Weekly News & Updates for Bethel Lutheran Church

February 25, 2024

SUNDAY WORSHIP at 9:30am in the Sanctuary

Can't make it in person? Join us live online. Click below to join us!



In Our Prayers

Bethel's Ongoing Prayer List

John and Brenda Adair

Bill Bailey

Pat Blevins

Gene Borror

Pat Clevenger

Martha Copenhaver

John Gavitt

George & Linda Hoenig

Brenda Johnson

Carolyn McTague

Betty Nichols

Carol O'Brien

Michelle Perone

Allen Pierce

Mel & Bert Poling

Melissa Siebert (ALS)

Paul Van Doren

Pastor Bob Young


The people of Ukraine

The people of Israel & Palestine



Thank you to all that volunteered to help Ashley Miller attend service by offering her transportation.


Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Dave 


Bethel will be hosting WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter) February 24 - March 2, 2024.

There is a sign up for volunteer opportunities. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to join us at least once. It is a fantastic week of serving the homeless in our community.

Please contact Diane Milburn at 540-664-1365 or tdmilburn94@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Volunteer at Bethel for WATTS


"Tie, Dye and Pie" Quilt Celebration

Saturday, March 16, 10-Noon, Fellowship Hall


Bethel's quilters are inviting the congregation to a celebration of National Quilting Day and Lutheran World Relief's 75th year of comforting the world with quilts.  


We will be demonstrating the quilt making process, tying pieced quilt tops to batting and backing as well as dyeing light-colored sheets needed for future quilt projects. Come and learn about Bethel's mission quilt ministry. We'll be celebrating with homemade pie for everyone!

Worship & Music Celebration Luncheon


Calling All Worship Assistants: SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, March 17th (St. Patty’s Day) at 12:30 pm we will host a special Worship Celebration Luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone (including family members) who serves in any capacity as a worship assistant, tech crew, musician, singer, usher, greeter, acolyte, communion assistant, etc. in worship is invited. Come fellowship, enjoy a catered meal, share in fun games, honors, and special recognitions.

Stay tuned for more details coming very soon!

Email the Church Office

Save the Date

Join us for our Easter Potluck Brunch

Sunday, March 31st 11am-12:30pm

More information coming soon!

2024 Lenten Themes, Worship and Learning Opportunities

What Does It Mean to Welcome Others in the Name of Jesus?

Sunday worship at 9:30am (Sanctuary) and Adult Forum at 11:00am (Fellowship Hall)

On Sunday mornings, we will prayerfully discern together “what it means to be welcoming in the name of Jesus”? We will explore this theme in worship and during our Adult Forum time with Pastor Dave and several guest speakers. See the schedule for Adult Forum below.


Sunday, February 25 – Indigenous People and Land Acknowledgement Conversation

Sunday, March 3 – NAACP

Sunday, March 10 – ARE LGBTQ Center

Sunday, March 17 – National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI)

Sunday, March 24 – English Language Learners (ELL)


Prayer-Full Pause

Thursdays at 6:00pm (Martin Luther Library)


Beginning on the Thursday, February 15 and continuing throughout Lent, Pastor Dave will be offering a new opportunity for prayer and conversation called “Prayer-Full Pause.” We will meet at Bethel at 6:00pm and everyone is welcome. We will simply pray for and seek God’s presence and guidance in our lives as we navigate the often-turbulent waters of life and living. Additionally, we hope this can be a time and space where, in what could be a very divisive and difficult year, we can promote relationships and intentional community with one another, even if we don’t agree

with each other.


Disciple Bible Study Series New Testament

Pastor Dave will be leading a 10 week intensive class on the New Testament, using the Disciple Bible study series. This is a Zoom class on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm. It will begin on Tuesday, March 19. The schedule will be as follows:

March 19 - Chapter 1 (Matthew)

March 26 - Chapter 2 (Mark)

April 2 - Chapter 3 (Luke)

April 9 - Chapter 4 (John)

April 16 - Chapter 5 (Acts - Part I)

April 23 - Chapter 6 (Acts - Part II)

April 30 - Chapter 7 (Romans)

*Chapter 8 (I Corinthians / I Timothy) will be on your own at home.

May 7 - Chapter 9 (Galatians)

*Chapter 10 (Hebrews) will be on your own at home

May 14 - Chapter 11 (Revelation)

May 21 - Chapters 12 (A People Set Apart)

Please contact Pastor Dave (pastordave@bethelwinchester.com) and let him know if you are interested as soon as possible so that we can help you secure the textbook. 

Note: There is NO PREREQUISITE to have taken Disciple One (Old Testament) or any other Disciple classes to participate. 

Email Pastor Dave


The new bulletin board outside the Office is where we are posting community events as well as handouts of interest from Edie McGoff, our Parish Nurse.

We also will be promoting our supply drives and the items needed for them. Collection bins are underneath the bulletin board.

Want to post something? Please contact the office.

2024 Worship Assistants Needed

We are looking for people to help with Sunday morning worship. We are scheduling teams monthly, no more than once per quarter (ideally once per year). We especially need volunteers for January & February as many of our volunteers served in the past few months.

Greeters (4) - arrive by no later than 9am Sunday morning. 2 will be stationed at the doors to open doors & welcome people to Bethel. 2 will be stationed one on each side of the AV Booth to hand out bulletins and point out any flyers or signups.

Ushers (2) - arrive no later than 9:15 on Sunday morning. Stand near the AV Booth to help worshipers find seats as needed. Collect the Offering and assist with directing people to Communion.

Communion Assistants (3) - can also Greet on their selected day if they choose. Pastor Dave assigns people to teams just before Communion begins. One team stands in the center and the other starts on the choir side then moves to the baptismal side.

If you are willing to volunteer in any of these roles, please contact Kim Williams, Church Administrator, administrator@bethelwinchester.com or 540-662-3245 ext 103

Scripture Readers are scheduled by Pastor Dave pastordave@bethelwinchester.com

Bread Bakers are scheduled by Vonda Wilt vonda@wiltway.com

Worship Technology Team Members Needed!

Are you tech savvy? Are you feeling called to help bring our worship gatherings to life behind the scenes? Bethel’s Worship Technology Team has a place and a need for you!

Volunteers are needed on rotation for the following individual roles:

- Sound System Operators 

- Visual Media Display Screen Operators

- Camera Operators

If you can click or press a button on cue, you can help in any of these roles. Training is provided and a stress free, flexible schedule can be made. 

If you feel the Holy Spirit tugging at you to serve in any of these roles, please contact or see George Donovan, Jr., Minister of Music and Worship. (george@bethelwinchester.com)

We are blessed with amazing technology and talent at Bethel! Come be a part of this growing ministry with us! 

Safety/Medical Team Volunteers Needed


Members that would like to become part of the Safety/Medical Team. You will need CPR. However, if you don't have a current card, I will be arranging a class

Please let me know your interest via email:: emcgoff@gmail.com

I will be arranging a quick meeting after church one day soon and after I get some names so we can start to develop and structure a TEAM.


Email Edie


By popular demand, we now have Bethel Logo Wear available! You can order directly from Logo Sportswear using the link below. There are multiple options for both men, women & children and includes hats, jackets, fleece & shirts.

Bethel will receive 15% of all sales.

Logo Wear Order

Electronic Giving to Bethel

Please consider setting up electronic giving so Bethel will receive your gift, even when you cannot join us in person.

You can also mail your check to Bethel Lutheran Church, 2077 N Frederick Pike, Winchester VA 22603.


Picture Share

Calling all amateur photographers and social media posters:

We would like to be able to share your photos of Bethel activities. Are you:

Attending a Women's Ministry function?- send us a picture

Attending Men's Breakfast?-send us a picture

Quilting with friends at the Quilting Group?-send us a picture

Having fun with friends at Youth Ministry?- send us a picture

We would like to share all of these events as well as any trips or other "get togethers" on our social media and our website. So please take pictures (make sure that you ask permission to post them) and send them to bethelpictureshare@gmail.com so that we can show everyone what a wonderful family we have at Bethel!

Email Pict

Email Bethel Pictures


Weekly Women's Coffee Hour

Thursdays 9am via ZOOM (Meeting ID 86309309339, Password Jesus4U)

Women's Book Club -February/March

We will be reading "A Fever in the Heartland"

by Timothy Egan.

We will meet at the end of March to discuss this historical thriller- Date / Time TBD

Please contact Diane Milburn at tdmilburn94@gmail.com if you have any questions.

First Friday Fellowship

March 1, 2024 9:30am at The Golden Corral in Winchester. If you have any questions please contact Barbara Simmons via her email barbara.h.simmons@comcast.net or by following the link below.

Barbara Simmons

We are asking our Women's Ministry for monetary donations to help feed dinner to the WATTS program on Tuesday, February 27th

(during the week Bethel is hosting WATTS)

Donations can be given directly to Karen Nguyen by cash, check or Venmo and the plan is to provide them with a chicken dinner that is prepared by the Peruvian Chicken restaurant in Winchester. The entire meal will need to feed 60 people and the restaurant has made it amazingly affordable as an offering for us to donate.  It will cost $250-$300 for the meal for all to have dinner and Karen will pick up and deliver the meals to WATTS on the 27th.

Please reach out to Karen Nguyen if you would like to donate.

Contact Karen Nguyen


Men's Ministry Breakfast

We meet the first Saturday of each month from 8:30-9:30am at Backseat Bar & Grill (104 Full House Drive, Winchester, VA 22603).

Pastor Dave and others will lead devotions and conversations.

Join us March 2nd.


Want to join our High School Youth Group? Contact Mel Siebert at (youth@bethelwinchester.com) or by following the link below.

Mel Siebert

Calling All Middle school and High School Youth - Making Meatloaf for WATTS

This Sunday, February 25, the youth will be making dinner that our friends from WATTS will be eating on Sunday evening. We will be making meatloaf and other goodies. Please plan to stay after worship as this will take place during the Sunday school hour. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.


Middle School Youth Attending 7th Day

Over March 2-3, six youth and two adults from Bethel will be attending the 7th Day Youth Event that is led by the Virginia Synod. Attending from Bethel will be chaperones Rev. Heidi David-Young and Mrs. Dustie Fisher, and youth - Elias Carlson, Lily Cupp, Ella Fisher, Rowan Hudson, Kynlee Sikora, and Leah Young. Please keep these young people, their families, and the chaperones in your prayers!


High School Youth

The high school youth are trying to schedule days/times that they can meet for lunch or dinner as a group. They are also trying to put together a list of fundraisers for NYG2024.


If you would like more information on either or to suggest a fundraiser please contact Mel Siebert at melsiebert99@gmail.com or by clicking the link above.



The importance of taking care of yourself

Parish Nurse Notes
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram