This Week At Bethel - June 16, 2021
Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9am-12pm

Pastor Dave's Office Hours:
Monday 9am-12pm
Sunday Worship Service 9:30am
Join us on Wednesday evenings for WOW (Worship on Wednesday), 30 minute, camp-style worship with Holy Communion. We will gather at 6:00pm at the Bethel Picnic Shelter (or Discipleship Hall if inclement weather). Bring a lawn chair and invite friends.

This is perfect for a midweek "recharge", or for those not ready for "indoor" worship yet, or if you will be out of town on the weekend and can't join us then. Hope to see you soon!
WORSHIP UPDATE
As we continue to move forward doing the "next right thing" I wanted to share with you how we are handling masks at Bethel for worship on Sunday mornings.

1) If you are FULLY VACCINATED you do not have to wear a mask.

2) If you are NOT fully vaccinated, you are expected to wear a mask. This applies to youth who are not yet vaccinated. 
  * If you have chosen NOT to receive the vaccine, we expect that you will show respect for those who are unable to be vaccinated yet (i.e. children, those with underlying issues) and wear a mask out of Christian love and generosity toward others, especially the most vulnerable.

3) Children over the age of 2 are expected to wear masks at all times, even in the nursery.

We recognize that this is a "fluid" situation. We also recognize that not everyone will have the same comfort level as others. Therefore, we are offering a weekly OUTDOOR Worship Service on Wednesday at 6:00pm for those who may not yet be comfortable worshiping indoors. This service will not require masks since we are outside, but each person will be encouraged to do what makes them feel most comfortable. 

We trust that everyone will be generous with each other, recognizing that while some are ready to "get back to normal", others will not be so inclined, at least not yet. We want everyone to be as comfortable as possible as we make decisions to "open up" at Bethel and this is our way to best allow various options for worship that will hopefully, in total, meet everyone's needs and concerns.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Blessings,
Pastor Dave
Pastor Dave offers weekly devotions called "Church Where You Are" for individuals and families. If you are unable to be at worship on Sunday, or if you are simply looking for a weekly family devotional, "Church Where You Are" is located on our Bethel website each week.

If you are unable to join us for worship in person, please join us for virtual worship on Facebook, YouTube and our website.
Would be Quilters
Quilting is easy and fun! You can be a part of this amazing group using skills you learned in Kindergarten! If you can tie your shoes or cut with scissors you are super qualified!

Please come join us in Discipleship Hall on June 27th after worship for a meeting to start organizing a new quilting season.

We are ready to get back to work!
Bethel Night at the Ballpark

Come join us on Friday, July 16th for Bethel Night at the Ballpark!

The Royals play the Purcellville Cannons and the game starts at 7pm. Invite your friends and get your tickets now! It's fun for the whole family!

The 2021 season is in full swing and Winchester Royals tickets are now available courtesy of Bethel! Pick up your tickets in the office during business hours, or email Kristin for more information!

Emmanuel 9 Commemoration
Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 PM

Two years ago, at our churchwide assembly, the ELCA voted and approved a resolution to set aside June 17th as a Day of Remembrance and Repentance for the Emanuel 9. Acting on this resolution, the Virginia Synod’s Tapestry team is hosting its 2nd Annual Zoom worship service on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for a time of remembering the Emanuel 9, prayer, speakers, and an Affirmation of Baptism centered in racial justice.
The time to take steps toward healing the deep wound of racism in our country is now. Please check the Bethel website for the link as the date gets closer.
Resources are available on the Tapestry page under the “Racial Justice Ministries” tab of the Virginia Synod website: https://www.vasynod.org/ministries/tapestry/
Read more about the Emmanuel 9 Commemoration

Pride Worship Gathering
Sunday, June 27th - 3 pm

All are invited to join us for a special community gathering as we close out Pride Month 2021 with a celebration of the lives and ministry of LGBTQIA+ in all their diversity.

Please share this event with anyone in our area and plan to join us for uplifting music and fellowship with each other.
Bethel Week at Camp (July 11-15, 2021)

Join us for another exciting week at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center! Each year we do our "Bethel Week at Camp" and again this year, after Covid-19, we are excited to offer this again. Pastor Heidi will be serving as the chaplain at camp during our week together.

There is scholarship money available, so please talk with Pastor Dave if you are interested in attending and would like some assistance.

MUSIC MINISTRY UPDATE

As we begin moving forward from the pandemic, we are excited that our choir is singing again!

We meet Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary to rehearse. Come join us as we begin preparing for a special “Christmas in July” program to be presented on Sunday, July 25th! All are welcome!

Staying Safe Moving Forward - Some tips from the CDC

We want to hear from you! What topics are you interested in having our Parish Nurse cover? Please let us know! You can email Edie or Kristin with any suggestions!
The Nursery is now open and Nursery Assistants are needed!

Volunteers over the age of 18 do need to be Safe Gatherings certified, so please send Kristin an email if you are interested in helping out.
Wild Women Coffee (or Cocoa) Zoom Meetup

Bring your cup of cocoa (or coffee) and love for Jesus and join in the conversation and prayers, Thursday mornings at 8:30am. We would love to pray for you and your concerns!  All Women are Welcome!

Zoom Meeting ID: 830 3166 2845         Passcode: Jesus4U
The June meeting of the Women's Book Club will be Thursday, June 17th, at 6:00 pm. Everyone is invited to Lynda Grymala's house on Thursday, June 17th at 6PM. Bring your own snack or dinner and let's meet to discuss "Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. If the weather is inclement we'll move inside.

Our July book is "Every Day Is A Gift: A Memoir" by Sen. Tammy Duckworth
August is "The Dutch House: A Novel" by Ann Patchett
First Friday Fellowship

First Friday Fellowship is held on the First Friday of every month, at 9:30 am, at the Royalicious Bagel Bakery and Deli, 621 W. Jubal Early Drive in Winchester.

 If you have questions, contact Barbara Simmons!
Men's Ministry

The Men's breakfast will be held the first Saturday of every month at 8:30 am - 9:30 am at Backstreet Bar & Grill.
The Intercessory Prayer Team is available by calling or emailing us.  We'll pray with you, make up a Prayer Card, and keep praying for your needs on a regular basis.

Call Urve Crowder at 540-888-3073 or email at ukcrowder@icloud.com or call Shirley Strosnider at 540-664-5928
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Thank you so much for your continued support of mission and ministry at Bethel!
To make an offering, please use one of the methods described below:
1. Mail to Bethel at 2077 N Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603
 
2. Use the Give Now button on our website.

3. Donate via text, by sending the dollar amount you wish to give, including a dollar sign, (ie: $50/$50.00) to 844-946-2995.