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r e n n a B l e h t e B e Th Volume #489

April 2012

Bethel Lutheran Church 1321 North Avenue Northfield, MN 55057 507.786.6674

Alleluia! He Is Risen!

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 1, Worship with Procession of Palms at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., with Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. A Sunday with two names? Yes. We begin with a celebration as we remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But, within the hour, we move to thinking of events which occurred later in the week. The Passion gospel will be a dramatic reading with instrumental accompaniment.

Inside this issue:

Adult Ed



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BWHF Calendar






Creation Care




Garage Sale


Living Faith


Mission & Justice


Mission Interpr.






Thank You


Worship Servants






‌ and much more!

A Multi-Sensory Worship experience for High School Youth, Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. High school youth from several Northfield churches will join us for this moving experiential service. Bring a friend! Holy Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., worship with foot washing. Holy Thursday's theme is servanthood. Included in worship will be a footwashing by members of the Church Council for Bethelites who will represent

those in our world who are needy. Holy Communion will be offered as well. Good Friday, April 6, worship at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Easter Vigil, April 7, worship at 7:30 p.m. at Boe Chapel. Easter Sunday, April 8, worship at 8, 9:15, and 10:45 a.m. with Easter dinner and egg hunt about noon. Come and celebrate with us! Half of this year's Easter offering will go the Rice County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The other half will be divided equally between the TORCH program in Northfield, which helps lowincome students prepare for college, and HOPE Center in Faribault, which offers support and resources to victims of violence

Looking for a Church Home? On Sunday, April 15, from noon to 1:30 pm, we will have Membership Matters, a time of information and discussion for people who are considering joining the Bethel community. You are invited to join the Bethel staff for a casual pizza lunch and an informative gathering about Bethel congregation, its mission and ministries, and our hopes and dreams for the future. You do not have to attend to join Bethel, but participation will help you decide if Bethel is the right congregation for you. Child care will be available.

Have you found a new church home? Those who desire to join Bethel and new members who have joined since Nov. 6, 2011, will receive invitations to participate in Affirmation of Baptism on Sunday, April 29, during the 10:45 worship service. This service will be followed by a delicious luncheon hosted by Bethel’s New Member Team. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of Bethel, please contact Pam Santerre, Pastoral Minister at 786-8951.

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News From the Synod Between February 22 and March 3, 2012, a deadly series of storms raced across the Midwest and the South, spawning at least 64 violent tornadoes that killed more than 50 people and injured many more in 14 states from Nebraska to North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. Hundreds of homes, farms, and businesses were damaged or destroyed during the outbreak. No ELCA congregations have reported severe damage. We will continue to be in discussion and assess the situation in the days and weeks ahead. Men from the SE Minnesota Synod are invited to Cabela's in Owatonna, for breakfast, fellowship, and a keynote address, "The Next Greatest Generation," by Chaplain John Morris. This year's Lutheran Men in Mission's Breakfast with the Bishop will be Saturday, April 28, 8-10 a.m. The cost is $10/ person and registration is requested by April 13. 2011 Synod Annual Report [Abridged] This fall, over 400 members of this synod gathered at four events around the synod to talk about mission. A lot is happening in our congregations, and the passion for ministry is invigorating. Karen Gieseke began as the synod’s new Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Coordinator in August 2011. She provides support for the varied ministries relating to families and the pastors, staff, and volunteers. Peace Lutheran Church in Eyota dedicated its new building on All Saints Day. Peace has been worshipping at a local school for the past ten years. When Rushford Lutheran Church left the ELCA, a group of members wanted to stay and organized Trinity Fellowship. They continue to seek what

God might have in mind for a determined group of disciples.

ministers. They will be ordained when a church is organized there.

Five communities of African immigrants continue to worship in our synod, each in their native tribal language. All are building strong relationships with their host congregations.

In 2011, our companion synod, the Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, celebrated 100 years of mission work. Twenty-seven delegates from our synod joined them for their celebration in December. It was our pleasure to present a gift of $100,000 in honor of the celebration. It was a special gift that you made happen.

Our synod is also involved in ministry with the people of South Sudan. There is no Lutheran church body in that newly-organized country, but members of our synod have been among those from around the country meeting to help form such a body. In the meantime, our synod has commissioned seven Sudanese seminary graduates to serve as lay

Highlights from this past year take us from our doorsteps to half way around the world. That is what we have accomplished together. Thank you! Shalom, Bishop Harold Usgaard

Ready for some Fun?! The Bethel Garage Sale is on May 18 and 19, and we need your help to make it a successful event! There's a place for everyone to plug in and be a part of this super fun (and super profitable) event. Here are ways you can help:

tables. On Tuesday and Wednesday, teams sort and sort and sort donations. On Thursday, furniture gets hauled in and everything gets priced.

Save your treasures for the sale. Your donations are the junk — oops, we mean loot, oops, we mean assets — that bring in the money that does so much good here at Bethel and in the community.

Of course on Friday, the sale begins! We need lots of folks to sell, check out, and help keep things tidy and organized.

Test new recipes so you can contribute to the bake sale. Save the dates so you can be available to help. It takes many hands, biceps, triceps, and brains to make the garage sale a success. Sometimes we get extra nice treasures that should be sold for more than garage sale prices. If you can help the gang market these items on EBay or Craigslist, we need you! On Monday of Garage Sale Week, a team starts by setting up racks and

Finally on Saturday at noon, we box up all the leftovers for donation elsewhere and restore the church to its Sundayready state. If you have not helped with the garage sale in the past, you may not know how much fun it is. Our garage sale team is always looking for new folks to join in — put the dates on your calendar and sign up at the information table so we know you're coming! If you have any questions, please contact one of the Garage Sale Gang: Judy Code, Bonnie Pavek, Marcia Omdahl, or Bonnie Johnson.

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From the Senior Pastor... Dear Partners, What a blessing this lovely spring has been — but how difficult for many of us to concentrate on our work, with birds greeting each other after returning from their winter homes and warm breezes billowing the curtains! It has been a real pleasure to welcome home our returning snowbirds to Bethel, too. Spring Fever has coincided with “Holy Week Fever” for Bethel church staff as we prepare for the first week of April, the walk to Calvary and the anticipation of the empty tomb. There are many special worship services, including one for our high school youth (on Wednesday, April 4). I know it will be a meaningful time for all of us and I hope to see you and your families, friends, and neighbors during Holy Week. Let us celebrate the resurrection of our Savior together! My mind has also turned to organization and spring cleaning. As our open windows blow out the stale winter air, I find myself organizing my calendar, getting through the pile of papers in that one drawer (We all have one, don't we?), and finishing up projects that I have put off. Just in case you have been putting things off this winter, I offer a summary of a few "how tos" at Bethel

that the Banner editor compiled a few months ago. They may help you dot a few 'I's and cross a few 'T's: How do we schedule a baptism? We love baptisms here at Bethel and make every effort to include them in our regular Sunday services so that your church family can participate and share in your celebration. Sometimes because of family preference or worship schedule, baptisms are scheduled for noon on a Sunday instead. To set a date and time for a baptism, contact Pastor Charlie or me. How do we schedule a First Communion? Many Bethel families choose to have their children participate in the 5th Grade Holy Communion Retreat; children then receive their first communion on the following Sunday morning. Contact Pam Vig to find out more about this overnight retreat, which is generally held in midNovember each year. Some families prefer to have their children receive Holy Communion instruction at home with one of the pastors. Contact Pastor Charlie or me to arrange a convenient time. How do we schedule a Wedding? Congratulations! Contact the

Join Us for Easter Dinner! Whether you are by yourself for Easter or have a goofy bunch of relatives coming to celebrate, you are welcome to have Easter dinner at Bethel! Pastor Tim and his family will provide ham and beverages — you provide the bread, salads, desserts, or other Easter goodies! All are welcome — invite your friends, family and neighbors! Dinner will be in Room 61 A&B at about noon, following the late service. After our meal, we'll have an Easter egg hunt for the kids with Easter baskets provided. Sign up at the information table or contact Lisa at 645-0740.

church office and one of the pastors to choose a date for your big day that will work for Bethel, your preferred officiant, and you. You will meet with Pastor Tim or Pastor Charlie to plan your wedding and for premarital counseling, if desired. How do I find out more about Bethel? Joining a congregation can be intimidating as you consider how to connect and how to find your place in this community. All of us on the Bethel church staff are committed to making this process easier for you. Membership Matters is a class offered three times per year and is a great place to get all your questions answered (and enjoy lunch with Bethel staff and other leaders). The next Membership Matters class is April 15; contact Pam Santerre for more information. God bless you and your loved ones in this Easter season!

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Church and Home Ministry ~ Partners in Faith By Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries

Love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. This has been our theme during Lent at Bethel. Being intentional about showing our love for God with all of our being is proactive faith at its best. A few weeks ago in our prayer class for 3rd graders and their parents, we focused on a more reactive show of faith. We explored the idea of offering prayers of thanksgiving based on our

five senses. What are we thankful for that we can see, taste, touch, smell, and hear? Spring has come early to Minnesota this year…to say the least. There isn’t a better time of year to use our senses and every essence of our being to show our love for God and offer praise and thanksgiving to a God who gives more blessings than we can count. This month develop a habit of finding time at least once a day to share with

Being proactive — using our words and actions to reflect our love for God and being reactive — thanking and praising God for the many blessings of our world are a nice balance as we journey in faith together. Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1

Let’s Talk about Family! This year’s Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly is focused on Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Everyone and anyone is invited to attend the assembly on Saturday morning, May 5, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. when there will be a total of 24 different workshops focused on children, youth, and family ministries. Our own Pastor Tim, Barb Farmer, Director of Youth Ministries, and Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries will be leading workshops. Free childcare will be provided by the staff of Good Earth Village Bible Camp for children who are age 5 and up; registration is required for the day camp and is due by April 23. More details, including registration information, are available at Contact the church office with questions or if you would like to get on a list to carpool with other Bethel members. This is a wonderful opportunity to network, brainstorm, connect, and share ideas and inspiration with other congregations in our area.

Children’s Ministry Update 3rd Grade Holy Baptism Retreat ~ On Sunday, April 22, Pastor Tim and Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries, will be hosting a retreat focusing on Holy Baptism for all 3rd graders. If you have a 3rd grader who would like to attend and have not registered, please do so now by contacting the church office.

the other members of your household two things: First offer one way in which you showed your love for God with your heart, soul, mind, or strength. Second, offer one thing that you are thankful for that day that you either saw, tasted, touched, smelled, or heard.

Nursery News Be sure to check out this month's nursery Picasso: Thisbe Jothen is the April Artist of the Month! Stop by to see her creative works on the nursery bulletin board. The nursery will be available for use during all Holy Week services. A big Mahalo (“thank you” in Hawaiian) to the kids who attended our Hawaiian themed Parents’ Night Out and to their parents who continue to support the nursery through this popular fundraiser.

Children’s Ministry Road Maps are coming. Keep an eye on the mail towards the end of the month. All families with children in age 3-grade 5 programming for the 2012-13 school year will be asked to fill out and return the Children’s Ministry Registration Packet by mid May.

The annual Nursery Bake Sale is scheduled for May 6! Bakers Wanted!! A sign-up sheet can be found in the nursery, or just show up with your delicious baked goods on the morning of the sale.

Pam Vig, Director of Children’s Ministries

Juley Jenkinson, Nursery Coordinator



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Bethel News The Monthly Senior Coffee folks will gather on April 2 in the CLC. Bring some treats and enjoy relaxing fellowship with Bethel friends! Bethel Women Having Fun ~ On Wednesday, April 25, BWHF will take a trip to the fabulous Guthrie Theater . Sign up for this trip is closed. May will find us working at the Bethel Garage Sale. You can sign up to help at the information table. Bethel will be volunteering at Thursday's Table on Thursday, April 26. Please consider volunteering at this important community dinner, served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday, at the Northfield Community Resource Center, just off Jefferson Parkway. Volunteers are invited to enjoy dinner with other community members before or after volunteering. Please sign up at the information table in the narthex. Dust-off that camping gear! Long-time Bethel members Lee and Dotty Swan have invited Bethelites back for another fun weekend at the Red Barn Campground in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, June 22-24. Perfect for families but fun for everyone, Red Barn has baby bunnies, lamas (They spit!), miniature horses,

wagon rides, walking trails, mini-golf, gorgeous gardens, and most of all — lots of fun! Sign up at the information table or contact Lisa McDermott at 645-0740 for more information. The annual Nursery Bake Sale is scheduled for May 6! Bakers Wanted!! A sign-up sheet can be found in the nursery, or just show up with your delicious baked goods on the morning of the sale. Time and Talent Opportunities Sheets will be mailed out near the end of April. This is your opportunity to let us know where and how you want to serve at Bethel in the upcoming months. The options are many and there will even be an area for you to include new ideas. Please watch your mailbox for this form and once you have prayed about your options, complete the form and return it to us (hopefully by mid-May. Thanks for all you do and for all you give to the ministries at Bethel Lutheran Church. Volunteer Appreciation Sunday will be April 29. Join us in worship that morning as we take time to acknowledge all you do for the ministries at Bethel and in this world with “Joy and Thanksgiving”.

Meet Our Newest Staff Member! We are pleased to announce that Bruce Dueffert has accepted the Lead Maintenance position. Bruce and Cheryl, along with sons Luke and Matt, are nearly 20-year members of Bethel. Luke is now studying physical therapy at Mayo and Matt is an math education student at Gustavus Adolphus. You will find Bruce working weekday mornings. Please welcome Bruce to his new position!

Bethel Women Having Fun All Bethel women are invited to join in the fun with this traveling monthly fellowship group! Wednesday, April 25, Guthrie Theater May - Garage Sale — It's fun! Tuesday, June 19 - Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis Tuesday, July 17 - Boat Ride Tuesday, August 21 - Potluck at Judy Code’s house

Volunteers Needed


The Rural Enterprise Center needs help building chicken coops that are being made available to Latino families learning a system of free-range chicken production. Three coops will be built between now and the end of May. All skill levels are welcome, as are groups or individuals. If you are interested in assisting, please contact Bob Kell at 507-271-0013 to schedule.

It's not too late to sign up for the May 17-29 trip to sunny Jalapa! Check out "Trips" section on the ISLA

We would love to have you!

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Bethel Youth News Hi Leaguers ~  Hi League will meet at 7 p.m. on

the 11th & 25th of this month. Watch for more information about those meetings as they get closer. Come reconnect with your Bethel friends for fun, relaxation, and faith talk in the Bethel Youth Center.  A multi-sensory worship

experience will be held at Bethel on the Wednesday of Holy Week, April 4. High school youth from several Northfield churches will join us for this moving experiential service. Join us as we host this event — and feel free to bring a friend! 9ers & Mentors ~  Our service day is scheduled for

Saturday, April 7. We’ll meet inside the north entrance of the Northfield Community Resource Center (1651 Jefferson Parkway) at 10 a.m. to help sort March Food Drive items. We will be finished by noon.  Don’t forget to put the End-of-the-

Year Mentor Potluck on your calendar! We’ll meet at Bethel at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6th, for our last large-group event of the year. Watch your mail for details about food assignments. Sixth Grade Connections ~ Our last 6th Grade Connections meeting will be a party at Deonne & Charles Gray’s home (Brynne) at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. Parents are invited and each family is asked to bring a dish to share with the group. Please join us to celebrate our connections! Middle School Fun! On Friday, April 27, Bethel middle school youth will be joining other Northfield area churches for a night of fun at St. John’s Lutheran Church. If you like running around a big dark church, come and be a part of this big Romans

& Christians game! We’ll meet at St. John’s at 7 p.m.; the fun will last until 10 p.m. You may sign up at the information station in the Bethel Youth Center or call or email Barb to register. Summer trippers ~  All forms for summer trips are due

Sunday, April 1.  Trip meetings will take place as

follows: 8th Grade Mission Trip – Monday, April 23, 7 p.m. Christikon – Monday, April 23, 8 p.m. New Orleans Trip – Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. We’ll be reviewing packing lists, reviewing schedules, and answering questions for our upcoming trips this summer. Please contact Barb if you are unable to attend these meetings.  Fundraisers

Watch your mail for four (!) fundraising events coming up in May: The 2nd Annual Belgian Waffle Breakfast will be held in the Bethel Christian Life Center on Sunday, May 6th. Two-hour work shifts will be available for all Bethel youth and one parent from each family Flower Sale plants will be delivered to Bethel on Friday, May 11, between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Please meet in the Bethel Youth Center if you are signed up to help unload plants. All youth who sold plants may pick up your orders the next morning, Saturday, May 12, between 7:30 and 11 a.m. Please remember that you are responsible for delivering the plants you sold The annual Bethel Garage Sale is a great chance to earn money for next

summer’s trip and be of service to our congregation at the same time. Help is needed on Wednesday and Saturday, May 16 & 19, and 2-3 hour work shifts will be available for youth who want to earn money toward their summer trips. As in the past, there will be a limited number of spaces for this fundraiser – so plan to sign up early! Details for each of these fundraisers will be sent in the mail. Sign-up sheets for all of them will be at the youth information station in the Bethel Youth Center or you may call or email Barb to sign up for a shift. The Annual Scoop (lime green packet) will be sent to all Bethel youth and parents in April. Please think about how you plan to be involved next year in Bethel's youth ministry for the 2012-13 school year, and plan to return your completed registration packet promptly by May 13. Your help with this makes a huge difference in the amount of work that will be needed later this summer. Thank you for your help!

Barb Farmer, Director of Youth Ministries 786-8877

Attention Bethel Bicyclists Be sure to use our handy dandy bike racks on the south side of the admin wing when parking your bikes at Bethel - Thanks!

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Just Say Y.E.S. … (That's Youth Energized to Serve) Calling all middle and high school youth! Get ready to say "Y.E.S." to this month's opportunities to serve... Relay for Life ~ Watch for details on how you can help with the Relay for Life, a cancer fundraiser challenge at St. Olaf on Saturday, April 28. Our YES team will likely be helping to set up activities and concessions. More information will be coming in the Weekly Scoop. Save the date and join team to help in the fight against cancer!

Only One Sunday Left for Meals on Wheels ~ Wow! Our Meals on Wheels delivery season is just about over. A BIG thank you to all who have helped out in this very important service. We only have one chance left for your family to take part in this valuable service: April 22 is still available to deliver to the Blue Route at noon after the second service. Get signed up in the Youth Room or go to login/entry/732345631841830094 to sign up electronically.

After-Prom Party The Northfield High School After-Prom party takes place on April 22, 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., at Jesse James Lanes, after the Northfield Prom. This fun, safe, substance-free event is open to all NHS, ALC and ARTech juniors and seniors (whether they attend the prom or not). Admission is a bargain at just $5.00 per student. The After-Prom Party Planning Committee is seeking donations to make the party a success. Monetary donations and prize giveaways are welcome! Please contact Martha Donahoe at 952-469-3180, Lori Muhlenbruck at 507-358-3351, or Jenny Bestul, 10800 James Trail, Northfield, MN 55057

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.

From the Scrip Table... The warmer weather is upon us, so now is the time to let Scrip continue to work for you as you plan your summer garden, purchase a tiller or lawn mower, purchase plants and seeds, or purchase new patio furniture. Scrip is available from many retailers, so the choice is yours: Home Depot, Lowe's, Menard's, Sears, Target, Kmart, and more. Purchasing a card every week or two helps budget out these purchases. Also don't forget to use Scrip for those Easter and family celebrations! Use Scrip for groceries, paper products, flowers for your table, new pillows for the sofa, or gas to get where you are going! Let Scrip work for you!

Earth Day Celebration at the NRC Please help the Northfield Retirement Community celebrate Earth Day and ring in Spring! Youth Volunteer Day will be held on Sunday, April 22, from 1-3 p.m. on the NRC campus. Youth and adults are invited! We will be working around the NRC campus to spruce it up, planting pansies, painting wooden plant markers, and mingling with the residents. We will also be making mini greenhouses to bring home. There will be healthy snacks and prize drawings for participants. For more information, contact Karen Adams at 663-0254.

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Highlights of the February Church Council Meeting The Trustee reported that they are changing to a new garbage hauling company that will save us money. There will be new speakers installed in the sanctuary. Mike Graff has resigned, and they will be working on filling that position. We have had a slight mouse problem due to broken weather stripping on the east and west entrances. The weather stripping has now been repaired. They are looking at a new seating arrangement for the sanctuary that will enable us to add more chairs. The Personnel Officer reported that they are planning a staff planning retreat. Annual review processes being studied. The Personnel Committee will be reviewing compensation information from area synod sources. The Treasurer reported that expenses did exceed income for the month so they will keep an eye on that. The building fund had $64,000 in cash and they will leave that amount in reserve, so there will be no prepayment this month. They are looking at both refinancing the loan and having a professional audit of the books done. The Steward reported that his committee is working on Time and Talent Sheets and volunteer appreciation. They have also chosen recipients for the Easter offering. They will also solicit contributions to the Good Samaritan Fund as that is running low. The Kitchen Liaison reported that they continue to work on ongoing issues. Mission & Justice Liaison reported that they will be focusing on Consumption and consumerism next year. An update of our constitution will be handled by new Council Member Ryan Blumhoefer and Jan Starkwill begin to look at a organizing a new vision statement for Bethel. Synod Assembly is May 4 and 5, and we are looking for delegates for this.

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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 Bethel’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

Stock Donations

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

If you are considering or planning to donate stock to Bethel, please contact Gloria at or 786-6687 before you make the transfer.

Results as of 2/29/2012 Pledges


Pledges Received


Pledges to be Received


Non-Pledges Received


Building Debt 1/15/2009 Building Debt


Scheduled Principal payments


Additional Principal payments


When stocks are transferred to Bethel's brokerage account the name of the donor is not always available, so it is very important that you contact Gloria so she can credit your giving statement correctly and record your contribution per your instructions. If you need the delivery instructions to make the transfer from your account into Bethel's account, Gloria has that information also. Thanks for your generosity.


2/29/2012 Building Debt

Gloria West, Church Accountant

Year-to-date Benevolences


as of 2/29/12 SE MN Synod


Lutheran Social Services


Benevolence Contingency


ELCA World Hunger


Sunday School- ISLA


CAC Food Shelf Total CAC Food Shelf Malaria Good Samaritan Funds used

469 469 50 602 8,595

Thanks for making Bethel your Thrivent Choice!! Since September 2010, Bethel Lutheran Church has received $7,210 from the Thrivent Choice Dollars Program because 33 Bethel Thrivent members have directed their dollars to Bethel. The Thrivent Choice Dollars are received into the general fund, so all of Bethel's ministries benefit from the program. If you or a family member have questions about the program or if you would like to participate in the program, visit choice or call Thrivent at 800847-4836.

16 17 9:30 a.m. Martha Circle Bethel Women Having Fun 2 p.m. Bethel Programming Staff meeting 7 p.m. Restore, Replenish, Renew Service

15 See schedule below 9:45 a.m. MN Energy Challenge Creation Care Forum 12 p.m. Membership Matters

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


8 Easter Sunday 8 a.m. Worship 9:15 a.m. Worship 10:45 a.m. Worship Noon-ish - Easter Dinner

3 7:45 a.m. School District Cognitive Coaching Training 2 p.m. Bethel Programming Staff meeting


2 10 a.m. Senior Coffee Time 7 p.m. WELCA Bible Study


1 See schedule below 9:45 a.m. Practicing Our Faith: Bethel Member Testimonies


18 See schedule below Bethel Women Having Fun 7 p.m. 6th Grade Connections Party

11 See schedule below 7 p.m. Hi League

4 See schedule below (No Vespers) 7:45 a.m. School District Cognitive Coaching Training 1:30 p.m. Stewardship Committee meeting 7 p.m. Youth Ecumenical Interactive Worship Experience


Friday 6 11:30 a.m. Good Friday Worship 7 p.m. Good Friday Worship

19 20 8 a.m. Bethel Women's Study 8:30 a.m. Men of Bethel 12:30 p.m. Troubadors Rehearsal 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 12:30 p.m. Troubadors Rehearsal 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 12:30 p.m. Troubadors Rehearsal 5 p.m. Personnel Committee meeting 7 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 344 meeting 7 p.m. Holy Thursday Worship




7 10 a.m. 9ers Service Day at the NCRC 7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil at Boe Chapel


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Calendar — April 2012

29 See schedule below Volunteer Recognition Sunday Reception of New Members 9:45 a.m. "Nourish" a film shown by our Creation Care Team 12 p.m. New Member Luncheon 7:30 p.m. I Cantanti Concert


24 9 a.m. Bethel Quilters 2 p.m. Bethel Programming Staff meeting 7 p.m. I Cantanti rehearsal

25 See schedule below 4:30 p.m. The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil 7 p.m. Hi League

May 10 ~ STARS luncheon May 18-19 ~ Bethel Garage Sale June 22-24 ~ Campout at Red Barn


27 3 p.m. Piano recital rehearsal 7 p.m. Middle School Fun Night

28 Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Day 3:30 p.m. Kallman student piano recital

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

Weekly Wednesday Schedule

26 8 a.m. Bethel Women's Study 8 a.m. Northfield Youth Choir 8:30 a.m. Men of Bethel 12:30 p.m. Troubadors Rehearsal 7 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 344 meeting

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 and coffee fellowship Adult options: Mathetes, adult forums 10:45 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

Weekly Sunday Schedule (exceptions and additions noted above)

22 23 See schedule below 7 p.m. Lois Circle 9:45 a.m. Creation Care Fair 12 p.m. 3rd Grade Holy Baptism Retreat

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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."

After several conversations that elicited some terrific ideas, the Mission and Justice Group has decided on the theme title for the next year or two of Faith and Stuff: Cansumption Be Done?!

were donated by the municipality for this project, and the new owners will have title to the house and the land under it. Besides the homes, the area will include a Lutheran-run vocational training center.

We are discussing ideas for book studies, films, speakers, and activities for the whole family on consumption, living simply and sustainably, Christian faith and consumerism, ways to simplify our Christmas celebration and reduce consumption during the holidays, and other challenges of living our faith in an era of consumption and consumerism. We welcome ideas and engagement, so keep an eye out for what's coming!

The 2012 Offering of Bread for the World Letters will be April 15 between services. After another successful March food drive to support the Northfield Food Shelf, Bethel members will have an opportunity to support hunger efforts for our government to fund.

Your disaster funds at work: With the help of your dollars to the ELCA World Hunger appeal, a wonderful build project will take place in Haiti. Under the umbrella of the Lutheran World Federation, 200 solarpowered homes will be built in the village of Gressier, just west of Port-au -Prince. 58,000 square meters of land

You know that every dollar given to the food shelf results in $5 in expanded buying power at the Channel One food bank. But what if every letter you wrote to your senators or representative resulted in $10,000 in funding for programs for the hungry? Bethel is a Covenant Member of Bread for the World, which means that our benevolence dollars go to support the efforts of this Christian advocacy organization. Your letters are the key part of Bread’s work.

This year’s campaign is Cut Hunger, NOT Hunger Programs. Your brief letter should focus on domestic issues, such as supporting domestic nutrition assistance programs and tax credits for low income families, and international food aid programs. Because funding of these programs is in jeopardy with current budget issues, they remain the hot issues for hunger assistance for 2012. We will provide you with short examples which you can follow, but here is a format for writing your letter: 1. State why you are writing. 2. Ask for specific action, and 3. Give a couple of reasons. Sign your name and address. Our committee will take care of the rest. Can you think of an easier way to ensure funding for hunger programs by our government?

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 After Hours Emergency: 649-0323

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From Our Mission Interpreter... By Lois Stratmoen If you’ve wondered about what synods are and how they affect you, perhaps the following article from THE BRIDGE, a monthly publication of our SE MN Synod, will be of interest to you: Synods Walk Together The Greek word “synod” translates as “walking together.” From our doorsteps to our neighbors in the Red River Valley to the ranches of Texas to the historic byways of New England and even to countries around the world, we walk with other synods in our ministry. The Southeastern Minnesota Synod is one of 65 synods in the ELCA. Synods are one of the expressions of the ELCA, the other two being the churchwide organization and the individual congregations. All but one synod are geographic. The SlovakZion Synod is non-geographical. Synods are made up of a synod council, office of the bishop, congregations, a variety of committees, and ministry partners. Every synod has different arrangements for staffing, structure, etc. They all, however, share a common purpose of connecting congregations and leaders to one another, to others in the synod, and to the synod’s ministry partners. Our synod is formally connected with three other synods: the New England Synod (ELCA), the Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia. We are regularly in relationship with, praying for, and sharing our joys and struggles with these synods. In 2011, we walked with three synods during their specific struggles. On June 26, the Red River in Minot, N.D. crested at 1,561.72 feet, nearly four feet above the previous record set in

1881. An estimated $3 million of damage was done to the four congregations of Minot and Burlington. No insurance covered the damage. Additional congregations near the Missouri River were also affected. Countless members’ homes were inundated with flood water. Our synod council voted to send $3,000 to the Western North Dakota Synod to help with the long recovery. In August 2011, Hurricane Irene struck the east coast, including our domestic partner, the New England Synod. Bishop Margaret Payne reported that flooding brought serious problems including power outages, washed out bridges, and flooded homes. Our synod council sent $3,000 to New England to aid in their disaster response work. This summer, as farmers in west Texas were praying for rain to douse the wildfires and restore their fields, Rev. Harold McMillin of St. John Lutheran Church in Luana, Iowa, was hearing of the hay shortage from fellow voting members at the 2011 Churchwide Assembly. When he returned to Iowa, he recruited members of the Northeastern Iowa Synod for Operation Hay Lift to send donated hay to Texas. As of October 13, ten

truckloads of hay had been distributed in Texas. While the good hay crop in Iowa provided hay to send, transportation costs needed to be covered. Our synod council responded by sending $3,000 to the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod to help with transportation costs. Another gesture of support was the gift of $100,000 raised by donations from members of the congregations throughout the SE MN Synod to be sent to the Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their beginning. The use for this monetary gift was a blessing to many areas of their work in education and outreach. Synods are arranged not only to foster relationships within themselves but also as a means to bring together Lutherans from throughout the ELCA and the world. Through our synod’s relationships, our members have connected with members of the ELCA in New England and Lutherans in Africa and South America. Through the connections of synods, we have been able to hear stories from around the country and the world where we can walk with our brothers and sisters in prayer and financial support.

LPGM Minute for Mission Please join us to celebrate the joys of our 2011 partnership in ministry and look forward to what God is calling us to do in 2012 and beyond. Please register your attendance by calling the LPGM office at 612.823.5058 or send us an email at Friday, April 13 5:30–7 p.m. - Fellowship & Light Food Fare 7–8 p.m. - Program Westwood Lutheran Church 9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park Find a map and more details at

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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 Rock n' Faith, with Pastor Charlie, April 15 - May 5, 9:45 -10:30 a.m., Barb Hanson Youth Room An examination and discussion of popular music, the world, and faith for our high schoolers, but open to adults, too. If you're looking for easy listening, you've come to the wrong place! Membership Matters, 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 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, Membership Matters may help you decide if Bethel is the right congregation for you. Adult Faith Forums Sunday Mornings, 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Neely Crane Smith, the director of MN Energy Challenge, April 15. Nourish (movie), sponsored by the Creation Care Team, April 29. With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, this film traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps. Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice.

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. 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. They are in the middle of Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People, by Dorothy C. Bass. Copies of this book can be purchased from the Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore in Northfield. New participants are always welcome!! Contact Pam Santerre at 786-8951 for more information. Men of Bethel (MOB), Thursdays, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Bethel Classrooms 61 A&B. In April, Men of Bethel will be studying Philippians with Pastor Henry Mueller. This will take place on April 5, 12, and 25. On April 19, we will take a brief hiatus, as St. Olaf religion professor and Bethel member, Greg Walter, will speak to us on the hymns of Martin Luther. Then in May we will conclude our year of study by watching and doing a follow-up study on the movie Courageous. This movie is about four men who, through tragedy and controversy, learn valuable life lessons regarding fatherhood. New members are always welcome at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings in Room 61.

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 is leading a monthly study for WELCA circle leaders and anyone else who is interested. They meet most months on the first Monday of each month, from 7-8 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Please contact Barb at 301-8184 if you plan to attend and need the study materials. 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. Bethel Seniors Together At Retirements (STARS) Quarterly events Luncheon and Program at Bethel, Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12 – 2 pm at Bethel – Save the date!

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From Across the Living Faith Parking Lot... During Lent, our focus at Bethel has Budget shortfalls mean Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living providers are forced to cut staff, wages, and benefits in order to survive financially. The Long-Term Care Imperative conducted its 2010 legislative survey to collect data on the financial health of older adult service providers around the state. The 206 nursing homes that responded indicated they had implemented the following cuts to deal with budget shortfalls:  More than 75% of nursing home froze or reduced employee wages  26.2% reduced hours for non-direct care staff; 19.4% reduced hours for direct care staff  13.1% reduced employee healthcare benefits  6.3% reduced employee retirement benefits While these reductions were reported by nursing homes, assisted living providers have also experienced double-digit administrative and legislative cuts. These cuts significantly jeopardize providers' ability to hire and retain quality staff. These cuts lead to shortages and overworked employees. ~ The Long-Term Care Imperative, information provided by the Northfield Retirement Community

been on the Shema: Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, with all your Soul, with all your Mind, and with all your Strength. Deuteronomy 6 and Luke 11:2 Many times over these past weeks, we have heard these words in worship, group studies, testimonies, Sunday School classes and in song. We have even worn them on our wrists. The actual word Shema means, “to hear so as to do.” In other words, hearing must result in action. Orthodox Jews recite the Shema twice

each day so that they do not forget to follow God’s command. As you and I enter into this season of Easter, how will we remember the Shema in our daily walk? What action has, or is, the Shema asking of me and of you this day, at this moment? “Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear!“ James 1:22 (The Message)

Pam Santerre, Pastoral Minister 786-8951

Grief Support Group A grief support group will be held May 23-June 27, in Bethel’s Fireside Room, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. This is a Christ-centered small group, designed for adults grieving a loss. Participants will learn about the grieving process using the book Understanding Your Grief—Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart, and share personal stories of loss in a safe and confidential atmosphere.

Anyone in the community who has experienced a loss is welcome to attend. This group is sponsored by the Northfield Grief Coalition and facilitated by Pam Santerre and Cathy Cammack. To register or for more information, please contact Pam Santerre, Pastoral Minister at Bethel, at 786-8951.

Service of renewal A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, prayer, and music meditation will be held Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at Bethel. Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” this service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare workers, therapists, clergy, and volunteers. The service will include the traditional anointing of the hands, a breath prayer, and a prayer for healing. Jenny Pelletier, a music therapist at Laura Baker Services Association, will lead the music meditation. Alan Rubenstein will present the Prayer of Healing, and Marion McKone will provide a breath prayer by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk. Following the service there will be refreshments and time for fellowship. Massage, healing touch, and qigong will be offered by local practitioners. Northfield Area Interfaith Association, Northfield Retirement Community, Northfield Hospital & Clinics, and Three Links are sponsoring the service.

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April Worship Servants April 1 Palm Sunday

April 8 Easter Sunday

April 15

April 22

April 29

Assisting Minister (8:30 a.m.)

Marci Groenewold

8 a.m.~ Mike Ahrens 9:15 ~ Anton Armstrong

Lu Lindstrom

Noel Stratmoen

Eric Lundin

Assisting Minister (10:45 a.m.)

Libby Glimsdal

Libby Glimsdal

Christina Schwietz

Knight Stanley

Carol Lysne

Reader (8:30 a.m.)


8 a.m.~ Jim Holden 9:15 ~ Greg Walter

Bethel Youth

Sandy Reiman

Roger Van Veldhuizen

Reader (10:45 a.m.)


Paula Mathison

Bethel Youth

Marci Groenewold

Kristin Kivell

Acolytes (8:30 a.m.)

Channing Cade, Ben Selchow

8 a.m.~ Joey Glampe, Lilly Prestemon, Oskar Kuehl Sam Hegseth 9:15 ~ Ella Kelm, Grace Peterson

Ben Selchow, Maxwell Gorden Mercer

Channing Cade, Joey Glampe

Acolytes (10:45 a.m.) Brooke Domish,

Signe & Tatum Hauck Maiah Hennager, Grace McDonald

Vera Paton, Gabby Yciano

Madelyn Meyer, Jack Brachmann

Mike & Sandy Ahrens, Sacramental Ministers (8:30 a.m.) Wendell Arneson &

8 a.m. ~ Connie DeGrote, Kitty Runzheimer, Lu Lindstrom, need 2 9:15 a.m. ~ Carol Cole, Jill Eastman, Rose Turnacliff, Lu Lindstrom, Sandy Ahrens

Abbie Meierbachtol, Marcia Omdahl, Kristi Huettl, Sandy Reiman, Carol Cole

Rose Turnacliff, Carol Cole, Mike & Sandy Ahrens, need 1

Marcus Hauck

Beth Christensen, Kitty Runzheimer

Bethel Youth

Sacramental Ministers (10:45 a.m.)

Jean Mueller, Dan Foley, Sandra Germundson, Cindy Kreis, Deb Peters

Marci Groenewold, Bethel Youth Sandy Peterson, need 3

Sandra Germundson, Roger & Vikki VanVeldhuizen, Marci Groenewold, Sandy Peterson

Sandy Peterson, Roger & Vikki VanVeldhuizen, need 2

Ushers (8:30 a.m.)

Ellis Lysne, Bob Vanderhoof, Dale Turnacliff, Mac Gimse

8 a.m.~ need 3 Bethel Youth Roger VanVeldhuizen 9:15 ~ Roger Glasgow, Jim Hammer, John Larson, Scott Stark

Steve Meierbachtol, Kyle Nordine, Jim Moberg, Tony Huettl

Char & David Jacobsen, Marilyn & Gordon Kelley

Ushers (10:45 a.m.)

Steve & Carol O’Neill, Mike Glampe, Juley Jenkinson

Juley & Chad Jenkinson, Tadd & Barb Henwood

Bethel Youth

Carol & Gerry Gengenbach, Steve & Carol O’Neill

Ellis Lysne, Rolynn & Nancy Ensrud, Ryan Blumhoefer

Greeters (8:30 a.m.)

Melissa & Joel Beithon


Pat & Larry Trusty

Glenn & Trudy Breitag

Heidi & Brian Schmoll


Terry & Mark Johnson

Scott & Lisa Carlson

Chris Holz, Jackie & Mac Gimse

Greeters (10:45 a.m.) Tracy Nelson, Bev Hussey

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April 1 Palm Sunday

April 8 Easter Sunday

April 15

April 22

April 29

Nametags (8:30 a.m.)

Curt Johnson, Noe & Marianne Resendiz


Melissa & Joel Beithon

Jim Dimick, Elaine Deim

Glenn & Trudy Breitag

Nametags (10:45 a.m.)

Mary & Loren Baumbach


Carol & Ellis Lysne

Susie & Mike Puppe

Jackie & Tracy Nelson

Coffee Servers

Ruth Johnson, Pat & Larry Trusty, Heidi & Brian Schmoll, Teri & Kraig Quamme, Lisa McDermott (treats), Kristin Holz (treats)


Carol & Ellis Lysne, Tracy & Jackie Nelson, Susie & Mike Puppe, Jessica Holz, Lisa McDermott (treats), Mary Nystuen (treats)

Carol & Ellis Lysne, Marianne & Noe Resendiz, Jean & Rod Miller, Brian & Patty Jermeland, Pat & Mike Smith, Lisa McDermott (treats)

Mary & Loren Baumbach, Scott & Lisa Carlson, Patty Jermeland, Jerry Hamilton, Lisa McDermott (treats), Mary Nystuen (treats)

Altar Care

Alyce Kivell

Alyce Kivell

Lu Lindstrom

Sandy Peterson

Pastor Tim

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

8 a.m. - Jordan Ett V Seth Hanson V Ben Coleman A Jack Beaumaster A 9:15 - Nathan DahlenV Ruth Nelson A

Patrick Walker V Ben Coleman A

Jordan Ett V Ruth Nelson A

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

David Kreis V Patrick Walker A

David Kreis V Joe Kreis A

Nathan Dahlen V Rose Mibus A

Mark Lewis V Liam Fisher A

Mark Lewis V Andrew Kivell A

Service Group Chairperson: Pat Jermeland, 581-0134

Holy Week Worship Servants Date

Assisting Minister


Sacramental Ministers

Altar Guild


Maundy Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.

Anton Armstrong

Anton Armstrong

Carol Cole, Sandra Germundson, Marci Groenewold, Barb Farmer, need 1 more

John & Marcia Omdahl Ryan Blumhoefer, Barb & Tadd Henwood, need 1 more

Good Friday, April 6, 7 p.m.


Ann Etter



A Measure of Our Commitment March Worship Attendance average per Sunday 2009








Average Year-to-date Worship Attendance 2009








Chad & Juley Jenkinson, need 2 more

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.

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Befrienders By Marci Groenewold This past February, four Bethelites joined the Bethel Befriender ministry team. They were trained to provide a “formal extension of the pastoral ministry of Bethel Lutheran Church.” They were taught that Befriender ministers uplift and support the ministry of Pastor Tim, Pastor Charlie, and Pam Santerre. Like the pastoral team, they were instructed to intentionally and confidentially walk with members experiencing a transition of any kind. Unlike the pastors who have several ministerial contacts, Befrienders generally have only one. Oftentimes, Befriender ministers contact their friend once a week. These relationships can continue over an extended period of time: weeks, months, or even years depending on the situation.

The Bethel Befriender Ministry Teams offers care and support to our Bethel congregation in addition to the care given by our pastoral team. They also provide care and support to the pastors, allowing them precious time for Bible study and other duties. This “love connection”, with God as its center, can provide peace and comfort to everyone involved. We welcome Judy Narhi, Darla Dahl, Chuck Paton, and Myrna Luehmann to our Befriender Ministry Team. Blessings from Bethel's Befrienders † A core Befriender principle: “Caring, Not Curing." For more information, call Marci Groenewold, (649-0760), Knight Stanley

Befrienders 2012 Becky Benedict Rosann Brawley Trudy Breitag Alice Carson Linda Cloud Darla Dahl Alice Dale Connie DeGrote Valerie Denison Jim Dimick Jill Eastman Nancy Enge Tom Ett Sandy Germundson Libby Glimsdal Gil Granat Kelly Groenewold Marci Groenewold Chuck Gunderson Lorraine Hanson Denise Hucka Kristi Huettl Juley Jenkinson Brian Jermeland

Bill Lindstrom Lu Lindstrom Myrna Luehmann Karen Mader Char Martens Lloyd Martens Paula Mathison Tim McDermott Jean Miller Judy Narhi Arlene Neil Dean Neuburger Mary Nystuen Chuck Paton Patty Paton Don Pavek Joy Peterson Sandy Peterson Avis Petterson Bob Phelps Leah Radman Sandy Reiman Deane Richardson

Pam Santerre Ruthe Sherman Pat Stahly Knight Stanley Rhonda Stanley Dot Swanson Kathy Tezla Rose Turnacliff Roger Van Veldhuizen Vikki Van Veldhuizen Bev Viken Caryl Vohs Muriel Waage Brian Walker

(612-877-0893 ), Jean Miller (645-5353), or the Bethel office (786-6674). Befriender Calendar at a Glance:

April 15 ~ Installation of Befrienders at both services. Installation will take place mid-service at the 8:30 worship and early at the 10:45 worship. Please plan to participate at both services, if possible. April 17, 7 p.m. ~ Restore, Replenish, Renew Service, at Bethel April 19, 7 p.m. ~ “Life as a Befriender” Don Pavek, presenter, Bethel Fireside Room All trained Bethel ministers are welcome to attend.

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We have so much to be thankful for... Thank you to all of you who gave so generously to the March FoodShare campaign, and thank you to the YES Team and Cindy Kreis for their excellent leadership. Totals will be announced in the May Banner, but be assured that there will be fewer hungry people in Northfield thanks to your generosity! The response to the request for contributions to the Good Samaritan fund was wonderful! The Stewardship Committee can always count on the Bethel community to support those in financial need. At our monthly meetings, we always open with prayer asking for God's Spirit to guide us as we consider all needs, and to help us effectively communicate those needs to the congregation. Your response was a

resounding answer to our prayers and to our work. Thank you for all you give. The Stewardship Committee Each year we initiate a Kitchen Capital Fund specifically designed to maintain and purchase new equipment for the kitchen. The capital funds are received primarily through Bethel Bistro and all other events that utilize the CLC facilities. Ruth Bolstad, our Bethel Bistro Coordinator, has done a fantastic job of identifying key products that will make the kitchen more efficient and offer a broad range of food items for all to enjoy. Over the last year, we have been able to purchase a much-needed professional knife set, an industrial mixer, a wok, a rice kettle, stainless steel carts, and many kitchen

utensils. On behalf of the Kitchen Committee, I thank you for your support. Scott Stark, Council Liaison

 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!

Creation Care On Sunday, April 15, Bethel welcomes Neely CraneSmith to Bethel for a 9:45 a.m. adult forum in the sanctuary. CraneSmith is the Community Education Coordinator for the MN Energy Challenge. For five years, the MN Energy Challenge has been operating as a web-based organization to help individuals, and teams of businesses, communities, and congregations, cut their energy use, save money, and cut back on carbon emissions. Currently, over 23,000 households in Minnesota participate, including 144 Bethel households. We will celebrate Creation Care Sunday at Bethel on Sunday, April 22, with a focus on "Plant a Tree." This year you may choose between a free red maple seedling or a free white pine seedling. Besides great

beauty and air conditioning (shade), trees add life-giving oxygen to our environment. Think about planting a tree in memory of a loved one or in honor of a loved one's milestone, such as a birth or a graduation. Stop by the highlighted ministry table outside the sanctuary to get your seedling and to learn about planting trees. Also, sign a postcard to Congress, urging Congress to maintain our strong clean air standards. Growing and planting season is upon us. Do you ever stop and wonder: What's the story of my food? Where did it come from, and how did it get to me? Food connects us to some of the most important questions of our time. The food choices we make — individually and as a society — create a ripple that is felt around the world. Please come to the sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 29, to view the 30-minute film Nourish. It will

answer some questions and cause you to think about others. With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, this film traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps. Nourish illustrates how food connects to such issues as biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice. Creation Care Tip ~ Did you know that electrical appliances consume energy when plugged in, even when they are turned off? If you unplug appliances used infrequently such as lamps in unused bedrooms, extra appliances on your kitchen counter, or stereo equipment used only when entertaining, you will notice which items you use most often, and get into the habit of conserving energy. This may take a little rearranging since we often place large things in front of outlets, making them difficult to reach.

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