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Bethany Church Newsletter
From the Pastor
Do you like refinishing old furniture?
I've seen people take a beat up old coffee table, and after a few hours of sanding,
and staining and varnishing, “Viola!” they have a beautiful new coffee table!
All it took was a little elbow grease and imagination.
So many things look like junk to the untrained eye. A crudely painted and
scratched up old coffee table doesn't look worth saving. “Set it out on the curb
next to the garbage can. Maybe someone will pick it up for their cabin.” we say.
But then along comes someone who can see the potential. With a little bit of work
and sacrifice, one woman's trash becomes another woman's treasure.
In his explanation to the second article of the creed, Luther wrote in the Small
“Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
“He (Jesus) has redeemed me, a lost and condemned human being.. not with
silver and gold, but with his holy, precious blood, and innocent suffering
and death.. that I might be his own and serve him in everlasting righteousness,
innocence, and blessedness.” (Luther’s Small Catechism)
Jesus sees the potential in all of us. And he's not afraid of putting a little “elbow
grease” into our restoration. Maybe that's why some of us like restoring old
furniture. We're taking after our “life restoring” God! Have you turned any
“trash” into “treasure” lately? Can you think of some ways in which Jesus is
Evening Online Bible Study
Last month I put out some information on Facebook concerning an online
evening Bible study. Although there was some interest in having such a study, the timing was not good. We will try again in August when scheduling might be a little easier. Look for more info in our August newsletter.
putting information on an evening Bible study that anyone
interested in might join. Call or email Pastor Gary for more
Have you considered buying a used computer? Right now there are tons of
old desk top machines and portable laptops for sale for about half the price
of a new one. You might have to ask a friend to purchase it for you because
most are available only online from office supply or electronics stores such
as “Best Buy” Tiger Direct or “Office Max”. These machines have been used in stores and offices but are usually still good for many years to come. Talk to Pastor for more info.
Zoom Bible Studies
Looking for some good fellowship and Bible study? Join the Men's Zoom Bible
Study at 9 am on Thursdays or Women's
Zoom Bible study at 9:00 am onWednesdays. You'll need a
Worship While Pastor is on Vacation
As I write this monthly newsletter, I am planning a two week vacation
in the middle of July. The plan for worship during these Sundays (July
19th and 26th) is to have our services taped and available on our
church website and Facebook page.
That’s plan “A”. If I can get some supply preachers to fill in, we will
also have outdoor worship on the “point” behind the church at 10 am
on those two Sundays.
Watch for emails and regular mail for more information as we get further into the month. In the event of rain, we would have worship via our
Website and Facebook page.
Pastor Joy Grainger in Climax Mn has
volunteered to be available for emergencies. Her number is
218-857-2215 or email her at
She is also good friends with Pastor John Ahola, chaplain at Altru
and will arrange for visits with him
for anyone admitted to Altru in Grand Forks.
Vacation Bible School
Most of the churches in our area have cancelled Vacation Bible
School this summer. We too will not be having our regular VBS.
We will however be offering unused Sunday school materials for
families wishing to do some “in home” Sunday school lessons with
their children. These are lessons that were not used in previous years
but have all the material available. Our board of Ed members have
gone through this material, arranged in the proper grade order,
and put it on tables in the parish hall. Parents are invited to stop by,
browse for what they need, and use these materials at home. There is no
charge for the materials and lots of materials available.
In April we donated $1000 to our
Northwestern Minnesota Synod.
In May we donated $1000 to our
local food shelf to aid in outreach to
struggling families in our area.
In June $1000 was donated to
Trinity Lutheran Church in North
Minneapolis. This was donated to
Trinity for the purpose of aiding the
community in rebuilding after the
Church Open for Individual Prayer (except during July 16th - 30th).
The church will be open from 9-4 pm Tuesday through Thursday and from 6-8 pm on Wednesday evenings for individuals wishing to spend some time in prayer. Jesus liked to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. For many of us, Bethany Lutheran is a special place for prayer. Please feel free to visit. Bibles are in the pews. We ask that you maintain social distancing of six feet, keep the number down to less than ten persons, and spread out over the sanctuary. We also ask that you use the sanitizing wipes found on the cart as you enter the building to wipe down door handles, and things you touch.
Lights in Sanctuary
For the last several weeks we have kept a few of lights on each evening in our sanctuary to illuminate our beautiful stained-glass windows. Our council felt that this would remind our community that God is still watching over us even in the darkness of a pandemic. With LED lights, the cost is minimal and a small price to pay for blessing our community with hope.
2 – Ella Sletten
4 – Kelsey Stephens
5 – Steve Klipping
6 – Joanne Dahle
7 – Brady Gums
8 – Eric Johnson
9 – Nicholas Piersol, Hailey Slover
10 – Blake Audette
11 – Lori Vigstol
12 – Alek Lacina, Kevin Reich
14 – Brook Rufsvold, Spencer
15 – John Columbus, D'Anne
Johnson, Lane Kleven
16 – Steve Hams, Brad Swenson
17 – John Klein
18 – Branden Narlock
19 – Sam Brule
20 – Dale Knutson, Ann Piersol
21 – Carson Gagner
23 – Paul Klein, Carly Williams
24 – Chris Van Emmerik
25 – Jaclyn Fering
26 – Dean Hartel, Mason Johnson
27 – Todd Doyle
28 – Heidi Matzke, Erika Roff
29 – Erwin Wetenkamp
30 – Tom Hovland, Cheryl Matzke,
31 – Jesse Ellefson
1 – Jim & Bev Gilbertson
3 – Perry & Laurie Duden
8 – Dean & Lorri Ann Hartel
16 – John & Sandy Klein
19 – Fred & Tandra Landman
24 – Tim & Peggy Nord
30 – Jerod & Wanda Olson