May 2015 In God We Live, Move and Exist! G-FORCE Vacation Bible School at Bethel June 14-18, 5:30-8:30 pm +++++ Register Here: http://2015.cokesburyvbs.com/BethelWinchester ++++++ FREE! Kids aged 3 years and up! Invite your friends, neighbors, and families! Nursery care for the wee little ones! Every night at G-Force: Community Dinner, Recreation, Storytelling & Drama with Checkers the Cheetah, Arts & Mission, Science and Singing! At G-FORCE kids explore how to put their faith into action. In this mission-focused VBS, kids experience God’s unstoppable love and discover how to fuel up and move in and through life with God. We will come alive with movement and images of all sorts of kid-friendly transportation, such as skateboards, running shoes, roller blades, and more! You can help launch G-Force: Donate food, purchase supplies for the set, pass out information and registration fliers. God wants us to Move! God wants us to Act! God wants us to Care! God wants us to Follow! God wants us to Share! Vacation Bible School 2015 will be a Force of God – a G-FORCE! Pastor’s Page Are you a Praying Church? Once a woman asked me this question. I responded that indeed mine was a praying church. She just said, “Good. Good.” Still, to this day, I wonder what motivated her question. Can you even be a “non-praying” church? And what would that look like? How would a church actually go about their work with a strict “No Prayers” policy? National Day of Prayer Prayer Service @ Bethel Park May 7, 2015, 6:00 p.m. “Loving and Praying for our Neighbors” We invite you to take some time during the week before to visit your neighbor’s and ask for prayer concerns. Invite them to join us of course, but mainly we are getting out and letting our friends/ neighbors know that we will be specifically praying for them, our nation and our world on this day. I have often had people ask me if I believed in the power of prayer. I always say yes, even though I am not always sure what they mean by the question. I believe God hears all prayers. Sometimes prayers of mine and others are answered to my satisfaction. Many times they are not. Still, I believe that prayer often changes me, and enables me to handle and navigate a situation even if I don’t receive the resolution I am seeking. So, yes, the power of prayer is real for me. Check out the Facebook page (search “Bethel National Day of Prayer Page” On May 7, we will be celebrating the National Day of Prayer. At Bethel, we will be offering a prayer service at 6:00pm (to be held outside in Bethel Park). We have also set up a Facebook page for prayer requests for that day and service (search “Bethel National Day of Prayer Page”). “500th Anniversary of the Reformation” Tour to Germany I would also like to invite you to visit your neighbors and friends. Ask them if they have any prayer requests that we can include in our worship service. Send them to us or better yet, bring the prayers and your neighbors with you to our prayer service. We do have some wonderful prayer cards that you can hand out to your neighbors/friends as well. Hopefully you can join us in our very public act of praying for and with our neighbors. Blessings, Pastor Dave August 21-September 3, 2017 Pastor Dave and Pastor Heidi will be leading a tour to Germany in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation during 2017. The trip is being coordinated through Terra Lu Travel in Germany. The itinerary is set. Sites will include Munich, Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau, Flossenberg, Prague, Dresden, Erfurt, Wartburg, Eisenach, Eisleben, Wittenberg, and Berlin. We will visit sites dedicated to the Reformation and Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Johann Sabastian Bach. This will be the third trip that Pastor Dave has led to Germany. Other, non-Bethel, folks are certainly invited. Feel free to discuss with others and invite them to our initial interest meeting to be held later this summer. Auf Wiedersehen! -2- Council Highlights from April Meeting Year of Relationship The April meeting of the Congregational Council of Bethel Lutheran Church was held on April 8. Pastor David Young, President Tom Beyer, Vice President Karla King, Treasurer Traci Shoberg, Secretary Bruce Lothrop, Adrian Pullen, Tom Milburn, Julie Shanabrook, and Greg Brondos were present at the meeting. Team Update Our Year of Relationship team has met twice. Already we have had Judy McKiernan and Rebecca Sigler offer their well-loved parenting class (to be shared again in the fall). We also have offered a "clean up " day at Bethel, where people came together in service to help the Bethel grounds look great for Easter. Treasurer's Report Giving was about $7,000 lower than expected. Expenses were also lower than expected. Expenses exceeded income by about $4,700. Council will consider ways to communicate the need for increased giving to the Congregation. Here are some exciting upcoming events: Pastor’s Report Pastor Dave noted that there would be two Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 am throughout the summer, as well as a Wednesday night service. Participation during Holy Week services was strong and Lenten activities were well received. We will be gathering on Sunday, May 31 for ONE WORSHIP SERVICE followed by a congregational potluck cookout. This will be a great Sunday to invite friends to come and meet our wonderful Bethel family. Also, during the summer (June, July, and August) we will be offering weekly Wednesday night worship services. On the 2ND WEDNESDAY of each month after worship (June 10, July 8, August 12) we will be having a special evening of fun and fellowship for the congregation. More details coming soon! Youth & Family Ministry Report A child protective policy and adult protective policy are under development. VBS planning is underway. Part of planning will insure that people with first aid and CPR certification are on hand. A “Faith Five” event will be offered during Sunday School time on Apple Blossom Weekend. The "Bethel Night at the Royals" is scheduled for Saturday, June 27. The game is at 7:00pm. We have free tickets in the church office that you can take and share with friends. Invite them to come and hang out with us and cheer on the Royals. Inquirer's Day Inquirer’s class is scheduled for Saturday April 18. Depending on the expected attendance, the date may be moved. Coffee with Council The next “Coffee with Council” will be hosted on April 26, in the Christianson Room. Game nights, a Congregational Day at North River Retreat, as well some congregational servant opportunities are all in the planning stages. Audit Tom Milburn will organize a team to review financial procedures followed by the church on an on-going basis. We are excited about 2015, the Year of Relationship and look forward to sharing in these wonderful events with our Bethel family of faith. Synod Assembly The Virginia Synod Assembly will take place on June 5, 6 and 7 at Roanoke College. Bethel is entitled to three delegates. Bob DeMott will attend. Two additional representatives are needed. Respectfully submitted, Bruce Lothrop, Secretary -3- Women’s Ministries Music and Arts Ministries Girls’ Night Out Kingdom Quest Singers is Bethel’s May 13, 6:30 p.m., El Centro Mexican Come join us for dinner at El Centro on the downtown mall! RSVP to Susan Asmussen if you plan to attend (703-615-7289 or [email protected]) Leader Needed The Women’s Ministry is in need of a leader to organize Bible Study once a month and other fun activities throughout the year. If interested, please contact Jennifer LaFollette, Congregational Life Board Chair. Her contact information is listed in the Bethel Directory or you can contact the church office at 662-3245. Retreat Recap The WILD Women of Bethel had their yearly retreat at the Priest Field Pastoral Center the weekend of April 10-12, 2015. As always it was a lively time. This year, however, was special because we had one of our own, Michelle Young, leading our retreat. That always makes it more personal and Michelle did a fabulous job! This year's retreat was centered around the book "Soul Keeping - Caring for the Most Important Part of You" by John Ortberg. Taking care of your soul in this internet connected hurry, hurry world is a daunting task. Work, family, sports, facebook - you name it - we want to be involved in all of it. So, are we taking the time to have a relationship with God - when was the last time you just sat and talked to God. He would love to hear from you! The hurry makes us hurt and the worry drags us down. What consumes most of our time in this busy world is not what we need. We learned so many wonderful ways to reconnect at this retreat. Both with ourselves and with God. We shared, we learned, we laughed a lot! Children’s Choir ministry. Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate in this group, which meets weekly at 10:00 AM during Sunday School. (How convenient, parents!) Reminder: the Kingdom Quest Singers will sing on Sunday, May 17 (11:00 only) and will participate in a special VBS kickoff moment on Sunday, June 14 (8:30 & 11:00 worship). Plans are also underway for this group to present a Christmas Musical on Sunday, December 20! God is on the move in our children’s ministry, and we invite your child to join us for Sunday School and singing! Summer Music Opportunities in Worship As many of us begin planning a season of rest and relaxation over the summer, our music ministries continue strong, offering song leadership and music to enhance our worship together. Perhaps you are not committed to one of our music ministry teams, but have a gift you would like to share? Here’s your chance! No long-term commitment necessary! Here’s are ways you can participate this summer: Summer open Choir: Begins Sunday, June 7! Join us in the Music Room at 10:00 AM on Sundays as we rehearse music for the coming week. Special Choral anthems will be learned to share in worship. Come for just a few Sundays or the entire summer! Participation is open in EITHER the 8:30 OR 11:00 AM Worship Gatherings. Instrumental Opportunities: Do you play an instrument? How about offering a special solo or group selection for worship one Sunday? Vocal Opportunities: Can you carry a tune in a bucket? Have a special song you’re just itching to share? You do not need to be a part of our choir or band to share special music with our congregation. We hope to see YOU involved in our music ministry this summer. See George Donovan if you are interested. -4- Youth Ministries Blooming Faith Sunday, May 3 @ 9:45 - Discipleship Hall Come celebrate, make an artistic MESS, play, sing, interactive pray, laugh, and have a Blooming Faith time together. Great for "kids" aged 1 to 101! (another step in our plan to place 5 little life steps of vibrant faith in the hands and hearts of everyone) ELCA Youth Gathering “Rise Up” Detroit, July 12-19, 2015 Thanks to all who continue to collect Change to fill up our BIG BLUE JUG! Current Tally as of 4/25 = $774.23! Please pray for us! Cameron, Chris, Daniel, Christopher, Tanner, Conner, Daniel, Isaiah, Justin, Will, Clara, Clare, Darby, Emma, Taylor, Hannah, Kaylie, Maddie, Maggy, Meredith, Morgan, Savannah, Taylor, Tyler, Bryan, Brian, Pastor Dave, Donna, Stephanie, Suzanne, and Julie. Saturday May 9 - 9am-4pm, Bring $15 and meet at Bethel for Road trip to Camp Caroline Furnace to spend time with Muhlenberg youth. Road Trip May 9, 9-4pm @ Caroline Furnace For all youth – Gather at Bethel @ 9am – all day trip to Caroline Furnace for worship, play, community training and rebuilding of the camp’s worship spaces. Bring $15, garden hoes, rakes and gloves. RSVP to Bryan Jaster by Sunday, May 3. Holy Hoops May 12—“Nets for nets night” To support our ELCA Malaria campaign. National Malaria day is April 26. Invitation to congregation to sponsor free throw shooters. May 17- 4pm - Gathering participants learn about the history of Detroit, what we bring to Detroit and what we might bring back to our communities. Kairos Roanoke College, June 21-26 It’s a week of faith formation for youth who will be in 9th-12th grades in the coming fall. It is a chance for youth who are already committed to a life of faith to be part of a unique Christian community for an entire week, to have a fresh experience of the grace and presence of God in that community, and to develop habits for discipleship that can be taken home as they live out their call to be “Ambassadors for Christ.” Men’s Ministries 2015 Seniors & Families! Due to the Apple Blossom Festival the first weekend in May, the Men’s Breakfast will not be held. See you in June! Graduation Sunday June 14 – During worship we wrap our seniors in the love of Christ as we prepare to launch them to grow as disciples in college. -5- Adult Forum Worship Times Adult Forum May They ARE NOT a changing! But there are a couple of really cool twists! May 3 – “Blossoming Faith” This will be an interactive, multi-generational event for ages 1-101. During Apple Blossom Weekend, we will gather together as community, to share, read, talk, pray, and bless (Faith5). Meet in Discipleship Hall. After much prayer and consideration over several years, I have made the decision that our worship times will NOT change this summer. We will continue to have worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. year round. I understand that this is “change” in that it is “not change.” Still, I feel that this will best allow for a consistency of worship times that is important, I believe, in reaching out to others who are not here. May 10 – NO ADULT FORUM (Couple’s Retreat weekend) May 17 – “Animate: Practices” This will be the final week of Adult Forum, until the fall, and we conclude our “Animate: Practices” series. Still, we will be offering some new twists this summer. First, we will be offering a mid-week worship service on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. This service will be for those who are traveling over the weekend, or who simply want a “recharge” during the week. This service may even be outside some weeks, weather permitting. It will include Holy Communion each week that Pastor Dave is present. One Worship Service Sunday, May 31, 10:00am As part of our Year of Relationship, we will be having ONE worship service on the remaining 5th Sundays of 2015 (May, August, November). Second, as part of our Year of Relationships, we are going to gather every Fifth Sunday in ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:00 a.m. for a Fellowship Sunday. Our first one will take place on Sunday, May 31. We will worship at 10:00 a.m. and then invite the congregation to hang around for a cookout or potluck and fellowship time. This will be a great opportunity to invite friends. Our first one is May 31. Join us at 10:00am, invite friends, and if you are able, hang around afterwards for a potluck cookout. Bethel will supply burgers and hot dogs and drinks. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. So, things are NOT “a changing” but things are “evolving” with a mid-week worship service and the Fifth Sunday One Service fellowship. I am really looking forward to this summer! Summer Worship Schedule Sunday mornings – 8:30 and 11:00 (Sanctuary) Wednesday evenings – 7:00pm (Discipleship Hall / Outdoors) -6- Doug Newell NFT Campaign May’s National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) event for Doug Newell will be Lido Pizza Sprit Night on Monday, May 11. Twenty-five percent of sales will go to Doug’s NFT account. We hope you will come out that evening and join other members of the congregation in having a good time and supporting the Campaign for Doug. And thanks to Tim Riggleman for organizing the event! Campaign Treasurer Sandy Sliger reports that $37,959 has been raised to date for Doug Newell’s future kidney transplant. Our goal is $50,000. April’s Campaign event was highlighted by the sale of special T-shirts in exchange for a $25 donation. The T-shirts were not only meant to help fund the Campaign, but also to remind congregants of our common belief and principles in the face of increasing threats to Christians throughout the world. The front of the T-shirt states, “Je Suis Christian”, or “I am Christian”. This is derived from the slogan “Je Suis Charlie”, or “I am Charlie”. After terrorists massacred 12 workers at the offices of the French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January of this year, this slogan was repeated by thousands of marchers in Paris demonstrating their support for freedom of speech and press. Similarly, “Je Suis Christian” announces our presence as followers of Christ and indicates that we also will not be intimidated by the evils of terrorism. On the back of the shirt are the words, “Faith plus Love = Hope.” Shirts are still available for sale. Please see a team member for more information. “Pastor Emeritus” Conrad Christianson: What do we do with the title now? Since Pastor Christianson passed away, several folks asked me about his “emeritus” status. I was honest in saying that I did not have any idea. So, I called the Synod office. They shared with me that the title of “Emeritus” is an honorific for the living. It is given as a sign of respect for a retired pastor, in recognition of their significant and meaningful service within a congregation. So, technically speaking, with Pastor Christianson’s passing, we no longer have a “Pastor Emeritus” at Bethel. Still, the title will continue to be used in official history and documents. Holy Hoops Every Tuesday @ 7pm at the Winchester Church of God. Basketball for 6th graders on up. Community, prayer, and basketball. Come play! Cash for Causes Do you shop at Martin's? If so, buy a “Cash for Causes” card to support the ministry of our youth! We receive 5% back for every purchase. Please see Suzanne Gregory in the Crossroads. -7- Hymnal Fund Summer Lunch Program Purchase a Hymnal in Memory or Honor of a loved one. Often times, there are liturgies or hymns that we would like to use but our copyright licenses do not include duplication of all of these materials. The hymnals will supplement our current worship bulletin. Music will still be included in the bulletin as we are able to, but from time to time you will be invited to turn to a hymn or liturgy in the hymnal. Our goal is to purchase a total of 150 additional hymnals, and thanks to the generosity of many, this is becoming a reality. You may still purchase a hymnal in memory or honor of a loved one or given simply to the glory of God. If you would like to purchase one or more hymnals, please see George Donovan or Terri Hollingsworth in the office. Hymnals can be purchased for $25 each. A bookplate will be placed on the inside cover, inscribed with the name of the person in memory of or honor of, as well as the donor, if so requested. Hymnals will be purchased in June and will be dedicated in worship later this fall. As a community of faith involved in many outreach ministries, we have the opportunity this summer to help serve lunches to those in need. This program will run during the summer when children are most in need of meals since reduced/free school lunches are not available. Bethel would like to provide helpers each Friday from 11:00-1:00. We are looking for 8 volunteers each week. If you are interested in giving a few hours on a Friday this summer, please contact Terri in the church office. You can sign up for every Friday or just one. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. You must be at least 15 years old to volunteer. Thank you! Bethel Night at the Winchester Royals June 27, 7:00 p.m. This is always a fun night of fellowship for all as we watch Winchester Royals baseball at Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park. Enjoy the excitement all night long from the singing of the National Anthem to the first pitch to Bethel’s rendition of “the wave”! Hospitality Team 2015 Bethel is looking at putting together a Hospitality Team. This team would serve as people committed to seeking out guests and welcoming them to Bethel. Pastor Dave would like to have at least 20 people on this team so that we can spread ourselves out over many weeks, “many hands make light work.” You don’t need to “know everybody” or anything like that. We simply need committed Christians willing to be about the Sunday morning effort of making guests feel engaged, valued, and comfortable. Please respond to Pastor Dave ([email protected]) if you are willing to be part of this brand new and vital ministry team. June 1-July 24 -8- Free tickets are available in the office. Mark your calendars, grab some tickets, wear your “Bethel Lutheran” T-shirt and come join us! Tear Down Bethel’s Wall of Debt Bethel “Couples Retreat” Graves Mountain Lodge May 8-10, 2015 Registration due May 1 “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:28. Want a special getaway? Just the two of you? As part of our Year of Relationships, we are going to have a gathering of couples over the weekend of May 8-10 at the wonderful Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA (an hour away). A few years back, Bethel was bursting at the seams and therefore built a large addition to the church, including the kitchen, discipleship hall, youth Sunday School rooms and the Underground. The church took on a large mortgage to pay for this. Then the Great Recession hit. The debt for this addition is an anchor on our ongoing activities and missions. Indeed, the financial picture of this congregation would be positive, but for the mortgage amounts due each month. Our goal is to eliminate this debt and owe nothing. The cost for the weekend is exceptional: $200 per couple (which includes all 6 meals for the couple, and two nights lodging). Look for the registration brochures in the narthex pamphlet display board or in the church office. Feel free to pass along to friends. We have 3 couples going so far and need at least 3 more. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Dave. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8. Watch for WATTS Bethel has undertaken a “Jubilee Campaign” to pay off this debt by the end of 2016. Thanks to many of you for your contributions and assistance. As Pastor Conrad Christianson said when we began this campaign last year, “Bethel has a history of quickly paying off debt. When we built the new sanctuary we were debt free by the time of its final completion. We do not like to owe money to anyone.” Friday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. Opequon Presbyterian Church Pitcock Memorial Shelter Enjoy an outdoor movie night presented by the JWHS Gifted Independent Study Students to benefit WATTS in memory of Tom Gruenther. The event is an outreach project that is completely student-directed. Seating will be on the lawn beside the picnic shelter. "Doors" will open at 7 and the GIS students will orchestrate parking for anyone attending. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating on the lawn. Concessions will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting WATTS and donations are encouraged. Come enjoy grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, cookies and soda and enjoy the fellowship of WATTS supporters from our community as we watch a family favorite film, "Finding Nemo." The event will be held rain or shine. The Jubilee team will be presenting many challenges and opportunities in the coming year for everyone in the congregation to play a part in continuing the history and traditions of Bethel to exterminate this debt from our books. We envision some fun and spectacular events not only for our church but the entire community. Those who are interested in assisting further on these events are invited to contact anyone on the Jubilee Team: Rex Ritchie, Traci Shoberg, David Griffin, Terri Tripp or just let someone in the church office know of your interest. Thanks for your continuing assistance to bring our wall of debt tumbling down. - 9- Kitchen Korner: Bethel has two salt crocks that were moved from the old church. They are about 3 gallons and 4 gallons. The crocks make excellent magazine racks, needle-work supply holders, plant holders, etc. If any one would like one or both of them, they may make a donation to the Jubilee Fund or to the Youth Trip Fund. (If no one wants them, they will be donated to a Thrift Store.) Community Bulletin Board Located in the “Crossroads” (just outside the church office) is a Community Board where you can post items that might be of interest to the congregation. Stop by and look over these items too. There might be something happening in the wider community that you would like to be a part of or attend. In late May or early June we will be getting the kitchen ready for the summer and the fall. If you left any dishes, please pick them up. Now that we have seen how the kitchen functions, we may be fine tuning the arrangement of items and changing some of the labels. 2015 Bethel Board Chairs Worship Board – Pastor Dave Prayer and Care Board – Irene Cockerham Learning Board – Amy Jaster Servant Board – Dean Cole Congregational Life – Jennifer LaFollette Ministry Support – Shawn Garner Winchester House Shenandoah Fellowship Foundation Winchester House is located at 27 Cameron Street in Winchester. It is a home for lowincome elderly. Bethel was instrumental as one of the first churches in establishing this needed service to our elderly. Leaders of Bible Study on Tuesdays from 10:00–11:00 are needed. Please contact Patricia Bettis, Resident Manager at Winchester House, if you are interested in volunteering. Phone: (540) 667-4667 Council Members for 2015 Tom Beyer - President Karla King - Vice President Bruce Lothrop - Secretary Traci Shoberg - Treasurer Cory Carlson Tom Milburn Greg Brondos Adrian Pullen Julie Shanabrook Sara Smith is our congregational representative. Thank You Sara! - 10 - Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp Summer 2015 Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, Soul & Mind ~ Deuteronomy 6:5 We’re kicking up the faith-filled fun to a whole new level for Summer 2015 as we “Grow in Faith!” Grab a parent and head online to check out our brand new website with all the details. Pick your week(s), then register online today! Visit our new website for info & online registration: CarolineFurnace.org Here’s a cool fact. Your congregation was one of 2,000 Lutheran congregations across the U.S. to wave a combined total of a half-million Eco-Palms on Palm Sunday. Thank you! And thank you for celebrating 10 years of Eco-Palms. You are helping palm harvesters and their communities move out of lives of poverty and into futures of promise. Thank you again and God bless all your ministries! Vicky Whetstone Eco-Palms Coordinator Lutheran World Relief - 11 - Midweek Worship - Every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Beginning June 3 Discipleship Hall VBS - June 14-18, 5:30 p.m. Hoe Down - June 19, 5:30 p.m. Bethel Night at the Royals - June 27, 7:00 p.m. Yard Sale - July 18, 8:00 a.m. Harvest Sunday - August 16 One Worship Service—August 30, 10:00 a.m. Blooming Faith! Apple Blossom Sunday May 3rd 9:30am Discipleship Hall for ALL Ages ++ Mural Making ++ ++ Legos & Play Doh ++ ++ Finger Painting ++ ++ Song and Sign ++ Share, Read, Talk, Pray & Bless! “For God So Loved the World…” - 12 - THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS TO THE JONES MUSIC FUND! This fund was created many years ago in honor of Bethel’s former organist, Larry Jones. Larry believed in creativity in worship and music and this fund allows us to add special music to our worship and special events. If you’re a regular contributor to this fund, THANK YOU! If you are not, we invite you to consider making a donation. This fund allows us to bring in special musical guests for worship, additional musicians for seasonal musical events (such as brass, strings, etc.) and has even allowed us to hire an accompanist for our choirs. Your donation goes a long way to continuing a long-standing tradition of great music offerings at Bethel. Dear Friends at Bethel Lutheran Church, Thank you from all of us at Operation Bootstrap Africa for your generous gifts for the Plaster House, MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School and the Eunice Simonson Nursing Scholarship Fund. These gifts provide so much support for the many needs of children, secondary school girls and nursing school students. Thank You to the Property Upkeep Team on their fine work on Saturday, April 3, for cleaning up the church for Easter Thank you for supporting these ongoing ministries and projects! Thanks, Shawn Garner Warmest regards, Diane Jacoby Director Operation Bootstrap Africa Dear Bethel, On behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County, thank you so much for your donation. With this gift you are supporting Habitat’s neighborhood revitalization programs that increase opportunities for affordable home ownership and provide financial counseling and education to hard working families in the greater Winchester-Frederick County area. Warm Regards, Rebecca Lipscomb Resource Development Director - 13 - May Birthdays 02 - Jeannie Rathman Dean Havron Emily Whitacre 03 - Tracey Grassi Chris Stephens 05 - Karen Shipp Nick Shoberg 06 - Sean Ramsey Zac Swaim 07 - Meg Everly 08 - Walker Grooms Nick Lauderdale Barbara Simmons Ryan Hoyle 09 - Elias Carlson Walter Karlson 10 - Meghan Bullion 11 - Michaela Britton 12 - Loretta Hohner Shirley Strosnider David Griffin Lisa McKee 13 - KC Montgomery Brandon Tilelli Tom Pullen 14 - Justin Hoyle Sue Rose Linda Hoenig 15 - Ethan Grooms Stacy Defilippi Trey Andrews 17 - Kaitlyn Harp Paul Justice 18 - Dave Nixon Isabel Hall 21 - Pat Haymaker Betsy Pullen Julia LeMarr 22 - Catie Collins Robin Forrest 23 - Jim Grooms Jonathan Tilelli Alan Borror 25 - Bill Pierce Martha Jenkins Cameron Grooms May Anniversaries 26 - David Garber Mike Stanfield 27 - Bill Bailey 28 - Tim Riggleman Sebastian Carhart Christyn Everly Laurelle Sayers 29 - Dario Savarese 30 - David Cesnik Brandy Hudson Evan Lindemuth 31 - Rhonda Dodson Juliana Grassi Melissa Salvatore Diann Dailey Kasey Huntsberry 08 - Gary and Dale Nichols 09 - John and Arlene Gavitt Bob and Terri Hollingsworth 13 - James and Jo-Anne Barnard 14 - John and Shirlee Tilelli 16 - Mark and Terri Tripp John and Brandy Hudson 17 - Bruce Lothrop and Stephanie Mahan 18 - Strother and Susan Adams Joe and Tricia Dietz J. Warden and Bernetta Jenkins 25 - Bobby and Melissa Lutz 28 - Kevin and Julie Shanabrook Tom and Carol O’Brien 29 - Pastor Dave Young & Pastor Heidi David-Young Tom and Melissa Salvatore 30 - Brandon and Beth Driver Around the Congregation/Directory Changes Welcome new members! Bill, Crystal, Katie, Kylie and Cara Bere Cindy Lauster - 14 - Facts & Figures Designated Ministries Offering Thru March 31 Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! For the World World Hunger Appeal $1,512 ...for your generosity, support, and partnership in ministries here at Bethel, to our community, and to God’s world. Global Missions $1,570 For the Community CCAP $1,215 “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.” (2 Corinthians 9:11) Jones Music Fund $4,076 Good Samaritan $112 Average Worship Attendance March 283 For the Bethel Community Student Missions $374 Jubilee/Mortgage Principal $18,336 Principal Balance on Mortgage as of December 31, 2014 Principal Balance on Mortgage as of March 22, 2015 Decrease in Mortgage Principal 2015 $464,285.42 $440,390.71 $23,894.71 Ministry Spending Plan Update MSP Offerings % of MSP Needed to meet MSP Actual March 2015 $47,360 $40,328 85% YTD as of March 2015 $123,033 $120,035 98% Total 2015 MSP $512,000 For more detailed financial information, please visit www.bethelwinchester.com and click on Publications. Bethel Lutheran Church 2077 North Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603, 540-662-3245 Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Closed on Friday) Website: www.bethelwinchester.com E-mail: [email protected] Facebook: facebook.com/bethelwinchester PASTOR The Rev. Dr. David N. Young ([email protected]) Ext. 105 DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND FAMILY FAITH FORMATION Bryan Jaster, ([email protected]) Ext. 104 DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND ARTS MINISTRIES George W. Donovan, Jr. ([email protected]) Ext. 102 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND ARTS MINISTRIES Darline DeMott ([email protected]) DIRECTOR OF OFFICE MINISTRIES Terri Hollingsworth ([email protected]) Ext. 100 DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Kim Williams ([email protected]) Ext. 103 DIRECTOR OF FACILITY MANAGAEMENT Cliff Crowder ([email protected]) Ext. 106 DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Pat Shields ([email protected]) DIRECTOR OF CUSTODIAL SERVICES Patty White ([email protected]) DIRECTOR OF NURSERY CARE Gretchen Meade The Deadline for the June Bethel Banner is 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 25.
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