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Construction Has Begun! On September 11, 2013, the loan closed on The Next Door Project, and demolition began the next day. Below are some pictures of the first signs of construction!
Vicar Tim Page 2 Day 2 Serve Page 2 Worship/Music Page 3 Mary Martha Page 4 LWML Page 4 Minglers Page 5 Concordia Assoc. Page 5 Manna Meals Page 6 Stephen Ministry Page 6 LifeLight Page 7 BLS PTL Page 8 Primetimers Page 8 ARC Fundraiser Page 9 Childrenâ€™s Ministry/ Renovation Team Page 10 October Calendar Page 11
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Welcome, Vicar Tim!
Our very own Tim Wendelin is now officially a Vicar! The above picture was taken after the Vicarage Assignment service at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, with the rest of the 2013 Fall Specific Ministry Pastor group. =============================================================
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Remarkable Worship by Marilyn Havekost
I did it again yesterday. I replied “Awesome!” to someone about something that truly wasn‟t awesome. It was good, but nothing is truly “awesome” except God. God is awesome in glory and in holiness. On more than one occasion we glimpse into heaven and hear the angels repeating, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.” In fact, holiness is the only one of His attributes that we see angels repeating over and over again. Is it possible that holiness is at the heart of God‟s God-ness? The center of all of who He is?
Him. We can bring God pleasure. Your worship matters to God.
God is pure. Radiant. Without blemish or stain. When you‟re God, you‟re always who you are unchanging, unaffected by anything or anyone. He doesn‟t change with crowd or go with the flow.
God is constantly surrounded by heavenly throngs and endless praise, yet He says to you and me, “I know your voice, even the thoughts of your heart. And your worship - your arrows of affection - reach My heart and mean something to Me.”
And if God‟s infinite nature isn‟t mind-boggling enough, consider this: The infinitely awesome God is inviting you to draw near to Him. Yes, He‟s enthroned on high, but God has lowered Himself to take notice of our lives. Think about it. This great and majestic God is aware of every single detail of your life. He‟s God in heaven, but He knows everything there is to know about you, things you don‟t even know about yourself.
The rocks He has made are capable of raucous praise, should He ask for it, but He draws near your side and whispers, “I‟d rather hear you sing a new song of praise to Me!”
Wow! Think about that Sunday morning as you raise your voice in song! See you in worship!
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Mark Your Calendars! by Marilyn Havekost
We will be having our annual Advent/Christmas concert on Sunday, December 8, at 8 and 10:30 in the gymnasium! Our orchestra will be with us, and it will be a glorious worship time as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. Plan to be there! If you‟d like to sing with us, please let me know either by phone or email. I ask that you attend the three rehearsals before December 8 and also the rehearsal on December 7.
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Mary Martha Society By Barbara Wolter
Cheery hellos, laughter and the aroma of our September brunch welcomed back Mary Martha members from a long hot summer! The cozy atmosphere of the chapel fellowship hall will be the Mary Martha Society‟s meeting home for this year. President Jean Wendelin greeted the group and the staff guests. Pastor Langwisch‟s devotion on Serving had a powerful message coupled with a touch of humor! Our meetings for the new year will include a mix of speakers, projects to make the holidays a bit more festive for shut ins, Christmas brunch, staying out of the kitchen with our No Bake Bake Sales, and looking for new opportunities to be of service. Mary Martha has a long history of serving the church. We‟re not just in the kitchen, but will be if needed there for a loved one‟s funeral reception or to welcome a new pastor into the family of God. You‟ll find us answering the phones, or you might receive a get well card we dropped in the mail. We have been there to serve for 35 years. You are welcome to join us on the second Tuesday of each month.
By Ann Nord
In John 4:14 Jesus said: “but whoever drinks of the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” There are numerous examples of ways to be quenched by the Word of Christ. Stories from missionaries and others have told how God uses the LWML to be conduits for His living water through its support of mission grants. With over $100 million in grants distributed over the past 71 years, God‟s saving grace has been proclaimed to many nations, quenching the thirst of many people! You may or may not be able to go on a mission trip, speak inspiring words, or participate in service projects, but you can always support the mission of the LWML with your prayers and through your mite donations. By doing that, many more people may be “Quenched! by the water.”
We will have several activities in October. The Fall Rally will be held Saturday, Oct. 5th at Summit of Peace, 4661 E. 136th Ave. in Northglenn. The theme is “Jesus is Our Sustenance.” Registration is at 8:30 am with the opening at 9:00. Lunch will be provided by Orphan Grain Train. Then after lunch we will be assembling 50 Mercy Kits with towels and toiletry items. Perhaps some will go to Colorado flood victims. Then our monthly meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 12th at 8:30 a.m. After refreshments Karen Goeglein will report to us on her trip to the National Convention this past June. All women are invited to join us. Remember to keep filling those mite boxes and bring them the 3rd Sunday of the month to feed the large mite boxes in the gym and chapel area.
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Christian Minglers The Christian Minglers is a socially active Bethlehem couples LifeGroup that enjoys doing occasional gatherings during the year in a relatively unstructured atmosphere. The group was originally formed in the late 70‟s by Cheryl and Steve Baumgartner. We support one another for family celebrations, issues, milestones, holidays and any other legitimate excuse that we can muster. Many times our gatherings are held “just because.” Our group currently consists of approximately 15 couples that range in age from their 40‟s to their 70‟s. Because of our group feeling comfortable with the lack of definitive structure, our LifeGroup typically does not assist with any specific Bethlehem function, however all of the group members are very active throughout the Bethlehem ministry network. We would welcome the addition of couples who would like to join up with us to share fellowship, a great Christian community and on occasion, a drink or two.
God‟s blessings to all!
The Christian Minglers moving the bricks for The Next Door Project.
The Concordia Corner We’ve changed our name! The Concordia Association, formerly known as Concordia Academy High School Association, continues its work providing excellent Lutheran education to high school students in northwest Denver. We are pleased to begin the expansion of this vision to areas beyond metro Denver, desiring to eventually reach: † Remote areas where a Christian high school is not available † Home School-ers seeking theology expertise in Bible curriculum † Other private schools seeking a cost-efficient way of curriculum delivery † Missionary families in other countries † Churches desiring to provide robust Christian education to their high school students, as well as others seeking to learn more Biblical truths.
The Concordia Night at Eagles Football Faith Christian Eagles vs. Machebeuf High School Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm Come cheer the entire team on as they take on challenger, Machebeuf High School! Faith Christian Academy high school campus 4890 Carr Street, Arvada, Colorado Free gate admission to all Bethlehem middle school students and their families! RSVP for your free gate admission to: info@TheConcordiaAssociation.org
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7 Years of Manna Meals By Mary Anne Brossman
Although 2013 is winding down, the Manna Meals Lifegroup celebrates 7 years of home-cooked meals delivered to dozens of our Bethlehem family members. We have about 25 volunteers and they are all wonderful cooks willing to prepare and bring a meal to those who are recovering from surgery, have a family member that is hospitalized, have had a death in the family, etc. The co-leaders share the responsibility of making the initial call to a family and then they assign a volunteer to also call and make arrangements for a delivery of a meal they have prepared. We generally deliver M-F but if there is a need for a Saturday delivery, often that can be arranged. If you know someone that could use a meal, please call Martha Rowley at 303-425-6971, Mary Anne Brossman at 303-462-2298, or Kim Musselman at the church office 303-238-7676. If you would like to join our group of volunteers, please call any of the contacts above. ===========================================================================================================
Stephen Ministry Corner
By Mary Anne Brossman
“In the fold of God we receive comfort and compassion. Outside the fold of God our wandering takes us into „lostness‟ and further non-resolution of the harsh issues we face in life.” (Where is God When Life Hurts? 2006, Douglas McKay, p.49) Life on earth is meant to be shared. Families gather for reunions, holidays, weddings and birthdays. Those are the joyous times we treasure; those are the times when life is good. But there are other times that friends and family can distance themselves, e.g., serious illness, depression, divorce, remarriage, adolescent issues, and grief. This is where Stephen Ministry steps in to help. A Stephen Minister listens, prays, nurtures and becomes an active presence in the life of the care receiver. Stephen Ministers keep in touch with the Holy Spirit as God gives direction on
the best way for them to care. Our Heavenly Father cures in His time not our time and Stephen Ministers patiently wait with you as you heal. Founder, Executive Director of Stephen Ministries, St. Louis and noted author Kenneth Haugk says it all in Volume 1, Stephen Ministry Training Manual, “Joy is Jesus‟ gift to all who follow Him in servant hood. Joy will steal upon you, burst upon you, and warm you - now and in your learning and later in your serving. J-esus, O-thers, Y-ou, this is the joy of a Stephen Minister.” Tonight in your prayers ask Jesus if He is calling you to become a Stephen Minister! Please note: A new training class for Stephen Ministers begins January 2014. Contact Martha Rowley at 303-425-6971, Sharon Brown at 303-424-3034, or Doug McKay at 720331-5145 for further information.
Fully Alive Bethlehem Lutheran Church & School 2100 N. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, CO 80214 Church office: 303-238-7676 School office: 303-233-0401 Visit us online at www.bethlehemfullyalive.com E-mail Bethlehem@bethluth.net KLTT 670 Radio Broadcast 11:00 AM Sundays David J. Langewisch, Pastor M a r c us L a n e , V i c a r (S tu de n t P a s tor ) T i m W e n de l i n, V i c a r M i c he l l e Fi s c he r , P r i n c i p a l S a n d y W e nd e l i n, D i r e c t or o f Di s c i pl e s h i p a n d E a r l y L e a r ni n g C e nt e r Ad m i ni s t r a tor M a r i l yn H a ve k os t, Di r e c t or o f M u s i c M i ni s tr y S c o t t B u bk e , Di r e c t or o f O pe r a ti on s P a u l B e a s l e y, D i r e c tor o f I n fo r m a t i o n T e c hn ol o g y Ad a m W i nt e r ho f, D i r e c t or , S tu d e n t Li fe M i ni s tr y S uk e G na g y, P r e s c ho ol D i r e c to r M e l i s s a M e uz e l a a r & T i mi S c hu e s s l e r Cor ne r s to ne C o un s e l i ng , 3 0 3 -2 3 8 -7 6 7 6 , e x t. 3 1 5
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Heavenâ€™s Not My Home By Annette Gunther
Since LifeLight is currently studying Heaven and Hell, I was reminded of this song by Albert E. Brumley that we used to sing in church when I was a child. This world is not my home, I'm just passing through My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue The angels beckon me from Heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore. Refrain: O Lord, you know I have no friend like you If Heaven's not my home, then Lord what will I do? The angels beckon me from Heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore. They're all expecting me and that's one thing I know My Savior pardoned me and now I onward go I know He'll take me through Though I am weak and poor. Refrain Just up in glory land we'll live eternally The Saints on every hand are shouting victory Their song of sweetest praise drifts back from Heaven's shore And I can't feel at home in this world anymore. Refrain
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BLS Parent Teacher League By Eliza Martinez
The new school year is off and running! It's been a great first couple of weeks. The PTL welcomed several new members at our September meeting. Each classroom is working to get one parent to be its class representative. This person will attend the meetings, then produce a newsletter to share with the teacher and the other parents. This will keep PTL connected to the entire school, even if parents aren't able to attend meetings. It also keeps teachers in the loop. We look forward to a great year of communication and partnership! The PTL Constitution and Bylaws were approved by the VIT and the PTL. If you'd like a copy of these documents, they are available on Teacherease under Digital Lockers. You can also get a hard copy in the school office. Watch for the annual Scholastic Book Fair coming in October. It's a great place to stock up on Christmas gifts for the kids in your life and it helps the school library restock its shelves with new and exciting books. As always, watch for our monthly Dining Out Fundraiser - this is a great night of food, fun, and fellowship for our entire Bethlehem community! ============================================================================================================
Prime Timers’ October Activities By Ralph and Georgia Phillips
Hello Prime Timers (55+)! Our October potluck will be held on the 3rd Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Ralph Phillips will speak about the "Severe Weather Program" for Jefferson Counties Homeless Community and Bethlehem's role in that program. Bunco is held the 1st Saturday of the month. Bible Study is held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. This month our "Out To Lunch Bunch" will
be going to the "Elephant Bar" in Belmar (the bus will run). We are also going to the Imax Theater on October 16 to see a film on "Meerkats" - $7.00 per person. Sign up for "Out To Lunch Bunch" at the first Bible Study or call Tom and Joan Meitler at 303-4217007 to place your reservation. Any questions about our group can be directed to Ralph and Georgia Phillips at 303-279-4337.
Tuesday, October 1 at 8:30 am
Tuesday, October 1 at 10:00 am
Saturday, October 5 at 1:00 pm
Bunco - please bring a snack to share!
Tuesday, October 15 at 10:00 am Tuesday, October 15 at 11:00 am
Bible Study Out To Lunch Bunch to Elephant Bar in Belmar - sign up at the 1st Bible Study or Call Tom and Joan Meitler 303-421-4337 Wednesday, October 16 at 12:00 pm Imax Theater trip - 2:00 pm showing of “Meerkats”- cost is $7.00 bring a sack lunch or buy lunch in the cafeteria (the bus will run from the church) Sunday, October 20 at 12:30 pm Potluck in the Chapel Fellowship Hall - Speaker: Ralph Phillips on “The Severe Weather Program for Jefferson County”
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Children’s Ministry By Marva Tonniges
Join us in celebrating God this year! Our Sunday school teachers are excited about sharing the stories of the Bible with your children in a stimulating environment that nurtures each child‟s faith development during these important growing years. It is an honor to partner with you on this journey. Our lessons each week include a take-home flyer to reinforce and expand your child‟s Sunday school experience. Registration is always open. Our classes are for 3 year olds to 5th grade.
God’s Love Shines I am a Jack O‟ Lantern My light will shine so bright For I‟m a Christian pumpkin My symbol tells what‟s right! Kids shine every Sunday in Sunday School 9:15 – 10:15am
Renovation Team Update
By Laura Prinzi
Bethlehem‟s Sunday School Fall Kick-Off was a huge success with many children starting the new school year Fully Alive in Jesus! Children can join any time on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. Our youth groups have also kicked off the new school year. CHOSEN, our high school group, kicked off on September 8th with great food, familiar and brand new faces, fun activities, and some great conversation and devotion focusing on God‟s word. CHOSEN meets every Sunday from 7-9pm. On September 20 our middle school youth group, R.A.D. (Rebel Against the Devil), started the new year together by welcoming in our 6th graders. Again - food, faces, fun, and faith filled the evening!
Bethlehem has a place for ALL of our youth to get together and celebrate God‟s plans for their lives. Please plan to join us on a regular basis. As adults, you might be asking if there’s a place for YOU in the midst of children’s and youth ministry. We are actively looking for volunteers to help out - weekly, monthly, even quarterly. Help is needed with picking up and delivering food, coordinating volunteers for larger events, and even data entry. If this is peaking your curiosity or interest, please touch base with Adam Winterhof or Marva Tonniges at Bethlehem or Lisa Straight at email@example.com.
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Prayer for Autumn Days God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process. God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so. God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them. God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your powerfilled presence. May we gain strength from this.
God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings. God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision. God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons. God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.