Bethel's music ministry is always looking for new voices to add to our adult Voices of Praise choir, which practices each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and sings twice a month in the 8:30 service. A subset of Voices of Praise is the Tenoba (tenor bass) choir, which sings once a month and practices on the Wednesday prior. The Bells of Praise bell choir is also seeking new ringers. They practice on Wednesdays at 6:30 and play once a month and on festivals. Contact Gil Abbott, director of these choirs, or Katie Jarrett, Director of Music Ministries, for more information.
White Rock Center of Hope Donations: Don't forget that we accept donations for WRCoH on the first Sunday of every month. See this page for more information.
LaPaz Soccer at Highland Meadows: Soccer for ages 8-14 meets on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Highland Meadows Elementary School. If you would like to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Monday Theology on tap groupmeets at 6:30 p.m. at Old Chicago at 635 and Centerville in Garland. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Plastic Grocery Bags and Coats: Please continue saving your plastic grocery bags for Millie Gomoll and her team who make the sleeping mats for the homeless. Bags may be taken to the Music Suite or the Narthex. This group is also collecting used coats of any size to give to the homeless.
Pastor Chris Studying for Doctor of Ministry Degree: The summer of 2018 marked Pastor Chris Holder's 20th year in ministry. In celebration of that milestone he has started a Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) program through Gordon-Cromwell Theological Seminary with a focus on “Pastoral Ministry in Practice.” His major thesis project will be on the subject of pastors and churches as catalysts for community transformation through strategic partnerships. Read more about his experience on the Bethel Blog. Bethel has established a fund to help support Pastor Chris in his D-MIN studies, for more information on how you can help support his studies contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help in Saving Postage Stamps for the “Stamporee”: Thanks go to all who have been donating your used/new postage stamps to the “Project Stamporee”. “Project Stamporee” is Texas LWML’s program that allows us to gather postage stamps (U.S. and foreign) and prepare them so that stamp dealers are interested in the purchase of them. THUS, we are able to have funding for shipping costs for Lutheran World Relief. Please place your stamps in the collection box on top of the greeting card counter near the drink machine. Stamps should go in an envelope or plastic bag, or just placed loosely in the collection box. PLEASE leave at least 1/4” of paper around all 4 sides. If stamps are torn, bent, or damaged in any way, they cannot be used at all. Contact Catherine Burkhard if there are questions or more information is needed. (There is also a brochure available on the LWML Display in the Narthex!)
Box Tops for Highland Meadows Elementary: There is now a box in the narthex for you to deposit box tops for education for the PTA of Highland Meadows Elementary. Thank you for collecting
To better facilitate the spiritual and ministry life of Bethel and under the direction of Council, a Spiritual Life Team has been formed. This is not a board of elected people, but a team of both men and women, staff and lay leaders, who have been asked to serve in this capacity. The Spiritual Life Team is currently working to consider how disciples at Bethel can best be equipped to carry out common ministry objectives based on Bethel's Mission and Vision. Mission: Growing Disciples of Jesus Who Serve Our Neighbors. Vision: Connect, Grow, Serve: Bethel will be a community of people that connect to Jesus at His cross so that they may grow in faith as His disciples and serve others in response to His love.The Spiritual Life Team has now broken into four sub-teams that are working to better define the culture or cultures at Bethel. We are also evaluating and will be making suggestions for how Bethel can be most effective in the following four areas of ministry: Worship Life and Care, Human Care & Follow Up, Community Service and Missions, Spiritual Growth and Discipleship. For more information contact Pastor Chris.
Narthex Coffee on Sundays: We are now accepting volunteers to set up and clean up coffee in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. This could be a group of people who alternate duties and weeks. If you are interested or for more information, contact the church office or sign up on the sheet by the coffee.
LWML Mite Box in Narthex: Please don't forget to drop your change in the large mite box on the small LWML display along the wall in the Narthex. Completion of LWML Mission Grants depends on what's gathered via Mite Boxes. Thank you!