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Content: Bethany Lutheran Outlook September 2009 Serving God, Community, and Individuals May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
PASTOR'S REFLECTIONS You've heard of the ELCA's Book of Faith initiative, the intent of which is to get members of our churches more involved in reading the Bible and to help them better understand the various ways that we as Lutherans interpret the Bible. You may know that I am the Northern Great Lakes Synod's Book of Faith advocate. That means that I am fully committed to encouraging this initiative as a way to renew and strengthen our churches. Here's the problem. For this initiative to be "successful" I need you! I especially need you who when you hear about Bible study think I am talking to someone else. I especially need you who think you don't know enough to come to a Bible study. I especially need you who have questions about the Bible that you think everyone knows the answer to except you. I especially need you who haven't come to Bible study because you're afraid it will confuse you and leave you with more questions than answers. I especially need you who think that you shouldn't read the Bible because you don't believe that everything in it could have happened just as it's written. I especially need you who think that everything in the Bible did happen just as it's written. I need all of you so we can talk about it. So......I want to invite A) all of you mentioned above, as well as B) all who have attended Bible studies in the past and C) all of you who don't think you fit in either group, to a coffee and dessert gathering on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 (However, I must say that I will be really disappointed if the only ones who come are those in group B. I love group B, but I need groups A and C!) At this gathering I want to talk some more about the Book of Faith and in particular to offer you a free book (you can pay for it if you want) that I think you will find helpful. It's a book about the Bible that answers questions like What is the Bible? Where did it come from? Is it true? Who wrote it? How can I make better sense of it? questions like that. It's a book written in a very accessible style as opposed to a scholarly over your head style. It's a book that we could use as the basis of discussion for a few weeks, but coming to the meeting on the 10th commits you to nothing. I'm gambling that if you get a hint of the richness of the Bible you're going to want to know more even if it makes you realize that the more you know the more you don't know. Also, a second invitation regarding...
LAY SCHOOL Elsewhere in the Outlook there is an article about Lay School. This would be a great semester to get involved! I will be teaching the Old Testament course using Walter Brueggemann's Introduction to the Old Testament; The canon and Christian Imagination. Pastor Kenneth Lahners from Trinity will be teaching Lutheran Heritage which will get into the Book of Concord which contains many of the foundational writings of Lutheranism. Bishop Tom Skrenes will teach the Church Polity course which will be offered in a one day, six hour format. This will be an opportunity to engage the Bishop on issues of church governance and policy (and probably anything else that comes to mind). In any event, all three classes are core classes that get into the Bible, theology, history and the church, all of which are central to the faith. Remember that you don't have to take them all! You can, but the beauty of Lay School is that it is flexible in order to meet the needs of your schedule and interests. All the classes are at Bethany and the only cost is for books. It's a good deal! Check the specifics in the other article and give it a shot! The basic premise behind both the Book of Faith initiative and the synod's Lay School is that churches where people are learning and growing in faith and thinking about it are going to be churches that are alive and vibrant, churches that others want to be part of. I certainly believe that this is most certainly true. Please join me in that belief. I need you! Pastor Geier The One Foundation Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main ends of life and studies, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, and therefore to lay Christ ... as the only foundation of all knowledge and learning and see the Lord only as the Giver of wisdom. -John Harvard, founder of Harvard College
LAY SCHOOL NEWS The NGLS Lay School is undergoing some curriculum changes so regarding exactly what things will look like in the future there are some things that are not known at this point, but here's what is known...
· The Fall Semester is set to begin on September 8th, the Tuesday after Labor Day and will end before Thanksgiving. · Classes will be held at Bethany, Ishpeming.
The Fall 2009 schedule will be as follows
Lutheran Heritage (30 hrs) 3 pm to 6 pm (Pastor Kenneth Lahners)
Old Testament (24 hrs)
6:30 pm to 9 pm (Pastor Warren Geier)
The other class to be offered will be Church Polity and will be taught as one six hour session from 3 pm to 9 pm on November 3. Bishop Tom Skrenes will be the instructor.
Lay School will be moving to a five semester format so that regardless of how the curriculum is changed, courses that are offered in the fall will be offered in the winter in the next rotation.
From there, things are a work in progress. Some classes will be eliminated or modified and new classes will be offered. Information about the winter term and beyond will be made known as soon as possible. There is no tuition; the only cost is for books (and instructors do the best they can to keep that within reason.)
As is always the case, we need new students! It should be emphasized though that one does not have to sign up for all the classes, one does not have to complete all the classes in a certain period of time, one does not even have to complete all the classes ever. You can take as much or as little as works for your schedule and your interests. The program is designed to be flexible. Also, Lay School is not designed to produce Licensed Lay Ministers. While that is a possibility and some graduates have gone in that direction, most students are just interested in growing in faith and becoming more active in their own congregations. To register for classes, or if you have specific questions, contact Pastor Geier (486 -4351; [email protected]). It helps to have a ballpark number of students so that books can be ordered. Booklets with brief descriptions of the courses that are being offered are also available in the narthex. It would be great to have some new students give Lay School a try, so consider this a personal invitation! If you're not sure, try a course and see how it goes. You will grow in faith and you and your church will benefit from your involvement and I'm pretty sure you'll want to take more classes. Be Transformed Labor Day is a time to rest from our labors. But this is also an opportunity to reflect on our daily work and discern whether our effort is thankless and uninteresting or something that gives us deep and lasting satisfaction. God intends for our work to be much more than a job, much more than a daily grind. It should be, instead, a vocation -- which means, quite literally, a "calling." In Romans 12:2, Paul challenges us with the words: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God -- what is good and acceptable and perfect." The apostle's advice, then, is to be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Paul says be transformed by discovering what the Lord God is calling you to do.
DAILY LECTIONARY The foundational premise of this set of daily readings is their relationship to the Sunday lectionary. The readings are chosen so that the days leading up to Sunday (Thursday through Saturday) prepare for the Sunday readings. The days flowing out from Sunday (Monday through Wednesday) reflect upon the Sunday readings.
Daily Lectionary for September 2009
1 Psalm 106:1-6,13-23,47-48 2 Psalm 106:1-6,13-23,47-48 3 Psalm 146 4 Psalm 146 5 Psalm 146
Deut. 4:15-20 Deut. 4:21-40 Isaiah 30: 27-33 Isaiah 32:1-8 Isaiah 33:1-9
1 Peter 2:19-25 Mark 7:9-23 Romans 2:1-11 Romans 2:12-16 Matthew 15:21-31
6 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 35:4-7a Psalm 146 James 2:1-17
Mark 7:24-37
7 Isaiah 38:10-20 8 Isaiah 38:10-20 9 Isaiah 38:10-20 10 Psalm 116:1-9 11 Psalm 116:1-9 12 Psalm 116:1-9
Joshua 6:1-21 Joshua 8:1-23 Judges 15:9-20 Joshua 2:1-14 Joshua 2:15-24 Joshua 6:22-27
Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Hebrews 12:3-13 Matthew 17:14-21 Hebrews 11:17-22 James 2:17-26 Matthew 21:23-32
13 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38
14 Psalm 119:169-176 15 Psalm 119:169-176 16 Psalm 119:169-176 17 Psalm 54 18 Psalm 54 19 Psalm 54
1 Kings 13:1-10 1 Kings 13:11-25 Isaiah 10:12-20 Judges 6:1-10 1 Kings 22:24-40 2 Kings 17:5-18
Romans 3:9-20 Colossians 3:1-11 John 7:25-36 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Romans 11:25-32 Matthew 23:29-39
20 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 11:18-20 Psalm 54
James 3:13- 4:8a
21 Psalm 139:1-18 22 Psalm 139:1-18 23 Psalm 139:1-18 24 Psalm 19:7-14 25 Psalm 19:7-14 26 Psalm 19:7-14
2 Kings 5:1-14 2 Kings 11:21-12:16 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Exodus 18:13-27 Deuteronomy 1:1-18 Deuteronomy 27:1-10
27 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost Numbers 11:4-29 Psalm 19:7-14 James 5:13-20
28 Psalm 5 29 Psalm 5 30 Psalm 5
Zechariah 6:9-15 Zechariah 8:18-23 Zechariah 10:1-12
1 Psalm 8 2 Psalm 8 3 Psalm 8
Genesis 20:1-18 Genesis 21:22-34 Genesis 23:1-20
Mark 9:30-37 James 4:8-17 James 5:1-6 John 8:21-38 Acts 4:13-31 Acts 12:20-25 Matthew 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50 1 Peter 1:3-9 1 John 2:18-25 Matthew 18:6-9 Galatians 3:23-29 Romans 8:1-11 Luke 16:14-18
Sunday School and Confirmation Begin Soon The first day of Sunday School is September 13, beginning at 9 A.M. This year Bethany is using a new curriculum, which will include an online component, Spark Sunday School, published by Augsburg Fortress. All children from age three through those entering sixth grade are welcome to attend. Confirmation classes for students entering grades 7-9 begin September 20. Letters with more information on Sunday School and Confirmation will be sent to families shortly. Contact Pastor Geier if there are any questions.
Worship and Music In a matter of a few short weeks, we will be returning to schedules, commitments and calendars! Make some time to include some of the many activities that will be going on here at Bethany. Bethany Music Ministry will soon be returning to our regularly scheduled practice times. We extend an invitation to anyone interested in joining us to do so. We are always looking for members in both choirs. Our practices are a lot of work but a lot of fun as well. This year we are especially in need of senior choir members. Give it some prayerful consideration! We hope to see you at our first rehearsal. During the weeks ahead, the choir will be leading the congregation in learning the remainder the liturgy from Setting Two in the hymnal. The choir will introduce new portions of the liturgy and when you feel comfortable, join in. Soon it will become as comfortable as an "old friend." Bob Bucan The September and October's Noisy Offering will go to a worthy organization decided upon by Board of Social Ministry Thanks to everyone for your generosity!
Lord, Speak to Me Text: Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879 Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of thy tone; as thou has sought, so let me seek thine erring children lost and lone. O strengthen me, that while I stand firm on the rock, and strong in thee, I may stretch out a loving hand to wrestlers with the troubled sea. O teach me, Lord, that I may teach the precious things thou dost impart; and wing my words, that they may reach the hidden depths of many a heart. O fill me with thy fullness, Lord, until my very heart o'erflow in kindling thought and glowing word, thy love to tell, thy praise to show. O use me, Lord, use even me, just as thou wilt, and when, and where, until thy blessed face I see, thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share. Francis Havergal began writing poetry at age seven and continued writing for over thirty-five years. She had very delicate health and so was largely self-educated. She was proficient in Hebrew, Greek, French, German and Italian. She was a natural musician, had a pleasing and well-trained voice and was a sought-after concert pianist. Because she had a profound conversion experience in her early teens, she had a fundamentally religious set to her nature (her father was also a Presbyterian clergyman). She sang and played nothing but sacred music and used her gift of hymn writing to express her favorite themes of faith, consecration and service. One could almost say that this hymn text is a portrayal of Ms. Havergal's own life. Each of the stanzas begins with a personal prayer asking God to speak to, strengthen, teach, fill and use her. Ms. Havergal first published this hymn in 1872 under the title " A Worker's Prayer." Because of its intensely personal nature, this hymn often was not used for public worship.
2009 3rd Annual Ishpeming Lutheran Family Outdoor Worship & Picnic Is a Success On July 12 nearly 240 people met on a beautiful day for the Ishpeming Lutheran Family Worship Service and picnic at Al Quaal Recreation Area. Pastor Geier spoke of "listening to the winds of change." Several kids helped Pastor Eggert deliver a children's sermon. A volunteer choir sang "Earth and All Stars". Afterward everyone enjoyed the picnic lunch. The noisy offering from the picnic was $400.14 which will go to the Medical Care Access Coalition.
THANK YOU! Thank you to the congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church for supporting those who attend Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp through your donations and scholarships. Also, thank you to the ladies of WELCA for their $100.00 donation towards women's programming. This past June, 2009, Megan Hough, Christina Mariani, and I attended "Women's & Kids" week at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp. The theme this year was "Love to Serve" and the women's Bible study was led by Pastor Kari Vadis of Rhinelander, WI. She helped us recognize our strengths in serving ­ first to our own families and then to others. The kids had Bible study with their counselors, then made picture frames from natural materials and delivered them to residents of the Iron County Medicare Facility. Afterwards, they were treated to root beer floats there. All at the camp were invited to a "tubing trip" down the Paint River in Crystal Falls; while others could enjoy Arts & Crafts, the sauna, swimming at the beach, pontoon rides around Fortune Lake, and special women's workshops, spas, and dinners. Each day after lunch, we worshipped in the Chapel led by Soren Schmidt and various counselors accompanying him on guitars and drums. I especially enjoyed the Bible study in such a peaceful setting. We utilized both the Village Center and the Chapel for our gatherings. I admired the Stained Glass windows, with the sunlight streaming through and birch leaves gently fluttering in the breeze outside. It just lifts your spirits!
The weather was sunny and beautiful; with temperatures in the +80 degree range. We took advantage of the outdoors and enjoyed picnics and campfires there. A special treat was the concert performed by "41 West" (from the Good News Assembly of God Church in Ishpeming). As the counselors and kids stated afterward, "They were awesome!" Fond memories and friendships are established there and it strengthens our Christian Faith. Research has shown that those children who most often have church camp experience go on to become pastors and strong leaders of tomorrow. Something quite special happens there. I believe God is giving us direction in our unique ways. Please continue to support our church camp and encourage our youth and adults to utilize it as a retreat center as well. God's Blessing! With truly grateful hearts, Sheree & Christina Mariani Megan Hough Fourth of July
Enjoying the Strawberry Social
Happy 75th Birthday!
Welcome To Family And Friends
New Books For September 2009 By Keenan Tunnell Pretty wide variety this month, with another animal story, a western post-Civil War Christian romance, and two fictional works which tie into the last year's of Jesus' life on earth and the early Church. Enjoy! Myron, Vicki. Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world. (636.8092 MYR) "How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a smalL LIBRARY, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa." (from jacket) N.B.: This is a true story! Copeland, Lori. Three Times Blessed (FIC COP) This second installment of the Belles of Timber Creek Series picks up where Twice Loved left off, telling the story of the second "belle", Audrey Pride. "Typically, Thunder Ridge, Texas, is dry as a bone. But Audrey Pride has arrived under a storm cloud, one that is deluging the shocked community with weeks of relentless, drenching rain. With travel in and out of town rendered impossible, there is much important work for her to do--especially when an epidemic of violent illness, originating from a stranded wagon train, spreads rapidly throughout Thunder Ridge. Caring for the sick is consuming Audrey's every waking hour...yet her thoughts keep returning to the attractive widower Eli Gray...." (from jacket)
September Worship Assistants
September 6 Assisting Minister -
Thank You!
Acolytes - Max Alexander
Altar - Shirley Tyni & Kaye Frederickson
Coffee Hosts -
Flowers - In memory of Edmund & Laura Holmgren by Ed & Sue and the Holmgren
Bread -
September 13
Assisting Minister -
Acolytes - Kara Harrington & Kate Clark
Altar - Sandee Sundquist & Carol Holmgren
Coffee Hosts -
Flowers - In memory of Fred Blewett by Paul & Vera
Bread -
September Ushers:
September 20 Assisting Minister Acolytes - Katelyn Ombrello & Courtney Allen Altar - Doris & Carl Pellonpaa Coffee Hosts Flowers - In memory of Inez & Clayton Simons by Colleen & Ray Sundblad
Robert Waters James Carlson Robert Nadeau Tom Sodergren Roger Solberg Greg Stahlmann Maurice Hansen
Bread -
October Ushers:
September 27 Assisting Minister Acolytes - Megan Hough & Natalie Dobson Altar - Sue Holmgren Coffee Hosts Flowers - In memory of Diane Harris by Ann Sundblad Bread -
Ralph Goethe James Chapman Ed Johns Jim Kinnunen Craig Kitchen Roy Koski Ray Leverton Jerry Plaisier Knut Strom
September 2009
6:30 Worship & Worship
7:00 Property
Thu 3
Fri 4
Sat 5
6 8:30 Worship 9:15 Evangelism 10:30 Worship 13 9:00 Sunday School 9:30 Choir 10:30 Worship 20 9:00 Sunday School 9:30 Choir 10:30 Worship 6:00 Confirmation 27 9:00 Sunday School 9:30 Choir 10:30 Worship
9:00 Quilters
1:30 Social Ministry
3:00-9:00 Lay School
7:00 Prayer Shawl
14 11:00 Bible Study 6:30 Worship 7:15 Men's Ministry 6:30 WELCA Reorganization 7:30 Christian Ed.
15 9:00 Quilters 3:00-9:00 Lay School
21 11:00 Bible Study 6:30 Worship 7:30 Council
22 9:00 Quilters 3:00-9:00 Lay School
28 11:00 Bible Study 6:30 Worship
29 9:00 Quilters 3:00-9:00 Lay School
9 10:00 Men's Group
5:15 Bells
6:30 Invitation to
6:30 Choir
Bible Study
Coffee & Dessert
5:15 Bells
6:30 Bible Study
6:30 Choir
23 10:00 Men's Group
5:15 Bells
6:30 Bible Study
6:30 Choir
30 5:15 Bells 6:30 Choir
Dates & times for Joy, Martha, and Mary Circles TBA
Looking Ahead: October 10th Fall Fiesta and Quilt Auction
Deadline for October Outlook - September 21
Happy Birthday! 1 Daniel Gonyea-Alexander 2 Jennifer Carriere 2 Sally Grant 3 Travis Allen 4 John Lusardi 5 Tom Ryan 6 Barbara Crabb 7 Janet Anderson 8 Matthew Price 9 Ray Leverton 10 Sue Norell 11 Jonathan Vallier 12 Kenneth Kinnunen 13 James Carlyon 13 James Chartre 13 Kathy Kish 13 Debora Paavo 13 James C. Sodergren 14 Alice Eman 14 Marlene King 15 Jeff Leaf 15 Cindy Warner 16 James Anderson 17 Pam Allen 17 Jacob Dault 18 Natalie Rasmussen 19 Amy Christopherson 19 Katherine Kitchen 21 Jaren Kipling 21 Chad Pohlman 22 Robert Maki 23 Janine Johns 23 Annette Larson 24 Steven Leverton 26 John Leverton 27 John Waters 27 Robert Waters 29 Jerry Luokkala 30 Jean Lawson
Happy Anniversary! James & Melissa Chartre 9/2/2006 3 years Clifford & Karen Mattson 9/8/1973 36 years Eric & Cathie Beinlich 9/8/1951 58 years Robert & Gwen Bruhnke 9/16/1995 14 years Tom & Sue Ryan 9/17/1966 43 years Robert & Carol Waters 9/25/1954 55 years John & Sherry Lusardi 9/28/1974 35 years
May, Antoinette. Pilate's wife (FIC MAY) "Pilate's Wife is an impressive marriage of research and imagination in which Antoinette May introduces Claudia, one of the Bible's most enigmatic figures, in an extraordinary new light. Set in a world of political intrigue, passionate family rivalries and alliances, assassinations, and unmatched social upheaval, this visionary tales rings with historic credibility and captures the spirit of the Roman Empire. [It] puts a provocative new spin on the `greatest story ever told.'" (from jacket) The Final Inquiry (DVD 791.43 FIN) The Emperor Tiberius calls for Tito Valerio Tauro, a Roman investigator, to find out what caused a solar eclipse and earthquakes at the same time throughout the Roman Empire. Were these events truly linked to the supposed resurrection of this Jewish prophet Jesus? The truth is illusive and dangerous as Tauro must deal with Pontius Pilate and the Jewish leaders who want, above all things, to keep anything to do with Jesus under wraps. Tauro himself believes that Jesus and his followers are frauds, until he falls in love with the beautiful Tabitha, who opens his eyes to another world. Congratulations! · Mindy Harrington was a national finalist at the 43rd annual Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Dallas. She was part of the 4th place-winning administrative support team. · Jerry Hager once again completed the 2.25 mile Teal Lake Swim for Diabetes. · Ann Gonyea and Kathy Harrington crossed the finish line together in the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Race. · Max Alexander gave an impressive performance in PAAC's Bye Bye Birdie production
Albert Schweitzer Philosopher, Physician & Humanitarian, 1875 ­ 1965 Day of Commemoration--September 4 "A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day." Albert Schweitzer, the son of a Lutheran pastor, was born on January 14, 1875, in Kaysersberg, a town near Strasbourg in Alsace, Germany (now part of France). Schweitzer has been called the greatest Christian of his time. He based his personal philosophy on a "reverence for life" and on a deep commitment to serve humanity through thought and action. For his many years of humanitarian efforts Schweitzer was awarded the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. By the time he was 21 Schweitzer had decided on the course for his life. For nine years he would dedicate himself to the study of science, music, and theology. Then he would devote the rest of his life to serving humanity directly. Before he was 30 he was a respected writer on theology and published a series of influential books on the world of the Gospels. He also became an accomplished organist and organ designer. During this period, Schweitzer became known as a leading authority on Johann Sebastian Bach--about whom he wrote a biography. In 1904 Schweitzer was inspired to become a medical missionary after reading an evangelical paper regarding the needs of medical missions. In 1905, Schweitzer began to prepare for his 'other life'. He studied medicine from 1905 to 1913 at the University of Strassbourg, earned his degree in 1913 and left for west Africa with his wife, a nurse, to establish a missionary hospital in Gabon. Except for a few short-lived interruptions, Schweitzer spent his remaining 50 years in Africa fighting leprosy and sleeping sickness--a period of prodigious philanthropy that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. He also raised money to establish a hospital in French Equatorial Africa. He founded a hospital there in 1913. Over the years he built a large hospital that served thousands of Africans. Schweitzer used his $33,000 Nobel Prize to expand the hospital and to build a leper colony. In 1955 Queen Elizabeth II awarded Schweitzer the "Order of Merit," Britain's highest civilian honor. Schweitzer died on September 4, 1965, at the age of 90 in Lambarйnй, Gabon. "A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint."
Lutheran World Relief Kits Are Needed
Lutherans responded generously last fall with a 13% increase in the number of quilts and kits donated to Lutheran World Relief. The demand is great for all the items collected and in particular there is an urgent need for health kits. Health kits are used in refugee camps to help contain the spread of disease, in schools to teach children about good hygiene, and in emergency situations to provide personal care items. It is a great activity for youth groups, confirmation classes and Sunday school classes or for individuals.
Following is a list of items needed for the health kits:
one dark colored hand towel one dark colored washcloth
one bath size bar of soap
one adult sized toothbrush
one wide tooth comb
one nail clippers with file
six band-aids (1/2" - 3/4" secured with a rubber band)
School kits:
Spiral notebooks (150-200 sheets or three 70 sheet notebooks)
one blunt scissors
one ruler with inches & centimeters
one pencil sharpener
six unsharpened #2 pencils secured with a rubber band
one eraser approx. 2 1/2" long 12 sheets of construction paper in assorted colors
one box of 24 crayons
Layettes: New or gently used items can be used. two undershirts or onesies two receiving blankets two washcloths two diaper pins
two gowns or sleepers four cloth diapers one sweater or sweatshirt jacket one bath size of gentle soap
Sewing kits: three yds. of 44" or 45" cotton or cotton blend fabric OR four yds. if 36" ( no knits or 100% polyester) one package of 10-15 needles one spool of matching thread one card of six or more buttons Tie items together with ribbon, yarn, string, or a strip of fabric.
Take advantage of the back to school savings going on now at most stores. Thank you for any items or kits that you can donate to Lutheran World Relief. These items are generally sent around the middle of October.
Urgent Need for Health Kits!!!!
What's Up with WELCA? WELCA Reorganization Meeting September 14 @ 6:30 pm Salad and Dessert Supper Collection of Thank Offerings Presentation of Special Project: Operation Christmas Child WELCA To Take Part in OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. Since 1993, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been packed, shipped, and delivered across the globe. People of all ages can be involved in this simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas--Jesus Christ. How to Pack a Shoe Box 1. SHOE BOX Use an empty shoe box (standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required. Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. 2. BOY OR GIRL? Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child's age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Fill out the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category on the label, and tape the label to the top of your box.
3. FILL WITH GIFTS Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. 4. DROP OFF Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at the Collection Center. Shoe box gifts brought joy to boys and girls living in a home for orphaned and abandoned children. GIFT IDEAS TOYS small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc. SCHOOL SUPPLIES pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc. HYGIENE ITEMS toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc. OTHER Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries) A PERSONAL NOTE In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.) DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans
Rediscovering the Book of Faith From the 14th thru the 16th Centuries (NOTE: most of this text is from a website called Before Luther began work on his German Bible in the 16th century, efforts were already being made in England to produce an English Bible. The first hand-written English language Bibles were produced in the 1380's by John Wycliffe, an -Oxford professor, scholar and theologian. Wycliffe was well- known throughout Europe for his opposition to the teaching of the organized Church, which he believed to be contrary to the Bible. With the help of his followers, called the Lollards, and his assistant Purvey, and many other faithful scribes, Wycliffe produced dozens of English language manuscript copies of the scriptures. They were translated out of the Latin Vulgate.... This is a page from John Wycliffe's Bible. The blue initial "I" is the beginning of the Gospel of Middle English [Considering the difficulties of finding an accurate text for use in translation], the great scholar Erasmus was so moved to correct the corrupt Latin Vulgate, that in 1516, with the help of printer John Froben, he published a Greek-Latin Parallel New Testament. The Latin part was not the corrupt Vulgate, but his own fresh rendering of the text from the more accurate and reliable Greek, which he had managed to collate from a half-dozen partial old Greek New Testament manuscripts he had acquired. This milestone was the first non-Latin Vulgate text of the scripture to be produced in a millennium... and the first ever to come off a printing press. The 1516 Greek -Latin New Testament of Erasmus further focused attention on just how corrupt and inaccurate the Latin Vulgate had become, and how important it was to go back and use the original Greek (New Testament) and original Hebrew (Old Testament) languages to maintain accuracy... and to translate them faithfully into the languages of the common people. [Luther used the Erasmus text as the basis for his translation of the New Testament into German in 1522] [The English reformer] William Tyndale wanted to use the same 1516 Erasmus text as a source to translate and print the New Testament in English for the first time in history. Tyndale showed up on Luther's doorstep in Germany in 1525, and by year's end had translated the New Testament into English. Tyndale had been forced to flee England because of the wide-spread rumor that his English New Testament project was underway, causing inquisitors and bounty hunters to be constantly on Tyndale's trail to arrest him and prevent his project...[nevertheless] in 1525-1526 the Tyndale New Testament became the first printed edition of the scripture in the English language.
This is the beginning of the Gospel of Mark from the Tyndale Bible Myles Coverdale and John "Thomas Matthew" Rogers had remained loyal disciples the last six years of Tyndale's life, and they carried the English Bible project forward and even accelerated it. Coverdale finished translating the Old Testament, and in 1535 he printed the first complete Bible in the English language, making use of Luther's German text and the Latin as sources. Thus, the first complete English Bible was printed on October 4, 1535, and is known as the Coverdale Bible. John Rogers went on to print the second complete English Bible in 1537. It was, however, the first English Bible translated from the original Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek. In 1539, Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, hired Myles Coverdale at the bequest of King Henry VIII to publish the "Great Bible". It became the first English Bible authorized for public use, as it was distributed to every church, chained to the pulpit, and a reader was even provided so that the illiterate could hear the Word of God in plain English. Next Month: Mary Queen of Scots, the Bible the Pilgrims brought to America...and later developments.
Sunday School Begins September 13 Bethany - Faith - Trinity Vacation Bible School 2009 "Walking with Jesus" Getting a hug Each church provided a evening meal.
Dorothy Dickey who has been blind since birth talked about her life and her faith. Dorothy reads her Braille Bible with her fingers. Denise and Brent Clark led the kids in music.
Learning to fold your hands
Let's pray
We read Thomas Edison made light. But in school they said You did it. So I bet he stoled your idea.
Sincerely, Donna
Council Highlights The Church Council's Nominating Committee, chaired by Tom Ryan, is looking for volunteers to serve on the various church boards for the next two years. "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." --Albert Schweitzer The Children's Bible in a Nutshell Joshua, David, and Solomon One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town. After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me. Next month: Jonah
Baptism of Camryn Sandstrom Camryn Joana Sandstrom was welcomed into the Bethany family on August 16 through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Camryn is the daughter of Brett and Heather Sandstrom and the granddaughter of Paul and Diana Sandstrom. Welcome to New Grandson Pastor Geier and Kathy welcomed their newest grandson Eric Jon. Eric, named after his father Rob's two younger brothers, was born on June 26. Kathy had the opportunity to be with her son and daughter-in-law for the birth of the new addition. Pictured here is Pastor Geier cradling EJ with granddaughter Sophie looking on. Happy Retirement! Five Bethany members are retiring. After careers dedicated to the education of our community's children, Jane Anderson is retiring from the Negaunee School District, and Bob Bucan and Linda Dahl are retiring after 37 years teaching for the NICE community schools. In addition, Ray Sundquist retires in August and James Kinnunen will retire in November from Cliffs natural resources. Best wishes to them all. "We have no porch, no rocking chair -- and no time. My biggest need is a calendar because there are so many things to do." -- Maurice Musholt
Pray It Forward 2009 ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans To Bethany Lutheran Church To our Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus our Lord, grace and peace to all of you. We are called to pray without ceasing. This is a prayer letter communicating our intent to pray for your church every day for the next three years. We will pray for your reformation , health, mission, and faith journey. We pray you will be encountered by Jesus and be ready to respond when Jesus calls. We just want you to know that we care. We are the youth/adults/servant leaders of the 2009 ELCA nation Youth Gathering in New Orleans,, and we have made a commitment to pray for your church. Sean Looney (San Antonio, TX) Kayle Oates (United in Christ; Eveleth, MN) Des Wilson (Mt. Carmel; Milwaukee, WI) Deidre Wilkinson (Trinity Ecumenical Parish; Moneta, VA) Women's Fall Retreat September 18th-20th Fortune Lake Camp Women will enjoy a bible study led by Rev. Jenny JohnsonWrege, music, workshops, campfires, fellowship, and food. Participants are asked to bring a recipe with them it may become part of the menu) and canned goods for needy families.
Keep In Your Prayers · Remember our home-bound and nursing home residents: Teckla Holmgren (home), Barbara Crabb (home), Martha Ulrickson (Valente), Anita Liljequist (Mather), and Doreen Brown (Valente), Don Doney (home), Steven Leverton (Valente) · Jim Chapman · Family and friends of Roy Lemin who died on August 2. · Family and friends of Karen Williams who died on August 10. · David Laine · Paul Blomgren · Edmund Holmgren · Nancy Swanson · Nick Chartre · Therese Korpi · Those in the military that they may remain safe
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Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, Cocoa and Chocolate Are Available at Bethany Cafй Salvador Coffee Organic Decaf Coffee Whole Bean Coffee Whole Bean Decaf Teas Hot cocoa Baking Cocoa Milk Chocolate Bar Dark Chocolate Mini Bars
Contributions to and ideas for the newsletter can be made by contacting Linda Dahl by phone, e-mail, or by dropping a note in the newsletter mailbox at church. 485-1625 [email protected]
Bethany Lutheran Church Phone: 906-486-4351 Fax: 906-486-9640 E-mail: [email protected] Website:
Bethany Lutheran Church 715 Mather Avenue Ishpeming, MI 49849
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Rev. Warren Geier, Pastor Home Phone: 485-4218 E-mail: [email protected] Parish Planning Council: Exec. Director, Robert Nadeau Asst. Exec. Director, Tom Ryan Christian Education, Denise Clark Evangelism, Paul Sandstrom Finance, Cheryl Sleeman Personnel, Sandee Sundquist Property, Bill Heavyside Social Ministry, Marian Medlyn Stewardship, John Pontti Worship & Music, Dan Argall Youth member, Alexandra Kitchen
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