Weekly News & Updates for Bethel Lutheran Church

March 31, 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

Sherry Shipp Newmann

Jackie Craig and Family


The people of Ukraine

The people of Israel & Palestine



As a valued member of our church community, Council will be providing regular updates on the ongoing efforts with the Bless Lift Create campaign.

Our goal with this campaign is to raise funds to support the various ministries and initiatives of our church, enabling us to continue serving our congregation and our community in meaningful ways. It's a wonderful opportunity for us to come together and to make a positive impact.

Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to participate.

MARCH 3rd-31st

Donations can be placed in the blue bins outside of the office

Needed Food items:

Ready to eat Lunch items:

Beef Stew/Chili/etc. (single-serve pop tops)

Ravioli, Spaghetti-O's etc. (pop top and ready to eat)

Ready to Eat Soup (soup on the go/soup at hand, etc)

Ready to Eat Meals (Campbell's ready meals for example)

Canned Vegetables

Individual servings of Meat items: Ham, Chicken, Tuna(Easy open Cans or Pouches)

Drinks 6 or 8oz bottled water

Ready to eat Breakfast Items:

Cereal treat bars

Granola bars/Protein bars

Oatmeal (single serving-no large canisters)


Single serve boxes of cereal (no large boxes)

Healthy, Child Friendly Snack Food Items --Single Serve (no chips)

Trail Mix, Pretzels, Chex Mix, etc.

Rice Crispy Treats, Oatmeal Cookies, Animal Crackers, Goldfish Crackers, etc.


Real fruit snacks

All natural fruit crisps

Single serve cookies

Raisins/Fruit n' Yogurt snacks

Food items should be something a child 5-18 years of age would eat.

Please--NO glass containers, NO expired food

Visit the Bright Futures Website

Join us for our Easter Potluck Brunch

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

Join us immediately after church on Sunday, March 31, for an Easter morning potluck brunch. Please bring your favorite breakfast, lunch or brunch dish (hot, cold or anywhere in-between) with you and drop it off in Fellowship Hall before church. We will provide beverages, you provide the food, and we will all provide the fellowship.

We will need 4 or 5 volunteers before and after church to help set things up. Please contact Lynda Grymala at lrgrymala@yahoo.com or Curtiss Grymala at curt_grymala@yahoo.com if you are interested in helping

April OWLS Event


Saturday, April 13, 1-3pm

Potluck lunch and card games in Fellowship Hall

Please RSVP on sign-up sheet in the Narthex and indicate what dish you are bringing to share.

Table place settings and beverages will be provided.

Contact Betty Puffinberger at charles_puffinberger@comcast.net if you have any questions.


Reconciling In Christ Upcoming Activities

The Reconciling in Christ Committee will hold a Welcome Statement Brainstorm Session with a light lunch on Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Martin Luther Library. All are welcome to attend.  

Join us on April 19 for our monthly "3rd Friday Trivia" event.

We will be providing a taco bar with lots of fixings. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m., the taco bar will be available starting at 6:30 p.m., and trivia will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

If you'd like to join us for the feast, dinner is $10/person

($5 for each child under 12). We might have childcare available onsite for a donation. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in trivia.

Save the date for May 17 and June 21, as well.

The Reconciling in Christ committee is sponsoring a church wide Book Study on The Savvy Ally, Second Edition by Jeannie Gainsburg during the months of April and May. The congregation is invited to participate. We will discuss the book on Sunday, May 19, during Adult Forum after the worship service. The book can be ordered on Amazon or on the author’s webpage.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/153816924X/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Author’s webpage:


2024 Worship and Learning Opportunities

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 -April's Book "Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel" by Shelby Van Pelt.

They will meet to discuss the book on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:30pm via Zoom.

Please contact Diane Milburn at tdmilburn94@gmail.com or Lynda Grymala at lrgrymala@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

First Friday Fellowship

April 5, 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.


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 April 6th


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

Mel Siebert

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.



National Nutrition Month

Parish Nurse Notes
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