A weekly e-newsletter of

Bethesda Lutheran Church

Ames, Iowa

June 14, 2024

Always and everywhere a certain percentage of men and women develop as homosexuals or lesbians [note: homosexual is no longer considered an acceptable descriptor of gays]. They should be considered as part of God's creative plan. Their sexual orientation has no necessary connection with sin, sickness or failure; rather, it is a gift from God to be accepted and lived out with gratitude. God does not despise anything that God has created. John J. McNeill "Homosexuality: Challenging The Church to Grow". The Christian Century (1987) 

Nominate Bethesda as the Best Place of Worship!

Nominations are OPEN for the Best of Story County Community Choice Awards, and we'd love if you would consider nominating Bethesda Lutheran Church for Best Place to Worship in the Entertainment and Leisure category. This could be our 7th consecutive year winning this category, but we need YOUR help to make it into the top three! Nominate Bethesda Lutheran Church as many times as you'd like once per day so can advance to the VOTING category! Click here to nominate Bethesda!

Pastor Jonathan Farewell Celebration Sunday

Bid farewell to Pastor Jonathan Dolan Sunday, June 16th after worship in the commons with cake and refreshments.

Calling all Sopranos and Altos!

We will be singing a selection on Sunday, June 23, at the 9:30 AM service. All sopranos and altos are invited to attend, even if you have not participated in choir recently or ever! Here are the details:

Music: pick up in the church office beginning Monday, June 10 (also available at the first rehearsal)

Practice Tracks: available on https://bethesdaames.org/worship/music/ now.

Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30-7:15 PM and Sunday, June 23 at 8:45 AM.

Questions? Please reach out to Randy Ewing at rewing@bethesdaames.org.

VBS Volunteers: Mark Your Calendars for June 23rd!

We'll be finishing setting up and decorating for VBS from 4:00 - 6:00 pm and then we'll have a informational/planning meeting with pizza starting at 6:00 pm. We want everyone ready to start VBS week....Created To Be Prepared!

Assist in Reuniting Mariana's Family

Ivanna and Roman Bodnar require a host family to enter the USA. Help extend a warm welcome by providing shelter for a short time with no financial obligation. Contact larryaotteman@gmail.com if you have any questions or interest.

Participate in Now Is The Time

Learn about a study based on the “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent.” Now is the Time, a four-week study meets in person after Sunday church June 9, 16, 23 and 30 or join a Zoom class on Thursday from 7:00 to 8:00PM on June 6, 13, 20 and 27.

You can mix the two classes. Let Larry know of your interest and for which format at larryaotteman@gmail.com and he will send you the document or you can pick up a copy in the office. This study is presented by the Reconciling in Christ Ministry Team.

Join the Crop Walk Leadership Team!

The Crop Walk Leadership team is seeking a new treasurer. The outgoing treasurer is willing to train for the position.


  • The crop walk leadership team meets roughly 8 - 9 times a year to plan the October Walk, but treasurer responsibilities kick in after the event.

  • Treasurer is expected to help on the day of the October Walk (October 13, 2024) as many donations come in during the event.

  • Collect any checks or cash that have been turned in from walkers to be sent to Church World Service (CWS). 

If interested in the position, or if you would like further details, contact Rod Fischer at videoguy@iastate.org.

Join Bethesda's AV Team!
We always welcome new people to assist with sound, slides and camera during worship services and other events. If you're interested in joining the AV team, contact Randy or Nancy Ewing.

2024 for "Created To Be" Vacation Bible School!

Register your child for VBS at bethesdanet.shelbynextchms.com/external/form/c96d2438-4e0d-4a4c-bfd1-0a19c31a8735 or on https://.bethesdaames.org.

Registration is $5 per child and includes a mid-morning snack for those in the morning session and a meal for kids coming in the evening. Please select the t-shirt size for your child when registering. We cannot guarantee the correct size if registering after May 20th.

Give a Gift Online
Don't carry cash or checks? You can set up a recurring or one-time gift to Bethesda online, so you never miss an offering opportunity!


Refresher to log onto Shelbynext:
On your laptop or Desk Top Computer - https://bethesdanet.shelbynextchms.com
On your cell phone go to the App Store or Google Play Store
search for ShelbyNeXt Membership - download the free app;
On first screen replace the word domain with Bethesdanet
Enter username and password.
You should be ready to go! If you have any questions or concerns please contact Linda Fevold on Monday's 12 noon till 2:00 pm.
What's The Difference Between The Current and The Living Current?

The Current is a double-sided sheet consisting of four or more announcements that may widely affect the congregation with a schedule of Sunday-to-Sunday activities and order of worship.

The current, the physical copy members pick up each weekend, is limited to a certain number of announcements and is determined by what events will largely affect the congregation as a whole, often on a first come-first serve basis.

The Living Current, an e-newsletter sent every Friday at 9 am, consists of the larger announcements that make The Current as well as other announcements and events that may not affect the majority of the congregation. Such things may include:
  • An announcement for an event more than a month away. (As the event nears, it will be placed in The Current while holding its place in The Living Current.)
  • Ongoing support and prayers

If you have an event that you would like advertised in The Current for weekend services, submit your announcement event via email to Tess Hanson or Lynn Anderson no later than the Tuesday before you would like it advertised. Please specify where you want it to be published. If submitted after the stated deadline, it will be integrated into The Living Current e-newsletter and The Current for weekend services the following week.

Healing Prayers: Mark Allen; Ted Bailey; Andrea Blythe; Charlene Doyle; Sharon Forssman; Cecilia Horner; Don Wempe

We invite you to join our community, which is committed to inclusion, racial equity and anti-racism. We share in God’s abundant grace knowing that we cannot be separated from the love of God by our age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, physical or mental abilities or faith background.

Worship Schedule:

SATURDAY (a modern service with praise band) . . . 5:30 pm

SUNDAY (a traditional service with choirs, organ) . . . 9:30 am

This weekend . . . MESSAGE: Mark 3:20-35

Holy Communion served at both services, every week.

Contact Information:

Chelsey Aisenbrey, Council President . . . ccaisenbrey@yahoo.com

Bryan Simmons, Lead Pastor. . . bsimmons@BethesdaAmes.org

All other inquires. . . . contact@BethesdaAmes.org

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Address: 1517 Northwestern Ave.

Ames, IA 50010-5299

Phone: (515) 232-6256

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