Weekly News & Updates for Bethel Lutheran Church

June 23, 2024

SUNDAY WORSHIP at 9:30am in the Sanctuary

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In Our Prayers

Bethel's Ongoing Prayer List

Brenda Adair

Bill Bailey

Pat Blevins

Gene Borror

Pat Clevenger

Martha Copenhaver

John Gavitt

George & Linda Hoenig

Bob Hollingsworth

Brenda Johnson

Carolyn McTague

Betty Nichols

Carol O'Brien

Darlene Olsen (sister of Tom Carpenter)

Michelle Perone

Allen Pierce

Mel & Bert Poling

Paul Van Doren

Pastor Bob Young


RIC Vote scheduled for Sunday, September 8


At the most recent Bethel council meeting, we discussed the overwhelming support received via the RIC Welcome Statement survey, where there was unanimous support of the proposed Welcome Statement. 

We received 79 responses over the course of the survey with 73 voting "Yes, wholeheartedly", and 6 voting "Yes, and would appreciate more information."  

With this robust support, we felt it would be best to hold our official vote (via a special congregational meeting) to become a Reconciling in Christ congregation sooner rather than later, but after the summer months. 

We've settled on Sunday, September 8, so that we can include this decision as part of the ELCA God's Work, Our Hands Sunday. We will take our vote after worship and then proceed to our GWOH program which will focus on the additional emphases of the RIC movement that we've made a priority throughout the process, namely, welcoming those with disabilities, people of color, retirement-age persons, those with mental illness, etc. 

This expansive understanding of the RIC designation and program has been a guiding part of our purpose during this process. We have tried to communicate, via the diversity of informational gatherings, that becoming RIC goes beyond an intentional welcome to and affirmation of the LGBTQ+ community. We see this designation as an opportunity to reflect on how we can best welcome ALL people. 

In keeping with this, and in response to those who have asked for some more information, we will be offering two more opportunities for conversation and engagement on Sunday, August 18 and Sunday, August 25. We will meet immediately following worship in the Fellowship Hall. 

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Dave Young or our RIC chairperson, LeeAnne Marple.  

Thank you again for your amazing support. Bethel continues to be a place that offers prayerful, courageous leadership. It is humbling and a distinct honor to serve with and among such a faithful and inspiring community of faith!

In Christ, 

Pastor Dave 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 4 - Senior Quilt Blessing during Worship

Sunday, August 4 - Harvest Sunday @ 10:45am

Sunday, August 11 - Intern Lynette McSpadden Officially Begins @ Bethel

Sunday, August 18 - Adult Forum: Conversation on Becoming RIC @ 11am (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, August 25 - Adult Forum: Conversation on Becoming RIC @ 11:00am (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, September 8 - God's Work, Our Hands Sunday

 - Congregational Vote on Becoming Reconciling in Christ @ 10:45 (Sanctuary)

 - God's Work, Our Hands Program @ 11:15am (Fellowship Hall)

June 24th - June 27th


5:30-6:00 Kid-friendly Dinner provided

6:00-6:15 Opening Group

6:15-6:45 Session One in small groups

6:45-7:15 Session Two in small groups

7:15-7:30 Closing Large Group

"Compassion Camp: What Every Living Thing Needs" from Illustrated Ministry

Our best-selling Compassion Camp curriculum is back with a brand-new edition. Compassion Camp is a program where participants explore what it means to have compassion for themselves, others, and the world.

While Compassion Camp is geared toward K–5th graders and preschool-aged children, it is highly flexible, adaptable, and fun for the entire church (and includes activities for youth, as well).

Through Compassion Camp: What Every Living Thing Needs, participants will explore what all living

things need to live—shelter, food, water, air, and community—and how we can have compassion for

the living earth. Through awareness, gratitude, wonderment, reciprocity, and kinship, participants will

consider how to become co-sustainers and participants in the work of God’s creation. 

Using Psalm 104 as our grounding text—and supported with additional scripture—participants will take a close look at the interconnectedness of the whole earth, humans alongside the more-than-human world.

Session 1: Every Living Thing Needs Shelter—Shelter Protects Life

Participants will develop their skills of awareness as the first step in compassion by noticing how God provides shelter in the Bible.

Session 2: Every Living Thing Needs Food—Food Energizes Life

Participants will practice gratitude for food by compassionately acknowledging the world God made

(as described in Psalm 104).

Session 3: Every Living Thing Needs Water—Water Hydrates Life

Participants will seek wonderment in the power and vulnerability of water by learning about the cycles of God’s life-giving resource and how we need to protect it compassionately.

Session 4: Every Living Thing Needs Air—Air Sustains Life

Participants will explore reciprocity in the function of air by seeing their own breath as the sign of God’s Spirit that breathes in them and how the world’s influence on the air affects what they receive through it.

Session 5: Every Living Thing Needs Community—Community Produces Life

Participants will identify their kinship with the world by understanding their membership in, and connection with, the diverse “neighborhood” of God’s creation.

If you are willing and able to help please contact Pastor Heidi at heididavidyoung955@gmail.com

To register please use the QR code below or fill out a form located in the Sanctuary entry.

Next Dementia Matters meeting will be Sunday, July 21, 2024, from 2-4 at the Family Life Center Winchester Church of God

2080 North Frederick Pike Winchester, VA 22603.


Jayne Seymour will be providing “A Walk in the World of Dementia” training on Saturday, June 29, 2024, from 10-1 at 2400 Valley Ave. Winchester, VA 22601, behind Firestone and in front of Molden Real Estate. The cost is $35 and can be paid at the door by cash or check payable to DementiaMatters. If anyone is interested, they can email me at jseymour@dementiamattersusa.org 

or call 540-535-9775.


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.

Nursery Volunteers Needed

Would you like to volunteer in the Nursery?

Please contact Matt Meade at office@bethelwinchester.com

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 the Bethel Office, office@bethelwinchester.com or 540-662-3245

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


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) No Zoom meeting on 6/13 or 6/20

Women's Book Club -Will be continuing "The Women” by Kristin Hannah.

They will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday June 25th at 7:30pm location TBD.

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

First Friday Fellowship

July 12th 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


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 July 13th


High School Youth

The high school youth are trying to schedule days/times that they can meet for lunch or dinner as a group. 

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.


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

Mel Siebert


Keeping your health goals on track

Parish Nurse Notes
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