas letter you received from the Stewardship Committee in December, Bethel’s Christmas offering this year was divided equally between the ELCA Domestic Disaster Response (earmarked for needs in tornadodevastated Joplin, MO) and Camp Noah, a Lutheran Social Service camp which serves children and youth who have survived a major disaster. Now we are open to input from you -- but first a bit of explanation. We have three special offerings each year: at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. What makes them particularly special is that we keep none of the money at Bethel. It is Bethel’s special joy to give all of the offerings to those outside our walls and to include local, national, and


(Interfaith Services to Latin America) At the ISLA meeting in late October, I raised a question regarding a one-time age restriction on insurance for seniors volunteering for duty in Nicaragua. To my delight, following that meeting, I was informed by ISLA officials that the age restriction no longer exists. That is good news for all age 70+ volunteers. Jim Dimick The registration deadline for the ISLA Spring Break trip, March 15 - March 27, 2012, is February 1. Go to to download a registration application and more information.

international organizations each year. The Mission and Justice Committee usually makes recommendations to the Stewardship Committee, and the Stewardship Committee makes the final decisions concerning the recipients of the special offerings. The Mission and Justice and Stewardship Committees are open to ideas from you for the recipients of the special offerings. Of course, with several factors to consider, we cannot promise that your suggestion will be used, but we will prayerfully consider any ideas you give to us. Thanks be to God that Bethel members continue to be blessings through these offerings that are so important in the lives of our sisters and brothers. Bethel already has 124 households signed up for the, but we hope to add more households on Sunday, January 15, when the challenge is the ministry of the week. Please stop by the ministry table that day to sign-up or to find out more information about the challenge. The challenge lets

households sign up for the efforts they are willing to make to decrease energy use at home and gives ideas for actions that you may not have known about. Currently, Bethel is in 5th place for participation among the 255 participating congregations in Minnesota. It is amazing to think that Bethel members have pledged to cut down on energy use in the amount of over $78,000 annually and to cut down on carbon emissions by over 840,000 lbs. annually. Sign up on January 15 so we can do even more. This project is supported by the Creation Care Team. Creation Care Tip ~ The holidays are over, but are you still receiving unwanted catalogs? Each year, 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers. All these catalogs require more than 53 million trees and 56 billion gallons of wastewater to produce - and many of us don't even know how we got on so many mailing lists! To cancel catalogs, visit and within 10 weeks, your mailbox will be empty of unwanted catalogs. Sit down and do it today!

LPGM Minute for Mission As one year comes to an end and another begins, Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry gives thanks for all you do to further God’s ministry in the world. Because of your support and encouragement, Christians around the world are able to do ministry in their local community, and the good news about the baby Jesus is proclaimed to thousands of people who have never heard it before. Thank you for being a partner in ministry with us.

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From Our Mission Interpreter... Last month I shared with you brief descriptions of some of the variety of missions around the world in which you—through your membership in a congregation of the ELCA—are taking part and helping to support. This month I’ll bring your attention to missions much closer to home, perhaps even in your own home: On the campuses of Minnesota State Universities in Mankato and Winona, Lutheran Campus Ministry has been busy this fall welcoming new and returning students. Lutheran Campus Ministry works hard to plan worship services the students find appealing and relevant and to provide programs and events that prompt students to retain their ties with the ELCA. You can help Lutheran Campus Ministry in our synod by: X

Letting us know if a student you know is attending MSU in Mankato ( or in Winona ( We want to welcome them to campus and invite them to become

By Lois Stratmoen

involved in worship away from home.

280-9547, ext 104, or 800-426-6376 in Minnesota.


Asking the students you know if they’ve checked out Lutheran Campus Ministry on their campus.


Praying for young adults, and for young adult ministry in our church.

So, if you were wondering if the ELCA, and our synod in particular, have forgotten about opportunities for supporting our church and its members closer to home, the answer is “no,” and here were two examples.

Another ministry that has been formed is the CYF prayer ministry. Prayer offers incredible opportunity to both lift up and give thanks for what’s on our hearts. The synod has formed a Children, Youth and Family Ministry Prayer Team, and you are invited to join this ministry. This would complement our own Bethel Prayer Friends connections for our 8th graders and high school seniors. People of all ages and places are needed, so prayerfully consider if you are called to join this vital team ministry. As part of the Children, Youth and Family Ministry, members will receive weekly emails with prayer petitions and requests regarding children, youth and family ministry within the synod and globally. Contact Karen Gieske, synod CYF Ministry Coordinator at or call 507-

“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16.

Nordic Choir to Perform Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will present a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis. Conducted by Dr. Allen Hightower, the choir will perform sacred choral works. $20 adults, $10 students; for tickets visit or call 1-800-4LUTHER. They will also be performing at Sunday morning services at Wayzata Community Church the following day at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Pastoral Care At Bethel, we teach, preach, and live the truth that every one of us is loved, valued, and belongs. Our pastoral care team and supporting ministries, such as Befrienders, prayer ministry, home communion, etc., provide care that is confidential, Christ-focused, and spiritual. We desire to be connected to you while you are experiencing peaks and valleys in your walk with Christ. Through the good times as well as through the tough ones, whatever your circumstances, Bethel is a loving family that wants to share God’s love for you. Please contact us by phone if you desire pastoral care. If You Are In the Hospital…Bethel's pastoral staff would like to be there for you when you are admitted to the hospital or other facility for illness or surgery, but due to privacy regulations, we do not get a call from the hospital when you are admitted. If you would like a pastoral care provider to visit you, please be sure that someone — you or a family member or a friend — calls the Bethel office to let us know of your admission. Thank you for the privilege of sharing the presence of Christ with you in your time of need. Tim McDermott and Charlie Ruud, Pastors, 786-6674 and Pam Santerre, Pastoral Minister, 786-8951

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Ongoing and Upcoming Adult Education Bethel is committed to building and equipping disciples for Christ and His Kingdom through our Adult Education offerings. We encourage every adult in our Bethel community to participate in the forums, classes, and retreats that are offered this year. For all Adults on Sunday Mornings Adult Ed Classes Mathetes with Pastor Tim, 9:4510:30 a.m., Fireside Room Learn through Scripture what it means to be a disciple of Christ, with a focus this winter on the Lord’s Prayer. Rock n' Faith, January 8 – 22 - An examination and discussion of popular music, the world, and faith led by Pastor Charlie. If you're looking for easy listening, you've come to the wrong place! Membership Matters, February 5 and April 15 – 12 to 1:30 p.m. If you are a Bethel visitor who is thinking about joining Bethel, you are invited to join the Bethel staff on one of the above dates for a casual pizza lunch and an informative gathering about Bethel congregation, its mission and ministries, and our hopes and dreams for the future. While not required, MM may help you decide if Bethel is the right congregation for you. Adult Faith Forums Sunday Mornings, 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Adult Ed Opportunities during the Week A class on the overview of the Bethel Bible Series Old Testament meets every other Wednesday in the Bethel library from 10 to 11:15 a.m. This series helps us understand the Bible’s lessons by first understanding the historical and cultural context in which it was written. This class is led by Kris and Caryl Vohs. For more information, contact them at 645-6009.

Mission and Justice Book Study on Human Trafficking/Slavery Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Bethel Classroom 62 Mission and Justice Films - Human Trafficking and Slavery - Wednesdays, February 8, 15 and 22, 2012, 4:30– 5:30 p.m., Bethel Classroom 62 What's So Amazing About Grace - with Jill Eastman, 910:30 a.m., Saturdays, February 18-March 31, in the Fireside Room. Join a book study on What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey in which we will explore this question in depth. In 1987, an IRA bomb buried Gordon Wilson and his twenty-year-old daughter beneath five feet of rubble. Gordon alone survived. And forgave. He said of the bombers, “I have lost my daughter, but I bear no grudge. . . . I shall pray, tonight and every night, that God will forgive them.” His words caught the media's ear--and out of one man's grief, the world got a glimpse of grace. Grace is the church's great distinction. It's the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else--for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world. If grace is God's love for the undeserving, he asks, then what does it look like in action? And if Christians are its sole dispensers, then how are we doing at lavishing grace on a world that knows far more of cruelty and unforgiveness than it does of mercy? Contact Jill Eastman for details-507-301-2822. ‘James’ a Book of Faith Study – Wednesdays, February 29 - March 21, Bethel Classroom 62 The key to understanding and appreciating the New Testament Letter of James is wisdom - the creative gift of God that enables God's people to live and grow in responsible maturity. As

you participate in this foursession Bible study, you may well find comfort, strength, and power in the letter of James. Genesis to Revelation – Wednesdays, April 4 – May 16, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Bethel Classroom 62 A fun snapshot view and discussion of the Bible from cover to cover led by Pastor Charlie. Bethel Women’s Study, Thursdays, 8 – 9 a.m., Bethel’s Fireside Room Women of Bethel meet each Thursday for good coffee and rich conversation. We are reading The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg. New attendees are welcome to join us at any time and can pick up a copy of the book at Monkey See, Monkey Read in downtown Northfield. For more information, contact Pam Santerre at 786-8951. Men of Bethel (MOB), Thursdays, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Bethel Classrooms 61 A&B Men of Bethel are doing a new book study starting in January. New participants are always welcome. Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) Bible Study The 2011-2012 Bible study is To Follow and To Serve: The Gospel of Mark by Patricia Lull. This study is an invitation to discipleship in the 21st century, emphasizing what it means to follow Jesus Christ today. Barb Holm will be leading a monthly study for WELCA circle leaders and anyone else who is interested. They will meet most months on the first Monday of each month, from 7-8 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Please contact Barb at 3018184 if you plan to attend and need the study materials.

Adult Ed, continued on Page 15.

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Adult Ed, continued from page 14. Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) Circles Women gather together in their WELCA Circles monthly for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. They are open to all women; Bethel has several to fit any schedule. If you are interested in joining a circle, or would like to begin a new group, please contact Marcia Omdahl at 664-9052. Workshops, Retreats, Events, Support Groups Via de Cristo is a Spanish phrase meaning "Way of Christ." A Via de Cristo weekend is a three-day retreat designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and bring them to a new awareness of living in God's grace. Via de Cristo is open to all adults, single or married. If you are interested in attending, or have already attended one and want to volunteer to work a weekend, please contact Mike and Sandy Ahrens or Roger and Vikki VanVeldhuizen for more information. Upcoming Via de Cristo Retreats that are scheduled here at Bethel: March 8-11, Men's weekend March 15-18, Women's Adult Winter Retreat, Friday evening, February 24 through Saturday afternoon, February 25, 2012 at the Mt. Olivet Retreat Center. Mark your calendar and watch future Banners for more information. Bethel Seniors Together At Retirements (STARS) Quarterly events Luncheon and Program at Bethel, Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12 – 2 p.m. at Bethel – Save the date! Luncheon and Program at Bethel, Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12 – 2 pm at Bethel – Save the date!

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News from the Synod Office Anyone interested in serving on the Synod Council, Augsburg College Corporation Board, Committee on Consultation, or Committee on Discipline or as a 2013 Churchwide Assembly voting member should now fill out a nomination form. The synod committee positions will be voted on at the 2012 Synod Assembly and should be submitted to the Synod Nominating Committee by February 29, 2012.

Churchwide Assembly voting member nomination forms should be submitted to conference deans or the synod office by January 15, 2012. More details, including both printable and online forms available at

MLK Day Celebration The Northfield Human Rights Commission plans and organizes the community celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday held each January. The 2012 event will be held on January 16 at the Northfield High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Our speaker this year will be local attorney John Fossum, who will give a history and overview of international criminal law. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin will be the emcee. There will be entertainment, refreshments, and the Northfield Human Rights Award will be given. The event is free and open to the public, and will be ASL interpreted.

How Can You Show Your Love? Want to do something special for your spouse to show how much you care? Attend a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend and focus on just the two of you. Engaging presentations by both lay and clergy leaders give you tools and information while exercises and conversations with your spouse in the privacy of your hotel room revitalize romance, deepen communication, and nourish the spirituality in your marriage

The Spring Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends in Minnesota are February 10-12 (think Valentines!) in Brooklyn Center, March 23-25 in Duluth and May 4-6 in Walker. Please register several weeks in advance. For more information, contact Dick & Judy Dehnel at 952-432-3105, Pete & Phyllis McMahon at 763-561-1575 or visit

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January Worship Servants January 1 - 10 a.m.

Happy New Year!

January 8

January 15

January 22

January 29

Assisting Minister (8:30 a.m.)


Mike Ahrens

Carol Lysne

Noel Stratmoen

Eric Lundin

Assisting Minister (10:45 a.m.)

10 a.m. - Mike Ahrens

Mike Ahrens

Candy Nordine

Knight Stanley

Joel Leer

Reader (8:30 a.m.)


Ann Etter

Bethel Youth

Sandy Reiman

Bill Hoekstra

Reader (10:45 a.m.)

10 a.m. - Carol Cole

Robyn Peterson

Bethel Youth

Elizabeth Leer

Mary Carlsen

Acolytes (8:30 a.m.)


Grace Peterson, Lilly Prestemon

Ben Selchow, Sam Hegseth

Channing Cade, Joey Glampe

Ella Kelm, Oskar Kuehl

Acolytes (10:45 a.m.) 10 a.m. - If you are

Jack Brachmann, Nissa Christianson

Brooke Domish, Marcus Hauck

Signe & Tatum Hauck

Maiah Hennager, Grace McDonald

n/a Sacramental Ministers (8:30 a.m.)

Carol Cole, Jill Eastman, Connie DeGrote, Sandy Ahrens, Rose Turnacliff

Bethel Youth

Abbie Meierbachtol, Dot Swanson, Marcia Omdahl, Kristi Huettl, Sandy Reiman

Rose Turnacliff, Mike & Sandy Ahrens, need two more

here, please jump in!

Sacramental Ministers (10:45 a.m.)

10 a.m. - Sandy Ahrens, Wendell Arneson & Beth Christenson, Kitty Runzheimer, Carol Cole

Barb Neitzel, Pam Vig, Carol Lysne, Marci Groenewold, Sandy Peterson

Bethel Youth

Cindy Kreis, Roger & Vikki VanVeldhuizen, Barb Farmer, Marci Groenewold

Barb Neitzel, Barb Henwood, Carol Lysne, Marci Groenewold, Sandy Peterson

Ushers (8:30 a.m.)


Marilyn & Gordon Kelley, Mac Gimse, Roger Glasgow

Bethel Youth

Steve Meierbachtol, Kyle Nordine, Jim Moberg, Tony Huettl

Dale Turnacliff, Char & David Jacobsen, Roger Glasgow

Ushers (10:45 a.m.)

Bethel Youth 10 a.m. - Gary Hanson, Gerry & Carol Gengenbach, Steve & Barb & Tadd Henwood, Roger Van Carol O'Neill Veldhuizen

Marv Farmer, Chad & Juley Jenkinson, Barb Henwood

Ryan Blumhoefer, Barb & Tadd Henwood, Marv Farmer

Greeters (8:30 a.m.)


Ed Durand, Debra Peters

Carol Cole, Elaine Deim

Bob Phelps, Jim Holden Bruce & Cheryl Dueffert

Henry Mueller

Marilyn & Gordon Kelley

Sandy Reiman, Rosann Brawley

Kathy & Mike Glampe

Charlie Radman, Ken Larson

Nametags (8:30 a.m.)


Thora & Bob Phelps

Connie & Gary DeGrote

Ed Durand, Merry Hoekstra

Kevin & Donna Halverson

Nametags (10:45 a.m.)

10 a.m. - Connie & Gary DeGrote

Jeff & Cindy Kreis

Tim Larson, Tom Brawley

Alyssa & Russ Bauer

Laura Domish, Jean Mueller

Coffee Servers


Daina & Joe Meillier, Carol Cole, Elaine Deim, Merry & Gerry Hoekstra, Jennie Moberg

Alyssa & Russ Bauer, Gordon & Marilyn Kelley, Kevin & Donna Halverson, Bruce & Cheryl Dueffert, Jean & Henry Mueller

Daina & Joe Meillier, Laura Domish, Charlie Radman, Jeff & Cindy Kreis, Ken & Phyllis Larson

Connie & Gary DeGrote, Sandy Reiman, Deb & Dave Peters, Caroline & Jim Holden, Wanda & Tim Larsen

Greeters (10:45 a.m.) 10 a.m. - Carol Cole,

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January 1

Happy New Year!

January 8

January 15

January 22

January 29

Altar Care

Pastor Tim McDermott Carol Lysne

Rosann Brawley

Pastor Tim McDermott Alyce Kivell

Communion Angels

Alice Dale, Arlene Neil

Sharon Stoeck, Kay Gredvig

Carol Cole

Elaine Deim, Dick and Orpah Johnson

Juley Jenkinson

A/V Room (8:30 a.m.)


Seth Hanson V Liam Fisher A

Jordan Ett V Jack Beaumaster A

Jordan Ett V Ruth Nelson A

Nathan Dahlen V Ben Coleman A

A/V Room (10:45 a.m.)

10 a.m. Seth Hanson V David Kreis A

Jordan Ett V Andrew Kivell A

Mark Lewis V Joe Kreis A

Nathan Dahlen V Rose Mibus A

Mark Lewis V Patrick Walker A

Service Group Chairperson: Caroline Holden, 645-5313

Christian Service: Bob Phelps

A Measure of Our Commitment December Worship Attendance average per Sunday 2008








Average Year-to-date Worship Attendance 2008








The Bethel Banner is published monthly as a ministry of Bethel Lutheran Church of Northfield, Minnesota. The congregation is invited to submit articles to the church office. Articles are due by the 15th of each month. Questions, suggestions, or comments? Contact editor Lisa McDermott at, by phone at 645-0740, or call the church office at 786-6674.

* not including December 25, 2011

Bethel Hits the Big Time! As a fun and useful project, last year’s 7th grade Sunday School class put together three video advertisements highlighting three Bethel ministries – Bible, Arts, Music (BAM), Bethel Sunday School, and Bethel Bistro. These advertisements can be viewed on YouTube! Type in these links at

BAM – watch?v=1ArzPG6p_H4 Sunday School – http:// v=IgMFWE7Yct8 Bistro – watch?v=IzOA5OWOakE

You can also just search for “Bethel Northfield” at; several other great videos will also come up!

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Messages from Our Bishops A Christmas Message from Bishop Hanson For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. (Titus 2:11) Yes In this world where God creates with deep beauty and profound mystery. In this world where so many yearn for God's healing and peace. In this world where some have thought God has forsaken us: Yes Here, in this world, the grace of God has appeared. Not just in this world but for you. Yes For you, weary from trying to meet the expectations of others. For you, worrying about an uncertain future. For you, wondering if you are worthy. Yes For you, the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation. Not just for you but for all. Yes For all, salvation has come in the

wonder of God in mercy bending low to meet us in our humanity. In the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection. In the power and promise of the gospel's proclamation, God's goodness and loving-kindness has appeared in the Savior Jesus. So with angelic messengers and witnessing shepherds, we raise our voices: "Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace among those whom he favors." Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in America An Advent Message from Bishop Usgaard Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King, Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King, Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King,

From Across the Parking Lot... Minnesota seniors increasingly rely upon informal caregivers to help maintain independence. The value of care provided by Minnesota's informal caregivers is significant. The total estimated economic value of caregiving in Minnesota is $7.1 billion. This equals: X

More than 2.5 times the value of Medicaid investments in institutional long-term care.


More than 4.5 times the Medicaid expenditures on home and community-based services.

It is critical that the state implements policies that maintain as much of this caregiving as possible as we move into an era of dramatic demographic change - especially in light of the diminishing availability of informal caregivers and the demands they face. ~ The Long-Term Care Imperative, information provided by the Northfield Retirement Community

Hallelujah, hallelujah, we’re going to see the King. (ELW #439) This is the anticipation of Advent. This is the promise we look forward to. This is the message that the Scriptures will proclaim in these coming weeks. The King of kings and Lord of lords is on his way. We will again celebrate that message in the birth of the babe in Bethlehem…Immanuel, God with us. But soon, very soon, we will celebrate this message as our King returns to claim all of creation, once and for all. We live in a day where people prefer to focus not on the future but on the past. We wonder why it can’t be like it used to be. Indeed there seems to be such fear of what coming days will bring. Hope seems a foreign word. But Advent reminds us of God’s promises for the day to come…good news for the poor, healing for the brokenhearted, liberty to the captives, comfort for those who mourn, strength for faint spirits. It is our King who will finally usher in such a kingdom…and we who would receive him can hardly wait. No more cryin’ there, we are goin’ to see the King, No more dying there, we are goin’ to see the King, Soon and very soon we are goin’ to see the King, Hallelujah, hallelujah, we’re going to see the King. Bishop Harold Usgaard Southeastern Minnesota Synod

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We have so much to be thankful for... I sincerely thank the Bethel Family for their support, concern, cards, visits, encouragement and prayers during my recent hospitalization and recovery. The recovery is going well, and I am feeling stronger every day. Gil Granat Thanks to the inspiration and efforts of Amy Narveson and Andrew Gray (and his parents!), 50 Bethelites had a wonderful time caroling at the NRC and at membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes, then feasted on chili and other goodies in the CLC. Thank you also to Dan Kallman for keeping the singers in tune! Thank you to the members of the Bethel Adult Choir who participated in Winter Walk, serenading shoppers with Christmas carols while strolling on Division Street. Your enthusiasm, smiles, and beautiful voices made the chilly evening feel warm and charming. Many thanks to the volunteers who pieced, pinned, sewed, and tied 60 quilts for Christmas Sharing and another 60 quilts for Lutheran World Relief this year. Your work will keep people warmed physically and supported emotionally. Thank you for your continued support of the ISLA programs in Nicaragua with your recent $625 contribution. With each trip, we strengthen our relationship with the people of Jalapa and provide needed services. Your contributions help make all this work possible. Together we are working to improve the lives and provide opportunities to the people of Jalapa. On behalf of ISLA and the Jalapa community, thank you! Jon Kerr, ISLA Thank you very much for your recent donation of $250 supporting HealthFinders Collaborative to provide healthcare services that will improve overall quality of life for Rice County

residents. The generosity of donors like you helps ensure strong and healthy communities for all. With the ever increasing number of new patients eligible for HealthFinders' services, your financial support not only provides fee medical care at our clinic, but also assists in connecting patients with other public health care programs and advocating for their specific healthcare needs. Addressing the need of patients with chronic disease is associated with improved individual health outcomes, along with significant reductions in ER visits and associated health care costs. This improves the health of our entire community while saving local clinics and hospitals money and resources. Thanks for your continual support! Charlie Mandile, HealthFinders Collaborative Please accept my deepest appreciation for the quilts you provided to Ruth's House concert. Your generous support helped us to exceed our goal of $5,000. Thank you for partnering with Ruth's House and making a difference in lives. Gina Little, Ruth's House Thank you for your generous gift [$500] to the general fund of Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry. Gifts like yours allow us to respond to new opportunities quickly and efficiently. In the meantime, please pray for all of our ministry partners, both international and domestic, ad the many people God reaches through their work. God's blessings to you as together we work to carry out the great commission Jesus gave us: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:19 Mark Warpmaeker, LPGM This correspondence is being sent to you to officially state our appreciation for your contribution to our water initiative. We can't describe the

expression on the faces of children who taste clean water for the first time. For this we cannot find the words to thank you enough for your donation. As you know, the situation regarding clean drinking water continues to deteriorate, and each day the number of people without access to this precious resource increases. Words cannot describe the dire need we have for people who care for others to help us address this task. The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale Thank you for your generous contribution of $777.99 to the Community Action Center for the Christmas Sharing Program. Anticipating serving more than 900 children this year, CAC welcomes your financial support and participation. You can imagine the smiles on the faces of those children on Christmas. The message of compassion and sharing follows right behind their delight. All Christmas blessings for you and your families, Jim Blaha, CAC [Three other letters of thanks were received from the Northfield Community Action Center for Bethel's support of Thursday's Table, the Food shelf, and general operations.]

X Bethel often receives more thank you notes than we have space available. Some of those published are edited due to space constraints. Thank you for all you give!

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