This Week At Bethel - March 24, 2021
The office is officially open!
New office hours:
Monday-Wednesday, 9am-12pm.

Pastor Dave's office hours:
Monday, 9am-12pm.
Bethel will be going "in person" OUTDOORS IN BETHEL PARK for worship (weather permitting) beginning Palm Sunday, March 28 (weather permitting). Each Sunday, again weather permitting, worship will be held outside and streamed via Facebook Live at the same time, recorded and uploaded afterwards to YouTube. 

Were there to be inclement weather we will livestream from the Sanctuary @ 9:30 and record/upload to YouTube afterwards. A decision on "in person" worship will be made by Saturday evening and communicated to the congregation via email, Facebook, and on our website.

We will also hold ALL HOLY WEEK SERVICES OUTSIDE IN BETHEL PARK as well, with the following times:  

Maundy Thursday, April 1 @ 7:00pm (also streamed via Facebook Live at the same time and uploaded afterwards to YouTube)

Good Friday, April 2 @ 12:00noon (also streamed via Facebook Live at the same time and uploaded afterwards to YouTube)
Good Friday, April 2 @ 7:00pm (in person only)

Easter Sunday @ 9:30 (also streamed via Facebook Live at the same time and uploaded afterwards to YouTube)


Per the Phase 3 Guidelines for Religious Services, individuals must practice proper physical distancing at all times. So, groups not in the same household would need to maintain the 6' distance even if they are outside. 

Please note however:  When outside and able to maintain the physical distance, INDIVIDUALS WOULD NOT HAVE TO WEAR A MASK per the Governor's Executive Order 72.

So, please wear a mask to worship, but if you are able to maintain 6 feet distance you will not be required to wear the mask while we are outside.
Returning Thanks
Join us at Bethel at 9am on Good Friday (April 2nd) to participate in a servant project in our community (stay tuned for details).

Email Beth Garner at or text her at 540-514-7022, if you would like to participate.  
Volunteers are needed to help with setup and tear down before and after outdoor worship gatherings. In addition to needing help on Sundays, we would need help for the following dates and times:

Maundy Thursday, April 1 @ 7:00pm
Good Friday, April 2 @ 12:00noon
Good Friday, April 2 @ 7:00pm
Easter Sunday @ 9:30

Please prepare to arrive at church no later than 8am on Sundays and an hour and 1/2 prior to the start of service during Holy Week.

If you are able to help with setup and tear down, please contact:
Theology on Tap will be meeting at 5:00PM on Saturday, March 27. John Gavitt will be leading the discussion on “Christians and the Environment”, regarding the responsibilities of God’s people to care for the environment in which we live. 

Please reserve your sandwich choice no later than Thursday, March 25 by contacting John Gavitt via e-mail (, or text him at 540-539-9873.

Depending on the weather and the number of participants, we will either meet at John Gavitt’s gazebo OR at the outdoor pavilion at Bethel. A final decision regarding meeting location will be made on Friday, March 26, and all participants will be advised by John accordingly.

We hope to see you there!

The Theology on Tap Team - Bruce Lothrup, John Frederickson, John Gavitt
Council Updates

A Monthly meeting of the Congregational Council of Bethel Lutheran Church was held by Zoom on March 9th, 2021. After the meeting, additional issues arose, needing attention for Council, so a special meeting was held on Sunday March 14th at 11:00 am to discuss those issues.

Financial Reports:
Bookkeeper Kim Williams distributed detailed financial reports to all members of Council prior to the meeting. Giving and other income in February totaled $24,575.91. Total expenses were $26,306.86 accounting for a net loss of $1,730.95.  
An application for a second Payroll Protection Program loan of approximately $35,000 has been approved for Bethel.

Pastor’s Report:
Confirmation class is continuing, with a goal of confirmation in May. Pastor Dave has contacted 12 students who are potential members of the next Confirmation class, and is working towards confirmation camp in June. 
“Little Lutherans” were able to have a Zoom meeting. Pastor Dave is working with Judy McKiernan and Matt Meade to plan activities for Middle School students.

Planning is beginning for a partially combined Women’s and Men’s retreat at Graves Mountain Lodge in November 2021. 

Board Reports:
Curt Grymala reported that he is working on plans to provide the traditional breakfast on Easter Sunday morning, and considering COVID-safe food options. Based on CDC recommendations, individually wrapped food items would be best. Pastor Dave suggested that funds would likely be available from Thrivent to support such an event. Pastor Dave will reach out to Curt for further discussion.

Beth Garner reported that she is considering creative options for carrying out “Returning Thanks” on Good Friday.

Betty Puffinberger requested information about graduating seniors in the Bethel Congregation, and their post-graduation plans so that the quilting team can begin to make quilts for the students. There are at least six Bethel students graduating from high school in 2021.

Return to In-Person Worship: 
Council approved plan to return to in-person, outdoor worship beginning on Palm Sunday (March 28th.). All Holy Week Services, including Easter will be held outside, weather permitting. Going forward, weekly worship will continue outdoors until state and local regulation and CDC recommendation allow for indoor worship in near-normal conditions. All outdoor worship will be recorded, and made available on-line as quickly as possible (hopefully by noon on Sunday.) In cases of inclement weather, services will be recorded ahead of time, and made available on-line, as has been done for the past several months. 

Bethel New Day initiative:
Updates to sanctuary sound and recording equipment.
Council approved significant upgrades to the sound system in the sanctuary, and the purchase of new equipment that will support live streaming options when Bethel returns to indoor, in person worship. 

Work in the underground has started, including installation of cabinets, replacement of countertops, installation of the sink, trim installation, painting and installation of vinyl waterproof flooring in all areas passed unanimously by acclamation. 
All payment will be made through the line of credit obtained to pay for maintenance projects.
Planning process - Sanctuary
A team will be formed to plan changes in the Sanctuary. The team will consist of six to eight members, plus Pastor Dave. The team will present a complete plan, integrating all aspects of improvements, to the Congregation.
Worship on Palm Sunday - March 28th

Please join us for outdoor worship at 9:30 on Palm Sunday, March 28th.

If you are unable to join us for worship in person, please join us for virtual worship on Facebook, YouTube and our website.

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.

Bethel Lenten Study Group

Monday evenings at 6 pm

Meeting ID: 849 3208 2737
Passcode: 505182
Wednesday Night Bethel Zoom Cafe

(after worship) @ 7:30.

Meeting ID: 868 3489 4750
Passcode: 160505
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5 
When oil is mentioned in the Bible it is often in reference to lighting lamps or as part of an anointing. In Matthew we read that a woman poured expensive perfumed oil on Jesus’ head.  At Bethel, oil is used at Baptism to make the sign of the cross on the forehead and on Ash Wednesday as well.  This anointing of oil symbolizes that we belong to God,  “that we are God’s anointed ones, called, chosen to serve, never abandoned, seen, protected, and loved.” 

Servant ideas: 
  • Who are the people around you that may be walking through the “valley of the shadow of death”? How can you let them know that they are an anointed child of God, worthy of being lavished in expensive oil? Consider sending cards to individuals struggling to live in hospitals/nursing homes/prisons that may include a blessing and a prayer for them. 

  • Sign up for Returning Thanks  (email Beth at to volunteer on Good Friday, in which we will minister to individuals in our community who may need God's anointing. 
CCAP is having an Easter Giveaway on March 27th and they are looking for donations of boxed potatoes, hams, or gift cards to Walmart/Costco.

Donations can be accepted at CCAP Monday through Friday- 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, you can mail them a donation or gift card to 112 South Kent St. Winchester VA 22601 or you can go to their website and donate electronically: 
Opportunity for Intercessory Prayer
If you miss the opportunity to place a prayer card into the Prayer Box that was available at the Narthex in the Bethel building, access to the Intercessory Prayer Team is still 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 or
Call Shirley Strosnider at 540-664-5928
Wild Women Coffee (or Cocoa) Zoom Meetup

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

Zoom Meeting ID: 830 3166 2845         
Passcode: Jesus4U
Women's Book Club

We will meet via Zoom on Thursday, March 25th at 6PM via Zoom

We'll be discussing 

Please consider joining us even if you haven't read the book. Our discussions are lively and the fellowship is great.
First Friday Fellowship

First Friday Fellowship for April is on the Second Friday, April 9th, 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!
Woman's Bible Study

We will continue Twelve More Women of the Bible on April 16th, 2021 at 6:30 pm. We will complete the Bible study on the Shulamite Woman... Please join us! It is always a wonderful time of reading His Word, reflection, application to REAL life, and terrific fellowship and laughter!

If you have questions please contact Karen Nguyen!

Meeting ID: 852 2725 1418
Passcode: WildWomen
Men's Ministry
Bethel Men's Breakfast

The next men's breakfast will be held on April 3, 2021  8:30 am - 9:30 am at Backstreet Bar & Grill.
Deadline to get notices into each week's edition of "This Week At Bethel" is 5pm Tuesday. 
Please email information to
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.