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1 BETHEL WEEKLY NEWS ONE CONGREGATION TWO LOCATIONS AUGUST 10, 2014 FLOWERS Flowers Downtown are placed in honor of the 80th birthday of our mother and grandmother, Vonnie Hill. Given by Kim Kapaun, Kyle & Kelsey McNamee. Flowers at Highlands are given in loving memory of Carol Belisle, by her husband Don and family. BAPTIZED Receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at the 9:30 Sunday service are twins, Bennett Blake Dahlberg and Brooklyn Lee Dahlberg, children of Sarah Bieringer & Daniel Dahlberg. WELCOME TO BETHEL ON THIS CELEBRATION WEEKEND Today we re celebrating our successful capital campaign and raising $1.7 million towards reducing our debt and freeing dollars up to be used for mission and ministry, rather than paying interest. A great big THANK YOU to each of you for your generosity and faithfulness to this great congregation! Please stick around after the service to share some cake and punch with us. We would also like to thank our campaign committee for all their time and talents. Kudos to: Chris & Kelle Anderson, Bob Wall, Chuck Boeder, Dennis Duerst, Natalie Haefner, Jon Jorgenson, Jerry Adams, Paul Gavic, Darrel Schoeberlein, Rick & Krista Ottino, Dave Miller, Kim Kaupan, Paul & Ann Martinson, Faye Luepke, Tim Wiste, Rand Sortland, Pay Powers, Todd Gillingham, Brian Ullom, Bonnie Knutson, Linda James, Lonna Possehl, Nancy Langness, Tasha Gunderson, Juli Hilding, Ralph Van Kuelen, and Pastor John Lestock. We couldn t have done it without you, friends! BLESSING OF THE PETS THIS WEEK AT WOW! You and your pets are invited to come to the Highlands campus on Wednesday, August 13 at 6:30 pm for our special Blessing of the Pets service (weather permitting.) Please make sure your pets are on a leash or in a cage. Next week at WOW: the Blessing of the Backpacks service. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL THANKS A huge THANK YOU to the 95 volunteers plus Bethel staff and pastors, for your amazing help making this year s VBS a super success! You are a blessing to these kids and to us! And THANK YOU to the record number of kids (244) who attended Weird Animals VBS. Your smiles, laugher & growing love of Jesus filled our week with joy! Just Announced: Next year s VBS theme is Everest Conquering Challenges with God s Mighty Power. WELCOME WORSHIP GUEST! Bethel believes that God is at work in our life together to transform and renew the world by making followers of Jesus. You are welcome to be a part of this community of those who celebrate the forgiveness and hope that are God s gifts to imperfect people through Jesus Christ, to grow in your faith, and to join in serving human need in his name. The people and pastors of Bethel look forward to sharing your lifejourney in any way that is helpful to you. If you are a visitor to this beautiful area, we hope your visit was refreshing; your travels are safe, and your homecoming joyful. If you d like more information about Bethel, please stop by our welcome center or speak to a pastor. CHILDREN ARE WELCOMED AT BETHEL! Parents will find bags of soft toys for children at the entrance to the worship areas. Thank you for doing what you can to help in creating a worship environment where all can participate by keeping distracting noise and movement to a minimum. If you prefer, a nursery is available Sunday mornings at Bethel Highlands (9:30 am).

2 BETHEL S VISION FOR MISSION To WELCOME all people to know Jesus Christ and come to faith in him. To provide the means for growth for Christian maturity, EQUIPPING people with the power of faith in Christ for everyday life. To challenge each member to take a personal share of God s mission, SENDING them to bring Christ s compassion, hope and joy into the world, our communities and homes. BETHEL DOWNTOWN 920 Third Street Hudson, WI (Administrative Office) P Office Hours: M-F: 8:30 am-4:30 pm Sunday: 8 am-12 pm BETHEL HIGHLANDS 504 Frontage Road Hudson, WI P BETHEL S PASTORAL STAFF John Lestock, Senior Pastor Alicia Hilding, Associate Pastor Ben Hilding, Associate Pastor Bob Bipes, Visitation Pastor BETHEL HIGHLANDS PRESCHOOL 504 Frontage Road Hudson, WI P , ext. 401 Kari Jo Fore, Director B E T H E L H A P P E N I N G S CALLING ALL 9:30 HIGHLANDS WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS!!! If you are a greeter, usher, communion server, videographer, projectionist, welcome center, or nursery volunteer, please attend one of the required meetings on Sunday, August 17th or 24th, right after the 9:30 worship service in the sanctuary by the altar. We will be discussing the new exciting Sunday team structure for the fall. BETHEL POSITION OPENING Bethel is seeking a part-time Youth Ministry Communications Assistant. The role of the person in this position is to assist in the overall youth ministry programs through ongoing communications, organization, and database updates. This position is 15 hours/week, offers regular office hours, and reports to the Pastor of Youth and Family. Interested applicants can submit a job application and resume to the church office, 920 Third St., Hudson, WI A job application and position description are available in the church office at the Downtown campus or may be downloaded from our web site on the Resources/Job Opportunities page. LUNCHEON FOR ALL OUR SENIOR ADULTS THIS FALL Senior adults, please plan to join us for another great senior adult luncheons on Monday, September 15 th from 12 noon to 1:30. We ll be in the fellowship hall at our Downtown campus for a tasty catered lunch. Our Hudson mayor, and Bethel member, Alan Burchill will be our speaker and updating us on some of the new things going on in Hudson. We ll also have special music from Bethel seminarian, Stephen Hilding. The cost is $7.00 per person and yes, you re welcome to bring a friend or two. Don t miss this great opportunity for not only food and friendships, but Alan Burchill also faith and fun! It won t be the same without you! You can sign up Downtown in the church office. A PASTORAL CALL FOR PASTOR VAN V. BREDESON Many of us have been praying for Pastor Van and Kathie since they left Bethel. We got word this week that Pastor Van has accepted a three-year term call at Christ Lutheran Church in Somerset, Wisconsin. Congratulations Pastor Van! We re happy for you and for Christ Lutheran! 2ND ANNUAL MISSION TRIP TO PINE RIDGE If you have an interest in Native American Culture, American History, the Old West or Mission trips, you ll want to join us for our Fall trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. We ll be delivering school supplies and clothing, seeing the sites, hearing from a number of Lakota friends, and doing a small service project. (And above all things, showing the love of Christ through our actions!) The dates are Thursday-Sunday, October 9-12 and the cost is $200 to cover transportation, lodging and food. (We can only take a maximum of 18 people.) Talk to Pastor John, Alan Park or Mary Gerzmehle if you re interested. (This has been a life-changing trip for so many!)

3 Y O U T H A N D F A M I LY H A P P E N I N G S CASCADE BAY WATER PARK Mini League AND Little League (currently in grades K-5) Wednesday, August 20 Leave at 10 am and return at 4:15 pm Cost: $15 includes water park, lunch (hot dog meal or pizza meal) and transportation Sign up online (Youth Ministry/ League Events) or at either welcome center Please remember to turn in a permission form SENIOR LEAGUE ENGEDI PROJECT Wednesdays, 5-9 pm Downtown Campus Work on the new ENGEDI senior high youth ministry headquarters continues! All are invited to help from 5 9 pm each Wednesday night through the summer. Please contact Pastor Ben Hilding if you d like to help. Check for updates on Facebook at Senior Bethel! NEEDED FOR ENGEDI PROJECT Classes start September 14th 6TH & 7TH GRADE AND CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION & OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER PM, DOWNTOWN CAMPUS Come to sign up for our faith formation classes for grades 6-9, to meet your teachers, meet the Bethel staff, and get familiar with the new Wednesday evening schedule. Then, join us for worship and a concert in the Downtown sanctuary at 7 pm, led by Wynand Hansen! We're looking for OAK wood pallets (no aspen) for the Engedi youth room project. Do you know of any businesses that would commonly use these pallets? (We ll need 50.) Please contact Pastor Ben Hilding at or , ext. 24 if you can provide any information. Thanks! 8 PM SUNDAYS ~ HIGHLANDS CAMPUS (7 pm starting Sept. 7th)

4 WORSHIP MINISTRY ASSISTANTS Acolytes 8 am Jessica Barents, Samantha Deyo 11 am Shayla Brecher, Jacey Eckholm Ushers/Worship Support 8 am Aaron, Trina & Liz Hilke *9:30 am Gary/Kit Elert, Troy Forcier, Brent Mitchell, Marlo/Cindy Schmidt 11 am Roger/Jenny Olson Greeters 8 am Inge Bleier, Evelyn Christensen *9:30 am Bobbe Henderson, Marlene Weiss 11 am Susan Thayer, Jeannie Ste. Marie Welcome Center 8 am Patty Johnson *9:30 am Marlene Weiss Nursery *9:30 am Jessica Barents, Grace Yaeger Sunday Transportation Dave Miller *Videographer Alan Park *Projectionist *Saturday Char Trende Sunday Larry Quam Cookie Caller Skip James *Bethel Highlands To Volunteer Please contact Kris Salentine for Highlands: or Kathy Jeska for Downtown: or WORSHIP SCHEDULE Bethel Downtown Sundays Celebration Worship 8 am Great Awakening Worship 11 am Bethel Highlands Saturdays 5:30 pm The Gathering Worship Sundays 9:30 am New Song Worship 8 pm Vespers (summer worship time) Wednesdays 6:30 pm WOW (Wednesday Outdoor Worship) Wednesdays through August 20 P O W E R OF P R A Y E R Those Who are Sick or in Need of Healing: Marlys Anderson, Don Belisle, Maggie Brown & family, Jim Butler, Karl Butterbrodt, Chris Doescher, Dave Graese, Margaret Hamann, Vivian Hart, Ken Heiser, Nancy Jeffries- Lein, Bruce Johnson, Jim Klaas, Miles Lewis, Betsey Lundeen, Levi Mulvihill, Terri Pomeroy, Walter Rigwald, Debbie Russell, Kay Shager, Debbie Steele, Erin Steele, Dick Stine, Ward TeWinkel and Louise Ullom. Those Serving or Deployed: Jeffrey Berg, Charles Burns, Jordan Kein and Steven Moreus. Sympathy: We offer our sympathies and prayers of comfort and strength for Marlys Anderson at the death of her ex-husband, Andy. Jesus said: I am the resurrection and the life. WORSHIP ATTENDANCE FOR AUGUST 2-6 Saturday, August 2: Highlands, 5:30 pm 70 Sunday, August 3: Downtown, 8 am 94; 11 am 77 Sunday, August 3: Highlands, 9:30 am 164 Wednesday, August 6: WOW 55 TODAY S QUOTE "I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone." ~ Thomas Merton BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS ON SUNDAY AT HIGHLANDS Our volunteer parish nurse, DeeAnne Swavely, will conduct blood pressure checks at the Highlands campus on Sunday, August 10 before and after the 9:30 am worship service. HAVE YOU SEEN OUR NEW VAN? Recently, we were able to purchase a newer (2012) van for Bethel! It will replace our 1996 blue Ford van and is much more safe and dependable! Thanks to so many of you who have helped with gifts to make this possible. Be sure to check it out when you re at our Downtown campus! (It s white and parked right next to our big blue bus.)you truly are a generous congregation, Bethel! ATTENTION INSTRUMENTALISTS Would you like to add your instrumental sound to our New Song band? To find out more please contact our Contemporary Worship Director, Eric Possehl, at T H I S W E E K S S C H E D U L E Sunday, 10 Monday, 11 Tuesday, 12 Wednesday, 13 Thursday, 14 Friday, 15 Saturday, 16 CELEBRATION WEEKEND 8 am Celebration worship DT 9 am Blood pressure chk. BH 9:30 am New Song BH 11 am Great Awakening worship DT 4 pm Vespers rehearsal 7 Digging Deeper Bible study BH 7 pm Seattle trip recap/ photo-sharing BH 8 pm Vespers worship BH 9 am Offering counters DT 1 pm Embroidery club DT 5:30 pm College Age/Young Professionals Bible study DT 6:30 pm Monday Funday activity 7 pm Boy Scout Troop #140 and Venture Crew DT 7 pm Church council DT 4:30 pm Grace Place serves 5:30 pm Boy Scout Patrol Leaders council DT 7 pm Boy Scout troop committee meeting DT 10 am Staff meeting DT 12 pm Volunteer coord. DT 5 pm Senior League Engedi project DT 5:30 pm WOW rehearsal BH 6:30 pm WOW Blessing of the Pets service BH 8:15 am WELCA Summer Retreat at Joy Lutheran 7 pm New Song rehearsal BH 7 am Men s Bible study DT 8:30 am HHQ DT 9 am Farmer s Mkt. BH 5:30 pm Gathering worship BH

5 AUGUST 10, 2014 The Bethel Bell Ensemble begins rehearsals on Thursday, Sept. 11 The Children s Chime Choir (grades 2-4) meets right after Sunday The Junior Bell Ensemble will also begin on September 21st for PLAN TO BE WITH US FOR A CONCERT WITH A CAUSE! Here s a chance to see and hear our own New Song Band and Pastor John s musical group, Hot Under the Collar, like you ve never heard them before. Both bands will be doing a benefit concert at the Highlands campus on Saturday, September 27 th at 7:30 pm with all proceeds going to Operation Help and The Source. There will be something for everyone that night including folk, blues, Irish, Cajun, blues, bluegrass, rock (with tunes and instruments you won t hear in a worship service!) Tickets are $15 per person, or two for $25. Come on out for a night of fun to support a great cause! (Tickets will go on sale in mid-august.) BELLS AND CHIMES REHEARSALS STARTING SOON at Highlands at 5:30 pm. Come and give it a try!! school at Highlands, beginning Sept. 21st! grades 5-12! Highlands campus, right after Sunday worship. ADULT BIBLE DISCUSSION BEGINS ANEW How can we apply the Gospel lesson in our daily lives? Find out for yourself as the Adult Bible Discussion group begins anew on Sunday, September 14, at 9:15 am in the conference room at Bethel Downtown. We use the Daily Discipleship study sheet found on the ELCA.org web site as a guide for discussion. Sometimes (often?) we stray from the guide to discuss, as a group, questions about our faith journey. We welcome you to drop by to join the lively discussions. The door is always open! If you have questions, please contact Karen Pavlis, Facilitator, at BETHEL HAPPENINGS DIGGING DEEPER BIBLE STUDY FINAL SESSION The Digging Deeper Bible study will wind up on Sunday, August 10 at 7 pm at the Highlands campus. Thanks to J.D. Mechelke, our Youth Ministry Summer Intern, for leading this group! FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN AUGUST WORK DATE A Bethel team will package meals at FMSC in Eagan on Saturday, August 23, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Fifteen more volunteers are needed! A sign-up link has been posted on the Ongoing Missions page of the Bethel web site. Please contact Alan Park at for more information. BETHEL BOOK CLUB Please join readers on Wednesday, September 3rd from 1-3 pm at the Downtown campus to discuss, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Everyone is welcome, even if you have not read or finished the book. The brochure listing this season s selections is now available at the welcome center at either Bethel campus. YOUTH MINISTRY LEADERSHIP TRAINING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 ~ 5-8 PM, HIGHLANDS CAMPUS As we look to a great year of youth ministry, we want to be prepared, equipped, and going in the same direction. With that in mind, all Sunday school teachers, station leaders, 6th and 7th grade small group guides, and confirmation guides will need to attend this mandatory teacher training. Please RSVP to Pastor Ben at

6 AUGUST 10, 2014 Four 70-sheet notebooks, wide or college-ruled. (NO loose-leaf One 30-centimeter ruler or ruler with centimeters on one side and One pencil sharpener One blunt scissors One eraser, approx. 2-1/2 Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; secure together with a Five ballpoint pens (NO gel ink); secure together with a rubber band One box of crayons, 16- or 24-count Thank you for considering these very worthwhile ministries. WELCA SUMMER RETREAT THIS THURSDAY All women of the St. Croix Valley Conference are invited for a blessing-filled morning at this year s Summer Retreat to be held on Thursday, August 14 at Joy Lutheran in Prescott, WI. Registration and coffee will be from 8:15-8:45 am. A $10 fee per person will be taken at the door to cover expenses. Lunch will be served before we head home. One half of the offering taken will go to the Synod Women's Organization,1/4 to the Joy Quilters and 1/4 to Our Neighbors Place. The theme for the morning is "Bags of Blessings" and will include a presentation by Susan Saarem. Susan is a former teacher and the wife of a retired pastor and a member of Balsam Lutheran Church in Amery. She is involved in both congregational and community ministries in everything from piano, vocal music, drama, and leadership roles for events and committees. At the convention in Eau Claire, Sue was elected as our SWO president and we are pleased that she is joining us at our Summer Retreat. Highlights from the Triennial Gathering and the Joyful Bells will be a part of the morning, as well. Elections for Conference Board openings will also be held. The conference is asking all congregations to consider whether someone from their congregation's women's organization would be a good candidate and be willing to be nominated for one of the open positions. For more information contact the Conference Coordinator, Carol Hajicek, Joy Lutheran is located at 1435 St. Croix Street in Prescott. The church is on the corner of St. Croix and Borner Streets. Coming in from the northeast through River Falls on Hwy. 35/29, stay on County F where Hwy. 35 curves west, cross Hwy. 10 and you will be on Campbell Street, continue south to St. Croix Street and take a left. BETHEL HAPPENINGS SCHOOL SUPPLIES COLLECTION FOR TWO MINISTRIES Once again this year, Bethel is collecting school supplies for TWO ministries: Lutheran World Relief and the Wolf Creek school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This is a great time to purchase school supplies sales can be found in most stores! If you would like to help, the list for LWR is below. There is no specific list for the Wolf Creek school. paper) inches on the other rubber band Lakota third-grader at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Cash donations are also welcome. (A $10.00 contribution will buy seven more bags for LWR!) Please specify LWR school bags and/or Pine Ridge supplies, then place in an envelope at the welcome center at either Bethel campus. 6

7 AUGUST 10, 2014 ADULT & PEDIATRIC CPR & MORE Red Cross Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED and First Aid will be offered by newly certified instructor Kari Jo Fore on Tuesday, August 19th from 9 am to 3 pm in the music room at the Highlands campus. Normally a class like this would cost well over $100 per person, but due to our new status with the Red Cross we are able to offer it for $70 per person! Please contact Kari Jo at to reserve your spot or if you have questions. Certificates issued upon course completion and competency. OPEN HOUSE AT BHP Families and the community are welcome to come to Bethel Highlands Preschool between 1-6 pm on Monday, August 25th to meet the staff and volunteers, tour the classrooms, and get their school photo taken.. Over the summer there've been lots of changes taking place, and we re proud to show off our results. Come check us out! PRESCHOOL SEEKS SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS Are you interested in becoming a substitute teacher at Bethel Highlands Preschool? You don't need a teaching degree, or a formal license! We are now hiring dependable and professional substitute teachers. Please contact Kari Jo at to get your name on the list, and find out what you need to do to be qualified and in demand. Flexible schedule, good pay, and being part of BHP are just a few of the many great things that come with subbing! HOLY YOGA ON BREAK Please note: there will be NO Holy Yoga during the month of August, or on September 1 (Labor Day). BETHEL HAPPENINGS YOUNG AT HEARTS MN HISTORY CENTER TRIP On TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th YAH will travel to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul to see the national traveling exhibit Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s and attend the special lecture Toys Are Us: Memories and History by author and show developer, Kathy Roberts. The bus will leave Bethel Downtown at 9:30 am and leave the MN History Center at 1:30 pm to return to Hudson. The cost of the trip is $ Lunch is on your own at the History Center café. The trip is available for Bethel members; if there is space after Bethel members have signed up, there will be a waiting list for friends. You can sign up at the Downtown welcome center. The deadline for sign-up and payment is Monday, August 25th. FAMILY FRESH RECEIPTS YES we are still saving Family Fresh receipts for Bethel s youth ministry! Please drop off your receipts in the boxes provided at the welcome center at either Bethel campus. Thanks for your continued support! STEELE FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT AT HIGHLANDS We had an overwhelming response to the Steele Family holiday concert last year, so this year they are back by popular demand! Along with their fabulous voices, Jearlyn, Jevetta, J.D., Billy and Fred will be bringing their band with them! Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 29 th, and plan to get tickets when they go on sale in October. (We also ask you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Food Shelf and helping hungry people over the holidays.) Stay tuned, we ll have more information for you soon!

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